Perth is pretty laid back but what really impressed us was its breezy weather, stunning beaches and easy-going character. Travellers can expect variety of cafés and restaurants, cultural events and festivals that surely make you leave Western Australia with heart-warming experiences.
Check out the following places to go, stay and eat in Perth that we discovered after joining a familliarisation trip organised by Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agent (MATTA) in collaboration with Malindo Air and Valentino Holidays.
Getting there: Malindo Air flies 12 times weekly from Kuala Lumpur to Perth and vice versa. Check out www.malindoair.com.my for more info.
Travel essential: Gaya Travel was able to keep in touch with everyone while abroad with Samurai WiFi high-speed Internet coverage by Visondata. Visit www.visondata.com.my to know more of its plans.
Gaya Recommendation: Gaya Travel suggests travellers to follow Valentino Holidays, a trusted travel agency in Perth and around Western Australia that promises a smooth and memorable journey when being in Western Australia. Visit www.valentinoholidays.com.au to learn more on their services and tour packages.
Places to go when being in Perth?
1. The Perth Mint
The Perth Mint is Perth’s premier tourist destination and Australia’s largest enterprise that provides premium gold, silver and platinum products. It showcases a wide collection of gold bars and coins. Travellers are recommended to follow the exciting tour inside the mint to learn its significant histories, watch gold pours, feel the weight of a gold bar and marvel at the world’s largest one-tonne gold coin that is worth AUD1 million.
Operation hours: Opens daily from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Address: 310 Hay Street, East Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Getting there: If you are staying around the city, there is a free Central Area Transit (CAT) bus that stops at The Perth Mint CAT bus stop (number R06). Click here to view CAT bus route.
Admission fee: $19.00 (Adult) and $17.00 (Children – 4 to 15 years)
2. Kings Park & Botanic Garden
This 400.6-hectare park showcases interesting collection of Western Australian flora and famous for sightseeing, picnics, walks and cultural events. Visitors may opt to enjoy a walk through the treetops on the Lotterywest Federation Walkway to admire the sweeping views of the city and the Swan and Canning Rivers.
Operation hours: Opens daily
Address: Fraser Avenue, West Perth, Perth, Western Australia 6005, Australia
Getting there: Kings Park and Botanic Garden are accessible via private vehicle or public transport. If you plan to take public transport, there is Transperth bus route 935 from St Georges Terrace to Fraser Avenue Precinct where the park is located.
Admission fee: Free entry
3. Swan Valley
Swan Valley is home to countless gourmet artisanal goods, bustling markets, handcrafted wares and over 40 high quality eateries. Visit some of the sweet shops like Morish Nuts (www.morish.com.au) to watch the nut-making process and sample some of its finest nuts produced using premium Austalian products and Mondo Nougat (www.mondonougat.com) to taste the delightful Australian nougat.
Address: Swan Valley, Guildford Western Australia 6055, Australia
Getting there: Travellers may drive or take the train from Perth CBD to Guildford or Midland. Since there is no public transport from these locations to Swan Valley, it is highly advisable to make transport arrangement prior to arrival.
Admission fee: Free entry
4. Caversham Wildlife Park
This park gives travellers the opportunity to hand-feed adorable kangaroos, pet the wombat, take a selfie with a koala and join the fun and interactive shows such as ‘Farm Show‘ and ‘The Meet The Wombat and Friends Experience.
Operation hours: Opens daily from 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Address: Whiteman Park, Perth, Western Australia 6068, Australia
Getting there: Travellers may drive to Whiteman Park via Lord Street or Beechboro Road entrance. Kindly refer to Caversham Wildlife Park official website to know about the alternative ways to reach the place if you plan to take public transport.
Admission fee: $28.00 (Adult) and $12.00 (Child)
5. The Bell Tower
This 82.5-metre tall tower includes the twelve bells of St Martin-in-the-Fields, one of London’s most famous churches. Experience the Bell Tower Tour and try to ring the bell or enjoy the stunning 360-degree views of Swan River, Kings Park, City of Perth and Darling Range from the observation deck.
The bell-ringing times: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (Between 12.30 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.)
Bells Handling Demonstration times: Monday, Tuesday and Friday (Between 12.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.)
Operation hours: Opens daily from 10.00 a.m. and the last entry is 3.45 p.m.
Address: Barrack Square, Riverside Drive, Perth, Western Perth 6004, Australia
Admission fee (General Entry): $9.00 (Adult) and $7 (Children)
Fremantle is a city that is historical and rich with heritage buildings. For those who are looking for fresh local produce and unique souvenirs, drop by at Fremantle Market that open only during weekend. Besides that, learn about Fremantle history by visiting a selection of museums such as Shipwreck, Maritime or the Army Museum. End your day by witnessing beautiful sunset and the breathtaking panoramic city view from the Monument Hill.
Address: Fremantle, Western Australia 6959, Australia
Getting there: From Perth City, travellers may take the scenic cruise along the Swan River to Fremantle using Captain Cook Cruises. The journey takes around 1 hour 15 minutes. Visit www.captaincookcruises.com for ticket prices, packages and cruise schedule. Travellers can also drive to Fremantle from Perth.
Where to stay?
Whether you are travelling for business or leisure, Perth offer various hotels and resorts that meet travellers’ needs. Gaya Travel suggests these two properties that offer a pleasant and memorable stay:
7. Crown Metropol Perth
Located in Burswood and around 5 minutes’ drive to the city centre, Crown Metropol Perth is one of Perth’s luxurious and contemporary accommodations. Overlooking picturesque views of the city and Swan River, this hotel offers different types of rooms that are spacious with fine furnishings, large private bathrooms and state-of-the-art entertainment facility. Besides that, guests may enjoy the weather while relaxing at the large outdoor pool or rejuvenate at the spa and beauty salon.
Great Eastern Highway, Perth, Western Australia 6100, Australia
8. Pagoda Resort & Spa
Pagoda Resort & Spa is a 4-star resort that is strategically located on the banks of Perth’s stunning Swan River. This resort offers a choice of guest rooms and apartments with views over the river, poolside garden and parkland. With extensive facilities available onsite including fitness centre, conference facilities, heated outdoor pool and Pagoda restaurant, this resort is ideal choice for business or leisure travellers.
112 Melville Parade, Como, Western Australia 6152, Australia
Where to eat?
Here in Perth, there are numbers of cafés and restaurants that serve variety of cuisines from Western to Asian. These are the dining options that Gaya Travel suggests you to try:
9. Kailis’ Fish Market Café
Kailis’ Fish Market Café is an award-winning restaurant that features various seafood specialties. It is certainly a place for travellers to unwind and dine on fine seafood amidst such pleasant atmosphere. We savoured fish and chips, scallops and salad, which come highly recommended. Though the prices here are a little steep, the taste was exceptionally delicious!
Operation hours: Opens daily (from 8.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.)
Address: Fremantle, Western Australia 6959, Australia
10. Malaysian Dining Delights
Located on Manning Road in a suburban area, Malaysia Dining Delights Perth is one of the busiest halal Chinese restaurant that offers over 60 Malaysian menus raging from appetiser and main dishes to desserts and beverages. Do not forget to have a try at their curry laksa, Penang char keoy teow, nasi lemak, Nyonya sambal fish and salted egg chicken.
Operation hours: Opens from Tuesday to Thursday (from 11.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.) and Sunday (from 11.00 a.m. to 10.30 p.m.)
Address: 111 Manning Road, Victoria Park, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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