Created on Friday, 13 May 2011 00:00
Written by Shermaine Lee
When my friends heard that I was going to go to Western Australia for 2 weeks, I kept hearing endless comments like “Perth is boring!”, “There’s nothing to do there”. However, my experience with Western Australia is really beautiful, and the 2 weeks wasn’t nearly enough for me.
It really depends on what you’re looking for when choosing a holiday destination. Perth isn’t really the place to go if you’re looking for adventure, shopping, or nightlife. But if want to take a break from work and enjoy the beauty of nature, you will love Perth like I did.
Transport in Perth is relatively easy if you’re in town. Transport information can be found on http://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/
. This website is really useful in helping you plan your journey.
There are free Central Area Transport (CAT) buses in town too, so you can hop on one for free! Just grab one of the many brochures from the airport for more information.
However, if you’re planning to go out of Perth city, then it is almost absolutely essential to get a car and it’s a lot easier to drive and park there as compared to Singapore. One need not be afraid to get lost as they could always opt for a vehicle with a GPS.Rottnest Island
One of the must-go places in Western Australia would be the beautiful Rottnest island! There are quokkas, one mammal that is unique to the area.
Rottnest Island is a great place for cycling, chilling, and looking at beautiful scenery.
The island can be easily accessed through ferries. Within the island though, I feel that the easiest way to move around the island would be through cycling as the island is quite huge, and there are many beautiful beaches to explore. The bike hire shop is also very near the ferry terminal, and is easy to find.Perth Countryside- Avon Valley
I went for a roadtrip through Avon Valley’s countryside in the Wheatbelt region to the towns of Toodyay, Northam and York as well. These 3 areas can all be done in a day and are about an hour’s drive away from Perth. They are historical towns, and will give you an idea of how Perth used to look like as major buildings like post offices are very well preserved. It felt as though I was stepping back in time. People still live there, and it is a great break from city life too.
The Swan River goes through Perth’s city centre. If you have a day to spare, you could check out the Burswood casino too. It is easily accessible, located near the train station. You could talk a nice stroll in the park next to it, and there is nice path next to the river to explore. The sunset there is beautiful too!
Marapana Wildlife Park
I visited the Marapana Wildlife Park and saw many animals such as alpacas, wombats, koalas, camels, kangaroos and more, which are unique to Australia. To note though is that the wildlife park will be closing on May 8th 2011, but will re-open in 2012 at a new location.
As an alternative, you could also visit other wildlife parks like Caversham Wildlife Park to see the animals as well. I highly recommend a visit to any one of them, as the animals are unlike any of that you will get a chance to see in Singapore.
There were also some places that I wanted to go to, but didn’t get the chance to. I’ve listed them down here so that they could be part of your consideration set as well. However, they warrant a little more travel time as they are a distance away from Perth.Margaret River
Margaret River is about a 3.5hour drive south of Perth. Situated between two coastal scapes, it is extremely picturesque – the jewel of one of lonely planet’s top 10 regions. There are wineries and breweries there too!
The Pinnacles are limestone formations in the Nambung National Park. It is about 245km north from Perth, or about a 3-hour drive away. It is believed that they were created millions of years ago as seashells were broken down into sand and then eroded by water and wind. These natural formations are undisputedly beautiful, and I would go there should I have the time and opportunity to in the future.
I hope my travelogue has at least partially convinced you that Perth is worth exploring. There are so many places such as King’s Park, Hillarys Boat Harbour, Northbridge (their Chinatown), Frementle, Rockingham and many others that I didn’t get to cover in this article!
Many cheap flights on Jetstar and Tiger Airways head towards Perth daily, and it really is a wonderful place to go to escape from the hectic life in Singapore.
In essence, Perth is really a great place to visit, and if you get a chance to go there, please do try the local Fish and Chips and ice cream, which are out of this world! Do share your experiences with me here too!