Perth Travel Info: Before Getting to Perth
Getting Around Perth and Where to Stay in Perth.
Perth Itinerary Day 2: Rottnest Island
Perth Itinerary Day 3: Fremantle
Suggested Day Trips from Perth City
If you’ve 1 more day, visit Perth Itinerary Day 4: Swan Valley.
If you have 2 days, visit Perth Itinerary Days 4 & 5: Margaret River
Perth Itinerary Day 1: Perth City
It is sufficient to take only 1 day to familiarize yourself with Perth city, achievable by foot. There are 3 main areas: the north (Northbridge), the middle (shopping street and CBD) and south (Kings Park). You can begin from north to south or south to north, bearing in mind most places close at 5pm.
My suggestion: either start the day by
(a) breakfasting at Greenhouse Cafe (100 St Georges Terrace WA 6000; +61 8 9481 8333; 7.30am-10pm), by Joost Bakker and Matt Stone, an aptly named cafe and bar, a building with leaves sprouting amidst the cold CBD buildings. They even mill their own flour and eggs come free range chickens. Health and environmentally conscious. Food was not bad, but it was the novelty of the theme that was exciting. Service was good. We spent A$72 for four persons. Some photos from Greenhouse Cafe:
(b) pack a picnic basket up to Kings Park.
Either option will start you off at St Georges Terrace where Greenhouse and the bus stop to Kings Park are. After breakfast or with your picnic basket, take free bus #37 to Kings Park or walk along St Georges Terrace to Kings Road, and up Mount St, an easy 20-min climb.
The Perthers are proud of Kings Park because it has native bushes, and a panoramic view of the city. Free guided tours at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm, taking 1-2.5 hours. I didn’t take the tour, but lazed under the shade, read a book, with the breeze, rustling leaves and distant echoes of waves splashing.
More options: From Kings Park, you can either:
(c) go further south to the Perth Zoo (free guided tours available; 20 Labouchere Rd, South Perth WA 6151; +61 8 9474 0444; Bus 30 or 31 from Esplanade Bus port; A$21 [adult], A$10.50 [child]; 9am-5pm daily) and spend the rest of the day there, giving yourself another day to explore the rest of the city. (I’d advice you to skip Perth Zoo because in this itinerary, we are going to Cohunu Koala Park where you can molest koalas and kangaroos in Day 4.)
If you choose (d), return to city, drop off at the stop along St Georges Terrace, near William St. Walk a street north of William St and explore the shopping area, Hay St and Murray St, bounded by William and Barrack St.
A street away from the shopping district is the His Majesty’s Theatre (825 Hay St, WA 6000, +61 8 9265 0900, 10am-4pm), constructed in early 1900s. You can catch a performance, or tour its auditorium.
East of the shopping area lies the Perth Mint (50 Hay St, East Perth, WA 6004;
T: +61 8 9421 7223; T: +61 8 9421 7223; free CAT Red Line Stop 10 or walk; A$15 [adult], A$5 [child]; 9am-5pm daily). A historic building from 1890s, it now produces commemorative coins. Hourly tours.
What to Eat at Hay St, Murray St and St Georges Terrace
1. Jamie’s Italian Perth Italian, European
140 William Street, The Mitchell Building
+61 8 9363 8600
2. Shiro Izakaya Japanese (there are vegetarian and gluten-free options)
150 St Georges Terrace WA 6000
+61 8 9486 1293
M-F 11.30am-late, Sat: 6pm-late
Was here for lunch for their beef donburi. Very tasty but the beef was very slightly overcooked, and the rice was long-grained, not sticky. Spent A$27 for one person.
3. Trustee Bar & Bistro Modern Australian
133 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000
+61 8 6323 3000
M-F 11.30am-midnight, Sat: 5pm-midnight
Housed in the majestic Western Australian Trustee building, and helmed by Chef Michelle Forbes with a nose-to-tail dining, we came for dinner where every table ordered chateaubriand for two (A$95). Waited an hour for the food to arrive. The worst service I had in Perth but I suspect it’s because the Italian waitress didn’t have a good grasp of English, and not from malice. Noisy with reverberating acoustics. Food was so-so. We spent A$151 for three persons.
After lunch, walk 10 minutes north along William St to reach Northbridge. At Northbridge, the Perth Cultural Centre houses Western Australian Museum (9.30am-5pm daily, free admission), State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, and Art Gallery of Western Australia with focus on Aboriginal art, with hour-long tours.
What to Eat at Northbridge
Northbridge is also the Chinatown area, so expect lots of Asian food.
1. Delish Ice Pop-up popsicle shop
175 William St (at the intersection of William St and Roe St)
For your sake, I hope this shop is still around when you visit because it is damn bloody good! I had a creamy coconut with roasted pineapple and cinnamon ice. HOW AWESOME!
2. Tuck Shop Cafe
Unit 1/180 Newcastle Street, Perth, Western Australia 6000
+61 8 9227 1659
3. Hong Kong BBQ Restaurant 顺德烧腊
76 Francis St, Northbridge WA 6003, Australia
+61 8 9228 3968
Sun-Th: 10am-10pm; F-Sat: 10am-11pm
Very packed, reservations encouraged. Wouldn’t have come here but parents couldn’t live without Chinese food. Touted to be the BEST Cantonese roast meat in Perth. We didn’t think so. The roast meat platter (A$32) was overly salty. Spent A$104 for 4 persons in total.
4. Billy Lee’s Chinese Restaurant
66 Roe St, Shop 15, Northbridge, WA 6003
+61 8 9328 4003
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.