Written by Claire from Forever Chasing Wanderlust
Welcome to the most isolated city in the world Perth, Western Australia. Come and experience all Perth has to offer including some of the country’s best beaches, amazing wine region, bustling nightlife, inner-city parks and plenty of great food to fuel your adventures.
Where to stay on a budget?
Perth in general is very expensive so be prepared to spend money while you are here. That being said there are plenty of ways to save money including staying in one of the many Hostels located in the inner-city. For anyone visiting Perth for the first time I always recommend staying in the heart of the city for convenience and access to public transport.
Hostel: Kangarooinn (Beds starting at $45 per night)
Hotel: Miss Maud Hotel (If hostels aren’t your thing then try Miss Mauds, the rooms are clean and basic and the Swedish breakfast that is included is unbelievable)
Where to eat on a budget
One of the best things about Perth is the amazing food on offer. If you are looking for somewhere to eat on a budget wander over to Northbridge which is located directly adjacent to the central business district. Here you will find a wonderful assortment of Asian cuisine at a very reasonable price. One of my all-time favourite places to eat is Viet Hoa, they serve traditional Vietnamese food and it’s absolutely amazing. My favourite dish on the menu is the Braised Beef and Lemongrass Rice Vermicelli (approx. $13), try it you won’t be disappointed.
What to do or to look at?
One of the things I would highly recommend doing while visiting Perth is to catch a ferry to Rottnest Island, located 19 miles off the coast of Freemantle. Ferry’s run daily and I would suggest catching the earliest one to make the most of your day on the island. Accommodation is available on the island if you wish to stay longer however it is rather pricy, especially during the summer. While on the island be sure to check out the amazing beaches, say hi to the local Quokkas, an animal indigenous to the island and grab a beer at the Quokka Arms Pub.
What not to do?
Ignore Beach Warnings: Perth has some of the most amazing beaches in the world, however you must always be vigilant when swimming. When possible, swim between the lifeguard flags and always be sure to quickly get out of the water when the shark sirens sound.
Forget your manners: The locals are extremely friendly in Perth but do not forget your manners. Tipping is not a custom here, therefore it’s always very important to remember your manners when you receive great service.
Drive over the speed limit: Perth police have a heavy focus on speeding and drink driving. If you are renting a car be sure to obey all posted speed limits otherwise you are guaranteed to get a fine.
3 fun facts about Perth, Western Australia
- If you need help: People in Perth are extremely friendly, if you find yourself lost or in need of help feel free to ask anyone you see, they will be sure to stop and assist.
- Fringe World Festival: if you are lucky enough to visit Perth in February be sure to check out the Fringe Festival which is the largest annual performance platform in Western Australia (not to be missed).
- Sunniest City in the World: With an average of 8 hours per day of sunshine, 365 days of the year, Perth is the sunniest city in the world. Be sure to apply lots of sunscreen during your visit as the UV is extremely high.
This amazing guide was written by Claire Ryan. Check her out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. She also has a blog, check it out here. If you are looking for more accommodation then check out Agoda and Hostelworld, I highly recommend them. Travel insurance? Go World Nomads, a trusted and reliable travel insurance company.
Author: My name is Claire Ryan, I am an Aussie living in Houston, Texas and when I am not working I love to travel. I have always had a passion for travelling and I really want to share my tips, tricks and experiences with you. Won’t you wander with me?