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1. Posted by jazzbrit (Full Member 98 posts) 9y

Hey travelling people,

Just another question, can anyone who has been to perth tell me what it is like?
can you recommend any good hostels and are there any good avenues for friut picking in WA?

Happy new year..


2. Posted by grasshoppa (Full Member 202 posts) 9y

nope noones ever been...

Perth is very nice and has some great beaches. If you are going in summer it can be very hot though

3. Posted by corinne244 (Budding Member 54 posts) 9y

Hi, yes I went to Perth in Sept of 06. It was a little chilly then but usally nice apparently. Anyway its an alright place- the beaches are nice but then again WA is gorgeous altogether!
A good place to stay in the city is Exclusive backpackers- a small friendly hostel (and cheap) just a quick bus (free blue cat bus) to the city and is next to the river, really pretty area. The YHA is ok although a bit too big and impersonal.If your going to WA make sure you continue up the coast it really is beautiful and if you can do it in a campervan... even better!
Hope you have a good time!

4. Posted by Steve_ell (Budding Member 39 posts) 9y

Been there twice. It's a clean western city. People are relaxed, food is good, climate is great, scenery round about is outstanding. Can't help with hostels or fruit picking though your best bet may be the wine areas south round Margaret River if in season. I think most of Oz's best scenery is in the western half of Oz so Perth is a good start as Oz is a bigish, no huge, place. Have a ball!!

5. Posted by Sherbet185 (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

I'm from Perth so I'll try and help, its quite a small city but there are heaps of things to see in WA cause its so big and Perth is a good place to start from, if its the heat your worried about it's hottest at the end of December /January. Sorry i don't know anything bout the hostels!!! Ummm it's pretty friendly place and pretty safe. Down south is really nice and foresty like Margaret River and up north is more desert but if you go to Monkey Mia you can swim with dolphins and there is really good snorkeling/ diving in Coral bay and Shark bay and the nicest cleanest untouched beaches. If you come i would recommend going to Rottnest island its a short ferry trip from Perth and it has really nice beaches and you can do water sports or bike ride around the island, and these little animals called quokka's there so cute and its the only place in the world there found there kinda like a tiny wallaby the best way to describe i suppose, oh and its also really good fishing there! If you wanna know more just ask me! Oh and Margaret River is good for surfing to and has heaps of nice food and winery's and is really peaceful Cyaaaaaa

6. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 9y

Sherbet185 has mentioned Rottnest which I would highly recommend, especially if you get here anytime between now and early April. The weather should be at it best (and hottest) but the beaches are magnificent. Lots to do around Perth like sailing, water-skiing, bush-walking, diving, snorkelling, sun-bathing, swimming, wine-tasting in nearby Swan Valley (take a wine cruise upriver to Houghton's or Sandalford's wineries), beer-guzzling at boutique breweries, picknicking in King's Park and enjoying outdoor movies during summer. Great restaurants, cafes and pubs and some good local bands.

In a recent survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the Top Ten cities in the world in terms of personal risk, infrastructure and the availability of goods and services are -

1) Vancouver
2) Melbourne
3) Vienna
4) Geneva
5) Perth
6) Adelaide
7) Sydney
8) Zurich
9) Toronto
10) Calgary

Pretty kool that Australia has 4 and Canada has 3 in the top ten, so come on down and find out why.

El Leg

7. Posted by jazzbrit (Full Member 98 posts) 9y

thanks for advice peoples.. much appreciated!!

8. Posted by jax_07 (Full Member 76 posts) 9y

Hey jazzbrit

I spent five weeks in Perth in January 06 and LOVED it!!! It is an absolutely beautiful place!!!

Stayed at a fab hostel called Coolibah Lodge just a five minute walk from the train station and the pubs and clubs! You've got to try Black Betty's on a Wednesday! Brill!!!

Things to do -

1. Have a drink in the Lucky Shag by the Swan Bell Tower.
2. Take the ferry across the river and go to the zoo.
3. Get yourself on a trip up to Exmouth and snorkel at the Ningaloo Reef - don't use Active Safaris (totally ripped us off ).
4. Go to Cottesloe Beach for the Sunday Session (or anytime really).
5. Go to Fremantle and go on the night tour of the Prison!
6. Go to Hilarys!
7. Kings Park is a must see (at certain times of the year they have an open air cinema up there - fab).
8. Go to Rottnest Island and see the quokkas! It is stunning!
9. SHOP!!!!!!!!!!!
10. Have a blast!!!

Not sure about where to go to pick up fruit picking as, lucky for us, we weren't looking for work at that point in our trip. Just ask around in the hostels and they're bound to know!



[ Edit: Edited on Jan 11, 2007, at 5:28 AM by jax_07 ]

9. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 9y

I would also recommend an over night trip to the Pinnacles. It is a great trip with an erie moon landscape feel. Spend the day and watch the sunset and see the pinnacles change colors. Camp out and go sandboarding the next day. Prices a few years ago were about $120AUD well worth the trip.

10. Posted by TessF (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Hi Jazz,

I stayed and worked in Perth for 1 month Nov - Dec 06. It is my favourite 'big' city & I've been to most except Tazi's.

As for hostels, Northbridge is a cool place to stay. Lots of hostels & young people around. And just close enough to the CBD. The free Blue Cat runs through there to get you into the city for free.

I stayed in One World Backpackers on Aberdeen St (my favourite hostel yet). It is reasonably priced $24 pn, relaxed friendly and VERY clean. It is an old house converted to a hostel. It has a great kitchen with an oven & lots of cooking stuff. I highly recommend it!