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1. Posted by JamieSmith (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

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Hi,

I've been discussing my flights and places I'd like to visit with my tour guide and she advised me that unless I know family in Perth, its not worth visiting as it's just another beach.

I've heard mixed things about it and that the coral coast is much better than Cairns as it's not as commercial etc.

I'm flying to Sydney, then will be going to Adelaide so wondered if it was best going from there?

Not sure what I would do whilst in Perth so if any of you have any suggestions that would be great.

Thanks

2. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 9y

Perth was my favourite city in Australia, but then I lived and worked there as opposed to just visiting. Its worth a visit just for Rottnest Island though - a sand island with no vehicles allowed - just bikes. Amazing beaches and marine life, you hire a bike and cycle round the island. Highly recomended. A boat trip down the swan is worthwhile too.

Depending on how long your in the area theres Margaret River to the south (gorgeous wine country) and Esperance a day or 2 away.

The pinnacles are pretty cool to the north. It all depends on how long you wanna stay there.

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Although I haven't been to Perth, but I have heard many positive things about the city and it surroundings, meaning southwest australia in general.
Don't know if how many time you have in Australia, but driving from Adelaide to Perth can be a highlight of your trip. Just got back from Australia and decided that next time I want to go from Sydney to Perth by car. The Nullarbor Plain, although flat and endless, is really something that is in my mind. If you don't want to drive, maybe take a cheap reclining seat in the train! Across the longest stretch of straight railway: over 450 km!
Along the way there are great surf spots (eyre peninsula) and in season possibilities of seeing whales.
Also there are some old forests in the southwest with tall and big trees, which is unique to this area.
Not many travelers take this route, but it should be fantastic. Do it!

4. Posted by qlong (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

Perth is well worth it. There is Rottnest and Freemantle Prison tours whioch are exccellent.

The Swan river and make an effort to get to Margaret River - it is the best wine region in Australia and many Aussies (me included) are dying to get there.

Cheers
Q

5. Posted by paulandjes (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

Perth is definitely worth a visit!! The Freemantle Prison tour is really good. Margaret River wine region is beautiful and the Pinnacles are really weird and very alien like. People are friendly and helpful. We stayed in a hostel called The Witches Hat (Northbridge??) which is right near the free bus that goes into the city.

6. Posted by Chris T (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

I am in Adelaide at the moment, and have asked a similar question on another post whether to go north or to the west. I keep hearing such good things about Perth, but it’s a long way to drive, so hope im not disappointed if I do decide to go. When are you planning to go to Perth?

7. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 9y

Go west without a doubt!

I know its a long way, but that should be an incentive.

From Adelaide we went north to Flinders ranges, then spent Christmas at streaky bay, headed west across the Nullabor, (check out the Great Australian Bight), then spent New year at Esperance (best beaches in Oz I reckon), went to Cape le Grande, the porrungurups, Denmark, Valley of the Giants, Pemburton and finally Margaret River before arriving in Perth.

Theres bugger all on the north route apart from Coober Pedy, Uluru and kings Canyon.

Go west, you wont regret it!

8. Posted by JamieSmith (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

Thanks for your responses. That was one of the things in the back of my mind about how far it was. Didn't know whether to fly/train/drive it, suppose you see more when your not in the air.

I'm heading over to Aus in October and to be honest i'm not sure where I want be and for how long! I've got friends in Sydney so might stay there until the new year. Gonna go to Adelaide as have friends there too, so was thinking of going over to Perth after there

9. Posted by JamieSmith (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

Thanks for your responses. That was one of the things in the back of my mind about how far it was. Didn't know whether to fly/train/drive it, suppose you see more when your not in the air.

I'm heading over to Aus in October and to be honest i'm not sure where I want be and for how long! I've got friends in Sydney so might stay there until the new year. Gonna go to Adelaide as have friends there too, so was thinking of going over to Perth after there

10. Posted by Chris T (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

Cool, found Sydney very expensive, while your there check out Manly. Also when you get to Adelaide, check out glenelg. will let you know how long it takes to drive if i do go to Perth next month.