I and my two children (daughter, fifteen, son, seventeen) took a fantastic seven-week odyssey to Down Under during late in Spring and Summer 2006. Perth is the most fantastic city. The four days total in this great place was diminished only by a tour we had taken to the pinnacles. We absolutely must return, and spend more time going South and to the Northwest section of Australia!
I live here, and agree about the beaches -- simply the best.
Perth is awesome. They have the best hyro buds to smoke! Get high, lie in the sun on the beach -- beats working.
Eleven years ago I was in Perth during a year's backpacking through Oz. I spent three months there and got a job with Perth City Council, with the parks and gardens department. Perth's the best city in Oz in my opinion. Great weather, beaches, nightlife, and it's not too big. I would love to go back to Perth one day.
Make time for a daytrip to Rottnest Island -- take a ferry from Fremantle (cheapest and quickest, about thirty minutes) and find yourself in a beautiful bike-only island with wonderful swimming, snorkeling, and landscapes for a great day-trip.
Make sure too that you hit up the Swan Valley for some brilliant vineyards and incredible German and Oz micro-breweries. Nightlife? Your choice of Northbridge, Perth, Mt. Lawley, Fremantle, Leederville, or Subiaco.
I so agree about the beaches! Also many good cafes and restaurants in Subiaco, Leederville, Northbridge and Fremantle. Public transport tips - All travel by bus in the inner central area is covered by the Free Transit Zone (FTZ), bounded roughly by Thomas Street, the Graham Farmer Freeway and the river. Enforcement of fares outside the FTZ is strict and fines are steep, but most attractions can be reached on a $3 for 2 hour ticket ($1.30 on concession). All-day tickets ($7 for after 9am) are often worth considering if you're out and about all day. One small place worthy of checking out at sunrise on a Sunday is Star Swamp, the North Beach village and adjoining beach.
Perth is the best city in Oz. It's so laid back, with loads of decent beaches, pubs, clubs, and decent weather.
My favourite city. More laid back than Sydney, with better weather and better beaches.
Perth is the capital of Western Australia and is home to the majority of Western Australia's population. A Perth hostel is not hard to find -- in fact, many can be seen from the major busport/ train station. Perth has a few big street malls which are fun to visit. Internet access, grocery stores, and ATMs are all easily accessible here as well. Conveniently, there is a free city bus route that can get you at least close to wherever you might want to be in the city.
Perth hostels are a good place to stay to check out the healthy music scene based in the city. One sight in Perth that you should not miss is King's Park. It is the largest park in a metropolitan area in Australia and is filled with unique bridges and lots of regional flora and fauna. Concerts are sometimes held in King's Park.
When you come to the end of your Perth hostel stay we recommend checking out the areas south of the city, such as Esperance, and Margaret River, or north of the city like Geraldton, Monkey Mia, or Exmouth. If you are coming into Western Australia by plane, you will have to stop through Perth to get to these areas. Perth has excellent train and bus transport that can take you just about anywhere in WA.