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I am going to be in Perth for 5 days and I have never been before. What are the best places to see? Is Rottnest Island as good as they say?

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    For Perth, the city itself really isn't *that* amazing, maybe you should spend a day poking around just to say you have been there but that is about it.

    Must dos are catching the train down to Freemantle (if you can between thursday - sunday as the markets are open then and things in general are a little busier) - There is plenty to do and see there, lots of interesting shops, some good nightlife, and perhaps most importantly the Little Creatures brewery :). I also think visiting Perth without spending a day at one of its beaches is a crime, so check them out - one of my favouites is Cottesloe, and it is easy to get to as well (on the same train line as Freemantle, about 20 mins out of Perth).

    Rottnest is actually pretty nice, and fits in well with a lot of Perth's attractions (being more about relaxing and having fun than anything else). There is an awesome sunset from there, and the island really is beautiful - a good way to see it is just to cycle around it.

    One of the bad things about WA is that everything is so spaced out, so if you actually do want to get out of Perth on a 5 day schedule you are kind of out of luck, although if you can find the time I recommend heading south to Margaret River (3ish hours drive south) - a very relaxing place full of good wineries :). almost 8 years ago

    Answered by Jaidev S via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    I agree with Jai, Rottnest is well worth the day trip. Get out there and hire a bike and some snorkelling gear and ride around the island. Take a towel though, some of the people I was with didn't manage that step and were a bit cold as they dripped dry.

    It's not so much a tourist site, but a fun activity that as far as I know is only available in WA - Supagolf. It's half way between golf and mini-golf, 4 rubber headed clubs and a big ball, shortish 120m holes. Great fun. I recommend booking though, it wasn't that easy to get in. There's one course in the Swan Valley and another in Margaret River, so it can easily be combined with a day at the wineries. almost 8 years ago

    Answered by David Benda via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    5 days is not enough for WA. As everything is so spread out you are kinda stuck in Perth. If anyhow possible give yourself more time over there.

    I agree with Rottnest Island and Fremantle as must dos. If possible stay in Rottnest over night. There's plenty to do. But also give Perth a chance. It's nice walking up to King's park from where on you have a nice view of the city. Take a stroll around the sights and relax at the beach. almost 8 years ago

    Answered by Corinne via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Advice was well worth it.

    We spent a night at Rottnest and a day snorkelling. Unluckely got stung by a jelly fish though (around my face just so it looks good). It was really nice and we times it with the Freo to Rottnest swim which is a crazy 6 hour race.

    Went to the array of breweries there.
    Fav beers:
    Angus Pale Ale - strongly hopped ale from Swan Brewery in Perth
    Madmonk Freja - crisp citrusey wheat beer from Madmonk in Freo (lots of interesting beers here inc. smoked beer)
    Little Creatures - in general a great selection of tasty beers but none that stand out as fantastic

    We went to some places in Perth but my advice is to stay away from the north-eastern part of town, it gets a bit dodgy at night.

    Great area to stay and go out is Highgate (and I heard Lederville is good) almost 8 years ago

    Answered by Nicholas Roberts via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Awesome, so you liked Madmonk more than Little Creatures? Will have to check out it over 7 years ago

    Answered by Jaidev S via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    There are plenty of things to see and do in Perth it just depends on what you are interested in.
    In the Perth CBD you can visit the Art Gallery, Museum and Library in the Perth Cultural Centre, nearby there's also the Perth Mint and on the river foreshore there's the Bell Tower and Ferris Wheel.
    Northbridge has a large range of eateries for all budgets.
    You can take a ferry from the foreshore across to South Perth and visit the Zoo or hire a surf cat and sail on the river.
    Kings Park seems to be a must for most visitors and Fremantle is definately worth a visit for it's convict history, heritage buildings, eateries and markets.
    The best beaches are 20 min from the CBD, west of the city, good for surfing and swimming any time of the year and there are various eateries along the beach strip.
    A little further afield is the Swan Valley with its wineries, breweries, restauraunts, chocolate factory and nougat factory.
    Have a look at www.perthtouristcentre.com.au to get a better idea of what is available that you might be interested in. over 7 years ago

    Answered by Joanne Dumaresq via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Hi, I've made a website of great things to do in and around Perth.
    Please visit: http://perth.netii.net/ almost 7 years ago

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    Beaches, at Cottesloe, Scarborough, Hillarys. Hillarys Boat Harbour (Sorrento Quay). Shopping at big centres like Karrinyup, Joondalup, Whitfords.
    Claisebrook Village, East Perth.
    Kings Park is a must, catch the Red Cat there.
    St Marys Cathedral.
    The Mint.
    Heirisson Island where you may spot a Kangaroo.
    Pinnaroo Cemetary where you wil see many kangaroos at dusk. It is a pretty spot with lakes and natural bush.
    City of Joondalup. and Neil Hawkins Park to see kangaroos at dusk and parrots during the day. See the details on my site at: http://www.dukesapartments.com/Things%20to%20do%20in%20and%20around%20Perth.htm over 5 years ago

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    There is many things to do. I spend three hours snorkeling in Basin about 5 years ago

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    I agree.
    I live in Victoria but I go to Perth at least twice a year. I love Perth it is so relaxing and pretty. It's nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of VIC.
    anyway,
    Karrinyup is a good shopping centre. Garden City isn't too bad either..
    Kings Park is so big and stunning. The view from the top is just amazing.
    Cottosloe beach is a MUST. However, everytime I have been the waves are CRAZY. A more relaxed beach is South Beach. Its also really nice to walk your dog are have a BBQ.
    Perth city is quite boring... but I guess thats because I'm so used to having everything in VIC.
    Everytime I go to Perth I HAVE TO visit Swan Valley. Absolutely gorgeous!! Beautiful wineries. And you must go to the Chocolate Factory over there. Also, Feral's (a pub) is a really nice place to eat.
    Margaret River isn't the greatest.. I don't know why people make such a fuss. But Dunsborough and Busselton are both such beautiful places I couldn't believe my eyes..
    the water is sparkling blue and its great to get a gelati afterwards.
    Also, if you want to go on a holiday on your holiday. I suggest you visit Jurien Bay. Its quite isolated and I recommend you bring things to eat - DO NOT buy anything from over there - however the beaches surrounding it are amazing. The whitest sand I have ever seen in my life. The water was so crystal blue we actually saw a fish and it swam around us. I can't remember which beach it was but it wasnt too far. Also the sand dunes are pretty. Many emus and roos around. From perth is about 3hrs 21m to get to Jurien Bay. But its so worth it. The scenery is fantastic. On the way you drive through desert, then just as ur about to get there, you instantly hit beach.

    Perth Zoo is a waste of time. When I went there almost every animal wasn't in their enclosure. I barely saw anything. That was 4 years ago. They could've gotten better. But as far as I know. It was a waste.

    Theres so much to do. But thats what I reccomend. over 4 years ago

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    I almost forgot!! Hillary's Boat Harbour is also a great place to visit! Many things to do there. over 4 years ago

    Answered by Jasmine via Site_iconTravellr.com

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