48 Hours in Perth
This week, I visited Perth (Australia) for the first time. In total, I had 48 hours in Perth, and had a really great time walking through gardens and viewing the sculptures at Elizabeth Quay.
I flew into Perth on Wednesday afternoon, after a long day of flying and travelling. I originally left Auckland at 7.10am (with an awful wakeup time of 3 am to make sure I arrive at the airport on time). My flight from Auckland went to Melbourne, and then I had an hour and a half to get to the domestic terminal to catch my plane to Perth. I had a good flight and spoke to the guy sitting next to me. He was telling me about how he takes his grandchildren away on holidays to help broaden their horizons and have different cultural experiences. It’s always nice sitting next to friendly people on the plane, and I’ve noticed a lot more people wanting to actually talk recently!
A little bit about Perth:
Perth is the capital city of the state of Western Australia. It is set on the Swan River, named for the black swans that were seen on the river by the first European explorers in Perth. However, Swan River’s Aboriginal name is Derbarl Yerrigan. Perth is one of the most isolated cities in the world!
My 48 hours in Perth:
It hasn’t been too cold here, which has been a nice break from the chilly weather in Auckland!
On Thursday, I caught a hop-on-hop-off bus to take me around the city. I spent a while sitting on it, just watching the world go by, but decided to get off at King’s Park and the Botanic Gardens. There are some really beautiful buildings here in Perth.
I had a really great time wandering around the park and gardens. It’s always nice walking through nature because it’s just really relaxing. There were some really great views of the city from the park, and even though it started raining, I had a great time!
After spending a long time walking around, I hopped back on the bus to go to the discount shopping mall. I didn’t buy anything, but I just needed to make sure I saved enough to do the next day. I went to the Coffee Club for tea and banana bread. However, I probably could have found a nicer cafe, but I was pretty hungry by this point!
Finally, I went to the Murray Street and then on to H&M because I desperately needed another singlet top. I realised that I left my other one behind, and singlet tops are a really good basic for under jumpers and blouses etc. The H&M was in a really beautiful old building.
Day Two in Perth:
My second day in Perth was very slow. I ended up getting a late check out of my hotel, as my flight was really late and there wasn’t a huge amount left for me to do in Perth.
After I left the hotel, I walked to Elizabeth Quay and enjoyed all of the architecture and sculptures there. I had a mediocre hot chocolate and then went to the train station to go to Fremantle (or, Freo as the locals call it).
Fremantle was pretty interesting. Lots of beautiful old buildings, a more relaxed atmosphere than the hustle and bustle of central Perth. I went to the Round House but didn’t go inside. After having a really good walk around, I decided that my 10,000 steps deserved a cup of tea at Chalkys, which is directly opposite the Round House. There were some really nice secondhand book shops and the Fremantle Market was really cool too! It kind of reminded me of some of the markets in London.
After Fremantle, I went back to Perth and got an uber from my hotel to the airport. There was a nice sunset on the way!
Places of interest to visit:
The Round House (Fremantle).
Elizabeth Quay (Perth) – sculptures, cool bridges and architecture.
Botanical Gardens and King’s Park (Perth) – good views of the city and a nice walk through nature.