Let me be the first to post in the new Show Me series.
I was born in, and now live in Perth (Western Australia).
Many tourists skip Perth on their Australiana tour, since it's so far to travel from the Eastern (more populated) states, and a little costly to get across (and a little costly once you're here too). But, to miss Western Australia (or Wait Awhile as locals affectionately call it) you would be missing quite a lot.
Perth is just the capital. But its got the right sort of people with the lifestyle and attitude being things that tourists rave about. That, and its just the right mix between small-town and big-city. Shops still shut at 6pm, and the roads get quiet around the same time...
If you didn’t live here, where would you live?
Where is the first place you take your guest?
The pub, or the supermarket; depending on the time of day. Quite a few people I've hosted arrive in the evening, hungry, so we head to the supermarket to get some fresh ingredients to cook together (over a few beers of course).
Where can I go to meet travellers?
The backpacker suburbs are definitely Fremantle and Northbridge. Plenty of student-priced bars and backpacker friendly hostels and markets. Let your feet guide you.
Where should I avoid going if I don’t want to run into tourists?
Fremantle Markets, Kings Park, the Bell Tower. But Freo (Fremantle) Markets and Kings Park are definitely worth seeing. Rotto (Rottnest Island) is pricey to get there, but it's the only place to find the Quokka!
Whats your ‘best kept secret’ about where you live?
The beautiful girls; but it's not just Perth, it's all of Australia. I think the best thing about WA is getting out of the city. Hitting the SouthWest for the wineries or forests, or heading north for the sand dunes and coastal towns (and Ningaloo Reef).
What’s the best time to visit?
Summer of course, but if you can't handle the 40 degrees heat, perhaps Spring or Autumn is better for you.
Where are the best eats?
Restaurants come and go, new ones popup, and old ones close down. But I saw a good list published on CouchSurfing a while back for cheap backpacker eating. Don't take my word for it that the prices are still good, or the places are still open. It's fairly comprehensive, so I won't list it here.
Whats something adventurous I can try? I want to push my comfort zone
Where do you go to get away from it all?
The locals always venture out of town. "Down South" to Busselton, Margaret River, Dunsborough, or "Up North" to Lancelin, Wedge Island, or further afield Cervantes.
Where should I get my ‘I was here’ photo taken?
Kings Park of course, overlooking the Perth CBD, another one is down at Cottesloe Beach, or on the waterfront at Fremantle.
What tourist trap should I avoid, and where should I go instead?
Before I travelled, I would have said Rottnest Island. But now that I've been quite a few places, I see the attraction of Rottnest. If you have the cash, it's worth splashing out for the Ferry ticket and a few nights in the campsites.
If I want to get some exercise, low-cost, what would you suggest?
Running along the coast, or the foreshore. Give Jacobs Ladder a go if you're keen.
Best live music venue?
Sh*t Perth people say
This Youtube video totally sums it up.
Some further reading
If you're thinking of a visit to Perth, you should read some of these posts:
- My Home: The Most Isolated City in the World by Nate at Yomadic
- The Ultimate Perth Bucket List by Peter at The Travel Project
- Perth: An Unexpectedly Cool City by Keith at Velvet Escape
- 16 Photos of Cottesloe Beach, Australia by Craig at yTravel