[All content and prices updated September 2013]

Why you should add Perth to your Indie/RTW trip

Perth has developed a self-sustaining industries all its own, and its residents enjoy a relatively high standard of living. With temperatures similar to that found in Sydney, but minus the humidity, Perth continues to experience population growth, slowly extending south along the coastline.
  • The capital of Western Australia, and home to more than three-fourths of the state's population, Perth is the world's most remote capital - Adelaide sits 2-3 days away via car.
  • There are a multitude of quiet and uncrowded beaches along the Perth Coastline.
  • Though it's becoming more and more populated and vibrant, Perth is still a laid-back, quiet, and safe city to visit - easy to get caught up in the slow-paced lifestyle and stay a while, particularly if you're on a long-term, RTW trip.
  • There are plenty of parks and green spaces to relax in.
  • There is a surprisingly large number of immigrants in Perth, creating a rich diversity in both culture and cuisine.
  • It's an easy city to get around, and the people are super welcoming and friendly.

Indie travel tips for Perth

  • Find out what a quokka looks like on Rottnest Island.
  • Hang out for a day in trendy “Freo.”
  • Go surfing in the huge waves of the Margaret River.
  • Whale-watch for humpback whales migrating south for summer.
  • Head to Northbridge for the nightlife. It also has some top notch restaurants.
  • Grab a photo of you surfing on Wave Rock.
  • Skywalk in the Valley of the Giants.
  • Dolphin watch in Bunbury or Monkey Mia.
  • Swim with the sharks in Shark Bay. Harmless whale sharks, that is.

Transportation

Flying into Perth is the most popular method of arrival given the remoteness of it. Trains are available, but not cheap, and there is currently no coach service between Perth and Adelaide. There is a Greyhound that offers coach service from Darwin, but it's a 2.5 day journey.

Accommodation

The cost of living in Perth is high, so travel in Perth is also high. There are plenty of hostels available, but be prepared to spend a little more than you're used to (think $25-30USD for a dorm bed).