Perth Australia is the furthest place from my hometown of Minneapolis. Technically a small artic island, Perth is the largest city that is furthest from my home. 17,105km with Earth’s circumference being 40,000km, Perth is the closest on land I will ever get to being halfway around the world. Check out the furthest city form your hometown.
I ventured off to Perth for this exact reason. I didn’t think too much of the city going into it, so I had planned a trip to Bali after Perth to have more of an adventure. Perth is one of the most underrated cities I have been too; the town is very clean, transit is well organized, and there are many things to do.
On this trip, I decided not to pre-book anything and was going to go each day by day. I did have to book one day advance for my day three trip as reservations were filling up fast, but everything else was planned as the minute arrived.
Day 1 – Arrival & City Views 08.24.2019
After my 8-hour flight time from Christchurch to Perth, I checked into my Airbnb. This was a first for me, this place was rented out to multiple guests sharing a kitchen, similar to a hostel. I have not done this with Airbnb before, overall I saved a lot of money and the expereince was good. You can checkout the place I stayed at here. If you haven’t stayed using an Airbnb before, use my code to get $50 off your first stay.
I decided to walk throughout the city and make my way to the Bell Tower. This wasn’t much to look at, but the walk gave me some time to enjoy the city and Perth’s beautiful skyline.
Day 2 – Beach & Rottnest Island 08.25.2019
One thing I enjoy about traveling abroad is going to cities with major infrastructure and well-organized transit. Sometimes I will take the subway or train with no intentions of going anywhere, and as I see something cool, I get off.
I arrived at the transit station and spoke with one of the attendants; they recommended I take the train out to Cottesloe beach, which worked out perfect because it was on the way to Freemantle, which has a ferry to Rottnest Island.
The transit system is about 14$ AUD for the whole day. I arrived in Cottesloe and walked to the beach. It took a moment to realize and reflect that itis almost the same travel time to fly west to home than it to fly East backover Australia.
After a few hours at the beach, I made my way to Freemantle. I arrived and caught the last Rottnest Express Ferry out to Rottnest Island for the day. Round trip Ferry is 70$ AUD and 20 minutes each way.
Rottnest Island the home of the Quokka selfie is very bike-friendly island, a lot of people would hire a Bike for the day 30$ AUD and bike the whole island, which is 27km all the way around. Depending which way you go the first third o the last third would be difficult, as there some hills to bike up and down.
The total was 19 destination stop and view. I took the hop on hop off bus, which was 20$ AUD stopped at destination six and then walked to destination 8. From there I caught the bus again, which ran every 30 minutes and headed out to West End. This is the furthest place from my home town, coming in at 17,127km. The west end has some amazing views from the top of a cliff, and there are also New Zealand fur seals, but the view of the seals isn’t too good, nothing compared to my experience in Dunedin.
A quick note, rottnest island had by far the nicest beaches I have ever seen in my life.
Ending my trip back at the central station, where you will find plenty of Quokka, it was time to try to do the famous Instagram selfie. I tried for about a half-hour and had much difficulty, but I was able to get a picture of the “cutest animal on earth.”
Day 3 – Western Australia Tour 08.26.2019
I pre-booked a tour with Adams Company; this was a 12-hour tour in a coach bus that went North up the Western Australian coast to see the Pinnacles and to do some sandboarding in Lancelin. I only have positive things to say about Adam’s Company and would highly recommend taking a tour with them.
The day starts by heading out to Caversham Wildlife Park and doing a quick 45-minute tour. This tour only focuses on Kangaroos, Wombats, and Koala. However, you could easily spend hours here if you wanted to make a separate trip out there. They have many other animals to see.
Next stop was a long drive up to Cervantes where we had lunch and a Lobster tour. Then it was off to the main event, the Pinnacles.
Something that I would never do again, but happy that I took the time to see this place. A few theories have been thought up by scientists, but so far no answer has been widely accepted. Check out the theories here.
Last stop on the tour was at the Lancelin Sand Dunes, we got into a large Van with 4WD and were driven all over the sand dunes. After about 20 minutes we took a break to do some sandboarding. There are two options you can either stand on the board and go straight down or slide down like a sled. Since you’re not able to carve the sand like a snowboard I opted for the sit-down version but still had a great time. There was an option with a different company to hire ATV’s if you’re interested.
Here is a qucik video of me sandboarding at Lancelin Sand Dunes. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel.
Day 4 – Last Day 08.27.2019
My plan for this was to have lunch down by the river, which I did anyway; however, my flight was delayed almost five hours, so I spent a lot longer sitting down by the river than initially planned. I had trouble finding a locker at the transit station, so I had to carry my luggage.
Anyway, it was still a nice time to relax and view the beautiful skyline, before heading to Ubud, Bali.
I’m not sure I would ever go back to Perth (Due to long travel time) but I was very impressed by the city and am glad I took the trip. There is plenty to do and some beautiful beaches and surf spots. Even in the winter, there is plenty to do.
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