Perth Budget City Guide
Perth may be the city of billionaires, but even the most frugal visitor can holiday like royalty with a little inside knowledge and a pocketful of chump change.
Day 1: Today you laugh at all those people who pay for exorbitantly priced coach tours:
- Who needs a limo when you can have your very own CAT bus driver chauffeuring you around Perth on three different tours of the city, all free.
- At the Malaga Markets you’ll find more than 100 stalls flogging everything from cleanskins wines (with free tastings), fruit and vegies to express haircuts and discount books.
- Take a $2 cruise on a ferry from Barrack St. Jetty to South Perth. Say aboard for the return, or wander back over the Narrows Bridge, or the causeway over Heirisson Island.
- Be a devil and splash out at Hare Krishna's Food for Life where for a cool $6 they’ll fill you up on delicious vegetarian fare and even throw in dessert and a drink.
Day 2: Time to collect your pound of historical and cultural flesh:
- Take a tour around the Art Gallery of Western Australia, sizing up the excellent collection of Aboriginal, local and international art and design.
- See how the pollies spend the people’s money on a tour of Parliament of Western Australia. On sitting days, you can even watch the childish insults fly from the public galleries of the Legislative Assembly.
- Arise Sir Rustalot and gallop to the Millennium Medieval Emporium store - kind of like a museum, except you can actually buy suits of armour, chain mail, axes, helmets and other must have fashion accessories.
- For a quick and thoroughly orientaliscious meal for under $20, head to Taka Japanese Cuisine in the city.
Day 3: It’s your last day in Australia’s sunniest city, grab the sunscreen and hat, we’re off:
- Relax along the Swan River foreshore, walking, cycling, barbequing and picnicking to your heart’s content.
- Take the bus down to sugar sand Cottesloe Beach for a swim, snorkel or surf in the patrolled area. Then have lunch and a beer at a local pub overlooking the water.
- Hire a car and head for the Hills. Visit the Perth Hills National Park Centre where they will point you in the direction of beaten tracks, wine trails and swimming holes – preferably not in that order.
- If you happen to in Perth on a Tuesday you should ‘anderlay, anderlay areeba’ your way to Sante Fe Restaurant in Sabiaco for huge $2 tacos. Or roll up any night between 6-7pm for Happy Hour.
Recommended Perth Budget Hotels:
- Get social at the Billabong Backpackers Resort Perth with a game of beach volleyball on the court or Marco Polo in the pool.
- Facebook your friends and family what an awesome time you’re having on the free wireless internet at the Criterion Hotel Perth—that’s if you’re not too busy shooting pool.
- Save money on transport at the Kings Perth Hotel in the heart of the CBD, just a stroll to the nightlife of Northbridge and the Perth Train Station.
See the list below for more Perth Budget Hotels.
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