I live in Perth so I can tell you of some of my favourite things to see and do here... - BEACH!!!: The weather is usually very pleasant all day (unlike the quickly changing weather of a Melbourne), so it is great to spend the day at the beach. - “Down South”: one of my favourite weekend trips is to Dunsborough (about 3hours drive south of Perth), Margaret River (visit the chocolate factory), and Busselton (with the Busselton Jetty). There are campsites and chalets that you can stay in which are usually a short distance from the small towns. There are also amazing beaches all along the coast Down South. - Fremantle: there are the popular markets in Fremantle where tourists enjoy visiting, the Fremantle Prison, lots of nice cafes and restaurants to eat fish and chips by the ocean. - Rottnest Island: another popular tourist destination with the very loveable and photogenic Quokkas who love taking selfies. You can get here via the ferry and can hire bikes to ride around the island or catch the bus around. There are lots of great snorkelling beaches here and is a great place for families. You can also stay on the island at different accommodations.
These are some the most popular activities but there are heaps of other things to do and see :)
In the past year (june 2018 - june 2019) Western Australia has almost 30,000 Visitors from Japan. I have not personally met many Japanese tourists but I would definitely recommend a visit! I would love to visit Japan soon... if you have any favourite places that you think I would enjoy seeing please let me know 😊
I would recommend Kyoto. I think it's a laid-back city that has many historical buildings and popular tourist spots. Hushimi Inari shrine is a must-go place. It's kind of like a gate with hundreds of consecutive shrines. I think it's as beautiful as Swan river and nothing goes better than the Rottnest island in Japan. Kyoto doesn't go wrong if you can't decide where to travel in Japan. I don't live in Kyoto though. I hope you'll like it.
@tsusinki2 I personally find it quite simple, however, Perth is quite spread out and we only have about 5 train lines (with many bus routes). I find it convenient to get to all of the main attractions and the into the city by catching the train and/or bus. The transportation system is called TransPerth and there is an app to help show the best routes to take with the timetables of the public transport. There is a transport card called a SmartRider but you can also buy tickets at the train station or by paying cash on the bus to the driver. For a tourist, I don’t think it is necessary to purchase a SmartRider but you can buy tickets easily. Fares vary depending on where you are travelling to (you can look at the maps and see how many “zones” you will be travelling through to determine the ticket and pricing). There are also a few free busses that run in the city.
@tsusinki2 I totally agree with this. I feel safe walking around the city at night (however, I don’t do it often because not many stores stay open very late). I live in the northern suburbs of Perth and I keep my back door open each night without the fear of intruders. This might not be the best idea but I feel safe enough to do it haha
@Maddy_Bartlett Sounds great! I have something to ask. I know many parts of Australia has suffered from bushfires. I'm wondering if the west side has been affected by the bushfires as well as the east side... It actually seems that many people are taking to the streets. What is it like in Perth?
We have had a few isolated fires (seperate events from the larger bushfires that are being broadcasted internationally), but those are expected in the dry heat of the summer and are seen each year during this time. As for the big fires, we are not physically affected with any flames or smoke at the moment - if I had no prior knowledge of the fires, I would not notice any difference in my day-to-day happenings. Saying that, people in Perth are emotionally moved and efforts to raise money and resources for the people and animals affected by the big fires are taking place nationally.
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