One day in Perth: the best things to do

Perth was the last place on our Australia itinerary, and we did save one of the best cities for last! This city has a relaxed vibe. It has amazing street art, cool bars, a permanent festival and a huge park offering great views. We had just one day here and I’ll share our itinerary.

But first, a little background…
We had originally planned to stay just one night in Perth and fly home the next day. But during our roadtrip in Western Australia the weather wasn’t that good and our supersmall van was not ideal for rainy weather, as we had no indoor seating area. So we inquired with our Airbnb host and luckily were able to arrive one day earlier. This meant we now had a full day in Perth, which was such a good decision! It would have been a shame to just have a few rushed hours here.

We stayed at a studio we found through Airbnb. It was located in East Perth, near Claisebrook train station. From here, it is a 15 – 20 minute walk to the CBD or a short Uber ride. We enjoy walking and prefer to stay in a quiet area (a good night sleep comes in handy just before a 21-hour flight!), so for us it was a perfect location.

Our itinerary for one day in Perth
As mentioned, we had only one full day in Perth. It is a pretty large city so I am sure we missed a lot of sights, but still we managed to get a good impression of what Perth has to offer. Here’s how we spent our day.

Morning: coffee and street art
We started our day by walking to the CBD from our studio, where we quickly found a place in the sun to get some coffee. Seen as we were flying back to the Netherlands the next day, where it would be cold and rainy, we wanted to enjoy the perfect weather as much as possible. On our walk to the CBD, we already discovered some cool laneways with wonderful street art on the walls.

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Typical laneway with wonderful streetart!

After a long coffee break we headed to Wolf Lane. I had read about it, which is why we went there, but was still surprised to find so many great pieces of street art in one place!

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‘Creepy’ street art in Wolf Lane!

Afternoon: Kings Park & craft beer
We had a big burger for lunch accompanied by a big pint of our favourite Little Creatures beer. Enjoy it while you can right?

Then we walked to Kings Park. This is a huge green park located on a hill, offering views over the CBD and the water. It features a botanical garden, pavillions, an impressive Boab tree and a sky bridge (avoid if you’re afraid of heights!). You can easily spend half a day or even a full day here. We saw lots of people bring their own food, drinks and blanket and picnic with views of the CBD. Must be a great spot for watching the sunset too, I imagine!

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We then walked back to the area our studio was located in, and visited a brewery we had already spotted the day before, called Bright Tank Brewing Co. We ordered a tasting selection of their beers, then headed back to our studio for some rest.

Evening: sunset from South Perth & Kartel festival
After our legs had recovered, we took an Uber to South Perth. Our driver had apparently never been there because she took several wrong exits and we ended up arriving júst in time for the sunset. From the South Perth boulevard you have wonderful views over the water and the skyline of Perth.

After the sun had set, we headed to Mister Walker, located right on the water in South Perth, for a glass of wine. We then took the ferry (that leaves right next to the restaurant) to get back to the CBD. It dropped us off at Elizabeth Quay, where we discovered a free festival and decided to take a look. Apparently, this festival, named Kartel is open all summer.  It had good music, several foodtrucks and a great vibe. We ordered some Mexican food at one of the foodtrucks and a beer to go with it, and stuck around for an hour or so: a festive end to our Australia trip.

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We walked back to our studio and after a day full of walking and impressions were pretty happy to go to bed.

The next morning we went back to the CBD to have a big lunch before flying home and do some last-minute shopping: souvenirs for our family and LOTS of TimTam’s for us! Believe me, try them and you will also stuff as many of them into your backpack as you possibly can before heading home.

And then it was time for our long flight home…

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