[PERTH] - The most isolated city in the world?
Being the capital city of Western Australia, Perth is famous for being the "most isolated city" in the world? The reason is that the city is being completely surrounded by natural landscape, with the Indian Ocean on one side and the Australian outback on the other. Regardless of this, however, Perth has so much to offer. So let's begin!
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Some of you might not know, but this park is actually one of the largest inner city parks in the world! The 400-hectare, bush-filled expanse of Kings Park, smack in the city centre and enjoying epic views, featuring a scientific collection mainly of Western Australian plants. Besides, the State War Memorial Cenotaph is easily identified along Perth's skyline and is one of Kings Park's most iconic features. It's amazing to take a morning or evening walk up here on the hill.
Why don't appreciate the city in a fun way? Segway Tours WA is the first and only guided Segway Tours in Perth, Kings Park, Fremantle and Rottnest Island, Western Australia. It is my very first time to ride a Segway, and I must say it's actually easier than I expect. Friendly staff there will first offer some basic trainings, and then he will cruise with you and show you around according to the route you've picked.
This time, I have gone for the city route which we rode along the scenic Mounts Bay Road along the coast, which brought us to the most popular Instagrammable spot - Crawly Boat Shed (Blue Boat House).
Crawly Boat Shed
With 90 years history already, this iconic boat house blends in with the natural background of a clear blue sky and water, simply relaxing and calm to look at.
Saint Mary's Cathedral
Locating at the centre of Victoria Square, this church is indeed quite eye-catching and close to the CBD. It has undergone 3 stages of construction up till 10 years ago. As a result, you can see how well maintained and renovated the church is. The interior design is very beautiful. I really like how the sunlights came through from the huge glass panes, allowing you to have a moment of calmness and peacefulness.
We kicked off our visit by having lunch at Kallis Fish Market Cafe, which is best-known for its extensive range of local seafood freshly caught daily from the harbour. Seafood can be served in ways you prefer, such as fry, raw or BBQ. If you are craving for seafood, go for the platter as you can sample fish kebabs, cuttlefish, tiger prawns, oysters, octopus and rock lobsters! Another famous dish here is Fish & Chips, which varies daily depending on the catch of the day.
White Elephant Cafe
Fancy a casual beachside dining? Situated at the Gnarabup Beach, which is the longest and most popular swimming beach in Prevelly, such perfect location offers visitors all kinds of meal in a day and even good for a casual wedding. Food here is beautiful and tasty, not to mention the panoramic ocean view you can get here. Stop by and unwind with cool tunes and beach vibes! If you visit at the right time of the year, you might even spy a whale or two passing.
The Aboriginal name for Canal Rocks is Winjee Sam, which refers to the series of granite rocks that jut into the ocean and are separated by canals carved by the sea. Here you can examine the geological features and rocks of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste ridge and experience the powerful forces of wind and water that have helped to shape them. The view here is absolutely spectacular!
Ngilgi Cave Cultural Tour
If you are interested in knowing more about the aboriginal's life, you cannot miss out this tour! Take an exciting tour into the Ngilgi Cave and be mesmerised by a live didgeridoo performance inside. Followed by storytelling and traditional fire-making demonstration by the tour guide, during which visitors can learn how to identify traditional plants, foods and medicines and how they are uniquely related to the six Noongar seasons. What a fun experience!
Also a renowned pre-wedding shooting spot, Busselton Jetty is famous for its the train ride with a total of 1.7 kilometre long across the calm, clear waters across the Indian Ocean. At the end of the track, there is the Underwater Observatory where you can join different underwater tours. From glimpses of dolphins frolicking to watching locals diving into the clear waters, it's a warm and sheltered ride with audio outlining the Jetty’s colourful 152 year history.
Dolphin Discovery Centre
In Bunbury, you can place a visit to the Dolphin Discovery Centre where you can play with the dolphins without interfering their natural habitats, Swim with Dolphins Tour and Econ Cruise are greatly recommended. It is absolutely thrilling to interact with dolphins in such short distance.The discovery centre might be small, but there is great effort in the exhibits showcasing the marine life in this region and conserving the dolphins' habitat at Bunbury.
Another unique experience to experience the city of Perth! Nothing tastes better than fresh seafood – during this luxury seafood adventure you can catch the Western Rock Lobster with the assistance of the crew and learn how to size the crays and get to know more about Western Australia’s crayfish conservation efforts. After that, it's time to enjoy a great seafood banquet cooked fresh on the cruise!
I hope this article can help you get some nice ideas for your journey in WA! Next article would be on my accomodation experiences during this trip, so stay tuned!
*Disclaimer: This trip is a collaboration with and is sponsored by WA Tourism Board & Singapore Airlines.