I had read a lot about Perth while researching my trip. It is a very cosmopolitan city with many different cultures merging together. In fact, around half the people that live in Perth, were not born in Australia. Brett, my South African backpacking friend, says a lot of ex South Africans live in the city.
The flight took around five hours so I had some time to catch up on much needed sleep. I also had a chance to reflect on my tour so far. I love travel and I think travel journalism is definitely something I want to continue with.
My 24 hours in Perth went a little like this…
The flight landed in Perth and I quickly grabbed by gear and headed straight to the hotel to unpack. The hotel was very modern. My room was clean and neat with beautiful decor including some very funky but modern floor lamps which were strategically placed throughout the room, allowing for multiple lighting effects. I love it when hotels pay attention to detail like this, they don’t just see you as a number, but as an individual with individual tastes.
I headed down to the restaurant next to the hotel for a relaxing supper. I had really tasty paella and a delicious cheese cake for dessert. The restaurant itself was very quaint and cozy. It had a beautiful antique wall clock as the centre piece above the 3 seater bar. The wall clock was old and just fitted into the place so well. Whoever did the interior design knew what they were doing. It was a majestic piece.
I headed back to the hotel to turn in for the night. I wanted to catch up on some of the sleep I had missed out on and I had planned a very active day the next day.
I decided to get up really early and take a long walk along City Beach. What a stunning morning I had chosen. There wasn’t a breath of wind. A lot of people were out and about, cycling, surfing, skate boarding and walking.
I stopped at the local cafe for a cup of coffee and a nice breakfast. There are numerous cafes dotted throughout Perth with plenty of incredible meal options.
Good thing I had managed to get to bed early as I had planned a few activities for the day. I hired a mountain bike and rode up to King Park, which has numerous lookout points over the city and the Swan River.
I really wanted to spend some time in the Australian sun so I headed off to North beach, a great secluded little beach just outside the city. Australians are very knowledgeable when it comes to sun protection, so I made sure I got some advice from the local pharmacy as well as purchasing some sun products. I also acquired a small beach umbrella for further protection if the sun was too harsh.
The beach was fantastic, although it was fairly hot. I cooled off in the sea whenever I needed.
I went back to the hotel to pack and catch a cab for the 5 hours flight to my final destination in Australia.
My journey was coming to an end. Only Hobart was left! What an amazing journey it had been so far, one that I would remember forever!