After picking up our camper on Thursday morning we spent the next 4 nights exploring Perth and the surrounding area.
We chose to stay at Midland Tourist Park, the closest campsite we could find to central Perth. While the facilities were great, some of the other residents meant at times it seemed more like West Midlands Safari Park.
After sorting out a few essentials first (bank accounts, phone contracts) we were ready to start exploring the city.
Taking a walk to Kings park proved to be a great way to start. One of the largest inner city parks in the world, it includes botanical gardens, a war memorial, museums, cafes and most impressive of all – panoramic views of Perth skyline.
Also worth a visit was the waterfront Elizabeth Quay, a recent development including various bars and restaurants as well as an imposing bridge at its centre.
We also managed to fit in a trip to the races during our time in Perth. Taking advantage of the free entry on Good Friday we joined the crowds at the very unoriginally named Ascot Racecourse.
Now this wasn’t something we had planned for so we were worried we would stand out in our travelling clothes. However it appears the Australians causal dress sense extends to the races and it was more t-shirts and shorts than three piece suit.
While we had a great time, unfortunately our luck wasn’t in and we only managed to pick 1 of 8 winners. When a horse called ‘Floyd’ didn’t manage to win, it was clearly not going to be our day and it was back to the campsite rather than a fancy restaurant for dinner.
We were impressed with Perth as a city, it had a nice laidback feel and there has clearly been a lot of money spent on it in recent years. However at times it seemed almost too perfect, and it lacked atmosphere especially in the evenings.
Less impressive was the public transport. While some places had good train links to the city centre, for other journeys we had to rely on infrequent bus services, which meant two of the nights we had to make a 45 minute walk back to our campsite. At $3 (£1.81) to travel in one zone and $4.60 (£2.78) for two zones with the amount of journeys we made this also proved quite expensive.
The highlight of Perth was definitely Kings Park, so much so that we went back a second time, with the skyline equally impressive at night.