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What to do during the weekends in Perth?

Written by Jasmine Teo, January 2017

Western Australia is the biggest state in Australia with Perth being its capital. As an international student, you may wonder what to do during the weekends as a getaway from all the assignments and studying. As for many years, it was regards as a “big country town” and it’s “boring” as compare to Melbourne or Sydney.  But there are actually a lot of things you can do or places to visit in Perth.

 Here are some suggestions of places you can visit during the weekend:

Fremantle

Just 30 minutes by car or train from Perth city. Freo (commonly know by the locals) is a dynamic port city known for its eclectic mix of arty and alternative types. Take the opportunity to wander and explore the streets of Freo filled with Georgian and Victorian-ear Architecture.

Or visit the iconic Fremantle Market, which is opened on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday (or even Monday if it's a public holiday). This hall with a history of over 100 years, offers products of all kinds including fresh produce, specialty food, fashion, crafts and Indigenous art and live music and performance.

Alternatively, head down to Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour to feast on fresh seafood and fish and chips. If seafood is not your thing, head on down to he local brewery for some handcrafted local beers. These brew houses also offer some great beery bites and a lively, family-friendly atmosphere for a meal. 

If you love the beach and sun, head on down to Freo’s four beach hotspots – Port Beach, Leighton Beach, South Beach or Bathers Beach.

You can head down to have a picnic with your friends on a fine spring afternoon while enjoying the spectacular view of the Swan River, or take a pleasant walk to explore the Bushland walk trails, tranquil parkland and botanic garden.

Kings Park and Botanic Garden

Kings Park and Botanic Garden is a beautiful green space in the heart of the city. Spanning 400.6 hectares and located adjacent to the Swan River is approximately 1.5km from the Perth CBD. Kings Park and Botanic Garden showcases an outstanding collection of the State’s unique Flora.

You can head down to have a picnic with your friends on a fine spring afternoon while enjoying the spectacular view of the Swan River, or take a pleasant walk to explore the Bushland walk trails, tranquil parkland and botanic garden.

Lake Navarino

Nestle in the Jarrah Forest, an hour and a half from Perth between Warroona and Dwellington is Western Australia’s best kept secret, Lake Navarino. Lake Navarino is great for a camp trip with friends and those who are looking for a truly natural experience. You can engage in various activities such as mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, canoeing and etc. to relax get in touch with nature.

 

Swan Valley

Swan Valley is home to WA’s oldest wine growing region located 25 minutes away from Perth. Swan Valley offers a long list of gourmet goods, from extra virgin olive oils, specialty cheese, marinated olives, tapenades, dried fruits, pickles and preserves to handmade chocolate, fudge, truffles, nuts and nougat. 

And of course not to forget, Swan Valley is also home to some of the oldest vineyards. As you drive along Swan Valley, keep a look out for free tastings of local wines, cheese, dried fruit and nuts, etc.

Western Australia is such a big state with an endless array of options of places to visit. So as students, besides focusing on your studies, take the opportunity to explore what Perth has to offer.

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