Last Christmas, Anna, Yuki & I spent the best time together at Perth.
We’ve known each other since we were 13 but it’s the first time we went for a trip together – our girls only Christmas vacation!
Perth may not be the most popular city in Australia, but as it definitely deserves more love and attention, I’ve decided to write about this beautiful city, before we explore Sydney & Melbourne.
So, 5 days, where did we go?
Day 1 – 23rd Dec: Perth City Centre
Stop #1: Elizabeth Quay
Probably one of the landmarks in Perth, Elizabeth Quay is in Perth’s CBD, surrounded by good restaurants and shopping centres. Look at our happy faces 🙂
Stop #2: London Court
I really liked this area as it reminded me of London and Europe. Surprisingly it’s also located in the CBD so it’s a very unique experience shopping on an old English street in the City.
Stop #3: Swan Bells
The Swan Bells are a set of 18 bells hanging in a tower by the Swan River. We didn’t go in but obviously you can have a go at chiming the bells. Bell ringing takes place Monday to Saturday from 10:30am – 2:30pm every 30 minutes, and Sunday from 12pm-1pm.
Stop #4: Kings Park
Overlooking the city centre of Perth, Kings Park is one of the largest inner city parks in the world. The view here’s amazing as you can see! We spent a bit of time here relaxing under the tree 😉
Day 2 – 24th Dec: Margaret River & Busselton Jetty
The next morning, we were off to Busselton Jetty to celebrate Christmas Eve! Even the train had Christmas decorations on it! We were so excited to spend the day at “the longest wooden jetty in the world”!
Day 3 – 25th Dec: Blue Boat House – Fremantle – The Best Beaches
Stop #1: Blue Boat House
You’ve seen this little blue house on postcards haven’t you? It’s so famous that the queue was 30 minutes long! But it’s totally worth it as this photo then became my cover photo – great shot I’d say?
Stop #2: Fremantle
We spent half of the day here at Fremantle and it was the best decision ever to came here on Christmas Day. It’s normally a busy area as they have many shops and bars around, but when we were there it’s a complete ghost town as all the shops were closed and we experienced a totally different vibe – it’s so quiet & peaceful. We owned the whole town!
Stop #3: Cottesloe Beach
We arrived here after 6pm as we wanted to see the sunset. Cottesloe Beach was lovely, maybe just a little bit behind Bondi, Sydney?
Stop #4: Scarborough Beach
Similar to Cottesloe Beach, Scarborough is also one of the best beaches in Perth, we had a short stay here before sunset.
Day 4 – 26th Dec: Rottnest Island
Somehow we spent Boxing Day in this small island instead of going shopping (oh well), but I guess it’s nice to get out of town when everyone’s stuck in the shopping centre!
We spent an awesome day on Rottnest Island, having fun with quokkas & riding bikes!
Highlight #1: Bye Mainland Australia!
Yep, Rottnest Island is 18 kms away from mainland Australia. We were welcomed by blue sky & crystal clear water:Highlight #2: Hello Smiley Quokkas!
Where all the smiley quokkas live! They’re also very good at taking selfies obviously.
Highlight #3 – Biking around the Island
As the island is relatively small, biking is the best option to travel around. Since it was super hot on that day, we only finished half or 1/3 of the journey but we had lots of fun there!
Highlight #4 – The Breathtaking Sunset
We left this little island around 7pm and I was lucky enough to capture the amazing sunset by the wharf as soon as we got off the Ferry. Our Boxing Day was very well spent!
Day 5: The Pinnacles
We joined a local tour to the Pinnacles on our last day in Perth as it’s a bit of drive to get there.
Our first stop was Lancelin where we had our sand boarding adventure over massive white sand dunes!
We then arrived Nambung National Park which is the home of the Pinnacles Desert.
Fun facts about the Pinnacles:
Mystery: No one really knows exactly how they were formed.
Formed: 25,000 to 30,000 years ago.
The lobster fishing town of Cervantes is also only 20km up the road for lunch – we tucked into the delicious lobsters there to celebrate & close off our 5-day incredible adventure in Perth.
Have you been to Perth before? Are you thinking to go for a visit? Leave your comments below and let us know!