In a lot of ways, Perth is similar to Cape Town. Long, hot days, an outdoor lifestyle, excellent beaches, watersports, good wines and an abundance of sports fanatics. Even the accents sound familiar, with so many South Africans living there! It’s a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city that’s also beautiful, clean and friendly. It’s an excellent city for walking around and you can join an official tour to learn about the history and culture and get insider’s tips on where to go.
It’s an easy place to get around and has tons to keep you entertained, including cultural events, sport and shopping. The city itself has many activities and it’s a short drive to many more. Perth is the capital city of Western Australia and sits on the Swan River.
Perth has a free bus service. The CAT buses run on four routes around the city, with lots of stops that give you route information. But beware: the Australian police are very strict. Make sure you’re not inadvertently bringing in fruit, like an apple you forgot to eat at the airport, or you’ll be fined and threatened with deportation before you’re even enter the country. Don’t even think about drinking and driving, speeding and crossing the road until the little flashing man tells you to. It’s expensive, too. On the bright side, tipping is generally not expected.