Perth is a quiet city located near the Swan River and the great Indian Ocean. You’re likely to enjoy plenty of visits to the beach or walks through the King’s Park Botanical Gardens while studying there.
Cafe culture is also taking off in Perth. Local cafes are thriving in the city center, attracting passionate coffee lovers to Perth in search of quality brew.
Top universities in Perth include The University of Western Australia (rank 7th in Australia by QS World University Rankings in 2020) and Curtin University (rank 13th).
Here are some affordable food options in Perth’s city centre.
Little Willy’s - Little Willy’s is a quiet breakfast spot that allows you to build your own breakfast. You can choose to try smoked salmon, crisp bacon, warm toasted bread and get your eggs done just the way you want for A$12.
Babooshka - Babooshka signature drinks are its caramel milkshakes for A$9, making it a great choice if you have a sweet tooth! They also serve egg soldiers, breakfast nachos and blueberry overnight oats among their breakfast options for A$15 to A$20.
Nao Japanese Ramen - Nao Japanese Ramen is a popular Ramen shop frequented by locals. Warm yourself up with their spicy ramen for A$15 or chow down on cold ramen with a side of homemade karaage for A$22.
Tra Vinh Vietnamese Chinese Special Noodle House - This long established restaurant has served generous portions of stewed beef, grilled pork or fried chicken with rice for A$10 to A$12 since the 1990s. Their other signature dishes include spring rolls and Vietnamese Pho.
Kyilla Community Farmers Market - This market is popular for its baked goods. Feel free to enjoy a hot muffin or a savory bacon roll while browsing for organic produce. They also have a wide selection of fresh jams and honey to go with homemade bread.
Perth’s City Farm - The Perth City Farm is dedicated to producing 100% organic items from food, soap and even clothing. The market is well known for its connection with the nearby City Farm Cafe which serves hot and wholesome breakfasts every morning.
Busses are the most common way to get around Perth, while trains allow you to travel within the city and to Perth’s suburbs. Ferries are used mainly to visit tourist hotspots such as Rottnest Island. A SmartRider card will allow you to access all of Perth’s public transport for A$10. There are also free bus and trains services within the center of Perth.
Instagrammable places in Perth
Places to take amazing photos in Perth
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Take a casual stroll to capture this beautiful garden from different angles. We love this skyline shot of Perth the best!
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Cottesloe’s crystal clear waters and white sands look perfect from any angle!
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Crawley Edge Boatshed
Protip: Wear striking colors like red or yellow to take a good photo by this pretty blue shed.
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Looking to brighten up your day? Check out this multicolored container rainbow!
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Dip your toes in the blue waters of Rottnest Island and search for furry Quokkas.
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Go on a Road Trip
Travel further outside Perth’s city center for graduation trips or mini-vacations
Fremantle - Fremantle is a town located a few hours from Perth’s city center. The town is a foodie’s haven with restaurants like Thai Kitchen serving award-winning Thai food and Manuka Woodfire Kitchen with its signature ribs. You can also stop by Fremantle’s heritage pubs for craft brews to quench your thirst.
Coral Coast - Coral Coast is a stretch of open road overlooking pristine beaches. You can explore various water sports along the coast, including jet skiing and river tubing. If you’re feeling adventurous, try swimming with sharks in diving sessions!
Albany - For a true 5 days road trip take a drive to Albany. Far from being a deserted road, there are historical sites and romantic stretches of beaches to explore and take photos on. Further along the road, you’ll also find national parks with stunningly tall trees and calm running rivers.
Just remember to stock up on snacks for the long drive.
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