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Published September 20th 2016
Five ways to see a different side of this great city
Whether you're new to Perth, visiting the city for the first (or twenty-first) time or have lived here your entire life, there's always new or different ways to see and learn about our delightful city.
Sure – there's walking – but did you know you can walk, sample culinary delights and gain insight into Perth's history, all at the same time? And sure – there's the bus – a giant red, double-decker bus that will take you to some of Perth's best attractions. Then of course, there's the glorious Swan River, where you can travel from Perth to Fremantle and back in comfort and style without having to navigate the traffic.
Here are five awesome ways to get around Perth and learn more about this exciting city.
A helicopter ride A helicopter charter flight will send you soaring into the sky and over the city for a unique look at Perth. If you've always wanted to experience breathtaking views of the city from the air, then this is the way to go. For more information, see Rotorvation or Heliwest.
A helicopter tour is a truly special way to see the city (pic: Rotorvation Helicopters.)
Perth has some fantastic biking tracks, and cycling is a great way to get around. If you'd prefer not to cycle alone or want to find some hidden gems of Perth, take a bike tour. Perth Bike Tours operates from the CBD and offers cycling tours from $75. You'll visit Kings Park, Lake Monger and Herdsman Lake and see some of Perth's fabulous flora and fauna along the way.
See the city and get some exercise (Pic: Perth Bike Tours.)
The Perth Explorer The Perth Explorer is the city's very own hop on, hop off tourist bus. This open-top, double decker bus will take you to some of Perth's best attractions and spots that you might not even be aware of, such as Roe Gardens and the Synergy Playground in Kings Park. It runs from the Perth Mint to the Cultural Centre, out to Burswood Casino, to Kings Park, the Watertown shopping outlet and to Elizabeth Quay. You can hop on and off as many times as you like in a 24 or 48-hour period. Click here to read the full review.
Sit atop the Perth Explorer Bus and enjoy the view.
A river cruise I am not a 'boat' person and tend to suffer terrible motion sickness. I did, however, embark on a river cruise down the Swan River from Perth to Fremantle and back some time ago and was amazed that I did not get sick (the boat did move rather slowly) and was treated to a different side of Perth. Beautiful landscapes, amazing waterfront houses (lucky buggers) and interesting commentary about some of the buildings along the way. You can even have a nice cup of tea or a glass of wine while you cruise. Local tour operator Captain Cook Cruises runs trips to the Swan Valley, lunch cruises and even a beer cruise to Fremantle.
Take a tour up and down the Swan River (Pic: Captain Cook Cruises Facebook.)
A food or drink inspired walking tour Walking is the obvious way to get around a new city or explore your own backyard, but why just walk, when you can eat, drink, be merry and meet new people along the way?
A Foodi Perth walking tour is a guided journey around Perth like no other. Foodi offers day and night walking tours and will take you to various venues around the city. You'll hear fascinating insights into Perth's history, its heritage and during the day tour, will experience the poignancy of the Old Perth Gaol. The Asian Street Food Tour will introduce you to some of Perth's best oriental delights, while the Chocolate Walking Tour is a must for anyone who wants a piece of choccy heaven or is interested to know how the world's favourite treat is made.
Alternatively, if you'd like to explore Perth's small bar scene, try a Bar Hop tour. They will take you to three bars in three hours, where you'll enjoy complimentary tapas and drinks at each venue.
Mmmmm. Chocolate Walking Tour (pic: Foodi Perth Facebook.)