A freelance writer new to Perth. Katie has written articles about her hometown in the UK for five years and is keen to see how Perth compares
Published September 4th 2012
As my time in Perth draws to a close I've decided to write my last review on the City Sightseeing Perth Tour. There are several different companies offering bus tours to the city attractions, but I chose to go with City Sightseeing because I've used the company before in London and New York. They offer student concessions (which was another bonus for me) and run 7 days a week.
Typically, on the day I chose to do the tour it poured with rain. But I didn't let it dampen my spirits and still took advantage of the open top upper deck (in fact the awful weather reminded me of what I would be returning to in the UK).
The Sightseeing tour offers a hop-on hop-off service but due to the bad weather I didn't get off at all stops. There are two different routes to take around Perth – one that goes via Kings Park on what is known as the red route, and the blue route, which stays in the city and visits attractions such as Perth Mint.
I chose the cheapest and most basic 2-day pass but there are also Triple Tour and Triple Deluxe Tour passes available which incorporate a Fremantle tram tour and Swan River Cruise. The basic pass allows passengers to interchange between red and blue routes, which can be done at Barrack Street Jetty. This is also where the tours set off from daily at 9.15am, but passengers can begin their tour at any stop along the route that they wish.
I really enjoyed the commentary given the entire way round, which provided much history and answered many FAQ's about each attraction. There was also some funny anecdotes and local tales offered. It was a great way to learn a lot of information in a short amount of time and a quick and convenient way to get around all the main attractions: ideal for those only visiting the city for a short amount of time. Even those that live in Perth may find they could learn something new about their city from the commentary on this tour.