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Published September 10th 2016
See Perth’s best highlights in an open-top double decker bus
You may have seen the Perth Explorer doing the rounds in the city – it's a bright red, open top, double decker bus and it's pretty hard to miss.
You may have seen it, but have you actually taken a ride on it? Despite its appeal as a touristy kind of thing to do, it is actually a great way for locals and visitors to see Perth's highlights.
The Perth Explorer is hard to miss (Picture: Perth Explorer Facebook)
I decided to take a trip on the Perth Explorer earlier this year. I've lived in Perth for almost 20 years and in that time I've had numerous interstate and overseas visitors come to stay. Not once have I suggested taking a trip on this bus. How my mind has changed.
The Perth Explorer will pick you up from one of 11 designated stops around Perth, including outside the Perth Mint, Elizabeth Quay, Kings Park and Burswood Casino. It is a 'hop on, hop off' bus so as long as you have a valid ticket, you can literally hop on and off as many times as you like during the day.
The bus stops signs are as easy to spot as the bus itself. I hopped on at stop number two at 471 Hay Street, just near Perth Magistrates Court. Stop number three will take you to the Perth Cultural Centre, home of the Art Gallery and the State Library.
The next stop is a drive out to Burswood Casino, where punters can try their luck on the casino floor or enjoy a bite to eat before hopping back on a later bus and heading back to the city. I enjoyed learning bits and pieces of trivia about Perth that I never knew, like how some of our roads took their names or why there is a bend in St Georges Terrace at the intersection of Victoria Avenue. So why is there a bend? You'll have to take the tour and find out!
Next we make our way up to Kings Park, where the bus parks for a five-minute bathroom stop. It then stops at Roe Gardens and the Synergy Playground within Kings Park, which is super handy for those of us with little kids.
If you fancy a spot of shopping, you can hop off at Water Town for some outlet retail therapy, or skip the shopping and go straight for a pint at the Moon and Sixpence. I know which I'd prefer (I'll give you a hint – it's not shopping.) Stop number 11 is along William Street, which is close proximity to the shopping malls. Stop number one, if you were wondering, is the Barrack Street Jetty on Riverside Drive. That means easy access to Elizabeth Quay and the Bell Tower.
The Bell Tower and Elizabeth Quay are some of Perth's great attractions.
This is a unique way to see Perth. Sure, the Perth CBD has free CAT buses and free travel within the city centre, but none of these options give you a great view of the city or information about Perth.
You can buy 24 hour and 48-hour tickets and hop on and hop off as you please. Two buses leave the stops at alternate times from 9:15am and the last bus will drop you off at stop 11 at 4:40pm. The tickets start from $32 for adults and $12 for kids, but look out for discounted tickets online.
The Perth Explorer is great for visitors and locals alike. It's a fun and interesting way to spend the day with family, friends or kids or for people just looking for something different to do.