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Perth Ferry

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Published October 4th 2012
Revisit the joys of a ferry trip across the Swan River
Why are we waiting


The most exciting thing about going to the Perth Zoo when I was little was the ferry trip across the river. Of course this was a while ago, so everything seemed bigger and I'm pretty sure a paddle steam boat was involved in order to get to the South side. As I said...a while ago.



Now days it's a short wait in a much less grander vessel, but it gets you to where you need to go and is exciting for the kids.

He's thrilled on the inside


The Perth Ferry is ideal for a first time trip on a boat (for both kids and adults) or for those who don't get the chance to get out on the water much.





Even more appealing is that it's dirt cheap. This is a great excursion and will only cost a few bucks to board a boat, go across to the city or the south foreshore, play in the park, have an ice cream etc, all without burning a hole in your pocket. In our family we refer to these days as - "A happy husband outing". Roll on up, everyone's a winner.





Unfortunately by the time we got to the other side, it was beer o'clock. Oh dear. We peeked into the The Lucky Shag Bar but two and a half seconds of viewing the sea of golden gorgeous beauties with their youthful ombre hair and tanned limbs was enough for me to three point turn our sad little domesticated split end selves swiftly away.



We ended up ordering some beers, a milkshake and chips at the Bell Cafe. They didn't seem to have a problem with the kids, even when our friends met up with us.The view was great and so was the beverage, which was all we were there for really!



There is the option of getting a one way ticket if you want to shop in the city or go to the zoo or a return ticket with a two hour break in between.



It's good to remember that it is public transport and a couple of the dodgy cliches rang true (few back seat bogans and a tiny bit of graffiti). However it was clean enough and we didn't feel uncomfortable at all. Even though it was busy there was plenty of seats and space and not too over crowded. Everyone was enjoying the ride, especially the many kids aboard and on the way back the boat was practically empty.





I must admit we briefly panicked about the pram situation (it's not like they can slap it on some hooks on the back end!) but surprisingly there is not only plenty of room for prams but a large area in the middle of the boat designated for them. Which was good because there were a lot of prams this day.





It's a really lovely and simple day out. On our way back to the car we walked along the shore and my son was amazed by the very unamazing jelly fish. At first he looked from afar. Then closer. Closer. And poke. Now he's a true Sandgroper!



(No jelly fish were harmed during the making of this story.)
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Why? Because Ferries are cool!
When: All year round - seasonal times
Phone: 13 62 13
Where: Barrack Street Jetty Perth & Mends Jetty South Perth
Cost: 1 Zone cost $2.70 Adults Children under 5 travel free
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I am glad you enjoyed your ferry trip. Last week I took my mum aged 82 and my sister on a ferry trip to Fremantle and it was terrible. The captain/commentator named Bill was rude, suggestive, sexist and generally pathetic!!! We were also not interested in how much people paid for their houses or hearing his version of Waltzing Matilda so were very disappointed. We managed to get one of the few outside seats on the way back where he couldn't be heard!! I will try the Swan River north next time with a different company.
by jenni (score: 1|41) 2444 days ago
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