Accommodation can be the most expensive part of the travel budget, if you do not have friends or relatives to stay with. In the past to keep this cost down we have used couch-surfing, wwoofing and of course house sitting. This time I have found a new style of budget accommodation, Airbnb. The cost varies from place to place but an average is $50 to $70 per night for 2 people, which is about half the cost of a hotel or motel.
From a very extensive list of places available in Perth I chose a twin room in a house in Victoria Park. I am very happy with our choice, Joe and Kazumi were excellent hosts they supplied breakfast, and we felt at home in their place. The Victoria Park village was 10 minute walk away with good selection of cafes and restaurants representing nearly every country under the sun, you can find Vietnamese, Nepalese, Thai, Lebanese, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Mexican, Modern Australian, Indonesian, Japanese and more, and the bus to Perth CBD was just across the road and for $4-20 we had a concession pass to travel all day on the buses, trains and ferries.
So we hopped aboard a bus to explore.
We walked and walked and, of course, took lots of photos.
Built in 1937 London Court is one of Perth’s best loved heritage listed shopping destinations.
Captured in a setting of Tudor England and located in the heart of Perth city, the court links Hay Street Mall and St Georges Terrace.
London Court is a visual delight! Step back in time and discover copper coloured ships decorating the classically moulded ceilings at both entrances; and containers moulded with lions and unicorns lining the walkway.
Food enthusiasts can smell the freshly roasted coffee, dine at intimate cafes or enjoy a melting pot of international treats including gourmet chocolate and UK sweets.
It is autumn but the temperature is still 29c degrees, thank goodness it is a dry heat and I don’t suffer the sweat inducing humidity of Queensland. There has been no rain for months and we enjoyed sitting in City Square and watching young and old rushing in and out of the fountain.
It had been an interesting day refreshing our memories of this lovely city. Now it was time to catch the bus back to our home of the moment.
Tomorrow we are going for a stroll to Kings Park one of the most beautiful parks in Australia.