Perth on a budget

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.

The old and the new

The old and the new


Government House

Government House


Sculpture of rocks and minerals

Sculpture of rocks and minerals



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.

Cooling fountains in central Perth

Cooling fountains in central Perth

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. 

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  1. Another Aussie city I really want to visit. My dream trip would be to take the train from Sydney through the Outback en route to Perth. Sigh … some day.


    • I travelled on that train Stephen, the Indian Pacific, (that sounds so romantic) in 2005 from Kalgoorlie to Adelaide. A fascinating journey, Aussie outback at it’s rawest.(is that a word???)


  2. Joan and Terry Watson

    How interesting WA looks, I was there many yrs ago, but did not have time to explore


  3. poppytump

    SO incongruous the old and new PP ! Love London Court .
    I can see I’m going to enjoy my visit to Perth 🙂


    • We only had 2 days this time as we had to get to the house we are looking after, but we will be back again in June


  4. I’ve always wanted to visit Perth and after seeing this I’m definitely booking tickets! Wonderful 😀


    • There is so much to see in and around Perth, but don’t come in mid-summer. Now or August to October to see the wild flower display is the best time. 🙂


  5. WOW! London Court is incredible. All wonderful. I would love to visit~


    • That London Court is really something else popped down in the centre of the CBD. It was built by a millionaire from gold money. I think he must’ve been home sick….


  6. such great post – thanks! and the concession pass sound alike a great thing to get – 🙂 love your pics….


  7. How very odd – Elizabethan England in Aussie heat 🙂
    Nice to see around Perth PP, we only drove round it to Freemantle where we stayed in the YH. Oh, and visited the Swan Brewery for brunch before we flew out. 29 degrees is rather warm though, your continent seems to be heating up dramatically!
    Jude xx


    • Did you enjoy Freeo Jude? I thought it was such an historic sort of place. Didn’t get chance to see it this time though. Maybe later we will get there.


      • Oh, yes, it has a great atmosphere and we found a lovely pub with live music which we really enjoyed! Shame we couldn’t remember the name of the band as they were very good!


        • Yes I nearly always forget to take down details in the enjoyment of the moment. Then regret it later when I do a blog…:(


  8. your accommodation sounds great … we will be doing airbnb on our trip overseas so hope it is as good as yours …great photos of Perth which I really know nothing about … look forward to following your explorations!


  9. Ooh, interesting! I have a friend who lives in Perth, and have often wondered what it’s like there…. I have been invited over, but I don’t think I would handle the jet lag!


  10. Agreed about the travel guide! I’ve never been to Perth. Your photos and info give a great sense of the place! Handy tip about the accommodation, too.


  11. Looks like you have found another wonderful way to stretch those travel dollars. This place looks awesome!


  12. you two should write a travel guide!!! lovely images – some of them i wished to step into the scene!



  13. Looks like a wonderful place, Pauline. Glad it’s working out well. Enjoy!


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