Our final few days in Australia were spent in Perth. We flew to Western Australia on a flight from Cairns and arrived late into the city. After someone stealing our taxi, we checked into our hostel (which was not very nice at all) made our beds and went straight to sleep.
We scheduled only three nights in Perth and two full days which isn’t enough time to explore the city properly but we made the most of the time by planning one day on a Swan Valley wine tour and the second visiting Rottnest Island. We made use of our evenings and final morning by exploring the city as much as we could— which was not nearly enough!
We’d heard about the night noodle market that was in Perth the weekend we were staying and this couldn’t have been more perfect for Zoe and I. We LOVE noodles! On the evening after the wine tour we were definitely feeling the munchies and headed down to enjoy all the Asian delights that were on offer— it was yummy!!
Swan Valley wine tour
On our first day in Perth we headed to the Swan Valley on a food and wine tour. The Swan Valley is only 30 minutes outside of the city and has some of the best vineyards in all of Australia, it’s a beautiful countryside region. Now that we are wine experts after visiting Waiheke island in NZ and sampling delicious wine there we wanted to compare this with the famous WA wine.
The trip included visiting four superb wineries, a pizza and salad lunch which was delicious (with a complimentary glass of wine), chocolate tastings, macron tasting, beer tasting at an award winning brewery, and a cheeseboard… it wouldn’t be a wine tour without a chessboard now would it!
There was a small group of seven of us on the trip together and it was a lovely experience getting to know why people were visiting this part of the world.
It was a great day and the wine was delicious, they were a little stingey with the amount they offered you for the price that we paid though (maybe I just wanted more wine)! The food was tasty too.
Rottnest island is only a short ferry ride from Freemantle which is next door to Perth city centre. The island is famous for their beautiful white sand beaches, secluded coves and of cause the super friendly Quokka which is ‘a small wallaby-like marsupial’. Rottnest is a must-do when visiting WA.
We arrived and picked up our rented bikes and set to cycling around the island, it was pretty tiring in the heat and we got very sweaty. However, there were so many great spots to stop and take pictures. We spent the day cycling from beach to beach and taking in all the scenery— accompanied of course by a few beverages and some lunch!
We also spent a lot of time trying to get the famous selfie with a Quokka. Like I said they’re very friendly animals so you’re able to stroke and get really close to them to take photos. Of course they never looked at the camera when you wanted them to so it took us to the end of the day to get a selfie that we were happy with!
All in all, Rottnest island is such a beautiful island and a lot of fun to visit.
I loved our short but sweet stay in Perth and I’ve heard a lot of great things about WA so I’d love to come back and do a roadtrip along this side of the Australian coastline! Hopefully one day in the future!
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