Perth Journals

A Dip in the Ocean at the Capitol of West Oz

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An April 2006 trip to Perth by Red Mezz

Ocean Beach Backpackers Photo, Perth, Australia More Photos
Quote: My trip to Western Australia began and ended in Perth, and both times it left an impression all of its own.

A Dip in the Ocean at the Capitol of West Oz

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Overview

Ocean Beach Backpackers Photo, Perth, Australia
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As will be the case for many of those coming to Western Australia, Perth represented both the beginning and the end of our trip, and so it's hard not to have mixed feelings about the place. So excited (and so jet-lagged) was I flying into this western Capitol, that I was abuzz with the sights and how much it's streamlined look and tall buildings reminded me of home. On arriving in Australia, I was instantly taken with the harmonious mixture of what is good about life in Britain, and what is good about life in the US; neatly combined into the package that is Oz. Perth was a perfect introduction to this feeling of ease and comfort I got from the country, and helped to ease any jet-l...Read More

Ocean Beach Backpackers

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Hotel

Ocean Beach Backpackers Photo, Perth, Australia
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This is going to be one of the harder hotels and hostels I've had to review. It's a complicated one, because its value and rating depend so entirely on what it is that you are looking for in a hostel. For some, this will be one of the best hostels you've ever stayed in, and for others it may put you off them entirely. So I will start with its universal good points and work from there. Good Point #1, and the best thing about Ocean Beach Backpackers, is the location. The location is entirely ideal. It's pretty central in the city, not too far from any one location. It is right on Cottesloe beach; there is only a road to cross to be standing on the beach. There is a bar and res...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 10, 2007

Ocean Beach Backpackers
1 Eric street
Cottesloe, Australia WA6011
+61 (8) 9384-5111

Sizzler

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Restaurant | "Sizzler Steak-Seafood-Salad"

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In America, we may have 'Outback Steakhouses' where the theme and the flavor of the meal is sprinkled with Australian charm. In Australia, they have Sizzler. So OK, it's not the most local or interesting place I've ever been to eat. Generally, when reviewing restaurants I try to stick to the ones that are a little something different, or really represent the place you are visiting. I could be very creative indeed and attempt that here, but I don't think I will, and that's because - I don't think I need to. Our Ozzie friends started talking about Sizzler the minute we got in the truck and headed to Perth. By the time we were rounding the motorway (or are they freeways in Oz...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 24, 2007

Sizzler
Riverton Forum Shopping Centre
Riverton
+61 (8) 93542208

Cottesloe Beach

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Attraction

Cottesloe Beach Photo, Perth, Australia
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For anyone who loves beaches, Western Australia is an absolute paradise. Not only are there innumerable beaches of stunning beauty all along the Indian Ocean coastline, but these beaches are often ranging from quiet to deserted entirely, especially in the off-season, and the beaches in Perth were no different. I will have to be brutally honest and say that compared to all of the beaches I visited in rural Western Australia from Denmark to Yallingup and Bunbury, Cottesloe Beach ranks pretty low down the list for sheer stunning views and location. But as a city beach, it takes on a whole new level of enjoyability, and of all the city beaches I have been to in my life, Cottesloe rang...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 13, 2007

Cottesloe Beach
Marine Parade
Perth, Australia 6011
+61 (8) 9285 5000

Saloon Bar

Attraction

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One of the best benefits to staying in either the Ocean Beach Backpackers hostel or the Ocean Beach Hotel (a lot more swish, but also more expensive) are the selection of bars that join the two places. Late at night, these bars really get kicked up and can be quite loud, with a massive Aussie party atmosphere, perfect for a night out with friends to enjoy the nightlife, the entertainment, and the breeze blowing in off the Indian Ocean just outside the doorstep. But they are also great for a relaxed pint with a few friends to sit on the veranda and watch the sun set over the ocean. No more than a few steps from the door of either accommodation, these bars (which make up t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 13, 2007

Saloon Bar
Corner Of Marine Parade and Eric Street
Perth

Kings Park and Botanic Garden

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Attraction | "Kings Park & Botanic Garden"

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When I started asking around about what there was to see and do in the capitol city of Western Australia, 9 out of 10 times I got the same response, from both Ozzies and those who had visited. 'You have to go to King's Park.' I'm always a little bit skeptical of parks and gardens being major city attractions, in the same way that I'm leery of things like animal parks and underwater centers. When done right, they are great, but more often than not they are just another thing for a city to tag onto it's 'To do and see' list. But, Kings Park came up again and again, and so when my Australian friends from Bunbury drove us into the city for our last weekend in Australia, I told th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 4, 2007

Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fraser Avenue
West Perth, Australia 6005
+61 (0)8 9480 3659