Friday, October 9, 2009
Planning our Perth-fect escape: Part III
it is a practice for me to study the background of the place that i will visit. hence, this post is created to help me in the future. also can be a good reference for you out there ;)
Perth (pronounced /ˈpɜːθ/) is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia. With a population of 1,650,000 (2009), Perth ranks fourth amongst the nation's cities, with a growth rate consistently above the national average.
Perth was founded on 12 June 1829 by Captain James Stirling as the political centre of the free-settler Swan River Colony. It has continued to serve as the seat of government for Western Australia to the present day. Its port, Fremantle is a city in its own right and slightly older than Perth.
The metropolitan area is located in the south-west of the continent between the Indian Ocean and a low coastal escarpment known as the Darling Range. The central business district and suburbs of Perth are situated on the Swan River. Perth is tied for fifth place in The Economist's 2009 list of the World's Most Livable Cities.
Perth became known worldwide as the "City of Lights" as city residents lit their house lights and streetlights as American astronaut John Glenn passed overhead while orbiting the earth on Friendship 7 in 1962. The city repeated its feat as Glenn passed overhead on the Space Shuttle in 1998. -wikipedia-
Travel around Perth:
Options for getting around Perth CBD are almost as diverse as the city itself. From trains and buses to boats and free guided tours, you’ll find the mode of transport to suit.
Free CAT bus services
Within the city centre, you can enjoy free and easy transport. The modern CAT buses run on three routes providing free transport around the city. The CAT bus stops are easily recognisable and provide real time passenger information. Free CAT transport is also available in the city of Fremantle.
Designated taxi ranks are located around the central city for safe and convenient travel. Supervised taxi ranks operate in Northbridge on Friday and Saturday nights. Taxis may also be hailed on the street or ordered by telephone anywhere in Perth.
Cycling and walking
Perth has a comprehensive network of cycle and dual-use paths in the central city and beyond. One of the most popular routes for leisure cyclists and walkers is a circuit around the Swan River at the doorstep of the city. Riverside routes are clearly signposted and detailed cycle maps can be obtained from most metropolitan bicycle retailers. There is also pathway popular for recreation lining much of the coast.
Travel by train or bus
There are five train lines which service the Perth metropolitan area departing from Perth CDB – Armadale, Fremantle, Midland, Joondalup and Mandurah. Many train stations along these lines provide connecting bus services. Train and bus service details, as well as a comprehensive journey planner, can be obtained on the Transperth website or by calling 13 62 13.
Travel by ferry
Ferry services traverse some sections of the Swan River - across to South Perth and down stream to Fremantle. Regular high-speed ferries travel from Perth (Barrack Street Jetty) Fremantle and Hillarys to Rottnest Island. Timetables and information for trains, buses and ferries are available from Transperth on 136213 or (08) 9428 1900 for Interstate and International callers.
Hop-on hop-off options
Major coach and rail services offer hop-on hop-off packages, allowing visitors to coordinate their flexible itineraries. Another option is to purchase a range of ‘travel passes’, which provide flexible travel on coach and rail services within the state, subject to certain conditions. For bookings contact TransWA on 1300 662 205 or information call +61 8 9326 2600.
Rental cars and motor homes are readily available and require a valid driver’s license. While international licenses are not required, they are recommended. Visitors will find a huge range of national and international rental brands and special offers, so shop around for the best deal. Motor homes are a popular option when exploring the great outdoors. There are scores of opportunities to set up camp beside a river or beach, and most towns offer at least basic camp facilities.
There are a number of bus tour companies that offer city sightseeing, one day, overnight or extended tours of Perth and its surrounding regions. Most companies depart from the Perth CBD and offer courtesy pick up from selected hotels in the city, Fremantle and along the coast.
to be continued...
Planning our Perth-fect escape: Part I
Planning our Perth-fect escape: Part II
Planning our Perth-fect escape: Part III
Planning our Perth-fect escape: Part IV