The Perth skyline seen from the city’s Kings Park observation deck. The 400-hectare park overlooks the Swan River and has notable walking trails. Getty Images
The Perth skyline seen from the city’s Kings Park observation deck. The 400-hectare park overlooks the Swan River and has notable walking trails. Getty Images

Perth is Western Australia's unique young gun



Why Perth?

Of Australia’s major cities, Perth feels the youngest and arguably the most American in outlook. Closer to Singapore than Sydney, it’s grown up in relative isolation and has forged its own path. The gleaming glass skyline is part of this, but so is the sense of space. Built around the bulging Swan River and sparkling Indian Ocean beaches, the city has sprawled outward as migrants – particularly from South Africa, New Zealand and the UK – seek their own place in the sun. An outdoor lifestyle and what feels like a near permanent summer makes Perth easy to like.

But, until recently, a sense of dynamism was absent. That’s changing, partly because of a booming economy that’s funding massive development projects and partly thanks to residents wanting to live in the city centre again after years of suburban drain. The good life is suddenly becoming much more exciting.

A comfortable bed

In a city where demand far outstrips supply, the Pensione (www.8hotels.com/perth-hotels/pensione-hotel; 0061 8 9325 2133) represents a relative bargain. Rooms are small, but with enough stylish touches to elevate them above predictable budget hotel grimness. Doubles from 113.40 Australian dollars (Dh386).

At the higher end, the Richardson (www.therichardson.com.au; 0061 8 9217 8888) is classy and spacious – rooms are at least 50 square metres. Gourmet ready meals in the fridge, if you fancy a lazy dinner, match with the more impressive spa and pool. Rooms from 395 dollars (Dh1,344).

In Fremantle, the newly opened Hougoumont (www.hougoumonthotel.com; 0061 8 6160 6800) offers small-scale personality and contemporary pizzazz in a 19th-century building. Doubles from 194 dollars (Dh660).

Find your feet

Perth's greatest attribute is the glorious, 400-hectare Kings Park (www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/kings-park) overlooking the Swan River. The Botanic Gardens are there and walking trails wind through the imposing salmon gum trees. It's also where Indigenous Tours WA (www.indigenouswa.com; 0061 4 0563 0606) runs its excellent 50-dollar (Dh170) introductions to the area with an Aboriginal guide.

Two Feet And A Heartbeat (www.twofeet.com.au; 0061 18 0045 9388) runs superbly enlightening walking tours around the city centre for 40 dollars (Dh136), taking in its history but also the new independent ventures and major civic projects that are bringing life back downtown.

Of the attractions in central Perth, the Perth Mint (www.perthmint.com.au; 0061 8 9421 7376) is the most entertaining. It goes into the story of Western Australia's gold rush, lets you watch molten gold being poured and contains oddities such as the most valuable coin and second largest gold nugget in the world.

Meet the locals

Rottnest Island is hugely popular with both visitors and locals as a day out. A short ferry ride from the city, it offers a great combination of beaches, Second World War forts, easy cycling trails and wildlife. The resident population of quokkas – adorably cute small marsupials – tend to roam around the picnic grounds. Day returns on the Rottnest Express (www.rottnestexpress.com.au; 0061 8 9432 0890) from the Barrack Street Jetty cost 95 dollars (Dh316).

Book a table

Perth's restaurants have a tendency to be overpriced, a result of the city's economic boom. But the walk-in-only tapas joint Duendé (www.duende.com.au; 0061 8 9228 0123) manages to get the relaxed vibe and food quality right. The menu spans the Mediterranean, from lamb kofta to cod-stuffed pimentos, with each small dish costing about 15 dollars (Dh51).

The Delizioso Café (www.delisio.com.au; 0061 8 9485 0055) does extraordinarily good pizza. So good, that it's won an award for being the best in the world. Go by the slice – the potato, mozzarella and rosemary for 4.90 dollars (Dh17) is particularly useful for savouring the range.

Shopper’s paradise

You'll probably get raised eyebrows if you tell people that you've come to Perth to shop. Prices are high and most options tend to be of the bland, chainy variety. Opals are an exception. Around 95 per cent of the world's supply comes from Australia and Quilpie Opals (www.quilpieopalsperth.com.au; 0061 8 9321 8687) in the Piccadilly Mall has staff that know their stuff.

Otherwise, head to Fremantle, which is much more browsable in general. The Fremantle Markets (www.fremantlemarkets.com.au; 0061 8 9335 2515) are the highlight – with more than 150 stalls covering everything from fresh food to well-made, handcrafted souvenirs.

What to avoid

Perth has some fabulous beaches – Cottesloe being the most popular – but the Indian Ocean is no pussycat. The rips can be dangerous even for strong swimmers, so stick to the lifeguard-patrolled areas between the red and yellow flags to be on the safe side when having a splash.

Don’t miss

Seaside Fremantle has a completely different rhythm to that of central Perth. It's a place of weekend mooching, cafe culture and 19th-century heritage buildings. Of these, the Old Fremantle Prison (www.fremantleprison.com.au; 0061 8 9336 9200) is the most fascinating. Tour guides take you to the old cells and the gulp-inducing hanging room, telling tales of ghosts, escapes and ingenious artists behind bars. Tour options cost from 19 dollars (Dh64).

Getting there

Emirates (www.emirates.com) flies direct from Dubai to Perth, with return fares starting at Dh6,865. Etihad (www.etihad.com) is launching a new Abu Dhabi to Perth route in July, with economy class returns costing from Dh6,865.

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Important questions to consider

1. Where on the plane does my pet travel?

There are different types of travel available for pets:

  • Manifest cargo
  • Excess luggage in the hold
  • Excess luggage in the cabin

Each option is safe. The feasibility of each option is based on the size and breed of your pet, the airline they are traveling on and country they are travelling to.

 

2. What is the difference between my pet traveling as manifest cargo or as excess luggage?

If traveling as manifest cargo, your pet is traveling in the front hold of the plane and can travel with or without you being on the same plane. The cost of your pets travel is based on volumetric weight, in other words, the size of their travel crate.

If traveling as excess luggage, your pet will be in the rear hold of the plane and must be traveling under the ticket of a human passenger. The cost of your pets travel is based on the actual (combined) weight of your pet in their crate.

 

3. What happens when my pet arrives in the country they are traveling to?

As soon as the flight arrives, your pet will be taken from the plane straight to the airport terminal.

If your pet is traveling as excess luggage, they will taken to the oversized luggage area in the arrival hall. Once you clear passport control, you will be able to collect them at the same time as your normal luggage. As you exit the airport via the ‘something to declare’ customs channel you will be asked to present your pets travel paperwork to the customs official and / or the vet on duty. 

If your pet is traveling as manifest cargo, they will be taken to the Animal Reception Centre. There, their documentation will be reviewed by the staff of the ARC to ensure all is in order. At the same time, relevant customs formalities will be completed by staff based at the arriving airport. 

 

4. How long does the travel paperwork and other travel preparations take?

This depends entirely on the location that your pet is traveling to. Your pet relocation compnay will provide you with an accurate timeline of how long the relevant preparations will take and at what point in the process the various steps must be taken.

In some cases they can get your pet ‘travel ready’ in a few days. In others it can be up to six months or more.

 

5. What vaccinations does my pet need to travel?

Regardless of where your pet is traveling, they will need certain vaccinations. The exact vaccinations they need are entirely dependent on the location they are traveling to. The one vaccination that is mandatory for every country your pet may travel to is a rabies vaccination.

Other vaccinations may also be necessary. These will be advised to you as relevant. In every situation, it is essential to keep your vaccinations current and to not miss a due date, even by one day. To do so could severely hinder your pets travel plans.

Source: Pawsome Pets UAE

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