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0 How to Get to Rottnest Island from Perth City

30 Aug 2015 | 19:00:00

Perth . 2015 . May 1


This post is part of our Perth Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.

From Perth city, the easiest and most convenient way to get to Rottnest Island is by the Rottnest Express that departs from Barrack Street Jetty (near the Perth Bell Tower).


View of Barrack Street Jetty, taken from the Perth Bell Tower.


The trip from Barrack Street Jetty (Perth City) to Rottnest takes a good 90 minutes of rough ride on the unforgiving strong waves of the Indian Ocean.

For those who are prone to sea-sickness, the alternative would be to take a train ride to nearby Fremantle and board the Rottnest Ferry from Fremantle’s Victoria Quay.  From Fremantle, the ferry ride to Rottnest is reduced dramatically to 25 minutes, a length of time which is nevertheless uncomfortable for sufferers of sea-sickness.

View from the train to Fremantle.


Being extremely prone to sea-sickness, we chose the less convenient way of traveling to Fremantle first.  It also means that we could visit Fremantle on our way back from Rottnest Island.  That’s what we call killing two birds with one stone.

Buying our tickets from the Perth Train Station.  Get those small change ready.


At the platform, waiting to board the train to Fremantle.  Trains to Fremantle comes pretty frequently, so there’s no need to worry if you miss one.


The train ride from Perth City to Fremantle takes around 30 mins.


From Fremantle Train Station, the Rottnest Express departs from B Shed of Victoria Quay (Fremantle WA 6160).  It is within a easy walking distance from the train station, just get the walking directions from the staff at the train station.

If you start walking towards the train tracks behind the Fremantle train station, then you are probably on the right track (pun not intended).  Cutting across the train tracks was one of the more memorable things on the way to B Shed.


B Shed of Victoria Quay finally comes into view - somewhere in the distance in the centre of the photo.


The Rottnest Express departs from the dock next to B Shed.  You can choose to either purchase tickets online (prebooking) or queue up for the tickets at the ticketing counter located inside B Shed.

Packages that include the ferry tickets and bicycles or snorkeling are also available, though snorkeling packages are only available in certain seasons.


The ticketing counter was relatively empty about an hour before the ferry departs, but could get really crowded towards departure time!


Fortunately, we booked our tickets online, so we could afford having a leisurely breakfast inside B Shed.  Free wifi available there as well!

 
Prices at the only cafe in B Shed are actually very steep.


Our shared breakfast of fried mushrooms on toast - is actually very tasty, despite the cost!  Portion is huge and sufficient for sharing.


Before we knew it, there was already a long queue outside B Shed - all waiting to board the Rottnest Express.


The double-decked ferry that would bring us to Rottnest Island.  Most would choose to sit in the upper decks, at the outdoors for better view, but I chose to sit in the lowest deck for more stability.


The ferry ride was only 25 mins, but it was 25 mins of intense turbulence.  Get those sea-sick pills ready.

 
Once you reach Rottnest Island, head for the Visitor’s Centre for some maps and shuttle bus time tables.  Shuttle bus tickets need to be purchased at the Visitor Centre.


The shuttle bus terminal where the buses depart from.  Frequencies are not that high, so make sure you do not miss one.


The buses could get quite crowded too, so be prepared to stand.


Join us next as we explore Rottnest Island in one day.

This post is part of our Perth Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.


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4 Perth 6 Days 5 Nights Trip Report and Itinerary (Updated!)

29 Aug 2015 | 08:00:00

Perth . 2015 . Apr 30 - May 5

We took advantage of the Labour Day holiday long weekend to travel to Perth for a short trip down under!

Here's our itinerary! Do stay tuned as we update the links!

Updated 29 Aug 2015

Day 1 - Thu (Apr 30)

0930 - Check in Flight
1030 - Early Brunch
1230 - Board Flight TZ 8 to Perth
1725 - Arrive at Perth Airport Terminal 1
1800 - Buy Prepaid Card from Optus
1830 - Board free terminal transfer bus to Terminal 3
1900 - Board Public Bus No 40 to City
1940 - Alight at St Georges Terrace Stand N (After Victoria Av)
1930 - Check-in Mercure Perth
2000 - Dinner
2200 - Back to Hotel

Day 2 - Fri (May 1)

0715 - Rise and shine
0827 - Train from Perth Station to Freemantle Station
0851 - Reach Freemantle Station
0900 - Breakfast
0930 - Rottnest Express to Rottnest Island
1015 - Reach Rottnest Island
1030 - Board Island Explorer Service
1042 - Reach Stop 6 Little Salmon Bay
1128 - Board Bus at Stop 7 Salmon Bay
1150 - Reach Stop 11 West End (Timed stop)
1200 - Lunch
1305 - Board Bus at Stop 11 West End (Timed stop)
1321 - Reach Stop 17 Little Armstrong Bay
1437 - Board Bus at Stop 18 Little Parakeet Bay
1445 - Reach Stop 1 Main Bus Stop
1625 - Rottnest Express to Freemantle
1700 - Explore Freemantle
1800 - Dinner
1945 - Train from Freemantle Station to Perth Station
2011 - Reach Perth Station
2030 - Back to Hotel

Day 3 - Sat (May 2)

0630 - Rise and shine
0700 - Breakfast
0730 - Day Trip
    - Visit Caversham Wildlife Park (Swan Valley)
    - Visit the Lobster Shack (Live Lobster processing plant)
1300 - Lunch @ Lobster Shack
   - Visit Pinnacles Desert
   - Visit Lancelin Sand Dunes
1930 - Drop off at Perth City
2000 - Dinner
2100 - Back to Hotel

Day 4 - Sun (May 3)

0630 - Rise and shine
0700 - Breakfast
0730 - Day Trip
   - Visit York Town
   - Visit Dog Cemetery
   - Visit Hippos Yawn
1200 - Buffet Lunch @ Wildflower Shop
   - Visit Wave Rock and Gnamma Holes
   - Visit Wildlife Park or Antique Lace Collection
   - Visit The Humps and Mulka’s Cave
1500 - Afternoon Tea @ Babakin
2030 - Drop off at Perth City
2100 - Dinner
2200 - Back to Hotel

Day 5 - Mon (May 4)

0630 - Rise and shine
0700 - Breakfast
0730 - Visit St Mary Cathedral
1000 - Visit Watertown Outlet Centre
1200 - Lunch
1300 - Shopping @ City
2000 - Dinner
2100 - Back to Hotel

Day 5 - Tue (May 5)

0800 - Rise and shine
0830 - Breakfast
0900 - Visit Bell Tower
1200 - Lunch
1300 - Last Minute shopping
1527 - Board Perth Airport Connect to Airport
1600 - Board free terminal transfer bus to Terminal 1
1615 - Check in Flight
1700 - Early Dinner @ Airport
1835 - Board Flight TZ 7 to Singapore
2345 - Reach Singapore


We hope our itinerary do help you in your planning for a quick getaway trip to Perth. Do share with us if you have any comments on the itinerary! :) 




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0 Hotel Review: Mercure Perth

26 Aug 2015 | 06:30:00

Perth . 2015 . Apr 30 - May 5


This post is part of our Perth Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.

Budget and convenience are always on the top of our list of criteria when selecting a hotel for our vacation. When it comes to Perth, there are hardly many hotels which fall into this criteria.  Mercure Perth was one of the few that does.

Fantastic Location

The location of Mercure Perth is one of the best we could get for a bargain.  It is a short 5 minutes walk away from the Perth’s Central Business District (CBD) where there is fabulous shopping, cafes and restaurants that open till late.  Best of all, the Perth City Train Station is within walking distance in the CBD as well, perfect for getting to towns like Fremantle.  Simply walk along Hay Street to the CBD, and you’ll be there in 5 mins.


Mercure Perth is also easily accessible from the airport by way of the public buses.  Check out our guide to getting to Perth City via bus! The public buses from Perth Airport stop at the road opposite to Mercure Perth, at St Georges Terrace.  Cross the road at St Georges Terrace and walk into Irwin Street where Mercure Perth is.


Mercure Perth is located next to Perth’s District Courts and Law Chambers.  While we have no use for these Courts, they are a fine sight to behold while on the way to Perth CBD.


Another of the reasons why we chose the Mercure Perth was that it is located one small road away from Kings Perth Hotel, where the day tour buses of Adams Pinnacles Tour depart from.  Since most of our day trips out of Perth city were booked with Adams, it made sense to find some convenience in boarding their buses.

Mediocre Check-In and Service

We would say, service standards at the Mercure Perth was mediocre, occasionally good at best. We would have dismissed the inconsequential smaller issues, but one incident involving getting a less than polite reply from the reception desk when we tried to borrow an electrical adaptor stuck to the mind.

The little things do count, and I guess this is what differentiates lower-tier hotels with the better ones.

The Room

Unlike other Australian cities such as Sydney and Gold Coast, it was rather difficult to find a hotel in Perth that has up-to-date designs.  Most hotel rooms in Perth CBD looked tired and out-of-date. Thankfully, we were pretty satisfied with our room at Mercure Perth.  While it is not the most stylish of rooms, it is at least roomy, clean and looks exactly as it is on the hotel website.


The room at Mercure Perth counts as one of more roomier rooms we had ever stayed in.


Even the bathroom is spacious.


The range of amenities provided.  Bring your own toothbrush, because Australian hotels do not provide it.


The view from our room.  There are quite some massive construction happening in and around Perth City, and it happens that we are privy to one of these construction works, right at our window-step.


Sun-rise over Saint Mary’s Cathedral, taken from our window. Amazing! I guess not many can have the privilege of taking this picture.

The Surroundings and Facilities

The Mercure Perth had recently undergone a facelift, thus accounting for the modern and stylish outlook.

At the reception lobby.


The Baccaria Bar at the lobby lounge is one of my favourite places.

 
The Business Centre at the reception area, which comprises of two desktops with complimentary access to the internet.


The lift lobby.

 
Away from the modern contemporary design of the lobby, we felt transported through time to a decade or two earlier when we reached the guest floors.


The lift lobby at our floor - level 13.  I hope Mercure Perth do have plans to upgrade these areas. Thankfully our room was better than this.


Our room, tucked in a corner.  Unlike the other rooms, this one’s in a cove. We almost missed it.

 
Floor plan of level 13.  Our room on the bottom left corner, bearing a slightly different configuration from the other rooms.


Level 13 is also the access point to the gym and the swimming pool.

 
The gym is only a small outfit but is equipped with the basic facilities.


The open-air pool at the rooftop.  Very small, but good enough for a quick dip.

 
From the rooftop deck is also one of the best places to view the city scape of Perth.


Looking at the construction site below us.


There’s also a small sauna pool at a higher floor, but it didn’t look very inviting, does it?

Final Verdict

Cheap for a budget stay, with great location to boot.  If you have a better budget to spare, consider other hotels.

Mercure Perth
10 Irwin St
Perth WA 6000
Australia

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