A wonderful way to get a good feel for the west's largest city is to hop on a Perth tram. Operating since 1986, the award-winning wooden replicas resemble the first trams which operated here in 1899. They offer a charming way to explore the city drivers give informative commentary as you pass through Hay Street, past the Burswood Casino and to Kings Park.
Catriona decided to visit Annalakshmi restaurant on the banks of the Swan River with its 360˚ views of the city skyline, park and river. Annalakshmi is the Hindu goddess of food and the restaurant named after her is wholly-owned by the non-profit Temple of Fine Arts. Instead of asking for donations to support hospitals locally and internationally, they give food in return for money. There is no set price for their delicious meals people pay what they wish. They believe hunger should not exist and that feeling is shared by volunteers from all walks of life who perform, wash up, prepare food and clean.
For a cultural experience of a totally different sort, visit the Art Gallery of Western Australia for indigenous art, works by some of Western Australia's finest painters as well as international exhibits. Interactive tours are run with a difference. There is talk between guide and participants no rights or wrongs, just interesting points of view, questions and answers.
Emperor's Crown offers affordable, spacious and comfortable accommodation just 200 metres from Perth's main railway station, CBD, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and Northbridge, famous for its entertainment, arts and nightlife.
The Emperor has 19 guest units, with seven deluxe ensuite rooms, air-conditioning and heating. There is a television lounge, modern kitchen and gas barbecues. Café Crown 85 opens at 7am for breakfast and lunch is also served. They will arrange for breakfast baskets to be delivered to your room.
Just 15 minutes west of Perth is Cottesloe, a superb beach with terraced lawns, Norfolk pines and Indian Ocean outlook. Amberjacks is an old fashioned seafood shop with an open kitchen, offering seating inside or out with views across the ocean to Rottnest Island.
The Monkey Bar in Perth's West End has three levels with DJs making the music, cocktail lounge with views, plus the Warehouse indoor wine bar, while Amplifier has live and loud music and the Magnet Bar is for smaller, quieter get-togethers. Go to Monkey Bar on Thursdays for a free salsa or merengue lesson with Danza Loca. Danza Loca run similar sessions at other venues across Perth.
Western Australia's capital city.
Perth trams run every day. Ninety-minute tours are $15 for adults and $7 for children. Family passes for two adults and up to four children are $37. Passengers can get on and off the tram as often as they please.
Annalakshmi opens every day except Monday between noon and 2pm and 6.30pm-9pm. Diners pay whatever they deem appropriate. They do accept reservations.
Art Gallery of Western Australia admission is free, but there may be charges to special exhibitions. Open every day from 10am to 5pm and closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Emperor's Crown high season rates start at $26 for a shared ensuite dormitory to $105 for a junior executive triple room a night.
Amberjacks opens from Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 8pm. A huge seafood platter sufficient for three is around $30. A combo platter is around $13.50 and small serve of fish and chips is $6.50.
Monkey Bar salsa and merengue introductory lessons are free between 7-8pm and $13 between 8-9pm.
Danza Loca run dance sessions at other venues. For more information. log on to www.danzaloca.com
Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.
The Perth Tram Co
21 Mayfair Street
West Perth 6000
Ph: (08) 9322 2006
Fax: (08) 9322 2799
Jetty 4, Barry Street
Ph: (08) 9221 3003
Art Gallery of Western Australia
James Street Mall
Ph: (08) 9492 6600
Fax: (08) 9492 6655
The Emperor's Crown
85 Stirling Street
Ph: (08) 9227 1400 1800 991 553
Fax: (08) 9227 1430
94 Marine Parade
Ph: (08) 9385 0977
The Monkey Bar
385 Murray Street
West End 6000
Ph: (08) 9321 7606