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LOCAL RESTAURANTS WITHIN A FIVE MINUTE WALK OF ABOVE BORED
For full information detailing restaurants, fast food, laundrymat, supermarkets and liquor shop within a 5 minute walk of Above Bored, please consult our compendium upon arrival, which includes a collection of many local restaurant menus and contact details, as well as a handy walking map to guide you there.
NEAREST SWIM OR GYM?
The Terry Tyzack Olympic pool and gym is just a 30 minute walk to the north on Fitzgerald St. It has indoor and outdoor pools, a gym, and many group fitness classes that you can attend casually on a pay as you attend basis. Call 9376 0900 for more info.
FREE TRANSPORTATION WITHIN THE PERTH CBD
Ours is a very quiet street just 5 minutes by car or bus north of Perth city. And the good news is that our quiet street joins with a major road at either end where buses regularly travel to the city (Fitzgerald Street and Charles St).For all public transport information, including planning your routes to suburban destinations outside of the Perth CBD, simply Call 13 62 13, and a 'real human being' will respond with exact bus numbers and times travelling from your nearest bus stop, arriving at the closest stop to your destination.Once in Perth, you will be delighted by our efficient and punctual public transportation system, including a free transit zone within central Perth, East Perth and West Perth. All buses and trains are free in the CBD, and there are also dedicated free tourist buses called CATs. They follow 3 routes and arrive at stops situated at Perth's main attractions every 5-10 minutes throughout the day. The CAT buses and stops are red, blue, and yellow, depending on the route. These are decorated with a large Black Panther for easy recognition.
BARGAIN HUNTING? DISCOUNT OUTLET SHOPPING AT HARBOUR TOWN
Just 5 minutes down the road is Harbour Town, Perth's discount and outlet shopping centre, where all the best bargains are to be found. Situated on the corner of Wellington St and Sutherland St, just a 20 minute walk from the centre of the CBD, it's a must see for those of us who enjoy retail therapy. Call 93212282 or google Harbour Town Perth for more information.
GO FOR GOLD AT THE PERTH MINT
The famous Perth Mint, located on Hay St, makes an unusual outing. The historic building was opened during the Gold Rush in 1899 to refine gold from the newly discovered goldfields around Western Australia. It contains the world's largest exhibition of investment gold bars and nuggets. You can witness a real gold pouring demonstration every hour, held in the original Melt House. The Mint is open 7 days a week from 9.00am to 4.00pm on weekdays and 9.00am to 1.00pm on weekends and public holidays. Call 9421 7223 for more info.
THE POPULAR PORT OF FREMANTLE
Fremantle is Perth's vibrant port city and spending a few days there is an absolute must. 'Freo' is a 30 minute drive from Above Bored. Situated at the mouth of the Swan River, it's a multi-cultural city with loads a charm, offering a very alternate atmosphere to Perth. There's great examples of a 19th century streetscapes with heritage buildings and history. Stop in at WA's earliest convict jail, Fremantle Prison, now a tourist attraction, and the WA Maritime Museum. Of enjoy an amazing array of crafts, jewellery and food at the Markets. Shopping is a joy on High Street for clothing designers, art galleries and Aboriginal crafts and home wares. Most of all, Freo is about ambience; chilling out; enjoying fish and chips at Fishing Boat Harbour; or a pale ale at an award winning microbrewery. Once you've finished relaxing, watch the town transform at night when the street cafes, bars and nightclubs crank up. For more info Call 9431 7878.
Most of Perth's restaurants and nightlife as well as the theatre district, art gallery and museum are in Northbridge, which is between Above Bored and the Perth CBD. This district offers many fun ways to spend an evening, just 4 minutes via car or bus from Above Bored
KING'S PARK SPLENDOUR
Why not take a free CAT bus from the city to King's Park, which boasts the best views of Perth City and the Swan River? There are many stunning walkways taking in many varieties of native flora, a delight to picnic amongst, or indulge yourself in the gallery and restaurants.
CYCLE? HIRE A BIKE
There are plenty of beautiful places around Perth and Fremantle to take in a spectacular bike ride, with no shortage of dedicated cycle paths. For example, you can hire bikes on Perth's Esplanade; ride them along the river, across the bridge to South Perth's Esplanade opposite the city, completing your circuit via a different bridge. Please remember to consider pedestrians on dual-use cycle paths, as they have right of way. Wearing a bicycle helmet is compulsory in Western Australia, and helmets can always be hired with bikes.Bikes for this ride can be hired from About Bike Hire on 92212665. Park in the Causeway Car Park 1-7 Riverside Drive, Perth
PERTH FORESHORE AND THE BARRACK ST JETTY
The magnificent Swan River foreshore is only a short walk down Barrack Street from the shopping district to the Esplanade. You can hire a canoe or a bicycle (as mentioned above) or simply walk along the paved river pathways. You can catch a variety of ferries or hire a private boat charter from Barrack St Jetty. Cruises generally travel to Fremantle or go in the opposite direction to the Swan Valley wine district. There are many river cruises available, including scenic, luncheon, evening, dinner and wine cruises. The happy hubbub and singing coming from cruise boats returning from a day in the wine district can be heard from the Barrack Street Jetty, long before they arrive
SWAN VALLEY WINERIES
The Swan Valley is just 25 minutes north of Perth via car, bus tour or wine cruise, and it is home to many boutique wineries and micro-breweries. This is a growing region bursting with wildlife parks, arts and craft centres and restaurants. Many of the wineries face the Swan River, boasting scenic views
SAIL? HIRE A CATAMARAN
Head down to South Perth and hire one of many various types of catamaran from the Southern foreshore. This is an exciting and unique way to enjoy Perth and the surrounding scenery from the Swan River. The hire company is located at Coode St Jetty, next to the cycle path. Call the Catamaran Hire and Sailing Centre on 0408 926 003 for more info
The Perth Zoo is located at 20 Labouchere Rd, South Perth. You can reach it via a Ferry from the Barrack St Jetty in the city, or via bus 30 and 31 from the Esplanade Bus port. Alternatively, you can cycle, as the route is only 4km from central Perth. The Zoo features an Australian Walkabout showcasing an excellent array of Australia's native wildlife and flora, as well as Asian Rainforest and African Savannah displays. Open from 9.00am to 5.00pm all year round. Call 9474 0444 for more info
TRY YOUR LUCK? BURSWOOD CASINO
Western Australia's only real casino is located on the foreshore at Burswood. It has 9 restaurants, 6 bars, a nightclub, 24 hour casino, a theatre and golf course. There is a strictly smart casual dress code. Call 9362 7777 for more info
SWIM, SUNBAKE, SNORKEL - GLORIOUS BEACHES
Above Bored is about a 20 minute drive from the beach. The closest is Scarborough Beach, however, Cottesloe Beach, just 30 minutes away, is also very popular, and for unparalleled snorkelling, visit Metham's Pool, about 30 minutes away, which is a sheltered family friendly spot where a lovely array of fish and limestone reef can be swum with really close to the shore. Call 9483 1111 for more info
THE POPULAR PORT OF FREMANTLE
The Swan Bell Tower is a spectacular creation of blue glass and wood, located in Barrack Square on Riverside Drive, Perth. The free Blue CAT bus stops at Barrack St. The tower houses The Swan Bells, a complete working set of tubular bells, including the 12 bells of St Martin in the Fields. There is nothing like listening to these historic bells, and you'll see sundials, telescopes and mosaic tiles. It is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm every day. Free admission on the first Tuesday of each month. Call 6210 0444 for more info
MARGARET RIVER WINE DISTRICT
Why not hire a car and take the 3-4 hour drive south to the spectacular Margaret River wine district, where some of Australia's finest grapes meet the sea? There are many boutique wineries, art galleries, and award winning restaurants and the coastline walks are spectacular. Watch surfers riding some of the biggest waves in the world at popular surf breaks in the district
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