Planning to visit Western Australia but not sure where to go? How about a trip to its capital, Perth? 😉 Beyond the endless sunshine and pristine beaches, a wonderful adventure in one of the liveliest cities in the world awaits you with the numerous interesting attractions that can’t be found anywhere else in Australia.
We found the best Muslim-friendly attractions and activities just for you on our recent trip to Western Australia! 😊 If you’re planning to travel there and not quite sure what to see and do, we’ve got an itinerary planned for you! 😉
#HHWT Tip: We took a direct flight from Singapore to Perth on Singapore Airlines and we really recommend this flight timing! We departed on the morning flight and arrived in Perth at about 1pm so we were able to explore the city centre for the rest of the day!
Not only Singapore Airlines flies directly to Perth, they also serve Muslim meals! All you have to do is make a request at least 24 hours before your flight departs!
Prior to your arrival in Australia
Before you plan your trip, don’t forget to apply for a visa (AUD20). The processing time is pretty fast! You’ll most likely get the confirmation email within a few days. The visa, or known as ETA is valid for 3 months during a 12-month period, so plan your trip wisely!
#HHWT Tip: Australia is very particular about what you can and cannot bring including food so it’s best to check the list of prohibited items and food here to ensure that you can pass customs with no problems!
Getting to the city centre from Perth International Airport
The easiest way to get to the city centre from Perth International Airport is by taxi or bus which will take you about 20 minutes. If you’re planning to rent a car, you can find a couple of car rental companies at the Arrival hall.
To make your travel easier, you can plan your journey on Transperth where you can check the timetable for all of the transportation services in Perth.
Transport in Perth
Locals get around mostly by car, but public buses and trains are widely available. Those who are staying in Central Perth, you get to travel around for free! CAT, or Central Asia Transit Buses is a free bus service for your travels within the CBD, Fremantle and Joondalup. All you need to do is start and finish your journey within the free zone! Click here to view the map.
Alternatively, you can take the Perth Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus Tour to get around the city and its best attractions. Tickets can be purchased here.
Start your day by exploring Hay St (2h)
- It’s your first day and you’re ready to see what Perth has to offer. Why not start at Hay Street? Known as the busy retail shopping precinct, you can find almost anything that you need – food, local produce, drinks and fashion!
- While you’re there, head over to YES Optus Store and get a Tourist sim card. We recommend the $40 SIM Starter Kit where you’ll get 15GB of data!
Discover Perth’s buzzing art scene through a walking tour (3h)
- Lose yourself in the wonders of Perth’s art scene around the city with Oh Hey! WA.
- From urban street art to abstract paintings and intricate geometry art, you’ll find different types of art colouring every laneway and alley in the CBD.
- #HHWT Tip: The best part about the CBD is that you’ll find water refill stations and it’s free! You don’t have to worry about being dehydrated!
Dinner at Chee Tayeb (2h)
- Once you’re done immersing yourself in the vibrant art scene in Perth, it’s time for an early dinner. Make your way to Chee Tayeb to enjoy sumptuous Halal Lebanese cuisine!
- Sink your teeth into juicy platters of shawarma, Lebanese-style pizza, hummus, falafel and a cup of Lebanese coffee (yum!)
Accommodation: Fraser Suites Perth
- Spend the night just 6 minutes away from the city centre at Fraser Suites Perth. Overlooking the majestic Swan River, this serviced apartment is fully equipped with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV and even kitchenettes so you can cook your own meals. Book here now!
- Alternatively, you can find affordable accommodations around the city too! Consider staying at ibis (from AUD112/night), Tribe (from AUD106/night) or Adina (from AUD174/night). If you prefer serviced apartments where you can enjoy the convenience of your own private kitchen, opt for Citadines (from AUD158/night), Perth City Executive Apartments (from AUD123/night), or Parkline Apartments (from AUD99/night). Do note that the prices are based on our search for 1st May – 6th May 2018.
Learn about Australian wildlife at Caversham Wildlife Park (2h)
- If you‘re eager to meet Australian wildlife, a visit to Caversham Wildlife Park is a must!
- #HHWT Tip: We recommend that you visit in the morning to avoid crowds!
- Known to have Western Australia’s largest collection of native animals, you’ll get to meet koalas, wallabies, possums, Tasmanian devils and even wombats!
- For the full Australian experience, be prepared to spend at least 2 hours at the park where you can hand-feed kangaroos and feed koalas for free! You can even get a glimpse of whip-cracking, and sheep-shearing at the interactive farm show!
- If you’re worried about the availability of Halal food around, fret not. You can find halal chicken curry, and even Australia’s famous steak pies in packs at the Food Kiosk just by the entrance. Just be sure to look for the Halal logo before purchasing!
- #HHWT Tip: Caversham also houses Swan Valley Mosque and Islamic Centre so once you’re done exploring the wonderful Australian wildlife at the park, you can drop by the mosque and perform your prayers!
Lunch at Swan Valley Café (2h)
- If you’re not up for some curry and pies, hop over to a haven that has been gaining reputation for healthy dining – Swan Valley Café!
- While waiting for your order, you can take a stroll among the stunning flowers at the mini garden behind the café and just enjoy the fresh air! 😉
- We got ourselves BBQ Tempeh Burger, Chunky Chips, Raw Thai Noodles, and Mozarella Panini! (drools)
- #HHWT Tip: Although this gorgeous café is strictly vegan, we advise readers to dine at your own discretion as they do serve alcohol.
Taste yummy honey and learn how bees make them at the House of Honey (1h)
- Besides enjoying the scenic views around Swan Valley, you can also stop by House of Honey where you can be part of an educational tour to learn about bees and honey!
- With the business centred around beekeeping, House of Honey specialises in raw and unpasteurised honey, making it one of the most-visited places in Swan Valley!
- You can do a free tasting of the different variations of honey available such as Jarrah Honey, Redgum Honey and Banksia Honey! We recommend that you get the Red Gum, yum!
- Besides tasting raw honey, you can even get some shopping done and purchase some of their natural skincare products! 😊
- #HHWT Tip: Do take note that some honeys contain alcohol so be sure to check with the staff before tasting and purchasing!
- Raw honey and skincare products aren’t the only things you can find at House of Honey. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll also want to try their famous Honey Ice Cream (1 scoop/AUD4.50, 2 scoops/AUD6.50! ) We’ve checked with the staff and the flavours are alcohol and gelatine free!
Buy some souvenirs at Morish Nuts (30 mins)
- Still thinking of what to buy for your friends and family back home? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered! Head over to Morish Nuts to get your hands on Western Australia’s best savoury nibbles!
- If you’ve been onboard Virgin Airlines before, you might be familiar with this brand as their famous Variety Nuts are on the in-flight menu! Naturally free from gluten, lactose, colourants, preservatives and additives, Morish Nuts handcrafts their confectionery using premium Australian produce, making it the best souvenir!
- #HHWT Tip: There is a viewing window in the store so you can check out how they make the wonderful treats.
Savour some of the best nougats in Australia at Mondo Nougat (30 mins)
- If nuts aren’t your thing, walk over to Mondo Nougat which is right beside Morish Nuts! How convenient 😍
- Mondo Nougat specialises in nougats that are free from gluten, lactose, sugar and cholesterol!
- #HHWT Trip: Some of the nougats contain alcohol, so be sure to ask the staff before you make your purchase!
Head back to the CBD and have dinner at Twilight Hawkers Market (2h)
Credit: Tourism Western Australia
- Let’s all agree that food markets are essentially the backbone of any local community in the world, including Perth!
- When you’re in the CBD, make your way to Twilight Hawkers Market at Forrest Place and experience global culinary delights at the stalls.
- Lucky for us, there is a number of halal food stalls around like Casablanca that serves authentic Morrocan cuisine! We also came across Café Karache that serves Singaporean street food and Satay on Charcoal that specialises in Malaysian-style satays!
- While you feast on hearty comfort food, don’t forget to check out the live music by talented local buskers!
- #HHWT Tip: Since Twilight Markets is seasonal, it’s best to check the dates before your plan your visit. As for 2018, the markets will be operating every Friday from 2 February to 23 March 2018. Click here for more updates!
Get up close and personal with Quokkas in Rottnest Island (4h)
It’s your third day in Perth! How about taking a trip a little further away from the city centre? 😉 Pack your essentials and let’s take a boat ride to the world-renowned Rottnest Island!
- Located an hour away from Perth, the best way to get to this beautiful island is by boat! Hop on Rottnest Express, an experienced cruise that departs to Rottnest Island daily.
- Since Rottnest Island is a car-free zone, you’ll need a bicycle to get you around. If you book with Rottnest Express, you can rent a bike too! For safety purposes, every rider is required to wear a helmet while cycling.
- You can also join the Island Explorer Bus Tour to get around conveniently.
- Alternatively, you can rent a Segway and join a tour that will take you along beachside paths and discover pristine bays and popular beaches like The Basin!
- The one-hour tour costs $89 for Adults, $79 for Seniors and Children, $285.60 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children, whereas if you opt for a 1 and a-half hour adventure, it’ll cost $129 for Adults, $115 for Seniors and Children, and $414.80 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children! Click here for more info!
- #HHWT Tip: Unfortunately, since there is no halal food on the island, it’s best that you pack your own food as you’ll be spending at least 4 hours there.
Credit: Tourism Western Australia
- Once you’re on the island, get your bikes ready and go on your first mission: finding Quokkas! 😍
- If you don’t already know, Quokkas are the only mammals that are native to Rottnest Island so you’ll only find them on this island and nowhere else!
- Getting a selfie with a Quokka is a must when you’re on Rottnest Island, so keep an eye out for these cute marsupials as you cycle around! 😊
- #HHWT Tip: As cute as they can be, they are still wild animals so visitors are advised not to touch them or feed them as there is a risk of being bitten 😕
- Once you’re done with your selfies, continue exploring the island on your bicycle and enjoy the scenic views along the way!
- Snorkelling enthusiasts can take a trip to Little Salmon Bay, one of Rottnest Island’s best beaches for water sports! If time allows, cycle a little further to Henrietta Rocks where you’ll be greeted by a stunning view of the great wide ocean.
- For memories’ sake, take a picture by the cliff, like we did! 😄
- #HHWT Tip: As the landscape of the island is dominated by some low hills, non-experienced cyclists may take longer to get around, so plan ahead!
Head back to Fremantle and have lunch at Kailis (2h)
- Time for lunch! Unwind and enjoy good seafood at one of the Fish and Chips joints in Perth – Kailis Fish Market at the Waterfront Fremantle! Fun fact: This famous eatery is also Muslim-friendly!
- Within 8 minutes walking distance from the Port of Fremantle, you’ll end up at one of the most sought-after eateries in all of Perth!
- Get a table by the harbour to get a nice view of the fishing harbour! If you’re with a big group, we recommend sharing the Seafood Platter and the Fish and Chips platter.
- Although chicken and alcohol are served, the eatery has confirmed that the seafood (including Fish & Chips) is fried using separate oil and fryer, so you can be assured that there would be no cross-contamination.
Spend the rest of the day by immersing yourself in Perth’s vibrant culture at Fremantle Markets (3h)
- Once you’re done with your yummy lunch, it’s time to visit one of Perth’s landmarks – Fremantle Markets!
- It’s only 10 minutes away by foot, so it’s the perfect excuse to burn all that calories 😆
- Welcome to the heart and soul of Fremantle – Fremantle Markets. Or Freo as the locals call it.
- #HHWT Tip: Fremantle Markets only runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
Credit: Andru1308 on Flickr
- Step inside the weekend market and experience Western Australia’s 100 years of vibrant culture and heritage like never before.
- You’ll find a whopping 150 stalls in this Victorian-style market! From fresh produce, local treats, souvenirs, home wares, fashion to coffee, there’s definitely something for everyone.
Credit: @fremantlemarkets on Instagram
- If you’re hitting the food trail, dive headfirst into the popular honey cakes inspired by a traditional Czech dessert! This sumptuous cake is a unique combination of light, honey-flavoured layers, caramel filling and fresh ground walnuts.
- #HHWT Tip: Alcohol-free cakes are only available upon request 3 days in advance (we recommend a week!). Although their cakes are available by the slice, you’ll need to purchase the whole cake as they aren’t able to sell the rest of it 🙁 But worry not, it’s a freezable type of cake so you can cut it into smaller pieces and enjoy them later! 😋
- Or if you’re looking for a refreshing drink, head over to Roogenic, a store that specialises in homemade tea using only the best and organic bush plant in Australia. Go for the Native Strawberry Iced Tea! 🤤
- Oh, tummy growling already? That calls for dinner! Good news for Muslim travellers, there’s a Halal-certified Indonesian stall near Roogenic – Fluffy Lamb! You can pretty much tell what they specialise in from the name 😉 Have a bite (or two!) of their famous lamb satays or Charcoal Grilled Lamb while you enjoy your iced tea!
- If you’re still in search of the best souvenirs from Australia, there are plenty of souvenir shops around where you can get a hold of boomerang, homemade soaps, fresh produce, and many more!
Accommodation: Peppers Kings Square Hotel
- On our 3rd day, we moved to Peppers Kings Square Hotel, a boutique hotel conveniently located just 9 minutes away from the CBD.
- #HHWT Tip: If you’re driving, you can definitely enjoy the convenience of valet parking at the lobby.
- Book here now! From AUD123/night based on travel dates from 1st May to 6th May 2018.
Take A Day Trip to The Pinnacles Desert (2h)
- What better way to enjoy outback Australia than a trip to Nambung National Park?
- Explore the best of mother nature at The Pinnacles Desert where you’ll witness the dramatic formations of limestone pillars all around.
- As it is essentially a desert and the weather can get very warm, it is important to take necessary precautions to protect yourself. Be sure to wear sunscreen, long sleeves, put a hat on and bring a water bottle to keep yourself hydrated!
- If you’re feeling a little adventurous, the best way to conquer the fascinating desert is by walking along the Desert View Trail. Don’t forget to put on a pair of comfy shoes as it’s going to take you about 45 minutes to complete the entire journey!
- #HHWT Tip: Be sure to follow the signs to avoid getting lost!
- Once you’re done exploring, end your adventure at the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre for a short interactive lesson on the park!
Escape the heat and have lunch at the famous Lobster Shack (2h)
- You’re bound to get hungry after all the exploring around the desert! Take a short drive to Cervantes and have lunch at the famous Lobster Shack 😉
- Known for its super fresh lobsters, satiate your cravings for seafood at this beachside restaurant. We recommend a table outside as you can get a magnificent view of the sea!
- Lobster Shack also offers daily lunch specials on their menu. We got ourselves really fresh grilled abalones!
- Once you’re done with your meal, how about a tour around the factory? Yes, this restaurant also offers factory tours that run daily between 12pm and 3pm where visitors can get a first-hand look into the live lobster processing!
- #HHWT Tip: There is an entrance fee of AUD10 for adults and AUD5 for children from 5-12 years old.
- This tour also provides you with an audio guide in multiple languages to help you understand each step of the process.
Try sandboarding in Lancelin (2h)
- Continue your day by driving to Lancelin (1-hour away from Lobster Shack) and try sandboarding!
- What is sandboarding, you ask? Think of surfing, but on white sand dunes! 😀 It’s not a trip to Western Australia if you don’t try this fun sport!
Credit: Have A Chat General Store on Facebook
- First off, you have to drop by Lancelin General Store to get your sandboard. Affordably priced at AUD10 for 2 hours, you are ready to face the sand dunes!
- #HHWT Tip: Be sure to ask for the paraffin before you leave! It is important to wax your board as it helps reduce friction for longer runs.
- If you have sensitive eyes, it’s best that you bring along a pair of goggles to keep the sand out of your eyes, especially when it’s windy.
Head back to the city and have dinner at Lord of The Fries (1h)
- Wrap up your day at The Lord Of The Fries in the CBD. Lord of The Fries, or LOTF as many would call it, has been the go-to fast food joint for many students, for its affordable food.
- This fast food chain caters to all kinds of dietary requirements such as halal, kosher and vegan!
- We recommend the Halal snack pack, Melbourne hot dog, Chicago hot dog, Original burger and their sweet potato fries!
Start your day early and have breakfast at Eat Drink Raw (2h)
- It’s your last day in Perth! 😭You’ve had some pretty heavy meals the night before, so how about detoxing with a healthy breakfast? 😋
- Drive over to Eat Drink Raw, a small café specialising in healthy, nutritious food. Choose from a selection of their delicious salads, smoothies and desserts. Yes, healthy dessert is a thing! 😜
- We recommend the best-selling smoothie bowls. Top it off with some fruit smoothies, and you’re good for breakfast!
- Still have room for desserts? Grab a bite of their PB Jelly Cake Pops made with raw chocolate! So scrumptious and guilt-free 😜
Take a stroll through Kings Park and Botanic Gardens (2h)
- In a vast sprawling city like Perth, you can’t leave without visiting the beautiful Kings Park and Botanic Gardens for a little island of peace and tranquillity.
- At the base of each tree along the avenues is a plaque inscribed with the names of the fallen soldiers to honour their dedication while serving the country in a time of war.
- The park is pretty big (bigger than Central Park NYC, believe it or not!), so we recommend that you head over to Lotterywest Federation Walkway and enjoy picturesque views of the city skyline.
- Walk among the treetops and check out the State War Memorial precinct where it comprises of the Cenotaph, Court of Contemplation, Flame of Remembrance and Pool of Reflection that pay tribute to the various battles Australia has gone through.
- #HHWT Tip: Not up for a walk? No problem, Kings Park offers Segway Tours too so you’ll get to glide along natural bush trails, open parklands, and stunning botanic garden over the skyline! The 1 ½-hour ride costs AUD129 for Adults, $115 for Children and Senior Citizens and AUD414.80 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children.
Unleash your inner photographer at the Crawley Edge Boatshed (1h)
- It’s not a trip to Perth if you don’t visit the iconic Crawley Edge Boatshed, or as the locals would call it – The Little Blue Boathouse.
- Just a mere 6-minute drive from Kings Park, it’s no surprise that this highly photographed site is on every visitor’s Instagram list due to its stunning back drop of the beautiful Swan River.
- #HHWT Trip: Be careful not to have any loose items around as it sure is windy! 😳
- As it is located on Swan River, diving and swimming in the river is strictly prohibited as you might get stung by a swarm of stinger jellyfish that is infesting the lower reaches of the river.
- You can take as many shots as you want but we recommend jumping shots!
- #HHWT Tip: It’s best to come early too as the queue to get that perfect photo can be quite long!
There you have it, five days of fun and excitement in Down Under! With plenty of things to do for all types of travellers in Western Australia, we hope that this beautiful region will make it to your travel bucket list. So, wait no further and book your tickets now for the ultimate Australian vacation that you’ve been dreaming of! 😍
This article was brought to you by Tourism Western Australia.