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Bet you don’t know Perth as well as you think you
do. Taking a day tour will show you exactly what
you’re missing, whether it’s soaring over Perth
in a two-seater plane, going on a small bar hop in
the CBD laneways, or paddling in the canals under
the Fremantle Prison. It’s time to be tourist in your
own town. words Courtney Schuur
The premise is simple: you eat, they drive.
Choose from three- or four-venue Word of
Mouth progressive dining tours and get
ready to eat and drink your way through
some of Perth’s finest restaurants. At
the end of the night, you’re dropped
off at home, leaving you enough time
to plan tomorrow’s sickie.
Highlights Post-dinner complimentary
cocktails, followed by tea and cake.
If ‘speed grazing’ sounds right up your
alley, hop on the Taste Bud Tour bus and get
ready for a whirlwind tour of Swan Valley’s best food
and wine. Sweet teeth will enjoy the morning tours, whereas those in the afternoon
lean more towards the Swan Valley’s savoury delights.
Highlights Tingling your taste buds with the raw, chilli-infused honey at House of Honey.
SMALL BARS, BIG FUN
Having trouble keeping up with Perth’s booming small bar scene? For $50, Two Feet &
a Heartbeat’s walking tour takes you to three bars where a drink, nibbles and a chat with
the owner are waiting for you. Popular small bars on the tour include The Conservatory,
1907, Wolf Lane, The Cheeky Sparrow, Andaluz and – everyone’s favorite – Helvetica.
Highlights Learning tips from Helvetica owner David Gillman on how to go about
creating the perfect mint julep.
Foodies and wine buffs
Who knew that Perth had a Heritage Precinct? Join the friendly guides from Two Feet &
Heartbeat for a daylong walking tour on which you will explore the bell tower and hear
the history behind Perth’s CBD before jumping on a ferry for an afternoon at the zoo.
Highlights Seeing the bell tower... from the top.
An Aboriginal art class and a bush-tucker feast are just some of the activities
that you will experience on the Urban Indigenous Tour. This award-winning tour
celebrates contemporary Aboriginal culture and invites everyone to partake, ask
questions and have fun.
Highlights An interactive didgeridoo lesson with a pro.
At first glance, you wouldn’t think that the Fremantle prison was only closed 22 years
ago; the guides are cheery and the cafe buzzes. But wait until nighttime for a ghostly
tour, or head underground where you will paddle through the canals and see the jail
from a very different vantage point.
Highlights Wearing prison stripes and donning an old ball and chain for a photo op.
BORN TO BE WILD?
Let your rebellious streak run free, and jump on the back of a Harley. No, you won’t
be riding into the sunset never to be seen again, but you will be able to see Perth’s
beautiful scenery with the wind in your hair.
Highlights Down Under Motorcycle Tours’ scenic Lakes and Coast Tour shows off some
of Perth’s best waterscapes, like Trigg and Scarborough beaches and Perry Lakes.
ROLL WITH IT
Create your own Top Gun moment aboard this two-seater stunt plane. Your
flight starts with a scenic tour of Perth’s regional areas before going straight into
the tricks; get ready to be rolled, flipped and turned with amazing skill.
Highlights Feeling the G force as Attitude Aerobatics’ experienced pilot puts the
plane through its paces.
When it comes to mountain biking in Western Australia, Rock ’n’ Roll Mountain Bike tour
guides know every nook and cranny. Each mountain biking tour is based on skill level,
from absolute beginners to ‘stunts and jumps’.
Highlights Gaining the confidence to try your first mountain bike stunt.
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