Perth, Australia

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    Oct 19, 2011 9:24 PM GMT
    Will be visiting through November - any recommendations on what to do/see? Good places to eat, night life, beaches, hotels or guest houses.
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    Oct 20, 2011 9:43 AM GMT
    Richard's of Northbridge is a relatively inexpensive, clean guesthouse. There is not a lot to do there, but it is one beautiful city. Very little nightlife. There are a lot of architecturally beautiful buildings. The museums were OK. The Indian Ocean is about 40 minutes away in a picturesque town named Cotesloe on the way to the tourist trap, Fremantle. Fremantle is worth seeing. The Indian Ocean is the grandest sight I've ever seen. Temps can be from 88°F to 104°F or 31°C to 40°C with very little humidity. Be ready for small, aggravating flies seeking moisture in eyes, noses, and ears. I liked the city and I'm glad that the trip was made.
  • beaujangle

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    Oct 20, 2011 12:48 PM GMT
    There are 2 main gay bars: One is Connections in James St, Northbridge. The other is the Court, not too far way on Beaumont St. Both are ok but I prefer the Court.

    You can google them.
  • Suetonius

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    Oct 20, 2011 10:58 PM GMT
    I would not say that Perth is well known for either fine cuisine, nightlife or abundance of gaylife. There are a lot of asian eateries, given Perth's closeness to asia. I did stay at Richard's B&B (recommended by Nabob) It is comfortable, quiet and charming, with modern bathrooms, and he serves a very good breakfast, but it is not "upscale." Richard also rents out to his guests a beach house in Yallingup - a beach town about 250km to the south. There is great surfing in the area, but remember it is springtime there now, so the weather will not be hot. If you want company down there, you should probably bring your own.

    For touristy things to do, there is the old town of Fremantle, known for its unremodeled 19th century wooden buildings. There is not much of interest in the way of architecture in Perth itself, as most 19th century buildings have been torn down in their redevelopment process.

    Worth visiting are some very fine wineries in the Margaret River area.
    http://www.lookatwa.com.au/Wineries/index.html

    Perth has a very large botanical garden. If you have any interest in nature other than bipeds, you would be there at some part of the wildflower season. North of Perth, there are vast areas which are essentially barren most of the year, but in October and part of November are carpeted in wildflowers as far as the eye can see. Inquire locally.