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About Perth

The western Australia capital of Perth has a distinctly relaxed and welcoming atmosphere with large areas of parkland leading down to the Swan River and easy access to the ocean.  Remarkably, this Australian city is almost as close to Singapore as it is to Sydney which goes to demonstrate the vastness of this under-populated and still-untamed country, as you will discover on our cruises to Perth.

Youthful, leisure-biased Perth is blessed with a temperate climate and its modern city centre is easy to walk around with many pedestrian-only shopping streets. Perth cruise guests should visit the Perth Zoo, home to much local wildlife, as well as Kings Park, which is ideal for cycling and picnics.

Alternatively, Perth cruises take you down river to the yachting mecca of Fremantle, or you can head across to the holiday island of Rottnest for diving, snorkelling or plain sunbathing, or go on a tasting tour of the Swan Valley wineries – the choice is yours.

 

Shore excursions in Perth

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Australian Wildlife and Wines

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 5 hours

Drive out of the city limits to the wonderful Swan Valley, famous for its history and wineries.

Board your coach and traverse Perth’s sleek suburbs to the lush Swan Valley, renowned for its historic houses and award winning wineries. Stop at the Cellar door of a local winery to enjoy a wine tasting of the Estate’s vintages. See the wonderful views stretching off into the distance including row after row of vines..

After your wine tasting experience, you will drive to Caversham Wildlife Park, which offers a complete bush experience. You will have approximately 1½ hours’ free time to meander around the Park enjoying the different range of wildlife native to Australia such as emus, kookaburras, dingos and crocodiles. You could also take a walk through the kangaroo enclosure, to meet and perhaps feed the friendly kangaroos and wallabies, or get up close and have your photograph taken with one of the cuddly koalas. Look out for the daily show, which will introduce you to the wombat and a variety of other friendly Australian animals.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. Walking is over flat ground and is at passengers’ own discretion. Flat, comfortable enclosed shoes are recommended.

Essence of Western Australia

Activity lowMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 8 hours

A comprehensive tour that combines sightseeing of Perth and Fremantle with wine tasting, lunch and a river cruise.

Admire the sleek, modern buildings and soaring skyscrapers as you drive through Perth. There will be a brief stop at Kings Park to photograph the spectacular view overlooking the city and Swan River.

Travelling through the eastern suburbs you will arrive at Swan Valley, a heritage area renowned for its historic houses and superb wineries. Visit one of these wineries for some wine tasting. You will be able to enjoy a talk on the wine making process along with the tasting, which will feature locally produced red and white blends.

An Australian lunch will be served at a local restaurant before returning to Perth.

In Perth, you’ll board your riverboat for a leisurely cruise down the Swan River to Fremantle. Watch the passing scenery glide by as you enjoy refreshments of tea or coffee and listen to the live commentary.

Re-board your coach for a brief orientation of Fremantle. As you travel along the Esplanade see the quaint terraced houses, ornate historic buildings and sidewalk cafés. Drive past the old Round House at Arthur’s Head, an old twelve-sided jail, and the Maritime Museum, a grand cluster of stone buildings, before returning to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and boat. There is a distance of approximately 200 yards to walk over flat ground to board the river cruise. The toilets are situated down a flight of steps. The river cruise last approximately 1¼ hours and is not wheelchair accessible. There are some gravel paths at Kings Park, however walking is at passengers’ own discretion. Casual clothing and flat, comfortable footwear with non-slip soles are recommended.

Fremantle Walking Tour

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 2½ hours

Experience the different sights, sounds and ambience of charming Fremantle on this interesting and informative walking tour.

Join your guide for a leisurely walk around the diverse city of Fremantle. You will see many of the city’s important buildings including the Round House, Western Australia’s oldest public building, the Fremantle Markets building and the Victorian Town Hall with its landmark clock tower.

As you stroll along the High Street, you will feel as though you have stepped back in time to the 1900’s, as the Victorian houses that were built here 100 years ago have been preserved and well maintained. In contrast, the port’s old commercial centre on Cliff Street are lined with Colonial buildings.

As you walk along Fremantle Harbour you will see the C.Y. O’Connor Statue, this bronze sculpture pays tribute to the Chief Engineer for Western Australia, who created the harbour by blasting and dredging rock and sand at the river mouth. Amble along the Esplanade, the city’s major parkland and pass by the modern venue of the Maritime Museum before returning to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours’ walking over even, paved footpaths. Flat, comfortable enclosed shoes and bottled water are recommended. The tour will operate in all weather. For those who wish to explore the city further, there is the option to end the tour by the Maritime Museum, however you are responsible for making your own way back to the ship.

Leisurely Fremantle and Perth

Activity low

Duration: 4 hours

This leisurely drive is an excellent way to discover the old charm of Fremantle and the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Perth.

The streets of Fremantle are lined with quaint terraced houses, historic buildings, and sidewalk cafés. As you drive through this historic city, your guide will point out the key sights including the distinctive Western Australian Maritime Museum, the UNESCO Fremantle Prison and the 12-sided Round House. The Round House, originally a jail, is the oldest building in Western Australia.

Continue to Perth, a city with dazzling views from every angle. Soaring skyscrapers form an impressive wall along the Swan River’s northern shore. In the distance, the Darling Ranges rise from the coastal plains offering a superb natural backdrop. You’ll travel through exclusive suburbs and pass the Royal Perth Yacht Club, Matilda Bay and the Old Swan Brewery.

Before returning to the ship, a photo stop will be made at Kings Park. The Park consists of bushland, botanical gardens and parklands. There will be around 40 minutes’ free time here to relax among the cultivated gardens, pay your respects at the State War Memorial or absorb the breathtaking views over Swan River and the city of Perth.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. Most of the sightseeing is conducted from the comfort of your coach. There are some gravel paths at Kings Park, however walking is at passengers’ own discretion. Passengers’ are advised to carry a bottle of water for the journey.

Twin Cities and River Cruise

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

A relaxed and leisurely way to see the sites of Perth and Fremantle from both land and sea.

Join your riverboat for a leisurely cruise along the pristine water of Swan River’s meandering waterway. Sit back, relax and enjoy refreshments as you listen to a live commentary and watch the stunning views glide past.

After your cruise, board your coach for a panoramic drive around historic Fremantle and modern Perth. You will pass many interesting sights such as Fremantle Prison, the Round House, the Maritime Museum and other architectural highlights.

You will pass some of the city’s exclusive suburbs and view the stunning skyline of Perth, nestled right on the Swan River, a mix of ultra modern and old world architecture. A photo stop will be made at Kings Park with its amazing views of the city and river, before returning to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and boat. There is a distance of approximately 200 yards to walk over flat ground to board the river cruise. The toilets are situated down a flight of steps. The river cruise last approximately 1¼ hours and is not wheelchair accessible. There are some gravel paths at Kings Park, however walking is at passengers’ own discretion. Casual clothing and flat, comfortable footwear with non-slip soles are recommended.

 

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