Perth is a perfect getaway from Singapore for families with young kids. It’s a 4.5 h flight away, same time zone as Singapore, and is super family friendly. Now that LB2 is one year old, we felt we were finally ready to go on our first family holiday with 2 kids. But this being our first trip with two, the itinerary was intentionally conservative. We elected to base ourselves at one accommodation, rather then pack and unpack every other day.
Singapore Airlines has several flights every day to Perth. We took the 930AM flight, and arrived at Perth on a sunny Monday afternoon with a very pleasant temperature of 20 degrees Celsius.
The major telcos all have shops in the arrival hall. We went with Optus which had a relatively good prepaid SIM card deal. The pick-up point for the rental car is a stone’s throw away from the arrival hall, so no worries about having to lug your luggage over a long distance.
We rented an apartment from Stayz at Mounts Bays Water, along Mounts Bay Road. A few tips about renting from Stayz.
- Scrutinise the photos closely. Generally the photos are professionally taken to help advertise the apartments. But taking a close look at the photos will give you a better idea of the condition of the furniture, bathroom etc.
- Read the reviews. I can’t emphasise this enough. You will find important information about the apartment in the reviews. Eg. whether there were defects or inconveniences reported by previous occupants, were the hosts responsive.
- Look for corroborative evidence on other sites like Tripadvisor on the quality of the apartment.
- When in doubt, email the owners to find out more about whether the apartment meets your needs.
Our apartment was clean and well-appointed. The owners took the trouble to put in touches that really enhanced the short stay (Eg. snacks, drinks, milk, butter, condiments for cooking, tissue paper, ample supply of toilet paper, kids toys, laundry liquid, even pool towels).Some minus points related more to the facility itself. The lift was rickety and shuddered 8 out of 10 times we used it. The key card pass did not work with the back door despite the owners trying to rectify the situation. And we had to go the long way from the car park back to the apartment every day.
After moving into the apartment, we headed out to grab dinner and groceries. We chose to head to The Park Centre in the South. It had 3 hours of free parking, and also a Coles which opens til 9 pm. It was dark by the time we got there, which made us feel slightly unsafe in the open air car park. We had a quick dinner, and a grocery run to get essential items (diapers and milk powder for LB2), before heading back to the apartment for an early night.