Essentials

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Essentials

Banks and Currency Exchange

Banks with dependable check-cashing and money-changing services include ANZ, Westpac, Commonwealth, and National Australia Bank. ATMs—which accept Cirrus, Plus, Visa, and MasterCard—are ubiquitous.

Boat Tours

Captain Cook Cruises (Pier 3, Barrack Sq. Jetty, CBD, Perth, WA, 6000. 08/9325–3341. www.captaincookcruises.com.au.)

Golden Sun Cruises (Pier 4, Barrack Sq. Jetty, CBD, Perth, WA, 6000. 08/9325–9916 office; 0418/816–166 bookings line. www.goldensuncruises.com.au.)

Rottnest Express (Pier 2, Barrack St. Jetty, CBD, Perth, WA, 6000. 1300/467–688. www.rottnestexpress.com.au.)

Catalina Adventures. This company offers heli-jet, harley-jet, and parasailing options. Jetty 4, Barrack St. Jetty, CBD, Perth, WA. 9225–4166. www.catalinaadventures.com.au.

Orientation and Wildflower Tours

Australian Pacific Touring (1300/243–137. www.aptouring.com.au.)

Australian Pinnacle Tours (Shop 1, Barrack St. Jetty, CBD, Perth, WA, 6000. 08/8132–8288 or 1300/551–687. www.australianpinnacletours.com.au.)

Perth Tram Company (08/9322–2006. www.perthtram.com.au.)

Two Feet and a Heartbeat. These guys are award-winning for several reasons: their walking tours are fun, informative, and wrap in elements that reveal the personality of a city, such as street art, small bars, sculptures, and hidden relics. They offer a tour of the Perth Zoo, Bell Tower, and Heritage Precinct with a ferry ride; a small bar and laneways tour; and an off-the-tourist-track circuit of the city, plus various tours in Fremantle. Book early for a "Tight arse Tuesday" tour, which is half-price (only A$20). Barrack and Hay Sts., CBD, Perth, WA, 6000. 1800/459–388. www.twofeet.com.au.

Taxis

Cab fare between 6 am and 6 pm weekdays is an initial A$3.80 plus A$1.55 every 1 km (½ mi). From 6 pm to 6 am and on weekends the rate rises to A$5.60 plus A$1.55 per 1 km (½ mi). Black & White (13–1008. www.bwtaxi.com.au.)

Swan Taxis (13–1330. www.swantaxis.com.au.)

Visitor Information

Western Australia Visitor Centre (55 William St., CBD, Perth, WA, 6000. 08/9483–1111; 1300/361351; 61/89483–1111 from outside Australia. www.westernaustralia.com.)

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