One of the great things about Perth is that there’s always something to do. Despite being the most isolated city in the world you’ll still find plenty within the CBD. I had heard about an interactive museum downtown called SciTech, so I decided to check it out. Not too many of my mates are into science museums, but I did manage to wrangle a few people who were interested in going; my good friends Jennifer from Sweden and James from Australia.

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We first caught a bus into the CBD. Our apartment was at Curtin University on the South side of the city so it took a bit of creative transportation planning to get anywhere we needed to go. Luckily a few years prior to our arrival the city had installed a light rail line running the North-South highway through the dark side of Perth, so we usually caught that to the city. Today, the train wasn’t working, so we got to ride a bus for what seemed like 7 hours to get to the city.

Not wanting to overstimulate our brains with an entire day of science, we made a pit stop in the CBD. It’s along Hay and Murray streets that you can find lots of shopping, restaurants, and general things to do. These pedestrian-oriented areas are great places to spend the day in Perth, while the nearby Northbridge area has got all your nightlife needs covered.

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An area to check out is the London Court – a British-themed alleyway in the downtown. Take a stroll down here to buy some exotic tea, or pretend you’re anywhere else in the world besides in this sweltering heat.

About SciTech

A good afternoon of spending money behind us, we made off on our second train to get to Sci-Tech. We rushed in through the doors, payed our $10 admission fee, and started to explore the complex. To our surprise, we had very-much misjudged the target audience of the museum, as it seemed to be oriented to people well beneath our age range. Not wanting to spoil a good time, we made due and enjoyed ourselves nonetheless.

Different themed rooms let you learn about different areas of science, technology, and engineering. Even as a third year science major, I was still able to learn quite a bit from the museum. Among my favourite exhibits was a camouflage wall, which for no other reason allowed us to dress up in ridiculous zebra ponchos and take a photo.

Later on, we caught the train back home and I spent the rest of my night planning my trip to Thailand, instead of studying for exams – it’s important to have your priorities straight.

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