Visitors to Perth quite often ask me about the presence of men and women in flourescent yellow vests selling magazines. My answer is always immediate: buy a magazine from these people! They are vendors of The Big Issue, a high quality magazine covering a wide variety of interesting topics, and the vendors are homeless or marginalised people who need a bit of a hand – they receive half of the cover price of every magazine they sell so you’re getting a good read and helping someone who needs it at the same time.
My regular Big Issue vendor stands on Oxford Street in ever-changing Leederville, but most of the vendors sell The Big Issue from areas in central Perth and Fremantle. You can check The Big Issue official Find a Vendor site to get more accurate locations but if you just stroll through the main streets you are bound to come across a Big Issue vendor anyway. I strongly recommend you pick up a copy and at the same time, have a chat with the vendor and ask him or her for some sightseeing tips – they spend all day talking to all kinds of people and are bound to have some good ideas.