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In Perth We Ask for the Toilet, Not the Bathroom!

Travel Tips — By Amanda Kendle on October 28, 2010 at 5:17 am

Sometimes one of the trickiest parts of traveling can be finding the right place when you, you know, need to go! Luckily, in Perth, it’s usually not so tricky, but there are a few useful things to know:

  1. Most importantly, we are so bold as to call a toilet a toilet! In other words, if you ask the average Perth person on the street for the restroom or the bathroom, there’s probably only a 50/50 chance they’ll know what you mean. We think a restroom is a place where you have a rest, and a bathroom is a place where you have a bath (or maybe a shower). A toilet is a toilet, and we call it that. So don’t be embarrassed to ask a Perthite for the nearest toilet. It’ll make your chances of solving your problem much better!
  2. Finding toilets in Perth is usually not too difficult. If you’re the kind who likes to plan ahead, there is a National Public Toilet Map for the whole of Australia, and it’s searchable, so just type in Perth or any other part of Australia and they’ll help you out. If you’re caught short on the go, then either look out for a department store or a fast food franchise and you’ll be pretty much certain of finding a toilet, but if not just pop into the nearest shop and ask them to direct you. In the city centre there are a few of those slightly scary self-cleaning toilets in pods that look a bit like space ships. I’ve never used one, but I’m told that if you are too still while you’re in there, the sensors will think the place is empty and will clean it. Apparently they warn you first though. If you’re in the suburbs, even a large number of our parks have public toilets available (just like the photo).
  3. You pretty much never have to pay for a public toilet in Perth – occasionally you do, for example at the central Perth Train Station, where they are part of a larger area where you can rest. (Ah – restrooms!). If there is an attendant there, it is not usual to tip them, either.
  4. And finally, if you’re from a Western country, then expect pretty much what you’re used to. Regular flushing toilets – although the dual flush system (half as much water if you’ve all done number ones!) is very widespread and some visitors have been taken by surprise by that. Regular toilet paper. Regular sinks with soap. Regular paper towels or hot air blowers. All pretty standard.

So there you go, that’s pretty much all you need to know to make sure you have your needs met, so to speak, while you’re traveling in Perth.

Picture of public toilets in Dog Swamp, Perth by Wyrmworld

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