Easygoing Perth is booming

by Dea Martinjonis July 03, 2017

Perth has wonderful weather, beautiful beaches and an easygoing character.

Perth’s beaches run along the western edge of Australia for around 40 km. Photo by: bmphotographer / Shutterstock.

We turned to our friends at Readify in Down Under and asked them to share with us (and you) what to do, see and experience when traveling or moving to Perth. It might be a modern-day boom town of Australia, but by nature it is still very much about the beach, surf and relaxing on the sand. The city’s beaches run along the western edge of Australia for around 40km and it is not rare to have one all to yourself.

The ultimate to-do’s in Perth

We’ve got you covered with tips ranging from quokka sightings — commonly known as the happiest animal on the planet — turquoise-water beaches and burlesque classes!

Elizabeth Quay is part of a bold plan by the Western Australian Government to revitalise central Perth. Photo by: Dirk Jan Jerkuil / Shutterstock.

Sightseeing: The Swan River that got its name in the 17th century from a Dutch explorer, Willem de Vlamingh, after the famous black swans of the area. There are also fifteen (!) yacht clubs along the Swan River, most of them on Melville Water, Freshwater Bay and Matilda Bay; Elizabeth Quay— an exciting new waterfront precinct on the banks of the Swan River. The place to be, see and do in Perth. There is an array of attractions including the island playground, the BHP Billiton Water Park, public artwork, promenades, open spaces and food and beverage outlets; Fremantle against a backdrop of the best preserved 19th century port streetscape in the world, a day out in Fremantle is an eclectic and eccentric blend of fabulous artisanal food, handcrafted beers, great coffee, quirky boutiques and a lively music, arts and festival scene.

Visit one of Australia’s most famous beaches — Cottesloe and enjoy some drinks at the art-deco Indiana Teahouse. Photo by: bmphotographer / Shutterstock.

Short layover activity: A swim at Cottesloe Beach followed by some ‘refreshments’ at the Cottesloe Beach Hotel. Cottesloe Beach is by far the most popular and well-known beach in Perth, and for good reason. Like all beaches in the Perth area, it has clean white sand and beautiful clear turquoise water, but what makes it stand out are the grassed terraces and park behind the beach — the tall shady Norfolk Island pine trees and the fun and lively atmosphere in the summer when it seems everyone in Perth wants to be down at Cottesloe Beach! Then there’s the striking art-deco Indiana Teahouse , right down on the beach. It houses a restaurant on the upper level and surf life savers on the lower level. This building is a Cottesloe landmark, featuring on postcards and tourist brochures. Across the road from the beach you’ll find a cafes, surf shops, pubs and restaurants bustling with activity — the whole area feels more like a village than part of a big city.

One of Perth’s longest running local institutions The Moon — Café is a licensed restaurant with a full bar. Photo by: The Moon — Café.

Hipster-approved service area: Wander around Northbridge and you’ll find the coolest haircut and massage parlors as well as delicious street food. Try The Moon — Café that opened its doors in 1991 and after over 20 years of service still remains one of Perth’s most well known and loved night spots. They also have brunch on Saturdays & Sundays.

Reminiscent of the 1920’s through to the 60’s, Sugar Blue Burlesque presents a unique blend of classic burlesque and elaborate vintage costumes, with authentic vintage dances, circus, comedy, music and crowd pleasing theatricality. Photo by: John Leonard Photography via Sugar Blue Burlesque.

The Northbridge area also has some of the best bars and night clubs in Western Australia and an eclectic mix of shops offering a unique range of products. Plus it offers a diverse cultural experience including galleries and museums. And…a burlesque Academy called Sugar Blue Burlesque — it is actually both a performance troupe and a burlesque Academy, established in 2007 and is one of the leaders in the Australian Burlesque Community today.

Beer is food, must go to Petition for the extensive menu. Photo by: Petition.

Best locals bar: Petition — it actually consists of three spaces — Petition Beer Corner, Petition Kitchen and Petition Wine Bar & Merchant — an 18-tap craft beer bar, a bistro and an inner city wine bar. Other must-go places where the locals hang out include Varnish, Bob’s Bar and Helvetica for all your whiskey needs. 🥃

Petition is a great choice because it actually consists of three spaces — Petition Beer Corner, Petition Kitchen and Petition Wine Bar & Merchant. Their mission says it all: “We believe in good food and drink for all.” Photo by: Petition.

Weekend getaway: Rottnest Island,Western Australia’s very own island getaway, featuring a casual atmosphere, picturesque scenery and some of the world’s finest beaches and bays, is located just 19 kilometres off the coast of Fremantle. Mediterranean-style climate and indigenous flora and fauna of this island provide the backdrop to a special holiday experience.

The Quokka have been described as the “world’s happiest animal”, and they have become the most popular tourist attraction on Rottnest island. Photo by: Martin Capek / Shutterstock.

Also perfect for the weekend — the Margaret River region. It is an enticing mosaic of pristine natural wonders, premium wineries, relaxed microbreweries, world-class restaurants, spectacular beaches, towering forests, inspirational artisans, warm and friendly locals, and a laid-back persona all of its own. 🍷

Visiting one of the premium wineries of The Margaret River Region is a must. Photo by: The Margaret River Region.

Favorite lunch spot close to the Readify office: Varsity Burgers (The McFly) is the popular American-themed dive bar from Nedlands that has branched out with its famous burgers to Northbridge.

Varsity Burgers´burger of the month is Texan Deluxe. Photo by: Varsity Burgers.

The date night idea: Night Noodle Markets on Elizabeth Quay. Note — it is a pop-up event, taking place only in March and April. 🍜+💘

One of THE nightlife places is Lalla Rookh. Photo by: Lalla Rookh.

Hippest nightlife places: Check out Andaluz — located in a stunning heritage listed property, it is one of the most unique and stylish venues in Perth. Also Lalla Rookh — open from Monday to Saturday for drinks, lunch and dinner, or for grabbing a delicious bottle of wine to takeaway.

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