PERTH – THE AUSTRALIAN TRAVELLER GUIDE
Once the butt of gentle jibes originating from the eastern states, the emergence of a buoyant resources-driven economy and nation-leading quality of life have left the last laugh to WA’s capital. All year round it’s warm and sunny somewhere along the state’s far-reaching north-to-south coastline, but it’s the city’s glorious beaches that draw crowds during the summer. Even Perth’s worst winters are a few degrees warmer than those of its eastern counterparts – thank the state’s Mediterranean climate for that. Though voters chose to reject daylight savings in a 2008 referendum, Perth is blessed with enough sunshine hours to enjoy the wealth of activities on offer, many taking full advantage of the city’s coastal location.
“I took this photo during my second visit to Kings Park in Perth. It is one of my favourite places in Perth as you can spend countless hours walking through the park and taking in the magnificent vista of Perth, the Swan River and the Darling Range. I took several test shots and then waited for the ‘blue hour’ after sunset to create this stunning blue backdrop. I would recommend anyone visiting Perth to head up to Kings Park for sunset and then walk down into the city. The nightscapes of Perth are superb and along the way you will...
No time to get out of Perth and head out bush? Yes, you do. Here are some accessible rural weekend experiences just for you (Megan Arkinstall). Have an easy bush getaway: Jarrahdale, Serpentine Valley Only a hop, skip and jump from Perth, a 30-minute drive in fact, is Yarrabah in the small historic town of Jarrahdale. The rural homestead and retreat are ideal for a quick family escape from the city – and a lovely one at that. Set on a huge 350 acres of bushland and pastures, with running creeks, dams, and an array of wildlife, there are ample...
Can't make your mind up when choosing from the menu? As Fleur Bainger discovers, at Perth's Chefz Table, the chef will do it for you. You know those diners who always ask for annoying alterations to the menu? I’ll admit, sometimes I’m one of them. I’m sick of basil pesto (“can I have it on the side, please?”); I only like mushroom sauce if it’s creamy; and I have a weird phobia of baby corn. So the concept of being able to tell a chef what ingredients I do and don’t like, and have him magic up a degustation tailored just to...
Fraser Suites Perth is the latest stay to open in the city’s CBD, easing the city’s ongoing accommodation shortage. Claimed as the first five-star all-suite apartment hotel to be built in the city in more than a decade, the hotel has been regularly reaching over 90 percent occupancy since opening in October last year. The new luxury digs are located on the eastern edges of the CBD in Adelaide Terrace, overlooking the Swan River on one side and the WACA on the other. Among the 236 suites (studio, one- and two-bedroom) there are full kitchen facilities, home entertainment systems and...
The celebrity name that comes with this restaurant has caused more than a murmur on the streets. A hungry (but patient) Rachel Hanson tries out the new Jamie’s Italian in Perth. Celebrity chef – is it a modern-day ‘chicken or the egg’? Once the elusive celebrity factor kicks in, what keeps the juggernaut going – the quality of the food or the celebrity status? For some, it’s certainly the latter. But here, thankfully, it’s not all catchy jingles or verbal abuse. Although his boundless energy and sweet lisp are a part of his trademark, Jamie Oliver’s reputation rests squarely on...
Save your Perth dollars for getting out and about. These heart-of-the-city hotels have everything you need for a bargain price. Parmelia Hilton Spacious rooms and amenities at your fingertips deem the Parmelia Hilton a good choice for short stays. The rooms are well-equipped with a hairdryer, safe, mini bar, iron and Foxtel. There is also a pool, fitness centre, steakhouse, and wi-fi is complimentary in the public areas. The location is convenient; across the road from the Exhibition and Convention Centre, and close to Kings Park, shopping and dining. Prices from $165 per night. hilton.com Pensione Perth If you plan...
In a former newspaper house lies Perth’s newest fine dining restaurant. So, are headlines still produced within these walls? asks Rachel Hanson. There’s no doubt about it. The lofty, character-laden, Gatsby-esque foyer bar of Perth’s first dining precinct, Print Hall, falls squarely into ‘take your breath away’ territory. The heritage-listed art deco building, originally home to the West Australian newspaper, has been restored and revamped, and it’s clear plenty of tender loving cash has been devoted to the cause. A massive marble-topped bar, with dark wood and black light fixtures, dominates the stately white-walled interior atrium, while the vertical garden rising...
A private entrance, high security and a secret exit… but is it enough to attract the clientele The Terrace is after?, asks Fleur Bainger. It ain’t always easy getting a hotel room in Perth. In fact, the dire bed shortage is a constant point of contention in the WA capital. Business travellers connected to the mining and resources sector pour through the city each week, monopolising accommodation and driving room rates up to levels that dissuade conventional travellers from visiting – last year travel website eglobaltravelmedia.com.au even advised its readers to bypass Perth because of it. So when new boutique...
As the mercury rises, rooftop bars are being added to Perth’s skyline. Fleur Bainger takes the elevator up. There are few Australians who don’t admire Bob Hawke’s larrikin line, “Any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up to work today is a bum!” Delivered by the wavy-haired Prime Minister after we whipped the America’s Cup from the Yanks in 1983, he celebrated at the Royal Perth Yacht Club until the early hours and cancelled his cabinet meeting the next day. Nearly 30 years later, his words have been suspended in neon at a new rooftop bar in the...
Perth’s answer to the Guillaume brand of restaurants is a jewel in the new Crown Perth, writes Rachel Hanson. Things don’t begin well. “Can we make sure there’s a McDonald’s or something nearby? Last time I ate French food, I needed a burger afterwards,” says my lovely boyfriend (LB). “When was that?” Long pause. “Mid-80s sometime, with my first girlfriend,” comes the eventual reply. It’s a retort-worthy comment, but a stern look is enough to silence him as we pull into Perth’s revamped gambling complex. Or so I’d like to think. He may simply be impressed by the looming view....
Andrea Black takes time out to explore a rock legend’s formative (and criminal) years in Fremantle, WA There’s a seagull perched on Bon Scott’s ripple-soled desert boot, but Bon doesn’t seem to mind. He is standing atop a Marshall amp, shoulders back, microphone in hand, paused in the classic Bon Scott stance as he gazes past Cicerello’s fish and chip shop towards the sky. He’s wearing denim, with jeans so tight the creases encircle his manhood. A finger points to the bulge, in the unlikely event you’ve missed it. You can almost hear him belt out one of his...
It’s the kind of place you wouldn’t mind living in, but this beautiful old Subiaco residence is actually one of city’s best hotels. Elisabeth Knowles drops by It’s a Saturday morning in early March and I’ve just arrived in Perth for a relaxed weekend away from rain-soaked Sydney and its washed-out summer. It’s 9am, blue-skied and already hitting 30°C in the inner-city suburb of Subiaco. At last, I’ve found a place where the weather matches the season. I wander up Rokeby Road on the way to my “hotel”, taking time stop for a coffee, and browse in a few small boutiques...
Morgan Pettersson gets away from the suburban streets of Perth and kayaks her way to Penguin Island Set amongst some of the beautiful Western Australian coastline, Penguin Island and Seal Island offer an escape for those wanting to venture out and get an island feel close to home. Both islands form part of the Shoalwater Marine Park located 50 kilometres south of Perth, and are home to diverse native wildlife such as dolphins, little penguins, sea lions and a variety of underwater wildlife. Penguin Island is a tourist mecca, with people visiting to witness the small and unique little penguins...
Where is it? Overlooking the Canning River in Mount Pleasant, 10km south of Perth’s CBD How to see it for yourself? This shot was captured at sunrise from the sand right next to Deep Water Point Jetty. Get there at least 20 minutes before sunrise to see the colour changes in the sky. Why I love it “Deepwater Point is my favourite location to visit in Perth, especially at sunrise. The jetty is a unique structure and points directly at the city, making for great photographs.” – Mark Gray Image by Mark Gray...
Where is it? 100km north-east of Perth How to see it for yourself? Windward Balloon Adventures start at Northam Airfield and fly over the west coast of Perth, Mount Ommaney, Mount Bakewell and the township of Northam. Why I love it “The countryside is a beautiful patchwork of colours. You feel utter peace as you float gently along. Pure enjoyment.” – Heather Meiklem, Windward Balloon Adventures Image by Wendy Slee...
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