There’s a whole heap of things for you to do and see in Perth which are not centred around the city. After living in this wonderful city for 3 years, I can share with you some of the cool places to visit on your stay that have been tried and tested with family and friends.
– Day One in Perth –
Coffee at Uncle Joe’s Barber Shop
Head to King Street and grab a coffee and brunch if you’re hungry at Uncle Joe’s Barber Shop. They have a range of ready to go bagels, sarnies and healthy salads at the counter plus an extensive menu of tasty food to dine in and enjoy. Make sure you try their cold drip coffee – its pure liquid gold.
Fish and Chips by the beach
Grab some Aussie Fish and Chips at Clancy’s, City Beach. This wonderful casual restaurant offers a wide range of fish, seafood and veggie options to enjoy whilst listening to the turquoise waves lapping the white sandy shore. Once you’ve devoured your food, grab your towel and soak up some rays on the beach which is less than 200 metres from Clancy’s.
If you’re trying to save your dollars, pick up a pack of burgers at Coles and make use of the free BBQs beside the beach.
Sunset at Kings Park
End your day by heading over to Kings Park to catch a sunset over the city skyline. This is one of the largest inner city parks covering over 400 hectares of parklands to explore. Be sure to take advantage of the photo platforms in place and grab a panoramic across the city, encapsulating the Swan River in all its glory.
If you still have the energy, you can grab a free Cat bus into the city from Kings Park.
Head out for a night on the tiles in Northbridge
If you’re hungry, grab dinner in Lucky Chans. Try their Raman, it’s the best in Perth by far and they are open until late so you can always have a late dinner after enjoying some Espresso Martinis in Lot 20.
The Bird is a great little haunt that hosts live music and $5 schooners on a Wednesday. If you’re looking for cocktails then 399 bar is the place to go, they have an extensive menu to choose from. Joe’s Juice Bar is a cool underground bar that serves free peanuts with each round of drinks. They even have a pin ball machine to play on whilst you wait for the late night tunes so you can strut your stuff on the dance floor.
If you’re feeling groovy then head to Connections Nightclub which is open until late. The top floor hosts an indoor/ outdoor space to enjoy your drinks and have a casual chat but if you fancy a boogie then shimmy down to floor two. If you’re lucky, you may catch their drag show which is amazing no matter what sexuality you are.
– Day Two in Perth –
Spend the day at Rottnest Island
Catch the ferry across from Fremantle (Freo) to Rottnest Island, which only takes a mere 35 minutes. Explore the island by bicycle, foot or Segway and head up to the Wadjemup lighthouse for some panoramic views and an awesome photo opportunity. You can take up some snorkelling, lounge on your choice of 63 beaches around the island and also enjoy some aqua fun in the inflatable water park. You can even stay overnight on the island if you feel like you don’t want to get the last ferry back to Freo, there’s a few different accommodation options available.
Make sure that you take sun cream and something to fend off the flies in the summer months. Bring your best selfie game in the hope that you get some photo time with a quokka.
Fremantle Pub Crawl fun
There’s a bunch of cool pubs and bars in Freo that are worth exploring. Make sure you head to Little Creatures which is a brewery that serves its own beer and has a menu to die for – the mussels and pizzas are definitely worth a munch. The Monk is another brewery that serves great food and drink options; their cider and beer tasting paddles are a must try.
A few other pubs that are worth a visit include; The Norfolk Hotel, The Sail and Anchor, The National Hotel, The Newport which often has live music. Make sure you head to Benny’s to end your night – their Frosé’s are to die for.
– Day Three in Perth –
Book a wine tour in Swan Valley
Perth has the luxury of having a wine region that’s only 25 minutes from the CBD. You can explore Swan Valley by bicycle, book on a wine tour or even book a special UberVINO to take you to your chosen wine itinerary or just follow their suggestions. Not a wine drinker, fear not as there are two chocolate factories, a cheese factory, beer and cider breweries, a provedore and some distilleries. Many of these venues have an outdoor area where you can enjoy a drink and some even serve some pretty tasty food.
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Dinner at The Hillary’s Boat Harbour
If you’re in Perth you definitely need to visit The Hillary’s. There is a vast amount of restaurants to choose from if you’re hungry and if you’re having too much fun to go home, pick from a list of bars to continue on into the night.
You can also pick up any last minute souvenirs you need or something for yourself simply because you deserve it. The shops and stores at Hillary’s Boat Harbour have something for everyone. There’s also a range of attractions for both adults and kids to choose from.
Eat, drink, shop and do at Hillary’s – It’s pure bliss.
– Other things to do in Perth –
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– Opening times: Saturday 2-5pm (from Elizabeth Quay Jetty) and Fridays every 30 mins between 5.30pm – 9.30pm