Perth, the capital city of Western Australia was our gateway to Australia. The occasion was the minutely planned 10 days road trip to South West Australia. We kept just 2 days for this beautiful city: we underestimated it!
Perth is a small laid-back city but at the same time contributes close to 10% to the Australian GDP (thanks to the mining boom!). It offers some of the world’s best beaches and is still humble to its core. Trust me, you are in for a surprise.
Places we visited!
Beaches: The coastal city of Perth has as many as 19 beaches to choose from. They say that there is one beach within half an hour from anywhere in the city. A word of advice, all the popular picnic spots in Perth contains a free to use BBQ area for the visitors, carry a BBQ pack in case you are up for a self-made BBQ.
- Cottesloe Beach – The most popular beach in Perth and just 15-minute drive from the CBD. The place to be for sunsets. Its a popular spot for swimming, snorkelling and surfing. It also has a beautiful picnic area from where you can soak the sunset under the pines.
- City Beach – It’s a 20 minutes drive from Perth’s city centre and easily accessible by public transport buses as well. Again sunsets are amazing from this beach. The view from the restaurants (Clancy’s & Odyssea) beside the beach is spectacular.
- Scarborough – Located 25 mins drive from the CBD, this beach is popular for its cafes & local bars along the river side. Places like The Wild Fig, The Sandbar etc are perfect to enjoy a coffee or a drink with a breathtaking ocean view. For visitors planning their visit in 2017, the cafe strip is going under a do-over, but the beach is still open to the public.
- Other famous & quieter ones include Trigg, Sorento, and Leighton.
Sunset at city beach
Mill Point / South Perth: Best place to sit and soak the beauty of Perth’s skyline listening to the calm waters of Swan River. I loved the place so much that I came here twice in the same night; once at regular evening time and again at around mid night when the place was quietest. At the mill point, the place to sit is a smaller jetty further north of the Mends Street Jetty which has regular ferries to Elizabeth Quay. Perth Zoo, located opposite to The Windsor Hotel and 5 min walk from the Mends St. Jetty, is a highly recommended place to visit as well.
Ellington Jazz Club: Perth has a vibrant nightlife. It offers everything from night clubs to quiet musical pubs to strip clubs. I am more inclined towards music and also had never been to a Jazz show. Hence presenting the best Jazz club in the town: Ellington. The place has a relatively smaller crowd packed in a cozier setting. Entry fee is AUD 10 per pax on regular nights & AUD 15 per pax on special nights.
Kings Park: Perth’s own Central Park. Relax and admire the panoramic views of the city skyline and blue waters of the Swan River. Visit Kings Park in the late afternoons and enjoy the late golden view of the landscape. The park offers an incredible botanical garden and numerous picturesque walking trails. There are several BBQ areas available, making it the perfect spot for a nice picnic
Elizabeth Quay: Situated just opposite Mill Point, this is a recent addition to the city. It is now city’s favourite riverside spot for dining, entertainment and recreation. Annalakshmi Restaurant, which is run by a charity organisation, offers free food to all and accepts donations from those who can afford to, is an excellent place on the Quay to enjoy delicious and homely South-Indian food.
Perth Nightlife: Don’t forget to enjoy the amazing nightlife of the city especially on weekends. Though there are pubs and clubs spread around the city, Northbridge and Freo are the two main spots in Perth to enjoy the nightlife.
The historic town of Fremantle: Freo, as the locals call it, is located just 30 minutes from Perth CBD. It is a classic 19th-century seaside port and a destination in itself. Offering a wide variety of cafes, bars, restaurants, beaches and historic buildings, it makes a great place for a day trip from the main city. Places to not miss out on, The Freo Market (especially on Sunday), the Cappuccino Strip (choose from the local cafes & bars), the Little Creatures Brewery (try Little Creatures Nextdoors if you want a meal with your brew), the Giant Merry-Go Round (you can’t miss it, follow the giant wheel in the sky), The Freo Prison (night tour if you can make it) and Fish & Chips at Cicerello’s.
Places we Ate at!
- Driphouse – For the best coffee in town. Located beside Apple’s store on Hay Street. Go there for morning coffee with a pastry.
- Clancy’s: The place to go for dinner, if you are in the city just for a day. Located at a corner of City beach providing spectacular views of the ocean. Make sure to go there before sunset. The interior of Clancy quite interesting and staff are very friendly and accommodating. Great food and good music.
- Grilled – The place to go if you are a burger lover. In about 40 AUD, you will get two burgers, a large fries and two drinks.
killer views from Clancy’s
DOs & DON’Ts
- Spend a quiet time on Mill point jetty, listing to river current and sweet winds in the backdrop of Perth’s skyline
- Do take a long walk in the CBD, from the frescos, the people to the small homely cafes, Perth really comes into its own in this area.
- Visit the beaches in the evening to enjoy the sunsets and morning for beautiful breeze