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10 pretty reasons to pop over to Perth

10 pretty reasons to pop over to Perth

I had a feeling I was going to like Perth: I’ve got a thing for the west coast, and cities near the beach. Coming from California, it just feels right when the sun sets over the ocean.

Christine Amorose at Cottlesloe Beach, Perth, Western Australia

But I realized Perth has a lot more going for it than just proximity to the sand and surf (although that definitely helped in my assessment). The most isolated capital city in the world is home to some gorgeous people (it produces more models than any other Australian city–and it’s the home of hottie Heath Ledger who died far too soon) and has a super laid-back vibe. Here’s why Perth is worth crossing the Outback (courtesy of Instagram):

Beautiful sunset view from Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia

1. Sunsets from Kings Park. No explanation necessary.

"home is where we live" Quotable art at Perth Cultural Centre, Australia

2. Quotable art. I’m obsessed with words and outdoor art, so I immediately fell in love with the open space at the Perth Cultural Centre. It’s full of quotable art pieces: lit up in neon outside the library, crawling around the steps of the sunken gathering space, on mirrors and benches and giant cootie-catchers. I spotted this one right as I was feeling unbearably homesick: it was one of those moments where the universe aligns and reminds you that you’re right where you need to be.

Yellow Cake Street cafe in Perth Cultural Centre, Western Australia

3. An art-infused cafe. I saw this sign and thought: right–these are my kind of people. Coffee, booze, art–seriously, what more could you ask for? And as soon as I walked into the space, I immediately felt at home. Yellow Cake Street is full of art and photography magazines (I discovered Hungry Eye Magazine–swoon), comfy couches and vintage spoons. The coffee is delicious, the iced tea comes in cute jars, and it opens up into the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. Hello, how I want to spend my entire day (and how I did choose to spend my absolute last day in Australia).

London Court clock and quote, Perth, Western Australia

4. London Court: a touch of England in the middle of Australia. It’s like a Harry Potter alleyway materialized in Perth, and it has an awesomely quotable clock.

Annalakshmi restaurant dinner, swan river dining, Perth, Western Australia

5. Annalakshmi On the Swan. It’s the top-rated thing to do in Perth on Lonely Planet, it was recommended by a Perth local on Twitter, and again by a random expat in the street. Needless to say, expectations were high–and this vegetarian, donation-only restaurant didn’t disappoint. The food was delicious and the views are unreal: grab a seat on the balcony at sunset, and then head into fill your plate with spicy vegetable curries.

Sunset view from annalakshmi on the swan river, Perth, Western Australia

6. Seriously, the sunsets. Usually, you’d be paying out the nose for this view–but at Annalakshmi, you pay what you think the meal is worth, in an absolutely gorgeous setting.

Pour le chien dog love in Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia

7. Dog love. Spotted this in the classy suburb of Subiaco. They’ve also got bike love in Perth. And, by the looks of it, a bit of France love. Love all around.

Cottlesloe beach on Christmas 2011, Perth, Western Australia

8. Cottlesloe Beach. An easy 30-minute ride on the bus from the city centre, and you’re on the beach. Just remember to slap on the sunscreen–I didn’t, and got a burn that was peeling for a week. Pop into the Cottlesloe Hotel for a brew on the patio while watching the sun set over the water.

Beer at Little Creatures Brewery, Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia

9. Little Creatures Brewery. OK, it’s not technically in Perth, but it’s close enough. This craft brewery puts up some awesome beers and the food is delicious, but the whole vibe of the place is what makes it. It’s right on the water, and the decor is industrial-hipster. The perfect place to waste a day.

Rottnest Island, perth, Western australia

10. Rottnest Island. A quick ferry ride, and you’re in island paradise. Crystal clear water, bike-only roads and quokkas: who wouldn’t want to stay here forever?

What’s your favorite thing to do in Perth?

  • I have family living in Perth that I hope to visit some day… your pictures just made me hope for this Β to happen sooner rather than later!Β 

  • Sold.Β  πŸ™‚Β  Anywhere that’s dog friendly and has amazing sunsets (not to mention good food!) is going to be a win with me.

  • I loved Cottlesloe beach, and having a beer just nearby. The thing I love the most about Perth is the absolute blue of the sky…I’ve never seen a sky so brilliantly blue anywhere else on earth–and I’ve been to a lot of places!

  • I really like the quote on the cootie-catcher. Perth looks so artsy!

  • Epmcmanus

    Ahh Perth! Love this post – I think you really hit all of the Perth highlights on the nail. My favorite memories are definitely running up to the top of the DNA Tower in King’s Park at sunset! Those beautiful views and drinks at the Subi Hotel and Little Creatures!

  • Perth has always been so intriguing to me…maybe because it’s “the most isolated city in the world”? Have loved hearing of your Aussie adventures, can’t wait to see what fun you’ll have in Bali!

  • Perth is a place I will see…. Maybe not this trip I’m planning but it will be a place I go. Thanks for sharing the hidden gems.

  • Jan

    We lived in and loved Perth a long time ago – Your photos show a city that I would love to revisit!

  • Joya

    I’ve always heard about Perth but never knew there were so many great things to do – especially the arty cafes Rottnest Island. Great post!

  • There’s something really special about the sun setting over the Indian Ocean, isn’t there? Glad to see you checked out Cottesloe Beach!

  • John grew up in Perth so we’ve spent heaps of time here – agree with you on the sunsets – best I’ve seen anywhere! Fremantle, Rottnest Island and the northern beaches are lovely too (a little quieter up there – you can find your patch to watch the sunset with no one else around =)

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  • Anonymous

    I loved Rottnest Island. The quokkas were so cute and I fed them the little branches right from my hand!

    I stayed in Freo not Perth, and I loved having great seafood for dinner and then strolling out to the ocean for sunset. Got some of my best sunset images there!

    (It also helped that I visited in 2001, when it was 1AUD=2USD!)

    The picture is the above mentioned sunset!

  • Some great off-beat and quirky reasons to visit Perth – love the photos. So glad you stayed away from the routine. As a much less adventurous blogger, I didn’t, but still everything has its place I guess! Keep up the interesting work – keep ‘shouting out’! (The statue is near Art Gallery).

  • Anonymous

    Go soon! It’s incredible!

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely loved it–check it out!

  • Anonymous

    Ahhhh the blue of the sky…so true! I was just obsessed with the sunsets, we got super lucky with some incredible pink skies.

  • Anonymous

    The Cultural Centre was awesome–so many great quotes and art pieces and interactive things!

  • Anonymous

    Definitely need to make it back to DNA Tower and Subi Hotel next time!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks lady, plenty of stories to come! And Perth is totally worth a visit πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    Yup, just cross your fingers you get a cracker sunset πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    Awww yay! Glad it brought you back πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    Thanks–I definitely fell in love with the city and surrounds!

  • Anonymous

    Appreciate your recs–Kings Perth for sunset was incredible!

  • Anonymous

    Ohhh have to check out the northern beaches next–although I wasn’t complaining with a beer in hand at Cottlesloe Hotel!

  • Anonymous

    Ahhhh love the shot..and totally wish that the exchange rate had been on my side! Oh well πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    Haha love it! Plenty to explore in Perth…I got sucked in by the cafes πŸ™‚

  • looking forward to explore the westcoast of australia – perth seems to be great!!! and the beaches… ohhh… πŸ™‚

  • JoJo

    I love Perth, fortunate to have some great family and friends there too which helps !
    Rottnest, Fremantle, Mundarin, Cottesloe are a few of my favourites but travelling out of Perth, then there’s the perks of kings Park, great coffee shops and quirky places like London Court too, your top 10 really sums it up. Happy travelling

  • Jess

    My home town – so much to love!

  • Anonymous

    Yesss although the best beaches still have to be Cape Le Grande–just a bit south of Perth!

  • Anonymous

    Glad that my list satisfied even someone who gets to travel to Perth a lot! Yay! Loved it there, would love to go back for more πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    Lucky girl! Love it!

  • Jakepackun

    Great stuff.Β  Im from England and have been staying with family in perh for the last 6 weeks..
    Its a fantastic place!

    Try Trigg beach in the week its nice and quite with great sand and clear blue water!
    Also The Royal on the waterfront in east perth is a top spot for a few relaxed drinks and some good food!

  • Wow! I live here for almost 5 years and now Im quite bored of Perth already.. But after reading this, you make me fall in love with Perth all over again! Thank you!

  • Shari

    Living the dream. Kudos to you!!

  • Great post! It very much reminded me of what I liked about Perth. Oh and I miss drinking lemon lime & bitters in the sun!

  • camorose

    Next time I get to Perth–definitely trying Trigg Beach and having a drink at The Royal! Thanks for the recs πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Hooray! Glad you enjoyed it–now go have a Little Creatures for me!

  • camorose

    Haha thank you! πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Ahhhh I do love a LLB at sunset πŸ™‚

  • ‘Magic post’ I have great memories of my trip to Perth to see Michael, Jessica and Jonathan in December 2011. Main memory is of Blu Restaurant

  • camorose

    Ahhh absolutely love Perth! Great city!