Step away from the East Coast of Australia and take some time to get to know the West. Perth is the capital city of Western Australia, and with its lush coastline, fashionable bars and laid back atmosphere, it’s definitely somewhere you want to check off your Australian bucket-list. But what to do when you get there? We’ve got you covered with 7 things you have to do when in Perth…
1. Climb to the Top of King’s Park
For the best view in the city, head to Kings Park in the Central Business District of Perth. It’s one of the largest inner city parks in the world and receives over 6 million visitors a year. Grab a picnic blanket, bottle of champagne and climb up Mt Eliza for a panoramic view of Swan River.
2. Sip Cocktails at the Cottesloe Beach Hotel
A glamorous little spot on Cottesloe Beach where Perth’s good-looking clientele head down for a Sunday session (live music afternoon). Not only are the cocktails delicious, the food is tasty and cooked fresh. Go for the locally caught snapper fish, with chips and tartar sauce and wash it down with a glass of white wine produced in nearby Margaret River. Nothing beats dining alfresco with the Indian Ocean as your backdrop.
3. Enjoy a Sunset Dinner at Barchetta
Barchetta is known as the best ocean view restaurant in Perth. Situated among the dunes on Cottesloe beach, a stone’s throw from the ocean, it’s a gorgeous waterfront restaurant with a menu that rivals its views. Head down early eve for dinner, try the Crab Spaghetti and get ready to enjoy the most spectacular sunset – life doesn’t get much better!
4. Watch an AFL Subiaco Oval
Get into the Aussie footy spirit and nab yourself some tickets to an AFL game – when in OZ ey! The atmosphere is electric, the game is fast-paced and the meat pies at half time are delish. The Subiaco Oval stadium is Perth’s home to Aussie football. Try and get tickets for a rivals game — the two biggest teams in WA are the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers, so make sure you wear your team colors and get involved in the chants.
5. Go For a Boozy Lunch at Little Creatures in Fremantle
Little Creatures Fremantle is a chilled out, atmospheric brewery and the perfect place to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon with friends. The owners wanted to make breweries feel more welcoming and that’s exactly what they’ve done! Grab a pint and a pizza in the impressive Great Hall or head out back for a bit of sunshine and view of the docks.
6. Get Cozy at Perth’s Rooftop Cinema
Escape to the rooftops of Perth for a night at the movies. Spend a warm summer’s evening, six floors up from the busy streets, watching one of your favorite films. There’s also a bar serving cold beer, chilled wine and cinema snacks. If you can take your eyes off the screen, the sunset over the city is breath taking, and you’ll feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle. It makes for a great first date!
7. Eat Breakfast on the Beach at Bib & Tucker
Wake up early and take a refreshing morning dip at Leighton beach in North Fremantle. Swim off your hangover and head to Bib & Tucker for the best breakfast of your life! The menu is huge with loads to choose from; banana bread is always a winner but if you’re feeling more adventurous try the Huevos Rancheros, with fried eggs, tortillas, chorizo and chipotle salsa – it will kick start your day! Breakfast tastes better on the beach.