We’ve just had a lovely long weekend in Perth. Our base was the Hyatt Regency in East Perth – great location for exploring the city and surrounds. First impressions of the city were pretty good, it’s really picturesque with some beautiful architecture and most importantly so many places to eat! Everything seems really well finished and clean. It’s a compact city and the public transport seemed pretty good although we had a car.
We had some scrumptious breakfasts on our trip, particularly at the Secret Garden café in the CBD and also at Perth City Farm. Perth City Farm is a market, café and garden in East Perth, which is definitely worth a visit for a wander around (open Tuesday to Saturday). We had another breakfast at Small Print in the Print Hall. It was jam packed – definitely in with the locals. We also spent an evening at Bob’s Bar on the roof of the Print Hall – had some well needed outdoor heaters and the tastiest Pimms punch – perfect evening! We also happened upon Bar Lafayette, an old school bar across from the Print Hall just off St. Georges Terrace in the city. We went to the Crown Casino one evening to gamble a little…and had some drinks at La Vie, the champagne lounge in the huge foyer – nothing to write home about to be honest…even though I am…
There’s plenty to see wandering around the city streets and shops. London Court (Hay Street) was one of the coolest things we came across – it’s technically a shopping arcade but it’s like walking through Tudor England, a nice surprise and definitely worth a wander through.
Fremantle or Freo as it’s known to the locals…
Totally thought Freo was just another way of the Aussie’s saying freeway since they just add o’s to everything! Anyhoo… Fremantle is a beautiful place to visit just about 20 minutes drive from the city, the colonial architecture is just amazing. The University of Notre Dame seems to own the whole town! We spent a good bit of time in this area – there’s just so much to see and do. The Fremantle Market is on every Friday to Sunday in the centre of the town – about 150 stalls selling all things imaginable. Great spot.
We had some awesome wood-fired pizzas from the Little Creatures Brewery down by the Boat Harbour, definitely a destination in itself. Weekend brunch from 9am – 11am!!
Margaret River is both a town and an area just over 3 hours south of Perth. There are plenty of wineries to visit, it’s actually quite similar to the Hunter Valley in NSW.
We started our trip with breakfast at Dew’s Berry Bar in Mandurah – took away some brownies for latter in the day – delish. The Margaret River Chocolate Company is a must visit destination. They’ve just opened a store in Perth city so obviously we visited that too. The town of Margaret River is really cute, I was sorry we didn’t spend a night here – the Settlers Tavern looked like a great spot for an evening. We got ourselves some coffee and a peppermint hot chocolate from the Brew Shack (awesome spot) and went to the beautiful Prevelly Beach to watch the sunset.
We stopped at Busselton on the way to the Margaret River – thankfully! We had a fabulous walk out along the Busselton Jetty (for $2.50 each) albeit with the rain literally slapping our faces! It’s actually really long so the lunch we had sitting next to the open fireplace in the Goose Beach Bar + Kitchen was well-deserved and quite possibly the best food we’ve had in ages – John had some breaded mackerel and I had the cauliflower and pancetta soup – just delicious.
We took a trip c. 90km inland from the city to to historic town of York for an afternoon trip out of the city. Quaint. Quiet. Worth the trip if you’re happy to just chill. We had some soup to warm us up in the York Mill Café. That was pretty much all we did in York…