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With so many new bars and restaurants
popping up in the CBD, it’s no wonder that
people seem to be sticking around after
work. And it’s not just the bars that have
people talking – there are new street art
tours; skydive onto Langley Park; take
a cocktail-making class; or – better yet –
tour all the small bars. In summer, there’s
the Twilight Hawkers Markets in Forrest
Chase, and when it gets chilly there’s the
farmers market instead. Top spots to visit
include Wolf Lane, Shafto Lane, Brookfield
Place, Hay Street and Murray Street malls,
and King Street.
A bustling hub of small bars, cultural
hotspots, cuisine and nightclubs,
Northbridge is a bridge-walk from the CBD.
Asian and Mediterranean cuisine reign here,
as do quirky concept and vintage stores.
During summer you’ll find the rooftop
movies – there’s rooftop yoga as well!
William Street and the Northbridge Piazza
are popular with locals. You’ll also find the
Most of us only travel to the city for work
or an occasional raid on the department
stores. More and more suburbanites,
however, are vacationing in town, with
city hotels offering cracking good deals
that are family-friendly and often come
with tours, dining and entertainment
specials. Check-in and throw away the
car keys; you won’t need them. The kids
will love the novelty of a luxury hotel,
and you will love that there is someone
else to clean up after them. Try a walking
tour of the city – there are plenty to choose
from. Take the kids on a riverside walk
to check out the new developments at
Elizabeth Quay, or hop on the ferry to
South Perth and the zoo, where activities
are in full swing during the holidays.
Alternatively, leave the children with
a sitter, and enjoy sleep-filled couple of
days, followed by small bars by night.
Want to impress your partner? Take
a helicopter tour of the city, or even try
skydiving onto Langley Park.
Perth Cultural Centre which is home to
the State Library, Art Gallery of WA,
WA Museum and State Theatre Centre.
KINGS PARK AND
If you only have one day to see WA’s
wildflowers, Perth’s Kings Park and Botanical
Gardens is the place to go, with displays
representing all the state’s regions. Even
better, visit in September for the Kings Park
Festival, when the wildflowers and flowering
trees are at their most spectacular. Kings
Park is big, so don’t restrict your visit to the
Fraser Avenue/Botanical Gardens precinct.
Venture deeper into the park for fantastic
family picnic and playground areas at the
Saw Avenue Picnic Grounds, Lotterywest
Family Area, and Synergy Parkland. There
are extensive bushwalking trails and cycling
paths that will get you deep (but safe) into
the natural environment. All are better
explored in the cooler months, when the
trees are green and the sun more benign.
If you prefer something more sedate, the
Fraser Avenue precinct is for you: cafes
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restaurants, galleries, gift shops, and a lawn
with unbeatable city views. The fabulous
Kings Park outdoor cinema kick starts its
season in late November. Visit www.bgpa.
maps and lists of park attractions.
If you haven’t been to Crown Perth for
a while, you’ll be gobsmacked at its
transformation. You can get great package
options at both the Crown Metropol and
Crown Promenade, and a weekend getaway
will take the monotony out of your routine –
it’s even great for a family escape. With the
new cabana and pool area, complete with
twisting waterslide, the kids will have a ball
in the water while you relax poolside. Come
nightfall, book into one of the world-class
restaurants – think Nobu, Rockpool and
Bistro Guillaume – while the kids stay in the
room with the hotel babysitter.
PLACES TO GO
Choo Choos small bar.
The Water Labyrinth
at Forrest Chase.
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