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PERTH & SURROUNDS
LEIGHTON BEACH | Like a highway for dogs on weekend mornings, it offers uninterrupted walking (with limestone interest)
and some of the most stunning water colour to grace the coast. There’s a bar/restaurant right on the beach, and a new wine bar
that’s set to be housed in the Leighton Beach apartments. With summer’s sea breezes, it becomes kitesurfing central.
COTTESLOE BEACH | It’s iconic for good reason. The sheltered bay near the groyne is perfect for bobbing, and if you want
to stretch out, it’s a decent swim between the surf clubs of North and South Cott – or even just from the shore to the pylon.
Norfolk Island pines frame the perfect sunset, and when you’ve had enough of the sand you can plant yourself in one of the
many pubs, cafes and restaurants.
CITY BEACH | The closest beach to the city centre, it’s got a big grassy foreshore area and lots of parking. As at neighbouring
Floreat, waves are usually moderate in summer, and rips are rare. It’s a popular spot for beach fishing.
SCARBOROUGH BEACH | One of Perth’s most well-regarded beaches, it’s got grassed areas and lots of parking, plus nearby
cafes and a hotel. It’s becoming more family-friendly: approval is even being sought for a rooftop cinema! It’s popular for swimming,
surfing and long beach walks. Brighton Beach, just to the south, can be quieter, and is also dog-friendly.
TRIGG BEACH | Perth’s most consistent surf break can be found at this beach north of Scarborough – it’s the best place to
catch a wave in Perth’s summer.
METTAMS POOL | One for families and calm-water fans, this natural rock pool near North Beach is protected by reef. Shady
gazebos and a walkway to the water add to the stay-a -while aspect of this swimming spot, which is also good for snorkelling.
Nearby, the waves are suited to longboard surfers.
They’re popping up everywhere: in
laneways, on rooftops, in basements,
down improbable streets. Small bars
are cementing themselves in the Perth
culture, giving the beer barn a run for its
money. In the city, think Wolf Lane, Shafto
Lane and Brookfield Place. So great is the
expansion that small bar licensing hours are
loosening up as more people spend longer
evenings in the CBD. There are specialised
• Go on a small-bar tour
• Spend a weekend
at Crown Perth
• Have a drink at
• Head to the beach for a swim
• Spend a day learning about
the city’s arts and culture
• Picnic in Kings Park
• Plan a family day out
• Book a staycation in the city
All these events and more at
tours of the city where you can discover
the best of the new bars and restaurants,
and even a gourmet tour and evening bar
crawl that delivers you home to your front
door. Now you’re talking. Also close by,
Northbridge has its share of hip bars just
away from the main crush, as does
Mt Lawley and Leederville.
A city is measured in part by its art and
culture... and Perth is growing in stature.
Cross the railway to the city’s cultural centre
in Northbridge. The Art Gallery of WA is
ringed by gardens that include a community
vegetable patch, music stage, public art
exhibits and picnic zones. Visit the Museum
and State Library, and the Perth Institute
of Contemporary Art (PICA), and then see
a show at the new State Theatre Centre,
internationally regarded as an architectural
triumph. Back in the city’s west end, along
King and Queen streets, you’ll find new
galleries and design warehouses promoting
local artists. If you’re keen to learn about the
city’s art from an expert, FORM hosts urban
art tours around Northbridge and the CBD
(Thursdays and Saturdays), with a guide to
explain the stories of the artists behind the
colourful urban scrawls that decorate our
city. The tour even ends with a cheeky drink.
Top picks for kids
• AQWA This aquarium has an
awesome conveyor-belt tunnel for
kids (and adults) to go ‘underwater’
with sharks, rays and turtles.
• Art Gallery of WA Budding artists
from pre-primary age up, can enjoy
a program that includes free guided
tours and workshops
• WA Museum With a free interactive
area for kids, a giant dinosaur, and even
a part where they feed live crickets to
frogs, this is a sure winner.
• Scitech Some serious fun can
be had at this young scientist’s
heaven, with a mini construction site
and new Planetarium.
• Some strings attached Spare Parts
Puppet Theatre has enthralling shows
for four- to 12-year-olds (like the rural
tale Farm in September).
• Free movies Screening regularly at
Northbridge Piazza or the Perth Cultural
Centre’s James St Amphitheatre.
• Perth Zoo An oldie but a goodie,
and there’s loads of walks and talks for
families. TIP Pack a raincoat for the
Sunset view across Lake Monger
(photography Sundaysunset Images).
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