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hink rooftop drinks, or dining in hip urban hotspots with
vertical gardens that bring the outdoors in. There are new
design galleries and niche shops, a dynamic art and theatre
scene, even an urban orchard bang in the middle of the cultural
precinct. It’s hard to tire of the manicured gardens and rambling bush
of Kings Park, one of the biggest inner-city parks in the world. Cooled
by lush vegetation and the blue of the neighbouring river, it’s a perfect
retreat on a warm day. When you get tired of just watching the sails
flitting across the water, you can always be one of them. Hire a craft, or
get airborne in a parasail. Outside of the city offerings, there’s the long
trail of famous beaches to enjoy, the closest just over 10km from the city.
Shopping | King Street in the city’s west end has all the flash labels and
a few niche finds. Claremont’s St Quentin’s Avenue is a good starting
point for that suburb’s heady dose of fashion, and there are good
boutiques on Oxford Street in Leederville, Beaufort Street in Mt Lawley
and Market Street in Fremantle. Head to Mt Hawthorn for funky gifts,
and Napoleon Street in Cottesloe for homewares and gifts.
Food and drink | Mt Lawley is a stronghold for interesting restaurants,
from funky to fine dining. Head to William Street in Northbridge for
cheap Asian eats, and Maylands for a cluster of daytime cafes. The
boom in small bars has also seen a proliferation of tapas-style eats,
tucked away in side-streets like Howard and Wolfe lanes in the city.
When it comes to gourmet supplies for a picnic in Perth’s outdoors,
check out weekend farmers markets from Subiaco to Mt Claremont to
Beaconsfield, and permanent markets in Herdsman and Cottesloe.
Art | Perth’s Cultural Centre is where the city and Northbridge blend.
It’s got galleries and the lush Urban Orchard, a place to reflect among
the herbs. Local artisans and craftspeople are exhibited at design
galleries in Murray Street and in Kings Park. Galleries dot the suburbs,
including Mosman Park, Dalkeith and Claremont.
When it’s hot in the city, there
are lots of ways to be cool
BAR/ALFRESCO DINING | From
two new rooftop bars in the city to
waterfront locations with amazing
views, you’re spoilt for choice.
PARASAILING OVER THE
SWAN RIVER | A great way to
keep cool while seeing the changing
city from an unusual perspective.
THINGS TO DO
OUTDOOR CINEMA | Summer
is outdoor cinema season, with
a range of venues screening
ever ything from new films to classics.
URBAN ORCHARD | Join in
community planting and harvesting
days, and get horticultural hints and
tips at EPRA’s inner-city garden.
Perth Cultural Centre -
Harvesting and Planting Day
Cycling by the Swan River.
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