Perth’s Best Kept Secrets
I moved to Perth a decade ago, this dot on the map I’d never been to and knew nothing about. Back then it was a millionaire’s playground, a place where the dust and dollars of the mining industry ruled the psyche and dominated the news. It’s changed dramatically.
The well-kept secrets of Western Australia have snuck out, with the New York Times describing our capital city as a “hipster heaven” which is “easy, breezy, green and pristine,” and worthy of a top 10 placing in its list of 52 Places to Go in 2014. Two years later, Trip Advisor listed Perth as one of the top 10 hottest destinations for travellers to visit in Australia, while the city’s port town, Fremantle scored the same accolade from Lonely Planet.
I’m thrilled that word is spreading; the whispers about Perth’s epic beaches and cosmo lifestyle need to get out. For when you visit – and trust me, you should – here are my local tips on where to eat, drink and play.
It’s impossible to pick just one. If you’re visiting in March, don’t miss Cottesloe Beach and its fantastic Sculpture by the Sea (sculpturebythesea.com/cottesloe) exhibition of giant artworks in the sand. To be honest, anywhere along this stretch is phenomenal. Think water the shade and clarity of a Bombay Sapphire gin bottle. Just south, the sand on Leighton beach is sugar-white, while heading north, Floreat has a lovely café and playground leading to the water. Or, go further up the coast to Mettams Pool, where there’s excellent, easily-accessible snorkelling between the bluffs.