Last week I went to Perth, Western Australia, where I always seem to visit the same old places…simply because of the joy these places bring to me. I’d like to share them with you!
1. Scarborough Beach – This is a beautiful beach with a great outdoor amphitheatre. Many surfers and windsurfers come to this beach because of the fine white sand and great surf.
It’s also the beach where I held the best of the Joy House Film Festival.
2. Rendezvous Grand Hotel (48 The Esplanade, Scarborough
(08) 9245 1000), has a delicious smorgasbord buffet breakfast. There’s also Dome cafe, another favourite place of mine, located on the same level, which has a great selection of cakes, breakfasts and lunches. My favourite is the chocolate cake or the lemon tart (pictured below).
3. Kings Park is one of my favourite parks in Australia. My parents brought me here for picnics as a child. I love throwing a coin in the wishing well and making a wish – a childhood tradition. There’s also great view of Perth city from this park (pictured below).
4. Cottesloe Beach is the beach where the yearly Sculptures by the Sea outdoor art exhibition is held. You have to arrive early if you are planning to see this exhibition (Suggestion – arrive before 8am before the crowd rolls in after 9am, as it’s hard to get parking. Otherwise it’s a good 20 minutes walk from the train station).
5. Perth city is filled with a great selection of shops, cafes and restaurants. My favourite is Jamie Oliver’s – Jamie’s Italian Restaurant on 140 William Street, Perth WA 6000 (08) 9363 8600. The only drawback is that you have to line up as they don’t take reservations. It is however worth the half hour wait.
6. I love going to Subiaco markets on Saturday morning (44 Station St, Subiaco) right next to Subiaco station. There’s a great selection of bakeries, fresh food market stalls and The Flower Market. Also just a short 15 minutes walk away, along Rokeby Road (which is just two streets away from the markets) is Chokeby Road, Subiaco’s famous chocolate shop – one of my favourite chocolate stores in Perth. (175 Rokeby Road, Subiaco).
7. Just 30 minutes from Perth’s city centre is Fremantle (by train), the bustling, dynamic port city of Fremantle renowned for its eclectic mix of the arts and foodies adventures – buskers, the side walks filled with a wild collection of art and trendy cafés and bars.
My favourite is the fish and chips at Kailis’ Waterfront Fremantle
You need only spend a day in Fremantle’s colourful port city. There’s a
little book of BIG savings where you can save on restaurants, tours, shopping, cafe’s and more.
- ENJOY the Fremantle Markets or enjoy fish & chips at the Fishing Boat Harbour.
- VISIT the WA Maritime Museum and Fremantle Arts Centre.
- SAMPLE boutique beer at one of the great micro breweries.