Within 10 minutes drive of the city centre and easily accessible by public transport, the suburbs of Northbridge, East Perth, Leederville, West Perth, Subiaco, Mount Lawley/Highgate, Mount Hawthorn Victoria Park and South Perth are a must-visit for any visitor to Perth.
Northbridge sits adjacent to the city and is the cultural epicentre of Perth, only minutes away from the central train
station. Renowned for its vibrant nightlife, there are dozens of bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs to satisfy visitors looking to eat out, watch live music or dance well into the night. Northbridge boasts an around-the-clock energy of laneways, hidden bars and streets rumbling with culinary variety and intrigue. Yum cha sits side by side with European dining and contemporary Australian cuisine. Pop up bars and events are a regular occurrence in the ever popular Cultural Centre precinct and Northbridge Piazza. Find out more.
North Perth is 3 kilometres north of Perth CBD, home to a number of cafe's and espresso bars, restaruants, gift stores and a shopping centre mainly along Fitzgerald Street and Angove Street. You'll also find the Rosemount Hotel live music throughout the week, Beatty Park Aquatic Centre which was built for the 1962 Commonwealth Games and beautiful Hyde Park. A 10 minute bus ride from the Roe Street Bus Station will take you directly to heart of North Perth. Find out more.
Only 5 minutes north west of the city is Leederville featuring a wide range of eating and drinking establishments that ooze a hip, bohemian vibe, as well as fantastic shopping in one vibrant cental area. The free Green CAT bus departs regularly between the Esplanade Busport and Leederville Train Station. Find out more.
Only a few minutes from the city, the main strip is Hay Street but some of West Perth's best secrets are tucked away on the side streets. A mixture of city dwelling locals, lawyers and public servants fill the cafes and restaurants of West Perth from Monday to Friday. Quieter on weekends without the corporate crowd, West Perth is worth checking out for foodies. Kings Park is the most visited attraction in all of Western Australia, it's also in West Perth. Find out more.
Subiaco is best known for its markets, many boutiques, restaurants and jewellery outlets located along Hay Street and Rokeby Road. During the day, white collar workers walk the pavements. Evenings draw crowds to enjoy world-class dining and regular performances at The Regal Theatre. Easily accessible by train and only 5 minutes west of the city. Find out more
Journey 5 minutes north east of the city centre and you will find cosmopolitan Perth at its coolest with an eclectic hub of bars, international flavours and quirky street art along trendy Beaufort Street in Mount Lawley and Highgate. All of this comes together during the annual Beaufort Street Festival each November. Beaufort Street is also home to the Astor Theatre, one of Perth’s favourite and longest running live music venues. Find out more.
The village-like streets of Mount Hawthorn sit in suburbia 10 minutes north west of Perth. This chic community is lined with town houses and heritage buildings and is home to a whole range of boutique stores and trendy eating houses, particularly along Scarborough Beach Road. Find out more.
East Perth is only 5 minutes from central Perth and accessible on the free CAT bus. This idyllic riverside setting has industrial heritage which is now morphed by beautiful waterfront developments. Enjoy the delights of Claisebrook Cove, boasting popular eateries and gardens by the canals. Visitors can take a segway tour here, hire a bike or kayak to explore the eastern fringe of the city with a different view. Find out more.
A quick train ride from the Perth Train Station will take you to the buzzing town centre of Maylands. Along Whatley Cresent and Eighth Avenue (directly across from the Maylands Train Station) you'll find trendy bars and cafes, gourmet food and retail outlets and antique stores. The Maylands Hawker Markets provide visitors and locals with a variety of entertainment and culinary experiences every Saturday night during the warmer months. Find out more.
Famous for million dollar views and some of Perth's most reputable culinary icons, South Perth is a must. Restaurant views capture the magnificent expanses of the Swan River and the spectacular Perth city skyline. Luxury apartments are also dotted along the foreshore - an ideal alternative to city-based accommodation. Regular ferries run between Barrack Street Jetty and South Perth, a quick and very cheap 5 minute trip! While here, make sure you visit the Perth Zoo. Find out more.
Victoria Park is 10 minutes south-east of the city and home to dozens of restaurants, cafés, pubs and shopping outlets. The jewel in the crown is the magnificent entertainment complex, Crown Perth. Albany Highway is Perth’s longest dining strip. Here you will find international flavours ranging from Italian and Nepalese to Mexican and Asian-inspired cuisine. Fine dining and casual venues sit side by side with a large student population living in the area. Find out more.
Jump on the train, or take a leisurely 20 minute drive, to the the beautiful, leafy, riverside suburb of Claremont. Here you'll find the shopping hub of the Claremont Quarter, just a short walk from Claremont Train Station. The Quarter offers visitors and locals fantastic dining options and some of the best shopping in Perth. Claremont also offers, community events year round, a beautiful river foreshore, fascinating museum, a variety of parks and gardens and a series of heritage walking trails. Find out more.
The City of Gosnells is located only 20km from the Perth CBD, so it provides a perfect destination for visitors. Tourism highlights include natural attractions (Canning and Southern Rivers; Ellis Brook Valley wildflowers and walking tracks; Brixton Street Wetlands and Mary Carroll Park wetlands); events and festivals; leisure programs (Ghost Walks, abseiling, yoga, skating, bike riding, parkour), performing arts (monthly theatre shows, comedy, dance) and history and heritage (museum, historical sites and other places of interest). Find out more.
Perth's laneways and rooftops are a buzz with small bars and cafes - and it's not just the heart of the city offering fantastic watering holes and yummy bites, you'll find heaps in all the suburbs above.
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Perth locals love their coffee and there are so many new cafes and espresso bars opening up in Perth and surrounds, building up the Perth coffee culture - check out our favourites here.
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South Perth |
Dates: 12 Mar – 15 May, 2016
From Saturday 12 March to Sunday 15 May, dinosaurs will be taking over Perth Zoo! Stomp into a prehistoric time with Zoorassic Park at Perth Zoo. Get in touch with your inner palaeontologist and see 19 roaring, moving, life-sized dinosaurs, plus you have the whole Zoo to explore!
Dates: 27 Mar – 29 May, 2016
Experience some of Perth's best live acts at Northbridge Piazza's series of free live music events on the last Sunday of every month from March - May featuring an eclectic mix of seasoned musicians and up-and-coming artists. Enjoy the vibe with family and friends.
West Perth |
Dates: 11 Apr – 23 Sep, 2016
Astronomers today are exploring the universe on a grand scale. But knowing what’s out there, is just the first step. Putting the pieces together to unlock the mysteries of the universe is the ultimate goal.
Narrated by Academy Award winning actor Geoffrey Rush, discover the new astronomy being carried out under the breathtaking skies of the Australian outback. What will be learnt about our place amongst the stars?
This new Planetarium show highlights current research being carried out by astronomers within Australia. New and innovative telescopes, such as SkyMapper in NSW and the Murchison Widefield Array in WA, have been designed to survey large sections of the sky. They are finding things we've never seen before and will help us to better understand our Universe.
Capturing the Cosmos was produced by Melbourne Planetarium in partnership with the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO).
Please note: children under 4yrs will not be admitted to the planetarium
Victoria Park |
Dates: 28 Apr – 01 May, 2016
WA's most prestigious garden, landscape and outdoor living event, the Perth Garden Festival is set to blossom on the banks of the Swan River at McCallum Park, in the Town of Victoria Park. Perth's premier horticultural event will play host to the best landscape design talent pushing the boundaries with creativity, inspiration and sustainable garden designs and ideas you can take home to your own patch.
Dates: 29 – 29 Apr, 2016
Chopper is back with a new show, and a new nation - Anzakistan. In Perth for one night only for the Perth Comedy Festival. State Theatre Centre of WA - Heath Ledger Theatre on Fri 29th Apr 2016 - 9:00pm.