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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Dates: 13 Sep – 01 Oct, 2016
After more than 60 productions worldwide since 2013, George Brant's award-winning play GROUNDED will premiere in Western Australia at The Blue Room Theatre on 13 September to October 1.
Dates: 22 Sep – 12 Oct, 2016
Driven by Fiat, the Lavazza Italian Film Festival returns to Cinema Paradiso (Northbridge) and Luna on SX (Fremantle) from 22 September – 12 October, showcasing the very best in Italian cinema.
Dates: 29 Sep – 23 Oct, 2016
Direct from London's West End, the Perth premiere of sizzling new circus show BLANC de BLANC is coming to The Regal Theatre from 29 September to 23 October 2016. This brand new production will have audiences immersed in a world of overflowing champagne bottles, sparkles and glimmer leaving every spectator bubbling with excitement.
Dates: 07 – 07 Oct, 2016
At 22-year-old, WA artist Mel Kay is set to release her latest singles Upside Down Town and Feel Alright at Jimmy’s Den in Northbridge on October 7. Mel Kay performs with Liberté a 10-piece band featuring guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and backing singers.
Dates: 10 – 10 Oct, 2016
Workshop is Perth's newest Open Mic night celebrating the sounds and artists of neo-soul music. The next event, on 10 October features Mia Formentin. Hosted by Katherine Curnow aka KC and backed by the slammin house band, Workshop will bring to our fair city a fresh new vibe and showcase Perth's finest vocalists and musicians.