Wondering why you should visit Perth?
Well, Perth is amazing and in the past 18 months that I’ve been coming here, it has thoroughly grown on me. I am officially a Perth fan now if the kind exists at all. It’s a city that gets ignored often and in skipping over Perth and WA during their travels in Australia, travellers in my opinion end up missing out on so much. Also if you’re considering moving here and like me need the sunshine, nature, theatre and art to survive and thrive, Perth this is the perfect place.
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I came to Perth from London and before I got here, I was a tad scared. I had heard all the things that others do: Perth is boring, it is expensive, there is no cultural scenario, the food is bad and there is nothing to do if you don’t enjoy surfing or drinking beer. Well, the expense factor, yes, I still can’t quite get over it but other than that nothing in the previous sentence is true. Times are definitely changing in Perth and the city is putting a lot of effort in upping their cultural quotient. I would not have associated Perth with a busy arts calendar at all but it’s there and how!
More often than not people who would diss the city to me would be from Perth (Perthians is it?) themselves and that in itself is sad. Off the top of my head, these are just a few reasons why Perth ranks amongst my favourite cities, not just in Australia but in the world.
Comedy: I love Stand Up, Improv, Sketch groups and just funny folk in general. What most people don’t know is that the comedy scene in Perth is one of the best and it does not end or begin with Tim Minchin. Most comedians I’ve seen even on Open Mic nights who are either just stepping onto the stage for the first time or are trying out new material are hilarious. Saturday night at the Big Hoo Haa which takes place Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den above the Brisbane Hotel is heaps of fun and also immensely popular (Read more about them here– you’ve got to scroll down right till the end). At the same venue on Tuesday nights, you have the 5$ Open Mic comedy night and it is honestly one of best Open Mic nights I’ve seen in a long time. Perth also has great burlesque and the highlight of the burlesque calendar is the Annual Burlesque Festival which takes place in various venues across the city. The city even has its own in-house burlesque group called Sugar Blue Burlesque. They get up to some seriously awesome performances at the Brass Monkey every Wednesday. Although I’m not a big fan of the venue, I am a big fan of the group and their wonderfully talented performers! Check ’em out.
|The stellar Big Hoo Haa Performers|
Day Trips: Few cities can offer the range of diverse and beautiful day trips that Perth does. Even if you want to head somewhere quiet after a particularly hard day of work, you have plenty of options from the Perth Hills to the Swan River to the valleys in Avon and more. Perth offers so much in terms of natural sanctity and for that, I adore the city even more. I wrote a longer post about all that you can do here, should you be curious or eager to get away.
|Finding some quiet time is easy when you live in Perth. This photo was taken at Brookleigh, Swan Valley|
Cool Bars and Cafes: There must have been some major change in rules because the list of fun and upcoming cafes in Perth is getting better and longer by the second. I’ve mentioned some spots here, and here but there are lots of other up and coming places I like. For instance, for free wifi along with great coffee and friendly service, there is Five Bar on Beaufort Street. Look at their coffee prices, you do not find these rates in this city anymore! Then there is also Frisk which was a cafe last year but now has been converted into a cocktail bar still retaining its cool and chic factor.
|Best coffee prices ever at Five Bar, Mt Lawley, Perth|
Getaways: Just as with day trips, Perth makes a great base for weekend getaways. Also, how many long weekends do you have in WA!? You can choose to head inland towards York or up north towards Kalbarri or down south to Albany and Denmark (read more here). If all else fails and the surf chart is looking good or a wine tour is calling then Margaret River is always there.
|Weekend getaways from Perth are easy peasy. Pictured here: The Gap, Albany.|
Fine Dining: Degustation Menus and Fine Dining are coming up in Perth is a big way. My personal favourite is Opus with its $130 Degustation Menu. Chef Nathan who worked at the Ledbury in London is the chef behind the scenes in Opus and he’s extremely passionate about the food he cooks. The presentation, the smell, the taste of the food: everything is dealt with in the most imaginative way possible. All your senses and not just your palate are treated to a feast making it a complete sensory experience and who doesn’t love that? This should really be a separate post altogether, I’ll get to it.
|Fine Dining at the Opus Restaurant, Perth is well worth the $s|
Weather: Seriously, after living sans a proper summer for nearly 4 years in the U.K, Perth weather feels god sent. It’s the land of eternal sunshine and even the winters feel like what I would call summer in London. Then there are the torrential winter storms which bring with them just the right amount of nip in the air. Also, good weather means you can get up to activities all year round without being daunted by cloudy skies and icy winds. The open ocean is still a novelty to me and yoga, eating, walking, reading…everything feels better by the water. Not to forget the stellar sunsets which for most people is a holiday thing and in Perth, it’s just a part of life. How beautiful and lucky is that?
|Sunny Side Down. Perth Sunsets have a special place in my heart. Watermans Bay|
So, fellow travellers and Perthians if you had any “Perth is boring” notions, I hope they are dispelled. And if not, it might be time to get out there and give the most isolated city in the world another shot.