Best in the West!
Western Australia Travel Blog› entry 4 of 7 › view all entries
Well frankly my "Favourite Places" wouldn't be complete without a poke around in my own backyard :) and WA has many hidden treasures!
Perth is still a lot cheaper than Sydney or Melbourne and I like to think of my town as the garden city as we are big on parks and gardens! King's Park is an unmissable sight, it is several hectares of preserved bush and parkland in the city's heart. (Ok so I am going to Plug it a bit... cmon people come over West if you're going to visit Aust.!) People are friendly and most places you go will have that carefree air that is only achievable in less "lively" cities. Perth is definitly NOT the city that never sleeps! We enjoy the honour of being the most isolated capital city in the world in terms of proximity to the next-nearest major settlement. However, I never feel alone or isolated in Perth. Though it might not have a raging night-life I think we West Aussies draw a nice balance between party and relaxation. Just recently I have met many "tourists" who couldnt get enough of the place and have stayed or come back again and again.
Perth is interesting in that it is divided neatly in two by the Swan-Canning River system. The River also tends to be a psychological division and there has always been friendly rivalry between North and South! Perth has expanded to surround and include the port town of Fremantle. Freo, as it is affectionately known by locals, is often seen as a gathering place for off-kilter, alternative thinking types. It also has it's fair share of Hippies and locally famous Buskers: (If you do come you have to see the knife-eating Pirate outside the Fremantly Marketplace). The Markets are famous for that one-of-a-kind anything or a secondhand bargain OR some great fresh produce. Everywhere in Freo there are little record stores, semi-precious gems, clothes, acessories, useless and usefull trinkets. It is the shopper's be-all and end-all. Fremantle has an abundance of beautiful Colonial architecture and provides an alternative location for night-life.
The only other place to 'go out' in Perth is in Northbridge, and sporadically in the city centre. Northbridge is an area filled with restaurants, bars, nightclubs and backpacker accomodation. The streets are always filled with interesting people. My picks would be "The Deen" nightclub and the "Bambu" Backpackers Hostel both on Abderdeen St, the "Moon" Cafe (William St) sells the best cocktails and hearty food around, Alto's Kebab House for that late night snack, and the "Brass Monkey" Bar. Northbridge is alive in daytime as well as night, come in the afternoon to poke around the interesting clothes and curio sellers.
This is a tiny taste of the wonders of the western city! More soon xo