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72 Hours of Urban Life and Nature in Sunny Perth

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Despite being the fourth most populous city in Australia Perth has managed to maintain a lovely balance between urban life and nature. Located on the West Coast, visitors to Perth can lounge on long sandy beaches or go explore the city and its great, lively suburbs, like the popular Cottesloe and Fremantle.

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If you want nature you can go visit Rottnest Island, tour the Swan Valley Vineyards or go for a walk in Riverside Kings Park. If you’re looking for culture there is lots to do and see as well, such as the Perth Cultural Center, plus many wonderful art galleries and museums.

No matter if you’re in Perth looking for sunny days and nature, or wanting a fun urban experience this cool city has it all. So go ahead and pack your bags we’re going to the amazing city of Perth!

Day One

Morning:

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Drop your bags off at your Perth hotel before you start venturing around. Make sure to book a room at Attika Hotel. Attika is a cute boutique style apartment hotel with just 22 rooms. All the rooms are self-contained with in room kitchenette and laundry facilities making your stay super comfortable as you can wash your own clothes and cook some meals yourself while visiting Perth. The hotel also has great views and such a friendly staff always there to help you with anything you need. You will feel right at home here!

Photo credit: Kings Park and Botanical Garden

When you’ve unpacked, it’s time to start exploring. Put on your comfortable shoes and go walk around the Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Open 24 hours a day and free to enter, this park offers stunning garden displays on Mt Eliza. You can enjoy the beautiful river and stunning city views and see one of the largest displays of Australian flora in the country. While you are here make sure you take a walk in the treetops along the Lotterywest Federation Walkway. The views from here are simply jaw-dropping. While here don’t forget to visit Aspects of Kings Park. This is a store, gallery and retail environment for great quality contemporary Australian and Western Australian craft and design. You will have a fun shopping experience here finding some unique souvenirs.

 

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After your walk enjoying the nature and beautiful views of Perth, it’s time go get yourself a satisfying meal, so head over to V Burger Bar. Whether you’re a burger person or not V Burger Bar won’t let you down. While serving the juiciest and freshest burgers, you can tell that burgers are their passion and they always serve up the most delicious plates. They have both regular, classic burgers, but also their very own signature burgers. But if you’re more in the mood for a salad, don’t worry, they have that too! With multiple locations around Perth you have to make your way here to chill and enjoy a yummy meal before you continue exploring Perth.

Afternoon:

Photo credit: Moores Art Building

After having enjoyed some nature and a good meal it is time for some Perth culture. And there are many cultural treasures around Perth you have to check out while in town. You can head to Perth Centre of Photography to see the spectacular exhibitions on display. Established in 1992, Perth Centre for Photography is a dedicated photomedia gallery, and their goal is to promote and support emerging and established photo-based art in Western Australia. After visiting here you should also head to Moores Building Art Gallery. The Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery is located in Fremantle, and it is a space that promotes a diverse range of contemporary art. There is also The Basement Gallery which you have to go check out as they have truly great exhibits. All these art treasures are worth seeing. You won’t be disappointed!

Photo credit: Moore & Moore Cafe, by Jarrad Seng

After some culture finish the afternoon with a stop at Moore & Moore Cafe. This is a very well known cafe in Fremantle, located alongside the Moores Art Gallery, hence their name Moore and Moore! So if you’ve stopped by the Moores Art Gallery there really isn’t an excuse not to stop by this awesome cafe. Moore & Moore Cafe was recently voted 4th best cafe in Perth by Channel 7 Today Tonight. With a 10 year history in Perth, people love coming here to relax, have an afternoon coffee and enjoying the unique menu where they are using local, organic and healthy produce. Definitely worth a visit this afternoon in Perth!

Night:

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To end this glorious first day in Perth finish up with a delicious meal and a very unique and different dining experience at C Restaurant in the Sky. This is Western Australia’s only revolving restaurant located on the 33rd floor. A full 360 degree rotation takes 90 minutes, and while revolving you can enjoy some delicious food using only the freshest quality ingredients. This is a truly amazing experience giving you one of the best meals in the city while admiring the fantastic views of Perth.

 

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Before bedtime head out for a drink at The Dominion League. You like Whisky? Well, if you head here you have about 260 different ones to choose from. If whisky isn’t your thing Dominion League also specialises in craft beer and fine wine. With dedicated and talented bartenders, this is absolutely the spot to end your first day in Perth sipping on some of the best drinks in town.

 

Day Two

Morning:

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Time to kick off your second day in Perth. You will start this day with enjoying some really, really great food. Head for a breakfast at Bib and Tucker. At Bib and Tucker breakfast is served 8 – 11 am. Always using the very best ingredients Bib and Tucker love local produce so their menu is a celebration of the best seasonal produce from Perth-based suppliers. You can enjoy eating here knowing it is supporting local businesses. We recommend the Buttermilk and Banana Pancakes – they are to die for!

Photo credit: The Bell Tower

After your breakfast go to The Bell Tower. This is without a doubt one of the best things there is to do in Perth! It is located on the Riverside Drive and overlooks the picturesque Swan River. Besides the historic content the distinctive design and architecture has made The Bell Tower one of the most essential places to go in Perth. Make sure to join The Bell Tower Experience where you can view bell ringing in action, and you can have a go yourself at trying the art of bell ringing with an experienced tour guide. You will also learn about the history of the Bell Tower and the historic royal bells. Make sure to book this 45 minute tour in advance, as it often sells out.

Afternoon:

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After having some fun at The Bell Tower it’s time for a different kind of fun. Wine fun! So find your way to Howard Park and visit their Margaret River Cellar Door. The Howard Park Cellar Door lies at the highest point of the Leston Vineyard, overlooking the renowned Wilyabrup Valley. It is less than 5 minutes from the town of Cowaramup. This is not only a place you should visit to take in the beautiful surroundings, but this is where you can taste the line-up of their sparkling wines made in-house; their Rieslings are some of the most renowned in Australia. They also serve their Icon Abercrombie & Allingham wines, not to mention experimental varieties exclusively available to cellar door guests. Cheers!

Night:

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After your wonderful time tasting great local wines, find your way back to the city and hurry over to The Vic Hotel. This is one of the oldest hotels/pubs in Western Australia. It is located in the suburb of Subiaco and not only do they serve food all day, but they are famous for having the cheapest pint of beer in WA! Especially after your wine tasting it might feel great to only pay $3.50 for a pint of ice-cold beer. The cheap prices and atmosphere keeps The Vic Hotel busy and popular amongst locals and visitors.

 

Photo credit: Perth Concert Hall

To finish your second day in Perth go to Perth Concert Hall. Perth Concert Hall is especially renowned for having one of the finest acoustics in the southern hemisphere. Many wonderful artists play here, and the concert hall is the home to the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. This is a wonderful cultural experience and a must while visiting the city! So make sure to check the schedule while you’re in town.

 

Day Three

Morning:

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Perth has one of the best International Art Festivals in Australia. If this is taking place while you visit (consider planning your trip around the festivals dates – it is worth it) this is something you have to explore. During the festival the weather is glorious, so it is a perfect time to visit as you can walk around town in sunny weather while witnessing all the unique art and events. While here, go for a stroll through the beautiful bayside garden campus of University of Western Australia where you can visit the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery to see the breathtaking free Perth Festival Exhibition Human Nature by acclaimed Israel/UK artist Zadok Ben-David.

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After this you deserve to go have yourself yet another yummy meal. You will make your way to Lalla Rookh. The love and passion for Italian food will shine through each meal served here, and everything is so fresh and delicious. To accompany your meal you can enjoy some delicious cider or craft beer or some wine from their award winning sommelier. While here, make sure to go visit their wine store as well!

Afternoon:

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This last afternoon of yours in Perth you’re heading to Whipper Snapper Distillery. Here you can taste some of the best whiskey Australia has to offer. With a long history and a strong passion for what they do, the owners of Whipper Snapper Distillery will love to show you around. When you visit you can join a tour and tasting experience. The tours are offered 7 days a week, and it may be accompanied by a range of moonshine and whiskey tastings. So have yourself a sip or 5 this afternoon!

Night:

Photo credit: Lucky Chan’s Laundry and Noodle Bar

After some great whiskey you will go to the laundromat to eat.. well, actually you are going to the great Restaurant Lucky Chan’s Laundry and Noodle Bar. The entire restaurant is hidden behind the facade of a Chinese Laundromat and to find the restaurant you have to walk through a door made from a washing machine. Not only does Lucky Chan’s know how to create a fun and different atmosphere, but their food is spectacular too. All their noodles, tare’s and broths for their popular ramen are made in house. Feel like dumplings? Lucky Chan’s wraps them fresh every day. If you’re vegan the options are amazing too, you can try a full 7 course vegan tasting menu. Go here to Lucky Chan’s Laundry and Noodle Bar for a delicious and fun dining experience.

 

Photo credit: His Majesty’s Theatre

For your final night in Perth it is only fitting to end it in style with a great performance. There are two wonderful places to go, and if you have time we highly suggest you do both as they deliver some truly wonderful shows. At His Majesty’s Theatre, which is the only working Edwardian theatre in Australia, you can catch a performance ranging from ballet, opera, cabaret to stand-up comedy. There is also the amazing West Australian Ballet showing Ballets like Dracula and The Nutcracker. This is surely a must experience in Perth.

 

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After these two great shows and three days of walking, eating and soaking up the Perth life, head back to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.

Your 72 hours in Perth have come to an end and we are sure you too will have fallen in love with this great city. Hopefully this guide will help you enjoy every minute you spend here. And we know it won’t be long until you will want to return again.

 

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