Northbridge Between Beaufort and William Streets, the Perth Cultural Centre is home to a number of cultural institutions where you can catch a gallery or museum exhibition, or see a live performance piece. William Street is lined with great coffee and brunch options, vintage stores, local fashion, homewares and small bars. Restaurants on James, Lake and surrounding streets offer a multitude of cuisines including Asian, Italian, Mexican and Tapas – many with alfresco dining options. The neighborhood is also home to Perth’s Chinatown and the Chinese tradition of yum cha is an institution on weekend mornings in Northbridge.
Cottlesloe One look at the snow-white sand, glittering turquoise water, lush green lawns and towering Norfolk pine trees and you’ll learn exactly why Cottesloe is Perth’s most popular beach. The main strip of sand is great for swimming or grabbing a coffee. North Cottesloe is heaven for snorkelers and South Cottesloe is a surfer’s paradise. The Ocean Beach Hotel is a great spot to watch the sun sink behind Rotto.
Hillarys Hillarys Boat Harbour is situated 20 minutes north of Perth via the extremely scenic coastal road or by Freeway to Hepburn Ave. You could spend an entire day here exploring everything it has to offer. It is a destination in itself, with shops, casual and formal eateries and a safe swimming beach. It is home to the Western Australian Aquarium, and has plenty of free parking. It has a boat launching ramp and you can even catch a fast ferry from Hillarys across to beautiful Rottnest Island. They depart daily. Hillarys even has its own Resort Hotel! The area offers a great alternative to staying in the CBD or down south.
Bassendean Success Hill Reserve (Seventh Ave) is right on the river and has plenty of shade. It is where the Heritage Trail and Cycle Paths begins. Also nearby Sandy Beach Reserve (end of West Rd) has shade, lawns and river swimming. The Rail Transport Museum has a superb collection of locomotives and historical memorabilia.
Melville Point Walter is a fabulous place to hang out on that lazy Sunday afternoon or hot summer’s day. There is great river swimming, a sand spit to walk along, cafes and playgrounds. Wireless Hill Park is nearby and houses the old signal station museum, bbqs, picnic spots, an observatory and great views.
Bayswater Visit Riverside Gardens for a swim and go birdwatching at Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary. Have a picnic or use the free BBQ facilities. There are walks and cycle trails. There are also: Fireman poles, tunnels, tic-tac-toe discs, surfboard on springs, climbing spider webs, log swings and spinning seats to keep the kids entertained. Adachi and Garvey Parks beside the river have walking and bike trails, picnic spots, playgrounds and free BBQ’s.