The metropolis way out west combines culture and outdoor pursuits with a vibrant food and wine scene
See and do
Perth is a cycle-mad city and a cycle trip along the Swan River is one of the most picturesque in Australia. Book a bike through About Bike Hire. Point Fraser Reserve Causeway Carpark, Riverside Dr, East Perth 6004. 08 9221 2665.
Take a cruise from Perth’s CBD out to popular Rottnest Island and spend the day relaxing on beaches and exploring a popular weekend spot for locals. Book a ticket with Rottnest Fast Ferries.
At the Art Gallery of Western Australia, find one of the world’s largest collections of Indigenous Australian art. Roe St, Perth 6000. 08 9492 6600.
Take a journey down to Perth’s adjacent port town of Fremantle and score a table outside at Little Creatures. For years, this microbrewery has pointed the way for craft breweries in Australia should offer. 40 Mews Rd, Fremantle 6160. 08 9430 5555.
It’s more than worth the three-hour drive to sample the wine and food on offer in Margaret River. Swing by Vasse Felix, Howard Park, Voyager Estate and score a tasting at Moss Wood (by appointment). If you want to stay the night, book into Smiths Beach Retreat.
Eat and drink
Perth is far from the sleepy nightlife town it once was and a real highlight in this city is what you’ll find in the expansive Print Hall. Head to the roof for cocktails at Bob’s Bar and score a table at the main dining room downstairs. From chef Shane Watson’s Western Australian menu is a standout while the 20,000-bottle strong cellar is highly awarded. The food on offer in the main bar also provides a good in-between if you’re in the mood for some Margaret River chardonnays and a nibble. 125 St Georges Tce, Perth 6000. 08 6282 0000.
Lalla Rookh Bar and Eating House has West Australian-influenced Italian cuisine from chef Joel Valvasori-Pereza and a star-studded wine list from gun sommelier Jeremy Prus. Score a corner table and order the spinach and ricotta ravioli. 77 St Georges Tce, Perth 6000. 08 9325 7077.
Ribs, rumps, hot wings, doughnuts, bloody caesars and lots of whiskey. Bring on the Americana – that’s what Miss Kitty’s Saloon is all about, right down to an iced tea. 882 Beaufort St, Inglewood 6052. 08 9272 6669.
Swing into Mechanics Institute Bar for a round of New York Sours crafted by a team of whiskey-loving bartenders, and a burger. 222 William St, Northbridge 6000. 08 9228 4189.
Around at Five Bar, under the command of star drinksmith Andrew McIntyre, classic cocktails are the order of the night. Start with a Negroni and a side of beef wellington. 560 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley 6050. 0467 534 267.
The city’s newest hotel, Fraser Suites Perth, offers the modern comforts of a hotel (room service, a bar, restaurant and fitness facilities) with apartment-style rooms that are spacious and stylish. The edge-of-the-CBD location is also tops. 10 Adelaide Tce, East Perth 6004. 08 9261 0000.
Down by the beach, the Rendezvous Hotel Scarborough Beach has comfortable ocean-view rooms a short drive from the city. You’ll also find a lobby bar, restaurant that serves a scrumptious brekky and hospitable service. 148 The Esplanade, Scarborough 6019. 08 9245 1000.
Virgin Australia flies daily to Perth using widebody Airbus A330-200 aircraft featuring business and economy cabins. Upgrade to business and experience food by Luke Mangan, flatbed seats and premium Australian wine. Perth is a widespread city and while taxis are readily available, you’d best to book a car from Hertz.