72 hours in Perth
Where to stay
The QT Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Perth city. This urban oasis is perched up above the bustling Murray Street, and is only a stone’s throw away from the famous Swan River.
What to do
DAY ONEStart your day with a stroll down towards the river, stopping for a morning caffeine hit at Telegram Coffee. Situated within the stylish State Buildings, this little café serves up some of the best coffee in the city.
Continue on towards the water until you get to Elizabeth Quay, Perth’s picturesque riverfront esplanade. Take a walk along the Elizabeth Quay Bridge, which offers spectacular views of both the city and the river, before heading to lunch at The Island at Elizabeth Quay. With a tranquil outdoor dining area looking out over the river and city, plus a seasonal Mediterranean-inspired menu, this is one of the best spots in Perth for good food and even better views.
Post-lunch, it’s time to see the jewel in Perth’s crown – King’s Park. As one of the world’s biggest inner-city parks, King’s Park spans a huge 400 hectares. Sitting atop of Mount Eliza, this must-see attraction offers sprawling views over the city centre, the beautiful Swan River and the distant Perth hills. Walk down the tree-lined Fraser Avenue, take a scenic stroll along Federation Walkway and enjoy the tranquil Botanic Garden.
Make your way back down to city level and treat yourself to a pre-dinner drink at Halford Bar. This ambient underground spot serves unique cocktails crafted by their talented mixologists.
It’s time to see WA’s second city, Fremantle. Make your way down in the morning and take a walk along the legendary cappuccino strip, full of alfresco cafes, restaurants and bars, before getting coffee and breakfast from the iconic Moore and Moore Cafe. Located within an art gallery, this laid-back café not does great all-day breakfast, homemade cakes and quick bites.
No visit to Perth would be complete without a trip to beach, so make your way towards the famous Little Creatures Brewery, hire their beach-cruiser bicycles and take a bike-ride to South Beach.
When you’re done splashing in the surf, ride to back to Little Creatures, return your bikes and get stuck in to some of their world-famous beers. For $12 you can taste 10 of their best beers, plus get an explanation on each from the knowledgeable staff on the taps. Bike-riding and beer-tasting works up an appetite, so take a seat in Little Creatures’ Great Hall and order yourself lunch with a side of stunning views over Freo’s fishing boat harbour.
Spend your afternoon taking a stroll through some of Fremantle’s best attractions. The Roundhouse, located in Freo’s west end, is the oldest building still standing in Western Australia; the famous Fremantle Markets are a hive of culture and atmosphere; and the Fremantle Arts Centre has exhibitions, live music and art courses for locals and tourists.
Wind down your day by taking a seat on the balcony at the sophisticated Whisper Wine Bar, just off Fremantle’s café strip. Enjoy a glass of wine expertly selected by Whisper’s Parisian owner, before heading to dinner at the nearby Bread In Common. This industrial-chic restaurant is just as much a treat for the eyes as it is the taste-buds, and it’s seasonal farm-to-table menu is designed to be shared.
Then visit Providore to try their huge selection of locally-made gourmet olive oils, dips, sauces and jams; and the Margaret River Chocolate Factory for their famous chocolate. Knowing that Margaret River is a big trip to make from Perth, the people behind this famous factory opened a secondary one in the Swan Valley, making it easier than ever to try their delectable range of treats.
When it’s time for a proper meal, head to Mandoon Estate. Home to a winery, brewery and restaurant, Mandoon is one of the most scenic spots in the Swan Valley. Take a seat on their sprawling lawn and choose from their specially-curated outdoor menu – cheese and charcuterie picnic baskets, homemade pizzas and mouth-watering salads are all on offer
Post-lunch, squeeze in one more wine tasting at the impressive Sandalford. This winery has been making wine for more than 175 years, and has one of the biggest cellar doors in Western Australia. As well as five wine ranges available to try, Sandalford’s cellar door is brimming with everything wine related for souvenirs or gifts.
Make your way back to the city and bid Perth farewell by dining at the stunning Ficus Perth. This farm-to- table dining spot in the uber-trendy Yagan Square is all about food provenance. With seasonal ingredients delivered daily from their network of farmers, fisheries and growers, Ficus offers a real taste of WA freshness and flavour.
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- 10 Jun '19