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24 Hours in Perth

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 8 March 2016 | Views [218]

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Perth is one of my favorite cities not because of the Indian Ocean sunsets (though it’s a part), the big Kings Park for picnics (another part), or the really top notch cuisine hotspots that I love to frequent (my stomach’s favorite part). It’s my favorite for one very special reason: it always feels like home. From renting a bike to cruise the beach towns on my own or hopping off the wheels in Fremantle to scout the best nosh place, it carries the feeling of


So whether you’re in Perth for the first time or the thousandth, these picks are my favorite for making a stay in my home away from home a veritable A+.


  1. Eat at Print Hall.


Print Hall is a converted print house, as it’s name would suggest, and it’s ultramodern interiors and chic urban flair make it a travel blogger’s dream meal, and the best part is it’s multi-level eatery experience; from Small Print bakery and coffeehouse, Print Hall eating and bar, The Apple Daily, and Bob’s Bar, you’re going to get the best gastronomic experience you’ve ever had, and that’s only if you schedule enough time to really taste test it all. With executive chef Dan Fisher overseeing the entire shebang, you can guarantee with him at the helm there’s plenty of taste bud tinglers to keep you coming back for more, so dive into lunch, dinner, snack or dessert, no questions asked.


  1. Walk King’s Park


The King’s Park is a veritable outdoor tradition that deserves the picnic basket and sunny afternoon that you’ll end up spending there, and even more. You can take it easy by meandering around the landscaped gardens or you can work up an appetite by going on walk in the treetops with the Lotterywest Federation Walkway. The bridge walkway is one of the park’s most popular attractions, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the sweet view from up high. You can grab one of the free guided talks or if you’re fascinated by herbology, head out with the Indigenous Heritage tours where an Aboriginal guide will take you through the park and the botanical gardens to discover which plants are good for eating, which ones are not, and which ones could save your life.


  1. Stay at Como The Treasury


In the hipster heartbeat of turning “old” buildings—keep in mind Australia as a colony began in the early 19th century, hence the air quotes—into new, chicly refurbished hotspots, COMO The Treasury astounds in what was once a state governmental building turned into a first class boutique hotel with not one, but two great restaurants for grabbing a small lunch, a sumptuous dinner, or even just a cup of coffee. It took a little shopping around to find this perfect sleep spot, so take my word for it and enjoy the luxury settings and the excellent location for getting to the heart of the city.


  1. Walk with Two Feet & A Heartbeat

More than just a massively clever tagline, Two Feet & A Heartbeat excels at taking an off the roadie tour for the travellers bent on checking out Perth the fun way, and especially getting an in with all the cool places in Fremantle as well. From a sailors guide (complete with beer and wine) to a convicts and colonial take on the area, Two Feet & A Heartbeat will lead the way into the history of the area, and also into a good time.  


Not satisfied with those two locales? No worries, you can also grab a tour of the hipster friendly Northbridge neighborhood and an in-depth take on Rottnest Island, which is full of the kind of wildlife people wait a lifetime to see (did someone say penguins?), so get your walking shoes on and prep your sense of adventure for the best of the best

  1. Learn the difference between a Flat White and a Long Black at the Terrace


Australian coffee tradition is long steeped in it’s own verbage; from the long black to the flat white is a veritable smorgasbord of different tastes and styles, so better to get it right from the start because if Starbucks is your only adventure with the bean, you’ve got a lot of learning to do.


Making an art out of freshly ground beans, The Terrace in the  is a great place to grab coffee first thing in the morning, or better yet, stop for a whole breakfast. My advice is to go for some traditional Aussie yoghurt and then spice it up with a side of bacon—because why not? Just make sure you get your espresso fix before leaving; it’s definitely the main show.


  1. Wander the Perth Cultural Centre and Visit the Art Gallery of Western Australia


Northbridge’s Perth Cultural Centre is home to the bustling (and upcoming) art scene that’s breaking it’s way into the limelight of the city, and between the open air courtyard to the exhibitions inside, its literally and figuratively he center of the area, and there’s many a things to satisfy the mind. From people watching from the sculptures out front to checking out a special screening on the inside, the growing centre for the arts is taking community to the next level and you’re going to want a piece of it. The Art Gallery of Western Australia—one of the parts of the larger Cultural Centre—stuns from Lego ships to beatboxing exhibitions, and isn’t afraid of making statements that make Perth the eye-catching world city it is.


Whether you’re more a foodie traveller, or someone who lives to delve knee-deep into history without a second glance, these top 6 hits for anyone’s 24 hours in Perth will leave you both satiated and begging for more from this beautiful city.


Have suggestions on how to spend the next 24 hours for an epic 48 hour extravaganza? Send your faves to the comment section and I’ll check them out! 

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