If you think of Perth as just another boring city in Australia, here are 4 reasons why you should change your mind and rediscover this up and coming place to be.
1. Fashion Forward
Perth has become a mecca for designer labels and luxury brands, incorporating over 900 specialty shops across a series of laneways, traffic-free malls and retail centres that have each developed their own distinctive character.
King Street, often referred to by locals as the “West End” or “Designer District”, evokes a sense of Europe with its beautifully restored architecture and shop fronts. It boasts an array of high-end fashion labels you’d find on Rodeo Drive and the Champs-Élysées, including Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Tiffany & Co and Sass & Bide.
Take a stroll just off King Street to Hay Street, where you can continue to quench your thirst for fashion with the likes of Burberry, Emporio Armani, Canali, Hugo Boss and Apple. Pedestrian-free Murray and Hay Street Malls offer a trove of fashion, jewellery and accessories.
Looking for something unique? Exclusive boutique stores line the passageway of London Court, a multi-level shop arcade that dates back to 1937.With architectural features inspired by Elizabethan times, its inviting atmosphere makes it a popular destination for locals and visitors alike and is known for its gemstones.
Glamorous shopping precinct Wesley Quarter, also in Perth’s “West End”, combines old with new as it offers an eclectic selection of designer luggage, shoes, handbags, jewellery and clothing, with stores such as Alannah Hill, Jurlique, Karen Millen, and Jan Logan.
2. A Dining Hub
With more restaurants per capita than any other capital city in Australia, Perth is home to award-winning restaurants and top chefs. Personalities such as Jamie Oliver and Matt Stone have opened establishments that place Perth’s food and drink scene on the international radar.
The bar scene is equally as impressive, whether you seek the grand heritage of an iconic colonial hotel, open rooftop hotspot or the European elegance of the small bar scene that’s tucked away in the city’s charming lanes and alleyways, there’s something for everyone.
Minutes from the CBD is Crown Perth, a fully integrated entertainment precinct renowned for its world-class facilities featuring a selection of premium restaurants and alfresco eateries including Rockpool Bar & Grill.
3. Dazzling Entertainment
Perth is alive with a vibrant tapestry of music, theatre, history, art and culture – from museums, art galleries to performing arts and sports stadiums.
Indulge your creative senses by visiting some of the many art galleries Perth has on offer, such as the Art Gallery of Western Australia which places a particular focus on local Australian artists. The mix of public and private galleries showcase a plethora of genres from indigenous paintings and contemporary sculptures to eclectic fashion designs and classic works from history’s greats.
Entertain the theatre arts at several wonderful venues in Perth where you can see the latest productions. Experience the grandeur of His Majesty’s Theatre that has hosted many great artists since its 1904 opening, visit the flagship Black Swan State Theatre Company, or be immersed in the intimacy of The Blue Room Theatre and its independent performances.
For a culture fix outdoors, open-air performances are a regular feature at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Throughout the year, classical music lovers can experience soul-touching live performances by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in one of the finest venues for acoustics in the southern hemisphere – the Perth Concert Hall. International performers are also a regular attraction, gracing the stages of Perth Arena and Perth Convention Centre.
4. The Great Outdoor
Perth is the only Australian capital city where you can choose to picnic in one of the world’s largest inner city parks, taste a world-class wine region, and relax on a white sand beach to watch an ocean sunset, all within a single day in the city.
No less than 19 sensational white sand beaches, some with clear, azure sheltered waters for swimming and snorkelling, some with beach volleyball courts, and many with perfect wave and wind conditions for surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, the beaches and stunning Indian Ocean sunsets are a big part of what makes city living in Perth so good.
For those that prefer to immerse themselves amongst nature’s finest, Kings Park and Botanic Garden is the green heart of the city, spanning over 400 hectares and making it one of the largest innercity parks in the world. Located adjacent to the magical Swan River, it offers extensive city and river views with panorama to the Darling Range. With its remarkable expanses of unique bushland, tranquil parkland and botanic garden, it’s no surprise Kings Park is the most popular visitor destination in Western Australia.
Located on the water’s edge of Swan River and nestled between Kings Park and Stirling Gardens, The Towers at Elizabeth Quay is a new iconic residential project expected to be completed in 2019, and will become Perth’s next entertainment, cultural and luxury retail hub with a slew of international brands, restaurants, galleries planned. Take a look!