Best way to spend a day in Perth

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Black Swans on Swan River Perth
  • Kerry Faulkner
  • March 2018

Sunrise

West Australians are crazy about cycling, so have a two-wheeler delivered to your city hotel and join the swoosh of morning pedallers looping the Swan River bridge-to-bridge. About Bike Hire opens in new window offers mountain bikes, tandems, road bikes, touring bikes and more. Cycle through Elizabeth Quay, touted as Perth’s crowning jewel, with its lovely twisted bridge. Then line up a gondola ride or a Segway tour for some adventurous sightseeing.

View along the Elizabeth Quay pedestrian bridge - things to do in Perth
Walk along Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Western Australia

Breakfast

Cruise from the Quay up the Swan to Claisebrook Cove in East Perth aboard one of the Little Ferry Company’s opens in new window quaint timber-decked vessels. The huge round building you’ll pass on the peninsula is the 60,000-seat Perth Stadium, due to open in time for the 2018 AFL season. Toast opens in new window, a relaxed café overlooking the inlet, is the place to eat when you land. Soak up the sunshine and enjoy bacon and maple syrup corn fritters or dukkah-spiced scrambled eggs.
Luxury houses beside the Claisebrook Cove redevelopment in affluent East Perth. Perth, Western Australia.
Claisebrook waterfront, Perth, Western Australia

Late morning

While in East Perth, wander to uber-cool homewares shop Arrival Hall opens in new window on Saunders Street and nearby Whipper Snapper Distillery opens in new window in Kensington Street. Fans of bling should head to the Perth Mint on Hay Street to ogle (or buy) gold and precious gems. Catch the free CAT bus back to Perth proper; jump off at Cathedral Avenue and admire the State Treasury building opens in new window, elegantly restored as The Treasury, Perth’s first six-star hotel. Developer Adrian Fini’s work on the Cathedral Square precinct helped earn him the 2016 West Australian of the Year award.

Lunch

Feel like some Thai street food? Long Chim Tuck Shop opens in new window in The Treasury basement offers curries, salads and spicy stir-fries that are quick and affordable. To enjoy a casual lunch like a local at one of Perth's best places to eat, you simply order at the window and take a stool in the courtyard. For more leisurely dining, take a seat inside the rustic-contemporary restaurant.

Afternoon

There is still nothing to compare to William Street’s Northbridge end opens in new window for creative, quirky retail. Turnstyle Collectables is roof-high with desirables, from vintage suitcases to antique vases. Ricochet across the road to Northside Books with its artsy skew, and on further to Eillo, an ambient homewares shop with a tiny, tasty menu.

Dinner

Everybody’s raving about the cool factor at Lucky Chan’s Laundry and Noodle Bar in William Street, but Northbridge can get rowdy at night. So why not head back to the city for dinner, past the funky One Forty Perth, a kaleidoscope of food, art and shopping, and stop for a cider at The Aviary rooftop bar? Later, continue south to The Heritage Brasserie opens in new window. Part of the city’s first big historical precinct revamp, the venue stands out for its grand European-style cafe décor. Slip downstairs post-dinner to 1920s-inspired Bobeche bar, which conjures a prohibition mood when good times were forced underground.