It’s one of the most isolated cities in the world, surrounded by great oceans and dry deserts. And with isolation comes hefty price tags. But despite rising costs, Perth was recently rated one of the most liveable cities in the world (beating Sydney to the top ten). The WA capital has it all; situated on the scenic Swan River, the suburbs host some of the most spectacular beaches in the world. From cocktail bars to art lined streets and plenty of live music venues, Perth culture is definitively Australian, laid back and carefree. So if you’re planning to take the trip across the country to soak up some rays, or maybe you’re a West Coaster through and through, here is the ultimate guide to all things culture. Even better, nothing on this list requires you to break the bank.
Local, Live Music
The Australian music scene is all about independent artists and live performances, and boy does Perth provide the goods. Head to The Odd Fellow, the original live music venue collides with a seriously good bar and delectable deli counter. Entry is often free, some nights a measly five bucks. They host a heap single launches, so be sure to grab yourself a schooner (or even a fancy cocktail), sit back and let the good times roll.
Water Activities Galore
When you think the of the west coast, you visualise sun kissed beauties and blonde haired babes frolicking on the best beaches and hitting up the killer surf spots, right? Well, if you’re all about your life, immerse yourself in water activities galore. Snorkelling the beaches of the west coast are sure to be rewarding. Enter crystal blue waters and be prepared to emerge yourself in a colourful underwater life.
It doesn’t get lusher than toasted cheese sandwiches. Start or finish your day right at Toastface Grillah, perfect for a Saturday morning hangover or a cheeky arvo snack. These guys prep up some of the most pimped our cheese sangas around, with a classic Cheddar and Vegemite melt for five dollars (what a steal).
A Night Of Laughs
If it’s endless laughs you’re after, be sure to head to Lazy Susan’s, tucked above The Brisbane Hotel. They host it all, from stand up to improv, with comedians performing from both the local scene and national stage. Head there on Tuesday’s for five-dollar entry and prepare yourself for a night of experimentation. Don’t forget to pick up a couple of craft brews to accompany you for the evening.
Step Back In Time
Picture this: a 1950s style dinner, red leather booths, neon-lit signage, alcoholic milkshakes, live music and vintage lounge areas. If it’s a wild night out you’re after, Jack Rabbit Slim’s definitely provides, open till 5am, no lockouts in sight. They host some of the best Aussie artists around such as the Delta Riggs and The Kite String Tangle, with tickets rarely more than 25 bucks. Tackle the night with a rum ‘n’ chocolate shake, a bowl of chilli fries and then head to the dance floor for plenty of groovy tunes and cheap beers from the bar.
If you’re a lover of all things vintage, all things fashion, then head to Wembley and be prepared to find yourself in pop-culture kitsch heaven. You’re standard second hand store will provide you all things clothing, from jeans to shirts, but Bluebird Vintage goes above an beyond. Accessories, Polaroid cameras, retro home wares and much, much more. Be prepared to leave with things you didn’t even know you need for a very affordable price.
Seaside Markets By Sunset
As we prepare to head into the summer months, afternoons must be spent by the beach, there’s no other way in Australia. Fremantle is famous for its waterfront views, so experience them in full glory at the South Beach Sunset Market. Plenty of delicious food will be on offer, plus a heap of local entertainment. It’s a Perth experience that cannot be missed.
Street Art Galore
Perth has quickly become a world class destination for some amazing street art (giving Barcelona a run for its money some may say). With a mix of local underground culture and international works, head through the streets of Northbridge to view colourful murals and hidden pieces of art. Even better, you can for about $30, jump on a Oh Hey WA walking tour, explore the streets and hear about the stories behind the art.
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