Lathlain is an inner-city suburb with a thriving local café, sporting and community culture. Enjoy the finest of West Australian coffee, food and hospitality on the doorstep of the state-of-the-art Mineral Resources Park, home to the West Coast Eagles AFL club with spectacular views of the training grounds and views across to the Perth city skyline.
The village-like streets of Mount Hawthorn sit north west of the city. This chic community is lined with town houses and heritage buildings and is home to a whole range of boutique stores, multicultural eateries, small wine bars and cafes, particularly along Scarborough Beach Road. If you’re interested in World War 1 history, a visit to ANZAC Cottage and Axford Park Memorial is a must. Families will love the enclosed Braithwaite Park, boasting a nature playground, flying fox, barbeque, drink fountains and ample parking.
Home to Perth’s iconic Blue Boat Shed, Matilda Bay and UWA, Crawley and Nedlands is an area of natural beauty, arts and cultural events. Along the Riverside and JH Abrahams Reserve there are grassed areas and open spaces for picnics, great walking and cycle tracks, dining options, recreational activities and spots where you can swim in the river. The UWA Cultural Precinct supports music, theatre, arts and cultural events throughout the year and The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery presents a diverse exhibition program.
East Perth, accessible from the CBD on the free CAT bus, is an idyllic riverside suburb with beautiful waterfront developments, dining and shopping. This area is filled with many tranquil parks and gardens, including Queens Gardens, Ozone Reserve, Victoria Gardens and Mardalup Park, and is where you can access (by car) Heirisson Island – an important part of the City’s Nyoongar heritage and a beautiful oasis of calm in Perth, full of kangaroos. Sports enthusiasts will want to check out what’s on at Gloucester Park (harness racing) and the WACA (cricket). Enjoy the delights of Claisebrook, boasting popular eateries, parks and gardens by the canals where you can take a segway tour, hire a bike or kayak or stay overnight.
Bently is an education hub, home to Curtin University, where you will find a range of culture, arts and recreational activities. Head to John Curtin Gallery or check out the public art and street art pieces throughout the Curtin University campus. Walk through the Jidarup Bushland, well-known for its wildflowers and birds and take a rest at one of the many places to eat and drink.
Only 5 minutes north west of the city, Leederville feature a wide range of eating and drinking establishments, centred around Oxford Street, that ooze a hip, bohemian vibe, as well as fantastic shopping in one vibrant central area. Find your way there using the free Green CAT bus, buses, train or one of the many bicycle paths that run through it. If you feel like seeing an arthouse film, watching some WAFL or just browsing quirky independent shops, then Leederville is the place you want to be.
Northbridge is the cultural epicentre of the city. Renowned for its vibrant nightlife, there are dozens of bars, cafes, restaurants, Asian cuisine and culture in Chinatown and nightclubs along to satisfy visitors looking to eat out, watch live music or dance well into the night. Enjoy popular films on the giant screen year-round at Northbridge Piazza and in summer at Rooftop Movies. Northbridge is adjacent to the Perth Cultural Centre, home to the State Library of WA, WA Museum Boola Bardip, Art Gallery of WA, The Blue Room Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA and PICA.