Take a moment to consider a city and all the right things about cities. Assuming one leans toward a progressive society, it can be assumed that the city will include multiple waterfronts, parks, free public transport, spotless subways, and organic restaurants with menus showing locally sourced food, cool bars in heritage properties, farmers’ markets, cinemas, and yoga classes everywhere.
Welcome to the city of Perth.
Perth is the capital city of Western Australia and has an estimated population of 1.8 million residents from the 2 million people that live in this state. Taking a brief look at Perth, the New Yorker writing this article was left mesmerised. Could a city really be as breezy, easy, pristine, and green as Perth? He thought Williamsburg was a “hipster heaven”, but it pales in comparison to Perth.
In reality, the development of the city to its current state happened in the last seven years or so. Since the late 1800s, Perth experienced a “boom and bust” economy because of the Western Australia gold rush; however, the past 10 years were mainly boom instead of bust. Focusing on more natural resources such as iron, uranium, zinc, and natural gas, Perth has brought itself to a high level of existence.
At the moment, Perth’s design is growing through an eco-friendly manner moving from former bling to environmentally kind – the anti-Dubai. However, cranes continue to be a part of the Perth skyline as great urban development persists. Western Australia investment programs are pouring millions into big projects and new city infrastructure, such as the futuristic-style arena that can host 15,500 people opened in 2012. Currently, Perth has an airport terminal that costs an estimated $750 million in the works.
Australians once joked that the acronym “WA” stood for “wait awhile” and not Western Australia, taking a poke at Perth’s cool and calm coastal lifestyle. Now, this is all different where Perth is becoming possibly trendier than Sydney or Melbourne.
In January, the New Yorker checked in one of Perth’s latest boutique hotels set in a property dating back to the late 1800s – The Terrace. The Terrace is decked out using oak paneling, has four-poster beds, and the owners have placed Art Deco-style paintings on the walls. The hotel can be found in Perth’s Central Business District, which is hipper than people think. This embodies the constant Perth paradox that hip new openings, often using historic sites, tend to evoke the old in the new. The thing is that in Australia, particularly in Perth, old is younger than elsewhere because the city became a colony in the year 1829. The result of this makes for constant juxtapositions stepping from concrete office complexes to speakeasy 1920s-style restaurants.
The writer ate a satisfying breakfast with organic ingredients at The Terrance – smoked salmon, eggs, portobello mushrooms, and homemade rye bread along with the freshest-tasting coffee. The Australian culture take their coffee drinking seriously, as a slightly doctrinal business complete with a saying: “know they long black from thy flat white”.
Each day of his 13-day vacation was sunlit without any clouds in the sky, almost a synthetic type of sunny day.
He spent the days exploring Perth’s urban areas, some villages being inside Perth and others on the outer regions. North of the central district is Northbridge, and it is lovely to peruse. The area does have a seedy street, but the street is the center of Northbridge’s art including a Banksy-style mural showing a duck with a small girl and a water-and-light installation. The houses at the center of the Western Australia Museum and the Art Gallery of Western Australia are along a library and two theaters.
Driving From Claremont, WA to Western Australia
- Follow Davies Rd and Alfred Rd to W Coast Hwy/State Route 71 in Swanbourne
4 min (2.7 km)
- Head southwest on Shenton Rd toward Davies Rd
- Turn right onto Davies Rd
- Turn left onto Alfred Rd
- Continue on State Route 71. Take Mitchell Fwy/State Route 2 to Neerabup Rd in Clarkson. Take exit Neerabup Rd from Mitchell Fwy/State Route 2
32 min (35.8 km)
- Turn right onto W Coast Hwy/State Route 71
Continue to follow State Route 71
- Turn right onto Reid Hwy/State Route 3
- Slight left onto the State Rte 2/Mitchell Fwy ramp to Joondalup
- Merge onto Mitchell Fwy/State Route 2
- Keep right to stay on Mitchell Fwy/State Route 2
- Take exit Neerabup Rd toward Neerabup Rd
- Take Ocean Keys Blvd to Key Largo Dr
4 min (2.4 km)
- At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on Neerabup Rd
- At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Connolly Dr
- At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Ocean Keys Blvd
Go through 2 roundabouts
- At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Key Largo Dr
Destination will be on the left