Our suspicions of Perth were confirmed in a surprising setting. It was in the dark basement of Alfred’s Pizzeria, a rock and roll bar. A sign above us read No Stairway to Heaven. While it was meant to be cheeky, the pizzeria boasted excellent pies, exquisite cocktails, and great music. With handmade pizzas being tossed as playlist after playlist enlivened our stay, it became clear to us that we were in the coolest bar in one of the Southern Hemisphere’s coolest cities.
Local businesses and Australians themselves will never admit it, but the capital city of Western Australia, Perth, has a huge appeal. It is further away from most destinations making it somewhat romantic in its remoteness. Perthites have no problem with this and have known for quite a while that their city is a hidden travel gem.
In recent times, Perth has come into its own, and now with Qantas airlines making it the hub of their Dreamliner flights, Perth is about to become a travel hot spot. More visitors will be arriving on this huge nonstop fleet of planes from Europe. If you are one of them, you need to know our nine ways to enjoy the city.
The nightlife scene has exploded. There are many watering holes popping up all the time, and all of them have their draw and their charm. One man who has visited many of them is Canadian Perth Resident Ryan Mossny. He founded a walking tour of the best bars called Two Feet and a Heartbeat.
He tells us that everyone talks about the amazing blue skies, perfect beaches and terrific weather. But, it is the art scene, the culture and the bars and restaurants that make Perth a destination not to be missed.
The city center of Helvetica has over 30 bars. These places carry 400 varieties of whiskey and they all specialize in amazing cocktails made from the brown stuff. Bar Sequel offers up a toast to movie sequels. Fromage Artisans is the place to taste the best cheeses while sampling fine wines in an old bank vault.
Alfred’s Pizzeria manager says of the subterranean rock bar that everybody works well together. Kady goes on to explain that there is a lot of talent in Perth, making it on par with Melbourne. Staff comes back from the east coast to share their knowledge and put good seasonal produce, herbs, and vegetables to use with fine local whiskeys and gins.
Driving From Cockburn Central to Westcoast Blinds
- Get on Kwinana Fwy/State Route 2 from N Lake Rd and Midgegooroo Ave
3 min (2.0 km)
- Head southeast on N Lake Rd toward Poletti Rd
- Use any lane to turn right onto Midgegooroo Ave
- Turn left onto Beeliar Dr/State Route 14
- Turn left onto the State Rte 2/Kwinana Fwy ramp to Perth
- Follow Kwinana Fwy/State Route 2 to Neerabup Rd in Clarkson. Take exit Neerabup Rd from Mitchell Fwy/State Route 2
34 min (52.0 km)
- Merge onto Kwinana Fwy/State Route 2
- Continue onto Kwinana Fwy/National Route 1/State Route 2
- Continue onto State Route 2
- Keep right to continue on Mitchell Fwy/State Route 2
- Continue straight to stay on 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