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Sandals: By Malene Birger
I've just about settled back into reality after two and a half weeks in Australia. We headed out to Perth first for a wedding, before flying to Melbourne and Sydney for the rest of our trip and had the best time; the food, the landscape, the coffee, the weather and the relaxed way of life were just infectious, and I can't wait to get back. For now, discover my travel guide to Perth - where to stay, where to eat, and what to do.
Where to Stay
As I mentioned, we went over for a wedding so a group of us stayed together. We opted to rent a house in Scarborough Beach, mainly for the space and the fact that we could just walk down to the beach in minutes. It's the kind of place that's really relaxed, with plenty of great places for coffee, brunch and well-positioned bars for a sundowner (the sunsets are incredible). If I visited again, I'd probably opt to stay in Fremantle, with its streets that are full of colonial-era architecture in bold and pastel shades, a bohemian atmosphere and some incredible spots to eat and drink.
Where to Eat and Drink
I somehow managed to get no snaps of where we ate, probably because the food was so good I forgot to (shock) take a picture first. The food in Australia was so fresh and seasonal, and there wasn't one meal that was disappointing.
The Wild Fig - Located just by Scarborough Beach, The Wild Fig has an inventive menu that covers everything from brunch and lunch, to evening snacks and dinner. The quality of the food was amazing, the vibe was relaxed and the positioning is incredible.
The Sandbar - Just a few doors down from The Wild Fig is The Sandbar, a beachy kind of place that serves your classics - pizza, burgers etc. - and is a great for a post-beach drink.
Lady Latte - We stopped by Lady Latte in Scarborough on our last day for a quick coffee before flying to Melbourne, but left wishing we'd got there sooner. It's quite small and a bit on its own, but the breakfasts looked (and smelled) delicious, and the coffee was perfect.
Bib & Tucker - Located on Leighton Beach in Fremantle, Bib & Tucker does all-day dining in one of the best settings. Outside, tables give you views right across the ocean, while the interiors are contemporary with a slightly industrial feel. The food's great too (we went for a post-wedding breakfast and it proved the best place to ease a hangover), with a menu that's an inventive take on the classics.
Little Creatures Brewery - Also in Fremantle is Little Creatures, a craft beer brewery where you can also have a pizza and a drink in their back garden. I'm not a big beer drinker but it's a nice spot to spend a sunny afternoon, plus they do free beer tasting which is worth a try.
What to Do
Kings Park - A botanic garden in the city, Kings Park is great for having a wander around or taking a picnic to. Plus, it gives you views right across the Swan River and Perth's skyline.
Lancelin - On one of our days, we headed north up to the Pinnacles and stopped off at Lancelin on the way. It's a bit of a sleepy, beachside place but the sand dunes are incredible - huge white mountains of sand that make it look like a desert. If you go, make sure you save a bit of time for sandboarding.
The Pinnacles - A bit of a drive from Perth (about 2.5 hours) but still interesting to visit if you've got the time. It's quite touristy but the natural desert sculptures are unlike anything I've seen before, plus you'll see a different side to Australia on the drive up.
Rottnest Island - Again, a bit of a touristy spot but definitely worth a visit. It's about a 45-minute ferry ride from Perth (go on Tuesdays as the tickets are half price, otherwise it can get quite expensive), with loads of little coves, beaches and quokkas running around. I'd recommend staying overnight if you can, as there are so many places to explore - perfect if you're a beach lover like me.