I visited Perth in December (‘I can’t even’ with the Australian Summer) for a week to spend sometime with my boyfriend. We did lots of exploring together and I thought I’d share some of my favorite spots in Perth and Western Australia.
A day after I arrived, Danny had planned to drive down take a 3-4 hour drive up to Margaret River. The sun was shining so we decided to go for a dip in this gorgeous beach in Contos. (P.S: Bring flip-flops, sunscreen, H20 and a visor for sure. The beach was lovely, but there was definitely a 15-20 hike up and down to get to the water.) This picture was taken in Mammoth Cave, in Margaret River. Very scenic.
We stopped at a local winery (Mad Fish) to grab some Spanish Paella and Pizza. It was a gorgeous summer day.
Back in Perth city, we also took long scenic drives along the river – this was taken at a lookout point above the city.
Oh! Check this desert shop out! Its called Whisk Creamery in Northbridge (I think). Northbridge is a very eclectic neighborhood – very lively with lots to see and do. We even stopped by a cat cafe (Purrth Cafe) to spend some time with the friendly felines. (Very hipster of us)
Ahh! Every trip to Perth wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Fremantle. We couldn’t miss out Fremantle Markets on Sunday! I love coming here to taste, touch and smell the authentic food made by local vendors. (I’m a foodie, can you tell?) Fremantle is always an adventure. PS: I had this intoxicating Australian organic juice with Kale, Native Strawberries, Watermelon, Pineapple and tea, it was so good and super thirst quenching! Also had a healthy Hawaiian Poke bowl and it was yum.
This has got to be one of my favorite spots! Honestly, I had to drag my boyfriend here – he said its a “tourist” spot. (Whatever, its pretty here!) The blue boat house sits pretty randomly on the water, in the middle of no where. Parking can be a problem but if you’re lucky, you’ll get the place all to yourself! Perfect touristy photo op.
The streets were also vibrantly colored with purple Jacaranda trees! STUNNING!
Perth is also known for their picturesque sunsets. Most evenings, we hung out by the foreshore, chilled and just took the city in. The smell of food trucks, the crisp breeze, the calm waters – it was all perfect.
Hehe.. It sure does get windy in the evening! Love it.
We also took a drive down to Lancelin to see the Pinnacles and stopped at this turquoise beach on the way. The beach was empty! Didn’t bring my swimsuit though. *sadface* We stopped for some fresh Fish & Chips though!
The Pinnacles is a must see. Its in the desert – so it does warm up quite a bit in Summer. (Stay protected and wear lots of Sunscreen!) But great spot for photos.
Of course we took time off and visited Cottesloe Beach and Scarborough Beach. Gorgeous clear waters. Perfect for laying out in the sun and reading or a laid-back picnic.
Oh! We also found the elusive “secret garden” – it was this lovely hidden gem in the swamps. Yes, the insect ridden swamps. (Bring waterproof rubber boots! And wear insect repellent) This place would be really pretty in Spring.
Overall, it was a relaxing vacation I thoroughly enjoyed. Perth is small compared to Los Angeles, but its easy-going pace is definitely what I needed after returning home from the City of Angels. It was a short and sweet trip but I’m sure I’ll be back soon! ♥