Having visited Perth more than a decade ago, visiting my dad’s old friend was a perfect excuse for us to stop for a few days in the city, on our way back to Singapore from Tassy. I didn’t step into Perth with too much expectations to be honest, as I have been told it is very similar to Singapore, even in terms of the weather. Oh boy!
But, I have to say, I was blown away by the cafe scene in Perth. I still recall the numerous good eats over the 4 nights I spent in Perth. We put up at an airbnb in Bull Creek (SGD 170/night), not too far away from the city centre. Renting a car in Australia is always the best way to move around. Since there were 4 of us, we rented a Camry for AUD 200 for the time we were there. It allowed us to venture all the way down south to Sugarloaf Rock, 300km away!
We arrived late in the night at around 10pm in Perth via our Virgin Australia flight from Melbourne. On a sale, the fare costed each of us AUD 200.
Day 1 brunch at Duotone
Despite having not a very extensive menu, Duotone offered a couple of interesting fit bowls like spiced vege bowl and poke doke which piqued our interest to pop in for a meal. Definitely didn’t disappoint!
Day 3 brunch at Port City Roasters
This cafe is one of the more popular ones in town so be prepared for some bustling action when you enter. More often than not, you got to end up waiting for a table. Ours was a slightly longer wait since it was a Sunday. Their breakfast spread is one with the usual suspects like eggs benedict and french toast but with a twist. Port City Roasters, as the name suggests, is home their very own in house roasted coffee. For coffee lovers, you’d enjoy Port City Roasters a little more for this reason.
We had another quick brunch on the morning of flight back to Singapore at Sayers Sisters. The waterfront at Freemantle is another spot lined with many eateries. We made a quick pitstop at Kailis’ Fish Market Cafe to have some good ol’ fish and chips before concluding our Australia adventure in Perth.
Crawley Edge Boatshed aka Blue Boat House
Apart from the usual spots in Perth city to visit, 2 spots worth driving out to would be The Pinnacles and Sugarloaf Rock. The former is north of the city centre and the latter is South of it as mentioned earlier. However, we managed to squeeze in time to do both in our 3.5 days in Perth.
Threatening skies during our visit there
The Pinnacles are limestone formations within Nambung National Park and is the most popular day trips offered by tour companies when you are in Perth. It’s quite amazing to see the beauty of nature and to marvel at how these formations have evolved over decades due to the forces of natural elements. It is quite easy to drive through the desert admiring the formations as there is a path you can follow. As long as you stick to that, you and your car will be okay.
Our drive took us slightly over 2 hours for the 190km. But instead of heading to the Pinnacles directly we drove past it, to Cervantes town, for a finger licking awesome lunch at Lobster Shack.
Half grilled lobster with either chips and coleslaw or fried rice
Our meal for 4 costed us AUD 163 but the lobsters were so good, we couldn’t resist.
Another slightly longer road trip out of Perth City would be driving to Sugarloaf Rock through Busselton town. I had heard such good reviews from my friends who visited just couple of months back, that I had to force the family to join me in checking it out. But, a pity, the weather that day was not good at all. It was pouring cats and dogs when we pulled into Busselton. We stopped to have a bite at The Goose Beach Bar hoping the skies would clear but we were not in luck. Was a terrible weather to be at Sugarloaf Rock as the winds were beyond crazy.
My could have been view of Sugarloaf Rock (Pic credit, Anitha)
Perth was definitely a relaxing leg of the trip, after a week in Tasmania and a couple of days in Melbourne. It definitely was very different from my younger memories of Perth that consisted largely of homestays and kangaroos. Like I have always said, you can never leave a city feeling the same, even if you have step foot in it before.
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