Perth, the capital of Western Australia, is also the largest city of this state. While it is modern and vibrant and boasts of a desirable lifestyle, it has a veritable history dating back to 1829 when the Aboriginal Australians started settling here. Perth is set on the Swan River and is Australia’s only capital city on the Indian Ocean.
Perth is the fourth wettest Australian capital city. It receives seasonal rainfall. Summers (December to March) are hot and dry while winters are mild and wet. One can expect short thunderstorms in summer as well. The best time to visit would be end of August to about end of March.
Perth is not only the administrative centre for business and government but also a popular tourist hub. There is a lot to see and experience – sunny beaches, green parks, skyscrapers, museums and plenty of tourist attractions along the city centre, Swan river and coast. The pulsating art and culture scene, architectural marvels, retail experiences and sport facilities make this hidden gem a local must discover!
Let’s Call Alex!
The Alex Hotel gives out a warm, casual and chic vibe, just like its name. It is tucked away in the Northbridge neighbourhood amidst cafés, bars, restaurants, shops and cultural establishments.
The monochromatic face gives way to an elegant interior. The entrance laneway is lined with bicycles for rent. The lobby is warm and welcoming and has an informal look. There is a tinge of industrial influence in the exposed ceilings and use of black and grey tones on walls.
However, the 74 rooms are cosy and warm, replete with an old world charm. Categorised size-wise, they are compact and highly functional. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light to pour in uninhibited.
If the rooms offer a cosy personal retreat, the well designed communal spaces add to the experience as well. The lower lobby level is open to public while the upper level has a club lounge for guests.
Elsewhere in the hotel are reading nooks, an outdoor deck area, a bar, breakfast table and to top it all, a great rooftop terrace offering a stunning panoramic view. The black and white Shadow Wine Bar offers delicious food and its open plan kitchen sets it apart.
The Perth Mint is undoubtedly one of the leading tourist attractions. The nation’s oldest operating mint is housed in one of the country’s most elegant 19th century buildings. This structure is a marvel in itself and is made of limestone.
In addition, the heavily secured vault and the original Melting House (where one can still see a live gold pouring performance) are structures of interest. The 19th century brick walls of the Melting House are literally implanted with gold dust, thanks to decades of continuous refining. A monumental masterpiece indeed!
The Friendly Vibe
Friend’s Restaurant by the Swan river serves extremely sophisticated food in a space that is a nod to old fashioned décor. Beautifully carpeted floors set the base for an elegant display of old-style wooden furniture, wine shelves and floral arrangements.
The charmingly done up area naturally capitalises on the fantastic views of the river. Huge French windows allow a glimpse onto the Swan river banks and the glorious sights on it. The food presentation is fantastic and the taste divine!
Good Old Mill
It is always great to see buildings that take you back in time. The Old Mill is located on Mill Point in South Perth. It was built in 1835. This classic whitewashed structure harbours an industrial colonial touch. It also houses some interesting colonial artefacts.
It has been built with extremely thick stone walls, which impart the structure the strength of a fortress. Renovations included the addition of a veranda and alterations of the roof. It has been restored to its former glory and is one of Perth’s best known historic landmarks, serving as a sightseeing attraction.
The Water Labyrinth by Jeppe Hein is an interactive water sculpture, created exclusively for Forrest Place, a historic pedestrian square, by the internationally renowned artist. This is Hein’s first permanent artwork in Australia.
Fountains are very common sights all over the world, but this labyrinth gives an architectural element to it. It shoots jets of chlorinated water into the air, creating nine rooms that disappear as quickly as they emerge.
Text By Dhanishta Shah