Like the rest of Western Australia, Perth is nothing short of miraculous.
Bathed in sunshine an average of nine hours a day, 131 days a year, the towering edifices and hotels of Perth CBD stand as glittering testament to the natural wealth of the state. This city of over two million inhabitants, built on the shores of the Indian Ocean, combines a vibrant cultural and dining scene with outdoor living that makes the most of the surrounding natural beauty.
Accommodation in Western Australia’s capital is diverse, but the best hotel in Perth is also one of its newest: the luxuriously appointed, centrally located Peppers King Square.
Many of the natural charms of Australia’s wild west are on Perth’s doorstep, for those eager to explore. Start with the magnificent Kings Park Botanic Gardens, one of the world’s largest urban parklands, only 1.5 kilometres from the city centre and elevated, providing sublime views back over Perth’s skyline and the Swan River. Take a short ferry ride, water taxi, or chopper out to pristine Rottnest Island, a favourite playground of Perth locals, where you can hire pushbikes to reach idyllic white sand beaches and snorkeling spots and meet Australia’s cutest marsupial, the quokka. Or there are also 19 blessedly unspoilt metropolitan beaches, each one a stunning setting for an Indian Ocean sunset.
If culture and history interests you, Perth offers plenty to see and do. In fact, you get two cities in one, with the buzzing, colourful port city of Fremantle (known as ‘Freo’ by the locals) only half an hour away. Freo is inextricably linked to the story of Western Australian settlement; dotted amongst its preserved nineteenth century streetscapes are cafes, restaurants, boutiques, pubs and even microbreweries, which together with the various galleries and museums create a heady cultural atmosphere. Your only hardship will be imagined, if you take one of the daily tours of the World Heritage listed, historic Fremantle Prison. If you are there Friday to Sunday, wander the famous Fremantle Markets and succumb to a few of the many gastronomic or hand crafted temptations of this traders’ mecca.
There are also plenty of pickings for culture vultures within the city of Perth itself. Start in the heart of the city with the Perth Cultural Centre, located in James Street Northbridge. The Centre is a collection of cultural expressions, including the Western Australia Museum, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, the state library and a major theatre venue. If you want to kick on, you are also in the heartland of Perth’s bar and restaurant scene. Take in a live music or comedy show in one of Northbridge’s nightclubs, or if you are feeling peckish a vast array of cuisines are around the corner in William Street. Alternative, upmarket bars and restaurants can be found in Subiaco, or nearby Mt Lawley where you can choose between classic à la carte and gourmet pub meals that make the microbrews taste even better. The laneways of Perth’s CBD also host a small but burgeoning funky bar scene, perfect for a late-night tipple.
Shoppers are well catered for too in all these suburbs, with their eclectic mixes of boutique fashion and curio shops. Serious hunters of antiques should also head to Leederville, while if bling is your thing, the high-end fashion strip in King Street, Perth CBD is the place to explore.
Perth is blessed with a balmy year-round climate, so the many dining and entertainment options set outdoors mushroom in the summer months.
The warmer weather of October and November heralds the Fremantle Festival – Australia’s longest running community festival – featuring over 100 free cabaret, music and street theatre performances. By the time mid to late January rolls around, the locals are geared up for the quirky World Fringe Festival, when international performers in comedy, music, circus, theatre, dance and cabaret descend on Perth and fill the streets for several weeks with pageantry and boisterous entertainment. This cultural phenomenon is followed immediately in February – March by the slightly less anarchic but equally engaging Perth International Arts Festival. Rounding out the city’s calendar of major summer events is the Sculptures by the Sea Festival, held over a couple of weeks every March at iconic Cottesloe Beach and attracting hundreds of thousands of art lovers.
If you want a hotel near Perth CBD, but also offering a serene ambience and luxury rooms and services, Peppers Kings Square is a new Perth hotel that will answer your every need. Peppers properties are famed for their warm, personalised service and high standards of gastronomy and this recently opened hotel with its onsite restaurant is no exception.