July 12th, 2021
There’s been a lot of chit chat lately about what makes Perth…Perth, and while we’re not on any special board made up of architects, business owners, property developers or commercial radio personalities, we definitely live and breathe this city more than most. With that in mind, we decided to make a big old list of things to do around town we reckon you’ve got to tick off before you kick the proverbial bucket. Some of them obvious, some of them a bit cheeky, and some of them we don’t even know where they came from, but all in a bit of fun.
Go for a late night feed in Chinatown
Is there a longer running, deeper rivalry than the one between Billy Lees and Uncle Billy’s diners? We’ll try to avoid any contentious statements, but one thing we know for sure: a late night feed in Chinatown is an iconic Perth tradition. Open til the wee hours of the morning, what was once a necessity (just about nothing else is open, after all) has become a destination in and of itself. Make sure to sit in the laneway to take in the maximum ambience.
Pack a picnic and head to Hyde Park
There’s nothing that makes us feel like a real, proper city like an inner-city park – and Hyde Park will do the trick quite nicely. We’ve spent many long afternoons lounging under the shade of the plane trees, whether it’s been nursing a hangover or at a family-friendly barbecue (por que no los dos?). Accompanied by a coffee and loaded toast from Chu Bakery, making friends with passing pooches – there are worse ways to spend an afternoon, that’s for sure.
Survive a Perth storm
Nothing – and we mean nothing – gets Perth folks more riled up than a winter storm. More often-than-not our storms would barely nudge the dial on a teacup, but every now and then one comes through that really ruffles a few deckchairs in the backyard (last week’s flash floods being a good example). And you can’t mention Perth storms without recalling the great 2010 hail storm, your tone entirely dependent on whether or not your car was parked undercover or not.
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