Travelling up to Perth from the South West always feels like an escape. I probably shouldn’t say this because you’ll think that I never get out, but it’s always a little bit exciting, and somehow filled with possibility, as if anything could happen and new places may be discovered.
What is true though is that I’m escaping the daily domestic drudge and the routine of workdays. Yay, no more housework – instead I’m off to a comfortable hotel with no beds to make, no meals to cook and lots of exciting things to do in Perth/
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I can’t wait for the evenings when He Himself and I put on our comfy shoes and walk, with rarely a table booking, taking the city by chance and waiting for serendipity to strike.
It always does.
So many fun things to do in Perth at Night
Not all of them will cost you $$ – some of them are free 🙂
Expect the MOST AMAZING sunsets if you walk along Riverside Drive at dusk.
Enjoy a cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc and a Speckled Hen beer on the waterfront at The Lucky Shag (named after a bird – a cormorant – Pul-ease!)
“One story has it that when the name for the bar was being decided a shag swooped down into the water and emerged with two fish, someone immediately said “Gee, thats a lucky shag” and the name was born. Of course there are other stories as to how the bar got it’s name but we’ll leave you to figure that out !!”
Walk from the river up the hill, along Barrack Street and into Northbridge. Perhaps you’ll enjoy Jamie’s (Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant ) on William Street, or maybe you’ll head to Yagan Square for the night lights, and an array of eateries.
Northbridge has so many diverse places to eat, that you’ll be spoilt for choice.
And then a short walk through bustling Northbridge where the clubs will be starting to light up …
“a guitarist strummed popular tunes from the balcony of the Brass Monkey (Once the Great Western Hotel) and along the streets people of all ages and all nationalities looked for places to eat, drink and be merry.”
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And how about The Ellington night club, for some jazz. I love the Ellington. It’s all New York style on Gloucester Street, with a dim black interior, and dark corners.
The little window, behind which the receptionist sits, as you enter a small foyer cubicle with two heavy doors makes you think you’re arriving somewhere dark and private – where my writer’s imagination believes just for a moment that I could belong to the Maffia or something of equal disrepute as I’m ushered through the second door into a cosy, intimate venue where music is live and conversation is hushed. It’s a great way to end the evening.
After a bottle of wine, a couple of Tapas, and enough jazz to fill your brain until the next time, it’s time to go. Walk past the council buildings at night – they’re amazing and change colour! Spot a kangaroo or two, too!
And head to a wonderful hotel for the night … Tip: Prices are generally cheaper during weekdays.
When we visit Perth we stay at either …
Budget: Quality Hotel Ambassador Perth
Mid Range: Four Points by Sheraton
Check out Booking.com for the best prices on available hotels in Perth.
Then it’s generally Shanks Pony (walking) for us. All the way back to our hotel through Perth’s city streets enjoying a walm balmy night, watching the lights.
More things to do in Perth at night
- Walk up to King’s Park and watch the sun set over the city as the city skyscrapers light up.
- Walk or cycle along Riverside Drive as the sun sets over the Swan River
- Have a meal in the revolving restaurant “C” on Level 33 of St Martin’s Tower. The nighttime views are spectacular.
- Take the ferry to South Perth and look back across the river at the city lights – spectacular view.
- Take a ferry to Claisebrook Cove and enjoy a meal overlooking the canal.
- Book a sunset cruise on the Swan River
- Enjoy Elizabeth Quay, walk across the pedestrian bridge, eat seafood, have a sundowner overlooking the water.
I’m already looking forward to the prospect of my next visit to not so sleepy Perth.
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How about you? Where do you like to go or what do you like to do for a night out?