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Perth’s Top Five Hidden Gems, As Recommended By Locals

Food, Nightlife, off the beaten path, Things to Do — By Amanda Kendle on August 5, 2010 at 11:54 am

Visitors to Perth often ask me where they can go which isn’t “too touristy”, and in the past I’ve pointed them to my guide to a Weekend Off the Beaten Path in Perth. But instead of always sending tourists to my personal favourite places, I decided to survey a bunch of my Perth friends to find out what their “hidden gems” were. I’ve compiled many of their most common suggestions into a Top 10 Hidden Gems of Perth guide, and in the process discovered a few places that I’ve never tried or had forgotten about. Highlights include these top five hidden gems of Perth:

  1. Mundaring Weir is a great place for a walk where you can admire some impressive engineering, learn about some of Perth’s history and see how much water our often-dry city has on offer. It’s also a great place to check out parts of the Bibbulmun Track which might be known amongst hiking enthusiasts but can also be great for a short bush stroll.
  2. While you’re in the area, grab a drink or a meal at the Mundaring Weir Hotel. Not only is it an interesting place with decent meals but if you time it right you might be able to spend the evening there at a concert – anything from jazz to rock and often really well-known Australian performers.
  3. The Eastern Hotel Midland is home to a real hidden gem of a restaurant – and according to my tipsters it’s a real hit with tourists – because the “Coolgardie Safe” restaurant there serves up special “bush tucker” – that means authentic Aussie bush food. I haven’t been there yet – actually I hadn’t heard of it before – but it is on my list of must visits now.
  4. The Ezra Pound Bar is another place I haven’t tried but turned up on the list from my Perth friends. The reason it attracts me is the cocktails are supposed to be great, and I’m a bit of a cocktail lover – although apparently they’re not exactly on the cheap side.
  5. And finally, somewhere I have been as it’s just round the corner from me, but I hadn’t yet thought to recommend it to visitors: the Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park which is, in fact, a cemetery – but don’t go there for the gravestones, go for the kangaroos! They come out in large groups at dusk and it’s a great spot to watch them going about the business of eating dinner in their own hoppin’ style.

Get info on more of Perth’s not-so-touristy spots in my Top 10 guide and if you have discovered some of your own out-of-the-way highlights of Perth, let me know in the comments.

Tags: Australian kangaroos, Bibbulmun Track, Coolgardie Safe, hidden gems, Mundaring Weir, Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park

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