Any place that has a thriving Pub Culture is the place for me. Perth has a lively pub culture and has the same vibe that I enjoy in Sydney. With the huge mining boom in Western Australia there is definitely money to be made by locals pubs that attract the miners during their days off from the mine.
Each year, for three wonderful weeks in late summer, Perth's arts scene explodes with a dazzling array of theatre, dance, music, comedy, writers, visual arts and more from all over the world. Perth International Arts Festival ( PIAF) is the country's longest running arts festival and every year we are treated to an absolute feast of events - many of which are free, many others taking place under the stars as we enjoy our balmy summer nights - that enchant, delight, stimulate, shock, provoke - all the things that a good arts festival should do.
Standouts for me in recent years have been The Peony Pavilion - a gorgeous full length (18 hours over a whole weekend!) Chinese opera; The Angel Project - evidence of angels in city life; Anthony Gormley's extraordinary sculptures installed on the vast shimmering wasteland of a salt lake on the edge of the desert; Cloudstreet - Tim Winton's wonderful book about love and loss brought alive on stage; magic nights of ballet in an old quarry turned ampitheatre; the wisdom of South African playwright, Athol Fugard, and the colour and vibrancy of the Soweto Dance Theatre - the list goes on ....
Each year is a winner. Just one year's typical offering included Les Vielles des Abysses - fantastical circus from France - and The Dragon's Trilogy - French-Canadian Robert Lepage's masterly telling of the 20th century - both brilliant - and this was just the beginning! A glorious rendering of Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs, extraordinary retellings of ancient tales - Gilgamesh (in Polish!) and The Odyssey were more standouts.
A twelve week film festival and four day writer's festival and load of free street theatre add even more interest to the mix - there really is something for everyone.
Can't wait for this year!
While in Australia, you should definitely try some of our fabulous game meats - crocodile, emu, camel, boar and of course kangaroo. Kangaroo is the easiest to find, especially if you want to cook it yourself (Coles/Woolworths sell a range of sausages, mince and fillets). The others you will find at selected restaurants across Australia.
Go ahead - be game!
The word Barbie is the slandg for the word barbeque. The Australians love their outdoor cooking and that was what we wanted to mimc to become true Australians.
But seriously, it's pretty untidy for us to do a barbie back home in the land of Singapore.
The humid weather just makes those who are doing the cooking totally uncomfortable and sticky.
Anyway, if you do get a chance to have a barbie, do try it out!
Perth is the home of the Red Bull Air Races.
Held every year in November right on the shores of the famous Swan River, this spectacular event is a great day out for all the family.
We went up to Kings Park for a bird eye view. I'm proud to say that I actually captured on video & camera the big bomber that screamed past! This thing was loud!!...Check out my video & the pic inside :o) You could hear it way before you actually saw the thing :o) And it zoomed off up into the sky and dissapeared, only to appear again coming straight down out of nowhere!! It was very exciting indeed :o)
Australia Day is held on January 26th each year. It's a time where Australians come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. It's the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation. It's the day for us to re-commit to making Australia an even better place for the future.
In WA, we celebrate Australia Day with a Fireworks display over the Swan River. It's usually a pretty hot day, so there's always swimming and a few drinks involved. A lot of areas of South Perth and the City are blocked off to traffic, so it's a good thing to keep in mind even if you aren't keen on joining in the celebrations.
If you are visiting Perth in September then perhaps you would like to go to the Perth Royal Show. Check out the link below for the date. The easiest way to access the showgrounds is by train on the Fremantle line. They have special show trains. This year you can purchase your show tickets from any IGA shop.
On Saturdays it seems that all newlyweds in and around Perth have their photos taken with the view of Perth centre in the background. It's fashion show! The preparations for the ultimate photo are fun to watch.
If you happen to be in Perth on 26th January, this is our Australia Day and consequently fireworks. Just make sure you arrive early and get a good spot along the river front. It's a big family get together here in Perth
Lotterywest Australia Day Skyworks
Smoking is generally not allowed in hotels, bars and clubs. If it is there are areas allocated for smoking.
Perth people love to enjoy and maintain the fresh air.
Personally i love going to bars and not coming out with a smoke smell through your clothes and hair! Its great!
Applecross is a suburb of Perth with a distinguishing feature of streets lined with jacaranda trees. The jacaranda Festival is held in Applecross very year in November. A section of the main shopping are is cordoned off to allow for arts and crafts stalls and local entertainment including a pipe band and local schools entertainment.
Ascot Racecourse in Perth joins in the celebrations of the Melbourne Cup. There are all the events of the Melbourne Race day including fashion parades and live entertainment as well as local races. The main event is presented on a super screen. There is no end of marquees for private functions as well as the public area for those who wish to go and enjoy the day. Taxi’s on the day can be horrendous so look at ulterior means of transport.
While there still are traditionalists among us, more and more WA families enjoy seafood as a major part of their Christmas fare on the big day. Crayfish, prawns and crabs all suddenly increase in price. And Christmas is just as likely to be held outdoors as in the home.
Yes there is an underlying rivalry between people from North of the River and the people from South of the River. But I can tell you, the SOR people are much friendlier and laid back! As a generalisation, you stick to your side of the river. Just to settle the score - South was here first.
As a West Aussie, one of our favourite things to do when the warm weather hits, is get together with our family and friends for a barbecue. At home, at the beach, at a national park, wherever – nothing satisfies our appetites like throwing a few snags (sausages) on the bbq, having a beer with mates and playing a few rounds of cricket or chucking the frisbie.
Most modern homes these days in WA are built with an al fresco area to take this into account. Outdoor entertaining is a big way of life in WA.
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