On the river’s edge on the southern side, South Perth has a beautiful, uninterrupted city view from its foreshore, and is the perfect spot to relax, away from the noise of the city.

HIGHLIGHTS

With vast stretches of parkland, running and walking tracks, and exercise equipment, the South Perth Foreshore has some of the best picnic spots in town. Go for a walk along the water’s edge, and have a picnic lunch, or barbecue, any time of the year. It’s the place to be for Australia Day, as the space packs out with crowds to watch fireworks over the city, from the banks of the river.

Just back from the river is Angelo Street, South Perth’s main strip. It’s got some seriously good brunch places. Brave the crowds at Gusto Foods – you won’t be sorry – and grab a stack of their homemade crumpets, or a seriously good toastie. For something quieter, head to the Millpoint Caffe Bookshop on Mill Point Road, for a coffee and a browse in the bookstore. They even run book clubs, so check back in and find yourself a new favourite read.

For something a little different, try Sprolo. Combining a hip café with tasty Singaporean food, you’ll come for the coffee but stay for the traditional Singaporean breakfast. If you’re feeling like a feel-good hit, grab a coffee at Halo Espresso. 100% of their profits go to Initiate Australia, a charity that invests in clean drinking water and education, around the world.

Head back towards town and you’ll find Mill Point Road, the south’s other busy street. Sip a coffee at Atomic Espresso, or grab a pint at the local favourite that’s been running strong since 1898, The Windsor.

If you’re feeling adventurous, spend a day at Perth Zoo, wandering the grounds and seeing both exotic and native wildlife. Not just your average zoo, it’s been running since 1898, and this 41-acre inner-city retreat plays a large role in the conservation of endangered species.

COMMUNITY FACILITIES

The South Perth library, open from Monday to Saturday, features a large book and DVD collection, including a section showcasing the history of Perth. They run a number of book clubs for all ages, and even host reading events (Words with Wine is sure to be a winner); the South Perth Library isn’t just for reading—it’s a community hub.

For a great way to get out and meet people, break a sweat, and enjoy the outdoors, try one of South Perth’s free Heart Foundation Walking groups. Meeting 7:30am every Wednesday at the South Perth Mill, it might be early, but you’ll join a community group that really knows the area. Check the City of South Perth website for more information: southperth.wa.gov.au

You’re covered for medical needs in South Perth, with the Mends Street Family Practice, Southern Clinic Medical Centre, and many more doctors surgeries within close proximity. All of them offer health assessments, immunisations, medicals, and a host of other services, keeping you in top condition.

FREE & FRUGAL

Grab your bike, get your hands on some cricket equipment, find a football, or build a kite, and head on down to one of the many parks running along the foreshore. Relax in the beautiful green grass, kick a football, or go for a ride along the extensive bike paths.

Follow your busy morning up with a cheap breakfast at Atomic Espresso. Grab a ham, cheese, tomato panini for $9.50, and add a coffee, starting at $3.50—a price practically unheard of in Perth.

For a cheap dinner head to Solo Pizza on Tuesday night, for one of their pizza specials. At $15 a pizza, you can’t go wrong.

Perth is known as being a bit pricier for drinks, but there are some gems still serving cheaper pints. The Como Hotel on Canning Highway is one of them, where you can grab a pint for $8.00.