We’re over the mid-winter hump, and in a year like no other spring is looming as a fantastic time to reset, recharge and refresh your mind and body.
And in the interest of keeping things fresh, we’ve teamed up with Crowne Plaza Perth to humbly suggest East Perth as the place to do it.
Below you’ll find 10 pretty damn great (if we do say so ourselves) ideas to help you get in a fresh spring frame of mind, from secret gardens and Girls School Cinemas to farmers markets and wonderful walks.
Discover The CBD’s Own Secret Garden
Everyone loves to rave about Perth’s “secret garden”, but did you know we have one a lot closer to home?
Okay so Queens Gardens may not actually be a secret, but we fully feel it’s an un-discovered gem that deserves more love.
The gardens were officially opened way back in 1899, and it’s beautiful lily-filled lakes, perfectly manicured lawns and lush trees and shrubbery make it the perfect spot for a peaceful pit stop.
Keep an eye out for the Peter Pan statue too – it’s a replica of the same statue in London’s famed Kensington Gardens.
Staycation At Crowne Plaza Perth
If you’re looking for a home base to enjoy all the secrets East Perth has to offer, consider a staycation at the 4.5-star Crowne Plaza Perth.
Overlooking the Swan River it’s the perfect kick-off point to all the great spots mentioned in this article, while also offering some great recharge options in the hotel, including the Sleep Advantage Program with all guests having their very own pillow menu to choose from to help get that perfect night’s rest.
Hit up their infinity pool overlooking Langley Park (complete with cabanas to chill out on), before rewarding yourself with a modern Australian meal at Gusti Restaurant & Bar.
Win The Ultimate Crowne Plaza Staycation
Crowne Plaza have partnered with Australian-owned sleep innovators – A.H. Beard to bring you a prize that is going to help you press the reset button.
- A 2 night stay for you and 3 friends in Crowne Plaza Interconnecting Queen Riverview rooms with balcony overlooking the Swan River
- A bottle of sparkling wine on arrival
- Complimentary bike hire to help you adventure around East Perth
- A Crowne Plaza Deluxe Pillowtop Mattress delivered straight to your door so you can enjoy your holiday glow every day by bringing that hotel feeling home
Head here and follow the basic instructions!
Run (Or Ride) Riverside Drive
Spring is the perfect time to explore the Swan River via the winding pathways along Riverside Drive – not too hot, not too cold, with the perfect amount of sunshine.
Across the road Lake Vasto and Ozone Reserve are perfect cygnet and duckling spotting locations, and down the west end you’ll find tourist attractions like the Bell Tower and Elizabeth Quay at the western end.
If you wanna make the journey a little more interesting, Crowne Plaza offers free bike hire to all of their guests!
Walk The (Historical Architecture) Walk
The east end of the CBD is home to some of Perth’s most stunning heritage buildings, including Government House, State Buildings, Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Perth Town Hall and more.
Along with the more obvious listings, a walk around the east end will also reveal a variety of beautiful private and commercial residences, making this walk a must-do for architecture fans.
All info for the walk is available via the Historic Heart Of Perth App.
Whet Your Whistle At Whipper Snapper Distillery
So your Spring re-set doesn’t have to be all nice and no naughty – why not slink into Whipper Snapper Distillery and treat yourself to some of Perth’s finest whiskeys?
Offering premium, authentic craft whiskeys, they’re Perth’s first urban distillery and put a high focus on using 100% local WA ingredients.
They offer guided tours of the facility, and also operate as a specialty coffee bar during the day if you need a caffeine hit.
Photo by @_perthcreative
Stock Up At The East Perth Farmers Market
Good nutrition is key to a healthy Spring re-set, and Perth City Farm’s Saturday morning Farmer’s Market is the place to be.
Filled with growers and produce firmly focused on organic, biodynamic, ethical and sustainable produce, you’ll feel healthier just being there.
Perth City Farm is a beautiful café and nursery to stop in at any time of the week, but Saturday mornings from 8am till midday will keep your pantry lined with only the best fresh produce you’ll find in the CBD.Photo via Tourism WA
Wind Around The Windan Bridge Loop
Once you’ve conquered Riverside Drive why not head north east to tackle the Causeway, Burswood Park and Matagarup Bridge Walk.
Run alongside the shadows of Optus Stadium where you’ll find the huge Chevron Parklands filled with playgrounds for the kids.
Plus a little further up you can tackle Burswood Park’s Heritage Sculpture Trail, a collection of over a dozen bronze sculptures designed by artists Joan & Charles Smith.Photo via Visit Perth
Take In Some Quality Cinema At The Historic Girls School
Any Spring refresh needs you to massage the mind as much as the body, and the iconic Girls School Cinema is showing every night of the week until the end of October.
From must-see documentaries, Oscar winners, indie movies and arthouse gems to more commercial fare, the Girls School Cinema program has something for everyone.
Photo by Hannah Sorrell
Book In A Cheeky Bop At Brand New Live Music Venue, Barbes
Music is crucial to a settled mind, and fortunately for you a brand-new live music venue has just opened up in East Perth – Barbes.
With a wonderfully diverse program of music – think live jazz, world beats, indie favourites – to go with an uber-cool, laidback bar vibe filled with friendly staff, it’s the perfect place to unwind on the weekend.
Photo by @kenithpngphotography
Enjoy A Healthy Cook-Up In Claisebrook Cove
Along with being just a pretty gorgeous location to soak up some Mediterranean ambience, Claisebrook Cove has you sorted for healthy dining options.
Kinky Lizard Espresso and Toast have you sorted on your morning walk, while it’s hard to go past Blackbird Restaurant, Gioia On The River and Five 6 Eight for some alfresco dining on the water.
Once you’ve feasted, walk it off exploring the excellent Claisebrook Cove Art Walk, featuring 27 incredible works along a 5km loop.
Photo of Gioia On The River
If it’s fantastic views, familiar favourites and warm welcoming service you’re after, why not check out Gusti Restaurant & Bar, located at the front of Crowne Plaza? Ease in and enjoy the comfort and familiarity of classic dishes, prepared by Executive Chef, Vikas Chandra and a well-curated wine list featuring some of WA’s best wines!
Don’t want to wait? Book your East Perth Staycation now!