How does that Belinda Carlisle song go again? I’m pretty sure it’s “heaven is a little place in Perth”.

Right? Close enough.

Whoever said that you need to get out of Perth for a vacation had obviously not done their research. Sure, sometimes it’s nice to get away but we can’t neglect the fact that a staycation can be just as awesome as booking your next destination holiday.

The best bit about a staycation is that you can do it over a weekend, you don’t need to use up all of your annual leave just to take a well needed break.

For this staycation you will be spending your weekend in Northbridge, a hub for buzzing nightlife, delicious dining and off the cuff adventures.

Friday

Evening

Check in to Alex Hotel

Knock off after your hard work week, pick up your pre-packed weekend bag and check into the wonderful Alex Hotel. Hidden down the very end of James Street, this boutique hotel is smack bang in the centre of Northbridge’s cultural precinct. They also dish out free bikes for you to explore your temporary suburb.

Dine at Los Bravos


From the creators of No Mafia, Los Bravos Spanish restaurant provides the full culinary spectrum, from light tapas to more heartier meals. Listen to the music of old Spain as you indulge in the impressive menu which will make seafood lovers swoon. 

Have a drink and play some video games at Palace Arcade

Retro video games

If you’re a fan of the old arcade machines, or are simply looking to do something a little different this place will blow your mind. The Palace Arcade is Perth’s first arcade bar that contains original vintage arcade machines from the 80s and 90s.


Saturday

Morning

Breakfast at Little bird café

The Little Bird Café may not be new, but it remains a local favourite. Start your morning right with a super healthy and delicious breakfast bowl, and don’t forget a coffee, they’re damn good.

Hit up a yoga class

There is no better way to feel like you’re on holiday than a bit of metal escapism through yoga. There is certainly no shortage of yoga opportunities in Northbridge. Check out EN Yoga, an oasis hidden in an attic of Nortbridge. If your Staycation happens to fall on a Tuesday instead of the weekend head to Rooftop Yoga for downward facing dog with a view. Or in the summertime check out the free yoga in Northbridge piazza.

Afternoon

Get a Tuck Shop Pie

You’ll be starving after your big yoga class. Head down to Tuck Shop and try one of their famous pies, they are beyond amazing.

Play a few rounds of golf at Holey Moly

Holey Moley Mini Golf Bar in Northbridge

Ever wanted to chuckle at Donald Trump’s face slapped on a Donkeys arse while sipping a pint of Perth Local? Well believe it or not, you can do all of this and more at Perth’s newest indoor mini golf venue, Holey Moley

Evening

Head to GoodyTwos for a cheeky Whisky

The brainchild of Perth hospitalities best, GoodyTwos is only about a month old now and it’s got people oh-so excited. Located underneath the rooftop bar Hadiqa in Hiberinan Place it’s a late-night cocktail bar, live music venue, and Japanese whisky bar.

Dine and dance at at Si Paradiso


Photo by @lajosjohnvarga

Taking over what was once Late Night Valentine, dine and dance the night away in this new Aussie-Italia paradise. The menu is full of Italian favourites re-imagined with an Australian twist. Check out the latest music event, movie screenings and live performances on the stage out back.

Check out their menu here!


Sunday

Morning

Grab a coffee from Little Willys

This sweet little nook located on William St has some of the best coffee in town. While you’re at it pick up one of their breakfast burritos, you won’t be disappointed.

Afternoon

Go to the Art Gallery of Western Australia

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Spend your Saturday right by checking out some historic and contemporary art at the local gallery. There are new collections and shows on all the time, with a variety of both home grown and international works to sink your teeth into. 

Henry Summer in the sunshine

Henry Summer in Northbridge

Following your cultured afternoon, head to Henry Summer to have a glass of bubbles in their sunny and stylish courtyard. When the weather is just right, there is no better spot to kick back and enjoy the urban oasis.

Evening

Go watch a flick at Rooftop Movies

Rooftop Movies in Northbridge
Photo by @ranson_media

As you wind down from your spectacular staycation in Northbridge, go check out the latest movie showing on the roof of a Northbridge parking lot. Cuddle up on a bean bag, feeling all the warm fuzzies as you are surrounded by the city lights for one last night. Bliss.

 

About the author: 
Michelle is a Perth based freelance writer who loves to write about all things travel and lifestyle. When she’s not running her freelance business, she spends her time patting dogs, eating burritos and planning the next travel destination. Get to know her more at https://moshthefreelancer.com/