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Doing Perth Differently

Perth 17Ryan and I like to do things a little differently and celebrating our FOUR YEAR anniversary (jeez…) was no exception. 

We packed up our weekend bags, hopped in the car and sped off from the farm in search of the big city lights. Nearly four hours later, we were in Perth.

We had visited Perth once before and instantly fell head-over-heels for the bright blue skies, vibrant cafe culture and relaxed beach lifestyle.

Our first stop of the weekend was our previous favourite spot, the super stylish Fremantle.

With the mercury topping a steamy 38 degrees celsius, we raced for the shade of the famed Fremantle market.

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We whiled away the morning dropping into cute hippy stores, salivating over baked goods and sipping freshly made lemonade to keep cool.

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Resisting the urge to buy everything in sight, we left Fremantle and headed to the classy beach-side neighbourhood of Cottesloe, our base for the next couple of days.

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Only 5 minutes from the city centre, this beach-centric suburb oozes calm and relaxation alongside the convenience of a bustling high street and an array of beach front cafes and bars. Basically a perfect place to base yourself during a weekend in the city.

Instead of checking into a hotel or hunting down a campsite, Ryan and I had taken to Air BnB for our weekend accommodation.

And what a gem we found!

A 10 minute walk from the beach above was this little gem!

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This 1970s retro caravan sits in the back garden of Air BnB hosts Michael and Hanny. It has absolutely everything you would need for a weekend.

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Cute, cosy and completely unique.

We finally managed to tear ourselves away from our backyard retreat to go for a sunset swim at Cottesloe’s beautiful beach.

We bobbed in the calm water and watched the most spectacular sunset melt away in the sky. As the sun was setting, a storm brewed, spitting lightning and booming thunder. It was incredible to watch.

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We spent the next day surfing at Scarborough and exploring the intriguing neighbourhood of Leederville with lunch and cocktails at the Blue Flamingo. We found the bar/restaurant/all-round-awesome chill area hidden down one of Leederville’s laneways. One of many Perth surprises.

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After all the excitement (and cocktails) we headed back to our caravan for a nap. We had to build up our energy reserves for tonight.

Tonight was Tame Impala night.

We jumped in the car and raced to Upper Swan and the most unusual gig venue I’ve ever seen, the Belvoir Amphitheatre.

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This outdoor venue was the perfect setting for one of Australia’s biggest musical exports, Tame Impala.

As the sun set behind the gum trees, we found our own patch of grass, stocked up on beer and watched the show.

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Bravo Tame Impala, it was a cracker!

Utterly exhausted we headed back to the caravan for our last night in Perth.

We had a fantastic weekend and anniversary. Taking a gamble and booking the caravan stay was the best decision we have made in a long time! We will be making a lot more time for Perth in the future so stay tuned!

Have you been to Perth before? Let me know in the comments below or via my social media links!

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