I can’t tell you how long the Wallpaper Guide To Perth has sat on my bookshelf, but when I initially picked it up online I had plans. Plans to get out and discover my city.
Yes, I’ve lived in Perth since I was nearly nineteen, but I’m one of those people who finds a suburb and sticks to it. I also sport an impressive secret stash of Urban Walkabout guides. I’ve looked through them, circled things I want to check out and then put them in a drawer, never to be seen again.
Saturday morning saw E and I with no plans – at all. A rare occurrence, and probably the chance we needed for a much-needed sleep in, but a free morning meant the perfect opportunity to make use of all the tidbits I’d collected over the years and go on an Urban Adventure in our beautiful city. Thanks to Kidspot and the Voices of 2014 competition, major sponsor Ford provided me with a sexy, brand new Ford EcoSport Titanium on loan for a few weeks. E and I have been zooming all over the shop in the zippy little beast, and it was the perfect set of wheels for our adventure.
Perth is small. But that certainly isn’t a bad thing, especially when you only have a few hours up your sleeve (we had a date with roller skates later in the afternoon). E is a walking road map, but just incase her sense of direction failed (it was very early!) I mapped our route on my iPhone and connected it via Bluetooth through Ford’s simple SYNC system. Armed with dodgy coffees and some banging tunes and we were off.
urban adventure playlist:
royals (lorde cover) – bonjah
sleepyhead – passion pit
wild things – san cisco
morning after day – timbaland
father said – thelma plum
07:30AM: PUBLIC STREET ART, MURRAY STREET CAR PARK, PERTH
In the last few months Perth CBD has had a much-needed mini facelift. An initiative between private businesses and Form Gallery has seen once bare walls and alleyways infused with colour and design by local and international artists to create a myriad of beauty in a once industrial setting. Murray Street car park is now a haven of vibrant street art, a major contrast to what it once was. A normally busy spot, we were lucky to arrive bright and early to an empty scene, allowing us to really stop and appreciate the art. As you know I’m a colour fanatic and anything bright and shiny will keep me entertained for hours. E and I wandered around the car park, snapping away at its new beauty. Move over Melbourne, Perth’s on your tail.
08:30AM – BEAUFORT STREET, HIGHGATE
You could call Highgate Mount Lawley’s cooler, hipper little sister. With many fantastic food spots including Soloman’s Cafe and Enrique’s School for to Bullfighting, flower shops on every corner and quirky artistic tokens (think bathtubs converted to planter boxes) it’s the perfect place to stroll in the sunshine. Fortunately the EcoSport Titanium is small and compact, perfect for city parking, and the reverse sensors helped me to squish into the tight street parking offered in the hip suburb.
After ogling street art for a good hour, E and I were craving a tasty breakfast and Mary Street Bakery filled the brief. I’ve visited Mary Street in the past for coffee and cake (a peanut butter and jelly donut to be precise… heavenly), but I’d been dying to sit down for a meal. All of their organic bread is made on site and the cafe/bakery was warm, cosy and full of smiles. My feast of boiled eggs and toast “soldiers” took me back to childhood – boiled eggs were rare at our house. Mum’s specialty was fried or scrambled, so it was always very exciting when boiled eggs were delivered to the table at family breakfasts. Mary Street’s boiled eggs were perfectly cooked and the corn relish was the perfect addition. Two cold pressed juices later and a stop past the bakery for some sweet treats and we were refueled and keen for a walk. Any suburb whose bike racks are covered in colourful twine has my tick of approval.
09:30AM – PERTH CULTURAL CENTRE, PERTH
The final stop on our early morning adventure took us to Perth’s cultural hub. Perth Cultural Centre is one of those feel good spots where you’re guaranteed a good coffee and something to gaze at. On this particular morning we were bombarded with shrieking children, the smell of good food and a whole lot of ruckus. Being school holidays the space was sporting a very impressive setup including an ice skating rink! Families milled around drinking warm cocoa whilst their children enjoyed the ice.
I’m one of the most uncoordinated people to walk this planet so ice skating was certainly not on my list of priorities that morning (flashback to age 12 and feeling absolutely terrified on a school camp and being forced to ice skate for two hours – I still shudder at the thought of it), so E and I were quite happy to inhale the carefree vibe and take a lazy stroll through the hubbub. What I adore about this area is the mix of old and new – heritage buildings dating back to the 1890’s juxtaposed with new, edgy structures and abstract art. It’s a bit of a design dream. If you could only visit one spot in the CBD, this would be it. Thanks Perth, it’s been real.
Have you ever just taken time to discover your city?
As a Top 40 Beauty & Lifestyle Finalist for the Kidspot Voices of 2014 competition, major sponsor Ford Australia provided me with a brand new EcoSport Titanium for six weeks to Paint The Town Ford. This is the first of three posts documenting my adventures in this sexy little vehicle. I can’t say I was a huge car enthusiast in the past but this car has changed my opinion – no wonder people are so obsessed with their wheels! Follow my adventures on Facebook and Instagram – #paintthetownford xx E