A postcard from Perth in Australia

Bathurst Lighthouse on Rottnest Island in Western Australia

Perth, in Western Australia, is on a drive to get more people to taste its food. If you’re thinking of taking the family down under, spare a thought for Perth, with its abundance of stunning beaches, parklands and marine wildlife – not to mention those culinary delights.

Top ten family attractions in Perth

According to WesternAustralia.com, the top ten family attractions in Perth are these:

  1. Kings Park & Botanic Garden
  2. Perth Zoo
  3. Scitech Discovery Centre
  4. Museum of Western Australia
  5. Perth Mint
  6. The Bell Tower
  7. Caversham Wildlife Park
  8. Adventure World
  9. Fremantle Prison
  10. Rockingham Wild Encounters

Perth on the map showing Rottnest island

A food tour of Perth by Rich Keam

Rich Keam has tasted his way around the best spots of Perth, from cafes to food trucks, with the help of food curator Laura Moseley.

In recent years Perth has seen fresh sparks enter its streets. Historic buildings, disused spaces, hidden corners and laneways are being reactivated by passionate and creative entrepreneurs. Small bars, cosy restaurants, late night dining, pop up shops, street food and farmers markets are at the very heart of this change. There has never been a better time to taste what the city has on offer. Better still, many of these new haunts are showcasing Western Australia’s fresh, local and seasonal produce.

Established festivals like Perth International Arts Festival (7 Feb-1 March 2014) have held strong, but many new ones have popped up including Fringe World Festival (25 Jan – 24 Feb 2014) and a multitude of hyper-local street festivals.

Uncle Joe’s Mess Hall

A repurposed space, fitted out with reused and recycled materials is one of the best places to get a coffee in the city. It also happens to be a barber shop as well.  A trim and a coffee – what more do you need?

Toastface Grillah

On a laneway between Wellington Street and Barrack Street they are serving up grilled cheese that will change the way you look at the humble toastie.

Grilled sandwich from Toastface Grillah in Perth

Delish Ice

Katie Earl is the owner of Delish Ice. She’s progressed from selling homemade ice lollies sold from a vintage caravan to a Pop-Up shop on William Street. From children to their grandparents, this summer she’s had people lining up to get a taste of her ice pops.

Kakulus Bros.

Back in 1929, they started off importing olives from Alexandria and now sell all manner of spices, coffees, teas and cheeses. The shelves contain a mix of local and international ingredients, with an emphasis on the family’s Greek heritage.

Mechanics Institute

Enjoy cocktails on the rooftop terrace overlooking the city. Famed for its mixology, hip bartenders and daily changing drinks menu, the Mechanics Institute is a key a player in the small bar scene. Order a burger from the downstairs Flipside and your night is complete.

Bivouac Canteen & Bar

Much of the produce on the menu comes from the family farm. Make sure you try the gnocchi and the Gingin goat chops.

Urban Orchard

Urban Orchard in PerthThis community orchard is on top of a car park right in the middle of the city. Locals and visitors are encouraged to pick the herbs and vegetables as well as grabbing a beer and watching the sun go down.

From Portsmouth to paradise for Rich

Rich Keam is originally from Portsmouth in Hampshire. He was the winner among thousands of entrants to Tourism Australia’s Best Jobs in the World campaign.

He arrived in Perth in August 2013 to take up his prize job as Taste Master of Western Australia. Eating and drinking his way around the state… Hard job, right? You can follow Rich’s adventures on www.tastewesternaustralia.com as well as on Twitter or Instagram

Laura Moseley is a food curator for various street fairs, including Perth’s biggest … The Beaufort Street Festival. Laura is well known as the go to girl in Perth for all things food. You can follow Laura on Twitter and Instagram.

Chasing Rock Lobster in Western Australia

One of Rick’s favourite missions was to Rottnest Island, to catch, cook and eat Western Australian Rock Lobster.

Rick’s guide was Welshman-turned-Perth local Kiren Mainwaring who is the chef and owner of two of the city’s hot restaurants (Co-op dining and Dear Friends). Kiren features in the video below, showing how to cook his catch.

Kiren has a passion for the local seafood that can be found in the waters of Rottnest Island, a 30 minute boat ride from Perth in the Indian Ocean.

The ‘White Crayfish Run’ is when the lobsters (or crayfish as they’re known to the locals) molt their shells and become a much lighter colour, almost a pale pink. They’re preparing to camouflage themselves as they march out across the sand to deeper ocean waters.

Getting to Perth

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