Perth Walkabout February Monthly Wrap



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The Perth Walkabout Monthly Wrap is published at the end of each month to provide a snapshot of articles that hit the headlines in the last 4 weeks.

Here is Perth Walkabout's Monthly Wrap for the month of February:



Dancing with the Devil in Devilles

Devilles Pad is a venue that eludes description. Its website is tantalisingly vague and hints many wonderful things; cool cocktails, sinful snacks, groovy tunes and wild entertainment. My Perthite guide, who is navigating me down Aberdeen St towards East Perth and towards the bar, describes it as a glamorous retro supper club with a demonic twist.


Don a Posh Hat and Head to the Perth Races

Horse racing, also known as the Sport of Kings, has been around in Australia since the early 1800s.

Today it is still going strong, and for visitors to Perth, a day at the races is a quintessential Australian experience worth considering, even if you are not a gambler at heart.


Finding Peace at Piney Lakes Reserve

Piney Lakes Reserve is a peaceful and beautiful 68-hectare space for conservation and recreation, located in the southern suburb of Winthrop. 50 hectares of native bushland and wetlands occupy the northern and western parts of Piney Lakes.

The southern and eastern ends of the reserve are made up of developed parklands, with the focal point being the sensory playground and adjacent lake off Murdoch Drive. Piney Lakes is ideal as a family friendly picnic and play area, with lots of clean open spaces and paths for walking, jogging and cycling.


PICA - Where Old School Houses New Art

Whether you are a lover of all things historical or prefer the contemporary in life, a place to visit in Perth that will satisfy both fancies is the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA).

Situated in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre in Northbridge, this cutting-edge contemporary arts institute is housed in an iconic heritage building dating back to the late 1800s. That’s a pretty interesting mix.

PICA is in good company and has as its neighbours the State Library of Western Australia, the Western Australia Museum and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. For visitors to Perth wanting to tap into some Australian art and culture, this area of Northbridge is definitely a great place to start.


Cricket Culture in the West

In summer, cricket is a favourite pastime of many people in Australia. Be it cheering on a favourite team or player, competing for a local club, or just playing a casual game in the backyard or on the beach, it has become a part of Australia’s culture and national identity.


Perth Festival – All Good Things Must Come to An End!

Now is a good opportunity to catch an event or two at the Perth International Arts Festival (Perth Festival) before it comes to a close in April.

The Festival is something of an institution in Perth, and is acknowledged for being one of the longest running annual arts festivals in the Southern Hemisphere. I remember attending events in its infancy, and it has continued to grow in popularity over the years.

One of my favourite activities during the summer is to pack a picnic dinner and catch an outdoor movie at the Lotterywest Festival Films, which is a part of the Festival of Perth.


East Meets West with Choices Galore at the Shanghai Tea Garden

The Shanghai Tea Garden in Northbridge offers food lovers in Perth an interesting blend of Asian food - or Shanghainese food to be more specific –traditional Chinese tea, French-style patisseries and Italian coffee.

There is no doubt that Australia has long been recognised as a place where food fusion is part of the everyday vocabulary.  But I am not sure what you call it when each food or drink is offered in its own right, alongside another. Choice is a word that springs to mind.


Heathcote Reserve – Top Spot for a Family Day Out

Point Heathcote Reserve in Applecross is made up of picturesque gardens and heritage buildings, overlooking the Swan River and the Perth cityscape in the distance. Once the site of Heathcote Mental Reception Home, it is now a heritage listed open space for the public to enjoy. Challenger TAFE also has a campus on Heathcote Reserve and manages the Kitchen Building and Swan House.

One of Heathcote’s family friendly highlights is the award winning Children’s Adventure Playground, an impressive piece of play equipment in the form of a replica wooden ship complete with sails. Kids can climb, slide and run all over the decks while parents enjoy the beautiful scenery with a cup of coffee from the adjacent Bluewater Kiosk.

Stay tuned to Perth Walkabout to explore our beautiful city of Perth.

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