Perth Walkabout January Monthly Wrap



The Perth Walkabout Monthly Wrap is published at the start 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 January:

Kununurra – The Last Frontier in WA

Closer to Darwin than its own capital Perth 3000km away, Kununurra is often described as the last frontier.

Situated at the heart of the East Kimberley in northern West Australia, Kununurra is a green oasis in the red dirt that in the local Aboriginal language means “the meeting of the big waters.”

My family and I were lucky enough to live there for three months in the mild season before the wet a few years ago. It is hot all year round with two distinct seasons; the wet (November – January) and the dry.  Many roads are closed during the wet season so it is best to travel in the dry and plan ahead.


Denmark – Where Lush Forests Meet Picturesque Beaches

Denmark has become a haven for the artistic and environmentally minded since the 1980s. Located only 38km west of Albany and about 420km south of Perth, it is a charming destination with things on offer for everyone from adventurers to romantics to families. With comfortable temperatures year round, any time is a good time to visit Denmark.

The History of Claisebrook: Silk Worms, Mulberries and An Abbatoir

This is a guest post by Lise Summers. Lise Summers is an urban and environmental historian, who is passionate about picnics.

Walking along the boardwalk at Claisebrook Cove in East Perth today, it may seem unlikely that this area was once the city's main industrial area.  Even more unlikely, that it was the scene of a short lived and rather unusual experiment in agriculture – silkworm farming.

Get Wet in Perth – A Water Sports Paradise

In a city built on the banks of a large river bordered by 90 km of coastline, it would be a sin not to partake in some kind of water sport.

Perth is a water baby’s playground and for most of us, being in or on the water is part of our lives from a very early age. We swim and surf in it, dive under it, sail on it, jetski over it… the choices are only limited by our imaginations.

For visitors to the city, it is a matter of working out what you want to do in the time you have available.

Claremont Quarter – A Village in a Town in a City

he suburb of Claremont is located about 9 km west of the centre of Perth and at its heart lies “the Quarter” – an area where people can shop, eat, work, socialise and live without having to get into a car and go anywhere. It’s like a village within a town within a city!

Its official address is 9 Bayview Terrace but the large block is bordered by the Terrace, St Quentin Avenue, Gugeri Street and Bovell Lane.

Happy Chinese New Year to everyone in Perth!

In Perth, we are lucky enough to be exposed to a range of people from a diverse set of cultures and backgrounds, including those who are of Chinese and Vietnamese ethnicity.

According to the Lunar calendar, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon and is celebrated from the 23rd January for 15 days.

ABC Interview with Ken Lee on Celebrating the Lunar New Year Dragon Style

Marry the Night in Fremantle

When the cafés close and the sun sets, the harbour hub of Fremantle comes alive with a smorgasbord of restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs serving up a feast of fun. Whether you’re seeking a subdued evening or are planning to party, you’ll find it in ‘Freo’.
Enjoy an afternoon brew

Hugging the harbour, microbrewery Little Creatures is the prime spot for a late-afternoon ale. The eatery is set in an industrial tin shed, with great glass panels overlooking the working brewery. This raucous place gets busy, so arrive early to bag a spot at a communal table and settle in to sample the scrumptious pub fare.

Public Outdoor Ping Pong (POPP) in Perth

This is a guest post by John Durey, POPP.

Public Outdoor Ping Pong is POPP. We make outdoor ping pong tables from 700kg of steel and we get local artists to do their artwork.

Each table is a non-porous steel canvas and we encourage the artist to do whatever they feel would be most daring. There are no briefs or limitations. Sean Morris illustrated a beast with a severed head and severed limbs and Jae Criddle trapped a man with wings, or a pheasant on his back - depending on the angle.

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