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One of the best parts about having visitors is
that it forces you to become a tourist in your own
city. And I love showing off Perth – mornings at the
beach, long lazy lunches, and small-bar-hopping
nights out on the town.
And road trips. Lots and lots of road trips. We
learned to make mozzarella in the Swan Valley,
tasted merlot sorbet and hiked alongside waterfalls
in the Perth Hills, went rope-swing jumping in the
Murray River in Dwellingup, and picked oranges in
the Chittering Valley.
Don’t worry – I haven’t kept all that intel to
myself! Our main feature, On the Road (p32), is
packed with itineraries and tips for the best day
trips and weekends away on Perth’s doorstep.
Speaking of going the extra mile for a story,
Perth Guide deputy editor Anna Christensen
demolished a whopping 16 hamburgers in the noble
search for Perth’s best burger (p38). She soldiered
through to bring you a priceless guide to reaching
Autumn in Perth is basically summer with fewer
sunburns, so we’ve rounded up a zillion ideas for
making the most of the cooler temps. You can take
a rickshaw progressive dinner in Leedy (p28), strap
yourself into a giant inflatable sphere to play bubble
soccer (p30), sample the latest food trucks (p18), sip
BYO GnTs over a game of croquet in Vic Park (p14),
or go for one last hurrah at The Bakery and Devilles
Pad before they close (p42).
This edition we chatted with some pretty
fascinating Perth peeps. Ta-Ku dishes on his break-
up soundtrack, his Northbridge barber shop, and
the beard he’d never dare trim – Chet’s (p24);
Andrew Bennett from Lucky Chan’s Laundry +
Noodlebar reveals the $30k secret to creating the
perfect ramen (p23); and fashion blogger Naomi
Miles shares her fave shops for keeping up her
signature boho look (p16).
We also took to the streets to ask locals for ideas
on how Perth could improve. Traffic, trading hours
and coffee prices were the biggest pet hates (p12).
And we explore the debate raging in Perth’s gay
male community about whether or not monogamy
is dead (p26). The jury’s still out on that one! Happy
God, this summer was amazing. I did nothing
but binge on sunshine and arts festivals. That,
and host a steady stream of family and friends
visiting from Seattle, Florence, Beijing and New
York. Who wouldn’t prefer Perth’s sunny shores
over the chilly northern hemisphere?
The second annual festival
at the Perth Cultural
Centre celebrates Perth’s
burgeoning street food
scene, inviting 30 of the
city’s best food trucks to
round up the wagons and
feed the masses. Trust me,
you’ll want to arrive hungry
to this one. Page 18
The New York Times calls it
the “defining musical of the
decade”, and I call it the last
musical on my “see before
I die” list. Wicked tells the
pre-Dorothy story of the
witches of Oz, to a pretty
epic soundtrack including
hits like Defying Gravity.
You’ll find me in the front
row. Page 48
Form’s 10-day arts program
artists from around the
world, including NeSpoon
(Poland), HENSE (USA)
and Moneyless (Italy), to
transform blank walls around
the city into public art. Like
last year, the festival is set to
give Perth a serious injection
of cool. Page 61
Ross Wallace, photographer
You hit the road in your vintage car to
photograph our main feature. What was that like?
It was awesome. It gave me an opportunity to see
some fantastic parts of the greater Perth area that
I hadn’t visited before, like the rolling hills of the
Bickley Valley and the pristine waters of Yanchep
Beach. It was also great to get my old Ford XM out
of the garage and hit the road for a couple of days!
Susannah Christensen, writer
You’re moving to NYC soon. What will you
miss most about Perth?
I’m going to miss a lot of things – apart from the
obvious things like the beach and the stunning
weather, I’m going to miss the “she’ll be right”
chilled attitude of almost everyone. There’s way
too much neuroticism in NYC...
Sean Dillon, writer
This edition you argued that
monogamy is dead in Perth’s gay male
community. Did you find that tricky?
I find it challenging to form an
appreciation of monogamy, because of
my age. Everything I wrote I believe,
but I wouldn’t discount the idea that
in ten or twenty years I may have an
entirely different take on the concept.
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