Travel Guide to Gay Perth

Author: , April 13th, 2017

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Emerging from Perth airport the first thing that hits you is the light. Clear blue skies and an almost harsh bright white sunlight that bakes everything it touches.

Where to Base Yourself in Gay Perth

North Perth — a neighbourhood well-served by cafes and restaurants and within walking distance of the city centre.

Leederville – great cinema and good bars and restaurants.

Fremantle – known for its markets and dock-side lifestyle.

Central – gay Perth’s central business district has all the shops you could want, plus some great bars and restaurants. The city has the Swan River running through it and there is development underway to make the most of this riverside precinct.
Which beaches to go to

North Cottesloe – probably the favourite with locals, endless white sand and solid waves.
City Beach – a bit easier to get to and favoured by a younger crowd.

Where to Eat

Long Chim — Perth: Chef David Thompson is renowned as a passionate advocate of Thai cuisine, and in his restaurant Long Chim he celebrates the flavours and traditional dishes of Thailand by elevating them to something spectacular. We were there for a family dinner, which the sharing-style dishes suited perfectly. Our starters included crunchy prawns; beef skewers; and dried prawns wrapped in betel leaves. Our mains included calamari, green chicken curry, a rich beef curry, and lamb ribs. While there is a relaxed, unfussy style to this restaurant this is still very much high-end cooking, with high-end prices to match. If you were being picky, the serving sizes are a touch on the small side (considering the price you’re paying), but this is almost compensated for by the depth and complexity of flavour. Without doubt this was one of the best Thai meals I’ve ever eaten.

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Wandering Wives – Kangaroo Spotting

Author: , January 13th, 2016

Yanchep kangaroos

Driving north on a day trip from Perth, there are two outstanding national parks well worth a visit. Both of the naturally beautiful parks are great places to relax and visitors should easily manage to spot a Kangaroo or two. If you set off early enough, you could see them both in one day. Nambung national park is around two hours’ drive from Perth and Yanchep national park is less than hour from the city. It is hard to believe the equally stunning parks are so close to each other as they are set in very different environments.

Yanchep feels like a Victorian country park with historic buildings, gardens and a boating lake. We spent a day strolling around the lush green lawns and enjoying the beauty of the park. To us, it felt a lot like the parks in England, except of course for the Koala board-walk and the kangaroos. We strolled along under the gumtrees and spotted a few Koalas sleeping amongst the branches. None of them were brave enough to climb down for or a closer look or to pose for a picture like the Koala we met a Wilsons Prom.

The kangaroos on the other hand were certainly not camera shy. They bounced around the park without a care in the world, stopping to eat and allowing us to take their picture. The collective term for a group of kangaroos is a mob, which makes them sound like a frightening teenage gang. It conjures up images of inner city kangaroos hanging around their local skate park. Neglected since they were joey’s, with nothing to turn to but their mob family. Dressed in hoodies the kangaroo mob terrorise the neighbourhood in a spree of drugs, crime and violence. There is clearly a zero tolerance policy to gang culture in Yanchep, as the mob of kangaroos we met were very unthreatening. Leading us to question if the collective term should be changed to something less aggressive, a bound of kangaroos would be much more fittingread more on Wandering Wives 

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Wandering Wives – Kalbarri & Geraldton

Author: , January 9th, 2016

Kalbarri coast

Breath taking coastal vistas and vibrant rock formations are the main stay of Kalbarri National Park in Western Australia. In land, the Murchinson River has carved out an 80 km gorge through striped ochre sandstone as it snakes its way to the ocean. Hikers and paddlers flock to the gorge to enjoy the wilderness. Coastal cliffs offer bracing walks high above the crashing waves below, with eagles soaring overhead.

At least that’s what it says in the guide book. Google offers amazing pictures of the striking banded rocks and orange cliffs set against perfect blue skies. Having visited so many of the national parks in Australia, we were excited to find an adventure in Kalbarri. The day we visited the park the weather was not in our favour. The sky was grey, the wind was howling and the park did not quite measure up to our expectations.

We had recently visited Karijini national park and had marvelled at the inland gorges and wildness of the region. We also had excellent experiences exploring Wilsons Prom and the national parks in Tasmania. Maybe we had been spoilt by our other outstanding national park visits or perhaps it was just the dull weather. We had a pleasant enough hike above the gorge, the dull sandstone not quite jumping out as it should. Next we headed to the cliffs to blow away the cobwebs in the sea breeze. It wasn’t terrible, but it failed to wow us in the usual national park way.

The problem with travelling the world full time is that you get to see the most beautiful sights on an almost daily basis. Things that would be extraordinary often become ordinary, mundane in fact. We realised at Kalbarri that we had become so accustomed to wonder…read more on Wandering Wives

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Wandering Wives – Shark Bay

Author: , January 6th, 2016

Shell Beach

At the most westerly point of Australia, just below the tropic of Capricorn, lies UNESCO listed Shark Bay. The pristine coast is a haven for all kinds of wildlife with humpback whales, rays, sharks, sea turtles and dugongs spotted in the waters. Still not over a childhood obsession with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sian was particularly excited at the prospect of seeing a turtle.

We headed up the thin cape of land next to shark bay in the hope of seeing some exciting wildlife. Our first stop was at Hamelin pool; our guide book explained that the stromatolites in the water were unmissable. The stumpy coral like formations are made of bacteria almost identical to organisms that existed 3500 million years ago. These organisms are responsible for creating our current atmosphere by using photosynthesis and paving the way for more complex life forms. The revered stumps were about as interesting to look at as they were to learn about and had us considering turning to creationism to avoid spending any more time with them.

We continued up the peninsula in the hope of spotting something more interesting than a stromatolite. As we progressed into the wilderness the rain began to pour from the sky in biblical proportions. It was clearly a sign from someone about something. Maybe the stromatolite Gods were sending us a message about waterproof trousers. Or perhaps Splinter was trying to communicate with Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello. We didn’t know, so we decided to just keep driving until we came across another sign. Like an Ark or something.

Our next stop was Shell Beach, one of only two beaches in the world made entirely of shells. The beach covers over 100 km of coast line and even in the rain it is stunning. Shells cover the entire beach and crunch under foot as you walk on them. When you pick them up to examine them you can see all of the minute details and flecks of colour in the tiny shells…read more on Wandering Wives 

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Visiting Gay Perth, Australia

Author: , May 4th, 2013

Australia Gay TravelPlanning a vacation down under? Check out Perth – Sam at Autostraddle has the details for you:

I grew up in Perth in the 1990s. Back then, it was a tough place to be for a young lesbian. It wasn’t until I went to uni and got taken to the Court Hotel and Connections in Northbridge that I had any idea that there was anything resembling a lesbian culture in Perth. Fortunately for you, that’s all changed. While there’s still no scene to rival lesbian Brunswick in Melbourne or Newtown in Sydney, there are heaps of places to hang out and meet likeminded “Perthonalities”. Not to mention the beaches and forests here are goddamn beautiful. Just make sure you bring a nice full wallet – there’s a mining boom on.

Australia’s one of the next places on our list to visit. Never been, always wanted to. Maybe we could Priscilla across the Outback to Perth!

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