East Perth is an area with so much to recommend it — tranquil streets, casual dining by the water and close proximity to east-end sporting attractions like the WACA and NIB stadium, to name just a few. But many people don’t realise just what a fantastic lifestyle the area offers.
So here is our list of some of East Perth’s best-kept secrets:
It might come as a surprise to locals but Claisebrook Cove — the thriving neighbourhood heart of East Perth — isn’t ‘on the radar’ for many people. It’s perhaps something they occasionally drive past on their way into the city from the east. But Claisebrook Cove is a lovely promenade of homes, cafés and restaurants lining a stunning river inlet. Just across the river from Crown Casino and the new stadium (a pedestrian bridge is being built soon), Claisebrook Cove feels secluded and inviting. There are plenty of options for a quiet coffee, a drink with friends, or a meal out with someone special, all by the water’s edge. No wonder the locals love it!
Hidden between the railway line at Claisebrook Station and the leafy campus of Central TAFE, is City Farm. It’s a fantastic spot for a coffee and something to eat (all made with fresh ingredients from the farm itself) surrounded by lush green vegetable gardens. You’d never know you were in the middle of the city — it’s so pleasant and peaceful. On the weekends City Farm has an organic farmers’ market and producers from all over the State come to sell their wares. It’s a great option for those who like their produce fresh or want to impress guests with healthy, hearty food.
Tucked in behind the WACA Ground, Queens Gardens is one of the forgotten gems of Perth, let alone East Perth. This stunning and lush park was actually where the early colony got its clay to make bricks for important buildings like the town hall. But these days it’s a stunning, quiet English-style parkland. That makes it very popular for weddings — and any number of romantic gestures. In fact, if you look carefully you’ll find the original park bench used in the film Notting Hill. A local romantic bought it to propose to his girlfriend. The story goes that he didn’t quite have the happy ending Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts did in the film — but if nothing else East Perth got a new claim to fame.
OK, so the Swan River is no secret. This is Perth, after all, and the Swan River is the glorious silvery thread that wends its way down from the Hills and carves the city in two, between north and south. But the river foreshore at the east end of the city is slightly out of the way — especially with Elizabeth Quay just a short walk away — so it’s much quieter there than the popular spots around Mounts Bay Road, Crawley, and South Perth. That makes it a wonderful spot to relax, take a walk, or go for a jog — whatever it is that takes your fancy. There’s Ozone Reserve, its wetland, and it’s large man-made lake to enjoy; the wide open spaces of Langley Park if you felt like a kick-to-kick or a game of crickets with friends; and a short walk over the Causeway to the leafy parklands of Heirisson Island and its artworks.
Location, location, location
But East Perth’s best-kept secret is, we think, probably the location itself. West Australians have traditionally not thought of the city as a place to live — we’ve been a suburban community. You can see that in the spread of the metropolitan Perth from beyond Mandurah in the south to beyond Yanchep in the north. That all started to change about twenty years ago. The city has had a huge influx of new residents in the last decade, in particular, as more and more people want to take advantage of a truly urban living experience — close to shops, cafés, restaurants and hustle and bustle.
East Perth has been a huge beneficiary of this. It might have started with the East Perth redevelopment of the 1990’s (which gave us Claisebrook Cove) but since then thousands of people have realised the fantastic lifestyle the area has to offer. Within a two kilometre radius, East Perth residents have access to the Hay and Murray Street malls, Forrest Place, Enex 100, Elizabeth Quay, Perth Arena, the WACA Ground, Gloucester Park, Crown Casino and the new football stadium.
East Perth has a lot to recommend it
If you’d like to take advantage of the East Perth lifestyle, take a close look at Finbar’s Vue Tower on Adelaide Terrace.