A Tale of Two Perth Townships

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PERTH: Scarborough Beach and Subiaco are less than 10km from each other, but worlds apart in the holiday experiences they offer. From Perth’s geo-thermally heated open-air seaside pool to Subi’s incredible street art… these two towns bring beachside flair and suburban cool to every WA vaycay.  

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?

There are 100 million reasons to spend your next seaside weekender at Scarborough Beach… from the impressive surf breaks in the Indian Ocean to the $100M makeover of the Scarborough foreshore that has seen Perth’s most famous beach come into its own in the past twelve months.

This sandy spot boasts almost 2km of linked parks, landscaped walkways, and all kinds of outdoor fun from skateparks to kids’ playgrounds, outdoor eateries, and amphitheatres and plenty of sunshine – after all Perth is the world’s sunniest capital city.

What to do: Catch an impressive surf break; splash down in the $26m geo-thermally heated open-air waterside pool; play a game of summer beach cricket in the outdoor amphitheatre; or watch the sun sink into the Indian Ocean from Sunset Hill.

Where to stay:Rendezvous Perth Scarborough offers incredible views to the Indian Ocean making it a firm favourite with holidaymakers. But did you know, you can tinkle the ivories of Michael Jackson’s grand piano when you stay?

Where to eat: Choose from 15 delicious sourdough pizzas at General Public Co; sip on an epic cocktail at the Brooklyn Lounge or tuck into a perfectly cooked grain fed steak at Straits Café.

Best for: Surfers and families.

This will surprise you: The Snake Pit gets its name from the 1950s and 60s when Scarborough Beach was Perth’s heart of rock’n’roll.  Like its predecessor, the 21st-century version – a three-tier skate park - is a favourite stomping ground for.

Subi or not Subi?

Subi is a little suburb with a whole lot of history. The area was the homeland of the Nyungar people long before the first European settlers came to the area. A group of Benedictine monks settled in the area in 1851 and called their monastery New Subiaco after the birthplace of the Benedictine Order – Subiaco, Italy. 

These days Subicao is home to trattorias, small bars, boutique shops, like Frame who support local designers, and some of the best street art in the west.

And, best of all – Subi is just two stops on the train from Perth CBD, close to Kings Park and is home to a fabulous Farmers market which gives paddock to plate new meaning when you’re on a holiday and need to fend for yourself with meals. Oh, and if you’re missing your four-legged friend, you can get your fix at the Cat Café Purrth, where all meals come with a side of furry feline.

What to do: Subi Farmers Markets. Subiaco’s incredible street art trail or catch at show at the Regal Theatre – a local landmark.

Where to stay: The brand-new Vibe Hotel Subiaco is a no-brainer – it’s stylish and it’s in the heart of the action. Don’t forget to catch a sunset and an epic cocktail on the rooftop Storehouse Restaurant.

Where to eat: If you’re a Laksa lover, grab yourself Perth’s best at Red Chair; check out the killer wine list at Dilly Dally or Chef Marc’s 16-hour slow-cooked Arkady lamb is a must.

Best for: Romantics, Foodies, and weekend getaways.

This will surprise you: The City installed a Seabin at Lake Subiaco Common in an effort to prevent pollution from entering the ocean, improving water cleanliness, and reducing the risk of algal blooms.  The Seabin is an innovative Australian product made from recyclable material that collects plastics, debris, and water pollution, including surface oil.

Peace of mind when you stay with us: Introducing Clean Touch.  

*Activities listed may be subject to Covid restrictions.

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