WESTERN AUSTRALIA: It’s Scarborough, but not as you know it. This once sleepy beachside town – just 15 minutes from Perth - has undergone its biggest transformation in 30 years making it a must-do on any visit to WA.
With the $100 million facelift to Scarborough’s foreshore now complete, this beachside community north west of Perth has managed to retain its laid-back vibe, its trademark smoothie bars and bright and breezy brunch spots and has added a whole lot more. And a stay at the Rendezvous Perth Scarborough puts you in the thick of the action.
Scarborough offers fantastic options for families at the ‘Snake Pit’ activity centre, including a world-class multi-purpose skate park which can be used for skateboarding, scooter and BMX, and a climbing wall catering for small children right through to serious climbers.
Nearby, basketball courts, a barbecue area and a new children’s playground which have been designed around a whale skeleton - interpreting Whadjuk/Noongar Dreaming stories of spirits returning to land through the whales.
At the northern end of the beach a new 11-metre turfed landform has been created called Sunset Hill providing incredible views over the Indian Ocean – it’s the IT SPOT to gather and watch the sun go down. As the sun sets, every Thursday (from November through to April) the Sunset Markets offer a colourful array of pop-up bars and market styles, food truck eats, live music and entertainment.
And for those that enjoy the party scene, Scarborough’s famous dance clubs still bring a buzz to the hood after dark.
Three More Reasons to Stay in Scarborough
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: Amazing Indian Ocean views aside, you are still close enough to explore Perth city centre then return to your beachside retreat in Scarborough where an array of new bars and eateries have emerged along the foreshore.
Some of our favourites include: Kinky Swell, a great breakfast destination tucked away on Brighton Road; Lady Latte, originally a food truck, they now have a permanent home at Scarborough serving up their famous marshmallow and Nutella or chorizo and aioli jaffles; El Grotto, which serves up Mexican street food by the beach with cocktails and cold beers to match.
MUSIC FANS CAN GE THEIR FIX:Rendezvous Perth Scarborough is home to one of the late great Michael Jackson’s pianos. You’ll find the white baby grand piano outside the Mentelle function room, where guests are welcome to tickle the ivories.
The King of Pop insisted on having the piano brought into the hotel (and lifted by crane up to the Penthouse) when he bought his HIStory tour to Perth in 1996 and performed in front of a 60,000 strong crowd. Crazed fans swamped the Observation City Hotel (now Rendezvous Perth Scarborough) hoping for a glimpse of the superstar or a shake of a white-gloved hand. When the tour finished, he donated the piano to the hotel.
IT’S EASY BEING GREEN: Environmental sustainability is at the forefront of Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough’sday-to-day operation, from herb gardens where coffee grounds are recycled to plastic-free conferencing and the hotel’s beehives produce delicious honey for brekkie.
The hotel team work closely with OzHarvest, supporting the food rescue charity’s delivery of over 10 million meals and rescue of more than 350,000 kilograms of food in Western Australia. With hunger and food waste being global issues that go largely unnoticed in Australia, Rendezvous Perth Scarborough’s ongoing relationship with OzHarvest has assisted in improving the living conditions and quality of life of Western Australians by redistributing nutritious leftovers.