It was fascinating to read the recent Perthnow summary of Perth as “Boganville”. It certainly wasn’t flattering but at least Fremantle they got Freo right when they described it as “Creative, relaxed, open-minded: Fremantle’s spirit is entirely distinct from Perth’s.”
The full story is below:
Lonely Planet travel bible paints unpretty picture of Perth
IT’S not the picture perfect WA we would want the world to see – cashed-up bogans, late-night fights and glassings.
But in a new guide to WA, just released by Lonely Planet, Northbridge and other entertainment precincts have been put on the map for those reasons and little more.
The new book offers a guide to WA’s treasured holiday hotspots, along with reviews of bars, restaurants and accommodation around the state.
And while it had plenty of praise for Perth’s “cosmopolitan” city, pristine beaches and fine weather, it seems the guide was less than impressed with our nightlife.
Among the lowlights listed in the book were:
– A spate of fights and glassings in bars that had caused many venues, particularly around Northbridge, to step up security.
– $40 main meals at Perth restaurants, which were fast becoming the norm for any establishment that considered itself above average, despite many experiences not matching the outlay.
– Bunbury: a town that isn’t particularly interesting or attractive and is struggling to remake its image from that of an industrial port into a seaside holiday destination.
– Lack of accommodation in Dunsborough
– Wave Rock, which was said to be a “one-trick gig” and disappointing for some travellers.
The book also made mention of the State’s vast landscapes, fiercely independent spirit and prominent mining industry, referring to WA as the “Boom Town”.
And while it says mining money has officially stamped Western Australia with wealth, it also reports that, in Perth, one of the by-products of the boom has been the rise of the Cashed-Up Bogan and associated violence.
It described young men with “plenty of cash to splash on muscle cars, beer and drugs”.
Far more positive was the guide’s reviews of Fremantle, Albany, Guildford, York, Margaret River and Geraldton, which was described as “a town on the move.”
THE PIT STOPS
The beaches are better than Busselton’s but accommodation is more limited.
Creative, relaxed, open-minded: Fremantle’s spirit is entirely distinct from Perths.
Geros a place on the move
Laid-back, liveable Perth has wonderful weather, beautiful beaches and an easygoing character.
Has made concerted efforts to reinvent itself as an upmarket beach resort the overall effect is actually pretty cool.
First-class wine, food and architecture
It’s a likeable place with some fine heritage buildings and pleasant cafes but theres little here to justify a longer stay.
At 350km from Perth, Wave Rock is rather a long day trip, and some people are disappointed by whats really a one-trick gig.
Theres such a nice vibe happening that many folk come for a night and end up staying months. Who could blame them!
While the vibe is mostly low key, school holidays see Kalbarri stretched to the limit.
KARIJINI NATIONAL PARK
Arguably one of WAs most magnificent destinations
Watching the wild dolphins turning up for a feed each morning in the shallow waters is a highlight of every travellers trip to the region.
JAMES PRICE POINT
Pristine future is threatened by plans to construct a huge LNG facility there.