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Brilliant seafood comes from the coast around Perth, including king prawns, rock lobster (locals call this crayfish, jewfish, dhufish or barramundi), and special freshwater lobster called marron.

There are excellent local wines in Western Australia and vineyards at Mount Barker, Swan Valley and Margaret River. A vibrant pavement coffee culture exists in Perth, and Fremantle’s South Terrace is home to the appropriately named Cappuccino Strip (and to the infamous Redback lager).

There is also a great quantity of international cuisine and interesting dining experiences, for example, eating fish and chips from a converted tram in Fremantle, sampling the brilliant Asian food in Subiaco (Perth), enjoying a seafood barbecue in the bush or partaking of a culinary feast in a riverside restaurant along the Swan River. Tropical fruits are plentiful, especially banana, mango and papaya.


Best buys include Argyle diamonds, opals and Aboriginal art. Shops are open all day Saturday and some shops in the suburbs are also open late night on Thursdays. Shops in Fremantle and Perth are open Friday and Sunday nights.


There are several nightclubs in the Northbridge area of Perth, which is located within easy walking distance from the bus and train stations. Here you can find club venues to cater for all music tastes, including hardcore, mainstream, gay and alternative beats.

The large Burswood Resort and Casino complex is also only minutes from Perth city centre. Also, there are many cinemas in Leederville, Fremantle and Perth, as well as several theatres (please see the Independent Theatre Association for more information).