Western Australia places to stay: Best weekends away

Western Australia places to stay: Best weekends away


Go west, young man and everyone else! to find city treasures and hedonistic hideaways.

COMO THE TREASURY

1 Cathedral Ave, Perth; (08) 6168 7888;

THE LOCATION Handily located opposite St George's Cathedral in Perth's central business district the property also affords views from the rooftop restaurant over Stirling Gardens towards the Swan River.

THE PLACE Adrian Finney of Little Creatures brewery has collaborated with the State Government for this remarkable refit of Perth's 19th century State Buildings the centrepiece of which is Como The Treasury. Behind the Victorian-era facade are 48 spacious high ceilinged rooms with period cornicing balconies 3 meter high windows and bespoke handcrafted European furniture. You could spend a weekend just hanging out in the bathrooms which boast travertine stone tiles heated floors and freestanding bathtubs.

THE EXPERIENCE State Buildings comprising 3 interconnecting heritage structures now house retail and hospitality outlets in addition to the hotel. Check out Postal Hall a grand colonnaded space that was the city's General Post Office and which includes Post the Como's osteria. Most of the original building has been preserved including the hefty half meter-thick steel doors of the treasury safe near what is now the Shambala Spa. There is also a heated indoor pool and for dining the rooftop Wildflower restaurant is one of only 2 places in Australia to serve pearl meat.

DON'T MISS The Treasury Lounge and Bar with its peerless selection of gins. Ask for the martini trolley they will wheel it out and mix the drinks in front of you.

IDEAL FOR The history-loving sophisticate.

FROM $540 a night including breakfast. Tim Elliott

PARRY BEACH BREAKS 


88 Astartea Glade, Parryville; (08) 9848 1810;


Parry Beach Breaks. Photo: Supplied

THE LOCATION Seclusion is the charm of Parry Beach Breaks a half hour west of Denmark and an hour from Albany in Western Australia's Great Southern region. This rugged Southern Ocean coast was the setting for Simon Baker's film adaptation of Tim Winton's novel Breath enough to make the most hardened city type sigh.

THE PLACE There's simple luxury at play here. That home away from home vibe with quality homewares and fixtures. Built on a family farm surrounded by national park the 5 villas share one incredible quality: that view.

THE EXPERIENCE Waking up stretched out in a king-sized bed with views out to the coast the weather rolling by in wide screen it can be difficult to tear yourself away. Take to the verandah or stoke the fire in the winter months switching off is guilt free.

DON'T MISS Explore the coast from Parry Beach all the way to Albany discovering swimming spots and deserted beaches surf breaks. White sands are sheltered from the ocean swell by a natural belt of granite boulders. Scramble across the rocks, take a dip or just kick back on the sand.

IDEAL FOR Gathering a group together and going off-grid. With views like this, it will soon be hitting your Insta-grid.

FROM $150 a night twin share; $40 a night for each extra guest; minimum two-night stay; minimum four nights at Easter; minimum 5 nights at Christmas. Max Brearley

​QT PERTH

133 Murray St, Perth; (08) 9225 8000; 




QT Perth. Photo: Supplied

THE LOCATION Injecting new life into the sleepier side of Murray Street the former cinema is just seconds' walk from Hay Street mall and within minutes of shiny new Elizabeth Quay the sparkling Swan River and the central train station.

THE PLACE An antidote to Perth's plethora of beige business hotels QT is playful and sumptuous full of luxury touches from the ground floor cafe to the rooftop bar.

THE EXPERIENCE Tempting though it is, don't loiter all day in the luxe lobby there's much to explore in this hotel. The Santini Bar & Grill serves an Italian-inspired menu by Robert Marchetti and Nic Wood including breakfasts cooked to order and dinner worth dressing up for. The pretty young things go to the rooftop for cocktails at an indoor/outdoor bar with spectacular views to the hills. Quality fittings such as local jarrah floorboards and deep baths are enhanced with indulgent touches: velvet cushions, crystal whisky glasses softly textured rugs. It makes requesting a late check out very appealing.

DON'T MISS Download the QT Perth Concierge app using the complimentary Wi-Fi and enjoy the hotel's guide to the best of the city.

IDEAL FOR City-breakers with an appreciation for quality and quirk.

FROM $212 a night. Andrea McGinniss

​PREMIER MILL HOTEL


Corner of Clive St and Austral Tce, Katanning; (08) 6500 3950;


Premier Mill Hotel. Photo: Supplied

THE LOCATION With the opening of this 22 room property Katanning has staked its claim as gateway to the Great Southern region a 3 hour drive from Perth.

THE PLACE Michael Patroni of award winning Fremantle architectural firm Spaceagency has maintained essential industrial elements of the 1891 4 mill around which the town was built but which fell into dereliction in the 1980s. In this striking revamp the original iron boiler rises through the building's atrium mechanical workings whirring overhead.

THE EXPERIENCE Small details have not been forgotten from B&O speakers to Aesop products. Among a variety of room types Silo rooms formed from the original wooden silo some featuring private courtyards offer the X-factor. When you are ready to explore thoughtfully written guides will push you into the region.

DON'T MISS The basement where the Cordial Bar serves an extensive list of local drops including wine and beer.

IDEAL FOR A 1st stop on a Great Southern road trip. 

FROM $265 a night. Max Brearley

​INTERCONTINENTAL PERTH CITY CENTRE


815 Hay Street, Perth; (08) 9486 5700;


InterContinental Perth City Centre. Photo: Dion Robeson

THE LOCATION In the heart of Perth's city center just a block from Hay Street Mall.

THE PLACE A former Rydges the 240 room hotel reopened like an Intercontinental in October 2017 after an extensive revamp. It's a leading light in the reimagining of Perth's hotel stock and major changes include the addition of a sculptural lobby staircase and a club lounge on the top floor.

THE EXPERIENCE The quality and service are everything you would expect for a 5 star hotel. Executive Studio rooms are not huge but there's ample storage space in the glass doored wardrobe an idea which also ensures you don't leave anything behind and the bathroom is compact but comfortable. On the ground floor Heno and Rey is a casual tapas bar and there's coffee at Graffitti. But the flagship restaurant, the Ascua Spanish Grill is contributing to the renaissance of Perth's 9 dining scene.

DON'T MISS Rottnest Island. The 90 minute ferry journey from the city can be off putting for some but there's now a seaplane which departs from South Perth not far from the hotel and takes just 15 minutes.

IDEAL FOR Travelers who want the best of Perth on their doorstep.

FROM $234 a night. Craig Platt

ALEX HOTEL


50 James Street, Northbridge; (08) 6430 4000;


Alex Hotel. Photo: Supplied

THE LOCATION Northbridge is often described as Perth's cultural hub a busy area packed with cute cafes laneway bars and great food. It's where the Fringe Festival is every summer.

THE PLACE You would not think it from the outside but there are Seventy-Four rooms here. Admittedly most are pretty small but that's in keeping with the no fuss low key aesthetic.

THE EXPERIENCE Here you are encouraged to think of yourself not as a guest but a friend. This sounds cheesy but it actually works thanks to award winning residential interior designers Arent & Pyke and the cleverly executed shared living areas. That include the Espresso Bar and the Mezzanine Lounge a home inspired space stocked with magazines coffee table books contemporary art and luxuriously deep couches. It feels like hanging out in a mate's living room, if your mate had excellent taste.

DON'T MISS There's plenty of amazing food in Northbridge but one of the best places in town is the hotel's own restaurant Shadow Wine Bar and Dining Room on the ground floor. It offers an excellent contemporary European dishes try the crumbed veal cotoletta as well as baking a kick arse muffin that's complimentary throughout the day at the hotel's breakfast bar.

FROM $235 a night. Tim Elliott

PREMALAYA

1701 Wildwood Road, Yallingup; (08) 9756 6460;


Premalaya. Photo: Supplied

THE LOCATION Off Caves Road, one of WA's best scenic drives Premalaya is 30 minutes from Margaret River township and 10 minutes from Dunsborough

THE PLACE Surrounded by bush the spacious 2 bedroom 2 bathroom chalets have private decks open plan living and dining areas and fully equipped kitchens ideal in an area renowned for food and wine. There are also communal barbecues and a large deck with open fire for socialising. The studio hosts yoga and wellness classes.

THE EXPERIENCE There's a laid back vibe at this family property in tune with the area's status as a surfing mecca you are just minutes from several uncrowded beaches. If Premalaya's emphasis on wellness really gives you a taste for culinary hedonism, you're surrounded by some of WA's top restaurants.

DON'T MISS Breakfast at Lamont's on Smiths Beach is a treat. Or grab lunch at nearby Barnyard 1978 where you can also pick up honey and other products made on site. By the end of the day hit Canal Rocks for a mandatory Indian Ocean sunset.

IDEAL FOR Recharging the soul. 

FROM $212 a night. Max Brearley
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