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Block Out The Cal, Here’s 8 Exciting Things We’re Hyped For In WA Right Now

By Rebecca Keating
4th Sep 2020

We may be biased, but we’re pretty sure we live in the best place on earth. Stunning coastlines, incredible wine regions, landscapes to rival a postcard and an ever-growing list of new foodie havens, bars and breweries opening, we’re pretty thrilled to be living in the West. 

Plus, getting around the West and central city is easier and better than ever before with heaps of new infrastructure projects on the go—get schooled on everything you need to know over at Building for Tomorrow. Ready to take on all the new restaurants, bars, attractions and exhibitions coming our way? Here’s our wrap-up of the coolest new things to get around in WA.

Relax With A Beer In Hand

Pirate Life, Perth

Perth peeps, get excited. Construction has started on Pirate Life Brewery, a three-level brewery with a beer garden, restaurant, private dining rooms and open-plan kitchen. Located on Murray Street, just over the road from Perth Arena and Yagan Square, this mega venue will be set to host up to 1,000 people. Not only is it the first Pirate Life to open in WA, but it’s also actually one-of-a-kind in Australia. Beer lovers rejoice because we’re set to see some exclusive brews and one-off beers drop, and you’ll only find them at this CBD joint. Not a beer lover? You can sit back and relax, soaking up the epic atmosphere with a glass of wine in hand, all whilst chowing down on some seriously delicious food. We guarantee this is one you want to add to your list.

Venture Out Beyond A Cliff

Kalbarri Skywalk

Opening just in time for us West Aussies to get out and explore with the state to ourselves, the Kalbarri Skywalk needs to be on your itinerary when planning a trip up north. Perched on a cliff-top amongst the Kalbarri gorges, the skywalk has two 100 metre-high lookouts that will have you 25-metres beyond the rim of the stunning Murchison Gorge. As you take in the breathtaking sights of the 400 million-year-old red-dust cliffs, take the time to learn about the heritage and culture of traditional owners, the ‘Nanda’ people, through the interpretive signage and artwork situated around the skywalk. When you’re finished, jump in the car and head over to Nature’s Window for another ridiculous view through nature’s very own Insta-frame. 

Getting Around WA


We love WA, and there’s nothing more we love than getting out to explore and wander out yonder. There are heaps of projects on the go that will make seeing our beautiful city and regions a breeze for years to come. Want to know what’s on? Check out Building for Tomorrow to get the details, but for now, here are some of our faves. 

We’re so excited to see the Broome Cape Leveque Road getting all sorts of fresh so communities on and tourists to the Dampier Peninsula can get around safely all year. More space on the freeway? Yes, please. There'll be extra lanes from Hutton St to Cedric St, Russell Road to Roe Highway and wait for it… the extension of the freeway up to Alkimos in the north. If the water’s more your style, the marina upgrades in Bunbury, Geraldton, Ocean Reef and Two Rocks are something to get hyped up about. And the best part about all this? Every project we see is more employment, traineeships and apprentices plus a big ol’ boost for our state—it’s a big yes from us. 

Get Your Culture On

Western Australian Museum, Perth 

After four years and $400 million of development, we are oh-so excited for the Western Australian Museum to open its doors on November 21. To celebrate the opening of the museum there will be a nine-day festival where ticket holders can go into a ballot to get exclusive preview tours of the museum, so make sure to keep a keen eye on the website for further details. The new museum will amplify the voices of Western Australia and their stories, all designed to showcase our beautiful state. The old favourites will be back, like the iconic blue whale, but you can expect to see some incredible new displays like interactive multimedia experiences and a showcase of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture weaved throughout. 

Live Your Best Life In Rotto

Samphire, Rottnest

This is not a drill. A luxury hotel brought to you by the team behind Rottnest Hotel, Norfolk Hotel and Sandalford Wines (just to name a few) is set to open in Rotto this October and we couldn’t be smiling anymore if we tried. Samphire Rottnest is everything you need in life, bringing with it a touch of barefoot luxury and coastal vibes that will have you feeling all sorts of fresh. Think lagoon-like pools, bed to beach vibes and even talk of a beach club—we promise you won’t want to leave. Pair all that with Rotto’s legendary white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, this is one holiday you can consider booked. 

Sweat It Out At A Nightclub Themed Gym

Set 30, West Leederville

Nope, we’re not joking—there really is a new nightclub-themed gym coming to grace the ever-cool Leedy folks. This underground hip-hop gym opened in the CBD back in 2019 and has been so successful they’re opening one a little further north. Hip hop beats, colourful lighting and even a patented scent has some of Perth’s finest fitness fanatics screaming out in joy that they’ve now got two Set 30’s to look out for. Our favourite part about the new digs? You can head on over to Besk or Mary Street Bakery for a delicious and nutritious post-workout meal and coffee. Just kidding, grab a doughnut—or three—and consider your morning a mighty fine one.

Head Out To The Valley For A Delicious Bite To Eat

Bailey Brewing Co, Swan Valley

To say we’re excited for Bailey Brewing Co to fling their doors open would be a massive understatement. Set to open in Spring, this family-run brewery and restaurant sitting pretty in the Swan Valley will be serving up classic brews and epic eats, so be prepared to sit back, relax and enjoy being out in the beautiful wine region, a hop, skip and a throw from Perth’s CBD. The menu will be seasonal, so expect nothing but the best as the family hero local ingredients from the Valley and celebrate the rich history of the property and its past owners. 

Make A Date And Head To Freo’s Newest Deli

Ethos Deli + Dining, Fremantle 

Brought to you by no other than the team behind Younge George, Ethos is the newest addition to the gorgeous hood that is George Street in East Freo. This zero-waste deli and dining room is serving up all sorts of New York-style deli classics paired with Chef Melissa’s Eastern European heritage. Everything on the menu is pure perfection, from the house-made charcuterie to barbecued meats, comforting veggie dishes and Melissa’s own Oma’s tortes. Head there for brunch and nab a spot at the counter or get settled in for a long lunch complete with a carefully curated, sustainable West-Aussie wine list and a zero-waste cocktail menu set to knock your socks off. 

Planning to take on these exciting adventures? Lucky for us, WA’s transport infrastructure is getting a major upgrade, making it easier to move around the region and do more of what you love. Check out everything you need to know about the latest projects over at Building for Tomorrow

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