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Published November 22nd 2017
Spend a day out at this gorgeous spot
Where to go in Perth? That was the question my friend and I asked ourselves when we both had a free day. Having read a lot about Elizabeth Quays, we decided to spend the day there and find a nice casual restaurant overlooking the water. Elizabeth Quays has been open for about 18 months now and there is a choice of the following restaurants/cafes:
Isle of Voyage
Isle General Store (take away)
Annalakshmi on the Swan
Rubra on the Swan
The Lucky Shag Waterfront Bar
Most of these have at least something appealing about them and all are on the waterfront, where you can sit and sip your coffee or drink while watching the ferries and other watercraft go to and fro.
The complex is very easy to get to by public transport - from the city, you can either catch a free Cat bus (Blue Line) or the Mandurah Underground train line to the next stop, Elizabeth Quay. It is also right next to our famous Bell Tower, where you can take children to help ring the bells!
Part view of the Bell Tower
There are various signs throughout the area, explaining what was once on this part of the land, or where everything is, and we found these most helpful.
We went on what turned out to be a beautiful, cool day and of course, it was cooler on the water than back in the suburbs. As is usual, we could not make up our minds where to have lunch, so we stopped at Reveley to have a coffee which was surprisingly good and not expensive.
It was a good day as we walked a few kilometres around the whole precinct, and then halfway back again, to go and have dessert and another coffee at a different cafe! For two "old ducks", this was a lot of walking but it was such an enjoyable day and we could imagine we were on holidays in a different city - the food was excellent and the views were fantastic.
There are a few things to do in this precinct for children and these include the water fountains which are working again after a disastrous beginning last summer when the water was found to be contaminated!
There is still a lot of building works going on and the main one is our first Ritz Carlton which will have fabulous views. From the bridge and other areas, you can see across to South Perth, the Hills, and Kings Park with the Freeway in the middle.
The Bridge has sweeping views over Kings Park, and South Perth
Also looming in the distance is the actual City of Perth with its high buildings and fancy outlooks.
Overlooks the whole of Perth city skyline
For lunch we chose the Isle of Voyage which is, I believe one of the newer restaurants to open here. It is situated in what was the Florence Hummerston building and is surrounded by a large mural, a children's playground, some young trees, and the main bridge.
This restaurant is located near the big bridge and also has the takeaway store attached to it. The bridge is well thought out with built-in benches along the way so you can just sit and look out over the water.
The Voyage is beautifully decorated, simple, plain but elegant and there is seating both inside, and outside over the water where you can enjoy magnificent views of the river and Perth city skyline and an al-fresco pizza oven!
It has high ceilings, timber floors and bay windows and here they serve early morning coffee, lunch or dinner, and you can view their full menu here.
Our waitress, Natalie, was quick to bring us a menu, a jug of water and ask us for drinks. We ordered the oven roasted potato and lemon gnocchi with basil, mixed tomatoes, pine-nuts, pesto and Parmesan shavings.
We shared this meal though when it turned up - but it really was not quite big enough for two people! This was quite good as it meant we could then have dessert and not feel guilty! Natalie brought our one meal in about five minutes as well as two plates and this cost $26.50.
We looked at their cakes and they had a small area where the cakes were on display. As well as the cakes, they had bread and other condiments in this little area off the main dining room and this was perhaps used for buffet meals.
We decided to go elsewhere for dessert so we could try another cafe, so off we trudged back to where we had been earlier in the day, and we walked past all the other places and ended up at the Riverside Cafe which is located at the old Barrack Street jetty area.
Entrance to the Riverside Cafe
We had wanted to go to the Gusto Gelato but they did not seem to serve coffee. Their gelato, however, had many flavours and looked very inviting - save this for another day! We once again shared and this time I let my friend pick as I knew she could make up her mind much easier than I would as they had a nice selection of cakes.
My friend chose the most delicious key lime pie which seemed to be a cheesecake and we indulged in another coffee.
Our delicious key lime pie
We then made our way over the new, fancy bridge which also had stunning views as well as structures and statues. Our adventure was still not over as we decided to catch the Blue Cat back to the railway station as our car was parked at a suburban railway station.
Running to catch our Blue Cat bus back to the City!
We had a "cooks tour" throughout Perth as this Cat went around to about 18 stops before it came back to the station. This was also enjoyable, cool and relaxing and especially after we had walked so long. All in all, although we were both thoroughly exhausted by the time we got home, we had a pleasant fun day with plenty of laughs.