Perth has a brand new shiny thing that goes by the name of Elizabeth Quay…
Photos: Emily at She Does
The last 10 years have seen Perth grow exponentially. The new stadiums, the beachside redevelopments, the cleaning up of Northbridge, the opening of oodles of new bars and restaurants, the urban art schemes, and now the unveiling of Elizabeth Quay – it has all changed the face of our once ‘sleepy little city’ for the better. Despite still being incomplete, the removal of the barriers that once divided the roads and the quay has opened up the city immensely, and the area is a hive of activity. I first got a little taste of the quay on Tuesday evening – post #lovestoriestrunkshow at Late Night Valentine, and pre Limbo at the Fringe World set up down on Elizabeth Quay. The second helping was a few days later, armed with a camera, blogger buddy and a heck of a lot more sunlight than the first time.
My green dress and heels stood out like a sore thumb in the early morning crowd of tourists, families and
office workers making their daily commute. Perhaps they aren’t used to seeing someone in sky high heels mid week, or perhaps it just didn’t seem right in a yet-to-be-finished riverside area? Despite the numerous quizzical looks I received, I soldiered on and traipsed across foot bridges, navigated through the cobblestone pathways and clambered up and down stairs to get closer to the water, all in a bid to explore the much hyped Elizabeth Quay (no, it didn’t stop me).
This visit was just another quick visit, however when the cafes and bars start popping up around the area, I can guarantee I will easily while away a good few hours down by the water. Word has it there will even be a Gusto Gelato joining the line up down by the river! As the quay goes through various stages of completion it will, in my opinion, start feeling more and more like Perth’s very own version of Sydney’s ‘The Rocks’.
Have you visited Elizabeth Quay yet? What did you think? What can you see happening in the area in the future?