Jelena Stipanicev has lived in Perth just about all her life, and no matter where her wanderlust takes her, she will always be a “Southie” at heart. “It’s not Melbourne and it’s not Sydney, but my city is unique and resourceful because of its isolation,” she says. “There is no place that’s sunnier, friendlier and more laid-back than Perth.”

Though the adventurous traveler is currently road tripping her way around Australia—and sharing her discoveries on her blog, The Travelleur, and on Instagram @thetravelleur—she’s counting the days until she’s back among the Sandgropers in Western Australia. Here are a few of her favorite things about the city she’s proud to call home.

Perth Is My City

When someone comes to visit me, the first place I take them is to Cottesloe Beach, the most beautiful stretch of sandy white shore and crystal-clear water. To me, it is the perfect embodiment of what Perth is all about: laid-back fun in the sun.

February is the best time to visit my city because there are tons of events going on, including the Fringe World Festival and the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival. Plus, the weather is just about perfect for being outdoors.

You can see my city best from Kings Park and Botanic Gardens. The property offers sweeping views of the Perth skyline and the Swan River.

Locals know to skip Hillarys Boat Harbour and check out the eclectic and unique atmosphere in Perth’s sister city, Fremantle, instead.

The fishing boat harbor in Fremantle, a small, but important, port city located 12 miles southwest of Perth (Photograph by doigy, Flickr)
The fishing boat harbor in Fremantle, a small, but important, port city located 12 miles southwest of Perth (Photograph by doigy, Flickr)

MANY 6160, in Fremantle, is the place to buy authentic, local souvenirs.

In the past, notable people like actor Hugh Jackman and members of the rock band Tame Impala have called my city home.

My city’s best museum is the Western Australian Museum (Read more...)

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