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Mount Hawthorn

    Mount Hawthorn, Perth (north)

Rent: Rents range from affordable to expensive

Vibe: Life is good

Location: Parks, 5-10km from city centre

Perth gives Mount Hawthorn the thumbs up. Why? This suburb is just 6km north of the city centre and is one self contained living hotspot. It has great schools, leafy streets, plenty of parks, friendly neighbours, and a good cafe culture. Mount Hawthorn has a few pubs, the popular and upmarket Mezz shopping centre, and there's a small live music scene here - including the cool Jazz Cellar which you enter through an old red phone booth. On weekends, expect to see families doing their thing, and joggers hitting the pavement. As with most Perth suburbs having a car comes in handy, but you don't really need one in Mount Hawthorn because public transport is good. It's only a 10 minute train ride away from the city centre.



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If you like getting close to the water and approaching beaches from a different angle, try kayaking. Here are three options:

1. Spit Bridge -

2. Rose Bay -

3. Manly -


Spit Bridge:
is in a low traffic area, in calmer conditions, so it's ideal for novices. Costs are approx $15 per hour. From Spit Bridge you can paddle to Chinaman’s beach, Balmoral Beach or Clontarff Beach – all of which are in Middle Harbour. Paddling in the harbour proper is not permitted from Spit Bridge. Half-day tours which take you to Aboriginal sites in Middle Harbour are available on weekends. Once the paddling is over, there are some food options at Spit Bridge, or head on to Mosman or Manly.  It’s recommended you bring a change of clothes, and a hat, sunscreen and water.
Spit Bridge, Mosman, Ph: (02) 9960 4389


Rose Bay:
If you want to paddle in the harbour, you can hire kayaks from Rose Bay. Paddling is allowed as far west as the Opera House or east to South Head. There is plenty of ferry traffic along here. Bring a picnic lunch and pull up alongside any beach. Or visit Nielsen Park. It's got great views and a kiosk.
Oz Paddle. I Vickery Ave, Rose Bay. Ph: 9371 7036



Kayak hire is also available at Manly from Manly Kayaks, next to Oceanworld. Check out North Harbour's secluded beaches and beautiful scenery. You can reach a secret beach from Manly via kayaking. It's called Store Beach. It's an aquatic reserve and breeding ground for endangered fairy penguins. Kayak straight onto the sand for a picnic lunch. Manly Kayaks offers picnic paddle groups; and single, double and triple kayaks for hire.
Manly Kayaks - Ocean World
West Esplanade, Manly - Ph: 0411 247 917


Spit Bridge: Plenty of buses from Wynyard Station (Stand C) will stop at Spit Bridge, eg Manly, Mona Vale, Palm Beach, Avalon buses. You’ll just need to ask the bus driver to drop you off at Spit Bridge in Mosman. If you are driving there, Spit Bridge is on Military Rd.   MAP


Rose Bay: Drive along New South Head Rd until you reach Rose Bay or take the Watsons Bay ferry from Circular Quay and get off at Rose Bay.   MAP


Manly: take the ferry to Manly. If you decided to drive, go along Military Rd, then turn right into Sydney Rd which is after the Spit Bridge - that's if you are coming from the city. Kayaks can be hired from the east side of Manly Wharf.   MAP