PERTH: A WELL­NESS GUIDE

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE - Linda Fried­land

EAT: Break­fast and cof­fee at Yelo on the beach in Trigg, over­look­ing the In­dian Ocean, is the high­light of my week af­ter a long walk or run and a re­fresh­ing dip. This unas­sum­ing spot of­fers de­li­cious smooth­ies, the best bircher muesli, free-range egg wraps, vegetarian slices, Mediter­ranean frit­tata, thick or­ganic fruit toast and melt-in-the-mouth muffins; ye­lo­corner­store.com.au.

STAY: The Richard­son Ho­tel & Spa of­fers fan­tas­tic five-star bou­tique ac­com­mo­da­tion. It is spa­cious, fresh and el­e­gant, and within walk­ing dis­tance of the gor­geous ex­panse of Kings Park as well as the CBD and trendy Su­bi­aco. The high­light of stay­ing here is the re­ju­ve­nat­ing and pam­per­ing spa treat­ments on of­fer; therichard­son.com.au.

SHOP: Perth abounds in or­ganic health stores, juice bars and free-trade cof­fee shops. If your time is lim­ited and you wish to grab a fresh pressed juice or ar­ti­sanal cof­fee and fill a bag with fresh pro­duce, head for Clare­mont Quar­ter shop­ping cen­tre; also check out de­signer and depart­ment stores as well as many spe­cialty gift and gourmet food stores; clare­mon­tquar­ter. com.au.

TREAT: Tucked be­hind a 1920s fed­er­a­tion-house fa­cade lies the ul­ti­mate haven of es­cape. Museo Salon & Spa is a real ur­ban treat in the north­ern sub­urb of Mt Law­ley. From the mo­ment you step into the spa, the am­bi­ent seren­ity soothes you. Try a glo­ri­ous stress-re­liev­ing mas­sage, an ad­vanced cor­rec­tional fa­cial or a cham­pagne pedi­cure; all are de­signed to en­cour­age com­plete rest­ful­ness; museo.com.au.

DRINK: The Bodhi Tree whole­food cafe and book­store has a JYO (juice your own) bar; with a wide range of fresh pro­duce, this is a great spot to get your daily fruit and veg­etable in­take. The fair-trade or­ganic cof­fees and teas are fan­tas­tic; my favourite is a fra­grant pot of chai latte. Comfy couches, re­lax­ing mu­sic, a great se­lec­tion of books and de­li­cious vegetarian food add to the ap­peal; bod­hitree.net.au.

ES­CAPE: No trip to Western Aus­tralia is com­plete with­out an ex­cur­sion down the coast from Perth and a visit to the wine es­tates of the Mar­garet River re­gion. I love hik­ing at least part of the iconic Cape to Cape Trail; its 135km stretch is one of the world’s bio­di­ver­sity hot spots. You can also take guided tours or go “glamp­ing’’, where guides drop off your gear, put up tents and cook de­li­cious meals; capeto­cape­tours.com.au.

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