Sip­ping in the sun

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There’s noth­ing quite like a good drop un­der the sun – and there’s no bet­ter place to en­joy it than Perth, home to some of the finest vine­yards in Aus­tralia.

Hang out among the vines in WA’s old­est wine re­gion, the Swan Val­ley (it’s been aw­ine­pro­duc­ing re­gion for 180 years) lo­cated a 25-minute drive from Perth city. Here you can meet the mak­ers at some of the small fam­ily wineries or sam­ple some of the wines that grace the top res­tau­rants in Perth city. There’s also fresh pro­duce, mi­cro­brew­eries and gal­leries galore on the Swan Val­ley Food and Wine Trail.

If you’re chas­ing the best cof­fee, Fre­man­tle’s cap­puc­cino strip has you cov­ered, with a num­ber of cafes spe­cial­is­ing in lo­cal organic cof­fee beans. Here in this his­toric port town you can take in the best pre­served ex­am­ple of a 19th cen­tury port streetscape and yes­ter­year am­bi­ence as you feast on the vi­brant flavours. You can also sam­ple some lo­cal brews at the mi­cro-brew­eries, in­clud­ing the pop­u­lar Lit­tle Crea­tures down on the Fre­man­tle Fish­ing Boat Har­bour. The lanes and al­ley­ways of Perth city have ex­pe­ri­enced a cul­tural awak­en­ing, with a grow­ing small bar scene mak­ing a big im­pres­sion. Perched above the lanes and al­ley­ways is a rich selec­tion of rooftop bars; and if you’re here on a balmy evening, you’ll see that there is no bet­ter place to be.

For the best spot to take in views of the Swan River and the city sky­line, Wild­flower is a favourite spot for a pre-dinner drink, lo­cated on the rooftop of the State Build­ings. The ex­cel­lent wine list is a ma­jor draw­card, as is its care­fully cu­rated selec­tion of clas­sic cock­tails. Head down­stairs to Hal­ford, which takes a con­tem­po­rary twist on the 1950s late night lounge bar. For those who like a bit of spice, the mas­ter of Thai cook­ing David Thomp­son has opened a Perth out­post of Long Chim (the first in Aus­tralia) in the base­ment of the State Build­ings.

Lo­cated three hours south of Perth is the Mar­garet River wine re­gion. The world-renowned re­gion is home to more than 220 wine pro­duc­ers and 100 cel­lar doors, and pro­duces more than 25% of Aus­tralia’s pre­mium wine.

Air New Zealand flies twice­weekly non-stop from Christchurch to Perth from De­cem­ber 10, 2016, to April 29, 2017. This will be the first time a 787-9 Dreamliner will op­er­ate from the South Is­land. Air New Zealand’s in-flight prod­uct ‘‘Seats to Suit’’ means you can choose how you want to travel. Choices in­clude Seat, Seat+Bag, The Works, Econ­omy Sky­couch(TM), Pre­mium Econ­omy and Busi­ness Premier(TM).

For more, go to in­ desti­na­tion/perth

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