Northbridge by bicycle : Perth Cultural Centre
Welcome to the first of the red bike adventures through Perth City. I want to show how much fun it is on the bike and also encourage businesses and the local government to think about the benefits of improving cycling facilities and infrastructure, because well, us cyclists are out and about rain or shine, dawn or eve. We like to explore and stop to refuel.
The ride begins from Elizabeth Quay and I take the on road cycle lane along Barrack Street all the way up to Beaufort Street where I switch to the footpath entering the Perth Cultural Centre. A TED talk plays on the big screen in the public amphitheatre, the sun shines down on patrons at PICA Bar, bicycle parking is full in front of the State Library and people linger in front of coffee spots and outdoor gardens near the Art Gallery Western Australia.
I’m here to seek some creative inspiration and visit the exhibits on display at the Art Gallery, but firstly I take a walk around.
The space in front of the Art Gallery is an urban orchard and towards the rear is a small pathway which easily connects to Yagan Square. You will have to cross a traffic road on the Horseshoe Bridge to reach Yagan Square.
I didn’t catch the name of this little cafe but it looked cool.
Tickled pink by the convenient offerings at Pretzel who happen to be open to 2:30 am on a Friday and Saturday night. This could be a suitable destination spot for a late night group bike ride!
Polly Coffee sits next to a small wetland display, an eco system in this urban built area is definitely a rare sight.
Lot 20 towards William Street host Spanish Lessons on Wednesday nights and swiss Raclette on Sundays.
Most of the collections at The Art Gallery of WA are free to enjoy with the exception of a number of special visiting exhibits. The small gift store inside is very similar to the one located up at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, I just loved the Boab seed carvings.
While some disciplines of art tends to be lost on me, I find a personal interest lies in the natural world and in particular, Western Australia. Lance Chadd’s ibelongyoubelongwebelong exhibit showed me familiar Western Australian scenes portrayed in art, it was lovely to wander through and see how he combined landscape, animals and people into one piece. Lance Chadd is a Bibbulmun Nyoongar/ Budimia Yamatji Aboriginal artist born in the southwest town of Bunbury.
The Botanical collection: Beauty and Peril, unusually captured fire photography but I enjoyed the tree pieces which also featured local Karri landscapes.
Blackwood song by Brendon Darby, to me was famously a large piece of precise details.
Access by Bicycle
There are two racks reasonably close to the Art Gallery. Entry points to the cultural centre include: the Perth city train station, Beaufort Street, the Horseshoe Bridge and James Street. Like most entertainment districts, bike theft is an issue so I recommend you securely lock the bike with a good quality lock. Food places in this vicinity offer alfresco sections and if it isn’t busy I would say you can definitely keep your bike nearby without incurring any awkwardness.
Look out for my next instalment where I discover close by, an extension of the Perth Cultural Centre spilling out into Northbridge!