Here in Perth, we’re so spoilt for choice when it comes to entertainment. And not just any entertainment, South African entertainment. Clearly, the South Africans know just how many of us there are in Perth so they all make a draai here when it comes to Australian tours. That and it’s easier on the jet lag to start a tour here! This month, we’re welcoming South African comedian Carvin Goldstone in Perth.
Life In Perth
One of the best things about living in Perth is having the gorgeous Margaret River region right on our doorstep.
Just a 2 – 3 hour drive, depending where in Perth you live, and you could be relaxing on the stunning beaches, sampling boutique wines or indulging in some of the freshest produce around.
We’ve done a few short breaks to Margaret River so I thought I’d put together the perfect itinerary for a long weekend in Margaret River.
In it, I’ll share where to stay, places to visit, and my favourite wineries and restaurants to visit in Margaret River.
Once you’ve read this, you’ll be itching to book a long weekend in Margaret River of your own!
One of the things I love about summer here are all the different outdoor cinemas in Perth that pop up during the warmer months of the year. One of my favourites is Rooftop Movies in the heart of Northbridge. If you haven’t been yet, you need to add this to your Perth bucket list!
When it comes to migrating, it can be so easy to look at Australia with rose tinted glasses. You’ll actively seek out all the good things awaiting you in your new home country, but brush off any seemingly minor complaints from others, whether they be personal comments from friends and family, or posts on social media or blogs.
So I thought I’d help you out and prepare you for some of the not so fun things about living in Australia. Some of these may only be applicable to Perth (because that’s where I live), but I’m sure some will be just as relevant for other cities around Australia.
And before you get on your high horse about how lucky we are and these are stupid things to moan about, read to the end!
We’re so spoiled for choice when it comes to events in Perth – many people scoff and call us Dullsville, but if you look around you might realise just how much we have to do here in Perth. Whenever the Perth Fringe Festival program is released, I go through all the acts to see what looks good. This year a few shows caught my eye, and one of the first I circled was Big Boys The Third – a comedy dance show by South Africans.
I was then super excited to be emailed by one of the actors in the show, Bradley Searle, asking me to help get the word out about their show. As I love sharing all things South African in Perth with you, and you all love hearing about them, of course I said yes!
South African comedian Masood Boomgaard is heading to Australia this month! The Durban funny man will be doing shows in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane as part of his second Outta Africa comedy tour.
Masood is regarded as one of the brightest stars in South African comedy and will be showing off his unique, witty take on a wide range of topics from politics and medical aid schemes (that’s health insurance to us these days!) to relationships, overbearing parents, and everything else in between.
This November, a brand new film festival is coming to Perth. Joziwood is a South African film festival which will be running for the first time next month. I’ve been speaking to the organisers behind the scenes for a few months now, and they are finally ready to launch this fantastic event to all of you!
What Is Joziwood?
Organiser Chris Greenwood from Prendiville College (where the film festival venue of the Redmond Theatre is situated) has been hard at work with his team to make sure the film festival is a great success. They’ve recently launched their venue and wanted to put it to good use with a range of different events. Knowing there is a large South African community in Perth, the idea of a South African film festival in Perth was born.
Moving to another country is always a new and exciting experience. When you first arrive in Australia and start to settle into your new life down under, you’ll start to pick up on some things in your new surroundings. Here are 10 things you may notice when you move to Perth.
When we first moved here a few years ago, I must admit that I felt at home almost immediately. Having spent 10 years in the UK after leaving South Africa, for me it felt like I was coming home. Driving from the airport to our short term accommodation in Perth at 1am, the first thing that struck me was how much like South Africa it seemed.
After living in England where everyone lived in top of each other, with houses that actually touch each other, seeing the wide open spaces between the buildings was a welcome sight! Over the next few weeks we started to notice things about our new home town and I’m sure some of you can relate to a few of these.
Joondalup has never really had a happening brunch scene. I did discover the gorgeous Gipsy Boy last year and enjoyed a lovely brunch there but besides that we don’t really venture into Joondalup much when it comes to eating out. That is, until now! I was recently invited along through my friend Amanda from The Chef, His Wife and Their Perth-Fect Life, to the opening of a brand new brekkie and lunch spot in Joondalup called Paper Avenue Cafe. I started chatting to the owners and realised immediately that they were South African (my ears are honed to even the slightest South African accent these days!). So of course I had to share this little gem with you all!