Perth insider: Top local tips from Andre Burford, Head Concierge of Pan Pacific Perth

Why take a tourist trip when, with a little help, you can create an unforgettable getaway? Andre Burford, Head Concierge of Pan Pacific Perth, understands that a friendly Concierge can turn even a short business trip into an ultimate travel getaway. As a member of the global Les Clefs d’Or society of hotel concierges, Andre has met the standard of requirements for accommodating every guest’s needs from the mundane to the extraordinary as a social advisor, business expediter and personal confidante, ensuring the best of stays for guests including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to The Brumbies Rugby team. Here, he shares his insider tips for you to embrace the local experience and discover the hidden gems that are right on the city’s doorstep, from sunrise to sunset.

Rise as the sun creeps over neighbouring Kings Park and explore the city with an adrenalin hit in its scenic surrounds. Kick start your day with a power run or cycle along the stunning Swan River in front of the hotel, or challenge yourself with the 9.5km round circuit across to South Perth.

From the river, take a short walk into the CBD and grab a cup of great coffee at Lowdown in the center of Cloisters Arcade on Hay Street. On your way, stop by and taste the unique and delicious homemade cakes of Bohemian heritage at The Honey Cake Shop, situated downstairs of the Old Treasury Building on St Georges Terrace.

For those who are into weekend brunching, be sure to check out Chapels on Whatley in Maylands. Only a nine-minute train ride from the CBD, the eclectic café offers a creative Eurasian menu and opportunities to purchase fine teas and Asian antiques.

For a family fun day out, The Henley Brook in the heart of the Swan Valley is a fantastic venue where kids can play in the tavern’s outdoor open area and the family can enjoy lovely dishes crafted from some of Western Australia’s best produce. Bring the little ones to the Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm nearby for them to get ‘up close and personal’ with some friendly fluffy animals to make this family trip extraordinary. 

If you’re in town for a romantic getaway, steal the night away in the whimsical atmospheres of Matilda Bay Restaurant and Zafferano, both located on the banks of the Swan River. Enjoy a gourmet seafood dinner whilst watching yachts and boats sailing on the river, as dolphins swim past on sunset.

Not ready to call it a day? Catch some great gigs played by local and international musicians at The Ellington Jazz Club in Northbridge or watch a show at His Majesty’s Theatre. Both venues are within a 10-minute drive from the hotel, perfect for those who like to experience an evening performance in the city.

Discover all the hidden gems Perth has to offer with Pan Pacific Perth and you will find yourself becoming the next expert of the city. Whether a family holiday or romantic escape, Andre and his team will go above and beyond to deliver the Pacific Touch, ensuring your stay is unforgettable with refreshing experiences for every guest. 


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