A seasoned traveller can sometimes overlook what is on the doorstep, as Rockcliffe winery owner Dr Steve Hall discovered.
In a recent trip to Perth, before embarking on another overseas wine sales venture, he was shown some of the sights of a city in the middle of a massive program of construction.
And when he wandered for the first time into the Heritage Wine Bar in St George’s Terrace, he queried whether Rockcliffe vintages might be among the 100 wines that are sold there by the glass.
“I was surprised to find Rockcliffe Third Reef chardonnay was on the wine list,” Dr Hall said. “What I saw of Perth is testament to how quickly Perth has grown in sophistication.”
With limited time on his hands, he observed the exterior of the new Intercontinental Hotel (formerly Rydges) and walked past Sentinel Bar and Grill before seeing food and beverage establishments around Brookfield Plaza which include Print Hall and Heritage Wine Bar.
After lunch he went past the well-established Lalla Rookh Italian restaurant and ventured into the cavernous food hall below Allendale Square and emerged in Trinity Arcade, an area he knew well from his days as an oil and gas geologist based in Perth.
In the evening, he visited Yagan Square abutting Northbridge, and saw food and beverage venues situated behind Perth Underground station. He then went into Treasury Buildings to see Wildflower rooftop restaurant, before adjourning for dinner in Petition restaurant on the ground floor.
“I was amazed at the transformation that has taken place in Perth,” he said. “I have no doubt that these assets, which include Optus Stadium, will attract tourists and more direct flights from overseas.”