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StretchLab Has Opened In WA So You Can Live Your Most Flexible Life

Fri, 05/27/2022 - 11:32
Famous US wellness brand StretchLab has opened in WA.

Imagine a life with no back or joint pain. Glorious, hey?

As simple as the act of stretching out daily may seem, we often don’t make time for it or end up doing it wrong. Basically, we’re not reaching our full stretch potential.

Enter StretchLab.

The popular US wellness brand has won over the likes of Gwenyth Paltrow and offers one-on-one tailored stretching sessions that are designed specifically for your body needs and pain points.

It currently has four locations across the state, which include Claremont, Currambine, Highgate, and South Perth.

Freddy Hollow, Owner of StretchLab locations Claremont, Highgate and South Perth, is excited to put flexibility in reach for all demographics.

“Having turned around a chronic illness that plagued me for 15 years, I am super passionate about helping other people meet their wellness goals.”

“I know how feeling unwell or in pain can affect our work, relationships, and personality and I am motivated to help others feel better each and every day.”

If you think stretching is just for the athletes and gym junkies of the world then think again. From desk workers worried about their hunching to people in rehab to regular sports injury sufferers, stretching can increase flexibility, reduce muscle and joint pain, improve posture, increase sports performance, and reduce stress.

Participants who head to StretchLab can choose from a 25 or 50-minute one on one session with advanced ‘flexologists’ or join in on one of the group classes.

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Rising Stars Of Australia E-Sports Join Forces For Gaming Workshop In Perth

Thu, 05/26/2022 - 21:21
E-sports is one of the fastest-growing industries globally and Perth is looking to be at the forefront.

E-sports is the new NBA, NFL, AFL and NRL, all rolled into one.

Think that’s a big call? E-sports is one of the fastest-growing industries globally, projected to hit $2B in revenue in 2022, Australia and more specifically Perth are on the hunt for the rising stars and key emerging talent to represent Aussie gamers on the world stage.

Perth will be essential to the future success of e-sports in Australia – with its proximity to the larger Asia market, Perth has the opportunity to become Australia’s e-sports hub.

Enter Perth internet provider Pentanet who is bringing internet up to speed, has built their own e-sports team Pentanet.GG – the Australian #6 world-ranked e-sports team who are making global waves in the realm of e-sports.

On Sunday (22nd May), the full Pentanet.GG team and coach played host to a gaming workshop at Pentanet Headquarters in the CBD, with eight participants hand-selected from Australia’s most-promising gaming talent pool.

Held in WA, the team put the rising stars through their paces with battles, strategy sessions, and coaching techniques with $500 prize money up for grabs.

“The workshop was an absolute blast, it was great to meet some of the Pentanet family who we’d never normally get to see in person. The vibes were good, the games were close, and watching the PGG boys coaching the up-and-comers in the workshop was really fun. Tons of esports potential in that room! Hopefully, we get to see some more faces at future events,” said Scott Farmer, Pentanet.GG General Manager.

Taking out the prize money and putting their name up in lights in front of the Pentanet.GG team was the team of ZombiSlayer (Ryan Sheam), Frosted (James Howson), N1cbr0 (Nicholas Chong), FelixEdwardson (Lewis Wood) and Hayhay110 (Hayden Longfield).

To cap off the weekend of e-sports activities, Pentanet also held a panel discussion at Pentanet Stadium on Monday where the future of e-sports in WA was discussed with VenuesWest CEO Doug and Pentanet MD Stephen Cornish.

“It starts with visibility. We recognise the high-performance nature of esports – the currency of the industry as an emerging landscape is something we want to support,” states Doug Hamilton, GM Commercial, VenuesWest.

Visibility and the narrative of e-sports starts with removing the stigma and misconception that e-sports is just people sitting in a dark room playing games.

E-sports is a high-performance and high-pressure professional sport with individuals going through as much training, physical/mental wellbeing, nutrition, sleep, etc as professional athletes.  

There are genuine career options in gaming and e-sports – not just for players, but coaches, support staff, casters, streamers, content creators, influencers and more.

We are at the start of a sporting new era and Perth will be at the forefront for Australian gamers.

Perth has a unique opportunity for our Australian players to play against Asia, where some of the best e-sports players in the world reside. You’re only as good as the players you train with and while there’s a lot of talent here in Australia, training against gamers in the Asia market is a key strategy for talent development, and Perth is the only place in Australia you can do that.

Stephen Cornish, Pentanet MD continued to back Perth’s importance in the e-sports space for Australia while on the panel;

“In the next few years, we want Perth to be on the global map for e-sports. The point of the PGG Connect bootcamp was to test our theory that Perth has a strategic advantage as an e-sports hub due to our equal distance between Asia and Australia’s east coast.

We had to build out the Pentanet network to Singapore to enable this and on the weekend they were scrimmaging against a very strong team from Vietnam, and we were able to win one of the games.  It showed Vietnam that we are here, and we have the credibility to train against the region’s top teams.”

Learn more about e-sports and Pentanet.GG.

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7 Of The Best Bowling Venues In Perth

Thu, 05/26/2022 - 12:00
Roll a strike at 7 of the best bowling venues in Perth.

Bowling as a kid? The best thing in the world. Bowling as an adult? Even better, because it includes booze. 

Whether you’re of the more competitive nature or simply hoping not to hit the gutter, gathering the crew for a round of drinks and bowling is the perfect activity when it comes to those chillier months; and who knows, you might just be a pro.

Here are 7 of the best bowling venues in Perth to knock some pins down. 

Strike Bowling

Now here’s a place that screams bowling for adults. 

Head to Strike on a Friday or Saturday night for cocktails, fried food, DJ-led tunes, and an all-around good time. There are locations at Carousel, Forrest Chase, and a more recent addition at Karrinyup and Fremantle, all featuring a range of karaoke rooms, escape rooms, a laser tag arena, Holy Moly golf, and arcade games, so you can make an entire night out of it. 

Source: @strikebowling Rosemount Bowl

On the more family-friendly side, hit up Rosemount Bowl for some retro vibes.

This place has all the classic bowling alley feels with neon lights, old-school playlists, leather armchairs, and a well-stocked bar for the adults. When you’re done, skip on over to The Rosemount Hotel for a few more pints and a feed. 

The Lookout Bar Bowling & Bites

The Lookout Bar has been enticing Scarborough locals for a while now after making its name as one of the best places to enjoy a cheeky Sunday sesh. 

The sprawling bar has drinks flowing, outside seating, and a whole bowling alley area where you can sink a few bevies and take on a few games. Perhaps the main seller though is the fact they host a ‘Bowling Brunch’: unlimited bowling for two hours, a bottle of sparkling Carafe or bucket of 4 coronas, bottomless orange juice, and unlimited pizza.

Source: @thelookoutscarbs B. Lucky & Sons Forrest Chase

When B. Lucky & Sons brought bowling back to the CBD they became an instant hit, and the popularity hasn’t worn off yet. 

The interior is a nod to 1970s America; rustic, vibrant, urban, and raw. You’ll find a bar serving up plenty of drinks, a few greasy pizzas on the menu to fuel you up and ten bowling lanes to play until your arms tire out. 

Super Bowl

The inside of Super Bowl will make you feel slightly nostalgic after keeping the same 80s/90s decor, hot chips, and old-school arcade games over the years. 

They also run cosmic bowling on Friday and Saturday nights where they turn on the blacklights and pump up the neon for a more out-of-this-world experience, and they run disability bowling so everyone can have a go on the lanes.

Zone Bowling

Remember AMF? Well, it’s now Zone Bowling.

It’s still Australia’s largest ten-pin bowling chain, so they definitely know what they’re doing when it comes to providing a top-notch experience. They combine American diner-style eats, beer, laser tag, and classic bowling alleys for all ages, and even offer an adult bowling birthday party so you can relive the good old days (but with drinks). 

Source: @zonebowlingau
  • Location: Morley, Cannington, Joondalup, Rockingham
  • Website:
Amplifier Bar

Hot night out on a budget? Hit up Amplifier Bar for some fast bowls and drink specials. 

It’s not only the cheapest of the bowling venues in Perth, but you also won’t even need to worry about proper bowling shoes- and they have a whole bar stocked and ready to go. You can choose from speed rounds between riffs or a ten rounder, then party until the wee hours next door with live gigs on all around the clock. 

Feature Image: @strikebowling

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Say Hello To Picaresque: Perth’s New Spanish Restaurant Pop-Up

Thu, 05/26/2022 - 11:54
Pan Pacific has launched Perth’s newest pop-up restaurant Picaresque at ‘The Stage’

Step through plush velvet curtains reminiscent of broadway theatre and emerge into another world of dimly-lit dining and evening tipples.

Perth’s dining scene has been firing up lately, and The Stage at Pan Pacific Perth is the newest tasty edition.

The venue is set to be a blend of old and new world theatre, with vibrant artwork, ambient candlelight, and a good dose of glamour.

It’s set to host a lineup of show-stopping performances, carefully crafted cocktails, and pop-up dining concepts, kicking off with the launch of Picaresque on Thursday, May 26th.

Picaresque: A taste of Spain

The new pop-up dining venue will showcase dishes from eight destinations across Spain and takes inspiration from traditional Spanish tabernas.

The menu comes in both four or six-course options, and the bold flavours will be slightly mischievous, slightly cheeky, and 100% unique. Expect the unexpected as Executive Sous Chef Xerxes Bodhanwala serves up plates that challenge traditional dishes and authentic cooking recipes through a blend of locally sourced produce and authentic Spanish ingredients.

The menu

Signature dishes at Pícaresque include the house-marinated Alto misto olives from Jaén that
offer an earthy, peppery tingle, as well as Catalonian Croquetas de Ibérico that are finished with
seared bluefin tuna belly.

The Galician Pulpo a Feira dish features melt-in-your-mouth Fremantle Octopus sous vide style, followed by a paella with Pardoo Station wagyu beef sourced from the Pilbara region. Or, if you fancy, top of the range imported Spanish 12-month aged Ibérico Jamón with toasted bread and crushed tomatoes; and a 16-month aged Manchego cheese served with Inés Rosales and natural honeycomb are not to be missed.

To top it all off, a decadent Torrijas de Leche that can be likened to a caramelized Spanish French toast, served with homemade ‘Leche Merengada’ ice cream.

Now, let’s talk drinks.

Picaresque will feature a vibrant cocktail list crafted by the hotel’s mixologists that will put a twist on some Spanish classics like a Piña Picante margarita or a punchy Marianito made with Campari, Red Vermouth, and Tanqueray Gin.

You’ll also find a curated wine list of WA and Spanish varietals, rose and blanco sangria, Spanish beer and Spanish cava by the glass.

  • Four courses: $79pp or $114pp with paired Spanish wines
  • Six courses: $99pp or $149pp with paired Spanish wines
  • Four vegan courses: $79pp or $114pp with paired Spanish wines
Picaresque at The Stage
  • When: Thursday 26th May, runs for 4 months
  • Where: Pan Pacific Perth
  • Opening Hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:30pm – late
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10 Reasons To Visit Rottnest Island This Winter

Wed, 05/25/2022 - 22:41
Why you should try a Rottnest Island winter visit this year.

Striking coastal views through all the seasons, adorable quokkas bouncing around, and a few degrees warmer than Perth during winter. 

If you think Rottnest is just a summer destination, think again, because it comes alive through the chillier months to- alongside some impressive discounts throughout May for guests travelling to the island until September. 

Here are ten reasons why a Rottnest Island winter visit might have to be on the cards so you can See The Other Side.

A nature-filled hike

Perth-based tour company The Hike Collective knows a thing or two about scouting out the best hiking trails around Western Australia, and their offered bespoke tours give you the chance to choose your own route. 

Winter is the time when nature comes alive on the island, so a hike to get the blood pumping on one of the island’s five unique Wadjemup Bidi trails is the perfect excuse to see it all. 

Source: @thehikecollective Whale watching

August marks the beginning of whale watching season where you can catch Humpback and southern right whales migrate past the island, with guided Eco Express tours kicking off in September. 

The dedicated tours get you up close and personal with the gentle giants of the sea, and run for 90 minutes with a high-speed boat ride giving you a little bit of a thrill on the way. 

Find out more HERE

Baby quokkas

Say Awww.

The world’s happiest animal, and one of Rottnest’s biggest drawcards, there’s no better time to catch adorable quokkas bouncing about in their natural habitat than through the months of May to September. 

But August is when you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for little joeys as they poke their heads out of pouches before taking their first hops in the world through September. 

Source: @saraphilipbedard Big savings 

During its off-season, Rottnest Island offers some pretty enticing discounts on accommodation, tours, and ferry rides over, with savings of up to 30% through to September. 

It’s the perfect time to get the family together for a little mid-year break if you’re on a budget and enjoy the other side of Rotto. 

You can explore all the season offers HERE

Take a Go Cultural Tour

As with any place you visit, it’s important to recognise and respect the history and culture of the land. 

The Go Cultural Tour allows you to re-discover the island from the perspective of its traditional owners, the Whadjuk Noongar people, with a Welcome to Country, Aboriginal sand/water ceremony, and a journey through Noongar language, song, and storytelling. 

Find out more HERE

Catch some fish

A stay or visit to the island during winter is all about the quiet little moments, where you don’t have a care in the world and can experience the peace and serenity of a crisp morning or rugged-up evening. 

An early morning fishing expedition offers some of these moments, and there are countless beaches and headlands to dip into. Take your pick!

Source: @mayhem85 A Capture The Light Photography Tour

Budding photographer? Or simply wanting to up your skills? 

Considering you’re at one of the most photogenic spots in all of WA, you’ll be able to grab some stunning snaps of the winter landscape. With the awe-inspiring landscapes, truly unique wildlife, and historic sites, Wadjemup truly is an inspiring place to acquire new skills and camera knowledge.

Find out more HERE

Hit a hole in one

Winter can be a perfect time to enjoy a scenic day on the green and get warmed up with a few swings. 

Tucked away behind the settlement on your way to The Basin you’ll find the Rottnest Island Golf Course. It’s a combination of a nine-hole golf course, putting green, bowling green and casual licensed Clubhouse and venue with a pool table, upstairs function space, and indoor and outdoor seating.

Whole new views

See the island from a whole new perspective on board a scenic flight or put on a brave face and sky-dive from 40, 000 ft to take it all in. 

The Island Bus and Segway tours also run throughout the cooler months, so there are plenty of ways to get around and see it all as the wildlife and bushland come alive.

Source: @skydive.geronimo Catch a film 

Layer up, grab some blankets, and head to the Rottnest Island Movies for a cozy night watching one of the latest releases. 

At just $15 for adults or $40 for the whole family, it’s a great evening filler if you’re staying at the island over the cooler months. 

Feature Image: @the_wa_wanderer

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18 Of Perth’s Best Gluten Free Spots

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 14:22
Gluten free Perth restaurants and cafes serving up tasty options for sensitive tummies.

Whether you’re gluten-free by choice, coeliac, dating a nongluten eater, or regularly schedule lunch dates with your gluten-free friend, there are plenty of Perth restaurants and cafes that are upping their game on the gluten-free front for those whose stomachs are on the more sensitive side.

No longer will you have to choose from three measly salads and sigh as you skim past other delicious options because the gluten-free scene in Perth has never been better- and these 20 Perth restaurants and cafes are leading the charge with fully dedicated menus or a select few options we love.

Sweetwater Rooftop Bar

Magnificent cocktails aren’t the only thing to love at Sweetwater Rooftop Bar in Fremantle.

Nothing excites our non-gluten selves more than when a place has an entire section dedicated to gluten-free options- that’s right, a whole menu. Safe to say they really know how to nail it.

Choose from noodles to slurp, fragrant curry, chili fried chicken, and more. You want it, they’ve probably got it.

Source: @sweetwaterrooftopbar
  • Location: level 6/1 Silas St, East Fremantle
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in, takeaway, delivery
  • Website:
Il Locale 

If you’ve been in this no gluten gig for a while, you’ll know how hard it is to find a decent gluten-free pizza base. Well, it’s time for a visit to Il Locale.

I too was a firm believer in the beginning that a gluten-free pizza base cannot possibly taste as good as a normal base, but my doubts were put to rest after eating here. Made from scratch and lovingly wood-fired, it’s the perfect balance of fluffy and crunchy in real authentic Italian style- you almost wouldn’t believe it’s zero gluten.

Add some high-quality, flavourful ingredients on top and you’ve got yourself some of the best pizza in Perth.

Source: @illocale_scarborough
  • Location: 16c Calais Rd, Scarborough
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Takeaway, delivery
  • Website:
Angel Falls Grill

Everything at Angel Falls Grill is 100% gluten-free. Yes, you read that right.

One of the only spots in Perth where you can experience the bursting authentic flavours of Venezuelan eats, they’ve curated a deliciously juicy menu of smoked meats and perfectly grilled tender steaks that will have you licking the plate clean. Their dishes are all made from old family recipes using corn as a base, so they are all naturally gluten-free- music to our ears!

Double Rainbow 

You’ll find Double Rainbow on the ground floor of The Rechabite with a huge selection of bites for any dietary requirements.

Head Chef Navarre Top combines traditional Korean ingredients with fine WA produce for a result of loud, vibrant, and exciting dishes that are brimming with flavours and, for the most part, gluten-free. Think beetroot and radicchio salad, juicy dumplings, grilled octopus, marinated pork loin, and more.

Source: @doublerainboweatinghouse
  • Location: 224 William St, Perth
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in, delivery
  • Website:

This plant-based Fremantle gem has been in the spotlight for healthy eats seekers, vegans, vegos, and everyone in between for quite some time.

Originally The Raw Kitchen, Mother does everything natural, fresh, nourishing, and mostly gluten-free. Everything is made sustainably and on-site, and you’ll find stunning healthy dishes like risotto, vegan cheese platters, ‘mozzarella’ filled gnocchi, and arancini on the menu. They’ve also got gluten-free beer and natural wines to wash it all down- winning!

  • Location: 181A High St, Fremantle
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in, takeaway, delivery
  • Website:
Veggie Mama

Making healthy taste good, Veggie Mama has been nourishing the diet-restricted and vegetarian eaters of Mount Lawley for some time.

The cute little cafe features cabinets filled with salads, cold meals, sweet treats, and more that you’ll feel good about eating on your weekly lunch stop. Their wholesome ingredients focus around gluten-free, egg-free and dairy-free, so won’t wreak havoc on your digestive system.

Bayside Barista 

Heading south of the river, let’s talk about Bayside Barista.

They are a 100% gluten-free cafe with accreditation from Coeliac Australia, so these guys are the real deal. You’ll be able to happily chow down on burgers, spinach and feta risotto, loaded fries, and pancake stacks without a care in the world.

Source: @baysidebarista
  • Location: 10/62 Penguin Rd, Safety Bay
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in, takeaway
  • Website:
General Public Food Co

We’ve mentioned our obsession with Il Locale’s bases, but we can’t go past giving a shout-out to General Public Food Co for their gluten-free slices.

The pizzas include toppings like Mexican, carbonara, pulled pork, beef brisket, and prosciutto, with sides varying from tasty (and gluten-free) halloumi or loaded fries. They also do brunch with a gluten-free ‘pockets’ option if you need a mid-morning feed.

The Standard

A perfect sunny afternoon drink spot or night out on the town stop, and also a pretty decent gluten-free option for your mid-week work lunch or dinner plans.

Their menu is modern Australian eats, craft beer, and cocktails all served up in a chic 2-story bar or leafy courtyard area. Host your next girl’s lunch and drinks here and cater for any of your dietary restricted friends with a heap of grazing plates and smaller share plates.

Source: @thestandardperth The Little Banksia 

We’re about to put you on to a seriously good hidden gem in Kensington, so listen up.

The Little Banksia is a huge hit with the locals, and its vibrant menu features plenty of gluten-free options to keep the digestive system happy. You can’t go past trying the smashed avo toast, cauliflower and cumin fritters, super salad, or banksia breakfast, and the gluten-free bread substitution they serve up is seriously good.

Peko Peko

Rolling up some of the best sushi around town, Peko Peko may just be one of Perth’s best-kept secrets for those in the know.

For those not in the know, here are the details: handmade sushi, wholesome takeaway salads and noodle dishes, irresistible rice paper rolls, and a miso ginger sauce that will knock your socks off. Plenty of gluten-free, healthy options await you here, so don’t miss out on giving them all a go.

  • Location: Doubleview, Attadale, and Dunsborough
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in, takeaway, delivery (Attadale)
  • Website:

One of Perth’s fave Mexican hot spots, el PÚBLICO just so happens to have a menu full of gluten-free options for your next tequila-fueled dinner.

The hip little bar rarely sees a quiet night, and the best way to experience all the deliciousness is by grabbing a bunch of friends and getting a wide range of plates to share, with everything from tacos to mini quesadillas or chipotle potatoes.

Source: @elpublico
  • Location: 511 Beaufort St, Highgate
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in, takeaway, delivery
  • Website:
La Cholita

Speaking of insanely good Mexican, La Cholita is killing the game.

The lively venue is often packed to the rafters in a testament to the fabulous cocktails and eats they’re serving up. Sadly their whole menu is not gluten-friendly, but you’ve still got options available on faves like their iconic guacamole and crispy-flour tortillas, beef brisket taco, or spiced pork belly, therefore earning it a place in our list.

Neon Palms

Inspired by 80s Miami and filled with colourful drinks, neon-clad walls, and holiday vibes, Neon Palms is your city escape to warmer times and summer flavours.

They’ve more recently transformed their kitchen into Vice Burger, and all the flavourful burgs come in gluten-free options- because we gluten intolerant folk need to be able to enjoy a good burger joint too. You’ll find some nodding to the classics and some dialing up on the adventurous flavours, but all best enjoyed with a boozy slushy or freshly shaken Neon Margarita.

  • Location: 245 William St, Northbridge
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in
  • Website:
The Old Synagogue

Unless you’re completely new to the Perth foodie scene, you’ll be well aware of The Old Synagogue’s reputation with their amazing eateries- Mr Chapple, Tonic & Ginger, and The Arbor.

All are up there as some of the best eats in town, and all serve up some incredible gluten-free options. You can go for southeast Asian fusion flavours at Tonic & Ginger, or delightful modern pub fare at The Arbor or Mr Chapple.

Source: @tonicandgingerfreo Flora & Fauna

Serving up some of the most grammable plates in Perth, Flora & Fauna is a boutique cafe tucked away in Northbridge with shabby-chic decor and retro wallpaper setting the scene.

Everything is made fresh in their little kitchen, and the menu includes plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options that will fill you up without leaving that dreaded bloating feeling.

  • Location: 4/70 Aberdeen St, Northbridge
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in, takeaway
  • Website:
Pearth Organic Kitchen

This West Leederville health hub cuts all the nasties out of food with no processed products or refined sugars- just good, wholefood ingredients made with love.

Though only small, their menu caters to the gluten intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, or meat lovers, including dishes like GF apple pie pancakes, a macro bowl, or a breakfast hash. It’s the perfect breakfast or brunch stop for a refreshing meal that will keep you fuelled up.

Source: @pearth_organickitchen Finlay & Sons

There’s something magical going on in Inglewood, and it’s Finlay & Sons.

One taste of their hearty all-day breakfast options will have your tastebuds singing, and there are plenty of options for any dietary requirements (gluten-free folk rejoice), but a special shoutout to the hash brown benny and smashed avocado. Plus the locals swear by their coffee- what more could you want?

Source: @finlayandsons
  • Location: 917 Beaufort St, Inglewood
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in, takeaway
  • Website:

Feature Image: @angelfallsgrill

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7 Tips for the German Film Festival

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 05:18

The 2022 German Film Festival brings a collection of 25 films to Perth in June. The Festival showcases the best contemporary German films direct from major European festivals, as well new Austrian and Swiss cinema. While I’m sure you won’t have time to see all 25 films, here are 7 tips from me.

German Film Festival 2022

1. The Black Square Australian premiere (Comedy Drama)

Vincent, a struggling art thief and failed artist has stolen Malewitsch’s legendary abstract painting ‘Black Square’. The sale to a Russian oligarch and his art expert Martha is set to take place on a cruise ship. When Vincent and his younger partner Nils realise that their accomplice with the tickets and fake ID’s is a no-show, they desperately overpower two men to sneak their way aboard. To their horror they quickly learn that their victims are part of the cruise’s entertainment.  Desperate not to blow their cover, they are forced to become David Bowie and Elvis Presley doubles – with varying degrees of success! Despite their best efforts, it is not long before passengers and crew discover their true identities and the value of their loot. A wild goose chase for the ‘Black Square’ on the high seas ensues.

2. A Stasi Comedy Australian premiere (Comedy)

Set in Communist East Berlin in the early 1980s. Ludger (David Kross) is hired by the Stasi to infiltrate a subversive countercultural movement in the district of Prenzlauer Berg. After falling in love with the mysterious Nathalie and sleeping with his first target, Corinna, Ludger ends up living two lives, one as an underground poet and one as a Stasi agent, both of which eventually come back to haunt him 30 years later.

3. The Forger Australian premiere (Biography Drama)

Based on a true story of Samson a Jewish artist who hid in plain sight in Berlin during the 1940’s. A young Jewish man, Cioma Shonhaus (Louis Hofmann) refuses to let the Nazis take away his zest for life. When he discovers his talent for forging documents (especially passports) he sees this as the ideal way to help not only himself but also others escape deportation. 

4. The House Australian premiere (Drama, Thriller)

In the near future, renowned journalist Johann Hellstom is banned from working by the right-wing populist government in power in Germany. He retreats with his wife Lucia to their luxurious fully networked weekend home. As political conditions in the country continue to worsen due to an alleged left-wing terrorist attack, their smart-home increasingly develops its own agenda, transforming from a peaceful refuge to a dangerous antagonist. The house begins to manipulate the couple and play them off against each other by revealing intimate secrets. Finally, the situation in the house comes to a head when two suspected resistance fighters hunted by the regime show up at the door seeking shelter.

5. Monte Verita Australian premiere (Historical Drama)

In 1906 a young mother of two Hanna Leitner wants to free herself from her bourgeois role and its social constraints. She abandons her family and flees to the sanatorium at Monte Verita. When she arrives at the picturesque retreat in the Swiss Alps, she finds more than just relief for her lungs: an eclectic group of artists and scientist have formed a loose community here, searching for healing and a utopia. There, in the idyllic countryside of southern Switzerland, Hanna not only discovers her passion for the art of photography, but also finds her own voice. Yet soon she is faced with a heart wrenching decision, can she return to her family without giving up on herself? The film is based on the true story about the world’s first hippie commune.

6. The German Lesson Australian premiere (Drama)

In post-WWII Germany, Siggi Jepsen (Tom Gronau) is imprisoned in juvenile detention and tasked with writing an essay on the subject of “duty”. He suffers from writer’s block and the paper remains blank. Put in solitary confinement, and alone with himself and his feelings, he finds the clarity to recall the memories of his childhood during the war.

7. Five Films Over Five Decades
To celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the Goethe-Institut in Australia, a specially curated selection of outstanding German cinema from the last five decades including: The Tin Drum; Solo Sunny; Run Lola Run, remember that one?; Good Bye Lenin! and Victoria which is shot in one continuous take, it follows a young Spanish woman who finds her flirtation with a local Berlin man turn potentially deadly on a night out with his friends.

The Festival runs from 2 – 22 June. Screening at Palace Cinemas Raine SquareLuna Leederville and Luna on SX.

See for more information. 

Fern Pool Karijini National Park: Everything You Need To Know

Mon, 05/23/2022 - 12:25
A picturesque desert escape: discover the beauty of Fern Pool Karijini

A stunning oasis hidden among desert, Fern Pool is one of Karijini’s numerous picturesque swimming holes and a must-visit if you plan to be up north.

The idyllic location is often snapped for an Insta feed post or two, and you’ve probably scrolled past a few times eyeing it off enviously. And the photos don’t lie- this spot truly is picture-perfect, with striking red rock formations and dazzling turquoise waters that will have you mesmerized.

If you were looking for your sign to take a trip and visit, this is it.

Source: Where is Fern Pool?

You’ll find Fern Pool in Karijini surrounded by the region’s iconic gorges, rugged landscape, and ancient rock.

Karijini is about a 15-hour drive up the Great Northern Highway, or you can take a flight to Newman or Paraburdoo and drive the rest of the way. To find the pool, you need to head to Fortescue Falls Car Park, descend the staircase into the ancient cavernous gorge and then hike about 300m upstream. It’s not a super hard walk, but it is rated as a Class 4 hiking spot which does recommend a bit more experience walking through the bush.

Vehicle-wise, Karijini can technically be accessed by 2WD, but it’s recommended to hop in a 4WD in this area to avoid getting stuck as the terrain can be tough.

The history

The name here speaks for itself, considering the beautiful natural pool is surrounded by ferns on every side.

The area of ancient gorges was formed about 2.5 million years ago as layers of sediments on the ocean floor were put under extreme pressure, eventually turning into rock and later exposed when sea levels dropped.

It is also a sacred place for the Banjima people, holding significance as a women’s place where the Creator Serpent lived after winding through the land and creating the rivers and gorges of the Pilbara.

Can you swim in Fern Pool?

Fern Pool is fed by a natural spring, so the water is completely safe to take a nice relaxing dip in. Framed on all sides by lush greenery and complete with a cascading waterfall, it’s one of the most beautiful swimming spots in WA.

Source: @megha.austrip Are there crocodiles at Karijini?

Given it’s so far inland, you won’t catch any crocodiles out in Karijini. You’ll be able to swim here totally croc free.

What to do here


As mentioned before, this is a place of major importance to the Banjima people, and you’re more than welcome to swim – just don’t go splashing about and making heaps of noise. Take your time floating around and soaking in the gorgeous natural scenery. This is a place to be quiet, respectful and contemplative.

There are also endless surroundings to explore. You can find the Circular Pool swimming hole at the other end of Dales Gorge, and Fortescue Falls halfway along the gorge making it easy to combine the three, or you can explore an abundance of colourful wildflowers if you visit in the cooler months.

In terms of other must-visit Karijini items, you may want to go check out Knox Gorge and Joffre Falls nearby which offer crazy good views of the unique landscape. You’ll also find the Gorge Walk here, a challenging hike that can take up to three hours to complete, so do so only if you feel up for it.

Source: @michaelsarich Things not to do

To stress this again – show respect to the area. That means no jumping in. Not only is it considered disrespectful to traditional owners, but you also run the risk of hitting a submerged object.

Obviously, this is not like having a swim at the beach or in your own backyard, so there are some risks involved. Gorge pools can be a lot deeper than you think, and freshwater is much less buoyant than salt, so swim within your limits and keep an eye on your friends. You should also leave if it starts raining, as flash flooding can occur.

Don’t visit this area after sunset. It can be very dangerous and you won’t be able to follow the tricky trails in darkness.

There are 4G towers installed at the Eco Retreat, campgrounds, and visitor’s centre, but don’t rely on having reception and plan accordingly.

Finally, as with visiting any natural area, don’t leave any rubbish behind, look after the surrounding area and be respectful of local wildlife and plant life.

Where to camp?

If you do want to stay in the area, the closest spot is Dales Gorge Campground. This provides caravan and tent sites for travellers, and also includes toilet and gas BBQ facilities.

Otherwise, you can hit up Karijini Eco Retreat for a bit more of a luxurious experience with stylish glamping in safari-style eco tents, cabins, and campsites.

Best time to visit Fern Pool?

The best time to head to Karijini is from May to September, during the late autumn, winter, and early spring months when it’s experiencing dry season and pleasant temperatures.

Source: @amazing_wa

Feature Image: @_dontwannagohome_

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Australia Records Biggest Single Day Of Pre-polling In Nation’s History

Fri, 05/20/2022 - 16:25

With one day left in the polls, more than 4.6 million Aussies have voted at an early voting centre.

The country is on track to surpass the 2019 total of 4.7 million, setting a new record. 

Postal votes have made up 2.73 million while over 25 thousand have voted with an Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) mobile voting team. 

COVID-19 positive Australians eligible to vote on the phone

Originally, those who tested positive before Tuesday but did not apply for a postal ballot could not vote on the phone.

The decision was overturned by the AEC, meaning anyone testing positive can vote from 6 PM tonight on the phone. 

Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers says the telephone voting service was legislated by Parliament as an emergency measure for individuals who had no other voting option once postal vote applications closed at 6pm on Wednesday.

“There has been a lot of discussion about the telephone voting service provision and we not only understand people’s passion for democratic participation but live and breathe it every day,” Mr Rogers says.

For more information on how and where to vote, visit the AEC.

Catch the latest election news at So Perth.

Top Gun Maverick Review: One Of The Best Sequels Ever

Fri, 05/20/2022 - 15:44

If you feel the need … to see a heart-thumping action movie, get yourself to Top Gun Maverick you will not be disappointed.

Since we last saw Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell (Tom Cruise) he’s become one of the Navy’s top aviators. We find him flying by the seat of his pants as a courageous test pilot. However his thirty-year history has not been without issues and sadly he’s in trouble, again. This time he’s about to get kicked out of the Navy, for good.

Lucky for him his old mate Iceman (Val Kilmer) hasn’t been so reckless in his career and has progressed to the ultimate position of power. Also lucky for him there’s a major military issue brewing in enemy territory which requires expert flying skills. Obviously, there’s only one man for the job, or is there?

Iceman saves Marverick’s neck by sending him back to the Top Gun academy. There he must teach a group of elite students how to forget what they’ve learnt and fly by instinct alone.

Could a collection of stories paying homage to the original movie make a good sequel? Clearly, the answer is yes, particularly if they’re dispersed within heart-thumping action scenes, and supported by thundering music. The action will have you literally turning in your seat as you try and keep up with the planes. Congratulations to all involved, particularly those responsible for the action sequences.

Also hats off to the casting agent for finding someone who looked like he could actually be the son of Goose. Miles Teller does an excellent job as ‘Rooster’.

Thankfully the references back to the original movie were handled fairly subtly, rather than blatantly in your face. As a result, they leave you with a knowing smile rather than a grimace.

Yes, there was a romantic interest but honestly, I think the movie would have stood us just as well without it.

But mostly well done to Tom Cruise who easily carries off the forty-something Maverick.

Rating 9 out of 10. See it on the big screen

For session times go to Event Cinema Whitfords

Watch: Top Gun Maverick Trailer

All images are supplied by  Paramount Pictures.

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How Effective Are Political Ads?

Fri, 05/20/2022 - 11:47

With the election looming, you’ve likely seen many political advertisements spewing from your TV, radio, newspaper, and just about any other source of media. 

From annoyingly catchy jingles to bizzare animations, political parties are looking for any competitive edge to win your vote. 

“We have to remember people have a predisposition when it comes to political ads,” says Dr Isaac Cheah, an Associate Professor of Management and Marketing at Curtin University. 

“When it comes to making ads, you have to ask yourself, what do you want people to remember, and what do you want them to take away?”

Anthony Albanese is portrayed as Gollum from the Lord of the Rings series. Source: Australian Liberal Party.

He says for the general population, they’re largely not effective in winning votes. 

“It’s kind of sad because there’s a lot of money put into these ads around election time.”

Interestingly, there are no caps on how much political parties, independent candidates or third parties can spend during a federal election. The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) reimburses parties according to the share of the primary vote they achieve during the election. 

The last federal election amounted to $70 million in funding. 

So, what makes a good ad work?

“To be honest, a good ad is one I want to watch again and one I want to tell people about,” says Dr Cheah. 

“In a political sense, those kinds of ads are hard to come by.” 

The components of a good ad, according to Dr Cheah. Photo: Duncan Bailey.

Dr Cheah says positive ads tend to generate positive sentiments, but roughly 90 per cent of political advertising is still negative. 

“People remember bad things more than good experiences,” he says. 

After the 2012 American Presidential election, each election became consecutively more negative than the previous. 

“In 2012, negative ads were around 10 to 40 per cent. In 2016 it was around 90.” 

A study on candidate behaviour found close elections (or the more competitive ones) are not only more negative but actually increase the amount of knowledge voters have on candidates compared to a landslide election. 

He says this is because agencies increase spending radically to make sure they get your vote. 

“At the end of the day, it’s a competition. There should be a level of disclosure that happens, but you want people to be engaged also.”

The legislation around political ads is loose, to say the least. Political advertisements only need to meet basic requirements: Identify who is behind the ad, and not mislead the public on how to cast a vote. 

The veil around how truthful they are, however, is murky. 

Political ads are not fact-checked by a governing body, meaning there is virtually no oversight. It’s up to the voter to determine what’s true and what’s not. 

Dr Cheah says he thinks the ads could be more objective, but it’s a difficult area to navigate. 

“I don’t know how much can change, because if everything is by the book, it gives very little flexibility for campaigns to run effectively,” says Dr Cheah. 

“As a candidate, you really want to find that sweet spot going into the election.”

He says given the legislation surrounding ads, you can play by the book if you want, but your opponent won’t. 

“Once things get close, the gloves come off. Every edge you get is a competitive edge.” 

Keep up with the election news at So Perth

18 Of The Best Wine Bars In Perth To Sip At

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 12:49
The best wine bars in Perth that will have you drinking from the bottle.

We’ve all woken up with the dreaded wine hangover where it feels like your head just might explode and you swear you’re going to change, but these Perth wine bars will make it all worth it.

With everything from local treasures to fancy dining on our doorstep, you can get off that couch and hit the town for a glass after a long day (or a bottle after a really long day). There is no shortage of options on the Perth wine bar scene to fill all your wildest wine dreams.

Here are 18 of the best, in no particular order.

Wine Merchant

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better wine list in Perth.

With an extensive listing of delightful wines curated by Director of Wine Emma Farrelly, Wine Merchant can be found in the State Treasury Building. It’s an intimate city hangout, carefully designed as a place for enjoyment and conversation. Pair that with staff who have an intimate knowledge of wine and you’ve got a winner.

Settle in and select from a list where diversity is bound by deliciousness or choose from an encyclopedic cellar of wine to take home.

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  • Location: State Treasury Building, Perth
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in
  • Website:
Si Paradiso

Si Paradiso is praised as one of the best when it comes to getting your wine drink on.

The retro Italian hangout is part bar part nightclub and in an amazing venue that caters for a few casual glasses or an all-night party with a few bottles. Pair one of their epic prosecco’s with a pizza or one of their many share plate options.

Source: @si_paradiso
  • Location: 446 Beaufort Street, Highgate
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in, takeaway
  • Website:
Nieuw Ruin

Fast becoming a Freo fave, Nieuw Ruin is home to an impressive list of 250+ bottles of wine- many of which you won’t find on your standard wine menu.

Brought to you from the team behind Foxtrot Unicorn, the wonderful little bar is set in a charming old heritage cottage with a breezy verandah and high ceilings that pull you in with a warm welcome. Pair all this with a fancy pub fare menu from head chef Blaze Young and you’ve got a winner.

Source: @nieuwruin
  • Location: 12 Norfolk St, Fremantle
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in
  • Website:
La Madonna Nera

Carefully curated, Italian-sourced wines grace the walls of La Madonna Nera in a cosy and intimate dining setting.

It’s your local afternoon pit stop or evening dining destination with a seasonal menu designed to share the finest drops of Italian varietals. You could pretty much drop this place in Italy and it would be right at home.

Location: 1/155 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn
Price: $$$
Options: Dine-in, takeaway

Lalla Rookh

What partners better than magnificent wine and drool-worthy Italian food?

Lalla Rookh is home to a wine room lined top to bottom with bottles from over 300 different labels. You can enjoy a drink in their gorgeous courtyard or find a more intimate setting inside, but wherever you are you can’t go past trying one of their wood-fired pizzas and pairing it with a nice glass of red.

Source: @lallarookhbar
  • Location: 77 St Georges Terrace, Perth
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in, takeaway
  • Website:
Wines Of While

This casual little bar brings you natural, real wines and wholesome food.

Wines of While pride themselves on sourcing handmade wines with no chemicals involved- meaning you can down a bottle and still feel good about yourself (that’s how we see it anyway). You’ll rarely find an empty seat here, which is a testament to their stellar menu and vibe.

  • Location: 58 William Street, Perth
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in, takeaway
  • Website:

Known for its seafood eats and sunny Freo location, Madalena’s Wine and Seafood Bar in Freo offers local produce that is sustainably caught and grown in their own kitchen garden paired with organic wine.

They also have live acoustic music from Thursday to Sunday so you can really get into that relaxation mode with some soothing tunes.

  • Location: 406 South Terrace, South Fremantle
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in
  • Website:

Meet the Italian wine bar boasting a huge list of delectable wines sitting right next door to Monsterella- one of the best pizza spots in Perth.

The selling points for Mummucc are endless. The setting is cozy and relaxed with a simple air of elegance, and the incredible menu is bursting with flavours, tapas, and handmade pasta. Make sure you get in early as this gem is walk-in only.

  • Location: 46/56 Grantham Street, Wembley
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in, takeaway
  • Website:
Heritage Wine Bar

Sitting in Perth’s CBD, Heritage Wine Bar oozes sophistication alongside a 100+ strong menu of award-winning wines and a dedicated bottleshop.

You’ll find wine from local, national, and international producers to be paired with simple yet elegant food from Chef Gord Kahle in a stunning heritage setting.

Source: @theheritageperth
  • Location: 131 St Georges Terrace, Perth
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in, takeaway, delivery
  • Website:
North Bird

A casual wine stop featuring funky natural drops, North Bird has cemented its place as a notable wine bar in the heart of Northbridge.

Their menu is filled with expressive wines from small producers, and the food menu is perfect to pick at while you taste a few. If you find one you particularly fancy, you’ll be able to take it home from their bottle shop.

  • Location: 175 William St, Northbridge
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in
  • Website:

The buzzing atmosphere of Willi’s has gained plenty of attention since its opening at the end of 2021, and they definitely impress with their glasses of wine.

You’ll find it on the ground floor of the Royal, along with a robust wine menu to sip on after a long day in the office. The marble tabletops and jewel-hued decor set the tone in a chic corner bar setting.

Source: @willisperth
  • Location: 531 Wellington St, Perth
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in
  • Website:
Cherubino City Cellar

If you’re somewhat of a wine enthusiast then you’ll be familiar with the name Larry Cherubino.

Full to the brim with sensational drops from the award-winning winemaker, the Cherubino City Cellar is right on Rokeby Road. You’ll find a very extensive list of Italian and Australian bottles and, of course, Cherubino’s own fine creations.

  • Location: 169-171 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in
  • Website:

Tiny’s specialises in small-batch wines on a list of over 300 internationally and locally sourced bottles.

Its light and bright vibes make for the perfect spot to have a drink with mates, and there’s an equally vibrant food menu of big flavours on family-style plates to pair with your ideal glass or bottle.

  • Location: QV1 Plaza, Milligan St, Perth
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in
  • Website:

Combining a bar, kitchen, and bottleshop, Besk offers you just about every wine you can think of from local and international producers with the option to dine in or take a few home to your couch and Netflix.

Open brickwork and plants give the area a hip feel where you can relax and grab a bite to eat while you ponder over which wine to choose.

Source: @beskbar
  • Location: 264 Railway Parade, West Leederville
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in, takeaway
  • Website:
King Somm Bar

Located inside a heritage-listed building, this gorgeous neighbourhood bar has made its way onto our list for its insanely good selection of wine and to-die-for pizzas.

King Somm is a bar that feels like home featuring a cozy setting where you can sink in with a glass and grab a bottle of your fave wine to take home.

Source: @king_somm
  • Location: 13 King William Street, Bayswater
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in, takeaway
  • Website:
Shadow Wine Bar

This Northbridge wine bar is elegant, modern, sleek, and serving up some killer bottles of wine.

Shadow Wine Bar is the perfect place to grab a leisurely drink and some bar bites after a long day. The waiters here really know their stuff, so make sure you rack their brains for the best food and wine pair up.

Location: 214 William Street, Perth
Price: $$$
Options: Dine-in
Website: shadow-wine-bar

Ronnie Nights

The Strange Company team is behind this quirky little bar that brings you disco vibes in a pub setting for an all-round good time.

Ronnie Nights focus is on local and boutique wines coming onto the scene, so you might just find something you’ve never tried before. If all that hasn’t convinced you there is also an upstairs area lit by a disco ball so you can boogie all night and a fabulous selection of cocktails. Need we say more?

  • Location: 75/77 Market Street, Fremantle
  • Price: $$$
  • Options: Dine-in
  • Website:
Vincent Wine

Found on the edge of Northbridge, say bonjour to Perth’s finest Parisian-inspired wine bar.

Vincent Wine heroes a wine list focusing on France with a striking gold bar, airy courtyard, and a small menu of French bistro-style bites. You’ll be taking a trip to Paris without even having to leave the country.


Feature Image: @king_somm

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First Look At New Perth Cultural Centre Master Plan & Flythrough

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 10:47
$35 million has been allocated to the rejuvenation of the Perth Cultural Centre.

As part of the Perth City Deal which also includes the New Swan River Bridge, a further $15 million has been allocated from the McGowan Government on top of the $20 million from both the Australian Government and State Government to the rejuvenation of the Perth Cultural Centre (PCC) project.

“The McGowan Government’s commitment to this project will see the PCC transformed into a more vibrant, welcoming and accessible place for Western Australians and tourists alike.”

Mark McGowan

This investment will rejuvenate the Perth Cultural Centre precinct to create vibrant, safe and attractive areas to connect Perth’s cultural institutions and the surrounds, delivering improved liveability, cultural and tourism outcomes for the city.

Immediate works include the development of a preliminary master plan for the precinct, including ambient lighting, improved security, signage, landscaping and upgraded entrances to the precinct.

Watch: Perth Cultural Centre Master Plan Flythrough

The Perth Cultural Centre master plan includes the development of a new broad and shady central space to provide the precinct with a new focal point.

The works will also include the demolition of the amphitheatre and development of a more accessible, graded streetscape.

At the eastern end of the PCC, an Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) car park will be demolished to introduce better connections to Beaufort Street and create a new children’s play place.

The project will deliver enhanced lighting and security, open up under-utilised spaces, and create a better environment for families and tourists visiting the area.


No start or completion date has been announced – however, if you wish to learn more by visiting

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