CNN Travel puts Perth on the 'best' list
The word is out - Perth is hot, and it's not because of the weather.
CNN described Perth as Australia's "new capital of cool" last year, and now the international network has put WA's capital on its list of the 18 best destinations to visit in 2018.
"Oft overlooked in favour of Sydney and Melbourne, Perth seems to have finally hit its stride," CNN travel's Kate Springer writes.
"The city's building on its lively night market and dense restaurant scene - now offering more eateries per capita than both Sydney and Melbourne.
"But that's just what's happening downtown. From pristine beaches to oceanfront cycling and whale-spotting, Perth also offers timeless natural adventures."
CNN reels off a list of all the typical Perth highlights, from the Swan Valley to Kings Park and "the artsy port town of Fremantle," and also references new developments like "the ultra-cool Aloft Perth, a hotel aimed at millennials, featuring keyless rooms, communal spaces, live music, rooftop yoga and a 24-7 pantry".
Perth has also featured in the Lonely Planet's good graces, with Perth-based author Fleur Bainger picking Maylands as the city's coolest suburb.
"Maylands has been bubbling away for a few years and we think it is really starting to get somewhere with the cool factor," she told 6PR.
"If you have spent any time on Whatley Crescent or Eighth Avenue, apart from all the new openings of cute little bars and cafes, it has got a really good neighbourhood feel and community sense."
Whether it was a quiet drink at the cosy wine bar, Swallow, or a Sunday morning coffee at one of the town's trendy cafes, Ms Bainger said the town had plenty to offer.
And with Qantas set to launch nonstop Dreamliner flights from Europe in March, the new stadium racing to completion and a raft of developments including Yagan Square springing up across the city, Perth could soon lose its status as a hidden gem.