Let it all out – a good cry is healthy, so they say. And while some may choose to well up in the comfort (or confines) of their home, it’s entirely possible that being out and about could be exactly what you need, therapeutic perhaps. We’ve put together a list of six sobbing spots in and around Perth where you can overflow with sadness, or heck even joy – take a look.
This one is pure tactics. The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) is probably the most liquid-atious spot around. As you pass through the maze-like tunnel that is encapsulated by water (and plenty of sea creatures), your tears will merely appear as a drip from a crack in the darkened, glass passage – no worries. Big “It’s the shark crying, not me,” energy.
Where: 91 Southside Drive, Hillarys
2. Urban Orchard
Semi-secluded in that bit where Perth city meets Northbridge, the Urban Orchard in Perth Cultural Centre is the place to be to let your tears flow. Not only does the rooftop expanse boast lovely views of the city, but also vibrant flower gardens and fruit trees. The healing energy of the plants will be sure to soothe your soul and boost your serotonin, or zerotonin, eek. While you’re there make sure to pick an orange and up your vitamin C intake – it’ll help you absorb that vitamin D all the better, true story. Or maybe just have a cry under one of the picnic tables, either one.
Where: 4 Roe Street, Perth
3. Elizabeth Quay Carousel
Let your emotions spiral, much like the Elizabeth Quay Carousel itself. As you spin both physically and mentally, enjoy views of the great Swan River and let your tears roll on over and join the body of water – they’re going home. The carousel is an oldie, but a goodie – looking at you, millennials. Hang in there, you’ll be able to afford a house one day (no promises).
Where: Geoffrey Bolton Avenue, Perth
4. The Round House
Talk about rounding out your emotions. Built in 1830, The Round House in Fremantle is the oldest building still standing in Western Australia (surely check the mortgage prices, millennials)! All jokes aside, the house is perched up high and overlooks the vast Indian Ocean – you’ll get lost in your thoughts as you gaze out to sea; wondering what lurks beneath or thinking about how we’re the most isolated city in the world. Great stuff if you’re feeling particularly lonely. Besides, the ocean breeze (or the Fremantle Doctor, duh) will sweep away your tears in a flash – no sign of a sob, no sir.
Where: 15 Captains Lane, Fremantle
Like a silent crowd, with all eyes on you, you’ll be the main character at Gnomesville. Hop in the car and drive two hours south of Perth city and you’ll find yourself surrounded by thousands of wee gnomes scattered in the bush along a quaint creek – it’s their home among the gum trees. Although potentially creepy, the gnomes are known to be good listeners – there shan’t be an ounce of unsolicited advice out of them, and that’s a promise. The free therapy session might just bring up some emotions which are in need of sifting.
Where: LOT 4059 Wellington Mill Road, Wellington Mill
Yeah, we said it – Spudshed. Firstly, who doesn’t love a good potato? Mash ’em, boil ’em, stick ’em in a stew, right? They’re versatile and don’t fit in to any boundaries or any boxes. They have the ability to continue their growth even after being uprooted and tossed about, and still, they manage to stay resilient and ravishing, just like you. Plus, Spudshed’s Tony Galati (a.k.a. The Spud King) rocks brows that will make you weep, in the best possible way – glorious.
Where: Various locations