You might be surprised to know we’re not just experts in keeping Western Australians warm: we know a thing or two about keeping you cool too.
And our number one tip for when the weather calls for generous serves of sun cream, it’s time for generous serves of ice-cream.
So to saving having to scour the city for a top-notch gelato fix, here’s our red-hot-scoop on icy-cold-scoop spots around WA.
Dumbo Gelato – Scarborough
Celebrating their childhood memories in Geraldton with ice-cream are brother and sister duo Kane Hipper and Stevie Gale. You’ll find classics and creative combos, vegan and gluten-free options with local ingredients like organic milk from Margaret River Dairy, chocolate from Bahen & Co and seasonal fruit from the family farm.
Serving suggestion: Sunny afternoons on the Esplanade
Get there: Shop 7/148 The Esplanade, Scarborough
Billy Van Creamy – Perth
Brothers Alex and Mitch Wells have returned to their hometown from Melbourne with their much-loved craft ice creamery in the heart of Northbridge. The beautiful boutique gelateria comes after the success of their original ice cream truck and the launch of their first permanent store in Melbourne. Check out the sophisticated and fun interior while experiencing flavour favourites out of hand-pressed cones.
Serving suggestion: The perfect pitstop after a serve of natural wine and wholesome food from Wines of While next door.
Get there: 454 William St, Perth
Stampede Gelato – Fremantle
If this ice-cream destination was a TV chef, it would be Heston Blumenthal. Listen to these flavours: Lemon Butter with Polenta, Vegemite White Chocolate, Burnt Toast.
This Fremantle-based craft gelateria creates premium handmade, small batch gelato with ingredients sourced across Perth and WA’s South West – and has built the largest gelato flavour archive in Australia.
Serving suggestion: Pairs beautifully with an afternoon at Leighton Beach.
Get there: The Mantle, 1/1 James Street, Fremantle
Gusto Gelato – East Victoria Park, Elizabeth Quay and Leederville
When gelatiere Sean Lee decided there wasn’t nearly enough quality iced creamery locally, he packed off to gelato university (yes, it’ a thing) in Italy to learn from the masters. And so Gusto was born.
Today, they have a cheesecake ice-cream that will make you ask yourself why people ever bothered eating cheesecake in cake form when it’s a million times better as an ice-cream.
Serving suggestion: Best enjoyed with a view of the Swan River at Elizabeth Quay.
Get there: 45 Albany Hwy, East Victoria Park | Elizabeth Quay, Perth | 741 Newcastle Street, Leederville
Kuld Creamery – Fremantle and Highgate
London Fog. Lamingtam. The Satchmo Babka.
No, this isn’t the track list from a new Radiohead album; these are some of the limited-batch artisan ice-creams served up by Kuld Creamery.
And if you think the names are a little different, just wait until you taste them!
Serving suggestion: Goes perfectly with a dip at Bather’s Beach, or when strolling down Beaufort Street.
Get there: 11 Essex Street, Fremantle | 460 Beaufort Street, Highgate
Roho Bure – Leederville and South Fremantle
Feeling a little stressed? One glimpse of Roho Bure’s ice-cream menu will soothe your soul and whisp you away to your happy place.
Strawberry, Rose and Hibiscus… Lavendar Caramelised Pear and Pecan Brittle… Cardamom, Berry Jam and Crumble.
See, just reading them feels like a lovely evening breeze. Plus, their ice-creams are completely vegan, organic and made from natural ingredients.
Serving suggestion: This vegan treat is a delightful accompaniment to enjoying some bird watching at Lake Monger.
Get there: 226 Carr Place, Leederville | 322A South Terrace, South Fremantle
Chicho Gelato – Northbridge
Started by graduates from the prestigious Gelato University near Bologna, Italy Chicho Gelato has become one of Northbridge’s most popular dessert destinations.
They offer innovative flavours – some of which are inspired by old Aussie favourites like the Twin Pole – and have a hypnotically enticing chocolate fountain for that extra splash of flavour.
Serving suggestion: There’s always something happening at Northbridge Piazza, so it’s the perfect place to enjoy a scoop..
Get there: 180 William Street, Northbridge
Simmo’s Ice Creamery – Dunsborough and Rottnest Island
No holiday down south is complete without a visit to Simmo’s for a couple of scoops of their handcrafted ice-creams.
And now that they’ve set up shop on Rottnest, eating a Simmo’s ice-cream has made its way up the “Things to do on the island” list alongside “taking a Quokka selfie” and “complaining about how expensive everything is”.
Serving suggestion: Achieve peak-Rottnest by bringing that ice-cream to Pinky Beach and eating it while taking a quokka selfie.
Get there: 161 Commonage Road, Dunsborough | Central Mall, Thompson Road, Rottnest
Gelato Buonissimo – Busselton
Authentic artisan gelato is made fresh in small batches using local milk with no premixed milk base. The family-owned and operated business champions premium local natural ingredients and sticks to traditional Italian recipes with over 60 flavours on offer. Selections like ‘Wild Flower Honey’ and rosemary and Orange Zest’ make the best use of locally-sourced honey, South West oranges and rosemary straight from the family garden.
Serving suggestion: Indulge in a celebratory scoop of the South West like flavour combination, Jarrah Honey and Macadamia.
Get there: Stocked in-store across Perth and the South West region.
Millers Ice Cream – Cowaramup
Handmade by third-generation dairy farmers, Millers Ice Cream is created on-site using fresh milk from the South West region. Enjoy the scenic drive to the farm, then savour the delicious ice-cream goodness while admiring the beautiful rural farm setting. There’s even an adventure playground for the kids – a win-win for the whole family!
Serving suggestion: Enjoy your sweet treat at The Farm Café, a restored 90-year-old cottage.
Get there: 314 Wirring Road, Cowaramup
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Two Fat Cows – Capel
The small artisan ice creamery produces premium, handmade ice cream with seasonal flavours using old fashioned methods. There’s no artificial colours, preservatives or flavours – just milk from Friesian cows, fresh cream, free-range eggs, sugar and other local ingredients.
Serving suggestion: Enjoy handcrafted ice-cream at a local farmers market in the region.
Get there: Based in Capel, owners Kate and Sue operate from a mobile van often set up at local farmers markets. Follow their Facebook for updates.
Bumbak’s Preserves and Ice-Creams – Carnarvon
Owner Jo Bumbak worked with local growers to give unwanted fruit and vegetables a second life in over 140 types of homemade preserve, 12 varieties of ice-cream, dried fruits, frozen treats, baked goods, gourmet rock-road and real fruit smoothies. There’s no artificial flavours or preservatives – just quality, innovative products to meet consumer needs while cutting down waste.
Serving suggestion: Caramelised fig ice cream followed by a chocolate-coated banana!
Get there: 449 North River Road, Carnarvon