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Perth is Western Australia’s capital city and major gateway into the state. It is one of the most isolated capital cities in the world. Geographically it is closer to South East Asia than it is to the east coast of Australia and it is in the same time zone as Hong Kong and Malaysia. Singapore is in fact closer than Sydney and its nearest neighbour of 2,000 kilometres away is Adelaide.
Perth is a beautiful city which prides itself on its broad cultural diversity and welcomes visitors to its city with open arms. It has modern facilities and an advanced transport system which allows commuters to travel on buses for free within a free transit zone in the city. Compared with Melbourne and Sydney, the city centre is on the small side and has just four major streets running east to west – St Georges Terrace, Hay Street, Murray Street and Wellington Street ensuring it’s easy to get around. Many hidden laneways connecting the main streets are a haven for unique bars, cafes and restaurants. Discovering a new laneway usually entails discovering a new favourite spot!
The city centre looks out over the broad stretches of the Swan River. The Swan hosts a range of water sports, including sailing, water skiing, jet boating, fishing, parasailing and cruising. There are more than 50 kilometres of pathways for walking and cycling. Since the completion of the the newly redeveloped Elizabeth Quay in January 2016, Perth City and the Swan River have been reconnected. Many bars and restaurants bring the quay alive with fantastic attractions for all ages and many events held here throughout the year.
Perth has a rapidly growing population and is a popular city for Australians to relocate to. It also attracts many Brits to its shores, lured by its Mediterranean climate offering warm to hot summers and cool, wet winters. Perth offers a wonderful standard of life and is regarded by Australians as the perfect place for both families and young professionals. It has become an increasingly popular tourist destination for overseas visitors in recent years and this trend is set to continue, which is having a positive effect on the local economy.
East Perth is becoming increasingly renowned for its trendy, city based food and wine scene. Nearby is the famous Crown Complex, here you will discover WA’s finest Accommodation including the exquisite 5 * Crown Towers, luxurious 5* Crown Metropol and the 4.5* Crown Promenade. You can also treat yourself to the ultimate relaxation at one of the 2 Spas within the complex. Crown caters for all types of restaurant goer whether its premium fine dining, casual dining or just a quick bite to eat. Grab a drink at one of the many bars or have boogie at Eve nightclub. If entertainment is your thing then check out the many events held at the Crown theatre throughout the year, from live theatre to concerts Crown has it all.
Situated about 10 minutes north east to Perth CBD is Mount Lawley, this is a diverse and bohemian style suburb and is buzzing with life. Beaufort Street is lined with cafes, bars and restaurants and is a hive of activity at all times of the day and night, and it runs right up to the city. The local Hyde park is also a fantastic family spot for picnics, BBQ’s, walks and even weddings. There is a little waterway to walk around and a splash park for the little ones to play on a hot day.
This old inner suburb is revitalised and young again. With a good mix of cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs makes Leederville a popular and sociable area. During the day time you can relax with a coffee while the kids make use of the play area and skate park, have an early dinner at Sienna’s or the Meatball Bar, then watch as the Leedy strip comes to life. If you are out for the evening start your night off at The Garden where you can relax outside under the trees and lights, then see where the night takes you there’s plenty of choice.
Northbridge is situated just 5 minutes north of the city centre, a vibrant and exciting suburb best known for its nightlife. Dozens of bars, cafés, restaurants and clubs line the streets of Northbridge bringing in the crowds day and night. With its European style atmosphere it makes it a popular place for both tourists and locals alike. Northbridge is home to the WA museum (currently closed for refurbishment), the state library, the Art Gallery of WA, and the popular Piazza which is regularly used for cultural and creative performances with the LED superscreen showing a variety of creative, music and sporting performances.
Subiaco or subi as the locals call it, is Perth’s most fashionable neighbourhood. Close to the city and Kings Park it’s a great place to come for shopping, entertainment and culture. There are also many upmarket shops to browse around. Enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the many bars and restaurants to suite all budgets. Subiaco is also home to the Subiaco Oval which is mainly used for Australian Football League (AFL) being the home ground for the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers.
Kings Park & Botanical Gardens
Kings Park is the largest city park in the world and is bigger than New Yorks central park. The total area of the park is 400.6 hectares and overlooks the Swan River and Perth CBD. Kings Park and Botanic Garden is a place of inspiration and relaxation and caters for absolutely everyone. Incredible views, great children’s parks, and botanical gardens and natural bushlands that showcase a plethora of Western Australia flora and around 80 bird species. Kings Park and Botanic Garden also has more memorials, statues and honour avenues than any other park in Australia including the ANZAC Bluff commemorative plaque dedicated to the 2,500 men of Australia and New Zealand Army Corp who lost their lives in the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915. The Court of contemplation commemorates the conflicts in which Western Australians have fallen. The walls feature the names of major battlefields and the mesmorising Flame of Remembrance within the Pool of Reflection burns continuously. It symbolises the promise of all Western Australians that ‘we will remember them’
For many thousands of years, Aboriginal people have been visiting and it remains an incredibly important ceremonial and cultural place for the Indigenous people of Western Australia. Visitors are invited to take a journey on an Indigenous Heritage Tour to discover the culture of the local Aboriginal people they can then visit The Gallery gift shop which exhibits some stunning works of art from local Aboriginal artists.
The CBD’s revamped waterside attraction has attracted more than 6 million visitors in it’s first year of opening. With an array of restaurants, bars and cafes it’s a great spot to meet up with friends and family. The water playground is home to an interactive water feature that uses lighting and choreographed water jets to create an engaging, fun and family friendly community space a definite winner with the little ones. Stroll over the amazing Elizabeth Quay suspension bridge to “The Island” and watch the little ones play in the Island playground or enjoy a bite to eat at the Voyager restaurant.
Head over to vibrant Barrack Street Jetty and you will find the infamous Bell Tower, one of the largest musical instruments on earth which was built to house the bells of Saint Martin in the Fields church, in Trafalgar Square, London. The Bell Tower offers fascinating displays of these famous bells and the ancient art of bell ringing, as well as spectacular 360-degree views of Perth city and the Swan River. You can also purchase an engraved Love lock and hang it at the tower for all to see. Elizabeth Quay hosts many events throughout the year to find out more visit http://www.mra.wa.gov.au