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Metro size: 5000sqkm
New York? London? Melbourne?
No, for funky bars and vibrant
nightlife, these days you really
need to spend some time in Perth.
Seriously. Proactive Perth City
Council and State Government
policies have seen the inner-city
population grow by more than
70 percent in the past five years,
making it the State’s fastest-
growing area and bringing new
life to the CBD. Small bars and
innovative restaurants and tapas
bars now dot the streets and there
has never been a better time to
go and see what everyone’s been
raving about. There are also many
new city shopping centres and
gorgeous boutiques to explore.
Imagine a winter weekend in
town, booking into one of the
many luxury or boutique hotels
and treating yourself to a little
break, just for a couple of days.
Some hotels have spa facilities
and several have top restaurants
in-house. Catch a show or a
concert, go for coffee or a late-
night supper, then walk back
to your cosy bed, forgetting the
hassle of waiting for a cab home.
Absorb a little culture while you’re
there. Get over to the Art Gallery
of WA (the much-anticipated
Guggenheim collection will be
on display from October to
January), and there are myriad
city galleries to check out and the
State library and the WA Museum
to browse through, as well. The
City of Perth’s Winter Arts Festival
will make the streets of our city
especially exciting over the next
few months. You can also have a
look at what’s screening at the
exciting new Northbridge Piazza
while you’re in the city. Too easy.
The Bell Tower framed by
palm trees on the foreshore.
Things to do | July to December 2010.
REASONS TO GO
tHe CBD eXPerienCe
Go to Wolfe Lane and Howard Street
for some small-bar vibe, check out
the shops and food in the new Wesley
Quarter, wander up the cobblestones of
King Street to see the latest in luxury or
stroll through the new Enex centre off
Hay Street. Look out for new shopping
opportunities at Raine Square and
140William, due to open this year. Enjoy
extended shopping hours as you browse
through the weekend.
The Swan River and sparkling Indian
Ocean are the jewels in Perth’s crown
of attractions and there is nothing like
a water view to make you feel like you
are staying somewhere special. Several
inner-city hotels, as well as hotels and
apartments around the Swan and
Canning rivers at places such as Ascot,
Burswood, Mt Pleasant, South Perth
and Fremantle also have relaxing and
reviving water vistas.
Coast WitH tHe most
Several hotels and serviced apartments
along the coast can promise poll position
to watch the sunset. Others, only a short
stroll or drive away, have easy access
to the restaurant and bar hubs located
at Cottesloe, Scarborough, Hillarys,
Mullaloo and Mindarie. For an unusual
beach experience, Whitfords has an
animal exercise beach where dogs and
horses can be found frolicking in the
shallows most mornings.
JUn JUL aUG seP oCt noV
A city with a growing population,
growing wealth and a growing sense
of confidence. With plenty of inner-city
vibrancy, great suburban street hubs, an
increasing number of arts and cultural
events, a wide variety of shopping and
unspoilt beaches and peaceful country
retreats just a short drive from town.
enJoy... fun at home. Have a city
break from suburban reality or time
out on the coast or in the hills.
• 1.6 million people in Perth and suburbs
• 45 bars and clubs in the central city
where you can enjoy a night out
• 2.5 hours to walk the path around
the Swan River
• More hours of sunshine a day than
any other Australian capital (8.8hrs).
• Has the fastest growing inner-city
region in Australia.
• 90km of beach stretching from
Yanchep to Rockingham.
• P icturesque countryside half an hour’s
drive from the city.
CLimate Day temperatures of 18oC in
July, up to 26oC by November. Rainiest
month is July (153mm average).
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