Having been the seat of Australia’s mining boom, Perth and Western Australia could soon grow to become a hotspot for conferences and conventions as well. The signs are certainly promising, with the Perth Convention Bureau recently announcing that 2013/14 was the most successful year in its history, raking in $107 million in conference revenue.
Being located in such proximity to one of the country’s most industrial hubs also makes Perth an ideal location for these events. If you’re heading to the west side to attend a conference, here’s our guide to the best the city has to offer.
If you’re looking for a quality place to catch some rest, you certainly won’t have any struggle. Perth offers a range of great accommodation both in and around the city centre to meet every travellers’ needs.
Some of the most recognisable international hotel chains have set up shop in Perth, so you’ll find plenty of 4- and 5-star options dotted around the city. Whether your allegiances lie with Crowne Plaza, Rydges, Rendezvous, Hyatt Regency or Best Western, there is a quality place to bunker down for the night in the heart of Perth.
For those looking for something with a more local flair, the Richardson Hotel & Spa can’t be beaten. One of the city’s top 5-star hotels, it exudes luxury in abundance and is within tantalisingly close reach of the city centre.
Eat and drink
Its costal location, proximity and easy access to the rest of the world means Perth has an eclectic local culture, and this is amply reflected in the splendid range of eateries on offer.
Restaurant Amuse is one of the most well-known names in Perth’s culinary scene, and a great place to take your clients if you’re looking to make a real impression. Its daring degustation menu is among the finest you’ll find in Australia and will certainly leave diners intrigued and amused.
Opus Restaurant is another classy dining option, and its unique brand of French cuisine is bound to inspire some joie de vivre among you and your guests. For the ultimate choice in class and glamour, you can’t go far past this establishment.
After an intensive few days of attending conferences, you can be forgiven for wanting to relax a little before heading back home. Fortunately, Perth has plenty of spaces where you can unwind and take in the city’s fine vibes at a leisurely pace.
If the weather is nice (a common occurrence in Perth), Kings Park is definitely worth a visit. In fact, it was ranked the sixth best park in the world in the 2014 TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards, making it the perfect place to relax with a good book or muse over the insights you’ve gained at the conference.
Nature lovers are certainly spoilt for choice in the Western Australian capital. Swan River is one of the most beloved spots in the city, and is a great place to catch a spot of swimming – or you can simply sit back and enjoy the view.
History buffs and those who want to learn more about the city’s illustrious past can also visit a range of historical sites. For the best picks, the Aviation Heritage and Maritime museums, Fremantle Prison and the Perth Mint are all worth a visit.
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