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experience Perth Western australia Your 2011 2012 2011 12 HolidaY guide HOLIDAY PLANNER Your guide to visiting the city of Perth and surrounding regions to PertH citY and surrounds 2 www.experienceperth.com While many destinations claim to have it all Perth simply lives it all - sunny weather beautiful beaches awesome fresh produce and a relaxed outdoor lifestyle. And best of all everything s on offer within a short distance of the city centre. To discover more visit our space to find yours... www.experienceperth.com www.experienceperth.com CITY COUNTRY COAST 3 CITY 4 6 9 10 12 14 16 18 24 26 Fantastic spaces Perth City City Events Kings Park Getting around Shopping Dining Out Tourism operators Attractions Playing golf COAST 28 32 34 36 38 42 46 48 50 53 Fremantle Tourism operators Rottnest Island Tourism operators Sunset Coast Tourism operators Gingin Coast to Country Rockingham Mandurah and Peel Tourism operators COUNTRY 56 58 60 62 64 67 68 72 74 Eastern Region Swan Valley Perth Hills Tourism operators Armadale New Norcia Avon Valley Tourism operators Useful information HY HW 4 www.experienceperth.com 1 New New Norcia Norcia Lancelin Lancelin 90 MINS 90 MINS NORTHERN NORTHERN Guilderton Guilderton 60 MINS 60 MINS Gingin Gingin GR GREA EAT T Goomalling Goomalling Bindoon Bindoon Yanchep Yanchep 50 MINS 50 MINS Chittering Chittering Valley Valley Toodyay Toodyay HWY W H Y Joondalup Joondalup Hillarys Hillarys 40 MINS 40 MINS Wanneroo Wanneroo Bullsbrook Bullsbrook N ER RN ST TE EA EAS Northam Northam INDIAN INDIAN Rottnest Island Rottnest Island Scarborough Scarborough 30 30 MIN MINSS 40 40 MINS MIN S Swan Valley 30 MINS Swan Valley 30 MINS T Guildford Midland GREAEAT Guildford Midland GR Mundaring PERTH Mundaring PERTH Kalamunda Kalamunda Cottesloe Cottesloe FWY FWY HWY HWY Armadale Armadale 60 MIN 60 MIN S S OCEAN OCEAN FREMANTLE FREMANTLE 50 50 MINS MIN S 90 MIN S 90 MIN S Rockingham Rockingham KW KWIN INANA ANA Mandurah Mandurah W WE ESTE STE RN RN FWY HELL Y FW MITC ELL H MITC GREAT GREAT York York Beverley Beverley Serpentine Serpentine Jarrahdale Jarrahdale Brookton Brookton SO R HE UT SO ERN H UT N 3 HW Y HW Y Wandering Wandering Dwellingup Dwellingup Boddington Boddington Pinjarra Pinjarra 0 10 20 30 O OLD 0 Scale in Kilometres 10 20 30 Scale in Kilometres Waroona LD C Preston Beach Waroona SOUT SOUTH H CO OAST AST RD Preston Beach Fantastic spaces to be With so many great ways to spend a day in Perth and surrounds we ve put together some of our favourites to help you discover the natural beauty and fantastic experiences on offer. 1. Perth City Start your day with a visit to Kings Park and marvel at the awesome city and river views. Spend some time shopping and taking in the city s great attractions galleries and museums. Make sure you also enjoy the fabulous Swan River by taking a river cruise or by setting off on one of the walkways and cycleways that follow the river s beautiful foreshore. To see all the city sights hop on the tourist tram or sightseeing bus. See pages 6-27. RD 3. Rottnest Island Famous for its tranquil waters and secluded bays Rottnest Island is a perfect day out. Catch a ferry from Perth Fremantle or Hillarys and on arrival hire a bike to explore the island at your leisure. Enjoy lunch at one of the cafes and restaurants most offering spectacular ocean views then spend the afternoon enjoying the beautiful crystal bays. See pages 34-37. 2. Fremantle Catch a train join a cruise or drive to the colourful port city of Fremantle. Browse the quirky shops grab a coffee and bask in the atmosphere of the Cappuccino Strip. For lunch feast on delicious local seafood at the Fremantle Fishing Boat harbour. Spend the afternoon exploring a multitude of attractions and historic buildings that make Fremantle so special. In the evening be sure to check out the great micro breweries and vibrant restaurants. See pages 28-33. 4. The Magnificent Coast Just 20 minutes west of the city centre you ll find the stunning stretch of coastline for which Perth is famed. Along the Sunset Coast discover 19 white sand beaches where swimming surfing and snorkelling are all popular pursuits. There are some great restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy lunch by the sea or end your day while witnessing a magnificent west coast sunset. Also try canoeing windsurfing and fishing. See pages 38-47. 4 2 CITY COUNTRY COAST 5 6 5 9 10 7 8 5. The Swan Valley Head inland on a short drive to the Swan Valley and enjoy the 32km food and wine trail where there are plenty of places to stop and savour the local produce. There s an endless choice for lunch with many wineries and restaurants offering a delectable array of beautifully presented food. After lunch enjoy some wine tasting and visit the local micro breweries for some boutique beers. See pages 58-59. 7. Armadale Travel 40 minutes southeast of the city and explore scenic Armadale. Call into the Visitor Centre for maps and the Bert Tyler Vintage Machinery Museum great for history enthusiasts. Be sure to visit the nearby Araluen Botanic Park famous for its gorgeous gardens. There are some great walks in the area and many art galleries to discover which are tucked off the beaten track. See pages 64-65. 9. Mandurah Journey south by car catch the train or join a tour to Mandurah only one hour from Perth. Start the day with a cruise along the beautiful canals lined with opulent houses and the picturesque estuary home to many migratory birds and friendly Bottlenose Dolphins. There are some great cafes along the foreshore for lunch and you can spend the rest of your day at the Mandurah Ocean Marina where many million dollar boats are moored. See pages 50-53. 6. Perth Hills Head 45 minutes inland from Perth and you ll discover the scenic Perth Hills. There are some beautiful national parks to explore and many walking trails to enjoy especially in spring when the wildflowers come out. You can stop for some wine tasting at one of the hill s many wineries or head to Kalamunda and spend time pottering around the quaint village shops. See pages 60-61. 8. Rockingham Travel 45 minutes south of Perth to the seaside city of Rockingham where you can visit the beautiful Shoalwater Marine Park famous for its marine life. You can swim with the wild dolphins here or join a cruise to Seal Island and Penguin Island to see the fascinating Australian sea lions and little penguins. Rockingham s foreshore offers a beautiful setting for picnics or lunch at a waterfront cafe. See pages 48-49. 10. Avon Valley East of Perth the picturesque Avon Valley is a patchwork of green rolling hills historic villages and country charm. It is perfect for a self drive exploring quaint village streets and pottering through craft shops and museums. The countryside is scattered with cafes and colonial homesteads offering home-style cooking for lunch or afternoon tea. Be sure to also visit New Norcia which is Australia s only monastic town. See pages 68-73. 6 www.experienceperth.com City Centre Where everything comes together Welcome to the city of Perth the capital of Western Australia the nation s largest state. Its superb position on the banks of the beautiful Swan River and nearby hectares of natural bushland in Kings Park make for a city centred on the great outdoors. For an upbeat tempo head to the city centre. This vibrant area is lined with pedestrian malls jammed packed with a riot of varied shops. Stock up on stylish Australian beach fashions buy some Aboriginal art or simply sit at a cafe and watch the parades of people passing by. The city is also the place to go for cultural experiences and historical attractions. Here you ll find theatres galleries and museums offering a kaleidoscope of entertainment. You can also step back in time in Perth City and learn much about the area s colourful past on a free guided walk with the city of Perth s i-City Volunteer Hosts. the undulating plains of the Swan Valley wine region or jump on the ferry for a short trip across the river to South Perth. The Swan also provides for action lovers with water sports available right in the heart of the city. Try ski-biscuiting windsurfing jet skiing or parasailing to really get the adrenaline pumping. Such activities are especially glorious in the city with the shining brilliance of towering city buildings set as a stunning backdrop to the dazzling waters of the Swan. East Perth East Perth is also well worth the visit. This area combines vibrant inner city living and natural beauty with funky public art and a wealth of physical activities Set out on the Claisebrook Cove public art walk to discover the weird and wonderful talents of urban designers landscape architects and artists. Alternatively consider taking to the waters. You can enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of Claisebrook Cove with boats kayaks and other water vessels. You can also wander into one of the bars caf s and restaurants overlooking the Cove to enjoy a meal and the stunning view. Swan River Grassy parkland lines much of the Swan River which sweeps by the city centre. Hire a kayak bike or a sailboat to explore its quiet reaches. Enjoy a picnic with a bottle of wine and watch the sunset and the city come alive with light. You can book Swan River cruises from Barrack Square. Set out from here for the bustling port city of Fremantle head east into CITY COUNTRY COAST 7 The more active may decide to explore the area on walking and cycling trails. These trails wind throughout the region leading down to the banks of the Swan River. The Trafalgar Road footbridge also stretches across Claisebrook Cove and is only open to pedestrians and cyclists so you won t have to worry about traffic. Many of these restaurants feature al fresco dining creating a vibrant Mediterranean holiday atmosphere. And most are open day and night. For those on a budget you ve also got several food halls to choose from offering food from many corners of the globe. Once the sun begins to set Northbridge truly comes to life. This is the time to enjoy a beer and perhaps some live music at one of the bars or dress up and sip on cocktails at a trendy nightspot. Clubs too are in thick supply. Find one offering the music that suits you and dance well into the night. With so much on offer the only difficulty you ll encounter is deciding how to fit it all into one holiday. And you haven t even left the city yet Experience this isitKingsParkandgetbacktonature V isitBarrackSquare seetheSwanBellTowerfollowed V byacruiseonthebeautifulSwanRiver ndulgeinsomecityartsandcultureatagallery I museumortheatre atchagoldpouratThePerthMint W isitNorthbridgeforthespecialtyshops greatfood V andculture ineoutatthegreatrestaurantsonofferintheCity D NorthbridgeorEastPerth ireabikeandridearoundthecityforeshoreorhirea H kayakforapaddleontheswan eethecitysightsonasightseeingbusortouristtram S akeafreeguidedwalkingtourofthecitywithan T i-CityVolunteer oshoppingatthewiderangeofcitystores G andboutiques Northbridge - the cultural heart of Perth For a kaleidoscope of foods wines arts culture and vibrant night life head direct to Northbridge. This cultural hub just a five minute walk from the Perth central business district is renowned for its incredible line up of bars clubs restaurants cafes funky speciality shopping cultural venues and fresh produce. Start your day here by immersing yourself in the culture of the Art Gallery of WA and the WA Museum. Then perhaps stock up on some funky fashions by shopping at the alternative boutiques. Find Italian tailored suits and shoes retro clothing punk gear handcrafted evening bags arty sheet sets antiques and specialist sports equipment. Northbridge is famed for its sheer diversity of restaurants in the one setting. You can enjoy Thai Chinese Indian Greek Egyptian Italian Vietnamese Chinese Japanese - the list goes on and on. Want more info Western Australian Visitor Centre Ground Floor Albert Facey House Corner Forest Place & Wellington St Perth Tel 61 8 9483 1111 Toll Free in Australia 1300 361 351 8 www.experienceperth.com Arts & Culture Perth is alive with a spectacular mix of music theatre comedy dance and visual art. This rich tapestry of cultural experiences is on offer the whole year round in diverse locations across the city. It is particularly rich during the Perth International Arts Festival held every February and March. During this time the city welcomes local and international artists to participate in a riot of shows across the region. Music lovers are in for a treat with plenty of live music on offer especially in cultural hotspots like Northbridge Subiaco and Fremantle. You ll find music ranging from rock bands at trendy pubs to chilled-out jazz floating from wine bars and restaurants. Perth is also emerging as a comedy capital with hilarious local and international acts regularly on offer at special comedy clubs or pubs especially in Northbridge. Northbridge is also home to Perth s Cultural Centre which houses the Western Australian Museum Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. The Museum takes you on a journey from this ancient continent s earliest days through to European settlement. It also places heavy emphasis on Western Australia s rich Aboriginal heritage. The Art Gallery is similarly appealing showcasing more than 1000 pieces of national and international art. Be sure to catch a showing of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra the state s largest and busiest performing arts company. The orchestra plays traditional pieces as well as contemporary works and many of these shows are held outdoors under the stars fusing music with the romance of a balmy Perth evening. Theatres too are plentiful from grand stages like the 103-year-old His Majesty s Theatre to intimate out-of-the way stages offering alternative and avant-garde shows. His Majesty s is the home of the West Australian Opera Company which performs world-class shows here throughout the year. There are many Indigenous cultural experiences on offer in Perth that provide fascinating insights into Western Australia s ancient Aboriginal culture. For stunning Aboriginal art displays close to the city head to the Aboriginal Art and Craft Gallery on Mount Eliza in Kings Park which has been established for 16 years. There s also an Indigenous Heritage Tour in Kings Park where you can find out about the original West Australians who used and loved Kings Park for tens of thousands of years. CITY COUNTRY COAST 9 City Events The city of Perth is the venue for many cultural sporting and community events throughout the year. Many of these events are free allowing visitors to enjoy the best of what Perth has to offer. City of Perth Australia Day Skyworks 26 January Taking place annually this is the largest community celebration in the nation on Australia Day. Join in and experience free concerts and activities taking place around the Swan River leading up to the spectacular fireworks display. Perth Fashion Festival September Experience a glamorous week of fashion in the city including spectacular runway events showcasing Perth s home-grown designers and fashion industry talent. City of Perth Festival of Sport Kids in the City - City Playground Pass School Holidays - April July and October The City of Perth s hosts free school holiday activities in July and October providing free family entertainment. The Playground Pass is available in April July and October and offers great discounts on city attractions food and entertainment for the whole family. November Perth s famous parklands and river transform into a sporting playground for the weekend with more than 15 different sports and activities. There is something for every age and every fitness level. Northbridge Festival November There will be something for everyone as a carnival of sound dance theatre and street art erupts in Northbridge during Perth s biggest street party. Perth International Arts Festival 11 February - 7 March For almost four weeks the city s creative scene will flourish as hundreds and visiting international performers and artists showcase their works to a Perth audience. City of Perth Winter Art Season June - August The City of Perth Winter Art Season is a three month program designed to warm the souls of Western Australians over the cooler months. Each year the City of Perth partners with city based arts and cultural organisations to stage this event. www.perthwinterarts.com.au City of Perth Festival of Christmas 12 November - 24 December The city is the place to be for the festive season. For six weeks the City of Perth is filled with colour and light making it the fun place to do your Christmas shopping and be entertained. Eat Drink Perth Last Friday in February to the end of March Enjoy the City of Perth s month long annual celebration of city restaurants cafes bars and food speciality stores with special offers and events all March. www.eatdrinkperth.com.au 2011 Calendar January City of Perth Australia Day Skyworks (26 January) July School Holiday Program and City Playground Pass February Perth International Arts Festival September Perth Fashion Festival want more info Call the City events line (08) 9461 3368 or visit www.showmeperth.com.au March Eat Drink Perth (Entire month of March) October School Holiday Program and City Playground Pass April City Playground Pass (April School Holidays) November City of Perth Festival of Sport Northbridge Festival Awesome Festival Pride Parade May West Australian Music Industry Festival June City of Perth Winter Arts Festival (June - August) City Wide Sale December City of Perth Festival of Christmas (November-December) City Wide Sale Proudly supporting Experience Perth Jewel of the City The jewel in the city s crown Kings Park is one of the largest inner city parks in the world. Located within a short walk of the city it is a major drawcard for both visitors to Perth and locals alike. This stunning location overlooks the city and the silken blue waters of the Swan River. From high above you can see the brilliantly coloured sails of boats on the river the twinkling lights of the city the distant Perth Hills and the endless blue skies for which Perth is so renowned. Views from the DNA Tower in Forrest Drive are similarly breathtaking - on a clear day you can see all the way to the Indian Ocean. The park features both cultivated gardens and untamed bushland and you can picnic on grassy lawns take a jog through the bushland or attend one of the summer outdoor concerts under the stars. Children are also catered for with a number of excellent playgrounds suitable for children of all ages. CITY COUNTRY COAST 11 Be sure to experience Federation Walk which includes a walkway above the tree tops where you ll become truly captivated by the birds eye view. The Aboriginal history is particularly fascinating. You see Kings Park has been revered as a sacred place for Aborigines whose mythical serpent the Wagyl is said to have entered the ground near here and emerged at the foot of Mt Eliza to create the beautiful Swan River. Mt Eliza is also the site of the State War Memorial. For those with energy to burn the Kings Park walk and cycle trails are a great way of seeing more of the park. You can also embark on free guided walks held twice daily at 10am and 2pm. Also be sure to take time out to relax at one of the many scenic picnic and BBQ areas or visit the park s tearooms and restaurant. In spring time you can enjoy the world-class Kings Park Wildflower Festival. This festival within the Botanic Gardens celebrates the breathtaking beauty of WA native wildflowers with a dazzling profusion of species spread over seven hectares. Be sure to visit the various gift shops all located off Fraser Avenue. Aspects of Kings Park is an award-winning gift store and an experience within itself. A treasure trove of unique local art craft jewellery books gifts & stationery we dare you to walk out of there empty handed PER 12 www.experienceperth.com Getting Around Perth The options for getting around Perth are almost as diverse as the city itself. From trains and buses to boats and free guided tours you ll find the perfect mode of transport to suit. Bus & Free CAT Services Within the city centre you can enjoy free and easy transport. The modern CAT buses run on three routes providing free transport around the city. The CAT bus stops are easily recognisable and provide real time passenger information. Free CAT transport is also available in the city of Fremantle. You can also enjoy free travel within the Free Transit Zone in Perth City. This allows you to travel on a Transperth bus or train within the boundary limits for free. FTZ signposts are displayed on route limits. For bus travel outside the FTZ you can buy a ticket from the driver or a Multirider ticket from most newsagencies for travel around the whole Perth region. Trains For the trains the FTZ boundaries are City West on the Fremantle line and Claisebrook on the Midland and Armadale lines. Tickets can be purchased from machines at each train station or you can validate your Multirider before entering the train. From Perth Central train lines run on five lines to Armadale in the south east Fremantle in the south west Joondalup in the north west Midland in the north east and the new Southern Suburbs Railway line to Mandurah in the south. 13 I-CITy VOluNTEER HOSTS These ultra friendly volunteer guides will give you advice on how to get around Perth. The army of passionate Perth people also provide tips on the best places to go and things to see. They staff the City of Perth Information Kiosk in Murray Street Mall and roam the streets in search of people needing help. They also run free walking tours taking in some of the city s best attractions. Look out for their distinctive green and blue shirts. Ferries From the city you can catch a ferry to Fremantle or across the river to South Perth. Ferries depart from Barrack Street Jetty located on the river foreshore. You can also catch a ferry to Rottnest Island from here along with a variety of other fantastic river cruises. Taxis Designated taxi ranks are located around the central city for safe and convenient travel. Supervised taxi ranks operate in Northbridge on Friday and Saturday nights. Taxis may also be hailed on the street or ordered by telephone anywhere in Perth. Two of Perth s major taxi companies are Cycling and Walking Perth has a comprehensive network of cycle and dual-use paths in the central city and beyond. One of the most popular routes for leisure cyclists and walkers is a circuit around the Swan River at the doorstep of the city. Riverside routes are clearly signposted and detailed cycle maps can be obtained from most metropolitan bicycle retailers. If you don t have your own bike you can hire one from About Bike Hire located at Point Fraser Reserve on the river foreshore. For further information on Transperth CAT Swan Taxis phone 13 13 30 Bus Train and Ferry services visit the Black and White Taxis phone 13 10 08 Transperth offices at Plaza Arcade Perth City Busport Wellington Street Busport or Perth Railway Station. Otherwise contact Transperth by calling 13 62 13 or visiting www.transperth.wa.gov.au. 14 www.experienceperth.com Need a little Retail therapy From eclectic markets to stylish malls Perth and its surrounds offer a host of shopping options. Here you can stock up on trendy beach fashions buy unique Aboriginal art discover antiques or find special gifts to suit your loved ones. The shopping is centred on several main areas each oozing their own unique style. Why not make a shopping day of it by heading out on the Perth to Fremantle train line Start in Perth City and head to Subiaco Claremont Cottesloe and Fremantle to really immerse yourself in shopping heaven. You ll find so much to buy that the only difficulty you ll have is getting your new purchases home again City Shopping Perth City offers a whirlwind of shopping experiences open seven days of the week. From unique designer goods to major department stores the city s rich mix of retail outlets encompasses the latest in fashion style and technology. The Murray and Hay Street Malls are particularly popular as pedestrian only streets where you ll discover a treasure trove of fashion jewellery and accessories. Originally created to help pedestrians traverse the wide city blocks arcades including Carillon City enex100 Piccadilly Plaza and Trinity Arcade have each developed their own distinctive character offering shoppers an array of choice. The quaint English-Tudor themed London Court is renowned for gemstones hats and souvenirs. The city s upmarket West End is where international fashion houses and labels have made their home in Perth. On the beautiful heritage streetscape of King Street follow the Fashion Walk of Fame and visit some of the same brand stores found on Rodeo Drive and the Champs- lys es. Further down towards Wellington Street independent boutiques and fashion houses offer unique items of clothing. The glamorous shopping precinct is a superb example of old meets new. Your West End wardrobe can include designer luggage shoes handbags jewellery and of course designer clothing. Bargain hunters will love Harbour Town just out of the city centre on Wellington Street. Here you ll find discounted goods and factory seconds from big name retailers. The city is Perth s place for fashion shopping. When you step into the city you ll step out with style. Shopping Northbridge Discover the creative heart of Perth in Northbridge where you can expect the unexpected. William Street is a shopping Mecca bursting with local fashion designers whose quirky stores will delight the most discerning fashionista. You ll find unique pieces that are fashion forward the perfect gift for someone who has everything or hard to find designer pieces from overseas. Subiaco This upmarket area is crammed with designer shops fashion boutiques book shops furniture shops and a bustling weekend market. The markets feature a riot of foods jewels fashions Wesley Quarter is a fabulous new addition to crafts flowers and homewares and come the chic West End tucked in behind the gothic complete with a lively bustling character. style Wesley Church built in the mid 1800 s. Explore Rokeby Road Hay Street and Subi Centro for most of the shopping action. CITY COUNTRY COAST 15 KING STREET Fremantle Freo is the place to come to stock up on funky fashions Aboriginal art and stylish accessories. Fremantle is also famed for its vibrant weekend markets which offer arts fashions foods and entertainment amid a lively carnival atmosphere. Markets are also on offer at the E Shed Markets. Otherwise set out down historic High Street and its surrounds to find treasures like unique Aboriginal art pieces local fashion designers second hand book shops and music shops. Shopping Centres Major shopping malls offering a wide mix of fashions homewares chain and department stores feature in many areas around Perth. Shop in air-conditioned comfort and find everything you could possibly want all under the one roof. Find Perth s major shopping centres at Garden City Riseley St Booragoon Westfield Carousel Albany Hwy Cannington Centro Galleria Collier Rd Morley Karrinyup Shopping Centre Karrinyup Rd Karrinyup Westfield Whitfords City Whitfords Ave Hillarys ASPECTS OF KINGS PARK Harbour Town 840 Wellington Street West Perth WA 6005 T (61 8) 9321 2282 www.harbourtown.com.au Outlet Shopping at Harbour Town Over 100 brand direct outlets selling direct for less everyday. Perth s only dedicated outlet shopping centre with a huge variety of fashion homewares sportswear shoes and so much more. Ask about our FREE Tourism Club Card for further discounts Suburban Shopping Head into the heart of the suburbs to discover out-of-the-way boutiques and designer stores. Get off the train line from Perth to Fremantle at places like Subiaco Claremont and Cottesloe for particularly fashionable shopping. Most of the activity in Subiaco is centred on Hay Street and Rokeby Road while Claremont s stylish fashion boutiques are found around Bay View Terrace and Cottesloe s shopping precinct is around Napoleon Street. See page 74 for Perth City and Fremantle shopping hours. 16 www.experienceperth.com Whether it s dining in an elegant restaurant overlooking the river or eating fish and chips while watching the sunset on the beach Perth boasts an extensive buffet from which to delight your tastebuds. Perth s vibrant multiculturalism is particularly evident in its food scene. And seafood plays an important role too caught fresh from the dazzling waters of the nearby Indian Ocean. Eat out here and you ll find the warm climate makes for sensational al fresco dining. Tables and chairs spill onto sidewalks where people congregate with glasses of wine delectable foods and good company. Perth s natural attractions also add to its dining pleasure. You can dine by the river - particularly beautiful at night as the city lights dance across the water s surface - or by the ocean with the fresh sea air in your lungs the sun in your face and colourful crowds passing by. Perth The Perth CBD features a good line up of bars and restaurants particularly at its west end. Here you ll find funky cafes swanky bars character beer houses and intimate restaurants. Many of the five star hotels in the city also offer world-class restaurants. East Perth is also becoming increasingly renowned for its trendy city-based food and wine scene. Nearby is the Burswood Complex offering five-star dining as well as other dining options a world-class casino entertainment dome luxury accommodation and more. A little further afield in South Perth you ll find classy restaurants lining the river and providing spectacular views over the city and river waters. Catch a ferry to here from Barrack Square in the city. Along the Coast Heading along the coastline will reward you with not only a great selection of dining options ( particularly at Cottesloe and Hillarys Boat Harbour ) but also an opportunity to enjoy your meal while watching the sun set over the cobalt blue expanse of the Indian Ocean. CITY COUNTRY COAST 17 Northbridge This cultural hub of Perth just five minutes north of the city centre is renowned for its vibrant nightlife. Dozens of bars cafes restaurants and clubs are packed into a central area drawing crowds day and night. This is the place if you want to eat out watch live music or dance well into the night. It is particularly multicultural offering everything from Aussie pub food to Italian Greek Thai Chinese and Egyptian flavours. Don t miss the new Northbridge Piazza located on the corner of Lake and James Street. The Piazza is a creative hub as well as a venue for large scale cultural events. Visitors can also enjoy the giant outdoor LED screen which is a major attraction operating 24 hours a day and showcasing a variety of features such as films creative presentations sport and music. Subiaco Stylish Subiaco is renowned for its funky eateries from gourmet pizza shops to elegant restaurants. This hub of shopping markets bars cafes and restaurants is just 10 minutes west of the Perth CBD. Most of the activity centres on Hay Street and Rokeby Road. Fremantle This bustling port city is about 30 minutes drive south of Perth City on the coast. It is renowned for its food and wine scene based around the famous cappuccino strip . Italian and seafood restaurants are particularly popular here. Then there s the markets offering fresh produce and knick-knacks and the lively pub scene including microbreweries producing some sensational local beer. Live music is also a common attraction in Fremantle further adding to this character city s lively atmosphere. Mount lawley Journey about 10 minutes north east of the Perth CBD to Mount Lawley where you ll find a precinct jammed with a selection of pubs cafes and restaurants. About 10 minutes to the north west is Leederville which also features a big range of eating and drinking establishments in one vibrant central area. 18 www.experienceperth.com While you re booking your bed we re checking for ticks. We make sure that when you travel your choice of accommodation meets the highest standards of service and professionalism. We check balance sheets systems practices and people and if they meet the standard they earn the tick. So whether you re choosing accommodation tours or activities look for the tick and you ll know that we ve checked them out before you check in Aarons All Suites 12 Victoria Ave Perth Freecall 1800 000 675 T (61 8) 9318 4444 E res aaronssuites.com.au www.aaronshotels.com.au Aarons All Suites Apartments offers great value 4 Star fully self contained studios 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom accommodation in the centre of Perth city. Assured Ascot Quays Apartment Hotel 150 Great Eastern Highway Ascot WA 6104 T (61 8) 9479 0000 E ascot assuredhotels.com.au www.assuredhotels.com.au Convenience and luxury of a hotel with the practicality and spaciousness of an apartment. On the banks of the Swan centrally located between the airport and Perth CBD. Stylish self contained 1 2 and 3 bedroom apartments Complimentary parking 150 East Riverside Bar Restaurant Swimming pool and gym. JMG31960 To find out more go to trustthetick.com.au Aarons Hotel Perth 70 Pier Street Perth Freecall 1800 998 133 T (61 8) 9325 2133 E res aaronsperth.com.au www.aaronshotels.com.au Aarons Hotel Perth is comfortable value for money 3 star accommodation right in the centre of Perth city. Offering Premium Deluxe Classic and Petite rooms all with ensuites and flat screen TVs with Foxtel. All Seasons Perth 15 Robinson Avenue Northbridge 6003 T (61 8) 9328 0000 F (61 8) 9328 0100 E H6394-re01 allseasonsperth.com.au www.all-seasons-hotels.com We look forward to seeing you at all seasons Perth. Come and enjoy all the comforts of home in the heart of vibrant Northbridge only a few minutes walk from the city centre boutiques and galleries. The fully licensed restaurant and bar guarantees great food and wine. Assured Waterside Apartments 29 Melville Parade South Perth WA 6151 T (61 8) 9474 4474 E waterside assuredhotels.com.au www.assuredhotels.com.au Spacious self contained one or two bedrooms apartments. Superb location away from the hustle and bustle and only minutes from Perth s many great attractions including Perth Zoo and Mends Street Jetty. Enjoy a walk along the Swan River to Kings Park or to the many restaurants cafes or bars in South Perth.- complimentary secure parking complimentary in-house movies. Citigate Perth 707 Wellington Street Perth WA 6000 T (61 8) 9327 7000 F (61 8) 9327 7017 E reservations cp.mirvac.com www.citigateperth.com Citigate Perth is a recently refurbished 4-star hotel ideally located at the western end of Perth s CBD. With 277 spacious guestrooms and suites Citigate Perth caters for the leisure or business traveller and is a short stroll from superb shopping dining and local attractions. CITY COUNTRY COAST 19 City Stay Apartment Hotel 875 Wellington Street West Perth WA 6005 T 1800 819 191 F (61 8) 9322 7348 E res citystay.com.au www.citystay.com.au Self-catering family apartments in central Perth. Opposite Harbour Town direct brand shopping centre. Close to all transport services and freeways. Great for families and groups. Features are pool spa internet gym bbq areas play-ground parking and room service breakfast. InterContinental Perth Burswood Burswood Entertainment Complex Great Eastern Highway Burswood WA 6100 T (61 8) 9362 8888 www.intercontinental.com Enjoy luxury surroundings generously sized guest rooms and the unsurpassed level of service you d expect from InterContinental in the heart of Burswood Entertainment Complex. And to help you get the most from your stay InterContinental Perth Burswood can guide you in experiencing culinary delights endless entertainment and pure relaxation in this spectacular destination. Central Caravan Park 34 Central Ave Ascot 6104 Freecall 1300 760 060 E mailbox perthcentral.com.au www.perthcentral.com.au Our Four Star one and two bedroom deluxe cabins make visiting Perth a comfortable stay. We are only 7km from the city and only 2km from the airport. Ideally located on the banks of the swan river to suit your leisurely walk or bike ride to the city. We look forward to seeing you very soon. Crowne Plaza Perth 54 Terrace Road Perth WA 6004 T 138 388 E hotel crowneplazaperth.com.au www.crowneplaza.com.au At Crowne Plaza Perth your holiday is off to a great start. Overlooking parklands and the river just a short walk to the City centre and other attractions you will find our ideal location just one of the many reasons to stay. To book call your travel agent or 138 388 www.crowneplaza.com.au Duxton Hotel Perth 1 St Georges Tce Perth WA 6000 T (61 8) 9261 8000 F (61 8) 9261 8020 E reservations perth.duxton.com.au www.duxtonhotels.com Located in the heart of Perth the Duxton Hotel is moments away from the city s shopping and entertainment district and is the perfect place to enjoy some time away. Indulge in luxury accommodation that offers 24-hour room service a heated pool and spa plus so much more. Esplanade River Suites 112 Melville Parade Como WA 6152 T (61 8) 9367 0300 F (61 8) 9367 0388 E rm esplanaderiversuites.com.au www.esplanaderiversuites.com.au The 4 star International Esplanade River Suites features 101 daily serviced self-contained apartments with double spa bath. Located on Perth s famous Swan River it is walking distance from cafes and historical landmarks. Recreational facilities include a swimming pool fitness centre sauna a la carte restaurant and bar. Goodearth Hotel 195 Adelaide Terrace Perth WA 6004 T (61 8) 9492 7777 F (61 8) 9221 1956 E stay goodearthhotel.com.au www.goodearthhotel.com.au The Goodearth Hotel is a Full Service Apartment Style Hotel minutes from the tranquil waters of the Swan River Business Shopping and Entertainment districts. The Hotel offers 181 well appointed rooms including newly refurbished rooms 24hr Reception Tour Information & Booking Desk Secure Parking Day Spa Restaurant and Bar. Holiday Inn Perth Burswood Burswood Entertainment Complex Cnr Bolton & Great Eastern Hwy Burswood WA 6100 T (61 8) 9362 8888 www.holidayinn.com.au Holiday Inn Perth Burswood is the ideal location to mix business with leisure. Boasting a swimming pool overlooking the golf course and with Sirocco Restaurant and Bar stylish rooms packed with comfort friendly and attentive staff and a gymnasium to unwind after a day of sight-seeing you ll know you made the right choice. 20 www.experienceperth.com Ibis Perth 334 Murray Street Perth T (61 8) 9322 2844 F (61 8) 9321 6314 E H1773-re01 accor.com www.ibishotels.com.au Great value for the perfect location Discover Ibis Perth s newly refurbished rooms. Our rooms feature new bathrooms iPod docking stations and high-speed Internet access. Relax street side at the innovative and vibrant Rubix caf & bar or enjoy a sumptuous buffet breakfast or dinner at I Bistro. Novotel Perth Langley 221 Adelaide Terrace Perth WA 6000 T (61 8) 9221 1200 F (61 8) 9221 1669 E H1764 accor.com www.novotelperthlangley.com.au Stylish accommodation and superb facilities Novotel Perth Langley provides a variety of room types to cater for all needs. Try Sen5es Restaurant and Wine Bar for a gourmet dining experience or Fenians Irish Pub for live entertainment in a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy internet access in our iMac corner Sunday late check out to 5pm (subject to availability) and gym sauna and spa with Swan River views. Mercure Perth 10 Irwin Street Perth T (61 8) 9326 7000 F (61 8) 9221 3344 E H1754-re02 accor.com www.mercureperth.com.au Discover Mercure Perth. Enjoy modern airconditioned comfort. Our rooms offer all the space needed to relax and unwind 24 hr room service plus a late 2pm checkout on Sundays. Enjoy a-la-carte dining in TEN restaurant the casual atmosphere of Hydrant Caf & Bar or relax in Tonic Bar. Mont Clare Boutique Apartments 190 Hay Street East Perth WA 6004 T (61 8) 9224 4300 F (61 8) 9224 4399 E reservations montclareapartments.com www.montclareapartments.com Mont Clare Boutique Apartments offers a central and desirable location from which you can explore all that Perth has to offer. Opened in 2002 the 4 star self-catering apartments feature complimentary secure car parking 8 channels of free Foxtel WiFi a rooftop swimming pool and mini-gymnasium. Mont Clare offers a choice of elegantly furnished 1 2 and 3 Bedroom Apartments that can accommodate up to eight people in comfort. Each Apartment has a fully equipped kitchen laundry individually controlled air-conditioning and separate living dining and sleeping areas. Mont Clare represents exceptional value for money. Mounts Bay Waters Apartment Hotel 112 Mounts Bay Road Perth WA 6000 Te (61 8) 9213 5333 www.mounts-bay.com.au Celebrate in style at Perth s leading apartment village. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of our 1 2 or 3 bedroom fully furnished apartments the sparkling pools tennis courts and the river walks. With the City only minutes away there is no better place to stay. Perth Ambassador Hotel 196 Adelaide Terrace Perth Western Australia 6000 T (61 8) 9325 1455 F (61 8) 9325 6317 E reserve ambassadorhotel.com.au www.ambassadorhotel.com.au The Perth Ambassador Hotel is minutes from the CBD shopping entertainment and night-life districts. The Hotel comprises of 170 well appointed and spacious rooms. Guest facilities include 24 hour reception restaurant and bar gym and sauna car parking and complimentary broadband access. The Richardson Hotel & Spa 32 Richardson Street West Perth 6005 T (61 8) 9217 8888 F (61 8) 9214 3931 E reservations therichardson.com.au www.therichardson.com.au Perth s Premier Five Star Boutique Hotel The Richardson Hotel & Spa is a striking luxury boutique hotel ideally located between Kings Park the CBD and Subiaco. Opus Restaurant is Perth s most glamorous dining experience and The Spa at The Richardson offers the only ESPA treatments in Australia. Seasons of Perth 37 Pier Street Perth WA 6000 T (61 8) 9325 7655 F (61 8) 9325 7383 Reservations 1800 999 004 E res seasonsofperth.com.au www.seasonsofperth.com.au Seasons of Perth is situated in the heart of the CBD near Hay St and Murray St for great shopping and entertainment. Guests have a choice of Standard Double Twin and Executive Suite accommodation. All rooms are comfortably furnished and provide a host of amenities. CITY COUNTRY COAST 21 Somerset St Georges Terrace Perth 185 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000 Res 1800 766 377 (AUS toll-free) T (61-8) 9226 3355 F (61-8) 9226 1055 E enquiry.perth the-ascott.com Somerset St Georges Terrace is located in the heart of Perth. Its prime location is within walking distance to art galleries restaurants bars department stores and many quality boutiques at Murray Street and Hay Street Mall. To complete the picture perfect setting the property is just a street away from the esplanade that overlooks the Swan River. Offering 84 contemporary rooms which range from spacious studios spa studios and one bedroom residences you can enjoy stylish city living at a prime downtown address. Our stylish contemporary decor provides the comfort and convenience desired by travellers with a comprehensive range of services and facilities. Choose Somerset... Because life is about living... The Sebel Residence 60 Royal Street East Perth WA 6004 T (61 8) 9223 2500 F (61 8) 9223 2590 E reservations tsrep.mirvac.com www.sebelresidenceeastperth.com The true essence of waterfront living the 4.5-star Sebel Residence East Perth is a boutique hotel situated on Claisebrook Cove and the Swan River. Located moments from Perth s vibrant city centre choose from beautifully appointed studios and 1 or 2 bedroom apartments. The Peninsula 53 South Perth Esplanade South Perth WA 6151 T (61 8) 9368 6688 Free call 1800 888 068 E reception thepeninsula.net www.thepeninsula.net Stay in one of Perth s best locations. Situated on the picturesque South Perth foreshore overlooking the glorious Swan River and Perth City skyline. The Peninsula Riverside Serviced Apartments are set in lush landscaped gardens five minutes by Ferry or car from Perth CBD and minutes from restaurants supermarkets and shops. About Bike Hire Point Fraser Reserve (Causeway Carpark) 1-7 Riverside Drive Perth WA 6000 T (61 8) 9221 2665 E info aboutbikehire.com.au www.aboutbikehire.com.au We provide an array of quality equipment for a range of outdoor activities. Whether it is exploring the city by road or river enjoying world-renowned mountain bike trails competing in road events or venturing interstate on long distance tours we have the equipment you need. Adventure Out T (61 8) 9472 3919 F (61 8) 9472 3904 E aout adventureout.com.au www.adventureout.com.au There s an Adventure Out there for Everyone. Spike your adrenalin and challenge yourself with our huge range of outdoor adventures. Rock climbing - indoor and outdoor abseiling from great heights thrilling white water rafting conquering remote eco treks all with our friendly qualified guides. Captain Cook Cruises (WA) Pier 3 Barrack Square Perth WA 6000 T (61 8) 9325 3341 F (61 8) 9325 2421 E info captaincookcruises.com.au www.captaincookcruises.com.au Cruise to or from Fremantle on board Perth s best passenger vessels for stunning views of the city and life on the Swan River. With regular departures daily travel either one-way or return. Lunch and wine cruises also depart daily with evening dinner cruises several times weekly both with buffet dining. Kandu Holidays Tailored Tours and Small Charter Hire PO Box 455 Willetton WA 6955 T (61 8) 6161 3985 F (61 8) 6161 3985 Karen Mob 0422 146 533 Tony Mob 0421 995 507 E-mail enquiries kanduholidays.com.au www.kanduholidays.com.au Kandu Holidays is a WA based tour and charter hire business specialising in personalised and tailored tours for smaller groups.We provide a range of day tours and extended tours. All of our tours include door-to-door transport morning tea all entry fees and some meals. 22 www.experienceperth.com Northside Rentals U9 10 436 Wanneroo Rd Westminster WA 6061 T (61 8) 9345 5855 F (61 8) 9345 5825 E cars northsiderentals.com.au www.northsiderentals.com.au Why pay more for quality new & late model small to large hatches & sedans 8 & 12 seater mini-bus wagons 4x4s vans utes trucks sports luxury vehicles From only 18 per day including GST and Damage Cover. Delivery Retrieval available by arrangement. Located approx. 10 mins north of Perth CBD & 20 mins from airport. Contact us today we re just an email fax or phone call away Ozwest Aviation 2 Mustang Road Jandakot Airport WA 6164 T 1300 OZWEST (699378) E info ozwestaviation.com www.ozwestaviation.com Ozwest Aviation is Western Australia s newest aviation company specialising in packaged tours to WA s premier tourist destinations. If it s a day trip to the Pinnacles lunch in Margaret River whale watching around Rottnest Island or something different altogether Ozwest will make it happen. Aussie Perth tours T (61 8) 9221 2400 www.aussieperthtours.com.au Relax with great discounts on all holiday destinations.... Pinnacles and Wildlife Wave rock and York Perth Fremantle Swan Valley Margaret River & many more We have brought out some exciting holiday packages to get out relax and the nature. The Perth Mint 310 Hay Street East Perth (corner Hill Street) Open 7 days T (61 8) 9421 7223 www.perthmint.com.au visit Watch 200 ounces of pure gold being poured to form a luminous solid gold bar in the original Melting House. View the world s largest collection of gold bars as they gleam from the darkness of the 1899 vault. Marvel at Newmont s Normandy Nugget the second largest nugget in existence weighing a whopping 25.5 kilograms. Get up close and touch more than 400 000 worth of gold bullion. Take the time to shop for unique treasures at The Perth Mint Shop including Kailis Australian Pearls and Argyle Pink Diamonds with tax free sales available. Perth Tram Company T (61 8) 9322 2006 F (61 8) 9272 6160 E info perthtram.com.au www.perthtram.com.au Perth Tram Company operates Perth s awardwinning Hop On Hop Off sightseeing tours in classic red trams and fun-filled double decker bus with live driver commentary. Tickets are valid on both vehicles for 2 days so relax and visit Perth s best attractions at your pace Perth Zoo 20 Labouchere Road South Perth WA 6151 T (61 8) 9474 0444 F (61 8) 9474 4420 E email perthzoo.wa.gov.au www.perthzoo.wa.gov.au Located just five minutes from the heart of Perth and at over 111 years old Perth Zoo is a Western Australian icon. Go on a safari through the African Savannah delve through the Asian Rainforest and discover the diversity of our native landscape in the Australian Walkabout. For a unique experience Perth Zoo s Close Encounters take you behind the scenes to see and learn about rare and extraordinary animals up close Bring your family and friends and learn about the vital conservation work Perth Zoo supports both onsite and in the wild. Open 9am 5pm every day. Skydive Express Office 353 Oxford Street Leederville Dropzone 3453 Spencers Brook Road York T (61 8) 9444 4199 F (61 8) 9242 4576 E jump skydive.com.au www.skydive.com.au Always wanted to experience the thrill of a lifetime Try a Tandem skydive or learn to skydive with the multi award winning Skydive Express. Offering the latest equipment professional instruction and unsurpassed facilities (pool sauna 1 000m2 air-conditioned complex cafe and licensed bar). Jump in Australia s sunniest capital with beautiful weather all year. CITY COUNTRY COAST 23 Caversham Wildlife Park Caversham Wildlife Park Whiteman Park Lord Street Whiteman WA T (61 8) 9248 1984 F (61 8) 9248 1985 E sales cavershamwildlife.com.au www.cavershamwildlife.com.au See and Touch Native Animals Australian Koalas and Kangaroos in their Natural Habitat. Caversham Wildlife Park features Western Australia s largest collection of native fauna. Cuddle the wombat and joeys feed the kangaroos and have your photo taken with our koalas whilst enjoying the parkland and features of this well-renown bushland area. Home to approximately 200 species and more than 2000 head of animals birds and reptiles all housed in a walk-through or walk-in environment the park is now the premier development of its kind in WA attracting visitors from all over the world. Our wildlife professionals are dedicated to exceptional service and assistance to ensure all visitors receive the best opportunities for animal contact photographs and information. Caversham Wildlife Park is located inside Whiteman Park just 15 kilometres from the centre of Perth and situated at the entrance of the Swan Valley. Skywest Airlines Domestic Terminal Perth Airport WA 6105 Res 1300 66 00 88 T (61 8) 9478 9999 E info skywest.com.au www.skywest.com.au YOUR STATE YOUR AIRLINE. The award winning Skywest Airlines flies to 15 destinations right across WA as well as interstate to Darwin and Melbourne and overseas to Bali. An airline geared for both the tourist & corporate traveller Skywest transports more than 720 000 people every year. Swan Jet Adventures Barrack Street Jetty WA 6000 T 1300 55 40 26 E info swanjet.com www.swanjet.com Experience Perth s Swan River like never before Feel the full power of the jet at nearly 80km h with a continual mix of 360 degree spins wild fish-tails and incredible power brake stops. Hold on tight as the fast pumping continuous mix of music keeps your heart racing. Western Australian Museum Perth Cultural Centre James St WA 6000 T (61 8) 9427 2877 Admission by donation For Museum opening hours and events go to www.museum.wa.gov.au The Western Australian Museum - Perth tells the stories of the State s history and environment with fascinating exhibitions that take you on a journey from the beginning of time to contemporary Western Australia. The Bell Tower Home of the Swan Bells Barrack Square Riverside Drive Perth WA 6000 T (61 8) 6210 0444 www.thebelltower.com.au The Bell Tower located on the Swan River in vibrant Barrack Square is one of the largest musical instruments on earth and was built to house the historically significant bells of Saint Martin in the Fields church the parish church of Buckingham Palace in Trafalgar Square London. One of Western Australia s most unique and visited attractions The Bell Tower offers fascinating displays on these famous bells and the ancient art of bell ringing as well as spectacular 360o views of Perth city and the Swan River from the stunning open air Observation Deck. HAVE a go at bell ringing yourself in interactive demonstrations. HOME to these historically significant bells that date back to before the 14th century SEE the Oldest Bell in Australia dating back to 1550 24 www.experienceperth.com 5 3 1 6 4 2 7 Experience Perth s Attractions There s plenty of attractions to choose from in Perth and surrounds with fun-filled activities for everyone. From amazing man-made attractions and beautiful parklands to nature and marine life history and science you ll find it all in our region. 1. Adventure World Come and experience the fun and excitement of Perth s premier fun park featuring the biggest thrill rides to ever hit Western Australia with a special area for families with small children. You pay one entry fee then you ride for free. Open September 24 to April 30. www.adventureworld.net.au 5. Captain Cook Cruises The best selection of day and evening cruises on the Swan River. Enjoy one of their famous wine cruises complete with entertainment to vineyards in the Swan Valley - or a scenic luncheon cruise from either Perth or Fremantle. www.captaincookcruises.com.au 3. Araluen Botanic Park One of Western Australia s most amazing botanic parks just 35km southeast of Perth. Open every day 9am - 6pm entry fees apply. Paradise found www.araluenbotanicpark.com.au 6. Caversham Wildlife Park Meet and feed the inhabitants of one of the largest private collections of native animals in Australia with kolas kangaroos quokkas emus camels dingoes and more. Paved pathways give easy access to wheelchairs and prams. www.cavershamwildlife.com.au 4. Burswood Park Take a stroll enjoy a barbecue or simply relax in this delightful 113 hectare park on the Swan River foreshore. There s plenty to do with free guided walk tours a terrific children s playground and one of Perth s most popular 18-hole public golf courses. www.burswoodpark.wa.gov.au 7. Fremantle Prison Step inside and do time on an entertaining Prison Day Tour. Explore the labyrinth of tunnels 20 m beneath the Prison on a Tunnel Tour adventure. Or delve into the darker side on a spooky Torchlight Tour... if you dare www.fremantleprison.com.au 2. AQWA The Aquarium of Western Australia Explore 12 000km of coastline in just one day. From the icy waters of the Southern Ocean to the tropical wonderland of coral reefs in the far north come on an underwater journey to discover our incredible and unique marine life. www.aqwa.com.au 8 CITY 11 COUNTRY COAST 25 14 9 12 15 10 13 8. Kings Park Kings Park and Botanic Garden overlooking Perth s city skyline showcases an outstanding collection of plants and is a popular place for picnics walks and cultural events. Aspects of Kings Park is a new retail experience showcasing the best of Australian contemporary craft and design. www.bgpa.wa.gov.au 11. The Perth Mint Visit one of the world s oldest mints still operating to watch a gold pouring demonstration discover the value of your weight in gold see coins and medallions being manufactured and view gold nuggets and an extensive jewellery collection. www.perthmint.com.au 14. Scitech Every visit to Scitech is a scientific adventure with over 160 hands-on discovery items for you to touch switch climb crank and explore as well as Horizon - The Planetarium - a huge dome screen enabling a 360 view of night sky images. Much more than a science centre. www.scitech.org.au 12. Western Australian Maritime Museum In the heart of Fremantle s working port WA s newest museum explores the state s connection with the Indian Ocean. Visit the most exciting museum afloat go inside on a submarine and see the Shipwreck Galleries nearby. www.musuem.wa.gov.au maritime 9. Perth Zoo Home to over 1 500 animals representing 200 species. Exhibits closely replicate the animals native habitats and allow unique encounters. The Australian Walkabout has a spectacular array of native wildlife including kangaroos koalas and dingoes. www.perthzoo.wa.gov.au 15. The Bell Tower Home of the Swan Bells One of the world s largest musical instruments an 82.5 m tower houses the 12 bells of St Martins-in-the-fields in Trafalgar Square. The tower offers fascinating displays on the history of the bells and bell ringing as well as stunning views of Perth city and the Swan River. www.swanbells.com.au 13. Whiteman Park With its paved walkways through picnic areas and transport heritage themed attractions be sure to allow time to explore this huge bush reserve home to Caversham Wildlife Park and open every day of the year. www.whitemanpark.com 10. Rockingham Wild Encounters Rockingham Wild Encounters offers a range of ecotours to see the best of local wildlife and the spectacular coastal scenery of this special destination. Swim with wild bottlenose dolphins meet little penguins at Penguin Island or take a glass bottom boat cruise to get among the Australian sea lions. www.dolphins.com.au 26 www.experienceperth.com a round with the locals Perth s clear blue skies wide open spaces and variety of scenic landscapes are ideal for creating spectacular golf courses and stunning golfing holiday experiences. Few cities in the world come close to the quality and variety of courses available in Perth and surrounds. Golfers are spoilt for choice from world-renowned resort courses to lush public layouts available for very reasonable rates. A temperate climate with plenty of sunny days means its perfect for teeing off just about all year round. Some of the stand out courses you might like to try. Not many golf courses in the world offer the dramatic contrasts the scenic beauty and the sheer golfing challenge of Joondalup Country Club s 27 hole championship golf course. Designed by the internationally renowned Robert Trent Jones Jr the course presents a tough uncompromising lay-out featuring great variation in setting and style. This spectacular golf course sweeps across dense bush land cuts through steep limestone quarries and skirts picturesque lakes to present surprises and challenges at almost every turn. One minute you are playing an approach shot beneath a 30-metre limestone cliff the next you are adapting to the fresh ocean breeze on an undulating links style fairway. Continually rated as one of Australia s best golf resorts The Vines Resort & Country Club offers two equally challenging 18 hole courses that are surrounded by native bush with abundant wildlife lush manicured gardens and the magnificent Swan Valley wine region. With lush bent grass greens - among the largest in the country - unique bunkering and a beautiful natural layout you will be tested on every hole. Together the Ellenbrook and The Lakes layout hosted some of the world s golfing greats including Norman Player Els Langer Daly Sorenstam & Campbell during the Heineken Classic 1993 - 2001 & Johnnie Walker Classic 2006 & the LPGA Lexus Cup 2007 plus the recent Johnnie Walker Classic in February 2009 & 2010. Burswood Park Golf Course presents players with the unique opportunity to play exhilarating golf with the city of Perth skline as a backdrop in a delightful riverside setting. Burswood is a challenging course with nine lakes and two creeks coming into play on fifteen holes. Offering some of the best player facilities in Perth Burswood Park Golf Course site was the first established golf club in WA. Just 8 minutes from the CBD the Wembley Golf Complex offers two great courses and a brand new state of the art driving range situated amongst a beautiful bushland setting. 36 tree lined holes on undulating terrain challenge all golfers and each of the 18 hole courses has different characteristics and attractions. Araluen Golf Course is located 40kms south-east of the city in the beautiful hills of Roleystone. This challenging 18 holes of championship golf was designed by Roger Mackay and Michael Coate and is bordered by state forest and the Canning River. Large undulating greens testing changes of elevation strategically placed water hazards and bunkers and wide impeccably manicured fairways all contribute to the unique character of this special course - truly one of nature s most picturesque playing fields. CITY COUNTRY COAST 27 Recently rated the 1 Golf Course in Western Australia and Australia s 2 Public Access Course by both the 2007 2008 Golf Course Guide and the 2007 Golf Australia Magazine The Links Kennedy Bay south of Perth is a course that will challenge and delight golfers. Kennedy Bay is a links style course situated amidst undulating sand dunes and natural bushland with a magnificent vista over the Indian Ocean. Links style courses originated in Scotland at St. Andrews the birth place of golf as we know it. Links courses are characterised by an exposed coastal location undulating greens pot style bunkers and heath vegetation. This combination of terrain and coastal weather offers golfers an irresistible challenge of skill. Crafted into the spectacular ocean side landscape Secret Harbour Golf Links boasts 18 superbly designed holes. Experience a traditional Scottish links course with small pot bunkers and rolling fairways situated amid natural sand dunes and beautiful views of the Indian Ocean. Course designer Graham Marsh has crafted the course allowing the average golfer to find it enjoyable and the golf professional a challenge. Each hole presents several tee options depending on wind conditions and the player s ability. Secret Harbour has already been recognised and highly praised by three of the world s greatest golfers Lee Trevino Gary Player and Graham Marsh. It is also consistently ranked in the top 10 courses to play for under 50 in Australia. The Cut Golf Course located 50 minutes south of Perth is a test of another type. The true Links layout is an examination of a dune landscape coastal winds and the challenger s imagination. The Cut provides an opportunity to experience golf in its original environment. Immaculate in its presentation the playing surfaces are second to none. Lush fairways pure greens and multiple teeing positions present an opportunity for players of all ability to truly test their game. Meadow Springs Golf and Country Club offers golf as nature intended . Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr the course presents a highly regarded test for players of all levels but is also renowned for its playability. Few holes run parallel and all are surrounded by bushland. Other players are often out of view enhancing the sensation that you are alone in the wilderness. Its excellent drainage makes Meadow Springs one of the best all-weather courses in the country. For more information download the Golf Tourism WA Map available from www.golftourismwa.com Burswood Park Burswood Park Board T (61 8) 9361 4475 www.burswoodpark.wa.gov.au Step out and discover all that Burswood Park has to offer - join a free daily guided walking tour enjoy a round at our magnificent 18-hole public golf course or simply relax and soak up the beauty of our world class park.Weekday tours depart daily at 11.50am from the Visitor Information Centre on Resort Drive. Please phone to confirm weekend tours. 28 www.experienceperth.com Fabulous Fremantle Located on the coast just 30 minutes from Perth s city centre the bustling and dynamic port city of Fremantle has long been renowned for its eclectic mix of arty and alternative types. Its streets buzz with the song of buskers the side walks fill with a wild collection of art and music floats out from trendy caf s and bars. Fremantle is one of the easiest cities in the world to explore by foot bicycle or scooter. All leading attractions are located in close proximity and the free Fremantle CAT bus completes regular circuits around the city of Fremantle stopping at popular places of interest and offering easy access to major attractions and venues. Its Cappuccino Strip is jam-packed with lively restaurants the streets are abuzz with shoppers and historical pubs brim with patrons from across the globe. You can also try a visit to one of the stylish micro breweries. These breweries offer an incredible range of tasty amber ales and are an emerging scene all of their own. The city s multicultural mix is most evident in its food and restaurants. A strong Italian influence has produced a vast array of pizza and pasta restaurants while Asian Indian and a whole host of other cuisine can also be found nestled among Fremantle s winding streets. You ll also find some of the state s most popular seafood restaurants and caf s dotted around Fremantle s colourful Fishing Boat Harbour - the perfect place to sample the Indian Ocean s bounty. Fremantle has a wonderful nightlife with several clubs that play live music until the early hours. If you have the energy by the time you leave the clubs the caf s will be open for a morning coffee. Don t miss the vibrant weekend markets for the freshest of fruit and veg as well as an eclectic mix of buskers stalls and goods. Even if you don t buy anything an afternoon pottering through both the E-Shed and Fremantle Markets is enough to forget your everyday worries. Fremantle also has seven days a week shopping allowing visitors to relax over a cup of coffee on the Cappuccino Strip before going in search of innovative fashion or that special gift from Fremantle s quirky shopping precinct. Shoppers love Fremantle for its funky Australian fashions and independent designs. Young and upcoming designers are choosing Fremantle to launch their stunning new designs and there are around 50 boutiques crammed into Market and High Streets. Art lovers are catered for with art ranging from highbrow gallery displays to Indigenous designs to street art on the side walk. CITY COUNTRY COAST 29 Fremantle is also home to Notre Dame University Australia whose investment in and restoration of many fine old buildings is bringing new life to the West End as students from all over the world fill its streets. Outside the city centre you ll find gorgeous beaches and walking and bicycle trails meandering along the sparkling waters of the coast and the river s edge. South Fremantle with its calm beaches and restaurants has emerged as a vital part of the Fremantle experience and in East Fremantle you ll find river walks parks and restaurants. Across the water North Fremantle is a good place to hunt for antiques. Fremantle is easily accessed by train bus or river cruise from the city and boasts an excellent selection of accommodation options ranging from friendly back-packers to luxurious hotels. You need only spend a day in Fremantle to find yourself falling in love with this colourful port city - it is impossible to avoid getting caught up in its charm. Freo musts... njoyacoffeeandsoakuptheatmosphere E along the famous Cappuccino Strip otterthroughthemarketsandbe P entertained by a local busker njoyfreshfish&chipsatFishingBoat E Harbour oponboardanhistorictramrideor H discover Fremantle s history on a selfguided walking trail oundergroundonthefascinatingPrison G Tunnel tour isittheWAMaritimeMuseumatVictoria V Quay Fremantle Arts Centre or one of the many other museums and galleries eastonthelocalflavoursonofferatthe F many restaurants and caf s ampleboutiquebeeratoneofthegreat S micro breweries indfashion greatshopping original F artworks and quirky gifts. Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships Fremantle will come alive during December 2011 as the world s best sailors battle for World Championship and future Olympic glory just metres off the water s edge along the Fremantle coastline. The Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships will be held in Fremantle from Saturday 3 December to Sunday 18 December 2011 and will be the primary qualifying event for the 2012 London Olympic Games for the 10 competing sailing disciplines. Bathers Beach Fremantle is the venue for the Perth 2011 medal races upon which the first 75% of places for the 2012 London Olympic Games will be decided. 30 www.experienceperth.com Step back into timeless Fremantle Fremantle is the ideal place to learn about Western Australia s pioneering history. You can experience extraordinary stories of convict prisoners maritime heroes murderous mutineers and pioneering settlers at an excellent range of museums and attractions. Known as the world s best preserved example of a 19th century port streetscape and boasting Western Australia s largest collection of heritage listed buildings Fremantle possesses a depth of character that cannot be replicated elsewhere. In a country predominately settled by convicts it is not surprising that the first permanent building to be built in Western Australia was a prison. The Round House Prison so named because if it s unusual 12 sided shape was built in 1831 and is an essential part of any itinerary for visitors to Fremantle. The Round House Precinct originally housed a courthouse and gallows all within a fifty metre radius from the prison and today a Whalers tunnel leading from Bathers Beach below the precinct through the hillside to the town can still be traversed. With a ratio of three convicts to every one free man the town quickly outgrew the tiny prison and was forced to build a larger scale prison precinct. The Fremantle Prison is now one of Western Australia s premier heritage attractions. The Prison was built by convicts in the 1850s and was used continually as a place of incarceration and punishment for almost 140 years. Visitors today can explore the Prison s fascinating history on an entertaining Prison Day Tour Tunnel Tour Adventure or Spooky Torchlight Tour. As a working port city Fremantle also claims an intriguing maritime history. The Western Australian Maritime Museum is especially popular with its stunning maritime design set on Victoria Quay at the entrance to Fremantle Harbour. Here you will find Western Australia s rich maritime history well CITY COUNTRY COAST 31 documented through a series of world class displays and presentations. The Maritime Museum is also home to the internationally renowned Australia II yacht which contentiously won the America s Cup from the Americans in 1983. The Shipwreck Museum in Cliff Street is another absorbing attraction. It houses the original timbers from the infamous 17th century Dutch Batavia shipwreck which sank in 1629 further north at the Abrolhos Islands. There are also exhibits of gold and silver coins furniture crockery and cutlery as well as stories of bravery survival and of course mutiny from the shipwreck. Another intriguing museum in the vicinity is the Army Museum which showcases the entire colonial and post-federation periods through to the end of World War II. How about visiting the character building housing the Fremantle Arts Centre While appreciating the exhibitions you can learn about the centre s fascinating history as a lunatic asylum and shelter for homeless women. Built by convicts in 1861 the Arts Centre now houses gallery spaces a caf and a gift shop. You can experience much of timeless Fremantle on board an historic Fremantle Tram tour which fills you in on the secrets of old-time Fremantle or follow a selfguided walking trail through the streets of Fremantle - free walking trail maps are available at the Visitor Centre. CITY COUNTRY COAST Hillarys 0 10km Fe r ry Se rvi ce PERTH ve r ROTTNEST ISLAND Sw an Ri Ferry Se rvice FREMANTlE Carnac Island Garden Island Cockburn Sound Want more info Fremantle Visitor Centre Town Hall Kings Square Fremantle Tel. 61 8 9431 7878 32 www.experienceperth.com Esplanade Hotel Fremantle Corner Marine Terrace and Essex Street Fremantle WA 6160 T (61 8) 9432 4000 F (61 8) 9430 4539 E reservations ehf.com.au www.esplanadehotelfremantle.com.au The four star International Esplanade Hotel Fremantle is situated in the heart of cosmopolitan Fremantle with easy walking access to 7 day shopping cafes fishing boat harbour cinemas markets museums and vibrant nightlife. The hotel offers its guests 300 well appointed rooms and suites with resort style recreational facilities including 2 swimming pools 3 outdoor spas fitness centre and sauna. The Atrium Garden Restaurant features an International Buffet for breakfast lunch and dinner and is located on the ground floor adjacent to the Promenade Lounge Bar and Caf Panache which provides diners with the choice of the freshest local seafood. Bannister Suites 22 Bannister Street Fremantle 6160 WA T (61 8) 9435 1288 F (61 8) 9435 1289 E info bannistersuitesfremantle.com.au www.bannistersuitesfremantle.com.au The Bannister Suites is Fremantle s only Luxury Boutique Hotel. Located in the heart of Fremantle we offer one bedroom luxury suites (some with balconies) plus 14 deluxe hotel rooms. The Bannister Suites Fremantle offers exceptional facilities with personalised service and is the perfect place to stay for any occasion. Fremantle Prison The Terrace Fremantle WA 6160 T (61 8) 9336 9200 Fax (61 8) 9430 7188 E info fremantleprison.com.au www.fremantleprison.com.au Fremantle Prison holds the key to history mystery and fun. Fremantle Prison is one of Western Australia s premier tourist attractions and is the first built environment in the State to be inscribed on to the World Heritage list. It is the largest convict built structure in Western Australia and the most intact convict establishment in Australia. Decommissioned as an operating maximum security gaol in 1991 the empty prison with its solitary cells and gallows is a monument to a system of punishment that is uncomfortably recent. Join our experienced guides as they bring the rich folklore and stories of the Prison to life on a fascinating Prison Day Tour. Explore the labyrinth of tunnels 20 metres beneath the Prison on foot and by boat on a Tunnels Tour adventure. Or delve into the darker side of the Prison s history on a spooky Torchlight Tour if you dare. Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships 3rd - 18th December 2011 Level 1 46 Mews Road Fremantle WA T (61 8) 9335 2688 E worlds perth2011.com www.perth2011.com The Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships (Perth 2011) will involve more than 1 400 athletes 4 000 officials and administrators 500 international media and 500 000 spectators. Perth will come alive during December 2011 as the world s best sailors battle for World Championship and potential Olympic glory right off the water s edge. Visit us at www.perth2011.com for all of the Event details. Fremantle Markets Cnr Henderson Street and South Terrace Fremantle T (61 8) 9335 2515 Open Fri Sat Sun and Mon Public Holidays www.fremantlemarkets.com.au The Fremantle Markets are a fascinating fusion of music art food culture and much more Come in and smell the unique aromas taste the fresh local produce soak up the atmosphere and browse the never-ending stalls as you meet some wonderful local characters The Pickled Fairy & Other Myths Shop 7b South Terrace Piazza Fremantle WA 6160 T (61 8) 9430 5827 E info pickledfairy.com.au www.pickledfairy.com.au Where do you come to meet real fairies and experience true magic At The Pickled Fairy & Other Myths in the heart of Fremantle the fairies love sprinkling young and old with their special blend of fairy dust guaranteed to make wishes come true CITY COUNTRY COAST 33 Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour is renowned throughout the world and little wonder. Although it is a working harbour the emphasis is very much on relaxation... and food. Here you ll be spoilt for choice with a mouth watering selection of fresh seafood markets restaurants cafes and food stalls with stunning views over the Harbour and Indian Ocean out to Rottnest Island. There s also a boutique brewery and for those who find it hard to leave a choice of fully equipped apartments. Stroll along the boardwalks and watch the boats coming in with their catch or simply soak up a little of the great Australian sunshine. Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour offers something for every visitor to this famous city by the sea. www.fremantlefishingboatharbour.com Tradewinds Hotel 59 Canning Hwy East Fremantle WA 6158 T (61 8) 9339 8188 E sales tradewindshotel.com.au www.tradewindshotel.com.au The four star Tradewinds Hotel is located in close proximity to beaches Rottnest Ferries and the excitement of Fremantle. Situated overlooking the sparkling Swan River makes the Tradewinds an ideal place to enjoy a local beer or wine at sunset in our indoor outdoor bar dining area. The hotel offers 83 accommodation rooms 7 function rooms pool spa and 2 levels of complimentary parking. Pier 21 9 John Street North Fremantle WA 6159 T (61 8) 9336 2555 F (61 8) 9336 2149 E reservations pier21.com.au www.pier21.com.au Superbly positioned on the banks of the Swan River Pier 21 Apartment Hotel is Fremantle s only riverfront hotel offering 47 self contained apartments serviced daily with a choice of studio one bedroom and two bedroom apartments most with river views. The hotels heritage reception captures the true essence of Fremantle whilst the modern hotel design allows for a host of facilities including indoor pool and spa outdoor pool with BBQ area tennis court fitness centre and an inviting breakfast lounge. Pier 21 is located within easy reach of beaches transport and tourist attractions including markets shopping night life cafe strip and the Rottnest Island ferry terminal. Tradition Stained Glass Unit 2 94 Thompson Rd North Fremantle WA 6159. T (61 8) 9430 4707 M 0416 060 864 E Kim tsglass.com.au www.traditionstainedglass.com.au Experience Perth s Oldest still working Stained glass studio in the Heart of Historic North Fremantle surrounded by river and sea you can learn much about this third generation family business and pick up an exquisite glass piece for your home or business. Coogee Beach Holiday Park Cockburn Rd Coogee Beach WA 6166 Freecall 1800 817 016 T (61 8) 9418 1810 F (61 8) 9434 1347 E coogee aspenparks.com.au www.aspenparks.com.au Coogee Beach Holiday Park is ideal for a relaxing beach holiday. Direct access to the pristine waters of Cockburn Sound enjoy safe swimming beach walks or fishing from the jetty. Located on a cycleway walkway running north to Fremantle or south to Woodman Point Regional Park. Woodman Point Holiday Park 132 Cockburn Rd Munster WA 6166 Freecall 1800 244 133 T (61 8) 9434 1433 F (61 8) 9434 1746 E woodman aspenparks.com.au www.aspenparks.com.au Woodman Point Holiday Park enjoys a unique location within the Woodman Point regional nature reserve. Located 10km from the historical port city of Fremantle this resort style property offers a diverse range of accommodation including cabins chalets powered caravan sites and camping grounds with tranquil parkland surrounds. 34 www.experienceperth.com Our island paradise Just 19 km off the coast of Perth but an entire world away lies the sunny holiday island of Rottnest. Blessed with a casual atmosphere picturesque scenery dazzling marine life and some of the world s finest beaches and pristine bays Rottnest Island is Western Australia s very own island getaway. The island earned its curious name when in 1696 Dutch explorer William de Vlamingh mistook the island s unusual marsupial population for common rats and named it Rottnest - literally translating to rats nest . Today having a photo taken alongside the rats - known as Quokkas - is one of the main highlights for visitors to the island. Located just a short ferry ride from Fremantle Hillarys Boat Harbour or Perth City and an even shorter plane flight from Jandakot airport it s easy to see why Rottnest Island is a favourite destination for Perth locals and those from further afield. There are virtually no cars on the island and bikes are the transportation of choice. Bikes can be hired or you can bring your own aluminium steed by ferry from the mainland for a small fee. Covering an area only 11 km long and 4.5 km wide the island is easy to explore but if traversing it by bike doesn t appeal you can also enjoy the journey by air-conditioned coach. Private bus charters are available but one of the best options is to catch a ride with local company Bayseeker Tours. This hop-on hop-off service runs daily and with 18 stops on the agenda takes you to many of the secluded bays and secret hideaways located around the island. Bus numbers are limited to preserve Rottnest s fragile environment. Day passes for this service can be purchased from the Rottnest Island Visitors Centre. The visitor centre is also a great place to book a number of tours. Choices range from a variety of guided walks to historic train journeys and glass bottom boat rides. You can also pick up maps marking the many locations of the excellent bike and walk trails that criss-cross the island. Not surprisingly water activities play a major role in island life and with just over 135 species of vibrant tropical fish and 20 species of coral heading below the surface is a truly worthwhile experience. The Island also boasts the world s most southerly corals and a water temperature at least 6 degrees warmer than on the mainland. Seasoned divers will be happy to know that just off the coast slumbers a vast graveyard of over 13 shipwrecks waiting to be explored. Informational plaques can be found alongside the wrecks and are complemented by onshore plaques indicating their location for those that don t want to brave the depths. Rottnest is also renowned for surfing. Take your board and prepare to carve up the waves. There are also plenty of other activities such as fishing boating golfing a family fun park and a wellness centre. The lively Hotel is worth a visit or you can enjoy a meal at several dining establishments in the main Thomson Bay settlement area. Accommodation ranges from camping to bungalows and villas to comfortable serviced apartments making Rottnest Island the perfect place to spend a relaxed few hours or an indulgent few days. Want more info Rottnest Island Visitor Centre Located at the end of the Main Jetty Tel. 61 8 9372 9732 CITY COUNTRY COAST 35 Rotto Style... oinoneofthemanyfreeguidedwalking J tours of the island ireabikeandridearoundtheisland H iscovertheisland smanyshelteredbays D and pristine beaches on board the Discovery Coach Tour. iresomesnorkellinggearfromtheBike H Shop and discover the underwater snorkel trails at Little Salmon Bay and Parker Point. wiminthesparklingwaters catchawaveor S some windsurfing action earnabouttheisland shistoryatRottnest L Island Museum Lomas Cottage and the Pilot Boat House. iscoverthemarinelifeincludingdolphins D sea lions or the humpback whales on their annual migration eadtotheskiesandenjoyascenicflight H around the Island. Flights operate daily out of the Rottnest Island airport. xploretheworldbeneaththewavesonthe E Underwater Explorer. Operates September to May. oinacruisefora90minuteadventuretour J around Rottnest Island - departs daily on demandfromTheRottnestIslandfueljetty. 36 www.experienceperth.com Rottnest Fast Ferries Shop 56 Southside Drive Hillarys Boat Harbour Hillarys WA 6025 T (61 8) 9246 1039 E reservations rottnestfastferries.com.au www.rottnestfastferries.com.au Rottnest Fast Ferries depart from Hillarys Boat Harbour to Rottnest Island daily. They operate a wide array of Rottnest Island day tours with a tour guide and accommodation packages as well as Whale Watching and Twilight Cruises in season. Free parking and free coach pick-ups are available from your accommodation. Relax and just go Rottnest Adventure Tour Rottnest Express T 1300 GO ROTTO (1300 467 688) www.rottnestexpress.com.au Looking for a little adventure Rottnest Express is now offering 90 minute Adventure Tours around Rottnest Island - Humpback Whales Seals Dolphins untouched bays and beaches and an unforgettable Rotto experience Departs daily 11am and 2pm on demand from the Rottnest Island fuel jetty. Rottnest Express T 1300 GO ROTTO (1300 467 688) www.rottnestexpress.com.au Daily departures from Pier 2 Barrack Street Jetty Perth C Shed Fremantle Northport North Fremantle Rottnest Island is Perth s no 1 island playground Looking for a little adventure or a quintessential West Oz experience then head to Rottnest Island for the day Located just 30 minutes from the mainland this island wonderland is a must do . Rottnest Express can fulfill your every need from ferry tickets to bike and snorkel hire to full day adventure packages - book your island experience today There are few places in Australia where the sun sets over the ocean and the west coast provides the unique opportunity in some idyllic settings. As the day draws to a close it will become perfectly clear why this area of our region is known as the Sunset Coast. Stretching from popular Cottesloe Beach in the south to peaceful Two Rocks in the north and encompassing the hinterland this region is definitely a great place for the whole family. Located only 20 minutes west of the city centre you can hire a car catch a bus or join a tour to easily explore the region. Start at the beautiful southern beaches like Cottesloe City Beach Floreat Scarborough and Trigg. These beaches offer a kaleidoscope of leisure opportunities from sun bathing and swimming to surfing windsurfing and diving. Be sure to stop off at one of the many beachside caf s and restaurants lining the coast. Sit overlooking the ocean and find yourself mesmerised by the fresh sea breezes spectacular views and colourful parade of people passing by. City Beach is a regular winner of the best beach award in Perth so be sure to visit. There is also a great sand dune eco-walk to Floreat Beach from there that provides an in-depth understanding of the delicate coastal environment. To get amazing views of the coastline and Perth city head up to Reabold Hill located in City Beach which is the highest natural point along the Sunset Coast and a great place to take photos. From City Beach get lost in the views as you head north to the legendary beach of Scarborough recognized as one of Australia s finest surfing and swimming beaches - a mecca for surfers people watchers backpackers locals and holiday makers alike. Further north along the coast you will find the Hillarys Boat Harbour abuzz with happy CITY COUNTRY COAST 39 Lancelin crowds from the heat of summer right through to winter s coolest days. The quay is filled with resort style shopping an excellent selection of caf s and restaurants a family fun park as well as a protected beach that is perfect for the kids. At Hillarys Boat Harbour be sure to visit AQWA the Aquarium of Western Australia. People of all ages will find themselves captivated by the array of marine life showcasing the whole WA coastline. AQWA also boasts the largest aquarium and underwater tunnel in Australia On the other side of the harbour is the Naturaliste Marine Discovery Centre which provides a fascinating insight into the workings of marine research. If you love the water and want to get out on the high seas then why not charter a yacht or boat from Hillarys join a whalewatching cruise (in season) or go deep sea fishing. You can even catch a fast ferry over to Rottnest Island. When it comes to deciding on where to stay all needs are catered for. Whether it s a resort or hotel self contained apartment bed and breakfast caravan park or backpackers hostel you will find it all. Venture inland and you will find the city centre of Joondalup. Easily accessible from Perth by train or road Joondalup City Centre is home to an exciting selection of food and entertainment options that include restaurants caf s pubs cinemas and shopping areas. You can also set out on well signposted walking trails around Joondalup to really get back to nature. Or if it s a full 18 hole golf course you re after why not visit the nearby Joondalup Resort and Country Club regarded as one of the finest courses in Australia. Guilderton 0 10km Gingin Yanchep Quinns Rocks Mullaloo Sorrento Scarborough ROTTNEST City Beach PERTH ISLAND Cottesloe FREMANTlE Perth Airport Joondalup Wanneroo Mindarie Marina Back along the coast is the largest man made harbour in Australia the Mindarie Marina. With a spectacular array of pleasure boats sparkling water and excellent restaurants Mindarie has a lot to offer. Inland you will pass through the city of Wanneroo where you will find weekend markets striking golf gardens wineries and many other attractions. In season this is a great place to stop for fresh strawberries you may even get the chance to pick them populations of friendly kangaroos and thousands of native birds. The park is one of Western Australia s oldest national parks and is just 45 minutes north of Perth city. If you feel like some fresh air set out on a stroll through the towering trees of the national park. Watch the tiny bush birds flitter through the trees and breathe the forest air deep into your lungs to find yourself fully energised. If you re up for a bit of adventure descend deep below the earth on a cave tour to experience the surreal and spectacular beauty of the park s limestone caves. The caves in Yanchep National Park comprise one of the six major cave regions of WA and there have been more than 600 caves documented in the park The Yanchep area is also steeped in ancient Aboriginal culture and has long been a sacred place for the local Nyoongar people. Visitors to the park are able to participate in a variety of cultural activities at the recently opened Wangi Mia (Talking Place) where you can experience Aboriginal heritage with Aboriginal people in a natural environment. Whilst in this northern area of the Sunset Coast take the time to go fishing in the beautiful Yanchep Lagoon. Or head further north again where you will come across Two Rocks a peaceful coastal community. Two Rocks also boasts a marina and boat harbour and the coastline is scattered with historic shipwrecks. yanchep Yanchep National Park is at the top end of the Sunset Coast and is home to one of Australia s largest koala colonies as well as CITY COUNTRY COAST 41 AQWA The Aquarium of Western Australia Hillarys Boat Harbour Experience this akeadipintheocean orcatchawaveat T one of the 19 sensational white sand beaches elaxatapicturesquebeachsidecaf or R restaurant along the coast oakintheawesomebeautyasthesunsets S over the Indian Ocean cubadiveorsnorkelinthesparkling S pristine waters amongst a variety of fish and marine life isitHillarysBoatHarbourandMindarie V Quay for shopping caf s restaurants & spectacular boats iscoverWA suniquemarinelifeat D AQWA and the new Naturaliste Marine Discovery Centre isitYanchepNationalParkforavarietyof V experiences including koalas caves & indigenous culture isitJoondalupforagreatvarietyof V shopping & dining options tayanightormoreatoneofthemany S accommodation options from backpackers to hotels resorts & holiday homes 42 www.experienceperth.com AQWA The Aquarium of Western Australia Hillarys Boat Harbour Hillarys WA 6025 T (61 8) 9447 7500 E bookings aqwa.com.au www.aqwa.com.au Explore 12 000km of Western Australia s coast-line in just one day. From the icy-cold waters of the Southern Ocean to the tropical wonderland of the Far North AQWA takes visitors on an underwater journey to discover the incredible & unique marine life of Western Australia. Open 10am to 5pm daily. The Breakwater Perth s newest iconic venue. 58 Southside Drive Hillarys Boat Harbour Hillarys WA 6025 T (61 8) 9448 5000 www.thebreakwater.com.au Located over the water at Hillarys Boat Harbour The Breakwater has been awarded Best Overall Hotel and Best Restaurant in Australia. Whether it is sipping a beer on the deck or enjoying a casual meal as the sun sets in the many bars enjoying a cocktail overlooking the harbour or a celebration with food in Ishka Restaurant - the Breakwater is the ideal venue. Cottesloe Beach House Stays PO Box 6040 Swanbourne WA 6010 T (61 8) 9286 2641 Fax (61 8) 9286 2644 E info cbhstays.com.au www.cbhstays.com.au 2-5 bedroom properties with magnificent ocean views. Ideal for short-term and corporate accommodation. Close to beach shops cafes golf course and train station. Modern appliances and furniture air con TV DVD linen telephone and internet. Hillarys Harbour Resort 68 Southside Drive Hillarys WA 6025 T (61 8) 9262 7888 F (61 8) 9262 7800 www.hillarysresort.com.au Hillarys Harbour Resort is situated in the Marina just 20 minutes north west of the city. We have 1 2 and 3 bedroom spacious fully self-contained apartments with the 2 and 3-bedroom apartments having 2 ensuites. Facilities include outdoor pool heated spa sauna BBQ area relaxing Gazebo area an internet kiosk at Reception plus Shuttle services available upon request. Indian Ocean Hotel 27 Hastings Street Scarborough WA 6019 Toll free 1300 765 431 E info ioh.com.au www.indianoceanhotel.com.au 3 star Ensuite Rooms Ocean Views Heated Spa Swimming Pool 24hr Reception & Room Service Security Car Parking Internet Kiosk Wifi available Free Continental Breakfast Daily Weekly Rates available from 90 night Mention this ad for a free upgrade (Subject to Availability) Joondalup City Hotel 18 Grand Boulevard Joondalup WA 6027 T (61 8) 9301 8111 F (61 8) 9301 5755 E info joondalupcityhotel.com.au www.joondalupcityhotel.com.au The new Joondalup City Hotel is the perfect place for visitors to Joondalup. 35 Superior rooms and Apartments Piccadilly Restaurant and Bar Close to Shopping Mall Edith Cowan University TAFE Hospital Police Academy and Cinemas Many restaurants cafes pubs and night clubs in walking distance Short distance away from spectacular beaches Joondalup Golf Course and Hillarys Boat Harbour. Joondalup Resort Country Club Boulevard Connolly WA 6027 T (61 8) 9400 8888 F (61 8) 9400 8889 E info joondalupresort.com.au Nestled in natural bushland 25 minutes drive north of Perth CBD and minutes from the white sandy beaches of the Sunset Coast Joondalup Resort invites you to experience luxurious accommodation and a variety of recreational facilities set amongst Australia s No. 1 Resort Golf Course . Challenge yourself to a round of golf unwind with a beverage and mouth-watering meal at our award winning restaurant or simply relax on your private balcony or verandah and enjoy the tranquil setting. Joondalup Resort offers you the perfect venue to work rest and play. Mindarie Marina Hotel Ocean Falls Boulevard Mindarie WA 6030 T (61 8)9305 9305 E info mindariemarina.com.au www.mindariemarina.com.au Accommodation with stunning ocean views Variety of restaurants & bars Indi microbrewery Beautiful beaches & water activities Live entertainment weekends Weddings & function facilities Mention this ad for a Luxury Spa Suite upgrade (Conditions apply. Subject to availability.) CITY COUNTRY COAST 43 44 www.experienceperth.com CITY COUNTRY COAST 45 Quality Resort Sorrento Beach 1 Padbury Circle Sorrento WA 6020 T (61 8) 9246 8100 F (61 8) 9246 2481 E reservations sorrentobeach.com.au www.sorrentobeach.com.au Quality Resort Sorrento Beach is just 76 steps from the beach 700 meters from Hillarys Boat Harbour and only 20 minutes drive North of Perth City. The Resort can cater to the corporate traveller a romantic getaway for 2 through to a family holiday for 6 with a range of 4 star Hotel Studio Rooms Luxury 1 Bedroom Spa Apartments (with or without ocean views) and 3 star 2 & 3 Bedroom Apartments. The resort offers a range of facilities including pool spa sauna and BBQ Free Foxtel secure wireless broadband and great choice of restaurants. Clarion Suites Mullaloo Beach 10 Oceanside Promenade Mullaloo WA 6027 T (61 8) 9404 1200 F (61 8)9404 1299 E reservations mullaloobeach.com.au www.mullaloobeach.com.au Stay at Perth s newest boutique property of 12 luxury 2 and 3 bedroom suites all with ultimate Ocean views. We are the perfect destination for the discerning corporate traveler a romantic getaway for two people through to a family holiday for six. Seashells Scarborough 178 The Esplanade Scarborough WA 6019 T (61 8) 9341 6644 E scarboro seashells.com.au www.seashells.com.au Situated directly opposite Scarborough Beach Seashells offers stylish 2 and 3 bedroom fully selfcontained apartments all with views of the spectacular Indian Ocean. Features include well appointed kitchens and laundries spacious lounge and dining areas private balconies bath spas in most free in-house movies foxtel DVD iPod docks and wireless broadband internet access. Enjoy the outdoor heated swimming pool sauna sun lounges BBQs and free undercover secure parking. With just a short stroll to a number of restaurants caf s bars and shops your holiday starts the minute you arrive Ocean View Motel 10 Lawley Street North Beach WA 6020 T (61 8) 9246 4699 F (61 8) 9447 9555 E info oceanviewmotel.com.au www.oceanviewmotel.com.au The Ocean View Motel is a beautifully appointed and affordable 20 room property overlooking the Indian Ocean on the Sunset Coast. Located in peaceful North Beach just 15km to CBD and only 70m from beautiful white sandy beaches. Close to shops restaurants and public transport. YanchepNationalPark Wanneroo Road Yanchep WA 6035 T (61 8) 9405 0759 F (08) 9561 2316 www.dec.wa.gov.au Located only 45 minutes north of Perth s city centre you ll soon understand why Yanchep National Park attracts over 240 000 local interstate and international visitors each year. Take part in a guided tour of Crystal Cave Aboriginal cultural experience (subject to availability) or a leisurely walk around Loch McNess. Enjoy BBQ and picnic facilities scenic walk trails koalas kangaroos and an abundance of other native animals and plants in one of the state s oldest national parks. Visit McNess Visitors Centre for tour bookings and a wide range of souvenirs experience the hospitality of the historic Yanchep Inn or tempt your sweet tooth at Chocolate Drops. Rendezvous Hotel Perth The Esplanade Scarborough WA 6019 T (61 8) 9245 1000 F (61 8) 9245 1345 E Reservations.Perth RendezvousHotels.com www.RendezvousHotels.com Central Reservations 1800 088 888(AUS) 0800 666 777(NZ) Rendezvous Hotel Perth the perfect beachside hotel overlooking the soft white Scarborough Beach sand and sparkling blue of the Indian Ocean. Take a dip in our lagoon-style heated pool work up a sweat in the fitness centre steam room or on the floodlit tennis courts and enjoy a great choice of entertainment options. 46 www.experienceperth.com With its patchwork of rolling farmyards idyllic coast fresh seasonal produce and ribbons of vineyards the stretch of countryside from Guilderton and Lancelin through to Gingin and the Chittering Valley offers a highly appealing place to explore. This beautiful area is about one hour s drive north of Perth by following the coast or heading north on the Great Northern Highway. You can start your explorations on the coast at Guilderton which boasts an idyllic coastal setting and is situated on the banks of the languid Moore River. There are many walking trails in and around Moore River which allow visitors to relish nature at its best. Swimming kayaking canoeing and cruising along the fertile river are also high on the agenda for holiday makers. A boardwalk allows visitors to appreciate the many species of birds and the surrounding area offers a great place to relax and have a picnic. Fishing is a popular past time in this region and you can fish either in the river itself or off the coast in spots like Ledge Point Caraban and Quinns Rocks. If you want to stay a few days visitors can book into a beach house in the area and really make the most of the activities on offer. A little further north the coastal township of Lancelin offers all manner of outdoor activities. Soaring sand dunes frame Lancelin to the east and the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean spread to the horizon in the west. Here you can indulge in all manner of outdoor activities taste locally caught seafood or simply laze on the uncrowded beaches. Lancelin is something of a mecca for adventurers and popular activities include sand boarding down the mountainous sand dunes or joining a 4WD tour bus for a ride of a lifetime across the massive dune environment. With a virtually year-round consistent swell Lancelin is a superior windsurfing kitesurfing and surfing destination. If you are not a surfer but are keen to learn there are plenty of local surf schools available. Divers are also spoilt for choice with over 15 ghostly shipwrecks lurking just offshore. Venturing inland from the coast along Gingin Brook Road you can stop at one of the charming restaurants or cafes nestled amid sprawling cottage gardens. These cosy settings offer an excellent way of tasting some of the region s fresh produce. The area is also well known for its vast olive tree plantations. Further inland you ll discover the beautiful rural area that includes the small towns of Gingin and Bindoon and the scenic Chittering Valley. Fast gaining a reputation as a gourmand s retreat this charming area is rich in food wine scenery and art. Here you re far away from the city in a tranquil and nature rich environment. The soils are very fertile and throughout the area you can sample some wonderful fresh produce which includes anything from beef citrus fruit and honey to olives olive oil locally produced wine and all manner of tasty organic treats. A great journey through this region is the Chittering Valley Wine Trail. This 76 km looping passage takes you through the rural settlements of Bullsbrook Bindoon Gingin and Muchea and puts you directly in the path of seven world class wineries. Visiting the wineries is a fantastic way to sample premium wines made from the characteristic grapes of the region with each winery offering their own unique character and style to their produce. CITY COUNTRY COAST 47 Just as appealing as the culinary delights are the region s scenic wonders. The trail winds its way through the heart of this pretty region past hills cloaked thick with forest though deep valleys and over high hill-tops. During Spring the whole region is a great location to view the West Australian Wildflowers and you ll find a splendid array of wildflowers along the roads and throughout the natural bushland and native reserves. Blackboy Ridge on Chittering Valley Road is set ablaze with colour during this time and makes a breathtaking spot to view the surrounding hills and farmland. The region is also the starting point for WA s newest road - the Indian Ocean Drive - where you can explore the coastline all the way north from Lancelin through to Jurien. See More... ndulgeinsome4WDactionandsandboarding I over the mighty sand dunes in Lancelin njoythegreatoutdoorsandpaddleacanoealong E the beautiful Moore River indsurf dive snorkel swimorsurfinthecrystal W clear waters ampleawardwinningwinesatoneoftheregion s S many wineries njoythefreshlocalproduceincludingseafood E olives citrus fruit and honey eanderalongthemanywalkingtrailsthroughout M the region iscoveruniqueandinterestinglocalartsandcrafts D tayawhileinoneoftheregion sbeachhouses S farm stays or bed and breakfasts akearelaxingdrivethroughthepicturesque T countryside uringspring viewbeautifulwildflowers D throughout the region Lancelin New Norcia Guilderton Gingin Bindoon CHITTERING VALLEY Muchea Bullsbrook Toodyay Midland PERTH 0 10km Want more info Chittering Visitor Centre 6180 Great Northern Highway Bindoon Tel 61 8 9576 1100 Located just 45 minutes south of Perth Rockingham forms the southernmost border of the Perth metropolitan area. With beautiful expanses of safe beaches water sports and environmental parks Rockingham is a popular tourist destination. The city fronts onto the sheltered waters of Cockburn Sound with Garden Island Penguin Island and Seal Island very close by. The Shoalwater Islands Marine Park is located a mere 500 metres offshore and plays host to one of the finest displays of wild sealife and birdlife to be found anywhere in the world. Weathered strings of craggy limestone islands make up the marine park which boasts secluded white sandy bays. Vibrantly coloured corals over 600 pairs of little penguins 150 bottle-nosed dolphins and countless sea lions call this area home. There are a number of ways to experience and interact with the local wildlife. Starting out in the early morning a dolphin interaction tour takes you to the heart of wild dolphin territory and introduces you to aquatic characters like Ringo Boomerang and Logo. Led by your experienced guide you will then plunge below the surface of the ocean where you will be swiftly surrounded by a host of curious bottle-nosed dolphins all vying for your attention. A wildlife safari expedition will see you paddling your own well-equipped kayak amongst the chain of islands. Cruising is also a great way to take in the sights. A 45 minute excursion takes you to the beaches of Seal Island past the rugged cliffs and pristine coves of the marine park and back to Penguin Island to witness the hand feeding of the sick and injured little penguins. Adventure lovers are also in for a treat in Rockingham. You can head to Safety Bay to take to the waves on windsurfing sail or catamaran. Fresh afternoon breezes here make for excellent sailing conditions. Even non-sailers will love chilling out on the beach and watching the colourful sails dash across the waves. For calmer conditions head to Rockingham Beach. This protected swimming area is ideal for families and also offers a safe snorkelling environment. More experienced snorkellers and divers can head to the West Coast Dive Park. This park is rich in dive wrecks and boasts a wonder world of fish and coral. Food and wine lovers are well catered for in Rockingham with a host of excellent caf s and restaurants along the foreshore and a number of nearby wineries with cellar door sales. History buffs can also set out on a number of heritage trails walks and drives that exist within the region. Other activities include first-class championship golf courses historical sights and some excellent recreational fishing. Want more info Rockingham Visitor Centre Gary Holland Community Centre 19 Kent St Rockingham Tel 61 8 9592 3464 CITY COUNTRY COAST 49 PERTH Cottesloe Sw an Riv er FREMANTlE Carnac Island Woodman Pt. Armadale Cockburn Sound Garden Island Rockingham Safety Bay 0 10km Get close to nature.. njoyanincredibleeco-tourismexperience E andswimwiththewilddolphinsorjoina dolphin watch tour. akeatourtotheShoalwaterIslandsMarine T Park & see the little penguins & Australian sea lions. xperienceexcellentscubadivingattheWest E Coast Dive Park. aveapicnicorBBQatBellandChurchill H Park next to the beach. ineattheexcellentcaf sandrestaurantsin D the region. etclosetowildlifeatMarapanaWildlifePark. G akeatripalongtheBaldivisKarnupWinetrail T andenjoytastinglocallyproducedwines. iscoverthegreatsnorkelling windsurfing D and surfing spots. ryyourluckwithsomefishingoffajettyor T the beach. eeoffatanearbychampionshipgolfcourse. T Rockingham Wild Encounters T (618) 9591 1333 F (61 8) 9528 1715 E info dolphins.com.au www.dolphins.com.au Rockingham Wild Encounters operate award winning cruises to swim with or watch wild dolphins glass bottom boat tours to view rare sea lions and a ferry service to Penguin Island to get up close to the world s smallest and cutest species of Penguin Cruises take in the ruggedly spectacular Shoalwater Islands Marine Park and depart daily September to early June. Ferries to Penguin Island depart hourly 9am-3pm. Enjoy a picnic swimming snorkelling or just relax and take in the beauty of this A-class nature reserve. Don t miss the penguins being fed at the Penguin Island Discovery Centre at 10.30am 12.30pm & 2.30pm. Bookings Essential 50 www.experienceperth.com Located less than an hour south of Perth the Peel region is an easy destination to access by taking a short train trip on the Mandurah Line rail service or by car on the new Forest Highway. Stretching from the white sands and blue waters of the coast to the rugged terrain of the Darling Scarp the region offers a wide range of activities from exploring vast waterways and national parks to visiting wineries and bush walking along trails through the vast Jarrah Forests. The region encompasses SerpentineJarrahdale Murray (including Pinjarra and Dwellingup) Boddington Waroona and Mandurah - each with unique characteristics and attractions. Mandurah is the perfect place to base yourself and take daytrips out to explore the Peel region. Over recent years Mandurah has grown from a small seaside town into a lively and cosmopolitan city and is famed for its beautiful waterways and relaxed holiday atmosphere. The waterways provide endless activities such as fishing swimming waterskiing and no trip to Mandurah would be complete without a boat cruise on the vast silken waters of the estuary. There are several boating options available from chartering your own pontoon to hiring a house boat. Or you could join a cruise through the award winning canals be sure to keep an eye out for the wild bottle-nosed dolphins regular visitors to the Mandurah waterway. On a cruise of the canals you can see how the other half live as you journey past multi million dollar mansions some of which are just holiday homes A fantastic array of restaurants can be found along the waterfront catering for all styles of taste and budget. Why not indulge in seafood fresh from Mandurah s waters be sure to try some of the sweet crab meat for which Mandurah is so renowned. The state-of-the-art Mandurah Performing Arts Centre is a distinctive feature overlooking the waters of Mandjar Bay and showcases a wide range of local national and international creative talent. Local galleries can also be found along the foreshore and the Mandurah Art Gallery always has a busy exhibition calendar of touring and local artists. The nearby Dolphin Quay and the world class Mandurah Ocean Marina offer excellent boating facilities and are home to a range of luxury pleasure craft recreational and commercial fishing vessels undercover CITY COUNTRY COAST 51 markets and upmarket restaurants as well as offering spectacular views of the Venetianstyle canals exclusive townhouses and million dollar vessels. Graced with endless stretches of pristine coastline there are plenty of places to go swimming and surfing right on Mandurah s doorstep. There are also numerous coral reefs offering a diverse variety of fish which makes Mandurah an ideal spot for divers to get below the surface and enjoy the deep blue sea. Thanks to a mild Mediterranean climate water temperatures are moderate all year round and the area is protected from any major boating or shipping channels. With plenty of attractions including an aquatic fun park carnival and free space to run around the kids will love Mandurah. Tree lined walkways grassed picnic areas and safe swimming beaches make it a perfect destination for the whole family. For those wanting to explore the great outdoors there are an excellent selection of walk and bike trails throughout Mandurah that meander alongside the river by the estuary and along the ocean s shores. North east of Mandurah the SerpentineJarrahdale Shire forms the northern part of Peel region and offers some breathtaking scenery within the many forests parks rivers and other natural attractions. The Serpentine National Park features lovely forests which also harbour a wealth of walking tracks. Serpentine Falls is a favourite picnic destination. With its cool emerald coloured waters surrounded by rocks the falls are a perfect place to wile away a lazy afternoon. Jarrahdale the local town was originally established as a milling town. In town you can enjoy lunch at the local pub or enjoy delicious afternoon tea at one of the cafes that line the main street view historical buildings and explore the arts and crafts galleries. A number of wineries can also be found just outside of town. Pinjarra and Dwellingup situated in the Shire of Murray are also beautiful places to visit and boast a range of adventure activities. Resting on the banks of the tranquil Murray River Pinjarra is one of the oldest established towns in Western Australia. With its rich grazing lands and thick forests of Jarrah trees the town quickly became known as a centre for dairy cattle farming and timber. The area is also becoming increasingly celebrated as the horse capital of Western Australia. Bridle trails ribbon the nearby forests and surveying the area on horseback is a remarkable way to get back to nature. If you prefer walking the Pinjarra Heritage Walk Trail skirts the Murray River and is a fascinating way to view the region. 52 www.experienceperth.com 23 km further inland resides the evergreen forested township of Dwellingup. Here you can take to the Murray River s swollen winter rapids by raft or sedately canoe down its slower moving segments. Dwellingup is a popular camping destination and you can also hike cycle or horse ride along the area s many trails. The long-distance walking trail the Bibbulmun Track runs through the middle of town and the Hotham Valley Tourist Railway haunts the town most winter weekends and is a magical way to see the tall timbers of the ancient forests. Further south and located on an easy drive from Perth via the Albany Highway Boddington is nestled between rolling hills of forests and farms on the banks of the picturesque Hotham River. Combining old fashioned country charm with farming and mining prosperity around half of the Boddington Shire is state forest. The area is ideal for hiking picnics bird-watching and wildflowers in spring. Fishing and camping are also popular pastimes here and casting a line at Lions Weir is a favourite local pursuit. During the autumn and spring seasons you are almost guaranteed to hook some Redfin Perch or sink a line for some fat tasty marron throughout the summer. Otherwise packing a picnic lunch and heading to Randford Pool a prime picnic spot is a great alternative. Located on the South Western Highway the character township of Waroona lies between forest farmland lakes and sea. The town itself has grown over the years to encompass cafes fine examples of colonial architecture antique shops and art galleries and is particularly well known for Lake Navarino and the Waroona Dam where thrill seekers from far and wide come to water-ski canoe or fish. Yalgorup National Park also falls under the shire of Waroona s jurisdiction and covers an area of over 12 000 hectares. The park contains 11 coastal lakes and wetlands which are home to hundreds of migrating birds some of which have travelled thousands of kilometres to breed and recuperate amongst the areas rich eco systems. The park also boasts several stands of rare Tuart trees and some of the first living creatures on earth - the captivating Thrombolite living fossils. Preston Beach at the southern end of the park is a superb location for four-wheel driving swimming picnicking or fishing from its pristine white sandy shores. Want more info Mandurah Visitor Centre 75 Mandurah Tce Mandurah Tel. 61 8 9550 3999 PinjarraVisitorCentre Fimmel Lane off Pinjarra Williams Road Pinjarra Tel. 61 8 9531 1438 Dwellingup Visitor Centre Marrinup Street Dwellingup Tel. 61 8 9538 1108 CITY COUNTRY COAST 53 What to see and do atchthetraintoMandurahandridethe C Foreshore Express to the heart of the city and the popular eastern foreshore. isitDolphinQuayatthebeautifulMandurah V Ocean Marina akeacruisearoundthecanalsandestuary T and be sure to keep an eye out for dolphins layaroundofgolfatoneoftheworldclass P golf courses in the region xplorethebeautifulstateforestsand E national parks in the Peel region akeapaddlebycanoeorkayakalongthe T winding Murray River alkasectionofthelongdistance W Bibbulmun Track or cycle a section of the Munda Biddi Trail which wind their through the region ryfishingfortroutormarron campingat T designatedsitesorjustrelaxinginthe majesticbushlandsintheregion isittheregion swineries antiqueshopsand V galleries in the quaint Peel townships isitYalgorupNationalParktoseethe V amazing Thrombolite living fossils Preston Beach PERTH FREMANTlE Armadale Serpentine Jarrahdale Mandurah Peel Inlet North Dandalup Pinjarra Dwellingup Waroona 0 10km Mandurah Mandurah Visitor Centre Visitor Welcome Centre E visitor mandurah.wa.gov.au 75 Mandurah Terrace Mandurah Train Station www.visitmandurah.com Mandurah WA 6210 Allnutt Street Mandurah WA 6210 T (61 8) 9550 3999 T (61 8) 9550 3222 From relaxed beach-side chalets and homes to house boats and 4.5 star modern luxury hotels Mandurah gives you the chance to get back to basics without compromising the luxuries of life. Enjoy a leisurely coffee and browse a variety of shops and boutiques at your own pace. Or sample waterside dining capped off with a round of golf. Take time to refresh and share your childhood memories of Mandurah with your own children in Perth s easiest getaway. It s all still here the beaches the foreshore the dolphins and the friendly atmosphere. For the naturally curious discover the extraordinary variety of bird life and natural wonders that thrive here and explore the extensive estuary and river systems that link the region. Your experience is your choice ... Atrium Hotel Mandurah 65 Ormsby Terrace Mandurah WA 6210 T (61 8) 9535 6633 F (61 8) 9581 4151 E reservations the-atrium.com.au www.atriumhotel.com.au Located close to sheltered beaches and Mandurah s Boardwalk and picnic areas the Atrium Hotel is built around a palm tree lined indoor heated swimming pool and spa with cocktail bar. Relax and enjoy many other facilities including free in-house movies half tennis court and sauna. Conference facilities available. Bouvard Cruises Mandurah Office 80 Mandurah Terrace Mandurah WA 6210 T (61 8) 9581 1242 E info bouvardcruises.com.au www.bouvardcruises.com.au Join Bouvard Cruises onboard a One Hour Dolphin & Scenic Canal Cruise around the beautiful Mandurah waterways. View multimillion dollar canal homes and see dolphins playing in the wake of our boat whilst listening to the captain s informative commentary Enjoy a fish & chip Lunch onboard for an additional 10 p p. Fort Mandurah Quay Resort 40 Marina Quay Drive Erskine WA 6210 T (61 8) 9582 8300 E bookings mandurahquayresort.com.au www.mandurahquayresort.com.au What ever you are looking for Fort Mandurah Quay is The Quay to your success Discover the perfect place for a get-away Discover our spacious luxury self contained Spa Apartments Discover the ambience of the Waterside Restaurant and Function Centre Discover our Gym Spa and Tennis Courts Discover the secret to our success very soon. 54 www.experienceperth.com Mandurah Performing Arts Centre The Boardwalk Ormsby Terrace Mandurah WA 6210 Box Office (61 8) 9550 3900 www.manpac.com.au The Mandurah Performing Arts Centre is one of Australia s premier regional performing and visual arts centres. Mandurah is located south of Perth and is now less than one-hour s travel from the City by road or by high speed train. The Centre is designed around magnificent glassed foyer areas which offer sweeping waterfront views and includes the 800-seat Boardwalk Theatre 144-seat Fishtrap Theatre and the Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery. The Centre presents a diverse range of live theatre drama dance music and comedy shows including local state and national performances. For information on upcoming shows and exhibitions check out our website. Mandurah Ferry Cruises 73 Mandurah Terrace Mandurah WA 6210 Tel (61 8) 9535 3324 E info mandurahferrycruises.com.au www.mandurahferrycruises.com.au The original cruise company. Cruise through magnificent canals into pristine wetlands where exotic birdlife dip & soar & playful dolphins show off. Three purpose-built vessels Informative & entertaining commentary One hour to half day cruises 364 days per year Quest Mandurah 20 Apollo Place Mandurah WA 6210 T (61 8) 9535 9599 F (61 8) 9535 9699 E questmandurah questapartments.com.au www.questmandurah.com.au Quest Mandurah is located 50 minutes south of Perth on the crystal waterways of Mandurah. Perfect for the family or corporate traveller. A modern tropical resort offering studio one two and three bedroom fully self-contained serviced apartments. The resort features foxtel below ground swimming pool heated outdoor spa BBQ facilities powered boat mooring and monitored security parking. Only 500 meters to the town centre featuring cafes quality restaurants and within easy walking distance to safe swimming beaches and Mandurah s famous fishing and crabbing spots. Mandurah Ocean Marina Chalets 6 The Lido Mandurah WA 6210 T (61 8) 95358173 F (61 8) 95358451 E chalets marinachalets.com.au www.marinachalets.com.au Less than an hours drive south of Perth modern self catering and fully contained chalets offer a family friendly environment to make you feel at home. The chalets are in the Mandurah Ocean Marina and within easy walking distance to town eateries shopping and the beach. Shells by the Sea T 0488 333 187 shellsbythesea.com.au Privately managed one and two bedroom fully self contained luxury apartments all with king beds large balconies and water views. Close to shops and restaurants walk to town. Choose On the Beach - On the Canals - On the Estuary. Being boutique apartments all of our luxury properties are decorated differently to suit the complex where they are and to compliment the water views they enjoy Your special requests are our pleasure and we strive to make your holiday as happy as we possibly can To spoil that someone special check out our romance packages on the website. Phone for our best price and current specials 0488 333 187 The Links Kennedy Bay Port Kennedy Drive Port Kennedy WA 6172 T (61 8) 9524 5991 F (61 8) 9524 6660 E info kennedybay.com.au www.kennedybay.com.au Rated the 4 Public Access Course in Australia in the 2010 Golf Course Guide. Situated approximately 35 minutes south of Perth city. CITY COUNTRY COAST 55 Crest Hotel Group LPO Box 4246 Mandurah North 6210 E info crestaccommodation.com.au Crest Private Collection 50 private apartments 1 2 & 3 bedroom apartments Selection of Penthouses boat pens pools gym s Secure parking Marina and water views from all Del Mar The Lido Mandurah Marina T 1800 624 633 www.crestaccommodation.com.au Comfort Inn Crest Mandurah 2-bedroom apartments Motel rooms Pool Tennis Central to CBD & beach Executive Spa Suites Disabled rooms Boat parking Spa Wireless internet Comfort Inn Crest Mandurah U54 110 Mandurah Terrace Mandurah T 1800 334 714 Quality Suites Crest Mandurah 2-bedroom 2-bathroom apartments Marina views Access to beach & Dolphin Quay Disabled apartment available Completion November 2010 Quality Suites Crest Mandurah 8 The Palladio Mandurah Marina T 1800 624 633 Seashells Mandurah 16 Dolphin Drive Mandurah WA 6210 T (61 8) 9550 3000 E mandurah seashells.com.au www.seashells.com.au Escape the city to a relaxing beachfront retreat at the 4 1 2 star Seashells Mandurah. Choose from fully self-contained 1 2 or 3 bedroom apartments and luxury villas with breathtaking ocean or marina views. Features include king-size beds bath spas private balconies Foxtel in-house movies iPod docks and broadband internet access. Enjoy the stunning outdoor heated swimming pool and spa stretching along the beachfront sun lounges BBQs tennis court meeting and conference facilities shops tour desk and free secure parking. Waroona Visitor Centre 37 South West Hwy (PO Box 283) Waroona WA 6215 T F (61 8) 9733 1506 E visitorcentre waroona.wa.gov.au www.waroona.wa.gov.au Experience the diversity that is the Shire of Waroona. Pristine beaches and unspoilt lakes on the coast fertile farmlands and peaceful jarrah forests on the scarp. Antiques and collectables art craft scenic trail rides dairy tours swimming skiing fishing bushwalking bird watching and wildflowers. Caf to fine dining variety of accommodation and camping. The Cut Golf Course Country Club Drive Dawesville WA 6210 www.the-cut.com.au Visitors to Perth are invited to experience 18 holes at The Cut Golf Course at Port Bouvard Mandurah WA. The Cut is set high in majestic ocean-front dunes with views along the coast and the superbly appointed clubhouse offers a casual drinks bar and dining facilities for you to enjoy after your round. For bookings please contact the Golf Shop on T (61 8) 9582 4420 or E bookings the-cut.com.au The Sebel Mandurah 1 Marco Polo Drive Mandurah WA 6210 T (61 8) 9512 8300 F (61 8) 9512 8399 E reservations tsmh.mirvac.com www.sebelmandurah.com The Sebel Mandurah is a 4.5-star hotel boasting stunning water and town views. The first world class hotel in the city of Mandurah enjoy 89 beautifully appointed guestrooms and apartments as well as a plethora of cafes restaurants and popular attractions on your doorstep. 56 www.experienceperth.com With forested hills picturesque vineyards a ribbon of stunning river way and a kaleidoscope of gourmet food wine heritage and arts Perth s Eastern Region offers an enviable getaway all within a half hour s drive of the city centre. Encompassing one third of the Perth area Perth s Eastern Region extends from the iconic Swan River on the edge of the city centre before rolling on through the scenic vineyards of the Swan Valley and the nature-rich Perth Hills. Perth s Eastern Region has an elaborate network of 50 walk cycle and drive trails enabling you to take in all the natural cultural and historical wonders this region can offer. Trail experiences include bush hikes river foreshore cycles and forest mountain bike rides scenic valley drives heritage walks and food and wine trails. If you are seeking a world-class trail experience ten of these trails are rated among Western Australia s 55 Top Trails and range from short bush walks in the Perth metropolitan area to an overnight or extended adventure in the forests of WA s South West. Try a long distance walk on the Bibbulmun Track from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills stretching 1000 kilometres south through the scenic South West to Albany along the southern coastline. The Munda Biddi Trail offers riders a world-class mountain biking experience from Mundaring in the Perth Hills 500 kilometres south through the forests to Nannup. For a Top Trail that can be explored in a day try the Eagle View Walk Trail in the John Forrest National Park or sample all that WA s oldest wine region has to offer on the Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail. You can discover Western Australia s natural beauty in the region s thousands of hectares of state forest and ten national parks. The region is also a great place to visit to appreciate Western Australia s dazzling spectacle of beautiful wildflowers from August through to November. Walyunga National Park in the Swan Valley is a great place to view beautiful wildflowers in season and spectacular rapids in winter. You can see power crafts and canoes pass through here during the annual Avon Descent white water race held every August. The Lesmurdie Falls National Park located at the bottom of the Perth Hills is also particularly beautiful in winter when the 50 metre waterfall can be viewed in full force. For a great family day out visit Whiteman Park in the Swan Valley a 4 000 hectare recreation and bushland reserve complete with trails wildlife park museum art gallery picnic facilities and playground activities for children. A day out on the river is an experience no visitor should miss and along the Swan and Helena Rivers there are many kilometres of beautiful waterways and river foreshore to explore. You can take a river cruise from the city try canoeing and kayaking or launching your own boat from boat ramps at Claughton Reserve in Bayswater Pickering Park in Bassendean or Hardey and Cracknell Parks in Belmont. 45 MINS CITY COUNTRY COAST 57 30 MINS Swan Valley 15 MINS Guildford Midland Mundaring PERTH River Precinct PERTH AIRPORT Perth Hills Mundaring Weir Swan River FREMANTLE Kalamunda Bickley Carmel There are also many riverside walk and cycle paths including 21 kilometres of cycle trails that line the Swan River foreshore. Pick up a copy of the free Cycle Perth s Eastern Region publication from local Visitor Centres for rides connecting the Perth CBD along the Midland railway line or visit PerthTourism.com.au cycle to request a copy. If you don t want to cycle you can enjoy the river by visiting a riverside park where you can relax with a picnic or barbeque. Garvey Park in the City of Belmont Riverside Gardens in the City of Bayswater and Sandy Beach Reserve in the Town of Bassendean all offer great recreational facilities. Perth s Eastern Region also has an excellent range of accommodation including river view self-contained apartments boutique hotels in the Swan Valley and B&B s in the relaxing surrounds of the Perth Hills. Both the domestic and international airports are situated in the region making it a perfect place to start or end a holiday in Perth and Western Australia. Explore the region xploretheupperreachesoftheSwanRiveron E a leisurely wine cruise private boat or kayak iscovernativeplantsandbirdlifeat D riverside reserves Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary in Riverside Gardens in Bayswater or Black Swan Island at Ascot akeinthebeautifulwildflowersthroughout T the Swan Valley and Perth Hills in winter and spring njoyaroundofgolf theregionhasseven E golf courses to choose from etnearertonaturewithschoolholiday G activities at the Perth Hills National Parks Centre in Mundaring oforascenicwalkalongtheSwanRiver G footpaths mountain bike up in the Perth Hills or cycle through the Swan Valley vineyards njoyalazySundaydrivethroughthe E vineyards and wineries in the Swan Valley and the Perth Hills elaxwithapicnicatoneofthemany R riverside parks or in the natural bushland surrounds of one of the national parks Must do events andyBeachFestival SandyBeachReserve S Bassendean 25 - 28 March ycletheTrailsoftheHills MundaBiddiTrail C Mundaring Sunday 8 May vonDescentFamilyFunDays Northamto A Bayswater Saturday 6 - Sunday 7 August rektheTrail RailwayReservesHeritageTrail T Mundaring Sunday 18 September alktheZigZag Kalamunda Sunday2October W pringintheValley SwanValley monthof S October For more events trails and experiences in Perth s Eastern Region visit PerthTourism.com.au 58 www.experienceperth.com Sublime & Beautiful Located only 25 minutes east of Perth the Swan Valley is Western Australia s oldest and most visited wine growing region. It is a valley laced with ribbons of vineyards and is home to over 150 places to wine and dine including award-winning wineries and restaurants microbreweries and distilleries. It is also home to roadside stalls selling fresh local produce historical architecture art and craft galleries and studios. One way to enjoy the best of the region is to embark on the award-winning 32 km Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail. The loop trail is well signposted and takes you past more than 40 wineries boutique breweries restaurants cafes and roadside stalls and leads you through the outstanding array of galleries and heritage sites. The Swan Valley Visitor Centre in Guildford is your one stop shop for everything in and around the Swan Valley. You can get expert advise on how best to explore the area and pick up some free maps at the same time. There s also an impressive gift shop to enable you to take a piece of the region home with you. The Visitor Centre s well crafted displays allow you to take an informative look into the history of the area settled in 1828. The chances of you wanting to sample some or indeed all of the area s wines are quite high and a great option is to join a wine tasting tour where you will be transported from winery to winery and not have to concern yourself about who will do the driving. Alternatively you can take a wine cruise from the city on the Swan River after which the valley is named. Beerlovers will be delighted to know that there is more to the region than just wine. The Swan Valley has five boutique beer outlets including several micro breweries offering a wide selection of more than 20 varieties of beer to tempt the palate and two German-style cafes serving their own brews with hearty beerfriendly fare. The Swan Valley is also renowned for its mouth watering food and with good reason. Today there are more than 70 restaurants and cafes in the valley along with companies making fresh nougat chocolate and ice cream on the premises. If time allows spend a few days discovering this stunning region and stay locally at one of the many accommodation choices. There is something to suit all tastes and budgets from five-star resorts caravan parks farm stays or chic boutique guesthouses. CITY COUNTRY COAST 59 With plenty of wide open space for picnicking cycle trails and self-guided walk trails the valley is also ideal for families and many of the region s wineries and cafes offer safe areas for children to play. The nearby historical village of Guildford with its collection of antique shops cafes and pristine examples of European settlement buildings dating back to the 1830s is the gateway to the Swan Valley and is well worth visiting. Guildford was the first permanent community to emerge from the Swan River Colony s settlement of the area and is the only town in Perth classified by the National Trust. Pastimes include picnicking by the river exploring the antique shops enjoying a pint in an historical pub or a delicious Devonshire tea at one of the many cafes that line James Street the main thoroughfare. Yummy ideas.. xplorethe32kmFoodandWineTrail E esuretotrytheVerdelho Shirazand B fortified wines - you ll find them at wineries throughout the region atchoutforfreetastingsoflocalpreserves W dried fruit and nuts akeaboat cruise from Perth City along the T Swan River to the Swan Valley. ickupafreeGuildford Heritage Walk Trail P brochure from the visitor centre detailing the town s 4 heritage walk trails akeawanderaroundGuildford shistoric T shopping precincts - Swan St Terrace Rd and James St. tayalittlealongerandletoneofthemany S accommodation venues look after you in style. ver20operatorsofferarangeoftoursO a free tour booking service is available at the Visitor Centre isitthemanyartandcraftgalleriesand V artist s studios njoythegreatoutdoorsontheCycleTrails E PERTH Gingin Bindoon Muchea Bullsbrook Toodyay SWAN VAllEy Midland FREMANTlE Armadale 0 10km Jarrahdale Want more info Swan Valley Visitor Centre Cnr of Meadow and Swan Streets Guildford Tel 61 8 9379 9400 Per Q th 60 www.experienceperth.com Come to the Perth Hills Scattered throughout the wide fertile ranges of the Darling Scarp and only 45 minutes east of Perth city centre you ll find the stunning scenery meandering drives and vibrant villages that make up the Perth Hills. The world famous Bibbulmun Track starts in the hills stretching 1000kms from Kalamunda to Albany While the Hills are part of the city you ll find the region and its character townships exude a country charm and views that are simply astounding. The tree-lined village of Mundaring is one of the major towns of the Perth Hills and makes a wonderful day trip or weekender for visitors to the region. In town you can stop off at the Mundaring Visitor Centre where you can learn about the history of the region and pick up a variety of maps highlighting the large amount of activitie and attractions to be found. Just out of town you will find the vast water reserve of the Mundaring Weir and the Perth Hills Nature Centre where you can learn about native flora and fauna. You can also picnic at any number of stunning parks in the area. Kalamunda town centre is also particularly appealing with its gift stores character eateries and quaint village feel. Art music and history play a big part here with several heritage building sites in town. A visit to the town library will reward you with views of the largest community-built stained-glass window in Australia and if you are visiting on the first Saturday of the month be sure to drop in on the village market. Kalamunda is also a great staging point for visiting the breathtaking Bickley and Carmel Valleys renowned for their wine and local produce. Considering its Mediterranean climate of hot dry summers and cool wet winters and with the first vineyards in the region planted in the 1880s it comes as no surprise that the Perth Hills now boasts a well established wine scene with each part of the hills having their own distinct wine trails for you to discover. The Mundaring Hills Wine Trail will lead you through the forests and gullies of Darlington Glen Forrest Mt Helena and Wooroloo to some of the oldest wineries in the region and continuing further south the Bickley-Carmel Valley Wine Trail touts seven world class CITY COUNTRY COAST 61 wineries including some fine examples of sparkling wine made in the French Tradition. Cellar doors are open most weekends and public holidays and you can set your tastebuds dancing with good selection of wine varieties. Visitors to the Perth Hills will also be impressed by the range of excellent restaurants and the level of sophisticated accommodation to be found. There are gracious country bed and breakfasts spa retreats and private luxurious hideaways. While you re in the Hills try retreating to the national parks and the cool of the forests to indulge your love of the natural environment. The hills are blessed with a series of more than 40 bike and walk trails as well as scenic lookouts and picnic spots. Experience this njoyapicnicorBBQ canoeorswimat E Lake Leschenaultia xperiencethebeautyofthearea snational E parks and state forests etontheMundaBiddicycletrail G in Mundaring which winds through some spectacularsceneryonitsjourneysouth. ollowthePerthHillswinetrailsandsample F some local wines xploretheMundaringWeirPrecinctand E No 1 Pump Station rowsethroughtheregion sartsandcraftsstudios B akeaguidedspotlighttouratKarakamia T Wildlife Sanctuary et NearertoNature witharangeofoutdoor G activities at the Perth Hills National Parks Centre alktheRailwayReservesHeritageTrail W KEP Track or world-famous Bibbulmun Track earnmoreaboutthecolourfulhistoryofthe L area at the District Museum FREMANTlE Gingin Bindoon Muchea Bullsbrook Toodyay Midland PERTH Mundaring Kalamunda 0 10km Armadale Jarrahdale Want more info Mundaring Visitor Centre The Old School Great Eastern Highway Mundaring Tel. 61 8 9295 0202 62 www.experienceperth.com CITY COUNTRY COAST 63 Bibbulmun Track T (61 8) 9481 0551 E tourism bibbulmuntrack.org.au www.bibbulmuntrack.org.au Day walks on the Bibbulmun Track The easy way to escape to the natural beauty of the Bibbulmun Track. Six self-guided day walk map packs available for the Perth Hills Dwellingup and throughout the south west. For a longer holiday book a Bibbulmun Walking Break with accommodation selected meals walk transfers maps and walk notes included. Swan Valley - Perth s Valley of Taste Swan Valley Visitor Centre Historic Guildford Courthouse c.1866 Cnr Meadow & Swan Streets Guildford T (61 8) 9379 9400 E visitorcentre swan.wa.gov.au www.swanvalley.com.au Something for every taste in the Swan Valley Perth s premier wine and food destination is situated just 25 minutes from the CBD. With world-class wineries restaurants fresh produce breweries distilleries arts and crafts the Swan Valley is more than just a journey for your taste buds...it s a voyage of discovery for all your senses A number of trails have been developed to ensure your visit is easy and your experience is one to remember. FREE maps and guides are available from the Visitor Centre. Why not take a tour or stay a little longer and take advantage of the Visitor Centre s FREE tour and accommodation booking service. Millbrook Winery Old Chestnut Lane Jarrahdale WA 6124 T (61 8) 9525 5796 F (61 8) 9525 5672 E tastingroom millbrookwinery.com.au www.millbrookwinery.com.au Millbrook Winery is situated in the historic town of Jarrahdale in the Perth Hills wine region 50 minutes south-east of the city. The winery and restaurant is nestled among virgin jarrah country with stunning views of the rolling landscape. Savour the awardwinning Millbrook and Barking Owl wines while enjoying the locally inspired food. Restaurant Bookings Essential Perth Vineyards Holiday Park 91 Benara Rd Caversham WA 6055 Freecall 1800 679 992 T (61 8) 9279 6700 F (61 8) 9377 4599 E perth aspenparks.com.au Nestled within the heart of the Swan Valley wine region Perth Vineyards Holiday Park is just 14kms from Perth CBD. Offering caravan & camping sites and cabin accommodation it is a fabulous location to relax and taste your way through the region at many wineries breweries restaurants and caf s. Rosebridge House B&B 86 Williams Street Gooseberry Hill WA 6076 T (61 8) 9293 1741 E bookings rosebridgehouse.com.au www.rosebridgehouse.com.au A perfect place to unwind in this elegant 1920 s colonial home where each room has independent access through French doors to superb gardens and water features. Situated close by to both airports and within walking distance of Kalamunda village. One of the only traditional B&B s offering scrumptious cooked county breakfasts. Sandalford Wines 3210 West Swan Road Caversham T (61 8) 9374 9374 E sandalford sandalford.com www.sandalford.com 20 minutes from Perth city Open 7 days a week Award winning a-la-carte restaurant - for lunch Margaret River premium wines Cellardoor featuring wine tasting tours & sales Picturesque vineyard and beautifully landscaped gardens The Vines Resort & Country Club Verdelho Drive The Vines WA 6069 T (61 8) 9297 3000 E reservations vines.com.au www.vines.com.au The Vines Resort & Country club is just 25 minutes from Perth airport and only a half hour drive from the city. A variety of accommodation is available from hotel rooms and spa suites to fully self-contained apartments. The Vines Resort & Country Club is a place where you can do business celebrate relax & still enjoy a great round of golf. Araluen Botanic Park 362 Croyden Road Roleystone WA 6111 T (61 8) 9496 1171 F (61 8) 9496 1081 E info araluenbotanicpark.com.au www.araluenbotanicpark.com.au Located just 35 kms southeast of Perth in a deep wooded valley with running streams all year round Araluen Botanic Park is a most beautiful and unique natural attraction. It features magnificent native and exotic gardens heritage structures tearooms gift shop train picnic BBQ areas and caters for people with special needs. Open every day - 9am to 6pm. Entry fees apply. Araluen is a Smoke Free venue. 64 www.experienceperth.com With tree-cloaked hills and valleys babbling brooks blossom-laden orchards nature walks and masses of wildflowers Armadale attracts people looking to soak up natural beauty within 40 minutes drive from Perth. This scenic region is nestled among the foothills of Perth and offers a riot of activities for lovers of the great outdoors. Start your day trip or overnight getaway by dropping into the Armadale Visitor Centre to pick up free maps highlighting the 28 walk trails in the region. You may wish to stroll amid the trees near Wungong Canning or Churchman Brook dams. Or why not enjoy the barbecue picnic areas and walk trails near the tumbling waters of Serpentine Falls You can also immerse yourself in the natural beauty by driving along the new Armadale Hills Scenic Drive which winds its way among the forest-clad hills and passes heritage attractions. You re bound to find a secluded hideaway along the way at which to enjoy a picnic amid the trees. And when it comes to filling your picnic hamper you ll find Armadale is blessed with an assortment of orchards and fresh produce store - think fresh peaches plums apricots apples cherries oranges and avocados for a start. While you re stocking up on fresh produce be sure to take the kids on a tractor ride around Roleystone Orchard - an idyllic way to wile away an afternoon and indulge in good old-fashioned pleasures. Continue filling the picnic hamper by picking up fresh cheese from the Borrello or Mundella cheese factories and tantalise the tastebuds sampling the produce while you re at it. For more picnic hamper goodies why not visit the quirky stores at Brackenridge Village where you ll find an organic shop with all manner of organic produce grown around the region. And what picnic hamper is complete without wine To stock up simply head to Rocksgate Winery or set off on the Baldivis Wine Trail. On your travels be sure to take the time to visit Araluen Botanical Park. For no visit to the region is complete without immersing yourself amid this fairytale world of flowers mosses streams and butterflies. Stroll around the enchanting gardens hand and hand with a loved one take the family and picnic under the dappled sunlight streaming through the trees or enjoy a cuppa and some lunch at the on-site tearooms with friends. The new Champion Lakes Regatta Centre is also well worth a visit while you re in the Armadale area. This state-of-the-art 55-hectare lake was purpose built for rowers. But it s not just about serious rowers - you can also swim here canoe laze upon a white sandy beach have a picnic or barbecue watch radio-controlled boats zoom across the waters or cycle or walk around the trails that fringe the lake s shores. Golf lovers are also in for a treat in Armadale with the swanky Araluen Golf Resort. This championship course is sprawled alongside State forest and the Canning River and offers large undulating greens testing changes of elevation and strategically placed water hazards and bunkers. Even if you re not into golf the spectacular setting and the stylish restaurant make this a worthy visit. You re also bound to stumble across other treasures as you explore this picturesque region. You ll find restaurants and art galleries tucked away amid the rolling hills as well as the town centres of Kelmscott Roleystone Bedfordale and Forrestdale. Then there are places that make for treasured memories of family outings such as Armadale Reptile Centre and Cohunu Koala Park. CITY COUNTRY COAST 65 You can also get swept up in the romance of yesteryear at one of the region s many heritage attractions. You ll feel like you ve stepped into a scene from 16th century England at the quaint Elizabethan Village which comes complete with cottage gardens and a cosy English-style pub. The Bert Tyler Vintage Machinery Museum will also have you stepping back in time with its early 20th century engines and machinery. History House Municipal Museum showcases historical treasures and displays in the Minnawarra Park historical precinct and the Armadale Outpost Telegraph Centre provides examples of communications from times gone by. Armadale s close proximity to Perth means it s perfect for self-drive day trippers. But with so much on offer you may wish to stay a little longer - there are plenty of gorgeous bed and breakfasts and quaint accommodation outlets dotted throughout the area that provide many an opportunity to soak up the region s charms. Experience this isitAraluenBotanicParkforthe V magnificent gardens allintotheBertTylerVintageMachinery C Museum & the Armadale Outpost Telegraph Centre isittheBodhinyanaMonasteryinSerpentine V njoywinetastingsatRocksgateWineryon E CannsRdbeforesettingoffontheBaldivis Wine Trail aketimeoutattheRainierGallery Caf in T the heart of Armadale City isitWaterwayGallery&Tearoomsforthe V quality art & craft ryaroundofGolfatthebeautifulAraluen T Golf Club Bushwalk along the picturesque walk trails and dams - booklet available at the Visitor Centre hoosedeliciousfreshfruitsatRaeburnand C Roleystone Orchards. ampleavarietyoflocallymadecheeseat S Borrello or Mundella Cheese Factories FREMANTlE ARMADAlE Midland PERTH Gingin Bindoon Muchea Bullsbrook Toodyay 0 10km Jarrahdale Want more info Armadale Visitor Centre 40 Jull Street Armadale Tel. 61 8 9497 3543 CITY COUNTRY COAST 67 For a true escape from the everyday try a journey to New Norcia Australia s only monastic town. This unique hamlet is about 130 km northeast of Perth and everyone regardless of their beliefs will find themselves stilled by the soul of this tranquil community. Here Benedictine monks move quietly amongst historical buildings on their way to pray together seven times daily. But it s not just the monks dedication to peace that makes New Norcia so special. It s also the town s eclectic monastic Aboriginal and European heritage which the monks invite all visitors to discover. New Norcia was established in 1847 as a mission for the local Aboriginal people by Spanish Benedictine monk Bishop Rosendo Salvado. 160 years later New Norcia is still home to Benedictine monks and the monastery is one of the 27 heritage buildings listed on the National Estate. Two talented monk artists were responsible for the stunning hand-painted frescoes and pressed metal ceilings which adorn the chapels and restful places of worship. You can enjoy these national treasures located within the buildings on a guided town tour departing from the Museum and Art Gallery at 11 am and 1.30 pm daily. No visit to New Norcia is complete without a visit to the museum which provides a fascinating insight into the monastery s history and showcases a selection of Aboriginal artefacts. The art galleries are just as appealing with works ranging from traditional European religious art to funky Australian contemporary pieces. Each day there is a practical expression of monastic hospitality when one of the monks welcomes visitors and provides an insight into monastic life. You can also join the monks at prayer in their private chapel within the monastery. Make the most of your visit by booking into the atmospheric New Norcia Hotel. While the accommodation is simple the Latin word Salve - Welcome - on the threshold tells you this is no ordinary country pub. The Guesthouse also offers an opportunity to quietly share in the rhythms of monastic life. Share in the serenity.. eescortedonatowntourofthebeautiful B buildings eetaMonkintheMonasteryParlourfor M a taste of monastic hospitality and the opportunity to ask questions rowsetheArtGallerywhereEuropean B religious art hangs alongside contemporary Australian art xperiencea1500year-oldtraditionand E joinourmonksintheirprivatechapeltopray the Divine Office trollupthehilltothegrandNewNorciaHotel S and linger over a glass of Australia s premier Abbey Ale or New Norcia Abbey Wine iscovertheeclecticrangeofproductsin D the Gift Shop ookaroomattheNewNorciaHotelandallow B yourself to unwind in the peaceful atmosphere ookmarkwww.newnorcia.wa.edu.aufornews B on the food cultural or spiritual events hosted annually by the Benedictine Community onothingexceptsoakupthepeaceofit D all. PAX Want more info New Norcia Visitors Centre Museum & Art Gallery Tel 61 8 9654 8056 PER th 68 www.experienceperth.com Inland on a comfortable drive east of Perth the beautiful Avon Valley is a patchwork of green rolling hills babbling brooks historical villages and country charm. The Avon Valley region was the first inland settlement in Western Australia and is the perfect destination for exploring quaint village streets pottering through craft shops and museums picnicking on the banks of the Avon River hot air ballooning at dawn or setting out on bush walks. The Valley is also host to a fantastic range of festivals and events the whole year round which make great excuses to visit. There are countless caf s and restaurants showcasing the fine food and wines grown and produced within the Avon Valley and some charming accommodation where you can relax and enjoy the warm country hospitality. Visiting the vintage towns of Northam Toodyay York Goomalling Beverley and Brookton by road is a great way to explore the charming Avon Valley region and all of the towns are only a 30 minute drive from each other. Northam Located just over an hour from Perth on the Great Eastern Highway Northam provides a great base from which to explore the Avon Valley. Northam is WA s largest inland town and is home to over 185 heritage listed buildings. The Avon River flows through the town and is fringed by soft grassy banks and shady trees. Picnicking beside the river is a popular pastime and it is here that you can also CITY COUNTRY COAST 69 observe the activities of the elegant white swans which were brought here by settlers over 150 years ago. Or you can spy on the swans from the heady heights of the pedestrian suspension bridge which passes over the Avon - the longest of its kind in Australia. Exploring the town s architecture on foot is a rewarding experience and along the way you ll also discover many craft and curio shops. There s also a wide range of caf s and restaurants from alfresco to fine dining. There are many activities to choose from in Northam such as hot air ballooning hang gliding or white water rafting. Accommodation is plentiful and includes backpacker hostels hotels historical cottages and farmstays to name a few. york Located just 97km east of Perth on the Great Eastern Highway the township of York established in 1831 was the first inland European settlement in WA. While still remaining distinct from other towns in the region York is yet another fine example of colonial architecture and is renowned for its heritage prescient. Visitors to York can enjoy lovingly preserved buildings and sites providing charm and character to the town. There are no fewer than five magnificent churches and many other fine buildings like the Town Hall which houses the tourist information centre. The Old York Hospital Residency Museum and Old Gaol & Courthouse are all well worth a visit. Straddling the Avon River York is bordered by outstanding natural beauty. Walking or riding are popular pursuits here and there are numerous tracks and trails that wind in and around the town. Wildflowers and birdlife compliment the open gardens and there s a wide range of experiences on offer including food and wine festivals country racing local produce and plenty of arts & crafts. Adrenalin junkies can also get their pulses racing with a range of aerial pursuits such as skydiving paragliding and ultra light flights in the area. 70 www.experienceperth.com Toodyay Toodyay is located 80km north of Perth and is nestled in a valley between scenic hills and on the banks of the Avon River. The village presents some perfect examples of 19th century architecture while at the same time retaining its own unique country charm with verandah-clad pubs and shops. In fact Toodyay oozes colonial history and architecture. Connor s Mill is a fine example and is your only opportunity in WA to witness working historical machinery demonstrating antiquated flour milling processes. You can also visit the intriguing Old Gaol built in the 1860s which now houses a museum dedicated to the varied history of the region. In town you will find fine examples of locally worked art woodwork and photography and there are also a number of places to stop for a bite to eat. Accommodation is varied and includes anything from historical pub stays in the centre of town or informal caravan parks where you can sleep under the stars to luxuriously appointed bed and breakfasts and self contained chalets. Heading further out of town will reward you with some magnificent scenery and there are a number of lovely country roads to travel on. Along the way and located amongst the pretty undulating hills surrounding Toodyay you will find a multitude of olive groves lavender fields local artisans rambling country gardens and vineyards old and new producing their own unique blends. seemingly endless open countryside the town had its beginning in the 1890 s springing up from beside the train line which was used to ferry miners throug to the goldrush towns further north. Giant wheat domes provide a striking landmark in Goomalling while art & crafts country markets and a colourful history add to the rural feel. A trip to the School House Museum Heritage Town Walk and Old Railway Station will transport visitors back in time as will Slater Homestead. The township of Beverley 130km east of Perth is believed to be named for Beverley near York in the United Kingdom. Marked by fine examples of colonial architecture Beverley is steeped in tales of pioneering triumphs and tribulations. Perhaps surprisingly you can also visit an Aeronautical Museum here. With its excellent display of full scale aircraft & aerial Goomalling Beverley & Brookton The idyllic farming communities of Beverley Goomalling and Brookton were amongst the first established settlements in WA. Just 132km north east of Perth Goomalling is a delightful rural settlement. Enveloped by CITY COUNTRY COAST 71 paraphernalia the museum is an absorbing tribute to aviators of Western Australia. Founded in the 1830 s by early settlers in search of good grazing lands Brookton 139kms south east of Perth is rich in colonial history. The Police Station Museum and the Railway Station which also houses a fine display of local crafts as well as the tourist information centre are definitely worth a visit. Wildflowers abound in springtime making the local area a picturesque haven for visitors. Avon calling.. akeascenicdriveandenjoythevalley squaint T & historical townships eadventurousandtryhotairballooning B skydiving gliding or paragliding xploremuseums art&craftgalleries historical E attractions and antique shops lanapicnicbesidethebeautifulAvonRiver P epartofthefestivitiesinNortham&Toodyay B during the world famous Avon Descent isitthemanyhistoricalpubsthroughoutthe V Avon Valley omeforthedayandenjoycountrycuisineat C the many caf s and restaurants in the region ampleavarietyofwines oliveoilandlavender S grown in the region njoythespectacularandcolourfulwildflowers E in spring xperiencethemanyevents&festivalsheld E throughout the Valley Guildford PERTH FREMANTlE 0 10km New Norcia Goomaling Toodyay Northam York Mundaring Want more info YorkVisitorCentre Historic Town Hall 81 Avon Terrace York Tel. 61 8 9641 1301 Northam Visitor Centre 2 Grey Street Northam Tel. 61 8 9622 2100 Toodyay Visitor Centre 7 Piesse Street Toodyay Tel. 61 8 9574 2435 Beverley Brookton 72 www.experienceperth.com Windward Balloon Adventures T (61 8) 9621 000 E info windwardballooning.com www.windwardballooning.com Experience breathtaking scenery as you float gently above the picturesque Avon Valley on a Deluxe Sunrise Champagne Balloon Flight in our safe & experienced hands. Windward have over 28 years experience and are a proud winner of the 2008 & 2009 WA Tourism Awards for Adventure Tourism. Northam Caravan Park 150 Yilgarn Avenue Northam 6401 T (61 8) 9622 1620 F (61 8) 9622 5898 E northamcaravanpark bigpond.com www.northamcaravanpark.com Nestled in the heart of the Avon Valley the Northam Caravan Park welcomes you to enjoy friendly service and a comfortable stay. Two bedroom cabins with en suites reverse cycle air conditioning linen and cooking facilities. Caravan and tent sites close to amenities along with campers kitchen. Opposite the Race Course and close to hot air ballooning. Kelinda House 8 Broome Terrace Northam 6061 Bookings Northam Visitors Centre E tourist northam.wa.gov.au www.visitnorthamwa.com.au P (61 8) 9622 2100 Kelinda is a renovated 1930 s house in Northam one hour from Perth. Situated on the Avon River it is a walk to town and perfect for watching from the verandah the swans and water birds living on an island opposite. Sleeps 8 and has all the facilities for a short stay including reverse cycle air conditioning. Faversham House 24 Grey Street York WA 6302 T (61 8) 9641 1366 M 0422 251 692 www.favershamhouse.com.au No chintz no chatter No kids no clutter Just peace at the pace you require WA s best kept holiday secret Hotel Beverley 137 Vincent Street Beverley WA 6304 T (61 8) 96461190 Mob (61 8) 0400146253 E hotelbeverley gmail.com Hotel Beverley is well known for it scrumptious food and cosy comfortable rooms providing old fashioned country service at affordable prices. Toodyay Visitor Centre 7 Piesse St (next to Connor s Mill) T (61 8) 95742435 F (61 8) 95742431 E visitorscentre toodyay.wa.gov.au www.toodyay.com Start at the Visitor Information Centre to discover what s on offer in Toodyay Convict architecture & enduring history Spectacular scenery nature reserves & national parks Local artisans vineyards & local produce Come for the day or relax overnight in one of our many accommodation options. Shire of Northam Visitor Centre 2 Grey St (PO Box 613) Northam WA 6401 T (61 8) 9622 2100 E tourist northam.wa.gov.au www.visitnorthamwa.com.au The Shire of Northam Visitor Centre is at your service for Accommodation Bookings Avon Valley Information Maps Souvenirs and Local Produce. Open 9 - 5 Weekdays Open 9 - 4 Weekends & Public Holidays Slater Homestead Located 132kms from Perth CBD 2.5kms East of Goomalling on the Dowerin Road T (61 8) 9629 1101 E goshire goomalling.wa.gov.au www.goomalling.wa.gov.au Historic Slater Homestead built in 1856 and Heritage listed in 2004. Open from March to November. Come and enjoy our Devonshire Teas and light lunches while enjoying the beautiful countryside. We also offer catered functions accommodation and a school room art gallery. YorkResidencyMuseum Brook Street York T F (61 8) 9641 1751 Open 1pm-3pm Tues Weds Thurs 11am -3.30pm Weekends E yorkresidencymuseum westnet.com.au Small admission charge Guided tours available for pre-booked groups Discover York s history at the superb Residency Museum the last remaining part of York s Convict Depot. Exciting colourful new exhibitions child-friendly hands-on activities amazing collections and many fascinating themes to enjoy CITY COUNTRY COAST 73 74 www.experienceperth.com Useful information Fast facts esternAustralia Australia slargeststate W is 2 525 500 sq km about the same size as Western Europe. hepopulationisaround2million.About T 1.5 million live in the capital city Perth. erthenjoysatrueMediterraneanclimate. P With long hot summers - December February and mild cool winters - June August. erthhasincrediblyblueskiesandmore P hours of sunshine than any other Australian capital city - around eight hours a day. City shopping hours The majority of retail outlets in the city trade during the following hours ondaytoThursday-9amto9pm M riday-9amto9pm F aturday-9amto5pm S unday-12noonto6pm S Fremantle shopping hours ondaytoThursday-8amto7pm M riday-8amto9pm F aturday-8amto5pm S unday-11amto6pm S Getting here erthisAustralia swesterngatewayanda P major hub for international air services from Asia Africa the Middle East the United Kingdom and Europe. omesticairlinesoperatedailyservicesto D Perth from the Eastern States. There are also regional services from Perth to many destinations within the state. Accredited Visitor Centres To get the most out of your holiday in Western Australia speak to the experts at a local Visitor Centre. Visitor Centres offer expert advice on the best things to see and do. They can help with maps accommodation and tour bookings or provide local knowledge on an area s hiddengems. Look for the blue and yellow i sign to find the next accredited Visitor Centre on your holiday route. Getting around erthAirportis20Kilometreseastofthe P city. Taxis are available from both the domestic and International terminals and it is a 20-30 minute Journey. erthandFremantleareservicedbyan P efficient public transport system as well as a free shuttle service the Central Area Transit - CAT. Fremantle is 20 kilometres from Perth city or 20 minutes by car. erth sbeachesaresomeofthebestin P Australia and are just 15-20 minutes by car from the city. Certified Tourism Business The inclusion of this symbol represents a nationwide quality assured program that indicates an Accredited Tourism Business that is committed to the provision of quality products and services. 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