Looking to visit Western Australia's capital city? Here are some top travel tips and insights from Andre Burford, Head Concierge of Pan Pacific Perth.
Top 5 Places to see in Perth?
1. Kings Park is a must! We’re extremely privileged to have a magnificent 400 hectare bushland located in the heart of our city centre, overlooking the beautiful Swan River. Whether you’re taking a nature walk along the tree tops or enjoying a picnic with family and friends, it’s a wonderful day out.
2. Fremantle is a fantastic day trip for the family. Approximately 30 minutes by train or car, this bustling port has many activities to offer including the famous local markets full of souvenirs through to clothing and fresh produce, the Maritime Museum, amazing cafes along South Terrace or a beautiful lunch at one of the many seafood restaurants in Fishing Boat Harbour.
3. Cottesloe Beach. Perths most famous beach is approximately 20 minutes south west of the city. Both locals & tourists enjoy a walk along the sandy shores and a quick swim in the Indian Ocean before grabbing a quick bite at one of the many cafes on Marine Parade including the Cottlesloe Beach Club which recently launched and is modelled off the famous Ivy in Sydney.
4. The Swan Valley. Located 35 minutes north east of the city, the Swan Valley provides guests on a limited time frame, a similar experience to the Margaret River Wine Region. Whether sampling wine, beer, cheese, chocolates or even local honey you will always find a souvenir to bring back and reminisce of your outing.
5. Perth CBD Boutique Bars
Over the last few years we have seen some great bars mimicking the style you find in Melbourne. The hot spots to see and be seen at are without a doubt The Stables Bar, Print Hall, Cheeky Sparrow, Wolfe Lane, The Aviary, The Grand, Bobeche, La Fayette, The Trustee, Lalla Rookh and The Greenhouse.
Top 5 Upcoming Events in Perth
Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond (22nd June – 2nd December)
This not to be missed, visually breathtaking exhibition hosts 134 masterpieces by 96 of the worlds acclaimed artists. Van Gogh, Dali, Toulouse-Lautrec and Klimt are just a few of the names that shaped modern art and Perth will be the only city in Australia to host the exhibition at The Perth Cultural Centre. Experience the world re-imagined and through the eyes of art masterminds.
Blue Man Group (11th October – 27th October)
The show that's been seen by over 25 million people worldwide is finally touching down for the first time ever in Perth. Renowned for their wild theatrical shows that combine music, technology and comedy, the Blue Man Group promise a night to remember that’s been described as being 'a state of mind' and not just a show. See what all the fuss is about when they play Crown Theatre.
Perth International (17th October – 20th October)
The Perth International is the only event in Australia to partner with the European Tour. The crème de la crème of golf lovers are expected to flock from all over Australia for this 3 day tournament. Following the 2012 success, The Perth International will carry prize money of $2,000,000, making it currently the richest tournament in Australia.
South Pacific (10th November – 8th December)
After sell out seasons overseas and across Australia, the legendary musical, South Pacific, lands in Perth. Perth native, four time Gold Logie award winner Lisa McCune heads the cast as Nellie Forebush alongside opera star Teddy Tahu Rhodes who plays Emile de Beque. South Pacific tip toes around the strains of interracial marriages all in time to the musical beats served by The Perth Symphony Orchestra.
The Hopman Cup from 28th December
Perth's infamous international tennis event the Hyundai Hopman Cup is back again this year running from December 28, 2013 - January 4, 2014. Australia's very own Sam Stosur and Bernard Tomic are both confirmed to play at Hyundai Hopman Cup 2014 among international players Agnieszka Radwanska (currently ranked #4 world) and Jerzy Janowicz (Wimbledon semi-finalist). Don't miss out on the exhilarating journey that is the Hopman Cup.
The attractions you won't find in the guide books?
Local knowledge is definitely the key.
At night time, locals disperse from the city and you’ll find areas such as Mount Lawley, Leederville, Subiaco, Claremont and Victoria Park bustling with people at the boutique bars and cafes. These areas are also known for fashion with many local designers on display.
But really, we like to speak with each of our guests and find out their individual needs and tailor an itinerary which suits them. Whether it be a theatre tour or perhaps watching one of our local sports team train.
About Pan Pacific Perth - www.panpacificperth.com/Perth
Located a short walk to the city’s bustling shopping, dining and entertainment districts, Pan Pacific Perth features 486 guest rooms including 96 premium Club Rooms and the Pacific Club Lounge, that are ideal for business or leisure.