PERTH: A CITY REBORN

The timing of UDIA’s National Congress in 2017 could not be better as Perth emerges from a major redevelopment phase that has fundamentally reshaped the city.

Brookfield Place

Brookfield Place is one of Australia’s most significant commercial precincts, located in the heart of the Perth CBD.

Brookfield Place’s centrepiece is a premium-grade, 45-level office tower incorporating the latest in workplace design, of which over 60,000 square metres (645,835 square feet) is leased by BHP Billiton as the anchor tenant. Other tenants include PwC, Allianz, Barrick Gold, Navitas and Servcorp.

Brookfield Place provides a unique heritage retail area for the city, offering food and fashion options in sympathetically restored historical buildings.

The Old Treasury

The three interconnected heritage buildings known as the State Buildings sit on the corner of St Georges Tce & Barrack St. in the centre of Perth. Over their 140-year history, they’ve been used as Public Offices, a Police Court and cellblock, Treasury, Survey Department, GPO, Immigration Offices, office of the Premier and Cabinet, Lands Department and Titles Building – but had been empty since the government vacated the buildings nearly two decades ago.

The newly revitalised State Buildings now offer a carefully curated mix of hospitality and retail offerings, as well as COMO The Treasury hotel.

Small Bars

In the last few years, due to regulatory changes and a growing desire for more vibrancy in and around Perth, the small bar scene has really taken off. Perth’s laneways and rooftops are now a buzz with small bars and cafes… and it’s not just the heart of the city that is alive with small bars.

Hotspots like Northbridge, Mount Lawley & Highgate, Leederville, Subiaco, Fremantle, Victoria Park and all along our coastline are some fantastic places to stop for a drink or bit to eat.

Make sure you join us on night two of congress for a small bar tour to get an insight into this burgeoning scene…

Elizabeth Quay

This $2.6 billion project creates a true waterfront precinct and will soon be part of the physical and cultural fabric of Perth. Elizabeth Quay reconnects Perth city with the Swan River to create a dynamic new entertainment and leisure precinct, set around a stunning 2.7ha inlet.

Elizabeth Quay is at the heart of our plan to revitalise the city centre and enhance Perth’s reputation as one of the most livable cities in the world.

The development of the Perth CBD has historically been built on an east-west alignment. Elizabeth Quay returns the city’s focus to the river and – together with Perth City Link, Yagan Square, the Perth Cultural Centre and a range of other public and private developments – extend the CBD north- south. These landmark projects are expanding our city’s grid and adding density to our CBD to create a more connected, vibrant Perth.

Perth City Link

Perth City Link is reconnecting the CBD with Northbridge for the first time in more than 100 years. The area, once just a network of bus and train connections, is under development to become an exciting new destination with housing, shops, restaurants, offices and more.

The train line separating Perth and Northbridge has always allowed easy access to the city, but limited the growth of the CBD to the north. Sinking the rail line and Wellington Street Bus Station has created a 13.5 hectare space with a wealth of exciting new possibilities.

PERTH: A TOURIST DESTINATION

Basking in the warmth of a Mediterranean climate Perth is a city buzzing with a new energy reinvigorating visitors with its sophisticated style, cleanliness, clear blue skies and pristine coastline, yet the relaxed lifestyle and friendly vibe remain.

Safe and secure, Perth offers all the benefits of a large metropolitan city with an excellent range of affordable and inspirational and event venue options, quality accommodation, and shopping,dining and leisure activities.

Whether you’re looking for adventure, somewhere to relax or you want to get back to nature, you don’t have to venture far from the heart of Perth’s CBD to find a wide range of leisure activities on hand.

Wander around the city’s attractions like the Perth Mint and Swan Bell Tower, browse the city’s shopping malls and the trendy King Street strip or enjoy a cruise on the river stopping by Perth Zoo along the way. If swimming, surfing, snorkelling or just lounging at a beachside cafe is more your style the white sands of the famed Sunset Coast are just 20 minutes west of the city. Golfers will be spellbound by the variety of lush courses surprisingly close to the city centre, and encounters with kangaroos and emus make for a memorable 18 holes. Catch a train, join a cruise or drive to the nearby colourful working port of Fremantle. Enjoy the carnival atmosphere of street performers outside the markets, delight in the buzz of activity along the “Cappuccino Strip” or enjoy the fresh seafood at Fishing Boat Harbour.

Less than 50 minutes south of Perth, the protected waterways, beaches and excellent boating and fishing activities of Mandurah are a day-tripper’s delight .The beautiful facilities of the Mandurah Ocean Marina and the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, where the annual ‘Stretch’ festival is held, attract tourists and locals alike

For an island experience, board a ferry to Rottnest, just 25 minutes off the coast. Enjoy the laid-back beachside holiday atmosphere, quiet coves and crystal clear waters. Or discover the Swan Valley, Western Australia’s oldest wine growing region just 30 minutes east of the city. An endless choice of wineries, micro-breweries, stylish restaurants, quaint cafes and art and craft galleries await to satisfy your palate and your palette.

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Getting Here

No matter where you are in Australia, Perth is closer than you think.

Sixteen international airlines operate scheduled services to and from Perth, bringing the world to Western Australia. Accessibility, especially to our near-neighbours in South East Asia,has been accentuated by new and more frequent air services linking the city to national and international destinations.

In the 2008-2009 financial year, 1.24 million passengers arrived at Perth Airport. During the same period there were 5.6 million domestic arrivals and departures.

Across Australia, Qantas and Virgin continue to offer an extensive route network between the major and secondary cities, complemented by low cost carriers Jetstar and Tiger Airlines.

Skywest has a network that stretches from one end of Western Australia to the other, from Kununurra and Broome in the north to Albany and Esperance in the south. It also connects with Darwin in the Northern Territory and the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Flying time from Denpasar, Bali,is just 3hrs 30mins.

Skippers Aviation specialises in connecting Perth to the mining areas in the Pilbara region.

Perth Airport is a modern facility approximately half an hour away from the centre of Perth. The international and domestic terminals are easily accessible by car, taxi and bus. Further information regarding both international and domestic airlines that fly into Perth can be found at: www.perthairport.com.au

So sit back and relax. Perth is nearer than you think.

Getting around Perth

Taxis are usually plentiful in Perth with dedicated ranks available at Crown, the CBD, major shopping hubs, and at nightspots during the busiest times. A cab fare from the domestic airport terminal to Perth CBD is around $32, and from the international terminal $40.

A Free Transit Zone (FTZ) allows free travel on all buses and trains at all times within the CBD. In addition to Perth’s regular commuter buses which are free in the FTZ, Transperth’s CAT buses offer a fast, free and convenient means of travelling to points of interest in and around the Perth CBD.

The main ferry terminal in Perth is at Barrack Street Jetty. Ferries travel to and from Fremantle, Rottnest and South Perth, and the Barrack Street Jetty is the departure point for Swan Valley wine and river cruises.

Transperth operates a ferry service between Barrack Street Jetty and Mends Street in South Perth, convenient for visiting Perth Zoo and the many excellent restaurants and cafes on offer in South Perth.

Catching the ferry to Fremantle is a great way to kick back and enjoy the sights as you cruise past Perth’s luxury riverside homes. Ferry charters are also available for private functions.

Burswood train station services Crown Perth.

Perth central train station is located in the heart of the city on Wellington Street and connects Forrest Chase, a major shopping hub just a short distance from most leading hotels and venues, the Perth cultural precinct, and the Northbridge entertainment area. Modern trains link Perth’s suburbs, including hubs at Midland, Joondalup,  Fremantle, Armadale and Mandurah.

For Congress delegates, frequent services allow fast access to regional shopping centres, Perth’s not-to-be-missed beaches, the cafe culture of historic Fremantle,and the water playground at Mandurah.

For adventure lovers who wish to explore further afield, the Prospector train links Perth and the gold mining town of Kalgoorlie with a daily service (twice a day on Monday and Friday). The 655km journey takes 6hrs 45mins.

The Indian Pacific travels between Perth and Sydney via Adelaide, twice weekly in both directions – a distance of 4,352km. It includes the longest straight stretch of rail track in the world. Connections are available at Adelaide to another of Australia’s great train journeys: The Ghan is a 2,979km train ride from Adelaide to Darwin via Alice Springs.