Optional Activities Perth
Destination Perth – Things to Do
Perth boasts sunny weather, fresh produce, a relaxed outdoor lifestyle and plenty of things to see and do. Sapphire blue ocean, porcelain white sand beaches, a picturesque wine region, rapidly developing entertainment hubs, maritime heritage and one of the most spectacularly unspoilt coastlines in the world. And best of all, it's all on offer within a short distance of the city centre. Click on https://www.experienceperth.com/page/things-to-do for more information.
Welcome to a destination where every experience is designed to indulge your senses with a little something extra. Whatever the occasion, Crown invites you to amplify it, with dining, gaming, entertainment and hotels that allow you to live a little larger. Click on https://www.crownperth.com.au/ for more information.
Swan Valley Wine Cruise
Just 20 minutes by car east of Perth, the Swan Valley makes for a great day trip or weekend getaway. This relaxed region is where you'll find rolling vines, meandering waterways and lush natural bushland, as well as award winning wineries, breweries and food producers.
One of the best ways to appreciate the scenery is by taking a cruise up the Swan River from Barrack Street Jetty, Perth, with Captain Cook Cruises. Click on https://www.captaincookcruises.com.au/information/swan-valley for more information.
As Western Australia's oldest wine growing region, many vineyards are still owned by descendants of European emigrants. The Swan Valley is also home to a charming mix of big international players like Sandalford and Houghton, as well as family-run wineries where you can chat with the owner over a fruity red. Click on https://www.houghton-wines.com.au/ or https://www.sandalford.com/ for more information.
Many wineries offer cellar door tastings, or if you're partial to a pint, there are four microbreweries offering award winning drops. Or you can also indulge in divine local produce - olives, cheese, jams, preserves, chocolate and nougat.
There are plenty of things to do including horse riding, cycling, golf and wildlife watching - not to mention historic walk trails. Check out the local galleries which offer all manner of works including Indigenous art, pottery, painting, sculpture and jewellery. And when you’re hungry from all that, enjoy lunch at one of the beautiful picnic spots or stop for a bite at one of the 70 restaurants and cafes.
The historic village of Guildford is the gateway to the valley, with fabulous antique shops, home ware stores and historic pubs with beer gardens and live music. Click on https://www.swanvalley.com.au/About-the-Valley/Glorious-Guildford for more information.
There's always something happening so be sure to keep an eye out. For more informaton on the Swan Valley contact the Swan Valley Visitor Centre on +61 8 9379 9400 or visit their website www.swanvalley.com.au.
Optus Stadium is owned by the Western Australian State Government and proudly operated by Venues Live. Construction of the venue began in December 2013, with the Stadium officially opening on Sunday 21 January 2018. See https://optusstadium.com.au/ for events that are on during the rally period.
The Stadium and the surrounding Park is located east of the Perth Central Business District, on the Burswood Peninsula. With views of the picturesque Swan River and Perth city in the west and the foothills in the east, this 60,000 seat, world-class, multi-purpose Stadium hosts a variety of sports and entertainment events, including Australian Football League, International and Big Bash League cricket, soccer, rugby league and union, plus concerts.
The surrounding Stadium Park precinct provides year-round access for visitors of all ages to enjoy the nature playgrounds in the Chevron Parkland, the BHP Boardwalk and Amphitheatre, picnic and barbeque areas, public art as well as a myriad of recreational facilities. There is also the opportunity to dine in the buffet or a la carte restaurants that overlook the Swan River.
His Majesty's Theatre
His Majesty’s Theatre was financed by a hot-headed and occasionally violent developer, who later became Mayor of Perth, and designed by an architect who probably lied about his qualifications. Yet despite this inauspicious start, His Majesty’s remains one of the jewels of Perth’s heritage and is the only operating Edwardian-era theatre in Australia. See https://www.ptt.wa.gov.au/venues/his-majestys-theatre/ for events that are on during the rally period.
At the time the theatre was opened in 1904, it was the largest theatre in the country, and had seating for over 2,500 people. It is also thought to be the first reinforced concrete building constructed in Perth. At first it was also a hotel, providing luxury accommodation for travellers from out of town.
Over its life, the theatre has hosted large-scale musicals, ballet, opera, Shakespearean plays and many other events, including political rallies, boxing matches and movie screenings. The list of famous names who have performed here is extensive, such as Anna Pavlova, Judy Davis, Sir John Gielgud, Katherine Hepburn, Barry Humphries and Angela Lansbury.
Following several years with an uncertain future and a public campaign to save it, in 1977 the theatre was bought by the Government of Western Australia who undertook an extensive restoration while modernising its facilities. Since that time, it has been the home of the West Australian Ballet and West Australian Opera companies, both of which perform regularly.
The Aquarium of Western Australia
The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) is owned and operated by Coral World International, a privately-owned company boasting a range aquarium around the world. The Coral World family is passionate about marine education, rehabilitation and conservation, and is dedicated to generating wonder and respect for the marine life of Western Australia through an extensive school education program, the many rehabilitation programs for sick and injured animals and amazing exhibits that provide a window to the bottom of the vast ocean floors. AQWA aims to inspire respect for the marine life, raise awareness of the oceans’ critical importance and hopefully create the passion that is shared by all our staff. Click on https://www.aqwa.com.au/ for more information.
The Perth Mint is Australia’s largest fully integrated, innovative precious metals enterprise, providing premium gold, silver and platinum products and services to markets throughout the world.
Pert Mint have invested over one hundred years in servicing and promoting the gold industry by developing and nurturing the markets for refined precious metal products across the globe: specifically, gold and silver bullion and highly-sought-after collectable coins.
As one of Western Australia’s largest exporters, they distribute some $18 billion worth of pure gold, silver and platinum bullion bars and coins to investors in more than 100 countries annually.
Located in Perth and still operating in their original premises in the east end of the city, they also host a premier tourist destination. Committed to sharing the fascinating story of Western Australian gold, and their own rich history, with the global community, their world-class Gold Exhibition brings these stories to life, while their elegantly appointed retail shop offers customers a selection of our State’s natural treasures, exquisite jewellery and giftware.
The relationship Perth Mint has forged with both miners and consumers is unique and is at the heart of their global success. This relationship spans the entire spectrum of the precious metal value chain, from the mines themselves, to the delivery of physical products and investment solutions to markets the world over. Click on https://www.perthmint.com/ for more information.