Boola Bardip – Perth Museum – Everything you need to know

Boola Bardip – Perth Museum – Everything you need to know


What is Boola Bardip?

The Western Australia Museum has recently announced that it will be re-named as the WA
Muesum Boola Bardip, meaning ‘many stories’ in the local Nyoongar language.

What has gone into the making of Boola Bardip?

After 4 years since closure and $396m worth of renovations, on Saturday the 21st of November, the highly anticipated re-opening of the Perth museum will be kicking off with a
nine day opening celebration.

What is in the museum?

With the latest scientific and cultural research promoting technology, science, engineering, mathematics and arts, through interactive and multi-media experiences, there is something to interest all audiences – making it the most exciting museum Perth has to offer.

What kind of exhibitions are there?

There are a number of fascinating and unique exhibitions on display at Boola Bardip, a few examples include:

Wild Life – Discover nature’s diversity

This multisensory exhibition contains rare specimens, live creatures and ancient fossils and explains the relationships between people, plants and animals. This exhibition also demonstrates how the communities are helping protect these ecosystems.

Origins – Land, water, sky

Explore the origins of the solar system, the foundations of life on earth and early human habitation. This exhibition explores the commonalities between Western world science and Aboriginal peoples’ knowledge and understanding of Western Australia’s land through rare objects, artwork and a multimedia sit.

Changes – Transforming landscapes

Explore the economic, social and cultural impacts of human activity on our world. How we have adapted to the landscape and how we have altered it to suit our needs. Share the knowledge of the Aboriginal people in the management and nurturing of the land and how the limitations of resources have shaped communities.



How to be one of the first to attend?

With the nine-day opening celebration beginning on Saturday 21 November, a free ballot will be in operation for people to visit the Perth museum.

The ballot has been open on WA museum’s website from the 7 September until 11.59pm on Wednesday 30 September. The tickets will then be randomly selected, with winners entitled up to 6 tickets each, they will enjoy a self-guided tour for 2 hours at the most exciting museum in Perth!

How much will it cost to enter?

The state government has announced that it will delay the $15 entry fee for the first 18 months. The state of the art museum contains 8 new galleries, 1,000m2 exhibition gallery, café and a function space.


Itinerary-Holiday Inn Perth City-The perfect place to relax after a big day 

Treat yourself to a Perth city staycation at Holiday Inn Perth City  which includes, accommodation for two adults, a la carte breakfast and secured self-parking.

Start your day by checking in to Holiday Inn Perth City , your go-to four star accommodation in the heart of Perth CBD, dropping off your bags – don’t forget your walking shoes.

Walk down to Elizabeth Quay, a leisurely 15-minute stroll from the hotel and admire the beautiful scenery of Perth. Whilst you are there, visit The Island kiosk and grab a portion of their fish and chips, sit in the sun and dig in.

Make your way back into the city and cross Yagan Square to visit the Boola Bardip museum. Give yourself a few hours to be sure that you get to experience all the exhibitions.

The museum is only a short 15-minute walk back to Holiday Inn Perth City . Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, conveniently located downstairs is Ivy & Jack – the perfect spot for dinner, drinks and people watching. Be sure to try their espresso martini’s. If there’s still room after dinner, stroll down to Gusti Gelato on Elizabeth Quay, you won’t regret it.

Different ways to express your love

Different ways to express your love

Family is at the core of our values and we encourage people to remember the significance of showing your love, as love has the power to heal the world. There is no such thing as too much love and sometimes we don’t know how to express it, so here is a bit of inspiration to show people that you care.


Send them an “I appreciate you” message

An unsolicited appreciation message will always put a smile one someones face. Whether you speak to them daily, or once in a blue moon, sending your loved one a message to say “I’m thinking about you and appreciate you” will make their day, or even their week!


Spend a little quality time together

There is a big difference between spending time and spending quality time together. Give your loved one your undivided attention by putting your phone away and going for a beach walk. This gives us the opportunity to speak openly and appreciate the time we spend with one another.


Bake their favourites

Everyone loves a yummy treat, especially when it has been with love. Going out of your way to bake something for your loved one is bound to warm up their heart and their tummy. Whether its chocolate chip cookies for the kids, or a carrot cake for your grandparents, everything tastes better when it’s made with love.


Organise a spontaneous trip

You don’t have to spend a fortune on a spontaneous trip, surprise your mum by booking a staycation at Holiday Inn Perth or plan a camping trip with the family. Going away without the headache of having to organise anything is a dream come true and your loved one will feel spoilt rotten.


We know the love we share with our families is unconditional, however it is always nice to feel appreciated. Remember to be kind, show love and you’ll receive love back. So go on, get lovin’!

Perth’s Best Dessert Bars

Perth’s Best Dessert Bars

There’s always room for dessert! The best way to cap off a night is with something sweet.  For all the dessert lovers out there we have a special treat for you. Here is a list of some of our favourite dessert places in the Perth City and surrounds.


Chi Cho Gelato

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Did someone say… handmade gelato? Yes please! You won’t be able to miss Chi Cho Gelato’s electric purple coloured store located in Northbridge. It is home to some seriously delicious gelato churned fresh every day. Using seasonal produce, there are some interesting flavours to choose from with 20 flavours available at one time that are on rotation. If you can’t make it in-store, Chi Cho has an online store which you can order gelato, gift cards and merchandise.

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The Honey Cake

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The Honeycake entered the Perth foodie scene with a humble stall at the Fremantle Markets. Since then, The Honeycake built a cult following and opened its flagship store at the State Buildings. What is Honey Cake you might ask? Well to put it simply, the cake is comprised of lashings of caramel crème between thin layers of baked honey cake, topped with crushed walnuts and honey flavoured crumbs. YUM! The popularity of the original Honeycake has lead to new flavours like Cacao or Pandan Coconut.

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Pretzels are traditionally considered a savoury item, but this sweet little shop in a cute pink shipping container offers both sweet AND savoury flavours… WINNING! Why not try both? Pretzel hand roll all their pretzels by their artisan bakers and are baked fresh to order. Make your own pretzels at home with their ‘Pretzel At Home Kit’. Top them with Pretzel Salt, or get creative with your own toppings!

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Superstar Waffles

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Superstar waffles in Northbridge shares its arcade with a couple of other favourite dining spots including Franco Forte and Is Donburi. This is the place to go for fluffy waffles made-to-order with a variety of decadent flavor combinations. Open till late most nights for some sweet treats and hot drinks.

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Mary Street Bakery – Doughnuts

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The Mary Street Bakery dynasty has been a popular institution amongst Perth-ites for years. Serving their house made delectable doughnuts; it’s a winner for sure! Our favourite is the Lemon Maple Pecan doughnut. There are two locations within walking distance to the city centre to choose from – QV1 Plaza and Allendale.

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Koko Black – Belgian Hot Chocolate

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Koko Black is home to handcrafted, premium Belgian Chocolate. If you’re after quality artisanal chocolate in the city, this is the place for you. You can’t go past their signature Belgian Hot Chocolate. It’s rich, it’s chocolatey and it’s everything you could want and more in a hot choccy. Best of all, Koko Black is a short 3-minute walk from the hotel. Pick up some chocolate treats from Koko Black when you next stay with us.

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Shadow Wine Bar- Pear Tarte Tatin

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A special visit to Shadow Wine Bar, located in Northbridge, is a must to try their popular dessert Pear Tart Tartin. This classic French dessert is comprised of flakey pastry; warm caramelised spiced pear topped with tonka bean ice cream made fresh to order. Perfect for those colder nights.

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Stay Longer

With so many places to choose from, you can be sure to satisfy those sugar cravings. Stay with us at Holiday Inn Perth City Centre to explore more of what our great city has to offer!  

Explore our accommodation offers here.



What’s on this Christmas in Perth City

What’s on this Christmas in Perth City

Christmas 2019 is going to be better than ever! Expect amazing installations, kids’ workshops and live shows popping up in Perth City, for an unforgettable Christmas experience.

Give yourself the ultimate gift this Christmas with a Staycation! The best way to explore the festivities of Perth City, is when you’re staying right in the heart of it! Come and see what’s on this silly season in Perth City.


Christmas Lights Trail

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It’s not Christmas without lights! Explore Perth City and discover the amazing Christmas light installations; from Santa’s train, to a gingerbread house, children’s rides and more. The trail will be bigger than ever this year, with 26 new installations added to the route.

Dates: 15 November – 26 December.


Forrest Place Hub – Kids Activities!

The kids will love creating special Christmas gifts, like DIY Christmas gift tags and Christmas tree decorations, at Forrest Place. Best of all, the $10 ticket is redeemable anywhere in the city! Plus, do your Christmas shopping in the city on weekends and take advantage of a free gift-wrapping service!

Dates: Weekends 16 November – 22 December.


Santa Mailbox

Holiday Inn Perth City Centre - Perth Christmas 2019 - Santa MailboxDeliver your letters to Santa at our very special Santa Mailbox! Santa will even reply to you – just be sure to write a return address so Santa knows where to send your letter.

*All letters must be stamped, and addressed to Santa, North Pole, 9999.

Dates: 11 November – 15 December.


Alinta Energy Christmas Pageant

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The Perth City Christmas Pageant has been a tradition among Perth families for years, dating back to 1959. Travelling through the streets of Perth, you can expect to see dancers, Fat Cat, Perth celebrities and of course Santa himself! This is a free event but be sure to get there early with a picnic to nab a good spot.

Dates: 7 December. Learn more.


Christmas Nativity

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Watch as the traditional story of Christmas comes to life, with over 100 performers and live animals. The nativity will be hosted in the Supreme Court Gardens, for a magical Christmas evening.

Dates: 20 – 21 December.


Festive Flicks

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Free Christmas films are returning to Northbridge Piazza! Enjoy a range of family movies on the big screen, while you sit on one of the bean bags with some popcorn and snacks.

Dates: 16, 23, 30 November and 7, 14, 21 December. Learn more.


Cathedral Square Christmas Markets

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Take home a piece of WA at the Cathedral Square Christmas Markets. Offering stalls from purely local supplies, selling crafts, homewares, gourmet food and decorations. Enjoy the markets from 5pm Fridays, before enjoying late night shopping in the city.

Dates: 22 and 29 November, 6 and 13 December. Learn more.


WASO Christmas Symphony

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With more than 150 performers joining together on stage, you can be sure that the WASO Christmas Symphony will blow you away. Pack a picnic to enjoy at Langley Park from 5pm, the show will kick off at 7pm filled with classical and Christmas music, and a fireworks-filled finale under the stars.

Dates: 14 December. Learn more.


Stay longer

Banner_PerthCityExploring Perth City is easier when you stay in the centre of the city at Holiday Inn Perth. Easy access to all the best Perth tours, and walking distance to all public transport.


Cool ways to explore Perth City

Cool ways to explore Perth City

Whether you’re in Perth for a holiday, staycation or business trip – we’ve got the insider information on things to do in Perth and how to explore the City. Step outside of the box with a guided bar tour, Segway or even a hop-on hop-off bus. We’ve put together our Top 8 Perth tours in the CBD …with a difference.


Running tour

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Get your exercise fix and see the sights of Perth at the same time! Go Running Tours will take you on an adventure throughout Perth City, Elizabeth Quay or even along the Perth Coastline. Your running guide will point out highlights of Perth throughout your workout.

Plus, Holiday Inn Perth City Centre guests can enjoy 10% off!

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Activated ArtWalk

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See Perth from a new angle, with the Activated ArtWalk; download their app and make Perth street art come to life. The art trial walks to and from Optus Stadium, in celebration of the Matagarup Bridge. It’s a great way to explore East Perth and visit Perth’s iconic landmarks.


Walking Tours

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Oh Hey WA are the perfect tour guides for an adventure around Perth City – TripAdvisor even voted them #1 walking tour. Choose from The ULTIMATE Walking Tour, Perth Small Bar & Street Art Tour, or even an Eating Tour. You can also cater tours for private events and functions. With almost 400 5-star ratings on TripAdvisor, you can be sure to have a great time.

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Perth Explorer

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Have you ever seen Perth from the top of a double decker bus? Now’s your chance. Perth Explorer is a Hop-on Hop-off bus, offering commentary in 8 different languages.

Thanks to our VIK Club, one child is free with every paying adult!

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FREE Guided City Tours

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The Perth City Visitor Kiosk, located in Forrest Chase, offer free 90-minute tours by their team of volunteer tour guides. They offer a variety of tours weekly, including Icons of Influence, Art City, Convicts & Colonials and an Orientation Tour. In these tours you will learn about Perth CBD’s past and the development to current day. Be sure to wear comfy shoes, as this walking tour can take you all around Perth CBD.

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Perth CAT Services

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Travel around Perth CBD for FREE with the Perth CAT buses. Operating within the Central Business District, the CAT bus is a great way to explore Perth. Hop-on and Hop-off at the various stops. There’s even a CAT bus stop right outside Holiday Inn Perth City Centre! There are 4 different routes to explore different areas of Perth.

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Segway Tours

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Looking for a tour where you don’t have to walk? Here it is! Segway Tours WA is the perfect way to try a new gadget, while exploring a new city. They host tours in Perth, Kings Park, Fremantle and Rottnest Island.

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Soak up the amazing Perth Weather, and cruise down the Swan River by boat. Captain Cook Cruises offer a variety of options, from scenic cruises to high tea cruises.

With our VIK Club, adults and children can enjoy 15% off Perth to Fremantle packages.

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Stay longer

Banner_PerthCityExploring Perth City is easier when you stay in the centre of the city at Holiday Inn Perth. Easy access to all the best Perth tours, and walking distance to all public transport.