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A Walk in Kings Park – why it’s a must

Kings Park is the number one attraction in Perth, Tripadvisor.com even listed it as number 1 in their top 10 things to do in WA. It’s the largest inner-city park in the world; at 4 square kilometres it is larger than Central Park in New York City. That means it’s packed full of great activities including tours and museums, and best of all it’s free to explore! Top off your visit with a picnic on the grass and take in the amazing city views.

We’ve made a list of the best spots to check out at Kings Park, check it out.

Botanical Gardens

Kings Park contains extensive Botanical Gardens and native bushland showcasing the largest variety of native plants from all over Western Australia. Plants are grouped by regions which makes for a spectacular display. Our favourite part of the Botanical Gardens is the conservation garden, which hosts the most critically endangered and rare species of flora in Australia.

You can’t visit the Botanical Gardens without seeing The Giant Boab a 750 years old, 36-tonne boab tree, Gija Jumulu, which was transported more than 3200km from the Kimberly Region.

 

Rio Tinto Naturescape

Splash, climb and wade your way through the many tunnels, waterholes and structures at the Rio Tinto Naturescape. The Naturescape is a beautiful place for kids to connect with nature and learn about the environment; ‘challenge, adventure and connection to nature that has been missing from many urban childhoods.’ Between Boomerang Bridge, The Prickly Thicket and a climbable python – the kids are sure to have a blast.

Aspects Gallery & Shop

 If you want to experience some of the best Western Australian and Australian craft and design, Aspects Gallery is the perfect spot. It has a focus on local artists with products ranging from hand crafted, designer jewellery to kangaroo paw bags and of course knick knacks. It’s the perfect spot to buy a nice momento or gift from Australia.

Walk among the treetops

See Kings Park’s famous panoramic views from the skyline of the Lotterywest Federation Walkway. The 40 minute walk is elevated in the treetops across a fabricated steel bridge and will give you a birds-eye perspective of the native bush, as well as views across the Swan and Canning Rivers. It’s open from 9.00am – 5pm, so be sure to allow enough time.

War Memorial

Kings Park hosts the West Australian State War Memorial Precinct. Visited by over 40,000 people on Anzac Day alone, this memorial holds a special place in West Australian’s Hearts.

It includes the Cenotaph, an 18 metre granite obelisk that honours all West Australians who gave their lives for their country, as well as the Court of Contemplation, Pool of Reflection and Flame of Remembrance. Underneath the Cenotaph you will find the honour roll with names of all those who served for World War I, World War II, as well as the Korean, Vietnam, Boer, Afghanistan and Iraq Wars yet sadly passed away.

Kings Park also contains three honour avenues containing 1600 plaques describing acts of bravery, heroism and suffering.

Aussie BBQ

There’s nothing like a good old Aussie Barbeque at Kings Park. There are plenty of barbeque grills around the park that are free to use. Bring some snags and pop them on the barbie, then settle onto your picnic rug and enjoy the sunset.

 

 

Holiday Inn Perth City is the Perfect Place to Relax after a big day of adventuring

When you’ve spent all day on your feet it’s great to have a nice place to relax. Holiday Inn Perth City is perfectly located in the centre of the city, so you’ll have no trouble getting home from your exploration. Settle down with a drink from Ivy and Jack, our restaurant bar, and enjoy a delicious dinner as you watch the world go by. Best of all, Kids Stay and Eat Free. Save up to 20% off when you book in advance.

 

Arcadia is coming to Perth!

Arcadia is coming to Perth!

Arcadia Australia heads to Elizabeth Quay

 

Arcadia is heading to Perth for its first ever Australian performance in November!

It’s not often that Perth gets to gets to be the first in Australia to experience an event like this, so we’re excited!

The three day spectacle plays host to live music, performing arts and cutting edge technology – the ultimate experience and one not to be missed.

The Spider will travel all the way from Taiwan, as it continues its tour from one show to the next. A 20 metre high, flame spitting spider made entirely from recycled military and industrial hardware is something to behold. Each night of Arcadia the Spider awakens. Expect crowd member abductions, aerial performances and amazing pyrotechnics as the Spider comes to life.

Traditional dance, The Yallor Keeninyarra, will be performed publicly for the first time in WA since 1901, asking the Spider Spirit of Garrgatup to weave a web of togetherness and strength.

If all of that doesn’t sound exciting enough for you, then head to see The Lords of the Lightening use 4 million volts of electricity in the ultimate lightening battle.

 

A three-day spectacle!

You’ll have the opportunity to watch these spectacles during each of the three days of Arcadia at Elizabeth Quay

Day One: 5pm – 11pm Friday 25/11/16 | 18+ years

Look forward to an evening full of local and international electronic music; special act includes LEFTFIELD DJ Set (UK)

Day Two:  5pm – 11pm Saturday 26/11/16 | 18+ years

Check out the hottest Australian Artists on Saturday night! The huge line-up of talent includes Alison Wonderland, Carmada and Elk, among many other trap, hip hop and dance artists.

Day Three:  3.30pm – 9.30pm Sunday 27//11/16 | 13 – 17 years

It’s not often that the youth of Perth get to attend a music line-up quite like this! On Sunday Arcadia sets a repeat of Saturday for the Under 18s only.

 

 

Arcadia Accommodation

Book your accommodation at Holiday Inn Perth City Centre and catch all the action at Arcadia Perth. Only 7 minutes from Elizabeth Quay to walk or drive.

Holiday Inn Perth

  • Check in 2pm, check out 11am
  • Located in the heart of Perth City
  • Best price guarantee when you book direct with us
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for members. Free to join!

 

 

Family activities and things to do with kids

Family activities and things to do with kids

 Check out our top family activities in Perth this summer!

Looking for some inspiration in keeping the kids entertained this summer? Want to get them away from their screens for an hour or two? Then check out our list of five of the best activities that not only the kids will love, but Mum and Dad too.

Perth Explorer

Get out and about and see the sights of Perth City on the original Perth Explorer open-top double decker bus tour. The tour features highlights such as the Swan River, Northbridge, the WACA, the Belltower, Kings Park and Botanic Gardens and other exciting stops. The whole trip takes 1 and ¾ hours, or hop off in the knowledge that the next bus is never more than an hour away.

Adults are $32, and children $12, with a family pass for $85. Tickets are valid for a 24 hour time period.


 

Scitech Perth

Image Credit: Schitech Facebook

Stimulate young brains with a visit to Scitech, at City West. The centre is designed to introduce children to scientific concepts in a fun and surprising way. Check out exhibits like the Puppet Theatre, the Astronaut feature exhibit as well as live bees busy in their honey production. Parents might even learn a thing or two along the way as well!

Admission prices are $17 for adults and $11 for children, with kids under 4 free.

 


Penguin Island

Image credit: Penguin Island Facebook

Enjoy one of Perth’s premier aquatic adventures and cross the ocean to see penguins, dolphins and sea lions at Penguin Island. Located an hours’ drive from Perth near the city of Rockingham, the island, reachable by ferry, and its surrounds feature crystal clear waters, picnic spots, and sightseeing cruises for a fun day out for the whole family.

Ferry tickets are $15 for adults and $12.50 for kids, with family packs for $48. Add-ons include the Penguin Island Discovery Centre, Penguin & Sea Lion Cruise and Swim with Wild Dolphins.


 

Kings Park

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Explore the beautiful surrounds of our oasis in the city, Kings Park. Set high atop the city, with stunning views from the Eastern side out over the Swan River, Kings Park is a must on your Perth itinerary. Keep the kids happy by not only checking out the wildflowers, but by discovering playgrounds like the Synergy Parkland and the Ivey Watson Playground for under 6’s. Wear them out by climbing up the spiralling DNA tower and show them the mysteries of science with the Whispering Wall at the War Memorial.

Admission is free.


 

Heirisson Island

Image Credit: Study Perth

Kids crazy for kangaroos? See some real Australian bushlands and native Kangaroos only minutes away from Perth City. Heirisson Island features the city’s local colony of Western Grey Kangaroos, in a small island on Swan River accessible by the Causeway. It may be tempting to walk up and pat them, but remember these are wild kangaroos and some are not used to being touched! Take a bike out to the island to make a whole day of it.

Admission is free.


 

Family Getaway Package

This Summer we have the best family deal for you. It’s time for you to move away from the workplace and come closer together with the people who mean the world to you. Take advantage of our Holiday Inn special accommodation package with a Perth city attraction the whole family will love.

The Family Getaway Package includes:

  • Accommodation for two adults and one child
  • Full buffet breakfast for all
  • Children dine for free with a paying adult
  • Tickets for two adults and one child to Perth and Kings Park Hop-on-Hop-off tour
  • Kids stay and Eat Free

 

Perth Arena events on this summer

Perth Arena events on this summer

It’s heating up across the city, and the action is all at Perth Arena.

Perth Arena is a mere stroll from the hotel, and with world class entertainment across its roster, there’s sure to be an event for you. See our favorites from the lineup for a stellar summer of fun.


Something for Everyone

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An Evening With Oprah – Monday, 7 December

The Mighty O will be in the house for one very special Perth appearance. Her talking tour will cover Ms. Winfrey’s life including stories of her amazing achievements and the tough times she has overcome. Read our evening with Oprah blog click/tap here.

 

Hugh Jackman Live in Concert – Tuesday, 15 and Wednesday 16 December

Everyone’s favourite song and dance man will be back on Australian shores performing his Broadway To Oz show. Here is the chance to see our Hugh at his finest in the Aussie version of his Back To Broadway smash on stage. See him for two nights only, before he disappears back to the silver screen.

 

Kevin Hart What Now? – Wednesday 3 Feb

One of comedy’s breakout stars in recent years, Kevin Hart, is bringing ‘What Now?’, his hit stand up show to Perth Arena. Get your tickets now and get ready to laugh!

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Sports Lovers

Hopman Cup 2016 – Sun, 3 Jan to Saturday, 9  Jan

The number one tennis event on Perth’s calendar brings international tennis stars such as Andy Murray and Serena Williams to the court to serve up a storm. With a week-long calendar, the Hopman Cup is also one of the social events of the season.

CHECK OUT THE TEAMS

Perth’s NBL Season with the Wildcats – Various dates

Come out and watch Australian basketball at its finest. Witness the Perth Wildcats go head to head with their interstate counterparts such as the Sydney Kings and Melbourne United. .

SEE THE SCHEDULE

Music Fans

 

The Amity Affliction and A Day To Remember – Monday, 14 December

Need a rock fix? Watch international superstars The Amity Affliction and A Day to Remember live in concert rocking out at the stadium. Their Big Ass Tour will be one definitely not to miss for fans.

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Chris Brown One Hell of a Nite tour – Wednesday  9th December

International R&B superstar, Chris Brown is coming to Australia with his One Hell of a Nite tour this December with special guest August Alsina.

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Perth Entertainment Package

We have the perfect package to make the most of your next event in Perth. Don’t deal with organiseing people or uber ride and stay in the heart of Perth city literally walking distants to all major entertainment venues in Perth.

Perth Entertainment package includes:

  • Accommodation for 2 adults
  • 2 house beverages in the bar