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Perth, Australia Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 88
Total Sleeping Rooms 9,132
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 682
Committable Meeting Rooms* 26
Convention Center Space 16,500 Sq. Mtr.
Largest Exhibit Space 4,053 Sq. Mtr.
Largest Ballroom 1,965 Sq. Mtr.
Average Hotel Room Rate AUD $280
Average Daily Meal Cost AUD $187
Average Weekly Car Rental AUD $222
*Maximum for a single hotel

Perth, Australia Meeting Planning Overview

With endless sandy beaches, crystal blue skies, a laidback attitude and excellent meeting and conference facilities, Perth is the ideal place to combine work with pleasure. The metropolitan region has accessible transportation links, many of which are free, ready to transport visitors to a myriad of dining options and over 8,000 hotel rooms found throughout the city. Guests arriving by air are welcomed by the rapidly growing Perth Airport. After its AU$26 million reconstruction in 1984, the airport's international terminal continues to make it more accommodating to foreign travelers with recently upgraded passenger services and expanded check-in spaces.

Just 17 kilometers from the airport, Perth's major meetings venue, the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, finds a home next to the majestic Swan River in the heart of Perth's central business district. Capable of hosting 5,000 delegates, the three levels of this AU$220 million venue boast glass-fronted reception foyers overlooking the river and the city beyond. World-class facilities include six exhibition pavilions with a total floor space of 16,554 square meters, the 2,500-seat tiered Riverside Theatre, 23 meeting rooms and the 1,760-capacity BelleVue Ballrooms.

For a smaller traditional venue, the Burswood Entertainment Complex offers its theater, meeting rooms and convention center facilities for groups of any size. Host an elegant reception for up to 1,300 guests in the contemporary Grand Ballroom, whose foyer overlooks the Swan River and Perth skyline. Invite attendees to a more intimate dinner at Botanical, a garden-adjacent venue divisible into configurations for groups of 40 to 250 people.

With its delicious eateries, lively bars and entertaining attractions, Perth is sure to make visitors long for some free time to explore the attractions that wait outside the meeting room. Why not bring the fun to attendees by hosting a meeting at a museum, concert hall or zoo? For a venue worth its weight in gold, Perth Mint offers a number of function rooms and outdoor settings at the home of the 11.45-kilogram Golden Beauty, one of the largest nuggets of gold in the world. Invite 300 guests to the spacious Beaufort Courtyard and Foyer at Perth Museum, or hold a meeting at the 1,729-seat auditorium in the majestic Perth Concert Hall. With its colorful orangutans, giraffes and tigers, the Perth Zoo offers an exotic backdrop to conferences and functions of up to 350 people.

Perth's numerous unique venues sprawl into the Western Australian terrain. Get attendees away from the hustle and bustle of the city with a day trip. Among the city's many wineries, the Sandalford Winery, about 25 minutes from Perth, offers wine tastings, tours and upscale dining on its charming 150-year-old estate. Tempt guests to attend a meeting at the serene River Retreat in Swan Valley, which offers room for up to 50 guests on its well-manicured grounds.

Perth's economy is booming, fueled by the rising demand for raw materials by developing countries such as China. Perth's amazing economic expansion is due to its relative proximity to huge reserves of gold, iron ore, nickel, manganese, diamonds, coal, oil and natural gas. Most of the world's top resource and engineering companies have offices in the city, including Rio Tinto, Woodside Petroleum and BHP Billiton. Among Perth's five universities, the University of Western Australia is renowned as a leading research institute.

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About Perth, Australia / Additional Info

Located in southwest Australia, Perth is one of the most geographically isolated cities in the world. The city's location places it closer to East Timor, Singapore and Jakarta than to fellow Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. However, its seclusion has not had any effect on its growth - today the city is home to over 1.9 million residents. In fact, Perth is the only sizable city in Western Australia, an area that covers about a third of the continent.

Founded as the Swan River Colony in 1829 by Captain James Stirling, Perth became the political center of the region and continues to serve as the seat of government for Western Australia today. Situated between the Indian Ocean and a low coastal escarpment known as the Darling Range, the city holds the title as the "sunniest city in Australia," creating the perfect environment to enjoy one of its many attractions lining the majestic Swan River downtown.

The title "sunniest city in Australia" is not the only name that has been given to this inviting city. Perth is also known as the "City of Light," a name it earned in 1962 when Perth-ites turned their lights on to say "Hello" to American astronaut John Glenn as he orbited the earth. Today, the city's nickname is encapsulated by the twinkling lights of Perth's various performance venues that illuminate the city's sky at night, including Perth Concert Hall, His Majesty's Theatre and Burswood Dome. Not only does the city of Perth hold many nicknames, its people also hold a nickname of their own. With a topography characterized by sandy soils and deserts, it is no wonder that the citizens of Perth have become known as "sandgropers" to other Aussies.

The citizens of Perth are known for their light-hearted attitude towards life, a fact reflected in the wide variety of entertaining activities offered in the city and its surroundings. Spend an afternoon exploring the secluded oasis of Rottnest Island or taking pleasure in the scenic, recreation-friendly Kings Park. Gain insight into Western Australia's history and unique environment at the Western Australian Museum's three Perth-based sites: the Perth Museum, Maritime Museum and Fremantle History Museum. Or, take a tour of the chilling Fremantle Prison , which housed criminals from all walks of life for 136 years.

After a long day of amusement, grab a seat at an al fresco restaurant such as Cicerello's in Fremantle to take in the city's splendor and enjoy some of Perth's locally-caught, fresh seafood. For over 90 years, Cicerello's in Fremantle has been serving up oysters, mussels, crabs and more on its waterside tables overlooking Fremantle's Fishing Boat Harbour. When the sun goes down, head to the Brass Monkey, a well-known bar and nightlife complex downtown and a promising spot to enjoy a perfectly blended cocktail. Whether for its idyllic landscape or bustling inner city, visitors are sure to fall in love with this secluded, but far from empty, city.

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