Picture yourself in Perth

In 2019 the HIA National Conference is heading to the ultimate close-to-home getaway – Perth.


Kate Veteri

Soft-sand beaches and bustling urban streets, immerse yourself in the Perth lifestyle – the best of both worlds.

Treat your family to a day in the sun, gliding through the treetops. Trees Adventure is an exhilarating eco-adventure which consists of hundreds of tree-top obstacles and flying foxes. Fun for the whole family, there are courses to suit everyone from thrill-seekers to those afraid to look down from up in the branches.

If trees aren’t for your family then surround yourself with bushes instead at The Maze, home of Outback Splash. Offering five mazes to suit all ages, the park also includes mini golf courses and a children’s playground with a giant jumping pillow. Family-friendly and with something for everyone to enjoy, Perth’s parks allow visitors to walk amongst the native plants and wildflowers while overlooking the breathtaking city views.

Take a day trip north of Perth for a rush of adrenalin. The Lancelin sand dunes provide a different kind of adventure at the start of the colder season – sand boarding. Hit the sand on a surfboard, dirt bike or four wheel drive, sand boarding down massive 45° degree dunes which are the biggest in Western Australia.

For a slower pace and sand-related activities like sandcastle building, visit any of the magnificent beaches lining the coast. Watch the sun set over the paper-white sand and the Indian Ocean, and sit back and enjoy a glass of wine while listening to the waves crash against the shore.

After the sun has set on the wonderful west coast make your way to one of the Perth city outdoor cinemas. Catch up on the latest and greatest movies with your family, friends and a picnic.


Travel tips

Although Perth is still an Australian city, there may be some handy travel hints that you haven’t thought of.

• Weather – the average temperature in May is 16°C
• Time zone – WA doesn’t have daylight savings and works on Western Standard Time (AWST – GMT + 8:00)
• Sun protection – use at least SPF 15+ sunscreen, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses
• Beaches – swim between the red and yellow flags

And don’t forget to bring insect repellent to protect against mosquitoes.

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