New hotels, new attractions, new ideas…
Western Australia was very much under the spotlight at the Australian stand this year at ITB Berlin. And its state capital, Perth, is increasingly attracting visitors from around the globe.
Sitting pretty on the shores of the sparkling Swan River and nestled alongside Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth’s renaissance continues as new attractions, accommodation, food and drink offerings, as well as cultural, entertainment and sporting precincts open across the city and nearby hubs of Northbridge, Mount Lawley, Burswood, Leederville, City Beach, Cottesloe and Fremantle. So, what’s new, and what’s to come?
Perth now offers some of the best value hotel and short-stay accommodation in Australia following the raft of new and refurbished properties that have opened in the CBD and surrounding urban and coastal areas. Not only are visitors enjoying more choice in accommodation with a broad selection of boutique, big name and luxury accommodation options, Perth hoteliers are also offering up some great deals.
Since 2012, 31 new or redeveloped hotels have opened in and around
Perth, adding more than 3,100 new rooms to the local market with names such as The Westin, COMO The Treasury, Crown Towers, Alex Hotel, Intercontinental, QT, Aloft and Tribe among the mix.
By 2020, a further 10 new or redeveloped hotels will come online, adding another 2,400 new rooms. Among the names still to come are Doubletree by Hilton and the Ritz-Carlton, which will be its first Australian property in 10 years.
Within an hour of Perth’s central business district, visitors could be taking a #quokkaselfie on pristine Rottnest Island, tantalising their tastebuds in the Swan Valley or Perth Hills wine regions, swimming with wild dolphins at Rockingham, cruising the coastal city of Mandurah’s scenic canals, or discovering maritime history, a World Heritage listed prison and a bohemian lifestyle in the eclectic port city of Fremantle.
• Rottnest Island is set to receive a major boost to its accommodation offerings, with the announcement of a major expansion for Hotel Rottnest, and the official start of construction of the new $20 million luxury ‘glamping’ resort at Pinky Beach. Hotel Rottnest will double in size and add 80 rooms to its current offering of 18. The hotel will be rebranded as Hotel Rottnest Resort and combine four pools, restaurant, function rooms, gym and rooftop bar. Meanwhile, building has commenced on Discovery Eco Village Rottnest Island at Pinky Beach. Expected to open in March 2019, the retreat will include 83 high-quality eco-tents with ensuite pods, connected via elevated walkways to the Pinky’s Beach Club complex which will feature a swimming pool, alfresco bar and dining area.
• Fremantle was included in Lonely Planet’s 2016 Best in Travel guide for good reason. With more than $1 billion dollars of redevelopment in the planning pipeline, look out for new venues such as Seashells and the Sweetwater rooftop bar in the Richmond Quarter, COAST at Port Beach, Segway and self- guided walking tours, a range of cruises and a thriving craft beer scene.
• Scarborough Beach is on its way to becoming one of Australia’s best beachfronts. A $100 million foreshore redevelopment saw its first milestone in early 2018 with the opening of an eight-lane, 50 metre beach pool. Known as Scarborough Beach Pool, the complex surrounding it includes Chocolat Café and alfresco Italian restaurant La Capannina. The new public precinct also includes Sunset Hill – which offers scenic views over the ocean and nature- based activities spaces, a Beach Hub with a mix of recreational and retail spaces, including the new Scarborough Surf Life Saving Club, and an Intergenerational Plaza – a multi-use space for activities and events with a climbing wall, half- court basketball area, children’s playground, and the feature attraction, the Snake Pit skate park bowl. The popular Scarborough Sunset markets are on from November through April.
• Slightly further south, popular City Beach is home to lush lawns, white sand and an expanding range of waterfront dining options including the chilled-out deck at newly opened Odyssea Beach Café and watching sunsets from Clancy’s Fish Bar.