Mine Closure 2019 is being held in Perth, capital city of Western Australia.
Perth will expect to be enjoying an average daytime temperature in the region of 23 degrees Celcius, dropping to around 11 degrees at night, with an average of around 9 hours of sunshine per day. The sun can be dangerous, even in cloudy weather, so be sure to take care of yourself by packing a broad brimmed hat, long sleeved shirt and sunscreen (SPF 50+). For those wanting a swim in the ocean, the water temperature at this time of year averages around 22 degrees.
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English is the official language of Australia. Translation services are available on request. Please contact the ACG for details.
Perth Airport is Perth’s main airport, and is located 12 km from the CBD. It is accessible by taxi or Uber or, alternatively, there are a number of shuttle bus operators that will service the route.
You require an international licence or licence from your own country to hire a car. Cars are right hand drive and the rule of the road is to keep to the left. We recommend Budget, a car hire company that offers great service and competitive rates. Others to choose from include Europcar, Bayswater Car Rental, Avis and Hertz. You may also like to use a comparison website such as this one.
Public transport is available in the form of trains, buses and ferries. To help plan your trip, visit transperth.wa.gov.au.
For the Shoppers:
General business hours: Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm
Banks: Monday–Thursday: 9:30am–4pm, Friday: 9:30am–5pm
Post offices: Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm
Retail shops: Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm (Thursdays 9pm, or Fridays 9pm in the CBD)
Saturday: 9am–5pm (check individual stores for specific hours)
Sunday: 11pm–5pm (some stores do not trade on Sundays; check individual stores for specific times)
Attractions in Greater Perth
Explore Perth, the capital and largest city of Western Australia. Some suggested sites include:
- Kings Park – for lovers of the outdoors and for a spectacular view of the city and the Swan River, Kings Park is a must-see. This park stretches over 400 hectares and contains over 300 native plant species and over 70 bird species. There’s plenty to do here, whether it’s admiring the vast range of wildflowers, having a picnic, walking along the treetop walk or climbing the DNA Tower.
- Swan River – experience the beauty of the Swan River on a cruise, or hire a bike or kayak to explore the city and river.
- Elizabeth Quay – a recent development created to connect Perth city with the Swan River. Home to a variety of bars, restaurants, and activities as well as seasonal pop-up events and attractions.
- Yagan Square – a bustling hub connecting the Perth CBD with the cultural and nightlife centre, Northbridge, Yagan Square is a central access point to public transport and a wide range of food and beverage options, from casual to fine dining.
- Perth Mint – this beautiful building offers activities, exhibitions and demonstrations, such as watching a traditional gold pour in the melting house or marvelling at Australia’s largest natural nugget collection.
- Art Gallery of Western Australia – located in the heart of the city, free tours are offered for those wishing to view over 1000 works of art.
- Fremantle – Only 20 minutes by train from Perth, Fremantle is WA’s main port. Enjoy the vibrant culture Fremantle has to offer. With markets open from Friday afternoon to Sunday night, microbreweries, galleries, shopping and plenty of restaurants and cafes, Fremantle has plenty to offer. For more of Fremantle’s historic heritage, visit the Western Australia Maritime Museum on Victoria Quay.
- Hillary’s Boat Harbour – this recreational destination offers a wide range of restaurants and shops. There are plenty of activities to do here, whether it’s relaxing on the sand, swimming in the calm waters, fishing or enjoying the cycle paths and walkways.
- Perth Zoo – visit over 230 species of wildlife by taking a ferry from the Barrack Street Jetty to Mends Street in South Perth. From there it is only a five minute walk to the zoo, which is open every day of the year.
- Perth Concert Hall – home to the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, hosting more than 160 performances.
Just Outside Perth
From the Ocean to the Valley to the Hills, experience Western Australia’s best tourism highlights, including:
- Swan Valley – a 40 minute drive north-east of the city, Swan Valley is Western Australia’s oldest wine-growing region. This region features a number of award-winning wineries that also offer alfresco and restaurant dining. Home to the Margaret River Chocolate factory, The Cheese Barrel and the Feral and Duckstein Breweries, this delightful area has something to offer all palates.
- Rottnest Island – located 22 kilometres off the WA coast, Rottnest Island is one of Perth’s most popular tourist destinations, offering snorkelling, diving and guided tours. Hire a bike and ride around the island, only 11 kilometres long and 4.5 kilometres wide.
- Penguin Island – off the coast of Rockingham, less than an hour south of Perth by car, visitors can see fairy penguins, dolphins and seals in their natural environments.
- The Perth Hills – only 45 minutes from the city centre, explore the beauty of the area’s national parks and state forests, or visit the Mundaring Weir, the water supply for the Eastern Goldfields. For more information and trail maps, click here.