At Tourism Australia’s signature incentive showcase Dreamtime in December 2019, delegates had an opportunity to see firsthand how Perth has come into its own as an incentive destination, after significant investment in infrastructure. Fast forward almost a year – through the world-stopping spread of coronavirus – and with the city currently tracking over 120 days without a local transmission case of coronavirus, Perth has restarted business events of up to 900 people.
The city’s incentive offering continues to grow too, with several new venues and experiences recently opened or set to debut in early 2021.
Perth’s first permanent floating open-air venue launched in October 2020 on the city’s central Swan River, drawing inspiration from Western Australia’s stunning coastal landscape. With capacity for up to 250 people for cocktail events or 180 for seated dinners, The Raft is proving popular, with the venue fully booked for the rest of 2020.
A laidback beachside luxury addition to the accommodation offering on Perth’s Rottnest Island – home of the impossibly cute and exceptionally photogenic quokka – is the 80-room Samphire Rottnest. The hotel has six event spaces from the Poolside, which can host 80, to the Bayside Room and Bar with capacity for 200. Available for exclusive use, Samphire is right on the beach, a short walk from boat charter drop-offs from Perth. Staff also work with groups to tailor itineraries to make the most of the idyllic surroundings.
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Matagarup Bridge Climb and Zip Line
A thrill-seeking experience is set to open in Perth by the end of the year, when a bridge climb and zip line debuts on the Matagarup Bridge, which connects central Perth with the Burswood Peninsula, home to Optus Stadium, crowned the most beautiful stadium in the world in 2019. Participants will take 314 steps up the bridge’s main arch for a view over the Swan River to the city’s skyline and be able to combine the climb with a 400m zipline over the river, travelling at up to 100km per hour, landing in Burswood Park.
AGWA Rooftop, Art Gallery of WA
Available for events from February 2021, the new rooftop space at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in the centre of Perth will be the largest commercially available rooftop space in the city, with capacity for up to 500 people. The space will feature an inside gallery space, an open-air sculpture park and two outdoor event spaces, with views of the city, the Perth hills and the new WA Museum. The centrepiece of the rooftop will be a new 34-metre-long contemporary Aboriginal art piece by Noongar/Minang artist Christopher Pease, which will wrap around one third of the wall of the rooftop.
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