Reduced air fares to Exmouth and Broome
Perth to Exmouth for less
Discovering the wonders of World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef on WA’s Coral Coast is now more affordable thanks to new reduced fares for flights between Perth and Exmouth. From June 2, 2019 Qantas will offer $169 fares for flights from Friday to Monday if booked 45 days ahead of travel. This is a saving of about $180 for a return trip. Visitors looking to discover more of WA’s Coral Coast on a road trip to or from Exmouth, can also save by booking with Avis who is trialing discounted relocation fees for one-way hires. Between April 1 to October 31, in 2019 and 2020, customers will only pay a $250 relocation fee if hiring a car to drive from Perth to Exmouth, and $150 if hiring from Exmouth and driving to Perth (additional daily hire fees still apply).
Perth to Broome special fares to continue
In addition to the cheaper Exmouth flights, Qantas will also be extending the special weekend fares to Broome in WA’s North West. The special fares offer passengers the opportunity to fly between Perth and Broome from $199 one-way during high season (between August 17, 2019 and October 16, 2019 and June 20, 2020 and August 16, 2020) and $179 during low season (between October 17, 2019 and June 19, 2020). The two levels of discounts are available on one-way fares travelling from Friday to Sunday and booked 60 days or 45 days in advance, offering savings of more than $200 for a return trip. Qantas will make 500 of the discounted seats available per week during the high season and 600 per week during the low season on its A320 aircraft operating on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
New Accor Art Series Hotel for Perth
Accor has announced it will open its ninth Art Series hotel in Perth’s CBD, heralding the arrival of the Art Series brand in WA. Set to open in October 2019, the $90 million hotel stands at 27 storeys high, with the design concept dedicated to Australia’s contemporary artists. The 250-room Art Series hotel will draw inspiration from its incoming namesake artist, and will feature contemporary furnishings and original artworks and prints. The hotel will also be home to a signature Mediterranean inspired restaurant located on the first level and located around the hotel’s pool area. Other features include a ground floor café, gymnasium and a function room.
Guest chefs announced for Shinju Matsuri
Australian Masterchef favourites Diana Chan and Brendan Pang will headline this year’s Shinju Matsuri(festival of the pearl) to be held September 7 to 15 in Broome – the pearling capital of Australia in WA’s Kimberley region. The event is a celebration of the four diverse cultures that have come together in Broome over the past century for pearls: Japanese, Malaysian, Chinese and Aboriginal. Diana and Brendan will join forces for the iconic Sunset Long Table Dinner – a formal, five-course dinner held on Broome’s Cable Beach on September 14. Broome’s best chefs will compete to create the best pearl meat dish at the returning Willie Creek Pearl Meat Cook-Off, while a new addition to the festival – Makan Dulu – will see guests enjoy traditional Malaysian and Chinese delicacies. Other event highlights include a Float Parade through the streets of Broome, Art Awards, the popular Floating Lantern Matsuri and a Festival Finale concert. Tickets for the festival are now on sale, with travel packages available featuring accommodation and tickets to selected events.
New Aboriginal tours at Rottnest
Visitors to Perth’s Rottnest Island – known as Wadjemup to the local Noongar people – can now experience traditional Aboriginal culture as part of new cultural tours on the island. Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours and Experiences offers visitors a walking tour to learn about Rottnest’s history and the spiritual significance to the Noongar people. The 90-minute walking tour includes a Welcome to Country, traditional sand ceremony, and song and storytelling with an Aboriginal guide.
COMO The Treasury named in world’s best rooms list
Forbes Travel Guide has named Perth’s COMO The Treasury in its verified list for the 2019 World’s Best Hotel Rooms – the only property in Australia to receive the accolade. Only 41 properties across 17 countries made the list, achieving perfect scores in guest room and bathroom standards for luxury, comfort and convenience. COMO The Treasury is located in the heart of Perth, within the historic 19th century State Buildings, and comprises 48 elegant and contemporary rooms and suites, and award-wining dining experiences including rooftop restaurant Wildlfower, where the menu revolves around the indigenous ethos of six seasons.