A ten-minute walk from Mercure Perth takes you to an abundance of unforgettable attractions around the Elizabeth Quay inlet. Kids will delight in a trip across a pedestrian bridge to an island with a maritime-themed playground, while parents can marvel at breathtaking displays of indigenous-inspired art. Maybe there’s time to splash it up at the waterpark before an evening out at one of the Elizabeth Quay restaurants with magnificent waterfront views.
When it’s time for a nature break, you’ll be glad you stayed at one of the top hotels near Kings Park. Perth’s premier gardens stand before stunning vistas of the city, Canning and Swan Rivers, and the rolling hills of the Darling Range. Wander bushland trails to discover hundreds of native plant species, then stop for a picnic lunch by a lake and take in the enchanting sights and sounds of nature.
If the urge to shop strikes, you can peruse the dizzying number of stores on and around the parallel pedestrian strips of Murray and Hay Streets. Slip down bohemian Wolf Lane to find some of the area’s funkier boutiques. Be sure not to miss London Court, a shopping arcade constructed in a distinctly Tudor style that was built by a local gold baron in the 1930s.
World-class arts and culture are found all around Mercure Perth. Set in heritage buildings, the Art Gallery of Western Australia exhibits one of the best collections of indigenous art on the planet, as well as contemporary works from the region’s most renowned artists. Stop by the Perth Arena to catch a concert at one the city’s largest live-performance venues, or take in a stunning stage show at the ultra-modern State Theatre Centre of WA.
You can also see some of the area’s biggest entertainment, music and sporting events at the massive Perth Stadium, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and WACA Ground – all close by.
Discovery of local lore is just a quick walk to the Perth Mint. Learn about the unique gold history that helped shape the region. Hear legendary tales of the 19th-century Western Australian gold rushes, and visit a working melting house that dates to 1899 to witness a gold pour firsthand. Don’t leave without popping into the Mint Café for some traditional English tea.
For a whimsical music break, saunter down to the Swan Bell Tower. Housed in a soaring glass spire with sail-shaped copper accents that pay homage to the town’s nautical past, the 18 bells comprise one of the world’s largest change-ringing instruments. Experience unique melodies as you listen to seasoned ‘ringers’ join together for the age-old practice of ‘Change Ringing’.