There’s much, much more to Elizabeth Quay than meets the eye. Yes, the soaring orbits of the Spanda sculpture and the sweeping arches of the pedestrian suspension bridge are the high-visibility crowd favourites at Elizabeth Quay, but there’s so much more to discover and explore at this exciting new development. A visit to Elizabeth Quay will unlock a fascinating treasure trove of culture, history and entertainment that will keep the whole family busy for hours. From public art, kids’ activities, mini golf, mega water adventures, historical and cultural experiences to fascinating architecture, markets, pop-up events and a huge variety of restaurants, cafes and bars - there’s something for everyone at this world-class waterfront destination. If you’re into history and culture, you can get a lot of insights about Perth’s colourful past at Elizabeth Quay. Sign up with a Nyungar guide and experience a traditional welcome, participate in a smoking ceremony and learn about the traditional way of life of the Whadjuk people, or enjoy a meal at the family-friendly Voyage Kitchen in the historic Florence Hummerston Kiosk and find out more about this trail-blazing woman and all that she did for Perth. Local art installations like the statue of Bessie Mabel Rischbieth and the nearby Bell Tower which houses one of the largest musical instruments on earth, the 14th century bells of St-Martin-in-the-Fields church in London also provide fascinating historical and cultural insights into the city’s heritage. Even the kids’ attractions at Elizabeth Quay have interesting stories to tell. The Elizabeth Quay Carousel is a handcrafted Venetian masterpiece that comes all the way from Italy. It was made by the same people who built the carousel which you’ll find in front of the Eiffel Tower and is a family favourite, providing a magical experience for the young as well as the young-at-heart. Kids will love splashing around in the BHP Billiton Water Park, a free interactive space that uses creative lighting and choreographed jets of water to create an exciting community experience - while the mini golf course offers 18 holes of fun for the whole family. Another family favourite is the maritime-inspired playground on the island at Elizabeth Quay which has a huge range of activities and fun things to do like ‘walking the plank’, climbing ropes, log steppers, a sand-pit and a ship’s bell. The whole space is designed to be pedestrian and cycle-friendly, so you can get your dose of healthy exercise while exploring all the attractions of Elizabeth Quay. And if your legs get a bit weary or you’re after something a little out of the ordinary, what about an exhilarating Segway tour of all the sights? And don’t forget about the many cruises, ferries and other water-based activities which really amplify Elizabeth Quay’s prime riverfront location and add a new dimension of fun and excitement. Hungry or thirsty? You’re spoilt for choice here, with a huge variety of gourmet restaurants, riverfront and rooftop bars and casual cafes to tempt every palate. And then there are the many pop-up markets, music and cultural happenings, food and drink experiences and special events for landmark occasions like WA Day that are held at Elizabeth Quay, making it a unique and ever-evolving destination which offers something for everyone. Elizabeth Quay has certainly fulfilled its goal of reconnecting the city and the Swan River and the amazing new space with its ever-growing array of activities and things to do make it one of the must-see attractions in Perth. For more information of what’s happening down at the Quay, visit http://www.mra.wa.gov.au/projects-and-places/elizabeth-quay/see-and-do?c=events or check out www.experienceperth.com.au.
“I didn’t realise there was so much to learn about bells.”
Michelle & Martin Lovett, Victoria
“It’s a really interesting musical instrument!”
Ryu Hyungsuk, South Korea
“We have nothing like this at home. With compliments to Perth for it.”
Ron & Jean Lawson, Canada