Stay­ing power

Skip the jet­lag and air­ports and keep your pass­ports locked away. RE­BECCA COUTTS-SMITH ex­plores the top op­tions for trav­el­ling within our home state.

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Travel -

EVEN as we say a fond farewell to sum­mer and win­ter rolls in, the de­sire to have a lit­tle break from real life doesn’t dis­ap­pear with the good weather.

Al­though you may no longer feel the need to stretch out by the beach, there are plenty of ways to re­lax and take a break here in WA. “Perth is go­ing through a once-in-a-life­time re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion, so it’s time we cel­e­brate our nat­u­ral and built at­trac­tions,” then-Tourism Min­is­ter Kim Hames said ear­lier this year.

Fig­ures re­leased by Tourism Re­search Aus­tralia show West Aus­tralians took more than 18 mil­lion day trips around the state in the 12 months to Septem­ber last year.

“The State Govern­ment’s in­vest­ment in met­ro­pol­i­tan and re­gional ameni­ties, in­fras­truc­ture and events means en­joy­ing what WA has to of­fer is eas­ier and in­creas­ingly at­trac­tive,” Dr Hames said.

“De­vel­op­ments such as Elizabeth Quay and Perth Sta­dium are well un­der­way and by 2020 we’ll see a new world-class mu­seum; a cul­tural, so­cial and busi­ness precinct emerge thanks to the Perth City Link; and in­no­va­tive venues, events and in­fras­truc­ture link­ing it all to­gether.”

So in­stead of jump­ing on the first plane out of the state next time you need a break, take a look at what amaz­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion can be found right around the cor­ner.

It’s far eas­ier to re­lax when you are not wor­ry­ing about trans­fers, pass­ports and visas.

Crown Tow­ers

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