Non-stop flights to Perth fromDe­cem­ber

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Peo­ple are talk­ing about Perth – food­ies, sunlovers, cre­atives, ad­ven­tur­ers. No won­der they’re talk­ing, with the cap­i­tal city un­der­go­ing a rapid trans­for­ma­tion.

It’s spark­ing cu­rios­ity among those who haven’t been, or who haven’t vis­ited in a while.

Perth has al­ways of­fered lo­cals and vis­i­tors a beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment – the Swan River, blue skies (it is Aus­tralia’s sun­ni­est cap­i­tal city), clean air, 19 met­ro­pol­i­tan beaches where swim­ming, snorkelling and surf­ing abound, one of the world’s largest in­ner city parks, a qual­ity wine re­gion that is Western Aus­tralia’s old­est, and a port city – but most re­cently, the at­ten­tion has turned to the city’s ur­ban of­fer­ing.

In early 2016, Perth’s mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar wa­ter­front de­vel­op­ment El­iz­a­beth Quay of­fi­cially opened to the pub­lic. It ac­com­mo­dates re­laxed river­side win­ing and din­ing op­tions, pedes­trian and cy­clists’ bridge, prom­e­nades, pub­lic art, is­land play­ground, event spa­ces and the Bar­rack Street Jetty.

Perth has also wel­comed the ar­rival of a new ‘‘neigh­bour­hood’’ – Cathe­dral Square. Com­pris­ing the Perth Town Hall, the new City of Perth li­brary, St Ge­orges Cathe­dral, and its cen­tre­piece – the State Build­ings – a win­ing, din­ing and re­tail precinct housed in 140-year old her­itage build­ings, right in the cen­tral busi­ness district. The precinct is home to COMO The Trea­sury, which to date, has been re­garded as the best new ‘‘city ho­tel’’ in Aus­tralia.

A bil­lion-dol­lar up­grade of Perth Air­port is also well un­der­way and rep­re­sents the first stage to­wards hav­ing all com­mer­cial air ser­vices in Perth op­er­at­ing from one con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion within the next 10 years. Pas­sen­gers will be able to trans­fer seam­lessly be­tween re­gional, in­ter­state and in­ter­na­tional ser­vices.

Open­ing to the pub­lic in 2018, the new Perth Sta­dium will form a per­ma­nent city cen­tre­piece as one of the ma­jor in­ter­na­tional sport­ing venues in Aus­tralia.The sta­dium will have a to­tal ca­pac­ity of 60,000 seats and the fit-out will be equiv­a­lent to world’s best prac­tice.

Air New Zealand flies twice­weekly non-stop from Christchurch to Perth from De­cem­ber 10, 2016, to April 29, 2017. This will be the first time a 787-9 Dream­liner will op­er­ate from the South Is­land. Air New Zealand’s in-flight prod­uct ‘‘Seats to Suit’’ means you can choose how you want to travel. Choices in­clude Seat, Seat+Bag, The Works, Econ­omy Sky­couch™, Premium Econ­omy and Busi­ness Premier™.

For more, go to https:/ /in­ des­ti­na­tion/perth

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