Perth is a vibrant and busy city, set on the banks of the Swan River, with magnificent beaches flanking it to the west. Supported by a robust economy, Perth has seen remarkable growth in recent years, and has been transformed into a modern and sophisticated city through significant infrastructure and commercial projects. Perth is internationally renowned as one of the world’s friendliest cities, so delegates can expect a warm welcome.
On the doorstep and less than 30 minutes away is the Swan Valley, Perth’s own wine region.
Perth enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with warm to hot dry summers, and a cooling sea breeze from December to April. In August, the average temperatures range from a minimum of 8 oC (46 oF) to a maximum of 18 oC (64 oF).
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
For plant lovers, the jewel in the crown is undoubtedly Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
Kings Park is the biggest city park in the world (even bigger than Central Park, New York) and is ideally situated overlooking Perth. It is rich in Aboriginal and European history, contemporary culture and offers innovative design, spectacular plant displays and a range of visitor services. Two thirds of the 400 hectare park is protected bushland and provides a haven for native biological diversity.
Visitors can enjoy sweeping views of the Swan and Canning Rivers, the city skyline and the Darling Ranges to the east. There are bushland walking trails, immaculate gardens and parklands to enjoy.
Kings Park has an international reputation for scientific research, leading horticulture, conservation and public education. A diversity of research and development projects focus on Proteaceae and related plants, including the development of new ornamental crops. The conference will benefit from the expertise of the world class researchers based here, who will share their knowledge of Australian plants, including use of traditional and novel technologies to propagate plants and develop completely new ornamental plants with conference delegates.
Kings Park is home to the spectacular Western Australian Botanic Garden, which displays over 3,000 species of the State’s unique flora and is rated as one of the top botanical gardens in the world.
For the Western Australian Botanic Garden, 2015 marks its silver jubilee, the 50th anniversary of operation. You will share in the excitement, including the new ornamental plants being released to coincide with the birthday celebrations.
Conference delegates will see the Garden at its best during their specially arranged post conference tour, which will occur just before the annual September spring festival.
Peak wildflower season
Western Australia is a biodiversity hot spot, one of just 34 such special places found around the world. A leader in conservation, the State can boast that more new species are found in Western Australia per year than in the entire European continent.
This biodiversity includes spectacular plants and flowers, making Western Australia a ‘must visit’ destination during the wildflower season. The conference is timed to coincide with this time of year, allowing delegates to see the magnificent native flora for themselves and with the option of arranging their own private tours before or after the Conference. With clear blue skies and amazing natural attractions, Western Australia offers many unique activities and destinations for visitors to enjoy.
Extensive commercial wildflower plantations are well established to the south and north of Perth. WAFEX, one of Australia’s largest flower exporters is located just north of Perth – tour 1 will be taking you there.