BP’s Kwinana Oil Refinery in Western Australia is the largest refinery in the country, producing 8300 megalitres of oil per year. Crude oil is shipped in from the Middle East, West Africa, New Zealand, Indonesia and north-west Australia. This refinery provides all the fuel to transportation vehicles in Perth and the South West — including petrol, diesel and jet fuel. Fuel is also shipped to South Australia and Tasmania.
The Anglo-Iranian Oil Company was looking for another location for a...
If you’re brave enough to face the cold in the early hours of Saturday morning, you’ll be able to witness the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st Century.
The moon will be joined by Mars, which will be at its brightest and closest to Earth in 15 years according to Dr Tanya Hill, an astronomer from Melbourne Planetarium.
“The reason that Mars can vary in brightness so much is because it’s our neighbour in space and it follows quite an elliptical orbit. Throughout 2017, Mars was fairly dull as it...
Before the submarine telegraph cable was first laid between Java and Port Darwin in 1872, Australia’s only communication with the outside world happened via letter carried by ships from overseas. This meant it took months for any news to arrive.
Australia was behind the rest of the world when it came to the installation of the telegraph line. The first telegraph message in the world was sent via Morse code in 1844; however the first line in Australia wasn’t constructed until 1854. This linked...
The Canning Dam is a popular tourist attraction in Perth. The stunning scenery makes it the perfect picnic spot, and there are a number of different walks visitors can complete in the area. These range from short strolls, to longer hikes — look out for the signs that explain the historical significance of the area. There is even a wide path along the dam wall, which means you can take in the view of water on one side and dry land on the other. Engineers Australia have marked this feat of civil...
There are a number of fun activities to do in Perth, such as laser tag, rock climbing and super golf. Here are some of our favourites.
This indoor aerial super park features over 100 interconnected Olympic-grade trampolines, where you can show off your backflips and other acrobatic tricks or just enjoy bouncing around.There are also a number of aerial activities, such as pink stepping poles and a high ropes course. Don’t forget to try out the rock climbing and abseiling as well...
Did you now an interactive LEGO brick exhibition has arrived in Perth?
That’s right, Brickman Awesome will be showcasing the tallest LEGO model in the Southern Hemisphere — a NASA SLS rocket, which was constructed using more than 450,000 bricks and measures in at 7.5 metres tall. It took exhibition curator Ryan McNaught more than 500 hours to build the model and it even features a lighting display which creates the illusion that the rocket is blasting off into...
Perth is surrounded by some amazing destinations that are only a couple of hours out of the city. If you’re looking for something to do during your study-break or on the weekend, why not explore some more of Western Australia? Here are some of our favourite day trips.
Araluen Botanic Park
This stunning park is home to 59 hectares of native Australian bushland and 14 hectares of manicured gardens showcasing exotic plants. In the spring, it features more than 100,000 tulips in full bloom...
This winter, get your skates on and brave the cold at winter wonderland events in Fremantle and Elizabeth Quay. If you’re not too keen on ice skating, there will be snow-man building, inflatable slides,
food stalls and markets.
This outdoor ice skating rink in Fremantle will be complete with falling snow. There will also be a giant inflatable slide and a snow pit, where you can build your own snowman. If you’re feeling cold, don’t worry — inside the National Hotel is a...
While Perth is known for its beaches, wildlife and hiking trails, the cold and wet weather doesn’t always make these activities seem so appealing. So, we’ve come up with a list of things to do which will keep you warm and dry this winter.
The Aquarium of Western Australia is passionate about generating respect for marine life through their education programs, rehabilitation of sick and injured animals and conservation efforts. Their exhibits feature...
The Swan River Colony was settled in 1829, and in its first 60 years Western Australia made little progress. In 1881 the state had a population of less than 30,000 people, however by 1911 the
population had grown to 282,000. This was a result of the gold mining in the eastern “desert” from 1893, which drew people from across Australia and the rest of the world. The scarcity of water in the Goldfields area caused many deaths and the rapid spread of...
Perth is home to many natural attractions, including bush walks, beaches and waterfalls. Here are some of the top places you can visit for free.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
This is one of the largest inner city parks in the world, boasting a total area of 400.6 hectares. The landscape is made up of a combination of cultivated gardens and natural bushland, featuring 319 species of native plants and approximately 80 bird species. There are a number of attractions...
The port city of Fremantle is located approximately 25 minutes from Perth’s CBD and has played a large part in Western Australia’s history. In 1829, Captain Charles Fremantle claimed the West Coast of Australia under the British Crown. That same year, the first British settlers arrived on the shores of the Swan River and began to establish a colony, led by Governor James Stirling.
The Swan River Colony was unique, because it was built by free-settlers — civilians and military — rather than...
The Railway Reserves Heritage Trail follows part of the Eastern Railway Deviation from Bellevue to Wooroloo in the Perth Hills. It’s unique in that the trail is a 41 kilometre loop built entirely on railway formations — however there are multiple entry points, so it’s possible to complete smaller sections. The trail passes through quaint communities including Darlington, Parkerville and Mundaring, as wells as the John Forest National Park. There’s also the opportunity to watch waterfalls and...
Many of Australia’s native wildlife species happily live in Perth. This includes kangaroos, wallabies, possums, black swans, quokkas, birdlife, reptiles and even koalas. Plus our oceans are home to much marine life such as dolphins, sea lions and tropical fish. Here is a list of the best places to go and spot our native wildlife.
Whiteman Park and Caversham Wildlife Park
Located 18 kilometres north-east of the Perth CBD, these wildlife parks aim to conserve and rehabilitate native fauna...
With the weather cooling down as winter approaches Perth, it’s time to find some good indoor activities. Why not visit some of our museums? With subjects ranging from vintage video games and cricket, to trains and submarines, there’s something for everyone.
The Nostalgia Box Video Game Museum
This museum showcases over 100 gaming consoles from the 1970s through to the 2000s. It takes you behind the scenes of the gaming world, by sharing stories about how each console was created. Plus it’s...
If you’re looking for something to do in Perth, why not check out one of our marketplaces? From souvenirs and artisan handcrafts, to fresh produce, food trucks and live entertainment, there’s something happening in every corner of the metropolitan area.
The Fremantle Markets have been running for over 100 years and celebrate Western Australia’s culture and heritage. Open year-round on every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday Public Holidays, these markets have everything...
A free week-long festival to celebrate young Perth artists kicks off this weekend. Presented by Propel Youth Arts, the Youth Week WA KickstART Festival will feature an extensive range of workshops, performances and exhibitions. These include a sketchbook exhibition, photography, comedy and exploratory music workshops, and poetry slams.
On Saturday 14 April, 10 hours of live music performances by WA acts will be held in the Perth Cultural Centre in Northbridge...
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