Perth puts on an Aussie barbecue with the Queen
Royal couple visit Western Australia asÂ Perth seeks to become Australiaâ€™s hottest city
Locals and visitors will be able to join Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh at a big Aussie barbecue in Perth, as part of their royal visit to the city later this month.
The Queen and theÂ Duke of EdinburghÂ will be in Perth to open the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) fromÂ 28thÂ to 30thÂ October.The event, which attracts leaders from 54 countries and overÂ 3,000 delegates, coincides with a huge revitalisation of Perth aimed at establishing WAâ€™s capital as one of Australiaâ€™s hottest cities and attracting more visitors.
Colin Barnett, the Premier of Western Australia, said the Big Aussie Barbecue on 29thÂ October would be a highlight of the royal coupleâ€™s state visit.
â€œThe barbecue will be held on the morning of Saturday 29 October at locations along the Perth foreshore and we want thousands of people to join the festivities and see The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh,â€ Mr Barnett said.
â€œNumerous barbecue stalls will be located throughout the area and volunteers will be cooking sausages which can be purchased via a gold coin donation.Â Funds raised will be distributed among various charities and community groups, still to be nominated.â€
The Premier said free public transport on the Transperth network on both Friday 28 October and Saturday 29 October would assist those wanting to be a part of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburghâ€™s visit.
Perth is currently undergoing a series of improvements from converting heritage buildings into new hotels to the building of new performing arts and sports arenas and a major redevelopment of Perthâ€™s waterfront. Many of these changes will be completed in time for the Queenâ€™s visit, including new visitor facilities at Kingâ€™s Park, one of the worldâ€™s largest inner city parks and a central venue for CHOGM, and the redevelopment of St Georgeâ€™s Terrace, reducing traffic and opening up the space for al fresco dining in the heart of the city.
Five reasons to follow in the Queenâ€™s footsteps
- Thanks to changes to local licensing laws, Perthâ€™s nightlife is undergoing a renaissance with a wave of small restaurants and underground bars popping up in laneways across the city. Let the locals show you the newest and very best with aÂ guided â€˜Eat, Drink, Walkâ€™ tour. (http://www.twofeet.com.au/
- The arts scene is also flourishing.Â The Art Gallery of WAÂ is currently hosting the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, an exhibitioncelebrating the breadth, diversity and excellence of art from all corners of Indigenous Australia, from 13 Aug – 19 Dec.The cityâ€™s cultural institutions have also just signed two huge partnerships; the Western Australian Museum has signed a five-year deal with the British Museum to exhibitÂ some of its most important objects. This starts this month withÂ Extraordinary Stories: The Commonwealth Objects from the British Museum,Â aÂ unique collection of rare artefacts, representing many of the 54 Commonwealth countries.Â In addition theÂ Art Gallery of Western AustraliaÂ has partnered with New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to host six exclusive exhibitions drawing on their extensive collection. The first exhibition, which includes pieces by Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, will launch in Perth on 16 June 2012.
- Fremantleâ€™s fascinating maritime and convict history came under World Heritage listing last year.Â Explore it on a tourÂ or similarly soak up the laidback ambience along with a flat white along the Cappuccino Strip or dine on the dayâ€™s catch at the Fishing Boat.
- Perth gets more hours of sunshine than any other Australian capital city and there are 19 city beaches to enjoy it on. Cottesloe is the localâ€™s favourite, snorkel, learn to surf or sit back and enjoy the sun setting into the Indian Ocean.
- Perthâ€™s reliable windy conditions keep the city cool, even in summer heat, but also draw windsurfers and sailors from around the world. In December 1,400 sailors and tens of thousands of spectators will visit Western Australia for theÂ ISAF World Sailing Championships. This two-week Regatta is the qualifying event for each of the 10 sailing events at the London Olympics in 2012. Watch the experts or brush up your skills with lessons along Perthâ€™s pristine coastline.