Host City

 

Paste 2018 is being held in Scarborough, a scenic, beach-side area around 15km from Perth CBD.

Weather

Perth will expect to be enjoying an average daytime temperature in the region of 23 degrees Celcius, dropping to around 11 degrees at night, with an average of around 9 hours of sunshine per day. The sun can be dangerous, even in cloudy weather, so be sure to take care of yourself by packing a broad brimmed hat, long sleeved shirt and sunscreen (SPF 50+).  For those wanting a swim in the ocean, the water temperature at this time of years averages around 22 degrees.

Currency

Most international credit cards are accepted in Australia, e.g. VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Diners etc. are widely accepted at all banks and hotels. Click here for an exchange rate converter.

Language

English is the official language of Australia. Translation services are available on request. Please contact the ACG for details.

Getting In

Perth Airport is Perth’s main airport, and is located 12 km from the CBD, and 25 km from the event venue at Scarborough. It is accessible by taxi or Uber or, alternatively, there are a number of shuttle bus operators that will service the route.

Getting Around

You require an international licence or licence from your own country to hire a car. Cars are right hand drive and the rule of the road is to keep to the left. We recommend Budget, a car hire company that offers great service and competitive rates. Others to choose from include Europcar, Bayswater Car RentalAvis and Hertz. You may also like to use a comparison website such as this one.

Public Transport

Public transport is available in the form of trains, buses and ferries. To help plan your trip, visit transperth.wa.gov.au.

For the Shoppers:

General business hours: Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm

Banks: Monday–Thursday: 9:30am–4pm, Friday: 9:30am–5pm

Post offices: Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm

Retail shops: Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm
Saturday: 9am–5pm (check individual stores for specific hours)
Sunday: 11pm–5pm (some stores do not trade on Sundays; check individual stores for specific times)

Attractions in Scarborough

The Paste 2018 Seminar venue, the Rendezvous Hotel enjoys a beach front location at one of the most popular beaches in Perth. Some suggested activities in Scarborough include:

  • Sunset Hill – an expansive grassed area where you can picnic or just take a break and enjoy the 180 degree view of Scarborough Beach.
  • Art Space Outdoor gallery – An outdoor exhibition created by local artists and based on local residents and visitors.
  • Kiteboarding – Adventure Kiting WA offer beginner lessons for those wanting to learn to kite surf.
  • Surfing – Scarborough is a hub for surfing lessons with providers including: Scarborough Beach Surf School, Surfing Lessons Perth, and Go Surf Perth.
  • Scarborough Beach AmphitheatreThe Amphitheatre is located on the foreshore of Scarborough Beach is a great venue to catch up with friends, grab a bite to eat and watch the sunset over the beautiful Indian Ocean.

For more things to do in Scarborough, click here.

For local dining and nightlife options, click here.

Attractions in Greater Perth

Explore Perth, the capital and largest city of Western Australia. Some suggested sites include:

  • Kings Park – for lovers of the outdoors and for a spectacular view of the city and the Swan River, Kings Park is a must-see. This park stretches over 400 hectares and contains over 300 native plant species and over 70 bird species. There’s plenty to do here, whether it’s admiring the vast range of wildflowers, having a picnic, walking along the treetop walk or climbing the DNA Tower.
  • Swan River – experience the beauty of the Swan River on a cruise, or hire a bike or kayak to explore the city and river.
  • Perth Mint – this beautiful building offers activities, exhibitions and demonstrations, such as watching a traditional gold pour in the melting house or marvelling at Australia’s largest natural nugget collection.
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia – located in the heart of the city, free tours are offered for those wishing to view over 1000 works of art.
  • Fremantle – Only 20 minutes by train from Perth, Fremantle is WA’s main port. Enjoy the vibrant culture Fremantle has to offer. With markets open from Friday afternoon to Sunday night, microbreweries, galleries, shopping and plenty of restaurants and cafes, Fremantle has plenty to offer. For more of Fremantle’s historic heritage, visit the Western Australia Maritime Museum on Victoria Quay.
  • Hillary’s Boat Harbour – this recreational destination offers a wide range of restaurants and shops. There are plenty of activities to do here, whether it’s relaxing on the sand, swimming in the calm waters, fishing or enjoying the cycle paths and walkways.
  • Perth Zoo – visit over 230 species of wildlife by take a ferry from the Barrack Street Jetty to Mends Street in South Perth. From there it is only a five minute walk to the zoo, which is open every day of the year.
  • Perth Concert Hall – home to the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, hosting more than 160 performance

Just Outside Perth

From the Ocean to the Valley to the Hills, experience Western Australia’s best tourism highlights, including:

  • Swan Valley – a 40 minute drive north-east of the city, Swan Valley is Western Australia’s oldest wine-growing region. This region features a number of award-winning wineries that also offer alfresco and restaurant dining. Home to the Margaret River Chocolate factory, The Cheese Barrel and the Feral and Duckstein Breweries, this delightful area has something to offer all palates.
  • Rottnest Island – located 22 kilometres off the WA coast, Rottnest Island is one of Perth’s most popular tourist destinations, offering snorkelling, diving and guided tours. Hire a bike and ride around the island, only 11 kilometres long and 4.5 kilometres wide.
  • Penguin Island – off the coast of Rockingham, less than an hour south of Perth by car, visitors can see fairy penguins, dolphins and seals in their natural environments.
  • The Perth Hills – only 45 minutes from the city centre, explore the beauty of the area’s national parks and state forests. For more information and trail maps, click here.