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6 Things To Think About When Planning Your Next Swan Valley Wine Tour

6 Things To Think About When Planning Your Next Swan Valley Wine Tour 600 400 James Turner

Whether you are arriving on the new direct flight from the UK and chasing a unique wine experience or you are a local that has lived in town their whole life, the Swan Valley Wine region really has something for everyone. It is a special place in the hearts of WA locals. A region where we can proudly showcase WA’s best wine, cheese, beer, gin, chocolate and honey. Often overlooked by the more popular sibling – the Margaret River Wine Region, The Swan Valley might be smaller in stature but it sure packs a punch. It really is the perfect day trip and one to definitely add to the itinerary.

If you are planning to visit the Swan Valley soon, we’ve put together a list of things to think about when planning your next trip so you can get the most out of your day. 

What Swan Valley Wineries should we attend?

There are virtually hundreds of wineries in the Swan Valley region to pick from. From the larger institutions like Sandalford Wines to the more relaxed, boutique types the list can actually become quickly overwhelming. Regardless of your intention for the day, having a strong list of wineries to hit is a good idea so you have structure and can let your driver know where you want to head on the day. For a complete list of our favourites, check out our take on the Ultimate List of Swan Valley Wineries.

Where should we stop for lunch in the Swan Valley?

Another pertinent question. We always promote responsible drinking and with that means a solid lunch when undertaking a day-long wine tasting expedition. In light of this, we recommend the following list of places to stop along the way:

  • Relaxed atmosphere | Oakover Grounds
  • Contemporary, Modern Australian | Wild Swan, Mandoon Estate
  • Family-friendly | Homestead Brewery
  • Large Groups | Feral Brewery Co.
  • Late-night burger (on the way home) | Alfred’s Kitchen

What Swan Valley bus hire do I need?

Now, the thing about the Swan Valley Wine Region is most of the wineries, breweries, distilleries and restaurants and spread out. This means that having a driver on hand is essential to make sure you can get from one spot to the next. This is where we can help. We can work with you to design a custom route where our driver will be your right-hand man for the day. When considering transport, it’s important to think about:

  • How many people do I have coming? 
  • What sort of bus would I need? Head to our fleet page for a breakdown on what we have to offer.
  • Are we all getting picked up from the same spot? Or is the bus doing multiple pickups?
  • Where are we getting dropped off?
  • Music. Who’s in charge? What Spotify playlists do I need? 

What should our Swan Valley bus route be? 

Planning a route is super important for the success of the day. The guys at the Swan Valley Tourism Centre have taken the hard work out of this one by putting together suggested itineraries depending on your interests. We really recommend heading to their site to get some inspiration.

We’ve also included a map here to help you map out your individualised journey.

Is this Swan Valley trip just about wine? Or should we include some other activities?

When most people beeline to the Swan Valley they are generally on the hunt for Western Australia’s best drop of vino. But, there is actually so much more to do in this great region such as grass-root distilleries, craft cider houses, bee farms and wildlife experiences. Some of our favourites are below:

  • Yahava Coffee Works: These guys have you covered when it comes to coffee. The team at Yahava offer tours that can bring you up to speed on what goes into making a perfect brew. It’s also a smart starting point so you can get nice and caffeinated before the long day ahead.
  • Cheese Barrel: You guessed it. Cheese. And lots of it. The Cheese Barrel has a variety from both the Swan Valley area and internationally recognised delicacies. Tasting boards are our pick for this one!
  • House of Honey: Bees literally make the world go round. That’s why it’s great to visit House of Honey to get a true appreciation for how hard these little guys work. Tours will focus mainly on the importance of bees and how the honey is produced. Make sure you take some home with you. 
  • Swan Valley Gin Company: Gin has recently hit the scene in the Swan Valley and for good reason! Move over Margaret River Gin Company as these guys have the goods. Offering a variety of botanical and traditionally dry gins, take the time to select your preferred tonic and get cracking. This is our pick of the bunch!
  • Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm: this one is not only perfect for the kids, but we regularly see adults having even more fun. Simply visit the Cuddly Animal Farm to feed and pat a variety of farm animals from goats to geese. You can also take advantage of the massive undercover bouncy castle and picnic area!

Do we want to throw a Swan Valley adventure activity into the mix?

As we mentioned above, the Swan Valley wine region is FULL of more activities other than just wineries. If you are keen to get active, we recommend a pit stop into the following places:

  • Supa Golf: this golfing institution has been around for years and is the most fun you’ll have playing golf. Supa is the operative word here guys. It’s basically regular golf supersized with larger balls. 
  • Swan Valley Adventure Centre: another perfect option for kids. They’ll be kept occupied with a climbing ropes course and large open spaces to explore.

With so much more than meets the eye, a typical Swan Valley Wine Tour can be seriously elevated with some of the activities mentioned above. Not only can you leave full and merry, but you might even walk away with new knowledge of local produce or even a few very tired children. Whatever your adventure, we can help organise your transport for the day. Get in touch below. 

Famous installation at the 2019 Sculptures by the Sea

Everything You Need To Know About Sculptures By The Sea 2020

Everything You Need To Know About Sculptures By The Sea 2020 1500 1001 James Turner

What is Sculptures By The Sea?

Sculptures by the Sea is back in 2020 for yet another year of incredible outdoor art installations. For those that have been living under a rock, Sculptures by the Sea is an unmissable Perth event that offers visitors the chance to witness established national and international artists showcase their work on the shores of Cottesloe beach.

This year, the predictors are forecasting that over 240,000 people will visit the exhibition, so we wanted to put together a guide on what to expect and how to get down to the beach with as least fuss as possible. Because let’s be honest, we all know how hard it is to park around Cottesloe beach at the best of times. 

Where are Sculptures by the Sea?

Sculptures by the Sea 2020 will be held in Cottesloe along both the shores of the ocean and on the grassy area close to Marine Parade. Exhibitions will be installed along the entire area giving you and the family the perfect opportunity to explore without too many crowds. Use the map below to help you create your own route.

Sculptures by the sea map

What dates are Sculptures by the Sea?

The 16th annual Sculptures By The Sea will be held between the 16-23 March 2020. 

How can I get to and from Sculptures By the Sea?

Driving

You and the family can opt to drive to this year’s Sculptures by the Sea, but as parking is notorious for being very difficult close to the event we recommend the public transport option. 

Public Transport

We’ve teamed up with the Town of Cottesloe to offer you a free shuttle bus. The shuttle will meet every train from Cottesloe train station on the Perth to Fremantle line between 10.30 am to 5.00 pm daily for the duration of the exhibition and will return to the station from Cottesloe beachfront. There will be 4 stops along the way:

  1. Cottesloe Train Station (along Curtin Avenue)
  2. North Cottesloe (along Marine Parade)
  3. Cottesloe Main Beach (along Marine Parade)
  4. Jarrad Street

This will mean that you won’t have to organise a connecting Transperth bus from the train station and best of all it’s free! The map below also outlines the bus route. Simply head to the stops on the map below, look out for the Horizons West bus, hail it down and jump on board. It’s as easy as that!

The Horizons West Bus route in Cottesloe for sculptures by the sea

We’d also love your help! The team at Horizons West are keen to start offering a shuttle bus for all the summer months (not just during the Sculptures by the Sea Festival). Do you think this would be a service that you would use? Help us generate the buzz we need to make this a reality next year by filling in the form below.

Cott Bus Petition

How often does the Horizons West Shuttle Bus run?

There is no set time that the bus will arrive at each stop as it is running on a continuous loop. For the most part, a complete circuit takes about 15 minutes which means that will be about the most you’ll wait before getting picked up. 

Where can I eat at Sculptures by the Sea?

There are so many options close to the installations! Below is a list of our favourite restaurants and cafes.

Cottesloe Beach Hotel

  • PERFECT FOR: larger groups, cold beers at the end of the day, alfresco dining.
  • ADDRESS: 104 Marine Parade, Cottesloe Beach WA 6011
  • Click here for the menu.

Il Lido Canteen

  • PERFECT FOR: date night, extensive wine menu.
  • ADDRESS: 88 Marine Parade Cottesloe Beach WA 6011
  • Click here for the menu.

Beaches Cafe

  • PERFECT FOR: a quick bite, great coffee and snacks.
  • ADDRESS: 122 Marine Parade Cottesloe Beach WA 6011
  • Click here for the menu.

Where can I stay at Sculptures by the Sea?

If you are keen to make a night of it so you can witness the epic Western Australian sunset, there are a few hotels we would recommend.

Cottesloe Beach Hotel

Perched in the perfect spot with panoramic views, the recently refurbished Cottesloe Beach Hotel is our pick for the best sunset spot going around.

Executive Escapes

If you are thinking of staying in Cottesloe for a few nights, then this might be your calling. The team at Executive Escapes offer self-contained rooms and short stay properties all at reasonable prices.

What artists are showcasing their sculptures this year?

With over 120 artists locked away for this year’s Sculptures by the Sea, we’ll leave the list to the experts. Head to the Official website for the most up to date list of new and returning artists. 

Are there any competitions for visitors in 2020?

For everyone visiting, there is a competition running this year to determine the best photo of the event. Tag your favourite Sculpture by the Sea photos with #sxsmoments (Instagram or Facebook) for the chance to win a Sculpture by the Sea gift pack. The best part is that the winning photo will become the official photograph for next year’s exhibition (a pretty prestigious award if you ask us). Check out last year’s winner below. 

last years winning photograph for sculptures by the sea

Are Sculptures by the sea accessible for people with disabilities?

Absolutely! Each area of the exhibition is complete with ramps and handrails. This year also marks the exciting launch of the very first Tactile Tour. This new initiative, thanks to Lotterywest supports the Access & Inclusion Program. 

Visitors with a disability and their friends can sign up to experience each installation up close allowing more time to touch, feel, hear and see the exhibition. The tour is led by experienced DADAA guides! There are already spots filling up quickly so we are recommending booking in so you don’t miss out!

DATES & TIMES:

  • Weekdays Monday 9 – Friday 20 March at 10.15 am and 11.30 am
  • Auslan interpreted tours on Thursday 19 March
  • Evening tours on Thursday 12 and Thursday 19 March at 6 pm
  • Saturday 14 March at 10.15 am and 11.30 am

Please contact [email protected] for a booking request form or call on (08) 9430 6616.

Are there any sculpture workshops for school kids and teachers?

YES! Another new initiative launching this year is The Education Program offering unique ‘out of classroom’ learning and sculpture-making workshops. Each program aligns nicely with the school curriculum and they’ve even included professional development events for the teachers so they can learn new skills and apply it in their classrooms. Each program will walk through different materials and processes involved in making sculptures such as clay, wire, plaster, recycled material, paper, and natural materials. For more information and brochures – head here.

And there we have it – everything you need to know about Sculptures by the Sea 2020. We hope you get down to Cottesloe beach to experience one of Perth’s top events for the year. Remember, if you think you’d use a shuttle bus all summer long from Cottesloe Train Station, help us by filling out the form. We appreciate your help and support!

Green grapes in a vineyard

Your Ultimate Guide To The Swan Valley Wine Region

Your Ultimate Guide To The Swan Valley Wine Region 600 399 James Turner

The people of Perth like nothing more than a good old fashioned Perth wine crawl. Getting your friends together and visiting some local wineries is almost a right of passage for us. That’s why any trip to Perth is really not complete unless you tour the Swan Valley region taking in all the best in food (and of course a few bottles of your favourite vino). 

Oakover Grounds

Our top pick of the bunch (and for good reason) Oakover Grounds offers its visitors a look into some of the Swan Valley’s best wine. Recently going through a makeover, the new bar and restaurant have capitalised on the incredible view of the lake and the surrounding grassland. The best part is that you can now hire a paddle boat for you and your pals. Oakover Grounds is also close to our hearts as they have hosted Hot Dub Wine Machine in the past. So time your run right and you can also get amongst this incredible event that showcases top, up and coming artists, food trucks and fancy food hampers. What’s not to like about that?

Sandleford Winery

One of the most long-standing and reputable vineyards in the Swan Valley region – Sandleford offers up tasty vino, a top-notch fine dining restaurant and our favourite addition – a wine cruise! If you are chasing something really special, the wine cruise is a perfect way to experience the Swan River followed by a 2-course lunch with paired wine and an exclusive behind the scenes tour!

A group of friends clinking their white wine glasses

Coward and Black

Coward and Black pride themselves on growing their grapes in dry soil. Dry soil you might be thinking? It basically means that the vines are so established that their roots travel far beneath the soil to hit a natural water source. In other words, the wine is great and full of interesting notes! Coward and Black are perfect if you also want to sit back and taste a selection of chocolate liqueurs with the help of their friends from the Margaret River Chocolate Company.

Tyler’s Vineyard

Tylers Vineyard chose to take a narrow approach to winemaking and focus on some of the best grenache our state has to offer. Any trip to the Swan Valley is not complete without a visit to Tylers Vineyard. While you’re there you can try your hand at personalising your very own wine label. A perfect activity for a first date!

A person holding grapes ready to turn into wine

Harris Organic Wines

Scoring the award of the only winery in the Perth region with a certified organic stamp – Harris Organic Wines offers small group tastings from its very long range of high-quality organic wines. Knowing that the drop you drink is free from pesticides and fertilisers makes a visit to Harris a must do along the Swan Valley winery trail and is perfect for a long lunch.

Ugly Duckling Winery

For those that want to take along their favourite pooch to lunch – Ugly Duckling Winery has made this possible by allowing your dogs to accompany you in the outdoor seating area. Apart from being able to drink wine with your dog, this cellar door produces a great local drop coupled with old fashioned service in a low-key setting!

Darlington Estate Winery

Very popular for those looking to tie-the-knot, Darlington Estate Winery offers our pick of the bunch for the most beautifully rustic winery on the list. Offering a floor to ceiling glass dining room and rustic timber beams throughout, the team at Darlington have a great handle on all things wine and bring this expertise into their wine tasting sessions. A must do for a very special experience!

And there we have it. Your answer to the ultimate Perth wineries in the Swan Valley. If you are thinking of visiting a few on the list above, we can help transport you and your friends. Our team can customise an itinerary to suit your wine stops and our driver will be there waiting to take you to the next vineyard. Happy wine-ing!

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Top 10 Perth Breweries You Should Visit in 2019

Top 10 Perth Breweries You Should Visit in 2019 600 450 James Turner

As Australians, we’ve always had a love affair with beer. But in the last few years, the Perth beer scene has seriously upped its game with a bunch of new breweries opening specialising in their very own version of liquid gold. Now, it’s not uncommon to see craft breweries offering a variety of flavours including strawberries, liquorice or even cranberries. Whether you and your friends are looking for a Friday night after work treat or a long Sunday lunch in the sun, our top 10 Perth breweries to visit in 2019 should be a great start to help you find your version of the perfect brew!

The Island Brew House

Location: Perth (Elizabeth Quay)

Bringing to the table a relaxed alfresco vibe, incredible views of Elizabeth Quay and the CBD, plus 6 craft beers on tap (brewed in-house may we add), the Island Brew House is our pick of Perth breweries to visit in 2019. We say this because not only is the food great, but the team offer a happy hour EVERY Friday to help you bring in the weekend. Don’t go past the Little Island Pale Ale, perfect for a scorching Perth’s summer day!

ADDRESS: Florence Hummerston Building, Elizabeth Quay, Perth WA 6000

Northbridge Brewing Co.

Location: Northbridge

An established institution in the heart of Northbridge – Northbridge Brewing Co. offers its visitors a huge choice of craft beers on tap, $4 pizza every day with any drink purchase AND an invitation to the Beer Club. We love the Beer Club, and we recommend you sign up, too! You’ll get to experience blind tastings and a beer quiz for good measure. Head to their Facebook page to check it out and buy your tickets. 

ADDRESS: 44 Lake Street, Northbridge, Perth WA 6000

Two men making beer in a brewery

Nowhereman

Location: Leederville

Tucked away in a leafy Leederville street – Nowhereman is a must visit for those chasing fresh flavours. We loved the Gin & Juicy craft beer – a bold, tropical brew with delicate spice and citrus notes. Apart from the main attraction (the beer), Nowhereman’s kitchen also produces some great seasonal dishes including pizza. Pizza and beer, now that’s a match made in heaven.

ADDRESS: 25 Harrogate St, West Leederville, WA 6007

Little Creatures

Location: Fremantle

The creme de la creme of beer halls – Little Creatures in Fremantle is perched on the waterfront and is a huge warehouse-style venue which is extremely popular on Sunday afternoons. Everyone is Perth knows these guys! With an endless array of brews, great food and a relaxed vibe – It’s no wonder that this brewery always tops the list of the top things to do in Perth!

ADDRESS: 40 Mews Road, Fremantle, WA 6160

Monk Craft Brewery & Kitchen

Location: Fremantle

With an open plan design that cascades onto the famous Fremantle cafe strip – Monk Craft Brewery prides themselves on their small-batch craft beer. Each month the team at Monk work hard and unleash their creative flair to design a limited edition signature recipe. Previous releases include hearty IPA’s and aromatic light blonde ales. Be sure to check these guys out on your way to Little Creatures next time you’re in Fremantle. 

ADDRESS: 33 South Terrace, Fremantle, WA 6160

A local brewery with lots of taps

Feral Brewing Company

Location: Swan Valley

At Feral Brewing you’ll be spoilt for choice with over 16 craft beers on tap. They also have a rolling batch brew release! Be sure to check out ‘The Boris’ a strong Russian imperial stout. Apart from the top-notch selection of beers the restaurant at Feral Brewery delivers modern Australian sharing plates set amongst old vineyards, rusted utes and their barrel aging shed in the distance.

ADDRESS: 152 Haddrill Road, Baskerville, WA 6056

The Camfield

Location: Burswood

Perfect for a pre-game beer, the Camfield is located on the fringe of the brand new Optus Stadium in Burswood. Beware – this place is the new kid on the block and can get seriously busy before a match. In saying this, the 2000 capacity gastropub is now Australia’s largest pub offering 175 beers on tap. Yes, you heard right – 175 beers! We recommend definitely checking our the container bar and dine in the restaurant, too. 

ADDRESS: 1 Roger Mackay Drive, Burswood, WA 6100

The Old Brewery

Location: Perth

The oldest brewery on the list, the team at The Old Brewery produce some of our state’s most iconic and recognisable beers. Launching their microbrewery – Riverside Brewhouse in recent years, this new addition has revolutionised the way these guys make and sell beer. Be sure to check out the Heritage Wheat Beer – the perfect cloudy take on the classic German Hefeweizen. 

ADDRESS: The Old Brewery 173 Mounts Bay Road, Perth, WA, 6000

Mash Brewery

Location: Henley Brook

Mash Brewery now has two locations for you to taste their beer, one in Henley Brook and one in Bunbury. These guys are known in the industry for producing unusual mixes of flavours. We recommend you try the Dark and Stormy – a perfect autumn beverage brewed using ginger, lime and a hint of oaked rum. Pairing that with some BBQ ribs straight from their kitchen, there really is no excuse not to pay them a visit.

ADDRESS: 10250 West Swan Road, Henley Brook, WA, 6055

Homestead Brewery

Location: Caversham

If you are touring the Swan Valley on route to some of the other breweries in the area, we also recommend you pay the little-known Homestead Brewery a visit. Situated on Mandoon Estate, Homestead Brewery prides themselves in big, bold beers and a family-friendly relaxed dining experience. Ohh and they also offer a breakfast service on the weekend. Breakfast beer, anyone?

ADDRESS: 10 Harris Road, Caversham, WA, 6055

If you and your friends are interested in visiting some of the above (if not the whole list), we can help transport you there. Our driver will be on hand to get you from A to B safely, so you don’t have to worry about a dedicated driver. Check out our fleet today!

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8 Perth Getaways to Cure The Winter Blues

8 Perth Getaways to Cure The Winter Blues 600 400 James Turner

It’s that time of year. The days are getting shorter and you’re leaving the office in the dark. Although winter generally calls for a Netflix binge-session and takeaway in bed, getting out of Perth may just be your perfect adventure to cure those winter blues. From some of the most prestigious wineries in Margaret River to scoring a beautiful winters day at Rottnest, our take on the top 10 Perth getaways has something for everyone. The best part? We can help get you and your group there.

Dunsborough / Margaret River Region

Margaret River is generally at the top of the list for most weekenders and for good reason. Our state treasure showcases some of the very best in local produce, beaches, forests and wine. Even if the weather can turn relatively quickly, it’s best to pack for any temperature. For a totally unique experience, we recommend a lunch degustation at Rustico before heading back to the iconic Pullman Resort Bunker Bay to catch the sunset over one of the most picturesque beaches on the cape.

HOW LONG IS THE DRIVE?

3-4 hours from Perth

The sun rising over a winery in Margaret River

Lancelin/ Ledge Point

A combination of long stretches of coastline and epic sand dunes, Lancelin is perfect for the adrenaline-fueled family trip. If you can get your hands on a 4W drive, take to the back beach and experience sand boarding or try your hands at windsurfing. Ohh and the bakery. We can’t forget this not so hidden gem. Make sure you get a chance to savour pastries made by the locals over a coffee or choc milk for the kids. If you are looking to get a large group of friends and family up to Lancelin, our transport options are a great place to start!

HOW LONG IS THE DRIVE?

1.5 hours from Perth

Jurien Bay

If you are on route to visit the lunar-like Pinnacles – Jurien Bay and Cervantes are a logical next stop. While in town, a visit to the marina will provide an opportunity for you and the family or special someone to get up close and personal with Australian sea lions. In the afternoon we recommend a fish from the beach or jump on board a large number of crayfish boats to see how the pros do it.

HOW LONG IS THE DRIVE?

2 hours from Perth

Swan Valley

On the outskirts of Perth – the Swan Valley region is perfect for either a Perth getaway for the weekend or day trip. For those looking for a boozy lunch with top beer and wine, look no further than Elmars. If you manage to time your run right, you may even catch the Hot Dub Wine Machine festival. Check out last year’s wrap up and how we helped transport hundreds of festival-goers on the day. Non-alcohol related activities include walking the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail, KEP Track or Bibbulmun Track while dropping into one of the region’s many art centres.

HOW LONG IS THE DRIVE?

45 minutes from Perth

Rottnest

Only a short 45-minute ferry ride from Perth, Rottnest Island has it all. From the white sand that sweeps Parakeet Bay to the snorkelling and surfing on offer at the Basin, this bite-sized island is a perfect getaway to escape the winter grind. If you manage to forecast a great sunny weekend the team at Discovery Parks have just launched the first low-impact glamping experience.

HOT TIP: book early. These tents are in super high demand almost all year-round and waitlists can be long.

HOW LONG IS THE DRIVE?

45 minutes from Perth

Rottnest Island beach shot from above

Bridgetown

Bridgetown has always been labelled a winter getaway destination mainly because of its green bush walks and cozy vibe. Offering a huge array of homestays, this region hosts the remarkable 3 day Bridgetown Blues Festival. Previous years saw the likes of Kingswood, Beautiful Girls and Ash Grunwald and is an event with a strong focus on sustainability and local produce, too. As with all festivals in-and-around Perth, we can help get you and your friends down to Bridgetown for the event with our festival transport options.

HOW LONG IS THE DRIVE?

3 hours from Perth

Augusta

Augusta is a quaint town and is the start and finish of the almighty Cape to Cape walk. For those dedicated walkers, Augusta is the perfect spot to either pack your backpacks and get prepared or rest those weary legs for a few days after completing the hike. Things not to miss include whale watching in Flinders Bay from June to August, exploring Boranup Forest and a walk along the iconic Hamelin Bay.

HOW LONG IS THE DRIVE?

3 hours from Perth

A birds eye shot of the coastline in Augusta

Esperance

A hefty, yet rewarding weekend trip – Esperance is that little bit further than the rest on the list but is perfect if you manage to wrangle Friday off from the office. Boasting some of the best beaches in the state coupled with amazing coffee from the local brew-bar at Downtown, this is our personal favourite because of the lack of crowds and the friendly locals.

HOW LONG IS THE DRIVE?

7 hours from Perth

A weekend Perth getaway is perfect not only to recharge but see more of what our amazing state has to offer. If you need help planning group transport to any of the destinations above, our team at Horizons West is happy to help. Let’s chat today!

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Where to Celebrate Your Birthday In Perth This Year

Where to Celebrate Your Birthday In Perth This Year 600 400 James Turner

It’s that time of year again! Your friends have pointed out that it’s your 30th… 40th….. Or even 50th…. You know you want to get your family and friends together but don’t know where to start.

For any event to go off with a bang, you first need to think about the venue. Start by jotting down a few things you want from your evening. What sort of experience would you like? Perhaps you want to boogie the night away or get your friends together for an intimate dinner in one of Perth’s top restaurants? Whatever your journey, we have you covered. Below is our take on the top places to celebrate your birthday in Perth this year.

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Perth Birthday Venues For the Foodie

Long Chim

Located underground the prestigious State Treasury Building – Long Chim is the ultimate blend of modern dining and traditional Thai flare. This venue is perfect for Perth foodies who want to be taken on a south-east Asian culinary adventure. Think Pad Thai with house-dried prawns. The best part? If your friends are chasing bursts of flavour on a budget, Long Chim also offers $25 specials every weeknight. Choose from a main on the list plus a drink for $25. Winner.

ADDRESS: Lower Ground Level, Corner of St Georges Terrace & Barrack Street, Perth, 6000.

Bread in Common

If a Fremantle warehouse interior and long communal benches are your thing, Bread in Common is your answer. This team brings to the table a very creative menu and of course amazing bread. They are also super helpful at accommodating big groups and are perfect if you want to savour incredible seasonal produce from farmers across Western Australia.

ADDRESS: 43 Pakenham Street, Fremantle, 6160.

Rockpool

Specialising in steak and mouthwatering cuts of the finest meat Perth has to offer – Rockpool is a classy choice for any birthday celebration. The team at Rockpool are great at catering from groups of all sizes and have top drinks to match. Located inside the Crown Casino Perth complex – make a night of it by also enjoying some drinks at the brand new High Line Rooftop Bar or trying your luck on roulette.

ADDRESS: Crown Perth, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood WA 6100.

Wildflower

For the ultimate dining experience, look no further than the team at Wildflower. The menu offers an intimate dining experience for small groups where dishes pay homage to our indigenous Australian heritage. If you are looking at about 20 people for your birthday celebration, you can hire the private dining room with dramatic views over the heart of Perth plus they can even help you design a custom menu. Fancy!

ADDRESS: 1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth 6000.

Perth Birthday Venues For the Bar Hopper

Niche Bar

If a night out in Leederville is on the birthday cards this year, Niche Bar offers a sophisticated option where you can choose from a private dining space or a roped off section. If you were born in the ’90s, Friday night might just be your calling for the very popular RnB Friday’s. We recommend definitely touching base with the team at Niche before the night of your birthday because it gets extremely busy on the weekends!

ADDRESS: 7/663 Newcastle Street, Leederville WA 6007.

Market Grounds

The new kid on the block – Market Grounds is great if you want your birthday celebrations on a Friday night, especially if your friends all work in the CBD. Perfectly styled, every inch of this place has been strategically thought-out including the beautiful dining area, mezzanine bar and sunken lounge. Cocktails are their speciality here, so grab your mates and try your luck at working through the whole menu.

ADDRESS: 10 Telethon Avenue, Perth WA 6000.

Alabama Song

An excellent option for live music and a low-key-no-fuss evening – Alabama Song is the top venue choice for your next birthday. Very different to your classic-club venues, this bar prides itself on Rhythm n Blues, Rock n Roll and Western music. Catering to all groups large and small, Alabama Song is a unique honky-tonk bar that definitely deserves your attention!

ADDRESS: Level 1, Rear 232 William Street, Perth, WA, 6000.

The Bird

If live music and even a Thursday night open mic rap-battle is your thing, The Bird is your answer. Our favourite pick for a birthday party – the down to earth crowd and small outside beer garden makes the Bird an authentic and eclectic option in the heart of Northbridge. If you are celebrating a milestone birthday and you have enough numbers, you can even book out the whole bar!

ADDRESS: 181 William St, Northbridge WA 6003.

Perth Birthday Venues For the Family Friendly

Embargo On The Point

Embargo on the Point is a great new addition to the Perth foreshore area and is ideal for families and young kids alike. Parents can sit back knowing that their little ones are having a blast at the Cabin – a dedicated section that has an indoor bocce green, ball pit, chalkboard wall, arcade games, giant Jenga, Connect 4 and more!

ADDRESS: 306 Riverside Dr, Perth WA 6004.

Clancy’s Fish Bar City Beach

An awesome option for some of the best fish and chips in Perth – Clancy’s Fish Bar is a low-key dining venue with friendly staff and a dedicated kids menu. Located right on the banks of City Beach, each Sunday Clancy’s features live music where the kids are encouraged to join in.

ADDRESS: 195 Challenger Parade, City Beach WA 6015.

May Street Larder

If a birthday breakfast is on the cards, May Street Larder is a fantastic option as it’s right, smack bang in the middle of the Mezz in Mount Hawthorn. The kids will be able to run wild in the outside play area which you can sit back with a coffee and actually drink it while it’s hot. We recommend trying the hearty breakfast burrito complete with crispy chorizo, feta, scrambled eggs, coriander and home-made jalapeno sauce!

ADDRESS: The Mezz, Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn WA, 6016.

Lawn Bowls

For something different (and a perfect wide open space for the kids to play) how about trying your birthday luck at barefoot bowls? The second best thing is that the drinks are usually very cheap! Most RSL lawn bowl clubs are very open to big groups and can cater with some good old Australian staples such as sausage rolls and pies. our favourite pick is the RSL in Mount Lawley set amongst the lush trees and open lawn!

ADDRESS: Cnr Storthes & Rookwood St, Mount Lawley WA 6050.

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Perth Birthday Venues For the Adventurous

Indoor Skydiving

Want to feel the adrenaline of jumping out of a plane for your birthday, but not ACTUALLY jumping out of a plane from 10,000 feet above Perth? No worries. The team at iFLY have you covered with its simulation of true free fall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel. Experience the G-force without a parachute for your birthday this year!

ADDRESS: 143 Great Eastern Highway, Rivervale, WA, 6103.

Jet Pack/ Fly Board Experience

Ever wondered what it would be like to strap a hoverboard to your feet and propel yourself in and out of the water along the Swan River? Well, if the answer is yes, the team at Jet Pack Perth can make it possible. The water jetpack is essentially powered by a Jet Ski and the water is pumped from the sea below up to the nozzles on the jetpack which gives the propulsion it needs to make you fly. This is our pick of the list if you are after a full-throttle birthday experience with your friends and family.

ADDRESS: Rockingham, WA, Perth, 6168.

And there we have it. The top places to celebrate your birthday in Perth this year. If you are wanting help getting your family and friends to and from the venue, you can always hire a bus and driver from the team at Horizons West. Chat to a sales consultant today about how we can help!

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Cott Cat Free Shuttle Bus: Sculptures by the Sea Returns in 2019

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The last week in Perth has been a scorcher, with temperatures consistently hitting the mid 30’s. Things won’t be cooling down though in March with Sculptures By The Sea returning for yet another year. Taking centre stage on Cottesloe Beach, our favourite event of the year is expected to attract over 240,000 visitors showcasing cutting edge outdoor installations from Australian and international artists. Visitors are spoilt for choice this year with both an outdoors beach exhibition plus a ‘Scupture Inside’ program highlighting smaller collectables that can be purchased during the festival.

Off the back of last years success, to help support this amazing event, we’ve teamed up with Town of Cottesloe to bring back the Sculptures By The Sea Shuttle service, transporting you and your family from Cottesloe Train Station straight to the beach.

What You Need To Know

What Is Sculptures By The Sea?

Every March, Cottesloe beach is transformed into an open-air gallery for Sculptures by the Sea – one of the worlds largest and most iconic free, public outdoor exhibitions. 2019 will be no exception with artists from all over the globe showcasing their finest works. The event will be running from 1-18th of March this year with the list of talent being released in the coming weeks so be sure to stay up to date on what to expect.

When is the free bus service running?

As we know that parking at Cottesloe can be slim pickings so this year is the perfect opportunity to catch public transport to and from the event. The shuttle will meet every train from Cottesloe train station on the Perth to Fremantle line between 10.30am to 6pm daily for the duration of the exhibition and will return to the station from Cottesloe beachfront at roughly 15-minute intervals.

What route does it take to get from Cottesloe Train Station to the beach?

The route starts at Cottesloe Train Station and heads north on Curtin Ave to Napier St Left onto Napier, right onto Broome St, left onto Eric St, Left onto Marine Pde and stops near the Ocean Beach Hotel. The bus then continues down Marine Pde and stops on Marine Pde at the corner of Forrest St before heading left onto Forrest St, right onto Broome St, left onto Jarrad St and back to the train station. For the more graphically inclined, we’ve made it extra easy by creating a map below for you.

How often does the service run?

It’s a round trip which means that it depends on how many times the bus stops and starts to collect people. For the most part, a complete circuit takes roughly 15 minutes which means that will be about the most you’ll wait before getting picked up.

How can I get on?

Look out for the Horizons West Shuttle Bus and simply hail the bus at any point along the journey and our bus driver will pull over and pick you up. It’s as simple as that.

Is it free?

Absolutely!

Where is Everything Located?

Once you get to the coast, it’s very easy to locate the outdoor exhibition. To make things super straightforward though, we’ve got a map below to help you find key restaurants such as Il Lido and The Cottesloe Beach Hotel and the ‘Sculptures Inside’ exhibition.

We are really excited to be helping the Perth community again this year by supporting an iconic Western Australian event. A big thanks to the organisers of Sculptures By The Sea and Town of Cottesloe. See you on the coast!

Horizons West Bus pulling up to the bus stop for sculptures by the sea

 

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Hot Dub Wine Machine Returns For Another Year

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What You Need To Know

The Line-Up

With its enormous success last year, it’s only fitting that our good friends at Hot Dub Wine Machine return for yet another year of action-packed wine-ing. Top notch entertainment will grace the stages surrounded by lush grapevines while our favourite local food vendors will be showcasing all the very best produce from around the state.

As always, keeping the crowd jumping throughout the day, the master of ceremonies will be the one and only Hot Dub Time Machine, who will be bringing their mind-bending and outrageous stage antics to the wine fans of Perth. Following this, dance-royalty The Presets will be offering their high voltage live show to the main stage, throwing down all the latest tracks from their recent album release – Hi Viz.

Other headliners include; the nicest guy in dance music – Hayden James with his incredible brand of popular house music, and the country’s must-see for 2019 – Confidence Man who no doubt will have those wine-enthusiasts dancing their pinots away in a flash with their recent Triple J Hit – ‘Last Night’ from their highly acclaimed debut EP Self Sabotage. We also can’t forget Kinder, with their dreamy disc-house and our one and only host, Alex “Rat Dog” Dyson.

Wow!

The Location

With its success in the previous years, Oakover Grounds will once again set the stage for Hot Dub Wine Machine on 30 March 2019. Complete with food, wine, beer, markets and picnic-ing, Oakover is a 165-year-old winery that lies in the beating heart of the Swan Valley. An impressive vineyard laced with picturesque vines and an expansive paddock will provide all the perfect insta-moments for both you and your fellow wine-pals.

Getting There

Getting to the Swan Valley at the best of times is always tricky business. It’s always a challenge locking down a reliable driver who can take you to and from the wineries. With last years Uber surcharges skyrocketing after the festival finished, it’s always a wise idea to organise your transport before the day. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the organisers from Hot Dub Wine Machine to offer shuttle services to and from the Oakover Grounds. We’ve got six bus services on offer this year, leaving from East Perth Station and Stirling Street Station.

The best part? All buses depart from the event back to the same location at the end of the night from 10pm. Details Below:

Bus Services

  • East Perth Train Station Carpark 12:30pm
  • East Perth Train Station Carpark 12:30pm
  • East Perth Train Station Carpark 3:30pm
  • Stirling Train Station Northern Car Park 12.30pm
  • Stirling Train Station Northern Car Park 2pm
  • Stirling Train Station Northern Car Park 3.30pm

The cost is only $25! You can lock away transport on the Hot Dub Wine Machine website when purchasing your ticket to the event. Simply add it to your cart during check-out and you’re sorted.

Once you have your bus tickets, make sure you look out for the Horizons West bus that will be waiting for you at the designated pick up area!

Private Bus Services

If you want to start the party earlier with all your friends under one roof, we can also organise a private bus service to and from Oakover Grounds. Simply head to our website and drop us an enquiry with how many passengers you’re after and our dedicated sales team will be in touch!

Ok, how do I get tickets?

Presale, first and second ticket releases have already sold out! But there is still a third release general admission up for grabs at a very affordable $79. VIP packages are also value for money sitting at $139. Head to the event website to secure your spot, plus your transport to and from the event!

Buy tickets here ->

Stay Connected

For the social ones, make sure you make yourself known during the festival 🙂
Instagram: @wine_machine
Hashtags: #winemachine #bestchardyever

More Questions?

Head to the Hot Dub Wine Machine FAQ’s page for all the Q&A’s you’ll need.

It’s time to escape the big smoke and head out to the Swan Valley to un-wined at a get-together in the grapevines with food, wine, beer, markets, picnic-ing, and some of Australia’s best talent. This festival is certainly our pick of the bunch in 2019 and it’s sure to turn it on when it arrives in Perth on 30 March 2019.

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Your Complete Guide To The Pineapple Club Finale Party

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Deciding to throw one final party for the festival season, our good friends at Pineapple Club are back for one more celebration before the winter months set in. The legends behind the Closing Party at Perth’s highly successful Ice Cream Factory – The Pineapple Club Finale is set to be a showdown not to be missed. Held this year at Houghtons Winery in the heart of the Swan Valley – three uniquely designed stages will showcase a raft of international and local talent. To keep you well hydrated and full a variety of pop up bars and food trucks will also dotted around the venue and a silent disco will be on offer.

As official partners of the event, we’re on board to help you get to and from the venue in no time. Below are all the details you’ll need for the day.

Where?

Houghtons Winery, Swan Valley, 148 Dale Rd, Middle Swan WA 6056.

When?

Saturday April 28th, 3pm – 10pm

Who’s Playing at Pineapple Club?

Three stages will showcase a bunch of fresh local and international talent. Headlining this year are Dylan iS, Will Slade and YUNG SLY – three top up and coming techno maestros from Perth. Set times are below!

THE PINEAPPLE STAGE

15:00 Elise Keddie
17:00 Father Figures
18:30 Jeremy Smith
20:00 Dylan iS

THE WINERY

16:00 Yon Jovi
18:00 Rhys Delzerian
20:00 Will Slade

THE TEEPEE

16:00 Smorgz & Dang
18:00 Jaymee Franchina
20:00 YUNG SLY

Where do I buy tickets?

Tickets to the Pineapple Club Finale can be purchased from the official Megatix website. First release General Admin tickets start from just $40. For those feeling extra fancy, you can also add additional food platters and cheese boards, too. Look out for them at the checkout.

How do I get there?

As most festivals in the Swan Valley go, getting to and from the venue can be tricky business. Half the time uber surcharges are through the roof which means that you’re usually stuck waiting in a taxi line. To help you get back to Perth City in the nick of time we’ve teamed up with Pineapple Club to offer shuttle buses. Your options are below!
Jump on a shared bus
If you’re on the hunt for a seat on a shared bus with other festival goers we’ve put on a shuttle service to get you to and from Pineapple Club. Your options are below.

  • Option 1 – $20 2:30pm Depart // 10pm Return
    2:30pm: Depart East Perth Train Station Car Park (East Parade/Summers St)
    10pm (approx): Depart Houghton Winery and be dropped in Perth City
  • Option 2 – $20 4:00pm Depart // 10pm Return
    4pm: Depart East Perth Train Station Car Park (East Parade/Summers St)
    10pm (approx): Depart Houghton Winery and be dropped in Perth City
  • Option 3 – $10 10pm Return Only
    10pm (approx): Depart Houghton Winery and be dropped in Perth City

Tickets for the shared bus option can be purchased from the official Megatix website by following the link here. Once you have your bus tickets, make sure you look out for the Horizons West bus that will be waiting for you at the designated pick up area!

Hire your own bus

For those that have a large number of mates who all want to go on the same bus together, we are also offering full bus hire. Fill out the form below and you are on your way to securing a private bus for you and your friends.

NOTE: if you choose to hire a private bus, you’re open to selecting your own pickup time. Just let us know when your pre-drinks are finishing up and we’ll be there to take you to Houghtons Winery.

 

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Our Pick of the Bunch: Hot Dub Wine Machine is Back in 2018!

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What you need to know

Our favourite full-bodied summer festival is back in action in 2018, with Hot Dub Wine Machine announcing another round of shows across the country, featuring the likes of Hot Dub Time Machine, plus very special guests Sneaky Sound System, The Kite String Tangle, Touch Sensitive, Luke Million and Owl Eyes.

Making a very special appearance, from the studios of Triple J, the one and only Tom Tilley will also be behind the decks mixing some of his top-notch 80s Australiana-aesthetic loving synth-pop, too.

With the popularity growing year on year, this year Oakover Grounds will set the stage for Hot Dub Wine Machine on 17 February 2018. Complete with food, wine, beer, markets and picnic-ing, Oakover is a 165-year-old winery, that lies in the beating heart of the Swan Valley, and has something for everyone. An expansive vineyard edged with gorgeous green gardens, towering hundred-year-old trees, and a huge lake, the venues relaxed vibe will give you the option to take a time out under the trees or party on the main stage to your heart’s content.

 

 

How to get to Hot Dub Wine Machine

We know all too well how hard it can be to lock down transport to and from the Swan Valley at the best of times. Throwing a festival into the mix means uber surcharges will be through the roof. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the organisers from Hot Dub Wine Machine to offer shuttle services to and from the Oakover Grounds. See our bus timetable below.

Bus Services

• East Perth Station (Summer St North Entrance) – 12:30 pm departure
• East Perth Station (Summer St North Entrance) – 2:00 pm departure
• Stirling Station (North Car Park) – 12:30 pm departure
• Stirling Station (North Car Park) – 2:00 pm departure

The cost is only $25! You can lock away transport on the Hot Dub Wine Machine website when purchasing your ticket to the event. Simply add it on during check-out.

Once you have your bus tickets, make sure you look out for the Horizons West bus that will be waiting for you at the designated pick up area!

Ok, how do I get tickets?

Presale and first-round ticket releases have already sold out! But there are still second round tickets up for grabs at a very affordable $79. Head to the event website to secure your spot plus your transport to and from the event!

Buy tickets here ->

It’s time to escape the big smoke and head out to the Swan Valley to un-wine-d at a get-together in the grapevines with food, wine, beer, markets, picnic-ing, and some of Australia’s best talent.

This festival is certainly our pick of the bunch in 2018 and it’s sure to turn it on when it arrives in Perth on 17 February.