Location

The 16th National Rural Health Conference is being held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth, Western Australia

The Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre is situated in the heart of Perth, close to world class public transport and hotels. Perth is home to the Whadjuk Nyoongar people and we acknowledge these traditional owners and pay respect to those that have passed before us and to acknowledge today’s Western Australia’s Aboriginal community who are the custodians of this land.

Perth is Western Australia’s capital city where you can enjoy the beach lifestyle, relax in natural bushland, sample world-class local wines and watch an ocean sunset within just 30 minutes of the city. It is also the sunniest state capital, averaging 3,000 hours of sunshine per year and boasting a string of 19 beautifully clean and uncrowded beaches, from iconic Cottesloe to the surf hotspot of Scarborough.

Regular flights to Perth depart from overseas, all state capitals and many regional locations, landing just 20 minutes from the central business district. For more exciting ways to get there, how about a ride on the legendary Indian Pacific rail, an epic road trip across the Nullarbor, or a summer cruise of the coast?

Situated beside the Swan River, Perth is a living postcard, with the best views of all from Kings Park and Botanic Garden – one of the biggest inner-city parks in the world. Larger than New York’s Central Park, there are so many ways to enjoy its 400-plus hectares of sculpted gardens and natural bushland. Stroll the treetop walk, take an Indigenous cultural tour, picnic among the gum trees and in Spring, see the wildflowers in bloom.

Another city icon is the Swan Bells, which fill the air with sounds from one of the largest musical instruments on Earth. From there, you can hop on the free bus to museums, art galleries and the Perth Mint – home to the largest coin in the world weighing one tonne of pure gold.

There is also plenty of retail therapy on offer. The high-end fashion boutiques of King Street make it the place to be seen. The Murray and Hay Street malls are where you will find big brands, or for some eclectic vibes, head to Northbridge, Mount Lawley, Leederville, Subiaco or Victoria Park.

Take a lazy lunch by the river or beach and enjoy fresh fusion flavours of Perth’s many cafes, restaurants and new small bars.

Jump on a ferry to South Perth to take in that sensational skyline and Elizabeth Quay. It is spectacular at night, when glittering lights are reflected on the river.

Delegates are encouraged to make the most of their time in Perth and stay for a few days before or after the Conference. 

Climate and weather

IT’S ALWAYS SUMMER SOMEWHERE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

As the second largest state in the world (half the size of Europe), Western Australia’s sunny climate has shaped some of the world’s most biodiverse landscapes.

From the Mediterranean climate in the south, desert in the east and tropical conditions in the north, Western Australia can confidently claim to be the rarest of things – a year-round holiday destination.

Perth weather

WA’s capital city of Perth is bathed in sunshine for an average of nine hours a day, with a total of 131 perfect blue-sky days every year. That officially makes it the sunniest capital city in Australia, with one of the most enviable outdoor lifestyles in the world. The average maximum summer temperature is 29°C, and February is generally the hottest month. Temperatures hover around 12°C in winter (June to August).