We acknowledge the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to country, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders past, present and emerging.
On the western edge of Australia, along the banks of the Derbal Yerrigan (Swan River) lies Perth, WA’s capital city. Perth is located in the ancient country of the Whadjuk Nyoongar people, Traditional Owners of south west WA for at least 45,000 years. It has always been an important place for connection. Greater Perth stretches along the river banks and the sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean. Overlooking the city is Kings Park and Botanic Garden, one of the world’s largest inner-city parks. Being in the +8 time zone area with 60% of the human population of the planet is just one of the many reasons Perth is the perfect place to hold the 25th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals.
Perth has its fair share of marine mammals, including resident Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins in the Swan Canning Riverpark, literally steps from your conference venue. Venture further south to Rockingham & Cockburn Sounds or to the Mandurah foreshore, all within driving range for a similar experience.
Rottnest Island is a 30-minute ferry ride from Perth, where you’re likely to see migrating humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins, Australian sea lions and long-nosed fur seals, not to mention the perpetually smiling and painfully cute quokkas!
A welcoming community that is brimming with new and established hospitality venues, retail outlets and business centres, Perth’s urban landscape continues to grow and evolve, while still retaining its stunning natural beauty and sense of space. Supported by a robust economy, the city is booming and has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years that continues to improve and broaden the scope of what’s on offer.
Our warm and sunny climate invites you and your delegates to enjoy true Australian hospitality where a vibrant multicultural city connects with nature and aquatic lifestyle. With exquisite holiday opportunities pre and post conference, Perth really does offer the best of both worlds.
A conference visit to Perth would provide you with the opportunity to explore our great backyard wilderness that is WA. From the giant, tropical tides in the remote north; the spectacular diversity of Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area; the unique Shark Bay World Heritage Area with its tool using dolphins and significant dugong population; the highly productive Perth Canyon; Rottnest Island; Margaret River’s famous stretch where vineyards and old growth forest meet thundering surf (and intrepid surfers); to the shores of the Southern Ocean where sea lions and kangaroos share gleaming white beaches - its all #justanotherdayinWA
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