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Published January 22nd 2016
The Luxuries of the City, the Views of the River

In only one week Perth's most exciting new development is scheduled to be opened to the public. Elizabeth Quay has been under construction for a long time, but on the 29th of January the doors will be open.

For a long time the Perth city has been one place, and the River another. But now, Elizabeth Quay stands to change all that when the doors are officially opened on the 29th of January.

Already Barrack Street Jetty has given people a sample, and soon you'll be able to explore this long awaited promised-land.

As well as reconnecting the city Elizabeth will provide a place in Perth that fosters a sense of community, and makes the most of the outdoorsy climate that is such a part of Australian culture. There are spaces for pop up events, shopping, free entertainment, as well as plenty of casual and fine-dining experiences.

The primary entrance to Elizabeth Quay will be through the BHP Billiton water park. This will be a space where families can come to cool off and relax. The fountains, jets and special lighting and water areas will be surrounded with amphitheatre style seating, and a variety of places to dine.

The promenade will loop around the quay in a circuit, with pathways to connect the different areas. The promenade will be tiered, with tree lined upper levels for pedestrians and cyclists, and lower levels close to the water, which will include seating and dining areas, as well as boat access for short term mooring. The eastern side of the promenade will feature a Ritz-Carlton hotel, and a separate glass fronted restaurant with spectacular views of the Quay- it will also be the lead through to Barrack Street Jetty and the Perth Belltower.

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The Promenade, Overlooked by the Carlton Ritz, and Featuring Glass Fronted DIning

At the south end, the inlet connects the Quay- and the city- to the river. It is a space where numerous events and concerts will be hosted throughout the river. It will be home to the new ferry terminal, and an important gateway between the south and north banks. There will also be a 20 metre high suspension bridge that will be a standout architectural feature of the Quay. It will span the inlet, and also be a standout contribution to the bridge-to-bridge cycling circuit that runs around the river.

The suspension bridge will link to the Island, which will be the most notable feature, standing in the centre of the inlet, and offering panoramic views of both the city and the river. The 1928 Florence Hummerston Kiosk has been relocated to the island and will be functioning as a casual café, with indoor and outdoor seating. Close to the café there will be a large, nautical themed, playground, and the rest of the island be constituted of pathways and grassy parks to relax.

Elizabeth Quay, when it opens, will provide an important leisure centre that brings out the best of the City and the river. It will undoubtedly become a central part of the Perth social scene.
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Why? Perth's New Social Hub
Where: Where the River Meets the City
Cost: Free, Public Space
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