The chorus of disappointment over the City of Perth's decision to cancel the long-standing Christmas-tree lighting ceremony has been replaced by an overwhelming roar of approval for the new festive offering.
Installations at 16 different CBD locations encourage people to explore the Christmas light trail and experience new and exciting lighting, never seen before in Perth. From a 24m light tunnel at Northbridge Plaza, giant bauble at Murray Street Mall and 20 giant candles in the Hay Street Mall to a showpiece 'deconstructed Christmas tree' at Elizabeth Quay with lights that flicker in harmony with festive jingles, there's something to surprise and delight everyone.
But the bright baubles aren't the only thing attracting visitors to Elizabeth Quay.
From Segways to seaplanes, carousels to cruises, coffees to cocktails, camel rides to craft fairs, there's a smorgasbord of options at Perth's favourite destination which will keep the young, the young-at-heart and even the not-so-young occupied for hours.
Active adventurers are spoilt for choice. The wide open spaces are perfect for cyclists, joggers and walkers whilst an island playground, quayside basketball court and adventure golf offer a variety of active options for the energetic. And don't forget the watery fun on offer at the BHP Water Park - a welcoming community space where everyone can cool off and enjoy the interactive water features, a kaleidoscope of coloured jets and lighting and the colourful mosaic at the bottom of the park. Best of all, it's free!
If you're after more leisurely pursuits, you can always explore the area from a comfortable seat on the Perth Explorer Bus or Swan River ferry and learn all about the city's fascinating past and its exciting future.
Hungry or thirsty? With a plethora of places to eat and drink around Elizabeth Quay, you won't need to go far to indulge in your favourites. From pub grub to gourmet gastronomy, burgers to beers, hot coffees to frosty ice-cream, there's a variety of different restaurants, bars, pop-up venues and kiosks serving up an enticing range of treats and eats.
Culture vultures will be kept busy too. The area has been cleverly designed to showcase the city's rich heritage through an ever-changing array of fascinating historical displays, aboriginal tours, art installations and statues which engage, challenge and inspire viewers.
And if you're simply after a place where you can relax and enjoy some of the most beautiful views in Perth, Elizabeth Quay is really worth a visit (or several!). The stunning 20-metre high suspension bridge frames the picturesque Swan River and with a backdrop of city skyscrapers and the natural beauty of Kings' Park, it is a jaw-droppingly beautiful package that will lift the spirit and recharge the batteries.
Nearby attractions like the restored State Buildings in the historic heart of Perth are well worth seeing. With its many restaurants, bars, shops and entertainment choices, it has become a vibrant cultural destination.