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Perth and Western Australia Meeting Planners Guide : 2016-2018 Meeting Planners Guide
2016-18 Meeting Planners Guide Fast facts on WA Location and size Western Australia is the nation’s largest state covering 2.5 million km2 and nearly 12,500km of coastline. History The Noongar Aboriginal people are Perth’s indigenous inhabitants and custodians of the land. Language English is Australia’s national language. Multilingual interpreters are available at international entry points, major hotels and department stores. Religion Australia is a multi-cultural and tolerant society where many religious denominations are freely practised. Along the banks of the Swan River lies Perth, Western Australia’s capital city. Perth’s suburbs stretch along the river bank 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. UTC/GMT + 8 hours UTC/GMT + 9.5 hours UTC/GMT + 10 hours 2,000,000 people in Perth Population 2,589,000 people in WA Climate From the Mediterranean climate in the south, desert in the east and tropical conditions in the north, WA has a truly diverse climate. Australian visas All visitors, except those from New Zealand, require a visa to visit Australia. A business visa covers stays of up to three months. The Department of Immigration and Border Security’s International Event Coordinator Network (IECN) offers free advice to people seeking to organise or attend an event in Australia. www.immi.gov.au Health and travel insurance Travel insurance is recommended as Australia’s Medicare system does not cover visitors, except where reciprocal agreements exist under their public health scheme. www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/public/migrants Smoke free Smoking is not permitted indoors at pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes ,shopping centres and major pedestrian malls.