For the first time in history, the biggest day in the AFL calendar is taking place in Perth. Check out this guide to everything you need to know about the stadium you’ll want to return to time and again.
Where to stay near Perth’s Optus Stadium
If you want to be able to stroll to the stadium – and bear mind in mind it’ll be hosting everything from Guns N’ Roses to the Ashes in the coming months – Crown Perth is a no brainer. Proximity aside, it’s the variety of accomm that ticks the boxes for us. If you want to splash out, Crown Towers is all about uber luxury. Crown Metropol is a pool-laden middle of the road option and Crown Promenade offers something more casual. Photography by @mark.huang_photography
Where to eat near Perth’s Optus Stadium
Back in the day, stadium food was either rubbery hotdogs or brown mystery meat pies but Optus Stadium has kicked that to the boundary with the City View Café. The views across the river are magic, they do breakfast and lunch and the menu includes items like grilled Black Angus striploin with green beans and pancetta, roast potatoes and red wine jus. Equally enticing is Darren’s Small Bar, a cosy enclave that does breakfast, lunch and dinner – with a deep and bountiful wine list to match. It’s a seasonal menu but if the wagyu burger is on, order it and thank us later.
Where to drink near Perth’s Optus Stadium
On game day, you want a big ol’ pub that thrums with energy, punters and parochialism. Add a beer garden, some massive screens and 175 beers on tap and you have The Camfield. Officially Australia’s largest pub, it houses five separate bars, an onsite brewery and a damn fine restaurant. There’s also a bunch of live entertainment and the famous bottomless brunch.
Where to chill near Perth’s Optus Stadium
Optus Stadium is not just cleverly designed on the inside (you feel super close to the game) and striking from distance, it sits on 2.6 hectares of parkland that has been designed with the area’s Indigenous heritage – and its six seasons concept – in mind. There are nature playgrounds, picnic and barbecue facilities, public art and a network of walking and cycle tracks throughout.
Where to indulge near Perth’s Optus Stadium
Going to send you back to Crown Spa Perth . Pick of the treatments right now is the Muscle De-Stress Podi Program that begins with a foot ritual followed by Podikhizhi (Podi) and concludes with a tension-relieving Blissful Marma massage. The Podi therapy is performed with dried herb powders wrapped in muslin bolus bags, dipped in warm oil and applied over the body. It costs $470 and you get Aqua Retreat access and four hours of valet parking at Crown Towers.
This is where Optus Stadium really comes into its own compared with others around the country. There are five main ways to get a more immersive experience. First up is the Optus Stadium Tour where you go behind the scenes to areas usually off limits such as players change rooms and sidelines. For an elevated offering – see what we did there – check out the HALO Optus Stadium Rooftop Tour where after a 78 step climb you can take in city and stadium views from 42 metres above the lush playing surface. To make this even more special, check out the Optus Stadium Game Day Rooftop Experience where you watch. the first or third quarter of footy from the highest seats Optus Stadium has to offer. If this all sounds a bit too sedate, sign up for the Matagarup Zip & Climb where visitors will soon be able to zip-line, 400 metres across the Swan River to a landing platform in Burswood Park. Finally, there’s the Warrang-Bridil Aboriginal cultural tours. This one hour walking tour features a Noongar guide who will take visitors along the shores of the Derbal Yerrigan (Swan River), Matagarup Bridge and Optus Stadium detailing the ancient connection of the Noongar to the region.
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This article originally appeared on Escape