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An Australian Winter Wonderland in Perth

Perth at night

Although nothing near as cold as the Alps of France or plains of America during the winter, Western Australia is celebrating this winter with a festival of snow, ice skating and fun. The Freemantle Winter Garden in Perth will guarantee all get in the spirit of the chillier weather.

The event takes place in the harbour area and will offer one of the largest open-air ice rinks in the southern hemisphere. The main attraction is 20m by 30m. Besides the skating and live music, there will be giant inflatable slides, and an alpine lodge complete with a bar. There will be a target shooting range in the snow, photo booths and carnival-style rides to enjoy. The kids can even build mini-snowmen.

Winter Garden is returning to Perth for the second year. Event organisers said it was an amazing time in 2014. The event attracted tens of thousands of visitors from all over the metropolitan area and everyone wanted to see the event return to the Fremantle harbour, said event board chairwoman Danielle Cattalini.

The Winter Garden is free to enter, but tickets need to be purchased for the ice skating. Session reservations are recommended. Skating sessions begin on the hour, include free skate hire and last 50 minutes.

The jewel in Western Australia

Perth is a popular destination for international tourists and is often the starting point for exciting Australian tours. From June until the August, on average, temperatures in Perth are usually 20 Celsius, rarely failing below 15 degrees on average during the daytime. At night, there can be a bit of chill in the air with temperatures dropping as low as 6 degrees in July. The mild weather has brief periods of rain but the days tend to be sunny with only brief periods of thunderstorms.

Even the local mayor is happy for the winter festival’s return. "Winter is usually associated with indoor activities, so the Winter Garden is a great opportunity for thousands of people of all ages to enjoy some outdoor entertainment as the season changes,” said Freemantle’s Mayor, Dr. Brad Pettitt.

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