14/05/2008 - 22:00

An intimate guide to historical Perth

14/05/2008 - 22:00

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TOURISTS and history buffs who don’t mind a bit of exercise will be in their element, thanks to a couple of new tourism offerings in the city.

An intimate guide to historical Perth

TOURISTS and history buffs who don't mind a bit of exercise will be in their element, thanks to a couple of new tourism offerings in the city.

First cab off the rank is Two Feet & a Heartbeat Walking Tours, which was started by Ryan Zaknich and Ryan Mossny in February.

The pair runs an evening walking tour that provides a snapshot of the history of Perth, from the days of Captain Stirling through to the gold-led boom of the early 1900s, the heady 1980s, and beyond.

"The tour embodies the current day Perth...and tries to understand why it is the way it is; nothing has unfolded this way for no reason," Mr Zaknich told WA Business News.

The 3.5-kilometre tour, which is the only evening tour in Perth, starts at the Perth Town Hall and finishes at Rosie O'Grady's in Northbridge.

Mr Zaknich said the project had received strong support from the Heritage Council and the City of Perth.

"We are an example of a new tourism business in the city and the City of Perth wants to create a 'how to' guide on what we've done for anyone that would be interested in starting a tourism business in the city," Mr Mossny said.

While encouraging the enterprise, the City of Perth is also trying to draw people in the CBD with the launch of an interactive heritage trail.

The tour of the city's historic sites will involve setting up wireless hot spots at historic sites where people who have Wi-Fi enabled mobile phones can get free information about the building on their mobile.

"There seems to be a huge craving for information about the city...this tour is interactive and can be done at any time," executive director of Heritage Perth, Richard Offen, said.

The interactive tour is being set up in partnership with iiNet and will start with 10 wireless hot spots around the city, aiming eventually at covering Northbridge, East Perth and West Perth.

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