Perth, the capital city of Western Australia and host of the 2023 World Transplant Games is not just a beautiful city, famous for sunny days and golden beaches. It also has a long history of successfully hosting major sporting events, from the 1987 America’s Cup to a range of major international and mass participation events including the World Rally Championships, the FINA World Aquatic Championships, and the ITU Triathlon World Championships. The commitment from the state and local governments to hosting world-class events has led to the development of a wide range of top-class sporting venues that will feature prominently in the 2023 World Transplant Games.
The Games will be an easy and enjoyable experience for participants and spectators alike, with most of the venues located within an easy 15-minute transfer by bus from the city hotels to the sporting hub in Mt Claremont. Here you can walk between venues to cheer on your team in Swimming and Basketball or Athletics and Table Tennis. Here are just a few highlights of the sporting action in Perth.
Kings Park – 5km Road Race and Community Run
One of the first events of the Games, the 5km Road Race and Community Run, will be held in the iconic Kings Park. This 400-hectare park is one of the world’s largest inner-city parks with sweeping views of the city skyline and the Swan River. The park features sculptured botanical gardens, a walkway among the treetops, and playgrounds for all ages. With over two-thirds of the park protected bushland, there are over 3,000 unique West Australian plants and over 70 bird species which are just some of nature’s wonders that might catch your eye as you run through this Western Australian landmark.
WA Athletics Stadium
This stadium will host two action-packed days of track and field athletics. Opened in 2009, the WA Athletics Stadium hosts many national and international events, including the 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships, and is the training facility for elite athletes training with the Western Australian Institute of Sport. It features a grandstand for 2000 spectators as well as additional relaxed viewing from the grassed banks and new track just in time for the 2023 World Transplant Games.
HBF Stadium – Swimming & Darts
HBF Stadium is the home of swimming in Western Australia. Featuring one indoor and two outdoor pools, a dive pool and water polo pool, it has twice hosted the FINA World Aquatics Championships, as well as the World Masters Swimming. Behind it, you can also see the UWA Sports fields which will be the venue for the 6-a-side football. The venue is part of the Mt Claremont Sports Hub and is just a short walk to the athletics, basketball and 6-aside soccer.
Bendat Basketball Stadium – Basketball, Volleyball & Table Tennis
Since its opening in 2010, Bendat Basketball Centre is the home of basketball in Perth. The Centre is the training facility for the most successful team in the Australian NBL, the Perth Wildcats, and it is also the home of the WBNL’s Perth Lynx. The Centre enjoys expansive views of the nearby Perry Lakes parkland, with access to walkways and playgrounds
Wembley Golf Course
Wembley Golf Course is one of the premier public golf courses in Australia. Set on the hill between the city and the sea it has spectacular views to the city. The facility offers two 18-hole courses
set in an undulating landscape bordered by native Tuart and Banksia trees. The venue includes an 80-bay, state-of-the-art automatic driving range, mini golf, architecturally designed clubhouse, restaurant and bar, as well as Perth’s biggest Pro shop.
Gold Netball Centre – Badminton
The Gold Netball Centre will be the home of Badminton for the games. Opened in 2015, the Gold Netball Centre has 4 multipurpose courts that will convert to 12 badminton courts. This universally accessible venue has nine competitor team changerooms, kiosk facilities and seating for 2,000 and is just a short drive from other major venues including Bendat Basketball Centre, WA Athletics Stadium and HBF Stadium.
Champion Lakes Regatta Centre – Triathlon
Champion Lakes Regatta Centre will be the home of the World Transplant Games’ inaugural Sprint Triathlon. Opened in 2009, this world-class water sports venue is purpose-built for rowing,
canoeing and triathlon. It includes a 55-hectare man-made lake and 11 km of sealed pathway for running and cycling. Located in Armadale, 30km southeast of the CBD, the course will be flat and fast so be prepared to do a personal best!
Wanneroo Raceway – Cycling
Western Australia’s premier racetrack, Wanneroo Raceway, has been reserved for our two days of cycling – the time trial events and the 30k Road Race. At 2.4km long, the raceway will provide a
safe venue with no public roads while also allowing spectators to view the entire events from the comfort of two grandstands. The Raceway, in operation since 1969, hosts many touring events and is equipped with comprehensive hospitality facilities.
State Tennis Centre
Located on the scenic Burswood Peninsula by the Swan River, only 5 minutes from Perth City, the State Tennis Centre will be the home for tennis during the Games. The centre boasts 12 hard courts, each individually lit, ready for two days of exciting singles and doubles tennis.