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Located in the south-eastern wing of the historically-steeped State Buildings, and resting above the official marking of Perth’s Point Zero, the Cape Arid Rooms are the warm and inviting home of COMO The Treasury’s celebrated afternoon tea.

The space features three interconnected rooms architecturally graced with high ceilings, timber-shuttered windows, and walls adorned with intricate watercolour and ink paintings by Alex and Philippa Nikulinsky’s Cape Arid Collection, from which the rooms proudly take their name.

The Nikulinskys are renowned Western Australian artists. The Cape Arid Collection, which we have exhibited since the hotel’s inception, is a series of paintings inspired by the couple’s adventures to Cape Arid National Park.

Our Afternoon Tea, like the Nikulinsky’s’ artwork, is inspired by Western Australia’s natural abundance. Each edition of the menu spotlights the finest local producers and ingredients.

Whether you pair your food with Champagne or beautifully brewed tea, dining in our Cape Arid Rooms is a delightful afternoon indulgence like no other.

Welcome to the Cape Arid Rooms, where we invite you to discover A Return to Thomas River Edition.

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A Return to Thomas River

“Maybe a wasp catching a spider. Huge waves rolling across the horizon. Patterns on the sand changing with the wash of the tide. Birds fledging. Things of the moment. Another term we have for these things is ‘soul pictures’….”

“The widest expanse of beach sweeps around the coast line, seemingly desolate against the daunting shadow of a distant Cape Arid. We revisit Thomas River, as this ever-changing estuary flows like a constant companion to meet the Southern Ocean with unquestioning loyalty.

A python slides quietly by, as microscopic activities from nectar-seeking insects and birds complete the connection from dense shrubbery, to the distant ocean frolics of Southern Right Whales, Common Dolphins, White-bellied Sea-Eagles, and the slippery scurry of a Swift-footed Crab. All in a day’s work at Thomas River – Mother Nature must be exhausted!”

Cape Arid, Philippa & Alex Nikulinsky

Cape Arid Menu

The Art of Tea

From the rare and precious to the light and aromatic, each tea blend is brewed with the utmost care and at the perfect temperature and brewing time to extract a well-balanced flavour.

All of the tea blends featured on the Cape Arid Rooms afternoon tea menu have been carefully curated in collaboration with Teassential – an exceptional Western Australian tea company located within the State Buildings who aim to create exquisite tea and herb infusions.

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Horizon Gin

After 18 months of research and consultation with the Esperance Distillery Co, we are delighted to unveil an evolution of the Cape Arid Rooms concept with our specially curated Horizon Gin.

It began with father and son; an avid gardener, a wild windsurfer, a deep passion for local greenery, and the creation of Australia’s smallest gin distillery. Bottling the spirit of a remote coastal region became an impassioned endeavour that led to the beginnings of the
Esperance Distillery Co, and there a deeply personal partnership with the team at the Cape Arid Rooms began.

Following an expedition to Cape Arid; guided with consultation by Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation, and botanists, a variety of botanicals endemic to Esperance were identified for the delicate aromatic properties required. Then carefully collected for creation, further workings with nurseries have been established to encourage propagation and conservation of species, for the future preservation of continued regeneration.

Inspired by Philippa Nikulinsky’s exquisite artistic expressions of the area, and the unique formulation of an exciting and vibrant recipe; this is a take-home experience bottled from the fires of curiosity, driven by the desires for excellence.

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Private Events

An elegant space for cocktail functions, intimate dinners and afternoon tea.

Situated at Perth Point Zero, the Cape Arid Rooms span over three elegantly appointed spaces with views of Cathedral Square and Stirling Gardens.


Dining – 20

Afternoon Tea – 50

Stand Up Cocktail – 70

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Discover the Cape Arid Signature Experience

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Enjoy the flavours of Western Australia with our Cape Arid Rooms Signature Afternoon Tea, whilst admiring Philippa and Alex Nikulinsky’s Cape Arid collection depicting Australia’s Cape Arid National Park’s flora and fauna in pen, chinese ink and watercolour.

Spend the night in an elegant Heritage Room and wake up for breakfast at Post restaurant. This experience includes a copy of Cape Arid, the Nikulinskys’ book recording their incredible art-making journey through high quality prints.

What’s Included:

  • Overnight accommodation in our spacious rooms and suites
  • Seasonal afternoon tea with a glass of sparkling wine in our Cape Arid Rooms
  • Cape Arid book by Philippa and Alex Nikulinsky
  • Breakfast at Post
    Access to our wellness facilities including a heated indoor pool, steam room and gym
  • Welcome drinks
  • Selection of in-room refreshments
  • Valet parking for one vehicle
    This experience is priced from AU$1,055 per night in a Heritage Room for two guests.
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Located at COMO The Treasury

Opening hours
Afternoon Tea is available Thursday to Sunday from 12.00pm to 5.00pm.

Please note: 24 hours advance reservation is required.

+61 8 6168 7888

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