Whilst it can be tempting to rush home and into bed as fast as possible on Perth’s gloomy wintry days, the cooler months are the perfect time of year to explore our bustling city, just without the bustle!
Perth comes alive in winter, from film and art festivals to pop-up bars and ice skating in the city centre, there is never a shortage of new things to try. Here is a list of activities that we are sure will keep your body temperature up this winter.
Ice-skating at Elizabeth Quay
It’s back by popular demand for the third year in a row! From 28 June to 21 July, Perth’s pop-up skating rink is open to people of any skill level and is conveniently located in the city centre at Elizabeth Quay. With world-class entertainment, music performances, rides and food trucks, there is no better way to spend your winter nights than on the ice.
It can get pretty busy so we recommend buying tickets online to secure your spot.
Rug up in your best scarf and coat and get ready to explore the kaleidoscope of food, arts and nightlife in Northbridge. Commonly referred to as the ‘cultural hub’ of Perth, Northbridge is bursting with things to eat, drink and watch. We recommend checking out Lucky Chan’s Laundry + Noodle Bar, where their spicy bowls of soup are sure to keep you warm on a cold night.
Northbridge is highly accessible with Perth busport and train stations nearby. Take a look at their menu.
Explore the ocean with AQWA
Winter isn’t great beach weather, however, we can do you one better. At the Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA), you are able to get up close and personal with the beautiful marine species of Western Australia. With exclusive adults-only evening events, one of the world’s largest living coral reef exhibits and a 98 meter long moving walkway, plan your next day trip to this oceanic marvel.
Find out more and book tickets.
Experience the theatre at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia
Housing the Heath Ledger Theatre, this 575 capacity building is a defining architectural landmark in the city of Perth. The Centre is consistently busy hosting events ranging from theatre to dance and music performances that feature both local and global talent. With brand new world-class facilities, there is no better way to spend a special evening.
Check out their schedule and book tickets on their website.
Take your sporting skills indoors
The rain is no excuse to stop getting active this winter. Perth is home to an endless number of indoor games and activities. From mini golf and bowling to trampolining and rock climbing, there is something for everyone. We recommend checking out Holey Moley, Perth’s craziest and most unique mini golf venue. Test your skills against the infamous windmill and ‘shark infested’ waters.
Find out more today.
Embrace the cold at Winter Fest
The city is guaranteed to light up this year with Winter Fest. Running from 24 June to 21 July, this myriad of events will be heating up your social calendar. From incredible light showers, delicious comfort food, magicians and a pop-up cinema there is almost too much to choose from.
Check out the full list of happenings.
One of the leading tourist destinations in WA, the Fremantle Markets is something you just can’t miss this winter. With an incredible of sights, smells and sounds to take in, there is something for everyone within the array of local talent the market showcases. Buy the latest piece of hand-made clothing or treat yourself to a piece of cake and coffee. Fremantle Markets is alive with culture and a great way to spend a winter weekend.
Find out more.
Go for a drive outside of the city
It takes less than an hour’s drive to escape the city and be amongst the rolling Perth hills. With beautiful stretches of road, valleys, trees and lookouts, a winters drive through the country is the perfect escape during a wintry weekend. With the recent rainfall, the city has endured, we recommend checking out Bells Rapids. This beautiful picnic and bushwalking spot is home to white water rapids which thrive during the winter season.
Find out all you need to make it a day trip.
Located in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre, the Art Gallery of Western Australia is a peaceful and serene escape to the busy nature of the city. The Collection, associated programs and stimulating exhibitions offer Gallery visitors a unique and exciting experience of historic and contemporary Australian artists. The gallery is also in close proximity to a number of cafes to rest and enjoy lunch at.
One of the largest inner city parks in the world and visited by an astonishing 6 million people each year, Kings Park is an outstanding collection of Western Australian flora and an ideal place for picnics and walks. With stunning views of the city and surrounding areas, it’s ideal for a winter’s drive and a great spot to get your next Instagram photo of storm clouds rolling in.