It might be cold outside this winter, but that doesn't have to stop you from getting out and enjoying what Perth has to offer.
In fact, with winter being the "off-peak" tourism season, it’s actually the perfect time of year to head out and explore! Not only are there less crowds and lines to worry about (perfect for #socialdistancing life), but there's also a wide range of amazing winter offers for you to take advantage of, with businesses and venues encouraging people to visit while the majority of Perth is hibernating. Here's just a sampling of our top deals, so you can #seeperth in style - and for our full range of tourism and hospitality winter deals, visit our Perth Holiday Offers page!
Winter Rottnest Getaway
First off the bat: Rottnest Island is cheap as chips this time of year! With less crowds, there's a whole lot less noise and a whole lot more natural activity without people scaring the quokkas away. Serene and undisturbed: the feeling of having the whole island almost to yourself with its 63 spectacular beaches, 20 beautiful bays, diverse and spectacular nature and stunning winter views. If you've only ever been to Rottnest in summer, you've been missing out.
Getting to Rotto is made even easier by some fab offers from the Rottnest Island ferry companies.
- With Rottnest Express, winter deals start from only $49pp, with extended return fares from $55pp so you can staycation on the island and enjoy the magic of Rottnest at night when the quokkas are at their most active! Don't forget - kids under 12 travel with you for free if they join the Quokka Club.
- Rottnest Fast Ferries are also offering free bike hire or bus fare on the island with a day-trip ticket, and have a kids-travel-free special offer on as well - just sign up here.
- Sealink Rottnest Island offers special weekday and weekend rates during winter. On weekdays same-day return tickets departing Fremantle are just $49, and extended return tickets just $55, with kids travelling free for both.
Round out your Rottnest winter trip with a cosy staycation! Discovery - Rottnest Island has a mighty fine winter glamping deal going on - book 2 nights in any tent and get 20% off when you quote 21WINTERS2S20 for stays until 31 August 2021.
Treat Your Tastebuds in Perth City
First up, Ivy & Jack on Hay are delivering up not just one, but three winter deals. Enjoy the tasty food and relaxed atmosphere of this urban industrial-chic restaurant during post-work Happy Hour every Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 5pm-6pm, with $6 house wines, $7 house spirits and $8 pints: if you're heading to the nearby His Majesty's Theatre or RAC Arena for a show, it's the perfect spot for a pre-show meal or drink. On Thirsty Thursdays, quench your thirst with a $5 pint from 11am-9pm, and on Fab Fridays, nab a $10 cocktail between 4-7pm on Fridays - a perfect way to start your weekend!
The Lobster Pier is serving up winter-warming rock lobster goodness at lunchtime from Monday - Saturday, and dinnertime Friday - Saturday from a cosy little restaurant 5 minutes' walk from Perth Underground. Their famous butter-poached lobster rolls are already the stuff of Perth legend; and for a limited time only, you can go peak seafood decadence and enjoy a WHOLE WA oven-baked rock lobster tail with 2 side dishes at 25% off (while supporting WA fisheries at the same time)! Click here for details and to book.
The State Buildings are serving up some exciting food and beverage offers this winter too. Head to Long Chim for Chalong Hour for all the neon colour, heady flavours and mesmerising sights of bustling Bangkok distilled into super fun cocktails and awesome drink specials, from 5 to 6pm every Tuesday to Saturday. If you're into beer, head to Petition Beer Corner's Crafternoon - at select hours enjoy four WA-made brews at just $7.50 each for a large pour. And for something really special, enjoy a two-course fast lunch at Wildlfower - FLOW, your choice of entrée and main course, alongside Matthew Sartori's signature fennel and wattleseed bread and a gem lettuce, walnut praline, heirloom carrot and lemon myrtle salad.
Why not stay the night with a Winter Warmer Package from Duxton Hotel Perth. This cosy package includes accommodation in a Deluxe King or Twin Room, valet parking for one vehicle, $70 food & beverage credit and a hot chocolate gift set!
There's plenty of adventure to be had in Perth in winter!
This time of year is perfect to head to Hillarys for a visit to AQWA, the aquarium with Australia's largest underwater tunnel. Even though it's chilly outside, it's warm here under the sea, making it the perfect way to experience the aquarium's beautiful marine life. Want to upgrade your AQWA experience? Get wet this winter and dive in with 20% off their amazing snorkelling and diving offers (until 31 October), and get up close and personal with sharks, stingrays and hundreds of stunning fish! It's totally safe, and you'll be guided on your underwater tour by a fully PADI qualified Divemaster.
If you're looking for a fab winter staycation deal nearby, don't miss Ramada Vetroblu Scarborough Beach, where you can book 3 nights and save 20% off the daily rate, or book 5 nights and save 35% off the daily rate with the promo code "SeePerth" - click here for more information and bookings.
If you're going stir crazy in these winter months, head to the Swan Valley and visit Perth's Outback Splash for their Biggest Sale Ever! Only $10 entry for adults (14+ years; usually $41 - that's a whopping 76% off) and $10 for children (ages 4-13; usually $34, 71% off)! Kids aged 3 and under are free! Now that's a deal that's seriously worth leaving the house for. As fans of Perth's Outback Splash know well, there's plenty more to this awesome family attraction than pools and waterslides (which are only open in the summer months): get lost in a maze, play a round of mini golf, enjoy the amazing kids playground and meet koalas, emus, wombat and kangaroos. A perfect day out with the fam or friends!
While you're in the Swan Valley, why not base yourself at the family-friendly BIG4 Perth Midland Tourist Park. Stay longer to explore many local attractions and wineries in the Swan Valley and historic Guildford with their Stay 4, Pay 3 Winter Warmer Deal.
Why not go on a staycation to Mandurah? Winter is a fabulous time to experience the legendary Ocean Marina and Venetian Canals a whole new way: aboard an electric donut-shaped boat, with Eco BBQ Boats! Cruise the waterways in style, and even enjoy a BBQ on board with BYO food and drinks. They'll supply all the cooking equipment: you just sit back, relax and enjoy a truly unique experience - a 360-degree on-the-water boat BBQ! For a limited time only, book with the promo code DPWINTER21, they'll include a free bottle of premium wine. Just let them know, in the special the Special Requirements box, whether you'd prefer red, white or sparkling. Bon voyage!
But wait, that's not all the adventure that Mandurah's dishing up. Visit Mandurah's Taste of Mandurah staycation experience offers the ultimate snapshot of what this spectacular coastal town has to offer, ensuring you leave feeling seriously relaxed. On the night you arrive, dine at the legendary Catch 22 Tapas and Cocktail Lounge and enjoy all you can eat tapas for 2 adults at 6pm. Unwind and relax at The Sebel Mandurah in a Superior King Room, and wake up feeling refreshed before you hit the water for a scenic dolphin cruise with Mandurah Cruises for 2 adults at 11:30am.
If you're travelling with the fam through the Perth Hills and looking for a fab place to base yourself, we love Discovery Parks - Perth Airport in Forrestfield, currently running a Kids Stay Free Deal if you book 3 or more nights on a site (quote promo code 21S3KSF when booking here). This gorgeous location is only a hop, skip and a jump away from stunning natural locations like Lesmurdie Falls, John Forrest National Park and the picturesque township of Kalamunda. It's also close to the incredible Bickley Valley, home to scenic drives, towering forests, spectacular valleys, seasonal creeks, family run orchards (look out for pick-your-own) and 14 boutique vineyards and cideries.
Mini Golf Staycations
Lovers of mini golf will be delighted by these deals! Treat yourself to some luxe Swan Valley serenity - and some fab mini golf! We've got just the deal for you - the Novotel Vines Resort Swan Valley is offering a Winter Getaway from $249 Sunday to Thursday or $279 Friday - Saturday. Relax with an overnight stay in a luxurious Resort King Room with full buffet breakfast daily in Muscats Restaurant, 18 holes of mini golf during your stay, complimentary WIFI with movies on demand and access to all other resort facilities. Want a little extra? Enjoy 10% off a Hot Stone Massage in the award winning Keishi Spa during your stay.
Looking for more inspiration for fun things to do this winter in Perth? Mosey over to our latest Perth Holiday Offers for all the best discounts, and check out our Perth blog for articles like Perth Winter Warmers (24 restaurants to warm your heart and belly), Top Winter Staycation Spots, and Perth Winter Events You Won't Want To Miss.