Here at Destination Perth, we’ve crafted a list of the coolest ways to #SeePerth this summer. Whether you’re longing for a relaxing overnight staycation in a stunning hotel, an adventure to discover the wineries of the Perth Hills or a day out relishing in the relaxed vibes of Fremantle, we’ve got you covered.
This is your ultimate guide to a magical summer in Perth.
Ready for an epic urban adventure? The iconic Wanneroo Botanic Gardens is one of Perth’s must-visit destinations in the northern suburbs. Established way back in 1981, here you can lose yourself in the beauty of nature as you wander among gardens, towering trees, sweeping blooms and waterfalls. Wanneroo Botanic Gardens is home to Australia’s largest outdoor mini golf complex, featuring 36 holes across two courses. Whether you’re a seasoned mini golfer or just looking for a fun outdoor activity, mini golf at the Wanneroo Botanic Gardens is always a tee-rific day (or night!) out. After a round of mini golf, discover love at first bite at Leapfrogs, the garden’s onsite restaurant. Leapfrogs is a super relaxed, all-day dining venue with a focus on fresh produce and pub favourites dished out at restaurant quality.
Next up, the laid-back vibes of Freo are calling your name. Visit the City of Fremantle to discover Western Australia’s favourite seaside city this summer. Energetic Fremantle is home to some of WA’s best and most accoladed restaurants, bars and cafés – dominating the WA Good Food Guide Awards each year. Fremantle and summer are the perfect pair. Think hot summer days, a magical sea breeze and balmy evenings fusing to create the perfect ambience to settle in with friends over an alfresco aperitif, oceanfront dining or rooftop drinks. Hint: Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour is an iconic spot to witness the golden hues of the WA sunset.
This wouldn’t be an article about summer in Perth without a mention of WA’s favourite island, Wadjemup / Rottnest Island. Experience Wadjemup more deeply this summer with unique cultural experiences showcasing the island’s rich and significant history. As part of the cultural experience don’t forget to stop and take in the Koora-Yeye-Boordawan-Kalyakoorl sculpture, positioned at the end of the main jetty. Keen to learn more? Discover the island’s distinctive story at the Wadjemup Museum - a must-visit experience and gateway to Wadjemup’s important heritage and culture.
Squeeze more into your summer with a well-deserved staycation at the Holiday Inn West Perth. Relax and unwind in the comfort of one of 101 modern rooms designed to suit the needs of every guest. Complete with all the luxury amenities and access to a 24 hour gym, restaurant and complimentary rental bikes, this is your new home away from home. The Holiday Inn West Perth is conveniently located on bustling Hay Street, with easy access to shopping and dining in the heart of West Perth and Subiaco. Right now, this charming historical hotel is offering 20% off all rooms, plus breakfast for two at Julio’s Italian Restaurant when staying three or more nights. Julio’s is dishing out delicious eats inspired by the authentic and wholesome flavours of Italy. Housemade pasta? Yes, please!
Wine and food lovers, this one is for you. Dial up your summer with an intimate guided tour of the Perth Hills with Up Close & Local Tours. This award-winning tour company are the driving force behind three regular full and half day Bickley Valley tours: the Ultimate Perth Hills Wine, Gin & Cider Tour; Cider, Wine & Whiskey Tour, and an afternoon Wine & Cider Trail. The Bickley Valley is undoubtedly one of Perth's best hidden gems. Expect to visit family owned and operated wineries, cideries and gin distilleries, experience scenic dining and an abundance of nature and orchards. Go off the beaten path, get to know the locals, meet the makers and delight in local seasonal produce on a 'by the seat' or private customised tour with Up Close & Local Tours.
Looking to make a splash this summer? Grab your swimmers and head to Perth’s Outback Splash in the Swan Valley. Open all year round, this leading outdoor entertainment destination is home to exciting attractions and activities for the young and the young at heart. Discover six mazes, mini golf, sensory play, adorable Australian animal experiences and of course, a huge water park. Get wet and go wild with lightning-fast waterslides (including the fastest body slide in WA), an interactive waterslide playground, shallow kids splash zone and a thrilling giant inflatable slide. Pull up a deck chair and enjoy the ultimate summer family day out in Perth.
Soar above Perth this summer with Swan River Seaplanes. Take off from the Swan River in a state-of-the-art seaplane and feast your eyes on uninterrupted views of Perth City and its spectacular coastline as you fly towards idyllic Rottnest Island. Land and immerse yourself in the turquoise waters, pristine beaches, abundant marine life, beachfront bars and historical past of Rottnest Island in just 15 minutes with a captivating Swan River Seaplanes flight. With one-way or return flights there’s never been an easier or more convenient way to experience this much-loved island paradise. This is the perfect opportunity for a quick selfie with a friendly quokka!
Soak up the sunshine with our guide to the coolest ways to #SeePerth this summer.