Spring has sprung!
It's time to dust off your cold-weather wardrobe, shake off those winter blues and enjoy an awesome line-up of Spring happenings.
Here's our Spring Guide with just a taste of all the awesome things to do in Perth throughout the upcoming months, including world-best wildflower spotting, Aussie animal encounters, a range of seasonal activities and reopenings, and much more. And for more ideas on putting a spring back in your step this season, keep an eye out on our Spring in Perth feature!
Did you know that WA has the world's largest collection of wildflowers, many of which can only be spotted in our fair state? WA comes to life with 12,000+ native wildflowers from July to October, and the wildflowers of Perth and the southwest are particularly spectacular over the next two months. Visit our feature page on Wildflower Season in Perth for all the details.
In Kings Park, you'll find an astonishing wildflower display with thousands of wildflowers. The Kings Park Festival (1 - 30 September) will be running throughout September, with stunning displays, a variety of walks, talks, wellness events, painting classes, acoustic music and more. You can also enjoy expertly guided tours of Kings Park, either through the Park Authority itself, or with The Hike Collective on their Kings Park Bubbles & Botanicals - Guided Hike & High Tea (18, 11 & 25 September 2021), or GoGo Active Tours on their Wildflower Festival Bike Tour (1 - 30 September 2021.
Other top spots for wildflower spotting include the legendary Bibbulmun Track in the Perth Hills; join the Bibbulmun Track Foundation on a guided wildflower hike for the three-day Bibbulmun Track Wildflower Wander (25 - 27 September) or 8km Bibbulmun Blossoms (10 October 2021) walk. In the Swan Valley, you'll find gorgeous wildflower trails, including several at Whiteman Park (here's some Whiteman Park wildflowers to look out for).
Mandurah and Peel is known for its lush green naturescapes, including some stunning and unique wildflower trails, especially the Serpentine National Park Wildflower Trail. These areas are beautiful any time of year, but particularly magical when alive with wildflowers! You can also join Salt & Bush Eco Tours on their Wildflower Guided Tour (15 August - 22 October 2021). You'll also find wildflowers galore on Rottnest Island, which is home to over 1,500 wildflower species - check out our guide to Rottnest Island wildflower trails.
And for a non-native but absolutely glorious flower-spotting experience, it's hard to beat Araluen Botanic Park, where their It's Yates Springtime at Araluen - Tulip Festival (16 August - 3 October) is currently in full bloom, with over 150,000 tulip bulbs putting on the most incredible show for thousands of visitors.
Spring is also the season of new life, with adorable baby animals galore - whether you're visiting the Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm or heading to Perth Zoo, where two giraffe mamas are expected to give birth this September. In Rockingham, Perth Wildlife Encounters have commence their swimming with dolphins experience in September and ferry to Penguin Island to meet the little penguins during a feeding demonstration.
And leaving the largest to last, Perth is a world-class destination for whale watching; this time of year is humpback whale watching season, with our coastline turning into a Humpback Highway experiencing the largest whale migration in the Southern Hemisphere. You can encounter these amazing creatures on a whale watch cruise with Whale Watch Western Australia, Rottnest Express or Rottnest Fast Ferries.
Seasonal activities and attractions
There's plenty of seasonal activities and attractions that are now reopening after a long winter. The water attractions at Perth's Outback Splash open from late September - here you'll find some of Perth's best waterslide attractions including a six-storey epic water slide tower. Our exhilarating theme park Adventure World reopens late September, with over 25 rides and attractions to enjoy, including the world-class, exhilarating thrill ride Goliath.
Spring is the perfect time to get back on the water, whether you're kayaking, waterbiking, or doing watersports. Join Capricorn Seakayaking for a tour around Penguin and Seal Islands; cycle alongside dolphins with Mandurah Cruises' new Mandurah Waterbikes, or join Rottnest Cruises for their Luxe Island Seafood Cruise which recommences in October with some exciting new additions.
Events and festivals
Father's Day is mere days away, so to celebrate the fathers and father figures in your life, head to our Father's Day in Perth page for what's on this weekend - from a Swan River Lunch Cruise with Captain Cook Cruises to a buffet lunch with live music in the Swan Valley at Elmar's in the Valley.
The Perth School Holidays are mere weeks away, and spring's warmer weather means there is plenty to do with the kids in Perth. Budding scientists will love Scitech's newest exhibit, Top Secret (13 August 2021 - 30 September 2022) where they will go undercover and enter a world of coded messages and satellite surveillance as a secret agent. Or, head to AQWA for fun and educational Supersonic Science Show (28 - 30 September). Of course, you can't miss our most iconic family event, the Perth Royal Show (25 September - 2 October 2021) - back in 2021 with a huge 25% off entry fees, all your favourite attractions (like Sideshow Ally, the Animal Nursery and Wood Chopping Competition) and exciting new free entertainment. Events are still being announced, so bookmark our School Holidays in Perth page to stay up-to-date.
There are special celebrations on Rottnest Island in September, as they celebrate the Quokka Birthday! You may have spotted the adorable Quokka joeys peeping out of their mum's pouches throughout winter and come spring, they're ready to hop out into the big wide world. Join Rottnest Island in welcoming the newest generation of Quokkas with activities all September long, from wildlife tours, photography workshops and a self-guided treasure hunt as well as a special special Quokka Birthday Party on 19 September.
Get ready to spring into action with a full-bloom Spring events calendar in the countryside! In Chittering the Chittering Spring Festival (1 - 19 September) and A Taste of Chittering (2 & 3 October 2021) are dishing up countryside hospitality, fresh produce and cute trinkets from local makers, and these school holidays the streets of York will come alive with the sound of jazz for The York Festival (25 September - 10 October 2021). And don't miss out on celebrating Gingin's Sesquicentenary (150th birthday) at Gingin 150th (9 October 2021), a unique and limited-time-only opportunity to display and celebrate the founding history of Gingin (and the Shire's other communities by extension). The event is full of historical displays and entertainment including a billy cart race, kids activities, the Gingin Gin Garden, food trucks, competitions and a variety of live acts capped off with evening fireworks.
Closer to home, in the Swan Valley you can enjoy a whole weekend of delicious experiences at Entwined in the Valley (8 - 10 October). This is an annual event where makers, producers and purveyors roll out the welcome mat to present a program of unique and exclusive experiences and activities only available over the Entwined weekend. From hands-on masterclasses to bespoke meet-the-maker tastings, free family fun to elegant dining; you can eat, sip and play your way through the Swan Valley.
And if you're in the mood for fab (and free!) music, you're in luck - Sunday Music (October 2021 - March 2022) at Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC) is back! These Sunday sessions are held in FAC's tranquil courtyard; bring a rug and picnic basket to this family-friendly event, or enjoy tasty treats from the food vendors and bar on-site. Enjoy a stellar line-up ranging from African rhythms to anthemic brit rock, funky jazz and much more.
Having a sportin' time
Many of us are feeling out of shape after prolonged doona cocooning, and there's some exciting events to get you back into the mood for activity; in Dwellingup, the Act Belong Commit Dwellingup 100 & Mighty Jarrah Trail Run (18 September) is WA's largest one day mountain bike race, and Armadale is home to a celebration of all things Scottish in the form of the Armadale Highland Gathering and the Perth Kilt Run (3 October 2021) - purchase your very own kilt when you register for the 2.5km Classic or the 5km Warrior.
We're also excited about the Australian Masters Games (9 - 16 October 2021), a week-long festival of sports, festivities and adventure that brings together weekend warriors from around Australia for an unmissable sport and social program with our beautiful city as the playground. 8,000+ participants from WA and across the country are set to take part, and it's expected to be the largest mass participation multisport event ever to be held in Perth. There's around 50 sports on offer, including dragon boat, lawn bowls, basketball and athletics, and no qualification criteria aside from meeting the minimum age requirement (30+ for most sports), so why not give it a try? The sky's the limit!
Light your creative spark
Seasoned and budding artists alike are welcome to discover their muse at the World Wide Plein Air Paint Out (11 & 12 September) in Mandurah, as part of the 19th International Plein Air Painters Worldwide Paint Out. Some of the most talented outdoor painters in the region will join artists of all skill levels and mediums to take part in this free event, which runs from 10 am till 2pm each day, so bring your paint box and easel and enjoy. And don’t miss the upcoming Plein Air Down Under Outdoor Painting Festival (25 - 27 September) celebrating everything to do with outdoor painting with a range of workshops, paint outs, exhibitions, awards, prizes, demonstrations and artist talks in and around Mandurah.
At the Fremantle Arts Centre and John Curtin Gallery, excitement is brewing for IOTA 21 (17 September - 27 November 2021) - the first rendition of the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial, a new arts festival that celebrates our everyday rituals and preoccupations through the medium of craft and the handmade. IOTA 21 will be exhibiting the works of 37 lead artists in its international exhibition, as well as a rich festival program of over 30 exhibitions and events in Western Australia, involving over 200 artists working in craft. If you pop down to FAC on a Sunday, you can even enjoy a Sunday Music session - the perfect day out!
We hope we've got you as excited about Spring in Perth as we are! There's plenty more happening in the upcoming months, so keep an eye out on our blog, our events calendar and our guide to Spring in Perth for the best insights to help you make the most of #seeperth this Spring!