The weather’s finally warmed up, and we’re hot to trot!
With only a week left of Spring, it won’t be long before we’re enjoying swimming in warm waters, sunbathing on the beach and generally enjoying the best of Perth in summer. So warm up for fun in the sun with our Summer Teaser!
Top Perth Coastal Spots - North of the River
Perth’s picture-perfect coastline isn’t just the subject of postcards, it’s the stuff of dreams, and we’re lucky to have gorgeous white sand beaches and the sparkling blue ocean on our doorstep. There’s really such a different atmosphere between Mullaloo and Cottesloe, Trigg and Scarborough, that you can really find a beach that’s just what you’re looking for - or beach-hop till you drop! And it’s never been easier or more stylish to explore the Sunset Coast in style on the Sunset Coast Explorer, a fabulous open-top weekend bus starting at Whitfords Public Library and running throughout summer to/from Hillarys Boat Harbour, North Beach and Scarborough.
While you’re at Hillarys, you won’t want to miss a trip to AQWA, Perth’s world-class aquarium, where you can get up close to WA's spectacular marine life as you go on an underwater journey along our coast. Or head over to Scarborough Beach, where you can shop up a storm at the Summer X Salt Market (weekends until 19 March 2022) and Scarborough Sunset Markets (Thursdays until 28 April 2022), or learn to surf at the Scarborough Beach Surf School.
And of course, heading over to Rottnest Island has been a firm favourite for generations of Perth day trippers! There’s more on the island to do than ever - from renting a pedal board, paddle board or waterbike from Aquaplay Rottnest, to seeing Rotto in a whole new light by skydiving from up to 15,000 feet with Skydive Geronimo. And for a touch of luxe life, join Rottnest Cruises on their Luxe Island Seafood Cruise - Rottnest’s deluxe dining experience on the water!
And if you’re looking for something fun to do for NYE, Rottnest delivers - enjoy live entertainment on the Thomson Bay Lawn from 3pm, and then at 9pm look skywards for spectacular fireworks display to welcome the new year. More info on the new year festivities here.
Top Perth Coastal Spots - South of the River
We love strolling around Mandurah’s relaxed, green and family-friendly foreshore, cruising down the the Venetian-inspired canals, and strolling around the immaculately manicured Dolphin Quay! And if you’re looking to rest, relax and rejuvenate, Mandurah’s just the place to make your worries seem a million miles away. Rent an Eco BBQ Boat and meander along Mandurah’s waterways - it’s such a casual, informal experience that you can share with a few people you love!
And the Mandurah Foreshore is transforming into a hub of wellness in February for Flow State: The Wellness Weekender (18 - 20 February 2022); the weekender brings together influential and inspiring wellness experts for a transformative and exciting experience.
Rockingham is a hidden gem, with unspoiled natural coastline, and marine life galore - it’s the perfect spot for scuba diving, dolphin encounters and more - Penguin Island is a must-do this time of year! Rockingham is another awesome spot to try skydiving, too - head to Skydive Perth Rockingham to get the details.
Hot summer days means warm waters, and from snorkelling to kitesurfing, there’s a whole lot of fun to be had.
If you’re looking for a top spot for snorkelling or diving, check out our special feature on underwater adventures in Perth! And if you're looking for a fantastic scuba or snorkelling experience, Blue Destiny Boat Charters is just the ticket - their 68ft catamaran offers dive and snorkel tours of Rottnest Island and Lancelin, including spectacular night dives and deep dives. And whether you’re trying your hand at watersports or you’re looking to up your game, check out our Watersports in Perth page, highlighting awesome experiences like Ultimate Watersports, Perth Go Surf and Water Wanderers.
In the mood to cruise? You’ll find our full list of Perth cruises here! Captain Cook Cruises are a perennial favourite, for decades, providing picturesque cruises to visitors of Perth from the magnificent vantage point of the Swan River; they also offer a full-day Swan Valley Gourmet Wine Cruise. A perfect way to experience the beauty of the Swan River!
For a totally different and super exciting revamp of the cruise experience, head over to Fremantle for Westcoast Jet - combining the thrill of a roller-coaster with white water rafting, for the ultimate Jet Boat Thrill Ride. Think open-ocean high speed 270-degree spins, Fish tails, wave surfing, slide outs, and a rocking on-board sound system! At 12 meters, the ‘Okiedokie’ is one of the largest and most powerful vessels of its type in the whole of Australia. Blending adrenaline with the Indian Ocean there's just simply nothing like it!
And for a truly magical eco-experience, hoist the sails aboard Charter 1, the famous yellow sailing catamaran, a much-loved icon of Perth. 2, 3 or 8 hour tours departing Fremantle or Rottnest Island; think romantic sunset sails, or adventure-packed day sails. Visit magical bays accessible by boat only, brimming with marine life. Spot playful Australian Sea Lions before heading off for a snorkel, kayak or SUP.
Perth's balmy summer nights are just perfect for outdoor cinema! Enjoy a romantic movie with your paramour, arts films from around the world, or a family-friendly flick with the kids. Some top spots include Kookaburra Cinema in the Perth Hills, Telethon Community Cinemas in Joondalup, Murdoch, Bassendean and Burswood, Lotterywest Films at UWA Somerville (part of the Perth Festival), and Moonlight Cinema in Kings Park.
Summer Events and Festivals
Summer is the ultimate events and festivals season in Perth, and with this Summer’s fantastic line-up, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
The Perth Festival (11 February - 6 March 2022) is a multi-arts festival showcasing the best local talent across theatre, music, dance, opera, film, visual arts and literature and ideas - you'll find a world of talent in our own backyard. Some highlight events include Panawathi Girl, Platinum: Ballet at the Quarry, Escape and Katie Noonan with Strings.
The fabulous FRINGE World Festival Perth (14 January - 13 February 2022) is back in town with an array of entertainment on offer - truly something for everyone, from comedy, music and musicals, circus and much more. At Fremantle’s Bathers Beach Art Precinct, you’ll find the fantastic (and free!) biennial Sculpture at Bathers (19 February - 17 March), presenting the excellence and diversity of WA’s finest and emerging sculptures. Sculptures and interactive artworks will be featured along the timber boardwalks, paths, grassed areas, ocean and inside Kidogo Arthouse.
And with Christmas around the corner, there’s some amazing Christmas events to enjoy!
Join the Araluen’s Carols by Torchlight (11 December 2021) at Araluen Botanic Park and sing along to traditional and modern Christmas carols. The Christmas Choirs start at 7pm, but kids' activities kick off from 4pm, so get there early, join the fun - and meet the big man himself! Music lovers young and old will simply adore WASO’s Christmas Spectacular (11 December 2021), a free end-of-year concert at RAC Arena featuring more than 130 West Australian performers on stage with WASO and the WASO Chorus. There are also Community Christmas Carols (9 & 10 December 2021) in Fremantle as part of their 12 Days of Christmas in Fremantle. Bring your friends and your family for this heart-warming Christmas event under the stars at Walyalup Koort.
Experience the magic, colour and spectacle of your favourite floats at the City of Perth's Alinta Energy Christmas Pageant (4 December 2021), returning to St. George’s Terrace to celebrate 50 Years of Magic this year! The popular City of Perth Christmas Nativity (18 - 19 December) is also returning to Forrest Place, retelling the much-loved traditional story of Christmas on-stage with a stunning backdrop of color and visual effects.
Looking for something fun to do with the kids on the weekend, or during the summer school holidays?
Head to Perth’s Outback Splash in the Swan Valley to cool off with max fun, or check out Funcats Watersports in South Perth - the only place in the world where you can sail your own boat directly in front of a major city. No bookings required, and a free lesson for those who haven't sailed or paddled before. Or get back to nature at the picturesque recreational lake Lake Leschenaultia, nestled deep in scenic forest and with calm waters that are perfect for beginning swimmers.
Planning for school holiday fun? Watch this space - we’ll be announcing plenty more fun in the upcoming weeks! For now, imagine how much fun you’d have together fruit-picking and enjoying the slow pace of farm life at School Holidays at the Orchard Perth (6 - 28 January 2022), and getting close to mermaids and pirates at Treasure Island and the Lost Mermaid Kingdom (17 - 19 December 2021), AQWA's new IN-water and ON-water show.
Or, join The Ritz-Carlton, Perth for their Ritz Kids Australiana Afternoon Tea (13 & 20 January 2022). The Ritz Kids Australiana Afternoon Tea will treat children to local favourites including an Angus beef pie, Mottainai lamb sausage roll, Vegemite swirl, our signature rosella lamington, mini pavlova and fairy bread with a choice of milk, juice or soft drink. How fun!
Ready for summertime adventure? We sure are! Slip on some sunscreen, slap on a hat, and keep an eye on our best of Perth blog for the latest and greatest summer fun in our amazing city!