This winter, explore a new city with our Winter Bucket list series. In Perth, unleash your inner foodie, make friends with a quokka and discover the joy of winter days in beachside ‘burbs.
Find the freshest foods at the markets
Every Saturday, the Perth City Farmers Market brings growers selling organic, biodynamic, and ethically farmed produce to East Perth. The markets are all about sustainability and – in addition to the produce – offer hands-on gardening and cooking workshops for all ages. Winter in Perth is the perfect season for apples, oranges, bananas and avocados. Yum.
Explore street art in the city
While it may be lesser-known than Melbourne’s laneway scene, Perth's street art is among the best in Australia. Northbridge, Highgate and Leederville are all street art hotspots and there are plenty of hidden laneway pieces all around the city. Follow the Streets of Perth map to find the picks of the bunch.
My finished mural for Kings Square - based on the old Entertainment Centre and the snake goddess - symbolic of the old wetlands that were part of the original landscape. @artsourcewa Thank you to everyone who came down to help paint it! #perth #melskiart #perthstreetart #streetartperth #snakegoddess #kingssquare
While away an afternoon at a winery
Take the easy 25 minute drive out of the city to the start of the award winning Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail. It winds its way through 32 kilometres of country side bursting with cellar doors, paddock to plate restaurants and quaint boutiques, all ready for you to explore. One of the most tranquil and picturesque spots in the valley is RiverBank Estate, which we highly recommend for a long lunch with perfectly matched wines.
Eat your way down Beaufort Street
Beaufort St in Mount Lawley is home to some of Perth's best foodie hot spots. From wine bars to breakfast haunts, late night diners and health-focused cafes, the strip is sure to satisfy any craving. A little further along you’ll find Northbridge, complete with a whole new selection of places to sink your teeth into.
Walk your way around Kings Park
Take in history and culture while you walk under the winter sun in beautiful Kings Park. The park is home to 319 species of native plants and is an Aboriginal sacred site. There are 8 trails you can follow, ranging from 15 minutes to over an hour.
Travel Secret: According to Aboriginal history, a mythical serpent, the Wagyl, is said to have entered the ground near Kings Park and emerged at the foot of Mt Eliza to create the beautiful Swan River.
Talk to the animals
Perth Zoo is home to more than 1200 animals from around the world. Book into one of the Eye to Eye Encounters to feed a giraffe, meet a Galapagos Tortoise or be a Zoo Keeper for a day.
Go gaga over quokkas on Rottnest Island
Getting a selfie with a quokka has become a must-do for anyone visiting Rottnest Island and once you see how cute these little furballs are, you’ll understand why. Jump on a ferry and spend a day exploring all the island has to offer, including bike rides, walking trails, great fishing spots, world class snorkelling and of course the chance to get up close and personal with a quokka or two.
Get sand between your toes
Perth's beaches are impeccable, offering everything from great surf breaks to sublime snorkelling spots. While the water may be colder in winter, the good news is you’ll have giant patches of sand all to yourself. For a full day of fun, head to Scarborough where you'll find a great strip of cafes, restaurants, parkland, playgrounds and of course the beach itself. If you're after a family friendly option, Port Beach is free from crashing waves. Got a furry friend to bring along? Grant St Beach allows off-leash dogs so they can play too.
Explore Elizabeth Quay
Elizabeth Quay is fast-becoming the centre of the Perth social scene, with restaurants, a water park, public art and a playground located on the Swan River. At night there are special lighting features and events which take place throughout the winter, kicking off with the WA Day Festival on the first weekend in June.
Taste the best brews in Fremantle
In 1984, the Matilda Bay Brewing Company launched as Australia's first craft brewery in the Sail & Anchor pub in Fremantle. Since then, the port town has become a beacon of craft beer and is now also home to The Monk Brewery and Little Creatures, making it the perfect place to taste a couple of specialty brews fresh from the tap.