It’s almost that time of year again; days are shorter and darker, mornings are colder and everyone’s well and truly rugged up. Getting motivated in winter can be hard work and there always seems to be an easy excuse for staying home and hibernating. Winter activities in Perth may seem hard to find, but there are ways to make the most of winter’s wild and woolly weeks – especially when it comes to these local hot spots.
From winter activities to get you up and moving during the day to nestling in a warm pub with some pumping live tunes at night, it’s time to rug up and brace those rainy days. Take advantage of the cooler weather and the longer darker hours and warm yourself up with these sizzling offerings:
1. Indulge in Food and Wine at Perth’s Best BYO Spots
Perth is loaded with some BYO hotspots that make for a perfect lunch or dinner solution. Ideal for saving money when you’re on a budget or warming up with on a cold winter’s night, the scene is buzzing with places that’ll let you bring your own bottle (or two) of vino and feast on tasty food.
Whether it’s a Sunday lamb roast and bottle of red to warm you and your loved one up, a pasta or pizza extravaganza, Spanish tapas or Asian cuisine, there’s a recommended BYO spot in Perth to suit everyone’s taste. And the best part about it is they all come with a little to no corkage charge to keep costs to a minimum. On those evenings where all you want to do is curl up with a bottle of wine and a good meal, these BYO spots are great for getting out and treating yourself to what Perth has to offer.
2. Experience Adrenalin Fuelled Adventures at Rottnest Island
For a real winter-blues mood booster, heading over to Rottnest Island for adrenalin-fuelled adventures can definitely get your blood pumping – and skydiving is the best place to start! Rolled into one epic experience, the island can now be viewed at a flying fast-paced speed for the thrill seeking junkie. And whilst it’s certainly a few degrees colder 1,000+ metres above land, it’s one adventure that’ll have you warmed up in seconds.
Although winter isn’t peak season for Rotto, it works out great for families or couples wanting to save money. Because it’s quieter, accommodation is easy to secure and cheaper and there are fewer people on the island to worry about too. The colder months also brings in humpback whales and southern right whales to get up close and personal with. Designated tours will take you to the best sites for whale spotting and allow you to witness nature at its absolute best.
3. Warm Up at the Local Pub with Live Music
Nothing beats being rugged up inside a pub listening to live music. Sure, it’s nice to sit outside for a Sunday session during the warmer months but winter brings with it intimate settings, cosy pubs, hot fireplaces and great pub feeds to warm your belly. There’s always a spectacular vibe at the pub with a great local band on a cold let’s-get-rugged-up evening, regardless of whether you’re after a few quiet drinks or a big night out with friends.
If you’re a big fan of cosy log fires, fine beers wine and spirits, rustic wood beams, the best local live music and the ultimate pub ambience then check out the gig guide to find out what’s happening at your favourite venue. From the homely atmosphere at Rosie O’ Grady’s and The Paddington Ale House to the Record Club nights at The Newport Hotel, the funky charm at The Moon Café or the waterfront views of Little Creatures, Perth is loaded with some great small and large pubs to indulge in.
4. Swim with the Sharks at AQWA
Ever wanted to swim with the sharks? The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) has a safe and fun environment to get your feet wet, take a deep breath and take the plunge. You’ll need a valid diving ticket to go swimming with the sharks and the 30-45 minute experience is breathtaking. If you don’t have a diving ticket but want to explore the shipwreck and swim with fish, sting rays, turtles and sharks there’s a snorkelling adventure too, a reefwalker tour with no diving experience necessary or a shark sleepover for the younger ones during the winter school holidays.
For those afraid of getting a little cold and wet in the winter months, AQWA has heaps of other ‘dry’ activities on offer. From behind the scenes tours to exploring and learning about the coastline with all its natural creatures in your own time, it’s a great day out for the entire family to enjoy.
5. Visit Perth’s Cosiest Bars
Hotspots like Fremantle, Leederville, Subiaco, Mt Lawley, Victoria Park, Northbridge and all along the coastline are buzzing with small bars that are loaded with flavour and atmosphere. And whilst some of Perth’s cosiest bars are perfect all year round, the cooler months really change the dynamics to a warm and friendly setting.
Think The Cabin in Mt Hawthorn that comes complete with a sultry fireplace – perfect for grabbing a bottle of red wine and relaxing on those plush leather couches. The Jazz Cellar on a Friday night with pizza, wine and sizzling hot chips is always a hit, as is the Swallow Bar in Maylands, The Odd Fellow in Fremantle, The Garden in Leederville, The Whipper Snapper Distillery in East Perth for some smooth spirits or Choo Choos or 399 bar in the city for an espresso martini hit. Check out some more cosy bars here.
Winter in Perth doesn’t need to mean hibernation, although we all love those nights curled up on the couch with absolutely no commitments! For the times you do feel like venturing out, but the winter blues are getting you down, perk up with a good pub feed, bottle of red or some live local music.
This article is on behalf of Skydive Geronimo – Perth’s premium skydiving company with Drop Zones on Rottnest Island and in Busselton.