20 awesome things to do in Perth this winter

As the days get shorter and the nights colder, it can be tempting to hide away and hibernate through the winter months. Of course sometimes a night in binging on Netflix is just what you need, but don’t let the cold and rain stop you from exploring Perth this winter – there’s still plenty to see, eat and do!

  1. Get your wine tasting on in the Urban Orchard, where some of the state’s leading wine producers will be on hand to provide samples of their goods, alongside tapas style food and entertainment. City Wine is on 9 and 10 June with tickets for under $30, including a souvenir glass and all tastings.
  2. Cool nights and good theatre go hand in hand, so why not check out what The Blue Room Theatre has on offer. See emerging artists find their feet or established artists try something new in a space that’s truly supportive of creative talent.
  3. Pack an umbrella and don’t let a bit of rain spoil an amazing Eat the Street walking tour. Whether you’re a fan of brunch, beer or bars, their unique tours let you experience some of the best that Perth has to offer in a super fun group atmosphere.
  4. Take in a different kind of art at the Art Gallery WA’s The Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibition, displaying more than 150 rare and iconic sneakers from Adidas, Converse, Nike and Puma, as well as private collectors (like Run-DMC) and collaborations between celebrities, artists and high end fashion houses. It’s on until 4 September.
  5. Seek out a bar, pub or winery with a warm fire and while away the hours with a good glass of wine – try the Rose and Crown in Guildford, Mandoon Estate in the Swan Valley, The Cabin in Mt Hawthorn or the Stables Bar in the city.
  6. Pack a jacket, scarf and beanie and head to the beach. Just because it’s too cold to swim, doesn’t mean you can’t breathe in the ocean air and dig your toes into the sand. Top tip: bring a thermos of something warm to help you defrost when you get back to the car!
  7. Enjoy a tantalizing taste of Parisian glamour at Crazy Horse Paris presents Forever Crazy, featuring some of the best acts from the legendary cabaret’s repertoire – expect sensual sophistication, seductive costumes and provocative style.
  8. Explore more than 40 tasting booths at the 2017 Wine Show by the Bay, where Australian and international exhibitors including Voyager Estate, Singlefile Wines, Vasse Felix, Wills Domain, Villa Maria and Little Cheese Shop will be available for tasting, alongside masterclasses, cooking demonstrations and an exclusive Moët & Chandon lunch. It’s on 24 June at UWA.
  9. Speaking of cheese, Little Cheese Shop in Bayswater is now open on Friday nights – BYO drinks and enjoy them with either a matched cheese board or something from the bar menu. Each week is themed around a different drink (like sparkling, gin, IPA or rose), so check their Facebook page to find out what the theme is and book a table.
  10. If your pooch is a bit over brunch, take him out for an evening on the town instead, at a dog-friendly bar like Frisk Small Bar, Caboose or 399 Bar.
  11. Stock up on face masks, a lovely thick moisturiser and a quality lip scrub, and stay home one night to treat your skin – the winter cold can really dry it out. Hot chocolate optional!
  12. Hoot and holler as the girls shimmy and shake at the Miss Burlesque WA finals at Astor Theatre on 19 August. It’ll be glitzy, glamorous, and tonnes of fun, with the crowning of the state’s best burlesque and boylesque stars.
  13. Sing your heart out at a nostalgic musical event over the coming months – Placebo’s 20th anniversary tour will be amazing, then there’s Killing Heidi at the Astor Theatre and for the 90s teeny-boppers (guilty as charged), Hanson are coming to town.
  14. Make the most of the occasionally glorious sunny winter days that Perth is famous for and go exploring – Lake Monger, the Mundaring Weir, John Forrest National Park and Bells Rapids are all beautiful at this time of the year.
  15. Embark on a three-day storytelling spectacular at the Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival – it’s jam-packed with author talks, interviews, discussions, book signings and workshops.
  16. Spend a weekend in Rottnest – the quokkas are still super friendly during winter but the place won’t be overrun with tourists, there’s a chance you’ll see some sting rays, and getting caught in the rain as you bike around the island is half the fun!
  17. Play tourist in your own city and take a day to explore indoors and away from the rain at Aqwa or Scitech.
  18. Pop to Funk Cider in the Swan Valley for a delicious natural, preservative free, wild fermented, barrel aged, fruit infused cider! It’s dog friendly with a wonderful laid-back vibe, and I can definitely recommend the pineapple cider.
  19. Take a road trip to Margaret River for the inaugural Cabin Fever Festival from 14 to 23 July. The festival includes more than 25 free and ticketed events across the Margaret River region to entice you out of hibernation – from chocolate, cheese and coffee appreciation, to wine dinners, degustation menus, bonfires, brews and live music. It’s going to be a great way to taste local produce and a unique opportunity to see the best the region has to offer.
  20. Make a date to check out some of the best new restaurants and cafes around town – Little H in Duncraig is getting great reviews, Sakura Sake in Northbridge is pairing traditional Japanese food with a huge sake list, Beaumonde on the Point is a fancy new lounge bar with river views opening soon, Ku De Ta recently opened up on the Swan River, and a former Masterchef star will be opening up the Measure dessert bar in Mt Lawley soon.

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