Hibernating in winter is for the bears! Perth’s winters are some of the mildest in the world, and there’s still so much to see, do, eat and drink around Perth city during this time of the year.
We’ve teamed up with Crowne Plaza Hotel to provide an ice-cool bunch of ideas to keep you warm this winter (see below), and if you want to make a little staycay of it they’re currently running a Winter Escape promo offering up to 35% off your booking for stays up to the 30th of December 2021 – check it out HERE.
1. Grab a cosy cocktail or warming wine in a CBD bar
Nothing warms the spirits like…well spirits! And you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to great little bars around the Perth CBD. From the tiki mugs of Hula Bula Bar, the quirky and uber-cool vibes of Foxtrot Unicorn to something slightly more sophisticated at W Churchill or Bar Lafayette, there’s plenty of options to choose from.
A little closer to home, Gusti does a delicious WA Black Brewing Gin special on Fridays to go with spectacular Swan River views. Don’t let their alfresco deck concern you in winter, with portable heaters and blankets available you’ll have the best seat in the house to watch a golden sunset. Conversely you can also whet the whistle with a whiskey at Perth’s OG inner city distillery, Whipper Snapper.
2. Watch the game by the heaters at a big brew pub
If you’re chasing something a little less intimate and a little more beers-with-the-boys than you’re in safe hands with a couple of massive brewpubs to choose from. The southern hemisphere’s largest, The Camfield, is just a beautiful stroll over Matagarup Bridge, while new kid in town Long Neck Brewery has just taken up residence in the expansive surrounds of On The Point precinct at the end of Riverside Drive. Both have a huge variety of beer offerings along with delicious modern pub fare, along with plenty of screens to catch the big game on.
Image via Long Neck Brewery.
3. Grab some fresh produce at Perth City Farm
Perth City Farm is a stunning community garden in East Perth that comes alive on Saturday mornings for their weekly farmers market, home to organic WA produce from small, artisanal and local growers. If you want something a little more hands-on they also host a bunch of fantastic workshops that traverse all corners of the foodie globe.
4. Line up a Little Ferry Co cruise of the Swan River
Sure the Swan River looks glorious from the banks, but have you tried cruising along it onboard WA’s only solar electric ferry with the team at Little Ferry Co? Jump on for a guided tour from Elizabeth Quay to East Perth and back, where you are able to jump off at stops including On The Point, Optus Stadium and Claisebrook Cove. The whole trip takes two hours, but you can stay at one of the stops for a drink/bite to eat and jump on the next ferry that comes through!
Image via Little Ferry Co
5. Roast marshmallows and enjoy a drink at the movies
Set within the impressive art deco surrounds of the iconic Girls School building in East Perth, Girls School Cinema is back up and running full steam ahead this winter with a stacked program of new releases and older classics. Get there early to roast a few marshmallows around the firepit!
Conversely if you’re looking for something a little more ~ classy ~ Palace Cinema Raine Square’s leather reclining seats and fully-stocked bar should do the trick. Offering new releases, special events and festival films within a sophisticated and unique architectural space, it makes for a beautiful night out.
Photo by Hannah Sorrell.
6. Warm up on gold melting tour through Perth Mint
A hidden gem – or precious metal if you will – The Perth Mint is an awesome way to understand and experience Western Australia’s unique, golden history. Australia’s oldest operating mint located in East Perth, The Perth Mint is a fully operational, fully integrated precious metals enterprise, supplying premium gold, silver and platinum to the world around us.
And alongside its day-to-day operations, visitors are invited to visit the original premises to enjoy a fascinating tour, diving into the Perth Mint’s world class Gold Exhibition and tour offerings, currently operating six days a week.
7. Explore Elizabeth Quay
Over the past few years Elizabeth Quay has firmly established itself as an entertaining food and drink precinct with plenty worth coming back for. Whether it’s wine and fine dining at The Reveley, beers and brews on The Island or sweet treats at Gusto Gelato, there’s something for everyone. Throw in the iconic Carousel, walking art tours, Go Cultural Aboriginal Experiences and even live pearl harvesting with Willie Creek Pearls, it’s a true cultural destination to be enjoyed with family and friends.
8. Hit (or miss) a few bullseyes at Lumber Punks Axe Throwing
Sometimes even on a relaxing staycation you just need to let out a few frustrations, and Lumber Punks Axe Throwing in East Perth is the perfect antidote. Lob some axes at the target and really hone your outdoorsman skills, and once you’re finished you can always pop over to Whipper Snapper or Bright Tank Brewing for a drink after all that hard yakka.
Image via Lumber Punks.
9. Roll through some riverside runs and rides
If you really want to stay on top of your fitness than why not tackle the Swan River Loop? This 10km trail is one of Perth’s most well-known and most popular, and also one that keeps offering new experiences with the advent of landmarks like Elizabeth Quay and Optus Stadium. And if walking/running isn’t your vibe, you can actually hire bikes for free from Crowne Plaza!
10. Overnight Staycay at Crowne Plaza
And finally we get to the perfect place to launch into all of these activities – Crowne Plaza overlooking glorious Langley Park and the Swan River. Book now until July 30 and you could score up to 35% off your Perth city staycay for stays until the 30th of December 2021. Enjoying a hotel is a pretty great option in its own right as far as winter activities go, to make it even better Crowne Plaza Perth rooms are equipped with all things cosy such as bubble baths, fluffy hotel robes and slippers to keep you warm.
Along with the above mentioned Gusti Bar & Restaurant (which also does a $6 happy hour from 4.30-5.30pm), you get in-room dining, a fully-equipped gym and the infinity pool (if a nice, very refreshing cold dip is your thing).
Head to the Crowne Plaza WEBSITE for more info on their Winter City Escape offer and book today.