While Perth may be known for its sunny skies and pristine beaches, the fun does not stop when the cooler months roll in. There are endless eats, bars and festivals across the city to brighten up the darker days and help you chill out but stay warm.
Ideal for both the young and the young at heart, Winterworld at the Fremantle Esplanade is home to Australia’s largest open-air ice-skating rink with falling ‘snow’. A snow pit, circus workshop and an ice-skating silent disco is also available! For those who prefer to sit back from the action and relax, the National Hotel’s warm, cosy Cabin Bar offers mulled wine and warm winter beverages for you to sip on. So, come along, grab a spot by the dazzling fire pits, roast some marshmallows and revel in the famous Freo atmosphere from June 29 – July 21.
Girls School Cinema, East Perth
Blockbuster films? Check. Tasty snacks? Check. Cosy beanbag seats? Check. Luxe lounge bar? Check. With features like these, you’ll never want to visit an ordinary cinema again! From the creators of the popular Fringe World and Rooftop Movies, Girls School Cinema is the place to be this winter. Located in the Old Perth Girls School in East Perth, the Cinema is screening a wide range of films over the season, so there is sure to be one that piques your interest. And with Mack Daddy’s iconic pizzas available to be pre-ordered and freshly delivered to you on the night, how could you say no?
Perth Winter Fest, Perth CBD
Perth City will be lit up this June and July for its fun-packed Winter Fest. Brookfield Place will transform the precinct again this year with a brand-new showcase of light installations, projections and entertainment to brighten the winter gloom in the CBD. In addition, there will be roving performances, food trucks and extended festival trading hours from Brookfield Place’s award-winning restaurants. There will also be a Winter Fest Theatre in Forrest Place, as well a unique Northern Lights illusion show titled Borealis by Dan Acher.
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Scarborough Beach Winter Markets
There are some things we just refuse to give up over winter, and the Scarborough Sunset Markets is one of them. Lucky for us, they’ve heated up the Scarborough Sunset Markets Winter Edition to run every Saturday until 10 August 2019. Come along to Scarborough Square around the Clocktower rugged up in your favourite winter woollies for comforting winter bites, toasty sweet treats and blazing DJ beats. And of course, it wouldn’t be a true winter’s event without a roaring fire pit complete with marshmallow roasting! These markets just might be better than the summer edition.
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Cooking during winter can sometimes feel like a bit of a drag: it’s cold, dark and easier to just curl up in bed and reheat a sad frozen meal. To get the creative juices flowing again, why not head to a cooking class! There are many schools across the city offering fun and informative one day courses where you can learn new dishes to add to your repertoire. Get inspired by checking out classes at The Bombay Cook Club, Raw Kitchen Fremantle or Salt and Company.
The Lookout Bowling, Scarborough
Bar. Bowling. Bites. Say no more! Who said the seaside was no good in winter? With the Lookout’s family friendly bowling alley right on the coast, there is no better place to be! The good times are rollin’ as the alley is open 7 days a week and has classic soul warming pub grub on offer including arancini balls, chicken parmi and pizzas.
Holey Moley Mini Golf
Located in both Northbridge and Carousel, Holey Moley is the perfect indoor playground to unleash your inner child. The themed mini golf course will have you forgetting about the cold weather in no time. And with all that putting working up an appetite, Holey Moley have got you covered with fun novelty foods like Cheese and Thank You Pizza, The Hole in One Burger and Loaded Holey Fries. Don’t forget to quench your thirst and try The Sugar Caddy cocktail: The club house favourite with a blend of Smirnoff Vodka, lychee liqueur, cranberry and lime juice shaken with blueberry puree and served with the almighty Holey Moley candy kebab.
About the author:
Caitlyn Watts is currently based in Perth and writes on a freelance basis while completing her studies in Journalism and Professional Writing and Publishing. Her favourite topics to explore include local news, culture and food.
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