23 Jul 5 things we love about winter in Perth
We have it pretty good here in Perth. Our winter could be mistaken for spring in other parts of the world, and that’s why we love to embrace winter for all it’s worth.
Here are some of the best things to do in Perth during wintertime.
A breath of fresh air
While it does get cooler in winter, the sunny skies still stick around, providing plenty of opportunity to head outdoors. Enjoy a picnic in Kings Park, take a stroll along the coastline, or hike through the many different walking trails in the Perth hills. If you’re really adventurous, plan a road trip to the Stirling Ranges in WA’s Great Southern and climb Bluff Knoll. You might even be lucky enough to catch a bit of snow.
Comfort food galore
Winter is all about comfort food and our pretzels really hit the spot with a nice warm cuppa. Another pairing we love is cheese and wine, and what better place to enjoy the best of both but in the Swan Valley.
The food and bar scene in and around Perth keeps evolving. This winter is no exception, with many eateries serving up special winter menus for Perth foodies.
Did you know winter is the ideal time to explore the planets beyond? Head to The Space Place (formerly known as the Gingin Observatory) near Toodyay. Experience the wonders of the universe from the observatory with experienced astronomers. Gaze at the stars with larger than life telescopes, and see what you can spot with high magnification binoculars.
Join in a bonfire
The winter cider festival at Core Cider in Pickering Brook, is a unique experience featuring an evening of fire, fable, feasting and fun. It’s based on wassail, an ancient pagan practice of casting away evil in preparation for a fruitful apple harvest season. The highlight is a massive bonfire and of course their signature mulled cider. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, 10 August. Get amongst it!
During winter it’s not uncommon to spot whales off the Perth coastline. But for a better view, jump on board a whale watching tour departing from Hillarys Boat Harbour to see these wonderous creatures up close (late August is best). If you’re heading down south between June and October, the whales make their annual pilgrimage through Busselton and August, providing more amazing whale watching hot spots.
Whatever your tastes, you’ll find something to keep you off the couch this winter. And don’t forget to pack your snacks! Stop by one of our pink pretzel palaces in Northbridge, Whitford City and Carousel for all things pretzels.