You've been on a couple of traditional drinks and dinner dates, things are going well and it's time to step things up a little and show your date you've still got some tricks up your sleeve. Luckily there are plenty of things to do in and around Perth that will make your date think you're oh-so-creative and clever and not at all like their boring ex who just wanted to watch Netflix all the time.
Here are 8 of the best dates in Perth that aren't dinner and drinks.
Head To Rottnest
If you really want to impress the pants off your date head straight to Rottnest. Hire a couple of bikes (or take your own) and ride around the island, making sure you tick off each of these eight breathtaking spots. When you've had enough riding and swimming, head to the pub and grab a drink and a feed before jumping on the ferry to come home.
Catch Some Live Basement Jazz
Impress your partner with your local know-how and musical prowess on a Friday night with a trip to The Jazz Cellar. For just $25 a head, it’s cheap and it’s most certainly cheerful. Enter through the red telephone booth to find yourself in a basement surrounded by plenty of enthusiastic jazz lovers and a few men in Hawaiian shirts who will keep you entertained with their jazz skills all night long. Not to mention it’s BYO food and wine, so you can bring your favourite bottle of vino and cheese for a fraction of what you’d pay at a licenced venue—huzzah!
Try Your Hand At Ice Sledding
A date-night best reserved for a significant other that’s already seen you stack it in a myriad of unflattering ways—Monument Hill boasts some insane vistas of Fremantle’s port and miles of well-manicured grass, the perfect surface for a picnic or an old local pastime they like to call ‘ice-blocking'. Eskimo Nell’s Ice Supplies is only a ten-minute trip up the road and they sell purpose-made sleds that even have handles.
Drink Some Wine
While drinking wine might not sound like an 'activity' date, we reckon it counts if you head to the Swan Valley and make a day of it. If no one is willing to be designated driver, jump on the train with your bikes and check out the Swan Valley Heritage Cycle Trail. There are four routes ranging from three to 18 kilometres and you can go as quick or as slow as you like, but be sure to stop and enjoy some wine and local produce along the way. While you're out there, here are some more reasons we love the Swan Valley!
Go For A Hike And A Swim
For those that have half a day and don’t mind going on a little mission, Serpentine Falls is less than an hour east of Perth and a pretty beautiful way to spend your day. Bring some snacks and a pair of runners and hike one of the three trails—we recommend the Kitty Gorge Walk as it only takes a few hours to do the return trip. Make sure you’re wearing bathers cos you’ll want to dive head-first into the falls after working up a sweat on the trail.
Take A Sunday Drive
Pack a picnic, download a couple of playlists and set off on an adventure. Whether you drive up the coast or head to the hills, you'll have plenty of time for fun and games in the car—seriously, have some games up your sleeve. A couple of easy ones to play with only two people are 20 questions and alphabetical categories—pick a category (like countries, fruits, bands, etc.) then take turns naming words that start with each letter of the alphabet in that particular category—but there are plenty out there if those don't tickle your fancy. Here are 7 of our fave scenic drives in WA in case you need some inspo.
There's nothing like a bit of competition to really get things fired up. Find your favourite quiz night or pick a themed one—The Old Laundry does everything from cult classics to live music quizzes—and impress your date with your brains!
Have A LOL
From as little as five bucks you can catch a comedy show at Lazy Susan's Comedy Den and have a few lols with your date. Head to The Brisbane before the show for a drink or two to really get the giggles flowing.
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Rottnest Island | Image credit: Hi-Way Cycles