You don’t need to ponder for very long to come up with a list of common things to do and see around Perth. Swim at Cottesloe Beach. Walk through Kings Park. Get coffee in Fremantle. Cycle around Rottnest. Go on a wine tour in Margaret River. You know the drill.
But what about some of the less-common things to do around this fair city of ours? Things that maybe not everybody else will also be doing at the same time? Well look no further, because luckily for you, we have put together a list of the best things you didn’t know you could do in Perth. It’s time to get out of your comfort zones, kids.
Go Chocolate And Wine Pairing In The Swan Valley
If anyone ever tells you that chocolate and wine don’t mix, tell them they are crazy, walk away and defriend them on Facebook. Then once you’ve done all that, get to Providore for their chocolate and wine pairing master class. The Margaret River Chocolate Company and Providore have started daily wine and chocolate pairing classes at their Swan Valley tasting centre. For the very reasonable price of $30, you get to pair six Coward & Black wines with matching chocolates, try their chocolate liqueur range, and also get a bottle of Sambarino liqueur to take home.
Learn To Cook Chinese In Northbridge
Love honey chicken and wish you could recreate it at home, rather than have the staff at Uncle Billy’s know you by name? The good people at Wandering Wok have got you covered. Not only do they run Chinese cooking classes, but they also do walking tours of Northbridge’s Chinatown, guiding you through the plethora of Asian grocers in the area (because those markets can be a bit overwhelming, yes?) and showing you where to buy the best spices, sauces, rice, fresh produce and meats. You’ll be a pro in no time.
Get Free Beer At Little Creatures
Sure, you know that Little Creatures do a mean pale ale, but did you know that you can pop over to Creatures NextDoor and do a free beer tasting? Perfect for those indecisive folks out there who want to try all the beers before making the crucial decision of which one to buy a pint of. This is definitely one of the best things you didn't know you could do in Perth.
Climb Melon Hill In Swanbourne
Now here’s a nice little Saturday—head to Swanbourne and go for a hike up Melon Hill. From the top, you’ll be able to see all the way from Fremantle and Garden Island to Scarborough Beach, plus catch glimpses of Rottnest and the city skyline. Once you’re done taking photos of your view and putting them on Instagram with #urbalistperth, #amazingwa and #perthisok hashtags, meander back down and reward yourself for your hiking efforts with lunch at The Shorehouse.
Go Look At The Stars At Gingin Observatory
If you’re feeling a bit stressed or worried, a really good way to deal with it is to go look at the wonders of space and be reminded that you are just a tiny speck, on a big planet, in a giant universe. Suddenly your problems don’t seem so big, do they? Head to the Gingin Observatory and take a peek through their telescopes at the big bad solar system out there. And if you’re unsure of exactly what you’re looking at, don’t worry—they have astronomers there to answer any questions for you.
Go On A Wine And Food Cycle Route In The Swan Valley
Did you know that the clever cookies in the Swan Valley have made a cycle map of wineries and eateries in the area? What a fantastic idea! Grab your bike, jump on the train to Guildford train station and start your wine-tasting adventure. When you feel like a break, grab some snacks from Mandoon and enjoy a picnic on their grassed area to rest those weary legs. All that cycling means you definitely deserve all the cheese and crackers you can get your hands on.
Learn To Crochet At Granny Funk
If you want to occupy yourself AND come away with something useful, then look no further than Granny Funk. The team here firmly believe that crocheting is not just for grannies—nor is it just for making doilies and milk jug covers. Granny Funk runs workshops and courses teaching you the age-old skill of crochet, so you can make mittens, beanies, scarves and toys like it's nobody’s business. Granny wheels her funk-mobile all over town, operating in various places throughout the Perth metro area.
Go Twilight Sailing
Most sailing clubs around Perth offer twilight sailing. Try South of Perth Yacht Club in Applecross, which runs twilight sailing every Wednesday evening throughout the summer sailing season. It’s all social sailing too, so you don’t have to stress about being a pro at racing sailboats. It kicks off at 6.15pm so you can enjoy the sunset and speccy city views from your prime position of a sailboat on the Swan River. And when you’re done, why not head over to Clancy’s Fish Pub in Applecross for a post-sailing feed?
Check Out The Tunnels At Leighton
Listen up, history buffs. When Singapore fell to the Japanese in World War II, military strategists thought Fremantle may be at risk. So to protect the harbour, five coastal battery units were built, with the Leighton site having a 400 metre network of tunnels underneath. They have been restored by the Royal Australian Historical Society of WA, and are open for public tours every Sunday between 10am and 3pm.
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