If you hadn’t noticed, we speak a lot about our love of Perth. But let’s not forget that it’s part of this enormous, incredibly diverse and pretty darn spectacular state. From the pindan and turquoise oceans of the Kimberley to the arid landscape of the Sandy Desert and farming lands of the Wheatbelt, right down to the lush and winding forests of the South West and dramatic coastlines of the Great Southern, Western Australia is a place to live like no other.
That’s why we love WA Day—and no, not just because it provides us with a long weekend (although that is a massive bonus). We love it because it reminds us of how much this state has to offer and with travel restrictions almost completely lifted (we’ll be coming for you as soon as we can Broome), we're hoping people will be out exploring every corner of it.
Here are the best things to do this WA Day long weekend.
Take A Road Trip
Our WA tourist destinations have been doing it tough lately so jump in the car to support local this weekend. If you’re planning a trip to Margaret River, things are looking a little different so find out what’s open and plan ahead here. If you want to explore somewhere new, try the hidden lakes of Collie, camping in Dwellingup or explore the Perth Hills. If none of those sound like your cup of tea, check out the most amazing places to visit in WA and start planning that next trip.
If you’re sticking around in Perth you might just have the place to yourself, so it’s the perfect time to go and explore the great outdoors. Check out the best waterfall hikes in Perth, go for a paddle at these kayaking spots, sit back and enjoy a picnic, try your luck at one of these fishing spots, take in the sunset or sunrise or go for a scenic drive.
Tune Into SOTAStream
While SOTA won’t be going off in the city like it usually does, the team have decided to take things online so you can stream the free SOTAStream concert from 2pm to 8pm this Monday 1 June. The killer line-up includes Drapht, San Cisco, Methyl Ethel, Abbe May, Carla Geneve, Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse and the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets so get ready to party.
Take A Daycation In The Swan Valley
The Swan Valley Visitor Centre re-opens this Saturday 30 May and there’s plenty going on to keep you busy for a full day. Loads of Swan Valley restaurants have re-opened for dine-in, plus there are plenty more doing takeaway, and of course, you wouldn’t want to forget to stop in at the wineries, distilleries and breweries that have re-opened. Once you’re stuffed to the brim, stretch your legs on one of the Guildford Heritage Walk Trails or head to Gidgegannup for a bushwalk.
Support The Freo Music Industry
Restrictions are easing but gigs are still a way off, so support the industry by getting involved with Freo Live. Kicking off this weekend, local Fremantle venues like Ronnie Nights, The National Hotel, Clancy’s and more will be joining forces to host live performances which will be streamed so you can watch from home. Check out the full line up here.
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