Perth, in the beautiful state of Western Australia, is a popular holiday destination and a great place to live. But when the weather turns sour the broad range of things to do suddenly narrows.
To ensure you can make the most out of your time in Perth or your weekends and days off for locals, we’ve got a list of the best things to do that don’t include sitting at home wishing the rain away.
10. Relax in the City of Perth Library
Location: 573 Hay Street, Perth
This is one library that won’t put you to sleep! The modern library features a variety of different areas and levels to suit a range of visitors.
If you’re looking for a way to keep the kids entertained indoors then make this your number one stop. The library has ample activities to suit the young ones including Storytime, Rhymetime and Nature Storytime each on different days of the week (check the website for more information).
The great news is bookings aren’t required and you can walk right in to attend, however, when it starts to rain the more people come to join in so we advise arriving early to grab a seat.
Teenagers and young adults, forget everything you’ve ever known about libraries because The Attic in the City of Perth Library is reinventing libraries for youth. Located on the fifth floor of the library, this area is solely dedicated to visitors aged between 12 and 24 years.
The Attic provides visitors with access to young adult novels, magazines, books and DVDs and features computers, wifi and study rooms for those looking for a quiet space. There are also various events held here that will help the rainy day pass in no time.
The library is open 7 days a week from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm on Saturday and 12pm to 4pm on Sunday. There is no onsite parking at the library, however, public parking lots and public transport stops are located close by.
9. Wander around the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
Location: 51 James Street, Perth
The number one place for all things under the contemporary arts umbrella, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, or PICA as it’s known, is a great place to spend some time during your visit to Perth.
Housing a number of exhibits and hosting various performances and events, a visit to PICA will challenge, intrigue and impress. Some of the featured exhibits have included When the Sky Fell: Legacies of the 1967 Referendum and Two Places, One Space.
Make sure you visit the PICA website before your visit to see what is currently on display before your visit.
Suitable for everyone looking to delve into the world of the arts, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts is located in the Perth Cultural Centre and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
8. Admire pieces at the Art Gallery of WA
Location: Perth Cultural Centre, Roe Street, Perth
Get your cultural fix in Perth when it’s raining with a visit to the Art Gallery of WA. A popular attraction year round thanks to its ever-changing exhibits and displays, the gallery often sees and influx in visitors when the weather turns bad.
Reached easily by foot (with an umbrella of course), public transport or car, the gallery provides one of the best culturally-infused days out.
Home to a collection of travelling and permanent exhibits, you’ll be able to visit the gallery as many times as you like over the course of the year and have the chance to see something different each time.
Some of the exhibits featured in the gallery include The Rise of Sneaker Culture, Unknown Land, Dissenting Voices and Heath Ledger: A Life In Pictures. Appealing to a range of age groups and tastes, there’s sure to be something to suit everyone at the Art Gallery of WA.
Entry to the gallery is completely free, however, visitors are asked to make a donation upon entry. The gallery is open to the public Wednesday to Mondays from 10am to 5pm with the exception of Good Friday, ANZAC Day and Christmas Day.
7. Explore the WA Maritime Museum
Location: Victoria Quay, Peter Hughes Drive, Fremantle
Located in the beautiful Fremantle region, the WA Maritime Museum is the perfect place to learn about the marine history of the region.
Looking out over the Indian Ocean, the museum houses a number of different exhibits throughout the year and has a number of permanent galleries, so there’s sure to be something to grab your attention during your visit.
Some of the permanent exhibits include the HMAS Ovens, Tin Canoe to Australia II, Indian Ocean and Swan River.
The museum is great for all ages, and despite it being around a half hour drive from Perth, it is an ideal attraction for those rainy days in Perth.
The museum is open 7 days a week from 9:30am to 5pm with the exception of Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Good Friday and the morning of ANZAC Day.
- Children (5-15yrs): FREE
- Concession: $7.50
- Adults: $15
- Family (2A + 2C or 1A + 3C): $30
- Children (5-15yrs): $7.50
- Concession: $7.50
- Adults: $15
- Family (2A + 2C or 1A + 3C): $35
6. Browse the Markets
Location: South Terrace & Henderson Street, Fremantle & Peter Hughes Drive, Fremantle
Escape the rain with a visit to some of the region’s most popular markets. The iconic Fremantle Markets are open on weekends, as are the E Shed Markets. Both offer visitors the chance to browse goods and buy food out of the rain.
If you’re looking for an outing to purchase some goodies, both the edible and tangible kind, then the Fremantle Markets are the place to be. One of the best markets in the state, Fremantle Markets offers both an indoor and outdoor section when the weather is fine, but when the rain comes, the stalls stay indoors.
Inside the heritage building, you’ll find permanent stalls selling a range of goods including clothing, jewellery and accessories, giftware and homewares, souvenirs, art, antiques and both ready-to-eat food and fresh produce stalls.
On the other hand, E Shed Market is the best waterside market in the region and offers visitors the chance to browse and purchase a range of goods while admiring beautiful views over the water.
Housed in a historical warehouse, here you’ll find local handmade goods, antiques and collectables, vintage and modern fashion as well as ready-to-eat food and tasty coffee.
Both sites offer the ultimate market experience, which one you choose to visit depends on what you want to see, buy and eat.
5. Jump around at Just Jump
Location: 1/637 Wanneroo Road, Wanneroo
Located around half an hour from Perth CBD, Just Jump is the ultimate rainy day (and normal day) activity. With a room full of trampolines and obstacles, you’ll have a hard time pulling yourself and the kids away from this great family-friendly attraction.
Allowing trampoline and parkour enthusiasts to let loose, Just Jump combines fitness and fun in the one room. There are a handful of different areas to enjoy including the large trampoline mats, Foam Pit and Parkour Playground.
If you need a break from all of the jumping around you can take it easy in the Chill Out Zone and enjoy the cafe and arcade games.
Just Jump also has Adult Fitness and Box Fit Classes for those looking to keep their fitness up despite the rain.
Those looking to visit the trampoline park must book their sessions online before arriving. Sessions are in hour blocks with the availability of each time listed on their website.
Price wise, the first hour costs $10 and the second $7. During School Days the prices are cheaper as it’s $7 for the first hour and $5 for the second.
- Monday & Tuesday: 3pm to 7pm
- Wednesday: 9am to 12pm & 3pm to 8pm
- Thursday & Friday: 9am to 12pm & 3pm to 8pm
- Saturday: 9am to 5pm
- Sunday: 11am to 6pm
4. Paint and Sip with Cabernet & Canvas
Location: Various Locations
Bringing the fun activity of paint and sip classes to Western Australia, Cabernet & Canvas combines a fun and easy art class with your favourite bottle of wine.
Run by local artists, Cabernet and Canvas is a mobile art studio bringing the fun of painting to you and your function. Catering for private parties and hosting public classes, you can grab a few of friends for a great day, afternoon or evening in front of a canvas.
Classes are held regularly at various venues around Perth including The Bassendean Hotel, Rigby’s Bar & Bistro, Pure Bar and Joondalup Resort.
Each class runs for 2 to 3 hours and includes all necessary equipment and tutorials to help you paint the perfect picture. It costs $65 per person, $15 of which goes towards a meal from the venue. You’ll be provided with a blank canvas, brushes, paint and an apron, and can take your finished masterpiece home at the end of the class.
If you’re looking for some adult fun in Perth during the wet weather, this comes highly recommended. Check out upcoming classes on the Cabernet & Canvas website or book your own private function.
3. Catch a film at Luna Palace Cinema
Location: 155 Oxford Street, Leederville
This is a favourite rainy day activity with a difference as Luna Palace Cinemas is one of the leading independent cinemas in Perth.
Playing some of the lesser known titles that don’t make it to commercial theatre screens, Luna Palace Cinema offers visitors the chance to sit back, relax and enjoy a unique film.
The cinema has screen films such as I Am Heath Ledger, Hounds Of Love and Their Finest. Session times vary and the lineup of films is constantly changing, so be sure to plan ahead by visiting their website or turn up and pick at random.
In addition to Luna Leederville, there are a number of other Luna Palace Cinema sites including Cinema Paradiso on James Street, Luna On SX on Essex Street and Windsor Cinema on the Stirling Highway in Nedlands.
It’s important to note, Luna Palace Cinema also hosts some pretty epic premieres, so if you can grab a ticket to one of those, you’re in for a treat.
- Child/Senior/Pensioner: $15
- Luna Privilege Card: $15.50
- Student/Healthcare: $16
- Subscriptions/Backpackers: $18
- Adult: $20.50
2. Explore Scitech
Location: City West Centre, Sutherland Street & Railway Street, Perth
The ultimate exciting and educational day out for the young ones, Scitech makes science fun! Full of interesting exhibits, activities and shows, you’ll have a hard time pulling the kids, and yourself, away from this popular attraction.
Standout attractions include the Scitech Planetarium, a giant 180-degree dome and theatre with surround sound and lasers. The reclining seats give you. great view as the room comes alive. Showing different movies on a regular basis, past films have included Capturing the Cosmos, We Are Aliens and Dark Universe.
Scitech is also home to themed exhibits, usually housing two or more different exhibitions every year. Often interactive and thought-provoking themes that will get the kids excited to learn and problem solve with each other.
Be sure to check the Scitech website to see what exhibit is being featured at the time, and note that different exhibits are suitable for different age groups.
Other highlights include the Puppet Theatre for the young ones aged 3 to 7 years. The Puppet Theatre tells simple and enjoyable stories over half an hour. Shows don’t require bookings nor any extra payments and are held multiple times a day.
Scitech is open 7 days a week from 9:30am to 4pm weekdays and 10am to 5pm weekends.
- Child (under 4yrs): Free
- Child: $12
- Concession: $16
- Adult: $19
1. Visit the Aquarium of WA
Location: 91 Southside Drive, Hillarys
An obvious choice, but always a good one. The Aquarium of Western Australia is one of the best ways to spend a day, rain or shine. Perfect for adult and kids alike, the aquarium is one of the best in the country and will make you fall in love with all things aquatic.
Home to all of your regular marine animals, the aquarium is split into a number of different exhibits; Great Southern, Shipwreck Coast, Perth Coast, Far North, DangerZone and Adventure Bay.
The Great Southern exhibit showcases life on the Australian south-west coast. Battling cold waters from Antarctica and a rugged coastline, here you’ll be able to discover the animals that call this part of Australia home.
These include Pineapple Fish, Leafy Seadragons, Daisy Coral and Old Wives and Western Blue Devils. The informative exhibits mean you’ll be able to learn all about these sea creatures and how they live.
Another standout exhibit is the DangerZone, a display of some of the deadliest sea creatures in the world. You’ll be able to learn about the animals, why they’re considered strange or deadly, and learn what they look like so they’re easier to spot in the wild. Some of the animals include the Lionfish, Puffer Fish, Sea Snake, Blue Ringed Octopus and Stone Fish.
There are also a number of creature talks and tours around the aquarium to help you get the most out of your visit, these take place multiple times a day (check the website for more information).
Other highlights in the aquarium, especially for the young ones, include the Discovery Pool where you get hands on with some of the smaller animals, watch fish feedings and enjoy stories and craft sessions at the various different exhibits.
The Aquarium of Western Australia is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm (with the exception of Christmas Day).
- Child (under 4yrs): Free with a family member
- Child (4-15yrs): $18
- Concession (valid card): $22
- Adult; $30
- Family (2A + 2C or 1A + 3C): $79
If you’re looking for more things to see and do around Perth for when the rain clears up, check out our Perth catalogue page online and book your experiences today!
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