So, the borders aren’t exactly open yet, but luckily for us in WA, we get to live in one of the most beautiful and spacious states in Australia. Though WA may strike most as a quiet and unassuming place to be, it is a hidden gem. It’s home to countless spots of breathtaking beauty, where you can eat and drink the finest meals, swim in the clearest waters with beautiful marine life and immerse yourself in the beauty of the outdoors. With that being said, here are five WA experiences you can treat your family to this holiday season.
1. Book distillery tours with Illegal Tender Rum Co.
Even if the thought of touring through Australian rum distilleries has never crossed your mind, we can guarantee that it is a memorable experience that everyone will enjoy. There is so much more than meets the eye with most things, especially in creating things at Illegal Tender Rum Co. They will take you through the facility, where you’ll hear firsthand how they handcraft their rum and spirits. Make a day of it and take in the beauty of the place, with complimentary samples of their finest rums and spirits to enjoy in their gorgeous cellar door area. Who better to share their passion and love for making rums and spirits than yours truly?
Due to alcohol laws, we do not recommend bringing children on these tours. However, there is an animal farm where kids can go and explore, so there’s something for everyone.
DISTILLERY TOUR DETAILS:
Tour times: 12:20pm Friday – Saturday
Price: $30 per adult
Duration: 45 minutes
Book distillery tours online
End of the day at our restaurant, The Common Place. Get yourself some in-house cocktails made from our products and pair them perfectly with platters of local produce.
Opening hours: Friday to Saturday, 4 pm – 8 pm
CLOSED: Easter Friday, Anzac Day, 10th December 2021, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve, New Years Day.
As a Christmas special, join us for dinner at the Distillery before embarking on our very own Christmas Light Tour. Receive our signature Christmas cocktail and start Christmas off the best way. Tickets are $39, hurry as spots are limited!
2. Take your family to the Western Australian Museum
This museum is home to approximately 4.7 million items from the fields of zoology, Earth and planetary sciences, archaeology, anthropology and history. Officially opened in 2020, the multistorey museum beautifully showcases WA’s scientific and cultural history.
Opening hours: 9:30 am – 5 pm daily.
Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Price: entry is FREE. Some special exhibitions and events may charge a fee.
But wait, there’s more! Beyond the WA museum, there is the WA Maritime Museum, the WA Shipwrecks Museum, the Museum of Geraldton, the Museum of the Goldfields and the Museum of the Great Southern. No matter what your loved ones’ interests are, the choices of where to take them are endless.
3. Take a daytrip to Rottnest Island
Everyone has to visit Rottnest Island at least once in their life. A stunning island just 19 kilometres from Perth, this place will truly feel like a holiday overseas. Surrounded by sparkling clear waters, spend the day swimming, snorkelling and fishing. Cycle through the island and visit the 20 different bays of white-sand beaches to relax at. You’ll be delighted to see the famous quokkas wandering around the island too. Rottnest could not be more perfect for summer.
Book a ferry trip to get yourself to this dreamy island. Prices and availability vary depending on the type of trip and if you wish to include an experience with it.
Rottnest offers island tours where you can explore its history and nature, activities such as hiring waterbikes and inflatables, shopping and spa services.
The beauty of the island is that you can make it as packed and involved or as relaxing and chilled out as you wish. The world is certainly your oyster.
4. Visit hawkers’ markets
Though most shops close at 5 pm, the night is just beginning for street food markets. Taste different foods of the world at markets around the city and the suburbs. Here is a handful to check out:
- Burns Beach Twilight Market
Opening days: every Wednesday night until March 23, 2022
Opening hours: 5pm-8:30pm
Location: Burns Beach foreshore
This market is one to impress with over 30+ food trucks, offering a world of international street food, live music and even a bar area. This market has everything you would ever want.
- South Perth StrEATS
Opening days: Sunday evenings
Opening hours: 5pm – 8:30pm
Location: Sir James Mitchell Park on South Perth Foreshore
What better way to try new foods than by overlooking the foreshore and the city on a picnic rug? Perfect for those cooler summer evenings, bring along your friends and family for a good time. Take in and appreciate the beauty that Perth is as you relax and eat out in the summery evening. Treat the food and foreshore lovers to an evening out under the stars.
- Scarborough Sunset Markets
Opening days: every Thursday night until April 28
Opening hours: 5pm – 9pm
Location: 152 The Esplanade, Scarborough WA 6019
Make your Thursday nights count by bringing your family and friends to the Scarborough Sunset Market – where the beach views and sunsets are unbeatable. Enjoy live music and great food or browse through markets selling beautiful handmade items. With the 23rd of December being Christmas eve-eve, why not take that Thursday night to check this market out?
5. Picnic at Kings Park
There’s nothing better than admiring the view of Perth’s city with your loved ones. Pack your own picnic food and make it as simple or as fancy as you wish. With plenty of space and beautiful greenery everywhere you look, a picnic at Kings Park makes for a lovely day out – make sure you stick around for the sunset and as the night sky begins to sparkle with stars.
Choose an experience and make it one you and your loved ones won’t forget!
This guide only captures a small snippet of all there is to do and see in Western Australia. You won’t have to look far to find many more things to bring your loved ones to experience. No matter what, as long as you’re spending quality time with the people you care about and intentionally put time and thought into what you’re getting them for Christmas, that in itself, priceless. Choose an experience and make it one you and your loved ones won’t forget!