Perth is a fantastic city for those of us who enjoy a drink or two. From bars and rooftops to bottomless brunches, there are plenty of activities. But what if you actually don’t fancy a drink for a change?
If you’re looking to have a bit of an alcohol detox, and want weekend plans that don’t end in drunken calls to your ex, then we have the perfect activities for you. Here are our picks of the best alcohol-free things to do in Perth.
Spend the day learning about life beneath the waves at The Aquarium of Western Australia. This is Australia’s largest single aquarium containing over three million litres of seawater. During your visit, you will be able to explore over 45 unique exhibits showcasing only native Western Australian marine life. The Aquarium is an incredible experience, but if sea creatures aren’t really your thing there are also other great places to spend the day with all sorts of wildlife in Perth.
2. Mini Golf
We’ve all heard of mini golf, but Holey Moley takes the sport to a new level. This mini golf course turns traditional putt putt into a multi-sensory labyrinth of fun and nostalgia. You’ll get to play through unique holes inspired by everything from your every day to the fun of your childhood memories.
Hosted in cities around the world and with over 3 million attendees globally, Candlelight Concerts are not to be missed. Enjoy a night of classical music in various iconic venues in Perth. Illuminated by candlelight and performed by live musicians, this will be an evening you won’t forget. With concerts ranging from tributes to Jazz Greats or Taylor Swift to renditions of music by Joe Hisaishi, there is a candlelight concert for everyone. Experience the joy of classical music, and be swept away by these live performances.
4. Escape room
If you’re looking for some entertainment that’s a little out of the ordinary, then perhaps Escape This is the place for you! Choose a horror or adventure storyline and work as a team to successfully escape the well-thought-out and creative concept rooms. Clues and tasks can be quite unconventional, so be prepared to think out of the box and stretch your creativity to the limits. You will have 60 minutes to find clues and solve the puzzles that will eventually lead you to escape.
There is nothing like a late-morning weekend brunch, and luckily for you, Perth has no shortage of amazing Brunch spots. Whether you enjoy sweet or savoury, or a bit of both, these top-notch cafes have it all. Book a table and order from these extensive brekkie menus and delicious coffees.
If you’re an old-school gamer, then Nostalgia Box will bring back heaps of memories! This is Australia’s only video game console museum and showcases over 100 consoles from the 1970s through to the 2000s. Learn more about the history of gaming and even play some of the classics like Pong, Space Invaders, Super Mario Bros, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Crash Bandicoot.
Kings Park is one of the world’s largest and most beautiful inner city parks and is the perfect place to spend a relaxing alcohol-free afternoon. Stroll along the footpaths and enjoy sweeping views of the Swan and Canning Rivers, the city skyline and the Darling Ranges to the east. The park is home to over 3,000 species of the state’s unique flora, so if you’re interested in the outdoors this place is a dream!
8. The Beach
Perth is lucky to have a variety of great beaches to cool off at during the warmer months. Spend a day lounging on the white sands and paddling about in the clear water. Pack some snacks and beach bats, and you have the perfect day out!
Running during the summer season from October to March, Rooftop Movies offers stunning sunsets and top-notch films. Every year they release an incredible lineup of golden oldies, new blockbusters and family-friendly movies. Keep an eye on their website to stay updated!
Enjoy a short trip out of Perth on this guided tour to Yanchep National Park, a beautiful escape into nature. The park is home to an abundance of native Australian plants and is also home to Aussie animals including kangaroos and koalas. You will be able to participate in bush walks and bird watching, or just enjoy breathing in the fresh air in nature.