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Australia Day at Perth Foreshore

Your Australia Day Long Weekend Guide

Nestled on the banks of the stunning Swan River, Perth is one of the prettiest and most isolated cities in the world.

Come and explore the city where you’ll find shopping, eating, drinking and loads of attractions just waiting to be discovered. The only question now is…where to start?

24 January - 27 January 2020
You’ve decided to head into Perth City for the Australia Day Long Weekend, and we’ve decided to help you hit the ground running by creating a fun-filled, four-day staycation itinerary. All the best bits of Perth and the Australia Day Long Weekend hand-picked and distilled into an easy to follow game plan – so all you have to do is show up.

Day One Snapshot

The long weekend starts now! Set your emails to autoreply or hang up the closed sign then head to Perth City to begin the festivities with a cocktail at sunset and a meander through the night markets. It’s time to unwind.


  • Take the day off.
  • Pack your essebtials for a weekend of fun!
  • Head to Perth City.


  • Check into a hotel.
  • Head out for a cocktail.
  • Forget about your work week.


  • Twilight Hawkers Market for an early dinner.
  • Optus Stadium for a Perth Scorchers game.
  • Rest up at hotel for day two.
  • Walking routes banner


    Even if you don’t manage to arrive until the afternoon, there is still plenty to do in Perth City once you’ve packed all your essentials for a weekend of fun. We suggest something light and breezy that lets you seamlessly transition from the hotel lounge to an evening out on the town.

  • Choose from hundreds of cafes in and around Perth


    Your long weekend staycation begins now! After checking into Doubletree by Hilton Northbridge, we recommend heading out for a short walk to Henry Summer for an afternoon cocktail, expertly mixed by one of their talented bar staff. This is what the Australia Day Long Weekend is for, warm weather, cool drinks and pretending your work emails don’t exist. 

  • Young scorchers fans cheering


    So you’ve had a cocktail or two at Henry Summer and are beginning to brainstorm ways you can make a living as a professional holiday reviewer – if there is such a thing? This is your cue to make your way to the Twilight Hawkers Market, which kicks off from 4.30pm in Forest Chase, to seek out a delicious street food dinner. You’ll need the energy, because the Perth Scorchers take on Adelaide Strikers at Optus Stadium at 6.10pm.


Day Two Snapshot

The sun is beginning to peak in through your hotel window – that’s your invitation to head out for a nourishing, locally sourced breakfast. Today is all about shopping, tunes and entertainment. A Fringe show or rooftop movie? You don’t need to decide right now.


  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore a different side of the city with Peddle Perth.


  • Shopping in the city - go on, you deserve it!
  • Relaxing afternoon of DJ tunes at Summer Backyard.


  • Take yourself to the edge with a Fringe show.
  • Kick back and catch a flick at the Rooftop Movies or Moonlight Cinema.
  • Recharge at the hotel for day three.
  • Perth City Farm

    Morning 2

    Sure, you could sleep in, but then again, you’d be robbing yourself of precious holiday hours. A shower and an invigorating morning walk to Perth City Farm Café (a farm in the city? You bet!) for a nourishing, locally sourced breakfast is exactly what you need to get the most out of day two. 

  • Murray Street Mall

    Afternoon 2

    Feeling energised? We knew you would. Focus that energy with a stroll through the malls and arcades of the city – and treat yourself, it’s a holiday! After that, go relax at Summer Backyard with smooth DJ tunes, shade and activities in Forrest Place. 

  • Fringe World Family

    Evening 2

    It’s amazing what a little music and rest can do! Now comes the decision between a Fringe show (there are so many!), Jumanji: The Next Level at Moonlight Cinema, or Charlie’s Angels at Rooftop Movies. If you’re having trouble deciding, maybe stop for an early dinner. Everything will become clear after a delicious meal.

Day Three Snapshot

It’s Sunday morning, but it feels like a Saturday morning – ah, the joys of along weekend! Give yourself a break today and let Peddle Perth show you aside of the city you didn’t know. But make sure you’re free in the afternoon for the Australia Day Skyworks.



  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore a different side of the city with Peddle Perth.


  • Head to Langley Park at 3pm for the Skyworks event.
  • Explore the free Lotterywest Entertainment Zone, Birak Concert and the Air Show.


  • Turn on the radio, tilt your head skywards.
  • Marvel as the sky comes to life with fireworks from 8pm.
  • peddle Perth

    Morning 3

    Isn’t it great to wake up on a Sunday morning and know that it’s not the end of the weekend? Once you’ve fuelled up for breakfast, it’s time to explore a different side of the city with Peddle Perth who will show you the best corners of Perth city – and anything you may have missed on day one and two.

  • Langley Park

    Afternoon 3

    If you haven’t packed drinks and snacks for the Skyworks event, which kicks off at 3pm, don’t worry. There’ll be food trucks, as well as the free Lotterywest Entertainment Zone, the Birak Concert and the return of the Air Show. Just make sure you secure yourself a comfortable vantage point for the fireworks…

  • Fireworks over the Swan River at Skyworks 2018

    Evening 3

    This is it. This is what we’ve been building up to and there’s nothing left for you to do but tune your radio to Mix 94.5 and tilt your head skywards at 8pm as the fireworks light up the night sky. Who knew chemistry could be so captivating? 

Day Four Snapshot

It’s the final day of the Australia Day Long Weekend and work seems like a distant memory. The good news is, you still have an entire day to treat yourself to a spa treatment at Endota Spa and let your imagination run wild at Art Gallery WA. Keep that holiday feeling going!



  • Come to terms with the fact that this is the last day of the long weekend.
  • Indulge in express light therapy at Endota Light & Hydration Studio in Raine Square.


  • Lunch at a bar. Or a café. Or a restaurant. You’re in charge of your own destiny. 
  • Feed your mind at Art Gallery WA and join the free ‘That Seventies Feeling’ guided tour. 


  • Time to head home knowing you made the most of the Australia Day Long Weekend.
  • It’s not goodbye. It’s see you later.
  • The University of Western Australia

    Morning 4

    Now isn’t the time to think about what your inbox will look like tomorrow morning. There is a whole day to fill and we know just the thing to have you feeling free all week: express light therapy at Endota Light & Hydration Studio in Raine Square. Your colleagues will want to know your secret – will you tell them, or will you keep it just between us?

  • Art Gallery of WA exhibit

    Afternoon 4

    You spent all weekend feeding your stomach – it’s now time to feed your mind. Head to Art Gallery WA and join the free ‘That Seventies Feeling…the Late Modern’ guided tour which showcases some of the Gallery’s best works from their debut decade. 

  • People walking through Murray Street Mall

    Evening 4

    With mind, body and soul nourished, it’s time to head home satisfied in the knowledge that you’ve made the most out of the Australia Day Long Weekend. If we gave out medals for participating, you’d be placing yours on the mantle piece.