What to Do in Perth this Summer | Best of Perth 2021

Summer 2021 is officially underway and ibis Styles East Perth is ready to welcome you with plenty of fun in the sun! This year, there are plenty of amazing family-friendly activities, exciting festivals and lots to be explored in Perth and the surrounding area, so if you’re wondering what to do in Perth, here are just a few ideas to get started with.


Whether you’re looking to explore the crystal clear waters and marine life, or make your way around the hidden gems on land, Perth never fails to deliver when it comes to things to see and do. Enjoy long and lazy days on pristine beaches before sampling the best local cuisine. Stock up on bargains, immerse yourself in local culture and spend the night sipping on local wines and craft beers while watching the world pass by. 


With a central city location moments away from public transport links and local attractions, our rooms at ibis Styles East Perth are made for amazing stays. Book yourself into our superior and deluxe city or river view rooms, enjoy an indulgent night’s sleep on our Signature ibis Sweet Bed, power up with a hearty breakfast and get ready to enjoy Perth like a local.


Ready to book your stay? Here’s what to do in Perth Summer 2021!


AQWA -The Aquarium of Western Australia


Make your way beneath the waves at the Aquarium of Western Australia, also known as AQWA – the perfect place for a day out this summer. Get up close and personal with some of Western Australia’s best known and iconic marine life. Climb on the largest moving walkway in Australia and be transported through the underwater tunnel, offering unique perspectives of giant sea turtles, stingrays and sharks.


Another drawcard to AQWA is its coral reef exhibit – one of the largest in the world. Both entertaining and educational, it’s a great way to explore the secret world that lies beneath the waves. 


Directions to AQWA

Perth Water Bikes


When it comes to family-friendly fun in Perth, what could be better than taking to the Swan River as part of one of the city’s most unique attractions? Perth Water Bikes is an absolute must for those looking for something a little bit different. Take in plenty of fresh air, city views and new perspectives from your very own boat – bike hybrid.


Make your way past icons such as Optus Stadium, South Pier and Elizabeth Quay, with hire starting from as little as $30.00. Better yet, quote ibis Styles East Perth when booking your water bike ride and save $15.00 off your Perth river activity!


Directions to Perth Water Bikes 


Perth Festival


Kicking off on Friday Feb 5th and running for the whole month, the Perth Festival makes a welcome return to the city, bringing endless activities and experiences for everyone to enjoy. From literary performances to music, art and light – every day delivers another experience to explore and enjoy.


Looking for more festivals to enjoy this year? Check out our Perth activities and festivals post.


The Raft Perth


If lounging around on the river with great views, fantastic food and indulgent drinks are your things, then the Perth Raft will be right up your alley. If here for the weekend, why not check out Salty Sundays for an afternoon of music, specially curated drinks and a selection of bar bites and garden platters to enjoy.


Located less than a 5-minute drive – or a 20-minute walk – from ibis Style East Perth, it’s also available for private hire and special events throughout the year. Take in the spectacular city sunset in style from Perth’s number one floating glass cube.


Directions to the Perth Raft 


Cider & Pork Festival


Kicking off on Saturday 27th Feb and running until Sunday 28th, the Perth Cider and Pork Festival is back, bringing the best of homegrown and international produce and mouth-watering eats and treats. With more than 130 different ciders available on tap, along with pork served up a hundred different ways – discover why pork and apple really is the ultimate flavour combination.


Enjoy sipping on crisp and refreshing cider under the hot summer sun and make the most of the beautiful outdoor weather. Located just a short 4-minute drive from ibis Styles East Perth, it’s the perfect Perth pork celebration that’s sure to satisfy the pickiest of eaters.


Directions to Cider & Pork Festival

Matagrup Bridge Climb & Zipline


Having just recently opened, the Matagrup Bridge Climb and Zipline is the ultimate attraction for those looking for a little bit of an adrenaline burst. Climb your way up through 72 meters of the bridge architecture to take in brand new views from the SkyView viewing platform. Feeling brave? Why not propel yourself 400m over the Swan River at up to 75 km/h on the brand new zipline?


Located just a short 20-minute amble from ibis Styles East Perth or a 4-minute drive, the Matagrup Bridge Climb and Zipline is an amazing choice for a last-minute activity that is safe, fun – and most of all – unique!


Directions to Matagrup Bridge Climb & Zipline 


Explore the WA Museum


Highlighting the rich and diverse cultural and natural heritage of Western Australia, the WA Museum is a must for anyone visiting Perth. Covering a whole array of exhibitions and experiences ranging from the iconic blue whale, prehistoric treasures, out of this world meteorites and cutting edge interactive displays – walk back through time and discover the captivating story of the region and the people who shaped it.


Entry into the WA Museum is free for everyone and there’s more than enough to see and do for an entire afternoon out. Whether visiting alone, with friends, or the family, this educational experience really adds the “story” into “history” and guarantees to be time well spent.


Directions to WA Museum


Foodie Heaven at Twilight Hawkers Market


Held every Friday throughout summer until March 26th, the Twilight Hawkers Market in Perth is the ultimate foodie’s paradise. The perfect place to enjoy sampling authentic street food from all four corners of the world, kick back with amazing cuisine and live music and soak up the unique atmosphere it brings. 


Once you’ve finished filling up on noodles, roti and barbequed treats, head off to the nearby malls and shops to stock up on souvenirs and goodies or enjoy ambling along Elizabeth Quay and watching the city lights sparkling off the river.


Directions to Twilight Hawkers Market 


Visit the Roo’s at Heirisson Island


Located in the middle of the Swan River and just moments away from ibis Styles East Perth, Heirisson Island is a unique place to enjoy a picnic surrounded by Kangaroos in the busy city centre. Offering a tranquil space to enjoy soaking up city sights from all sides, there’s enough to enjoy here for a couple of hours downtime before making your way to your next destination.


It’s also a fantastic choice for a romantic sunset walk with your loved one. More of a local gem than an actual tourist attraction, wildlife galore, great views and a little bit of peace makes it a popular choice for locals looking to relax and unwind.


Directions to Heirisson Island

Get Back to Nature at Perth Botanical Gardens


One of the most popular places for Perth visitors to head to is Kings Park and the Botanic Gardens. Home to over 3,000 species of flora and fauna, this vast riverside park in Perth has plenty to enjoy. A haven for native wildlife and locals alike, explore 4,000 hectares of nature in the heart of the city.


The perfect place for a lazy afternoon picnic under the tree canopy, playgrounds, walking trails and biking are all available here. For those not sure what direction to head, the visitor centre provides free guided walking tours around Kings Park and the Botanic Gardens. 


Directions to Perth Botanical Gardens


Cocktail Dinner Cruise Down the Swan River


Another staple of the Perth “must-do” list is taking a cruise down the Swan River. Whether you want to enjoy an early morning cruise as the city is bursting into life or a late-night dinner as you sail past many of Perth city’s iconic landmarks, you have plenty of options available. 


One of the most popular cruises is the Cocktail Dinner Cruise with Captain Cook Cruises. Departing from near the Bell Tower and Elizabeth Quay, you’ll enjoy a slap-up meal and drinks as you make your way down the river. Live entertainment, complimentary drinks and full bar facilities are included. Starting at $139.00 per adult and $109.00 for kids aged 2 -12yrs, it’s a spectacular way to see the city without any walking required.


Directions to Captain Cook Cruises

The Best Place to Stay in Perth


To make the most of your stay in Perth, our central location and great value rooms help you do more for less. Kick back and relax in modern, stylish and comfortable rooms with all of the facilities and amenities you need for an amazing stay. With a variety of rooms to fit every budget, along with fantastic food and drinks at Eastside Social Restaurant & Bar onsite, we have your next stay in Perth covered.


Ready to explore the best of what’s on in Perth? Book your stay today, pack those bags and get ready to enjoy a summer getaway made for making memories.