I'm a freelance writer living in Perth. Having 2 young kids with endless energy, we are always on the lookout for new outdoor activities.
Published November 27th 2014
If you think the answer to this question is too obvious, you're right. Of course the best annual fireworks in and around Perth is the Australia Day Skyworks. What could beat that?
Australia Day Skyworks
However, if you're the type of person who loves fireworks and cannot wait one whole year for the next Skyworks to arrive, you would be going around Perth, chasing fireworks where and when you can find them. So, let's compare notes and see which ones are actually worth chasing. I'll start with my list, and then it's your turn.
Let's start with New Year. There are two related days here: New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. For New Year's Eve, I'd say City of Mandurah's New Year's Eve Celebration (Mandurah Eastern Foreshore) is probably it. Whereas for New Year's Day it's City of Canning's New Year's Day Concert and Fireworks (Shelley Foreshore Park, between Beatrice Avenue and Corbell Street, Shelley). Both events are always well-attended, despite little promotion from the organisers.
Crowd waiting for NY Day Fireworks at Shelley Foreshore.
The Swan Festival of Lights is a quite recent addition to Perth annual fireworks. When it first started a few years back, it was a relatively small celebration of Deepavali by the Hindu community and their friends but now it has turned into a huge community event and the organiser is rich enough to burn fireworks over the Swan River every night of the festival.
Another festival with fireworks would be the Belmont Festival Finale, which faithfully ends with fireworks at Faulkner Park, Cloverdale. I always enjoy that one, and the free entertainment preceding it doesn't hurt either.
Free entertainment prior to fireworks at Belmont Festival Finale.
Approaching the end of the year, some Christmas Carol events would end with fireworks too, for example in 2014, City of Belmont's Carols in the Park and Heathridge Carols in the Park are already confirmed to end with fireworks. I also remember attending Scarborough Christmas Carols that ended in fireworks. That's sort of special because the fireworks were against the open ocean beyond Scarborough Beach, so it's a really dark background with minimal light pollution.
Anything you'd like to add to this list? Or anything you think should be excluded for whatever reason? Do let us know.
We took our boys to the "Fireworks Extravaganza" at the Swan Christian College festival in Aveley two weeks ago, as promoted on this site. Unfortunately we are still waiting for them to be fired. A lot of disappointed people.
Our favourite is the fireworks at the end of each evening at the Perth Royal Show. You don't have to be inside to see it, and I think they have free entry after a certain time each evening ('cause all the pavilions are closed). BUT, if you want the absolute best fireworks experience, get yourself on the chairlift just before it starts. Being up high the view is a m a z i n g!