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5 Things to do in Perth When it's Raining

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Published August 15th 2017
Even though Perth boasts one of the best climates in the world and is famous for its relaxed outdoor lifestyle, the reality is that this pretty coastal city does get some rain.

But there's absolutely no reason for a little wet weather to dampen your spirits or wash out your entertainment plans because Perth is full of fun and exciting things to do when it's raining. Here are our top five suggestions:

1. Perth Mint
Photo: Perth Mint

A visit to the historic Perth Mint is a treat for all ages. Once inside the grand heritage building, you're spoilt for choice with a host of different attractions and exhibitions on offer. Learn about the extraordinary story of WA's golden history, immerse yourself in the multimedia extravaganza with interactive displays and historic images, marvel at the many priceless artefacts including the largest and most valuable coin in the world, watch a traditional gold pour in the original 19th century melting house, handle over half a million dollars' worth of gold bullion and much, much more.

2. Fremantle Prison
A rainy day is the perfect time to uncover the dark secrets hidden behind (and beneath) the imposing 5m high walls of Fremantle Prison. Built by convicts in the 1850s, the prison was only decommissioned in 1991 and offers a range of fascinating tours and experiences which recount its history of austere incarceration which included hangings, floggings, dramatic escapes and prisoner riots. For the adventurous, the underground tour on foot and by boat of the labyrinth of tunnels built by prisoners and the spooky night-time torchlight tour are musts - but there are plenty of other fascinating daytime tour options for exploring this premier tourist attraction.

3. Scitech
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Scitech's massive dome has been a symbol of wonder and excitement for kids as well as adults for over 25 years - and visitors continue to flock to this not-for-profit science and technology centre because of its ever-changing array of hands-on exhibits and dynamic shows. Ponder the big questions about the universe while stargazing in the mega 1800 planetarium, take part in high-tech science experiments and discoveries, solve a crime using forensic science, see yourself in 3D, have your actions mimicked by a robot - there's endless fun and discovery for the whole family at fascinating Scitech.

4. Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA)
Photo: AQWA The Aquarium of Western Australia Facebook /

Stay dry even when you're standing underneath three million litres of water at Australia's largest single aquarium, located at Hillary's Boat harbour in Perth's north. Uncover the fascinating underwater story of the state's spectacular 12 000 kilometre coastline, experience the wonder of the one of the world's largest living coral reef exhibits, face a line up of the deadliest and strangest marine creatures in the world in the Dangerzone, spend a night with sharks, swim with mermaids, go behind-the scenes, get up close and personal with underwater creatures in the interactive discovery pool - there's just so much on offer at AQWA for the whole family to enjoy.

5. City of Perth Library
Photo: Frances Andrijich /

If the weather looks a bit dodgy, you should head for the stunning new City of Perth Library conveniently located in the heart of the CBD. This seven-storey circular building has already won architectural awards and is the first major civic construction in the past 40 years. With a floorspace of 3 500m2, it's a vibrant community hub with a lot more to offer than just books. There's a dedicated History Centre, Young Adult and Children's floors, views to Perth's largest living green wall, an outdoor terrace overlooking Cathedral Square and the breathtaking ceiling artwork by WA artist Andrew Nicholls which creates a visual retelling of the end of Shakespeare's The Tempest from a WA perspective. Fittingly, the living 'Tree of Knowledge' under which kids can enjoy storytime is situated in close proximity to the spot where a tree was felled in 1829 to signify the City's founding. With free Wi-Fi, audio visual and meeting rooms, reading areas and free Library-exclusive digital and multimedia resources, the City of Perth Library is a welcoming and interactive space for everyone.

So, don't let a little rain keep you at home and spoil your fun. There are so many different things to do in Perth that aren't weather-dependent, so get out there and discover and explore the many unique attractions of this beautiful coastal city.
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