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Things to do in Perth on a Rainy Day

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Published June 7th 2011
Well winter is here once again. Gone are the days over 30 degrees, where a walk along the river or a summer festival can cure your boredom.

You may think that winter means the end of fun, and that being frozen, wrapped in blankets, curled up in a ball surrounded by heaters is the only way to survive a Saturday night. But I happen to think that there are certain activities around Perth that are even better on a rainy day.

The following is my personal rainy day list which I'm happy to share with the good people of Perth, because I'm good like that.

1.Ellington Jazz Club - There's nothing like a glass of red, some cool jazz, and the winter rain tapping on the window. Winter and jazz are the perfect mix for me. So if you're thinking another Saturday night under the doona is the only way to survive the cold, think again.

Ellington Jazz Club is in my eyes, Perth's best late night, live music venue.

The intimate setting, world class jazz, and first class service is perfect for a couple wanting to get out of the house for the evening, or a group of friends that want to hit the town. Upstairs you can relax in the cocktail lounge, or downstairs you can catch some magic live jazz performances.

The Ellington is open 7 nights a week (Some Mondays, then Tuesday to Sunday) until 1am weeknights, 3am weekends, and 12am Sunday, and is an 18 plus venue.

Check out their program of touring acts here.

I have been losing sleep lately waiting to see Dan Sultan perform there, July 22-23.
He is an uber talented Australian with some serious moves, not to mention very easy on the eye. Definately worth getting out of bed for.

You'll find Ellington Jazz Club just over the Newcastle and Beaufort street intersection, on the left hand side heading north out of the city.

2.Belmont Gold Lounge - If you're not much of a fan of the rain, then why not block it all out with a movie and popcorn at Belmont Gold Lounge.

The ultimate mix of luxury and cinema, this sure beats your 1980's 'fat back' television. Complete with a fully licenced lounge bar, food menu with in-cinema service, and wall-to-wall screens, all that is left for you to do is sit back and relax.

But don't relax too much, or you may be like me and miss half of the movie because nap time crept up on you without notice.

3. Perth Observatory -While we are on the subject of our grey Perth skies, why not learn a little more at the Perth Observatory.

Each month the Observatory holds events, such as Star-gazing and Moon-gazing. See the sky in a way you've never seen before by viewing it through large telescopes.

Kids will enjoy this one just as much as adults. Events info can be found right here.

Just 25km East of Perth, the Perth Observatory is located at 337 Walnut Road, Bickley. Prices are $25 for Adults, or $16 for kids.

4. Perth Cultural Centre - There is always something happening at The Perth Cultural Centre. It's where Arts, Culture, Knowledge and Community come together.

Here you'll find the centre's key cultural and educational institutions, such as the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the West Australian Museum, and Blue Room Theatre.

With an exciting and interesting mixed bag of activities, creative types will thrive here. And don't rule out museums as a bore.

Right now at the WA Museum, you can see an exhibition of AC/DC, where you'll find over 400 items including photographs, instruments, and over 35 years of gig posters.

For more of whats happening at the Perth Cultural Centre, click right here.

The Perth Cultural Centre is located between the Perth city train station and the entertainment hub of Northbridge and is bounded by Roe, Beaufort, Francis and William Streets.

5.Beatty Park Pool - So the kids aren't quite enjoying DVD re-runs of Sponge Bob Squarepants, and have taken to drawing family murals on the walls. Sweet, but expensive.

Why not get them moving, and out of the house to Beatty Park Pool? No, Pneumonia is not their punishment, the pool is heated to 31 degrees and is complete with slides and water features.

You can even take time out and relax in the sauna, steamroom, spa or cafe.

Beatty Park Pool is located at 220 Vincent Street North Perth, and entry is $5.50.

6. Scitech - Scitech is most certainly one of my fondest childhood memories. As a school group, our teachers would lead us around and we would learn that science was actually fun.

I haven't been for a few years now, but I remember having our shadows frozen on the walls to view, or the morphing mirror where you get a person to sit on either side and your faces morph together.

Handy hint: Take any potential husbands or wives here just to suss out how your kids are going to look.

Anyway, it's no secret that kids love it here, and they're learning, so what's not to like? Discover how the world really works at Scitech. Sutherland Street, West Perth.

7. The local video store becomes my best friend in the winter time.

I cannot tell you how many nights on the town I have turned down to stay in and watch a DVD snuggled up under a blanket.

It's nights like that I can't seem to go past my old favourites: Uncle Buck, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Breakfast at Tiffany's, or every season of The Wonder Years. Which reminds me, whatever happened to my dream of marrying Kevin Arnold?

And the best parts? It's cheap, you can wear your 'daggy's' all day, and you'll stay dry (unless you rent out The Notebook).

8. Harbour Town - Sometimes the day just screams shopping trip. Actually most days scream shopping trip to me. And what makes that shopping trip even better is when every store you go into has a bargain.

That's what you'll find at Harbour Town. Beat the winter blues at 840 Wellington St, West Perth, where you'll find an amazing outlet shopping experience, with more than 70 quality brand direct outlets offering up to 60% less every day.

This unique brand direct shopping centre stocks exciting international and national brands through outlets such as Aspect with Polo Ralph Lauren, Morrissey, Marcs and Oroton, and The Designer Room with international labels such as DKNY, Dolce & Gabanna and French Connection.

Enough said I think.

9. The Beach. Perth is known as the sunset coasts, and come winter, we still get those beautiful sunsets.

Now you might say "I ain't getting in that water in this weather." But truth be told, surfers will find some of the best waves in the water during winter time.

Scarborough Beach creates some of the best conditions for learning to surf if you don't know how. In winter time, Leighton Beach is particularly good, located just 15 minutes drive South of Scarborough. Adults and kids can book at 'Learn to Surf Perth.'
If you're still mumbling "I ain't getting in that water" then fear not.

Cottesloe Beach has many cafes and restaurants surrounding it in which you can get a great view of the wild winter waters.

Indiana Restaurant has some stunning views, a resonably priced menu to die for, and a warm cosy interior to enjoy breakfast, a coffee, lunch or dinner.

10. Fremantle cappucino strip - It's okay. You can be totally sheltered, sip on a warm coffee or hot chocolate, and watch the world go by at one of Australia's most well known cafe strips.

This bustling little strip oozes culture, funk, and vibrancy, and has to be seen by any out of towners visiting Perth.

A place that needs a mention is San Churro. Anything that can be dipped in melted chocolate is okay by me. I would be happy to dip my entire arms and legs in there.

So there you have it. My top 10 rainy day list. At the moment you are doing my number 11 favourite. Reading articles on Weekend Notes.

So feel free to stay here a while, but you'll want to venture out and try a few of these things because Perth really does have more to offer in winter than you'd think.
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Hey Becky you have me inspired, sometimes it does take a bit of extra motivation to get out in this weather. Thoughts of Scitech certainly take me back a fair few years, I remember the giant tongue and funny lop-sided room. I think I will have to take the little one there and check it out. Plus at 31 degrees, I think a dip at Beatty Park might be in order. Thanks for the ideas!
By M Ed - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 15th of June @ 05:49 am
Of course, the giant tongue! Scitech is still great fun to this day, and the terrific thing is you can take the little one, and enjoy it just as much yourself. Bek.
By Old Account - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 15th of June @ 05:54 am
The State Library is an often-overlooked part of the Cultural Centre but The Place for kids (on its mezzanine floor) is absolutely awesome. I often retreat there with the kids on rainy holidays because every other school child and their family seems to be at the Museum.

Sadly the giant tongue is no longer at Scitech, but there's still heaps of fun stuff for the kids (or big kids, hehe).
By Georgina Ker - senior reviewer
Thursday, 23rd of June @ 03:38 pm
Sounds great Georgina - As someone who doesn't have kids I would never have known. I'll probably go there myself now!
By Old Account - senior reviewer
Monday, 4th of July @ 06:10 am
Wonderful. I love the WA Art Gallery. They have one of the finest collections in the country.

And Freo on a winters day is fun too. Coffee at Ginos, if it still exists, then a stroll around the markets or down near the wharf for fish and chips.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Friday, 8th of July @ 05:28 am
Sounds great Jody - Perth really is pretty great isn't it?

By Anonymous
Friday, 8th of July @ 05:42 am
Good timing on this article. It's just started bucketing down again!
By Victoria Button - senior reviewer
Monday, 19th of September @ 07:05 am
I actually wrote this one just before winter - but the weather in Perth is pretty unpredictable, so I suppose it is relevent again Victoria! Must say, I can't wait to see some sunshine! - Bek
By Old Account - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 20th of September @ 01:45 am
Thanks for ideas for outings for our senior members at u3a
By mamar - reader
Saturday, 10th of August @ 03:03 am
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