With four whole days at your disposal over the Easter long weekend, there’s no time to lose in soaking up the best Perth has to offer. Here are our favourite happenings – BYO chocolate.
Celebrate the Thai New Year
Songkran is a major celebration in Thailand and unsurprisingly, Perth’s best Thai restaurant is also getting in on the action. Head to the Long Chim courtyard to take part in water activities while pop-up bars sell Thai street food and drinks.
12-6pm, April 15; free entry
State Buildings, corner St Georges Terrace and Barrack Street, Perth; (08) 6168 7775
Cheer on the West Coast Eagles
The rivalry between Perth’s oldest Aussie Rules team and the Sydney Swans has produced some great footy over the years. Kick off the Easter long weekend early and see the two teams meet again in what is likely to be their last fixture at Subiaco’s famous Domain Stadium.
6.10pm, April 13; tickets from $38
Domain Stadium, Subiaco; 136 100
Explore the world of contemporary Australian glass
The Art Gallery of Western Australia’s Tom Malone Prize is an important award for Australia’s contemporary glass artists. To mark the 15th year, the gallery will be hosting Luminous: Tom Malone Prize 2003-2017, a retrospective exhibition including all previous winning entries and this year’s shortlisted ones.
Until June 25; free entry
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth; (08) 9492 6622
Watch the sunset at the city’s newest waterside bar
Perth’s Ku De Ta, the first international offshoot of Bali’s famous beach club, serves modern Australian food and drinks in a picturesque Swan River setting. Choose from three different spaces: The Deck is the most casual, serving pizza and great pasta; then there’s West, an all-Australian-produce seafood and charcuterie bar; and Ku Dining, which has artful, contemporary dishes.
306 Riverside Drive, East Perth; (08) 6324 1100
See Roald Dahl’s classic brought to life
Featuring music and lyrics from Perth-born creative Tim Minchin, Matilda the Musical reimagines Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s story in spectacular, larger-than-life fashion.
Until May 7; tickets from $65
Crown Theatre Perth, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood; 136 100
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Watch pirates take on mermaids at AQWA
Family-friendly fun is the name of the game at The Aquarium of Western Australia over the Easter holidays. The new Adventure Bay outdoor area will feature underwater performances by The Perth Mermaids alongside interactive pirate shows.
April 13-17; performances included with general-admission ticket ($18 for kids, $30 for adults)
91 Southside Drive, Hillarys; (08) 9447 7500
Meet Western Australia’s new wave of Indigenous artists
Featuring the work of more than 75 of the best new and emerging artists, Revealed provides a compelling snapshot of Western Australia’s Indigenous contemporary art scene. There’s everything from paintings and photography to video and textiles by artists from both remote and urban areas.
Until May 21; free entry
Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle; (08) 9432 9555
Join the world’s most famous circus
Kooza, Cirque du Soleil’s eighth big-top show to tour Australia, sees the famous Canada-based troupe return to its circus roots. Set against a live soundtrack of funk and Bollywood beats, Kooza follows central character The Innocent on an entertaining journey of self-discovery.
April 13 to June 11; tickets from $60
Belmont Park Racecourse, Goodwood Parade, Burswood; 1800 036 685
Take a daytrip to Margaret River by seaplane
The photo opportunities are reason enough to make Swan River Seaplanes your preferred mode of transport from Perth to Margaret River, never mind that it cuts the three-hour road-trip down to less than an hour. Once you’re on the ground, a luxury wine tour (including lunch) is further reason to relax. Best of all: you’ll be back in the city in time for pre-dinner drinks.
From $795 per person; (08) 9417 8005
Let loose at an arts festival with a difference
Featuring street performers from around the world, the annual Fremantle International Street Arts Festival sees theatre and art fill the port city over the Easter long weekend. Buskers vie for attention, musicians play and roving performers brighten every corner. Hit Cicerello’s on Good Friday for fish and chips with a difference while you soak up the atmosphere.
April 13-17; (08) 9432 9999
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