Things to do on Boxing Day in Perth
From animal encounters to skydiving experiences, here's what you can get up to on 26 December.
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In 2020, we're in for a treat with a four-day long weekend thanks to Christmas and New Year's falling right on the weekend.
After you're done partying and nursing your hangover though, creep out from under the covers and make the most of your days off with these fun and fulfilling activities.
Top things to do on Boxing Day in Perth
1. Take your pick of marine sports
With the sun shining brightly and the beach calling, peel yourself off that towel for a bit to get out on the water. You could make it a luxurious one by hiring a catamaran for a few hours, explore the rivers by SUP or feel the wind and water in your hair on an epic thrill ride. The choices are endless.
Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Hire on the Swan River
Hobie Wave Catamaran Hire
2. Have an animal encounter
The locals don't go on holidays during the season, so why not swing by their place and say hello? A number of boat tours as well as snorkelling and diving experiences run on 26 December where you can say hello to all manner of underwater life from dolphins and penguins to sharks.
Glass Bottom Boat Cruise and Penguin Feeding
Swim With Dolphins
Snorkel with Sharks at AQWA
3. Visit a wine region
'Tis the season… to drink and be merry. If you feel the same, then keep the good times rolling with a tour of the local wine regions. As you well know, there are more than a handful within reach of Perth from Swan Valley and Perth Hills to the Margaret River region.
Wildlife, Art and Gastronomy
Margaret River and Geographe Bay Region Day Trip
Full Day Swan Valley Wine Tour
4. Go to the movies (or binge-watch at home)
The biggest blockbusters of the year are often released on or near Boxing Day. This year's highlights include Wonder Woman 1984, The Croods (both in cinemas) and Soul (on Disney+).
If you're not comfortable heading out to the cinemas, there are plenty of binge-worthy flicks you can watch at home on the day. Enjoy a movie in your pyjamas and popcorn going on the stove – the way it was meant to be.
5. Partake in a group activity
Pick your team wisely and take on one final challenge of the year. Will it be an escape room, a race along a treetop rope course or a laser tag skirmish?
Escape Room Interactive Game Experience
Treetop Ropes Course with Ziplining
Escape Hunt Experience
6. Treat yourself to a meal out
You've done your duty by putting on a banger of a Christmas dinner. Now it's time to let someone else get in the kitchen and pamper you with some good grub. Head out today and taste the best the city has to offer. Just make sure you book a table to avoid having to wait in line in the heat.
My Place Bar & Restaurant
Salt & Pepper Grill
Two-Course Lebanese Meal with Wine or Beer
7. Cool your jets in the water
When the sun is out, one of the best places to be is underwater. Water parks are a fantastic option if you have little ones you need to entertain.
Bigger kids can jump into the bigger pools and dive with sharks or try their hand at scuba diving.
Dive with Sharks
Inflatable Water Park
8. Teach the kids a new skill
Prefer to stay inside on Boxing Day where the temperature is perfectly air-conditioned and the crowds are nowhere in sight? You don't have to look far for activities to keep little ones busy. Book a course to suit their interests and they'll be immersed for hours.
Cool Home Science Experiments for Kids
Quilting with Kids Online Course
Get Crafty with a Creative Colouring Online Course
9. Take a history lesson
Perth is brimming in history. Today, why not play the role of tourist and learn a little more about your city and its surroundings? You can tour the ANZAC Bell Tower in the city or head further out to the historic townships of York and Rottnest Island.
ANZAC Bell Tour
Rottnest Island Segway Tour
Wave Rock, Historic York and Corrigin
10. Feel the rush of a skydive
Keen to see this year off with a bang? If you've always had a skydive on your bucket list but haven't quite mustered up the courage to jump on it, this is your chance.
Go for the real thing on 26 December or test your wits with a virtual indoor skydive instead.
Virtual Reality Indoor Skydiving Combo
Skydiving Over The Beach
11. Fly over the city
Want the best seat in the house on Boxing Day? You've got it. Take the bird's eye view from above as you fly over the heart of the city or get behind the wheel with your very own flying lesson.
Helicopter Scenic Flight
Learn to Fly
12. Shop the sales
Boxing Day in Australia wouldn't be the same without the sales. It's a time when stores, both physical and online, give their products a super heavy chop.
Keen to grab the bargain of the year? These stores have their doors wide open on 26 December for you to find the best.
If you'd prefer to shop in your pyjamas though (who doesn't?), there are plenty of deals to snap up online as well. Here are our picks of the best.
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What's open on Boxing Day in Perth?
|Attraction||Boxing Day trading hours||Where to get tickets|
|Moonlight Cinemas||8pm movie (Love Actually)||Groupon|
|Freo Escape Room||9:30am-10:30pm||Scoopon|
|Trees Adventure - Lane Poole Park||8.30am-2pm||Adrenaline|
|Aquatastic Water Park||10am-4pm||Scoopon|
|The Bell Tower||10am-4pm||RedBalloon|
|Rottnest Island Segway Tour||10am and 2pm||RedBalloon|
|Skydive Australia||From 7:30am||Adrenaline|
Restaurants and cafes
|Venue||Boxing Day trading hours||Where to book|
|My Place Bar and Restaurant||5pm-9pm||Groupon|
|The Roti King||11:30am-8:30pm||Groupon|
|Chee Tayeb Restaurant||10am-7:30pm||Groupon|
|Hangout on 20 Preston||7am-9pm||Groupon|
|Salt & Pepper Grill||8am-9:30pm||Groupon|
|Long Chim||5:30pm-late||Book direct|
|Petition Kitchen||From 12pm for lunch, from 5:30pm for dinner||Book direct|
|Post||6:30am to late||Book direct|
|Coogee Common||11:30am-late||Book direct|
|No Menu Finest Italian 448||3pm-9pm||Book direct|
|Bib & Tucker||8am-late||Book direct|
|Jus Burgers Leederville||11am-late||Book direct|
|Jus Burgers Subiaco||11am-late||Book direct|
|Canteen Pizza||12pm-10pm||Book direct|
|Il Lido||6.30am-12am||Book direct|
|Bread in Common||8am-late||Book direct|
|Social Manna||7am-2pm||Book direct|
|La Veen||8:30am-2pm||Book direct|
|Venue||Boxing Day trading hours||Where to book|
|Treasury Lounge & Bar||12pm-5pm||Book direct|
|Tonic & Ginger||11:45am-late||Book direct|
|Market Grounds||11am-2am||Book direct|
|Little Creatures||11am-late||Book direct|
|The Aviary Rooftop Bar||11am-1am||Book direct|
|The Galway Hooker||11am-late||Book direct|
|The Spaniard||1pm-12am||Book direct|
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