1-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Hire on the Swan River
In 2022, we're in for a treat with a 4-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.
With the sun shining brightly and the beach calling, peel yourself off that towel and get out on the water. You could make it luxurious by hiring a catamaran for a few hours, explore the rivers by stand-up paddleboard or feel the wind and water in your hair on an epic thrill ride. The choices are endless.
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.
'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. There are more than a handful within reach of Perth from Swan Valley and Perth Hills to the Margaret River region.
Pick your team wisely and take on a final challenge of the year. Will it be an escape room, a race along a treetop rope course or paintball game?
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 on Boxing Day 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.
One of the best places to be when the sun is out is underwater. Water parks are a fantastic option if you have little ones you need to entertain.
Bigger kids can jump into the deeper pools, dive with sharks or try their hand at scuba diving.
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 to keep the little ones busy. Book a course to suit their interests and they'll be immersed for hours.
Perth is surrounded by history. Why not play the role of tourist and learn a little more about your city and beyond? You can head further out to the historic townships of York and Rottnest Island.
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.
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.
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 and some popcorn in your pyjamas – the way it was meant to be.
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.
|Attraction||Boxing Day trading hours||Where to get tickets|
|Thrill Ride||All day||Finder|
|The Aquarium of Western Australia||9am–4pm||Experiencec Oz|
|Matagarup Bridge Climb||All day|
|Escape Hunt Perth||9:30am–9pm||RedBalloon|
|Treetops Adventure – Lane Poole Park||9am–5pm||Adrenaline|
|Aquatastic Water Park||10am–4pm|
|Rottnest Island Segway Tour||7am and 9am||Adrenaline|
|Perth Tandem Skydives||9am||Adrenaline|
|Venue||Boxing Day trading hours||Where to book|
|The Roti King||11:30am–8:30pm||Groupon|
|Chee Tayeb Restaurant||10am–7:30pm||Groupon|
|The Groper and His Wife||11:30am–8:30pm||Groupon|
|Drunk Elephant||11am–2:30pm, 5pm-8pm||Groupon|
|Indian Masala House||11am–2:30pm, 5pm-8pm||Groupon|
|Bay Bay's On Scarborough||11:30am–8:30pm||Cudo|
|Hangout on Preston||11:30am–8:30pm||Cudo|
|Petition Kitchen||7am–9:30pm||Book direct|
|Post||6:45am to late||Book direct|
|Jus Burgers Leederville||11am–9pm||Book direct|
|Canteen Pizza||12pm–9:30pm||Book direct|
|Il Lido||6:30am–9:30pm||Book direct|
|Social Manna||6:30am–3pm||Book direct|
|La Veen||6:30am–2pm||Book direct|
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