For overseas visitors
Got guests coming for Christmas? Go for an edible gift (which they can gobble up straight away in case there’s no room in their luggage). The Aussie animal shapes from the Margaret River Chocolate Company’s shop on Murray Street are always a hit - hello, choccie quokkas. Or try the gourmet truffles of Sue Lewis Chocolatier, featuring native flavours like saltbush caramel, honey & wattleseed, lemon myrtle, and raspberry strawberry gum.
For a Secret Santa
Head to Pigeonhole on Hay Street. This Perth-based business is now known across Australia for its quirky gift selection. Find a fun pair of socks or earrings to complement your Kris Kringle recipient’s style. Or if it’s a random gift swap arrangement, a cute reusable cup or pot plant are good bets.
For adventure seekers
Book them in to see the city from a unique perspective on the Matagarup Bridge Zip+Climb for a memorable Perth Christmas gift. Participants can clamber up to an open-air viewing platform 72 metres above the stunning Swan River, and then feel the thrill of whooshing along a 400-metre zipline.
For lovers of learningThe eternally curious will love a 12-month WA Museum Membership, which includes unlimited general admission entry and discounts on special exhibition tickets at WA Museum Boola Bardip. Or chat to the experts at local bookshops like Boffins Books (who specialise in niche non-fiction topics) or Planet Books to find an intriguing read.
For foodiesAsk your favourite restaurant if they do vouchers. Or to give the gift of choice, opt for a State Buildings gift card, which could be redeemed for high tea at the Cape Arid Rooms, a native-inspired degustation at Wildflower, a lively meal of Thai street food at Long Chim, and more.
For arts aficionadosBook tickets for a night out or gift a voucher. Fringe World and Perth Festival are just weeks away with literally hundreds of shows to choose from. The West Australian Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Ballet, WA Opera and Black Swan State Theatre Company also have performing arts programs spanning the whole year.
For wine connoisseurs
Several of the city’s best wine bars double as bottle shops offering extensive ranges and expert recommendations. Visit Petition’s Wine Merchant, The Heritage Wine Store, Lalla Rookh Wine Store or North Bird to pick up a nice drop to suit your giftee’s taste.
For someone who needs a breakTreat them to some time to unwind with a Palace Cinemas gift voucher. The luxe Raine Square venue shows everything from the latest blockbusters to international film festival favourites. Your lucky loved one can kick back in the large reclining leather chairs and indulge in a choc-top or a feature-length glass of wine.
For the gift of quality timeTake someone for one of these fun nights out in Perth or help them discover a new side to Perth with a walking tour. You could hop between small bars and street art with Oh Hey! WA, or indulge their passion for cheese, whiskey or coffee on Two Feet and a Heartbeat’s themed inner-city wanders, to name a few possibilities. Looking for something to do with kids? Try these family activities under $20.
FREE PARKING OPTIONS
It’s never been easier navigating into the city during the festive season! Take advantage of the 3-hour free parking on weekends and public holidays in three centrally located CPP car parks:
• CPP Cultural Centre car park, 2 Roe Street, Northbridge
• CPP His Majesty's car park, 377 Murray Street, Perth
• CPP Pier Street car park, 87-89 Pier Street, Perth
Visit cityofperthparking.com.au for full details on CPP locations and pricing.
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