Missing the exciting places to explore and fun things to do in Perth?
Great news: plenty of your favourite Perth experiences have gone digital so you can stay connected! From immersing yourself in fine art, LOLing with FRINGE WORLD, getting to know the rich history of Western Australia, and far more - you can beat the #isolife boredom and virtually travel to Perth’s favourite places while you #supportlocal, without getting out of your PJs.
Here’s some of our favourite Perth experiences to delve into online, and if you want to check out more local fun, don’t miss our spotlight on where to #BuyLocal in Perth.
Going to the zoo, zoo, zoo
Zoos across the country have shut their doors, but there's still plenty of animal action behind the scenes! Stay virtually connected with the animals at Perth Zoo via the Home Safari series of exciting videos, keeper talks, fact sheets and downloadables available on their website and social media.
You can head to their Facebook page for Caversham Wildlife Park for daily animal updates and you can stay connected with us by becoming a Caversham Foster Parent! There are four symbolic foster packages available starting from $25. Whether you love cuddly koalas or cool reptile, you'll be contributing to the ongoing care of your favourite animal.
And ocean lovers won't be disappointed either - the Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) are uploading short videos of guided tours highlighting interesting and unique animals to their social media, and you will even be able to chat with a marine biologist. For even more marine fun, subscribe to their e-newsletter for animal fact sheets that all ages can enjoy. Whale Watch Western Australia are also bringing the wonders of the ocean to you, with videos and virtual tours being loaded to their website and Facebook, as well as launching Whale Watch TV.
Bring world culture and art to your home
Missing out on roaming through Perth galleries to inspire your muse? Longing for a night at the opera? While we can't come together in person to celebrate talented artists, musicians and more, many of your favourite Perth artistic and cultural institutions have gone digital - and they're offering amazing experiences for free!
Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC) will be sharing their collections online, with virtual tours of their exhibition, and they’ll also be launching arts programs. You can experience a generous and varied collection of artworks by 120 of the most exciting new and emerging Western Australian Aboriginal artists with FAC's 2020 Revealed Exhibition online and browse their online shop FOUND for locally designed and made homewares, artwork, clothing, toys and more..
The Art Gallery of WA is doing great at digital, too - they're sharing collections and content online with #agwayourway, including virtual tours of some exhibitions and video works on AGWA TV. Of course, you won’t want to miss the annual Pulse Perspectives exhibition, showcasing the works of talented young WA artists; or the amazing glassworks on display at the Tom Malone Prize exhibition.
The WA Opera and Perth Concert Hall are also working hard to keep music lovers delighted. WA Opera are sharing the power of music with audiences digitally with Ghost Light Opera, Podcast Series, Playlist Series and Singing for Children. The Perth Concert Hall is sharing history of the hall and content from various arts companies, such as WASO, on their social media with #homeofmusicinwa. Follow their blog, see what's still on or #supportlocal and buy a gift voucher.
Say goodbye to iso blues
We could all use a laugh, and Perth is delivering! Every Saturday night professionally shot footage that has been filmed at The Comedy Lounge is published on their website for you to view for just $1, with all proceeds going to the comics and bar staff - so you can LOL and #supportlocal arts at the same time! Check out Lounge Laughs for more info.
FRINGE WORLD is also bringing the best of Perth performing arts to you, with loads of eclectic fringe fun to help shake off the iso-blues! With some new and live performances, workshops, behind the scenes action, classic fringe best-of's, exclusive previews of new shows, special merch and much, much more, you won’t want to miss the virtual fun of IsoFringe!
If you're partial to enjoying a cocktail (responsibly, of course!) another great way to cure your iso-blues and learn something new is the new Home Five O'Clock-tails video tutorials and virtual mini masterclass launched by Simply Cocktails, involving 100 bartenders from around Australia sharing their knowhow online.
Of course, exercise makes a world of difference to mental health, and Cathedral Square is ready to help you get active! Combat those iso blues digitally with the Cathedral Square Wellness Program, with new videos coming out every Friday morning until 29 May. Get movin'!
Expand your mind
Thinking of taking up a hobby to beat those iso blues? Especially if you suddenly have time on your hands, you can find plenty of fascinating Perth learning experiences online - from exploring our amazing night skies with the Stargazers Club WA and Perth Observatory, to getting your science on with Scitech, and checking out the amazing collections of the WA Museums.
Get started with WA Museum's Distant Discoveries program, showcasing some of the best of their millions of collection items; check out the Stargazers Club of WA Facebook page to watch videos teaching naked-eye stargazing; and get into astro-party mode with Perth Observatory Talks and Virtual Star Parties. The world (and the universe) is your oyster!
Finally, if all of these awesome Perth artistic experiences have sparked your own creativity, why not try your hand at creating your own masterpiece? Cork and Canvas have launched a series of on-demand, online paint and sip sessions to keep you entertained and relaxed during isolation. Making art is amazing for stress relief - and with a full 2-hour workshop with Cork & Canvas' artists guiding you right from the comfort of your own home, imagine how relaxed you'll feel!
We hope we've given you some great ideas on beating iso-blues while staying connected to your favourite Perth experiences! Have fun exploring WA, the world and the universe from the comfort of home, and hopefully it won’t be too long till we can see you out and about enjoying the best Perth has to offer in person. In the meanwhile, don’t miss our other awesome article about enjoying Perth's best from home!