Discover more these school holidays
There's lots to see and do in the City during the July school holidays.
Below are just some of the highlights you can discover. Visit the Discover section of the website for more inspiration.
Our libraries' free program of events encourages children to 'explore, engineer and examine' and the George Burnett Leisure Centre half-day indoor sports clinics will teach kids new skills in a fun and safe environment. Visit the events section of the website for more information and to book.
What to see
Delve into the history of South Perth with a visit to the Old Mill, one of Perth’s best known and most recognisable landmarks. Built in 1835 and operating until 1859, the mill produced 680kg of flour per day at its peak. Guided tours run four days a week. You can even hop on/hop off the RAC Intellibus. Book your spot on the RAC Intellibus.
Old Mill school holiday opening hours:
10am-4pm, Tuesday - Friday
1-4pm, Saturday and Sunday
A restored B class tram engine that once ran along Mends Street to Mary Street, Como has been restored and is open to the public next to Heritage House in Windsor Park, South Perth. Read more about the Ferry Tram.
An exciting exhibition recounting the history of trams in South Perth, along with an informative video, is on display in Heritage House next to the tram. For more information visit the South Perth Historical Society website.
Ferry Tram and Heritage House opening hours:
1-4pm Saturday and Sunday
Mindeerup is the perfect spot to meet up with friends or simply enjoy stunning views of the Swan River and Perth city. After dark, a spectacular sound and light show comes to life. Conceived by Yondee Shane Hansen and Art + (Art Coordination), Karl Kep Ngoornd-iny (meaning Fire and Water Dreaming) is an innovative display that combines projection technologies and an evocative soundscape to share ancient stories and represent the cycles and rhythms of country from an Aboriginal perspective.
Light show viewing times (May - September)
Monday - Thursday, 7pm and 8pm
Friday - Sunday, 7pm, 7.30pm and 8pm
What to do
Flag Raising Ceremony and guest speaker events for NAIDOC Week
All members of the community are invited to attend the City’s flag raising ceremony to mark the beginning of NAIDOC Week (4-11 July 2021). To view all NAIDOC Week events click here.
Kids craft activities at South Perth and Manning Library
Our libraries have a jam-packed program of events for children aged 5 and above. All events are free however bookings are essential. Find out more.
Sports clinics at George Burnett Leisure Centre
Registrations for the July school holiday clinics are open at George Burnett Leisure Centre in Karawara. Run by qualified coaches, children will have the opportunity to practice their skills in a fun and safe environment. The half-day clinics include netball, soccer, basketball, art, AFL and volleyball. Book online.
Collier Park Golf is home to a new mini golf course like no other in Western Australia. Designed as a miniature version of a world-class landscaped 18 hole course, whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced putter – with three flags per hole available, all abilities are catered for.
Bookings are not required to play Mini Golf and entry fees can be found here.
Mini Golf Opening hours
Monday - Sunday, 9am-8pm (last game at 6.30pm)
Visit Perth Zoo
Perth Zoo is a great attraction for families with toddlers and children. Children under 4 enter free and there are special rates for families and groups. A Zoo Friends membership is great value and means you can visit the Zoo as many times as you like for an entire year with many other great benefits. City of South Perth residents receive a 10% discount off membership.
There are always special events happening at the zoo, so check their website before your visit.
Where to eat
On Mends Street you’ll find a mouth-watering selection of fantastic coffee and breakfast options. Dotted with cafes, bakeries and patisseries, the tree-lined street has a relaxed village feel that makes it one of the area’s most loved destinations for locals.
Looking for lunch? On Angelo Street you’ll find uber trendy cafes and bars, specialty coffee shops and gourmet European food stores. There’s no shortage of lunch options to choose from. Angelo Street is also known for its luxe boutiques and gift shops so make sure you take the time to peruse the fashion, jewellery and homewares.
Preston Street in the suburb of Como is another popular precinct. Lined with cool cafes, restaurants and bars, it’s home to the Cygnet Cinema. Originally named The Como Theatre, the building was designed by architect William Leighton for cinema pioneer James Stiles and was officially opened in March 1938. Drop in and catch a movie or simply admire the Art Deco styling and architecture. Don’t miss the impressive street art mural of Alfred Hitchcock at the rear of the building. Take a short stroll down the street and you’ll stumble upon one of Perth’s best ice cream shops. It has a cult following and indulging in a gelato here is a must if you have a sweet tooth.
South Perth Foreshore
There’s no better way to end your day in the City than by spoiling yourself with a meal at one of the many restaurants dotted along Mill Point Road and South Perth’s foreshore. These eateries boast sophisticated dining options and sweeping river views across to Perth’s city skyline. It’s the perfect place to unwind at the end of a busy day in the City.
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