Some like it hot, and some love autumn in Perth.
The days are warm but not steamy, the nights cool but not cold, and thanks to the heat of summer, the ocean temperature reaches its peak in March. This makes autumn the best time to visit Perth if you enjoy feeling energised.
In early autumn in Perth, the ocean is perfect for getting into a kayak or learning to surf, and the slightly cooler weather makes the Perth Hills and Swan Valley feel more refreshing. Explore some picturesque walk trails or go for a bike ride without getting overheated!
In autumn, Perth sees daytime temperatures of up to around 26 degrees, dropping to around 13 degrees at night. We start to seem some rain showers, which add to the feeling of freshness, and patchy clouds result in incredible sunsets spread across the sky, and then across Instagram!
Autumn is one of the best seasons in Perth to experience both outdoor life and the arts and culture scene, as well as popular sports, as soccer reaches the exciting finals and AFL gets into gear. It's also the best time to visit Perth orchards for picking apples and pears. Read on to find out what's on in Perth this autumn.
Outdoors at the Ocean, Beach, Orchards & Valley
Autumn in Perth is a wonderful time to get outdoors. Here are some events to mark on your calendar that will have you tasting sweet fruit in the orchards, spotting whales out on the ocean, wandering around artworks in the sand and dressing up for a sporting event in the valley.
Fruit seasons in Perth change from stone fruit in summer to apples and pears in autumn. During early autumn in Perth, you'll still be in time to catch the delicious peaches, apricots, plums and nectarines being harvested at Raeburn. Then in May, you can sample in-season persimmons. Try their apples and pears too - there's nothing quite as good as fruit fresh from the tree!
Persimmons can be eaten like an apple or chopped to add to salads or salsa. Popular in Chinese, Japanese and Korean cuisine, they are becoming more widespread now in Australia too. They're packed with vitamins A and C, potassium, calcium and fibre - as well as being very tasty!
Raeburn Orchards have pioneered a variety that's less astringent and very palatable to Australians. And it's not just the taste that has appeal. In autumn, both the fruit and leaves of the trees turn a stunning dark orange, creating incredible photo opportunities at the orchard, so get down to the orchard, take some pics and taste this fabulous fruit for yourself!
Blue Whales at Perth Canyon
Another spectacle on nature's calendar during Perth autumn is the feeding of rare Blue Whales. You'll have heard of the Humpback Whales, which migrate along the coast during spring, but did you know that off the coast of Perth in autumn, Blue Whales arrive to feed on krill in the Perth Canyon, 50 nautical miles off the coast?
The Blue Whale is the world's largest mammal, growing up to a mind-blowing 30 metres or more in length. This rare creature is endangered, so the chance to see them feeding is something everyone should do once in a lifetime.
Whale Watch WA can take you during autumn to the Perth Canyon to witness this unique sight. The underwater canyon is said to be larger than the Grand Canyon, creating a huge smorgasbord of sea life that attracts the majestic Blue Whales each year at the same time. On the full day tour, you will have the chance to spot a whole range of marine life, including dolphins, sea lions, sharks, killer whales and migratory sea birds.
Sculpture by the Sea
Back on the beach, autumn in Perth welcomes Sculpture by the Sea. This is one of Perth's largest free events, attracting international artists to display their astonishing work on the sand and grassy foreshore at Cottesloe.
The works play with the environment in intriguing ways, capturing the imagination and inviting interaction. It's one of the most Instagrammable events and makes for a day or night out with a real difference. As the sun goes down, many of the artworks change with the light, keeping you mesmerised as you stroll along the sand or relax on the grassy banks overlooking the ocean.
This is the best time to visit Perth's famous Cottesloe - a wonderful place to stay on for lunch or dinner, with several beachfront cafes and restaurants along the Marine Parade strip. Try the Beaches Cafe for coffee, Cottesloe Beach Hotel for drinks, and Il Lido or Indiana for food - you won't be disappointed.
Polo in the Valley
More sporting types might enjoy Polo in the Valley, a high energy game matched with a stylish social scene. Taking place on 6 April in the Swan Valley, the popular event is celebrating its tenth year in 2019.
The dress code here is smart, but avoid stilettos ladies, as you'll be walking on grass! There's a range of marquee and picnic ticket prices, the most affordable being a picnic bay for two people at $200.00.
Bring your picnic or order a hamper, and enjoy drinks from the onsite cash bar. You can add extra guests to your bay for $75.00 each - a fantastic day out!
Dance in the Streets, Enrich Your Soul & Entertain the Kids
Autumn is one of the best times to visit Perth for music! Along with various excellent festivals around the state, there's Pure Australia on 21 April and Fairbridge Festival on 26-28 April. Classical concert seasons at Perth Concert Hall have been released for 2019, and if you have kids, make sure you book tickets for The Little Mermaid at Crown Perth.
In total contrast, Pure Australia is a full day of techno and house music at Claremont Showground on Easter Sunday from 2.00-10.00pm.
Cast as the event that dedicated fans never miss, Pure promises a pumping rave atmosphere and the most sought-after Australian and Italian DJs: Carl Cox (Intec, Australia), Marco Carola (Music On, Italy), Joseph Capriati (Redimension, Italy), Enrico Sangiuliano (Drumcode, Italy) and Eric Powell (Bush Records, Australia).
For tickets go to purecarlcox.com.au. Claremont Showground can be accessed directly by train, leaving you free from parking and designated driver issues.
Easter is one of the best times to visit Perth for events in the city and suburbs, as locals tend to head out of town to enjoy a break in the great outdoors. Another event to catch over the Easter weekend is the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival, when the streets fill and a pub balcony is the place to watch the theatre unfold.
Fairbridge Festival is one of the most popular family events in Perth's autumn school holidays. If you've seen Ben Elton's hilarious movie Three Summers, you'll already have felt the love for this long-established weekend of music.
Hosting acts from around the globe and down the road, Fairbridge presents some of the best folk, world and roots artists. The three-day festival is also known for its variety of delicious healthy food and stalls selling arts, crafts, jewellery, homewares and clothing.
The festival is held in Fairbridge Village, near Pinjarra in the Mandurah and Peel region, providing a huge area of lanes, camping grounds and stages in marquees and heritage buildings. This makes for a safe environment for children to run free and enjoy events and activities just for them, while adults can meander around soaking up the music.
The 2019 Fairbridge Festival is on 26-28 April. Book before 10 February to secure early bird pricing: fairbridgefestival.com.au
This is one of the best times to visit Perth's Mandurah and Peel region, with fresh weather for walks and picnicking, and fresh seafood in Mandurah. The Mandurah Crab Fest takes place in March - another event to look out for - and the town has fabulous waterfront accommodation and seafood restaurants along the estuary.
Perth Concert Hall
Choose the experience for you this autumn at Perth Concert Hall. Some of the concerts that promise to enrich your soul and get your toes tapping are:
Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker on 22 March - a well known and much loved suite that everyone will recognise.
Symphonic Fantasy on 12 April - rousing soundtracks from movies, gaming and TV shows like Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Back to the Future and Final Fantasy.
Bach's St Matthew Passion on 16 April - moving Easter music to feed your soul by one of the world's most extraordinary composers.
Goran Bregovic & His Wedding & Funeral Band on 12 May - a megastar in Yugoslavia, famous for Balkan gyspy music, Goran adds a lively band of brass, percussion and vocals to create a unique and energetic sound.
The Little Mermaid
Last but most definitely not least, this autumn Perth welcomes The Little Mermaid to Crown Perth, accompanied by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Enjoy the magical movie on a huge screen, with one of the country's foremost orchestras playing the familiar score for you to sing along, carrying you away into the Little Mermaid's fantastic world.
This event has been created to celebrate 30 years since the much loved Disney movie was released and is sure to be a huge event. There are three concerts on 26 and 27 April, on Friday and Saturday evenings, and Saturday afternoon. Don't miss out - book now!