Things To Do In Perth Western Australia as the Corona Virus is tamed
Ever since the coronavirus outbreak around the globe was declared as a pandemic, Australia had gone into various state-level lockdowns. Since of late, the number of daily new cases has become lower and lower. And the country has been highly successful in ‘flattening the curve’.
Steps Taken to Ease the Restrictions in Perth and Western Australia
As such, the country is now beginning to take careful steps to ease some of the restrictions that have helped suppress the spread of coronavirus. The government has announced a 3-stage plan to ease coronavirus restrictions across the country. And the states and territories have already announced their plans in response.
For more information about the 3-stage plan, please visit; www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/easing-of-coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions/easing-of-coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions
Social Distancing Rules in Perth, Western Australia
Western Australia has already seen the most significant easing of lockdown laws. However, along with the “four sq. meters per person” social distancing rule, the following are to be strictly followed. On-the-spot fines of AUS $ 1,000 for individuals and AUS $ 5,000 for businesses will be levied for disobeying the rules.
Gatherings in Perth- Presently up to 20 people are allowed to gather publicly and privately. The number of guests at weddings and mourners at a funeral has increased to 20 if indoors or 30 if outdoors. Open houses and display villages are allowed to operate.
Recreational Activities in Perth – Residents are allowed to leave their homes for recreational activities including picnics, fishing, boating or camping. Libraries allow up to 20 people inside.
Travel from Perth – While travel to most nearby regions is now allowed, it is still restricted to remote communities in the Pilbara, Goldfields and Kimberley. Interstate travellers are still not allowed, other than WA residents, senior government officials, military personal and essential workers.
Dining Out in Perth – Cafés and restaurants, including dine-in services at pubs, clubs, and casinos, are allowed to seat 20 diners at a time, following social distancing.
Sports in Perth – Non-contact sport, outdoor and indoor fitness classes, and public swimming pools have been allowed to open for up to 20 participants at a time. However, public playgrounds, skate-parks, and outdoor gym equipment are closed.
Places of Worship Worship – Places of worship are allowed for up to 20 people inside at a time.
For more information on coronavirus guidelines, please visit; www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-current-gathering-restrictions
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Weather in Perth from June to August
It is winter and Western Australia does cool down during this season, with temperatures dropping to around 12oC in Perth. As Perth gets average sunshine for 9 hours a day and 131 days a year, there is still plenty of sunshine. Winter is a lovely time for cosy walks around, feasting your eyes upon the glorious display of wildflowers, especially in Kings Park.
Things to do in Perth Amidst Covid-19
Keeping the social distancing rules in mind, here are some of the things to indulge and enjoy in Perth during the current coronavirus situation;
1. Visit Kings Park Perth
The 990-acre Kings Park overlooks Perth Water and the Perth CBD, and offers panoramic views of the Swan River and Darling Range. It’s a mixture of grassed parkland, botanical gardens and native bush-land. Having over 5 million visitors each year, Kings Park has been the most popular visitor destination in Western Australia. However, presently certain park facilities stay closed for visitors.
For more information on Kings Park, please visit; www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/kings-park
Kings’ Park Home Delivery
At the current difficult period, Kings Park has launched its things-to-do for kids and adults while being at home. Fun activities, videos, resources, and things-to-do-at-home of the park lets you stay isolated and yet stay connected to nature.
For more information on Kings Park Home Delivery, please visit; www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/kings-park/events/kings-park-education/kings-park-home-delivery
Features open to visitors in Kings Park
The park adheres to the government’s health advice and measures against Covid-19 infection. Though the park remains open to visitors, there are some interruptions to visitor services. The following features are open to visitors;
Food and Beverage Outlets
⮚ Zamia Café: Open from 8.00 am to 3.00 pm daily.
⮚ Stickybeaks Café: Open from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday and 7.30 am to 5.00 pm on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
⮚ Kings Park Kiosk: Open for takeaway only from 7.00 am to 3.00 pm daily.
⮚ Botanical Café: Open for takeaway only from 7.00 am to 3.00 pm daily.
Please contact the individual outlets directly for most up-to-date information, as the above is subject to change.
Picnic and BBQ areas
The picnic and BBQ areas are open to visitors subject to social distancing rules, and visitors are allowed to use the free electric barbecues in the park.
Walks, Talks and Tours
The self-guided walks which are perfect for exploring the park on your own is still on, while guided walks are suspended.
Aspects of Kings Park Gallery Shop is open with modified trading hours and capacity.
Fitness training is limited to groups of 20 people maximum.
Presently, group or event bookings can be made for groups of up to 20 people and up to 30 people for weddings.
For more information on this matter, please visit; www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/notices/230-public-notice/2723-covid-19
2. Walk by the Swan River
Perth’s favourite playground, the Swan River, winds its way from the Darling Scarp to Fremantle. The coronavirus outbreak has limited the many water activities for which this location was popular. However, you can still enjoy a day by the picturesque Swan River indulging in fishing, water skiing, swimming, running, biking or enjoying a picnic of small groups at the water’s edge.
For more information on Swan River, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/swan-canning-riverpark
Walk trails around the Swan River
a. Point Walter Sandbar
Point Walter (Noongar Dyoondalup) is a point on the Swan River, famous for its large sandbar that extends into the river. Being a site of Aboriginal Australian heritage, it accommodates the local Whadjuk people’s historical activities. The distance of the easy trail is 1 km, with abundant birdlife of Black Swans.
b. Point Walter to Blackwell Reach – Melville
The walking trail leads from the start of Burke Drive north-west to the main area at Point Walter and then heads south-west to Blackwell Reach. The trail covers both riverside and slightly inland sections. With a moderate difficulty level, the trail has a distance of 4.3 km.
c. Matilda Bay – Nedlands
This 4 km trail is located along the foreshore of the Swan River in Nedlands. It begins from the University of WA boat sheds down to Pelican Point and then west to J.H. Abrams Reserve to the boat ramp. This is an easy level walking trail.
d. Two Bridges Walk / Cycle trail
Yet another beautiful way to experience Perth and the Swan River is this 10 km easy trail along which you can walk or bike.
For more information on amazing walking and cycling trails, please visit; www.swan.wa.gov.au/Your-Community/Events-activities/Get-Active/Cycling-walking-trails
3. Camp at Yanchep National Park
The Yanchep National Park is only a 45-minute-drive away from Perth. Its bushland and wetland are home to western grey kangaroos and birdlife. The koalas are the cutest attraction of the park. The national park has re-opened following a recent bushfire. It is the perfect place to spend a day or longer if you want to camp. Enjoy bushwalking, exploring caves etc. while you are there!
For more information on the Yanchep National Park, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/yanchep
Features Open to Visitors at Yanchep National Park
⮚ Food and Beverage Outlets
The Yanchep Inn and Chocolate Drops Tea Room are open to visitors.
The purpose-built campground of Henry White Oval is open to campers. The campground consists of 9 hardstand sites, 10 grass sites, group camping area, entry roadway, dump ezy, old renovated and new ablution blocks, barbecue shelter area and communal fire pit (seasonal).
For more information on this campground, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/henry-white-oval
The trees adventure ropes course, exploring the Crystal Cave and helicopter tours are currently taking bookings.
⮚ Cultural experience
The cultural experience provides opportunity for visitors to learn about the diversity of traditional Aboriginal culture. The cultural activities engage the audience, encourage participation, inform and share the culture of the traditional owners of the land.
⮚ Walk trails
Six beautiful walking trails within the park are open to visitors.
⮚ BBQ and Picnic
Visitors are allowed to use the free barbecue and picnic tables beside the lake.
For more information and bookings, please visit; exploreparks.dbca.wa.gov.au/park/yanchep
4. Online Social Painting
Have the exciting experience of seeing your beautiful painting come together in front of you! Turn a blank canvas into an amazing piece of art with friendly and supportive online painting classes. Painting is relaxing and soothing to the mind. Let the calm vibes reach you through the online painting class during this stressful period. Join the live tutorial or book into an online course!
Online Social Painting Class
Satisfy your social and creative cravings, from the comfort and safety of your home! Book into a 2-hour live tutorial via zoom and create your own masterpiece! The interactive class takes you through the step-by-step procedure of turning out great artwork. This class is perfect for those who like painting but don’t want to take things too seriously. Live tutorials are on Perth time (UTC +8).
To book into an online social painting class, please visit; www.cabernetandcanvas.com.au/online-classes
Online Social Painting Course
Join the exclusive course Facebook group for four weeks of support along with resources, technique videos and challenges. Re-watch, pause and rewind tutorial videos as many times as you like after the live tutorial has finished. This course is perfect for those who need a more flexible schedule, time and support to perfect their work of art!
To book into an online social painting course, please visit; www.cabernetandcanvas.com.au/online-courses
5. Cheese Making
Enhance your ardent love for cheese by learning the art of cheese making! Learn the science behind turning milk into cheese and become an artisan cheese-maker. This is not just an interesting course! It is the beginning of an adventure!
For more information about cheese-making courses, please visit; www.thecheesemaker.com.au/courses
a. Gourmet Delights Cheese-making Course (June 13th 10 am AWST)
Learn how to make white camembert, blue camembert, cream cheese, quark and mascarpone cheeses. Take home your own home-made wheel of creamy white or blue camembert.
b. Haloumi Cheese Making Course (June 7th 1 pm AWST)
Learn how to make delicious Haloumi cheese and collect creative recipes and canapé ideas. Take home your own home-made block of Haloumi.
c. Introduction to Home Cheese Making (June 14th 10 am AWST)
Learn how to make ricotta cheese, yoghurt and easy paneer and collect recipe ideas for your home-made cheeses, yoghurt and paneer.
d. Classic Delights Cheese Making Course (June 21st 10 am AWST)
Learn how to make feta, ricotta, paneer, yoghurt, yoghurt cheese and sour cream at home and how to prevent common mistakes. Take home your own home-made artisan block of feta.
e. Farmhouse Cheese Making Course (June 28th 9.30 am AWST)
Begin your hard cheese making journey with this course! Learn all about adding flavours to farmhouse cheese using herbs and spices as well as making semi-hard cheese. Take home a block of farmhouse cheese made by you.
For more information on these cheese-making courses, please visit; thecheesemaker.weteachme.com