Unique, Offbeat, & Unusual Things to Do in Perth, Australia
While usually overshadowed by its eastern sisters Sydney and Melbourne, Perth in Western Australia should be on your bucket list. The stunning beaches and national parks at its doorstep are reason enough to visit. But if you’re a bonafide quirkophile, the city and surrounding area is sure to keep you entertained.
Here’s my list of 5 Quirky Things to Do in Perth:
1. Learn How to Catch a Venomous Snake
The closest thing to “snake charming” in Australia is getting your Reptile Removalist’s Licence, and you can be one step closer by taking the full-day Venomous Snake Catch and Relocation Course offered by the folks at Animal Ark Wildlife Education & Training. I’ll watch from over there thanks.
2. Explore the Abandoned Atlantis Water Park
The Lost City of Atlantis is now also a lost water park. The Atlantis Marine Park 60 kilometres north of Perth saw it’s heyday in the 1980s, but things soon…ahem, ”dried up” due to economic woes. The park finally closed its gates in 1990. Now it’s an attraction again, but for its graffiti and that creepiness factor only abandonment can buy.
Atlantis Marine Park, Two Rocks, Western Australia, Open: daily (and nightly too) Admission: Free (you may have to cut through a fence or two to get in)
If you’re planning a trip to Perth, check out the Lonely Planet West Coast Australia (Travel Guide) — it’s full of great info on what else to see and do in the area.
3. Meet the Gnomes of Gnomesville
Gnomesville (population 3000) is one of those magical little places – like Smurf Village, or the Shire, or an Irish pub in Perth – where nary a care nor worry shall follow. A good day-trip from Perth, the attraction features Gnomes in a variety of clever and comical scenes such as a Funeral Gnome, A Gnome for Wayward Youths, and The Tomb of the Unknown Gnome.
Gnomesville, just east of Dardanup, Ferguson Valley, WA
Eat Raw Pizza at The Raw Kitchen Cafe
While some would probably consider this quirky, Raw Pizza from The Raw Kitchen in Fremantle will probably be the most healthy thing you’ll eat in your life. They also have raw cheesecake and raw macaroons if pizza isn’t your thing.
Check Your Vital Signs at the Western Australia Medical Museum
If your idea of a good time is donning a lead protective gown and gloves, then check yourself into the Western Australian Medical Museum. Their radiation protection exhibit is just what the doctor ordered. If hospital gown chic isn’t your thing, well you can still check your ECG and blood pressure, and witness the museum’s pride and joy – a fully functional Iron-Lung (lung simulations only upon request please). Plus they have sexy 1920s nurse uniforms.
Western Australia Medical Museum, Harvey House, Corner Barker & Railway Roads, Subiaco WA 6008, Australia
Hours of Operation: Wednesdays 10-4pm, Sundays 2-4pm, Cost: Adults: $2.00, Kids: $0.50, Phone: +61 08 9380 1506
What Quirky Things to Do in Perth have you seen?
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