10 Family Experiences you can’t miss this spring

10 Family Experiences you can’t miss this spring

The perfect excuse for a Perth family getaway

With Perth delivering so much entertainment this spring, your family can get set for a fun-filled adventure. Keep the kids entertained with everything from dinosaurs to the Wiggles. There’s something for all ages, so there’s no better time to be planning a Perth city escape.

Plan your spring getaway with an exciting travel itinerary, and save on your city accommodation with a hotel deal from Holiday Inn Perth City Centre. Our hotel is conveniently located just a short distance from each experience.


#1 Dinosaur Discovery

20 September 2017 – 28 January 2018

Perth Convention and Exhibition CentreDinosaur_Discovery

Experience a close encounter with thrilling life like Dinosaurs at the Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous. Prepare for over 23 life-size dinosaur models moving and interacting with each other – an amazing experience you don’t want to miss!

Learn more


#2 Kings Park Festival

1 – 31 September 2017

Kings Park and Botanical Gardens have the largest presentation of WA’s spectacular blooming flowers this Spring for their ‘Where the Wildflowers are’ festival. Running throughout the entire month of September, Kings Park will transform into a myriad of colour and be the host for many forms of celebrations – fun for the whole family you don’t want to miss.

Learn more


#3 Scitech

With a range of interactive, fun and informative activities, Scitech provides you and your family a day of excitement and intrigue. Kids aged 4 + can engage in a workshop at a CSIRO Lab for young scientists or marvel at the Planetarium show. For the younger ones there is a regular animal farm, discovery land and a bubble trouble show.

Learn more


#4 Perth Royal Show

23 – 31 September

It’s not long to go before the annual Perth Royal Show excitement begins. With all the usual exciting show elements including show bags, pavilions, cuddly animals and thrilling rides, you and your family will have a blast. Make it easy on yourself and complete your show experience with the comfort of a hotel after a long day of fun. Holiday Inn is a 2-minute walking distance to the train station where you can easily travel to the show without worrying about parking.

Learn more


#5 Cruise the Swan River

Soak up the beautiful spring weather on a cruise of the Swan River with Captain Cook Cruises. Whether it be a Perth Zoo Cruise package, a Fremantle Explorer or a Swan River scenic, all cruises all depart from Elizabeth Quay, a short stroll from Holiday Inn Perth City Centre.

Learn more


#6 The Wiggles at Perth Arena

November 18 & 19th

Get ready to Wiggle! The most successful Children’s entertainment group is here this spring. Featuring your favourite Wiggles songs and entertainers at The Perth Arena. Book your tickets early, this one will sell out.

Learn more


#7 Chocolate Walking Tour

Perth is home to some amazing chocolatiers so make this fun three-hour tour of Perth’s best chocolatiers on your to-do list. Enjoy samples of the exquisite chocolate delights at each venue you visit all while learning the elements of a proper chocolate tasting.


#8 Twilight Market at Perth City Farm

Sunday 1st October 9am – 1pm

Featuring some of Perth’s best creative talent, the Perth City Farm Artisan Markets will showcase upcycling, recycling, handmade and local products. A perfect outing for the whole family including local performers, delicious food and drinks and special activities throughout.

Learn more


#9 Moonlight Cinema

Starts November

Pack a picnic, grab a beanbag and enjoy a movie under the stars at the Moonlight Cinema in Kings Park and Botanical Gardens this spring! Screening latest release, contemporary and classic films the Moonlight Cinema is a pleasant relaxing night out with the family. Learn more


#10 Fire Station Museum

The family will absolutely love the Education and Heritage Centre which is home to vintage and past fire trucks on display for the kids to climb aboard. The building is an actual fire station from the past will all the original features and you can even dress up in the jackets and fireman hats!

Learn more



Make a weekend of it and stay at Holiday Inn Perth City Centre. Our hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of the train station, Elizabeth Quay and the city’s entertainment venues. Jump on the free Red Cat at the hotel’s doorstep for easy transport to Perth Arena and many other attractions.

Weekend Hotel Deal

Save on accommodation in the heart of Perth City with our Weekend Special Package. Check in to Holiday Inn Perth City Centre on a Friday or Saturday. Package includes accommodation for 2 adults plus Kids Stay & Eat Free, full buffet breakfast and a late check-out.

Get the best deal on Perth accommodation at Holiday Inn Perth City Centre when you book direct. That’s our Best Price Guarantee!

Arcadia is coming to Perth!

Arcadia is coming to Perth!

Arcadia Australia heads to Elizabeth Quay


Arcadia is heading to Perth for its first ever Australian performance in November!

It’s not often that Perth gets to gets to be the first in Australia to experience an event like this, so we’re excited!

The three day spectacle plays host to live music, performing arts and cutting edge technology – the ultimate experience and one not to be missed.

The Spider will travel all the way from Taiwan, as it continues its tour from one show to the next. A 20 metre high, flame spitting spider made entirely from recycled military and industrial hardware is something to behold. Each night of Arcadia the Spider awakens. Expect crowd member abductions, aerial performances and amazing pyrotechnics as the Spider comes to life.

Traditional dance, The Yallor Keeninyarra, will be performed publicly for the first time in WA since 1901, asking the Spider Spirit of Garrgatup to weave a web of togetherness and strength.

If all of that doesn’t sound exciting enough for you, then head to see The Lords of the Lightening use 4 million volts of electricity in the ultimate lightening battle.


A three-day spectacle!

You’ll have the opportunity to watch these spectacles during each of the three days of Arcadia at Elizabeth Quay

Day One: 5pm – 11pm Friday 25/11/16 | 18+ years

Look forward to an evening full of local and international electronic music; special act includes LEFTFIELD DJ Set (UK)

Day Two:  5pm – 11pm Saturday 26/11/16 | 18+ years

Check out the hottest Australian Artists on Saturday night! The huge line-up of talent includes Alison Wonderland, Carmada and Elk, among many other trap, hip hop and dance artists.

Day Three:  3.30pm – 9.30pm Sunday 27//11/16 | 13 – 17 years

It’s not often that the youth of Perth get to attend a music line-up quite like this! On Sunday Arcadia sets a repeat of Saturday for the Under 18s only.



Arcadia Accommodation

Book your accommodation at Holiday Inn Perth City Centre and catch all the action at Arcadia Perth. Only 7 minutes from Elizabeth Quay to walk or drive.

Holiday Inn Perth

  • Check in 2pm, check out 11am
  • Located in the heart of Perth City
  • Best price guarantee when you book direct with us
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for members. Free to join!



Perth Winter Arts Festival 2016

Perth Winter Arts Festival 2016

While the temptation is there to stay indoors and hibernate through winter, there is so much to see and do in Perth this June to August that you’ll just have to fight off the urge. Time to throw off those ugg boots and get out ‘n about for some winter fun with the Perth Winter Arts Festival.



Perth Winter Arts Festival Invites You to the City


This winter, from June to August, Perth is hosting its biggest ever winter festival. A unique cultural program will get you through the colder months, with something on every night of the week across 130 free and ticketed events.

More than 60 participating organisations and artists are set to entertain audiences with music, comedy, theatre, cabaret, film, dance, literature and visual arts at Winter Arts Festival 2016.

The festival will bring local, national and international artists together, and utilise a variety of both expected and unexpected venues across the city, from Perth’s iconic theatres to outdoor, public spaces. This epic event has everyone’s tastes covered withall the arts represented. Some Program Highlights include:

Winter Arts Festival 2016 | Holiday Inn Perth City Centre

Some Program Highlights include:

A Perfect Specimen

Behold the dying days of the travelling freak show and the tragic true story of its star attraction: Julia Pastrana, the ape-woman.

When: 8pm, 30 Jun 2016 – 17 Jul 2016

Where: State Theatre Centre of Western Australia


The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Set against the backdrop of a tumultuous civil war, this epic work is an engaging parable about motherhood, ownership and identity.

When: 7.30pm, 30 July – 14 Aug 2016

Where: State Theatre Centre of Western Australia


Little Shop of Horrors

Meek and mild flower shop assistant Seymour Krelborn has stumbled across a peculiar new plant species, which he names after his stunning but vulnerable colleague Audrey. Before he knows it, Seymour and Audrey must battle the perilous and persuasive plant not just for their lives, but for the very future of planet earth!

When: 8pm, 4 Aug – 14 Aug 2016

Where: His Majesty’s Theatre


Comic Tragics: the exploding language of contemporary comic art

An international multi-media exploration of the inner life of the comic artist and their incredibly intense, personal and affecting comic works that connect with audiences in unexpected and powerful ways.

When: 10:00am – 5:00pm, 09 April – 25 July 2016

Where: Art Gallery of Western Australia


Scooby-Doo Live! Level Up

For Scooby fans young and old, this interactive live show with big musical numbers pays homage to video games. Can the Gang escape from a virtual world of creepy gaming ghosts?

When: 10:30am – 6:30pm, 22 – 23 July 2016

Where: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre


Winter Artsbar

Winter ArtsBar is for the curious, artistic and adventurous to perform, create and play! A tunnel under St Georges Terrace will be transformed with multi-media projections, LED installations and live performances from electronica to opera.

When: 5:00pm – 2:00am, 1 July 2016 – 27 Aug 2016

Where: Perth Concert Hall


Winter Supper Club

Perth Town Hall undercroft and foyer host a colourful international food market serving hearty meals and snacks with a generous side of free live music.

When: Last Friday of every winter month, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Perth Concert Hall


Winter Special – Holiday Inn Perth City Centre

Perth Winter Arts Festival Accommodation Offer

Take advantage of our best value hotel deal and do more of what you love. Book the Winter Special at Holiday Inn Perth City Centre for up to 35% off accommodation.

  • Up to 30% off our Advance Purchase Rates for room only or room & breakfast
  • Additional 5% off for IHG® Rewards Club members, plus free Internet access and late checkout. Free to join.
  • Kids Stay & Eat Free
  • Book before 15 September 2016
  • Valid for stays from 1 June to 30 September 2016
Top 5 Date Night Ideas in Perth

Top 5 Date Night Ideas in Perth

5 great date night ideas, from dinner & drinks to weekends away…


Date night can be a simple dinner and drinks, or it can include something more original and exciting. If you’re after some new spots to take a special someone this weekend, check out our Top 5 Date Night Ideas right here in Perth. We’ve covered everything, from traditional dinner and drinks to whole weekends away. Grab your snuggle-buddy and start booking.


 Wolf Lane


Perth has some truly inspirational street artists. Wolf Lane in the CBD is well known for attracting serious artistic talent.


To see the best of the best, check out Streets of Perth. It’s Australia’s most popular street art blog and they also run a very successful Facebook page. Up and coming artists are featured, as well as famous names like Australian artist and four-time Archibald Prize ‘People’s Choice’ winner, Vincent Fantauzzo. Vincent painted an epic tribute portrait of his personal friend, actor Heath Ledger.


Wander down Wolf Lane, arm in arm with your loved one and marvel at the stunning pieces adorning the walls. It’s romantic, edgy and cultured, all in one.

5 Date Night Spots in Perth | Holiday Inn Perth City Centre 

Swan Valley Tours


Award-winning Swan Valley Tours are no ordinary tour operator. More than just a wine tour, they are designed to create an immersive experience in the local area.


The best tours incorporate a cruise down the beautiful Swan River, fresh local produce tasting from family-run farms, a visit to a chocolatier, stunning scenery and landscapes, as well as a selection of the finest beers and wines from the region.


The Swan River area is known for fantastic citrus farms, family-owned grape and olive growers like Sorgiovanni’s Produce, and raw, unpasteurised honey at The House of Honey. There are packages to suit everyone, from Wildlife and Wine to Supa Golf to a fully indulgent experience. It’s a seriously romantic option for those who want to turn date night into date weekend.


Book through our hotel concierge to get the best deals and recommendations.


Kings Park and Elizabeth Quay


Everyone knows Kings Park is perfect for date night inspiration. It has everything – beautifully manicured gardens, outdoor events and festivals as well as the famous Federation Walkway.


If you’re a particularly cute couple, head to the zoo to hold hands and look at the fuzzy animals. Afterwards, take a stroll down to Elizabeth Quay, home to riverside dining, entertainment and recreation. Pick from one of the many dinner options available and enjoy cocktails by the water.


If you’re there during the day, you might even be lucky enough to spot some dolphins.




Northbridge is undoubtedly the hottest area of Perth for couples looking for a night out. A vibrant hub of cafes, shops, bars and restaurants, it is THE go-to for dates and romantic evenings.


If date night is actually a date day, there are museums and galleries to explore, such as The Art Gallery of Western Australia, as well as many cultural and outdoor events. During the twilight hours, it becomes a chic nightlife zone with small bars and cocktail lounges, restaurants offering shared platters for two, perfect for whiling away the evening.


Located just 1 km from Perth’s city centre, it’s a leisurely stroll from Holiday Inn and the perfect place to spend date night.


Ivy and Jack


Ivy and Jack has a pretty interesting date-night story to match its name.


From breakfast through to dinner, Ivy and Jack serve up delicious food, beers on tap and quality cocktails. It’s easily one of Perth’s most popular date night spots. An after-work drinks hub for some, a regular lunch destination for others and a breakfast favourite for those on the go.


Shared platters, cosy dinners and barista-made coffee are all made with passion and flair at Ivy and Jack. There are weekly specials that showcase the chef’s choicest selections for the week, as well as drinks specials to get the conversation flowing. The wine list is extensive and features premium quality selections to match their dishes, including some of the best Western Australian wines.


Flexible seating including cosy booths and intimate lighting make Ivy and Jack a favourite for date night. Book a table here.


Make a Night of it


Why not make a proper night of it?  Take advantage of our best hotel deal at Holiday Inn Perth City Centre. The Weekend Special includes accommodation for two adults, full buffet breakfast and late checkout. See our promotions here>>

Family activities and things to do with kids

Family activities and things to do with kids

 Check out our top family activities in Perth this summer!

Looking for some inspiration in keeping the kids entertained this summer? Want to get them away from their screens for an hour or two? Then check out our list of five of the best activities that not only the kids will love, but Mum and Dad too.

Perth Explorer

Get out and about and see the sights of Perth City on the original Perth Explorer open-top double decker bus tour. The tour features highlights such as the Swan River, Northbridge, the WACA, the Belltower, Kings Park and Botanic Gardens and other exciting stops. The whole trip takes 1 and ¾ hours, or hop off in the knowledge that the next bus is never more than an hour away.

Adults are $32, and children $12, with a family pass for $85. Tickets are valid for a 24 hour time period.


Scitech Perth

Image Credit: Schitech Facebook

Stimulate young brains with a visit to Scitech, at City West. The centre is designed to introduce children to scientific concepts in a fun and surprising way. Check out exhibits like the Puppet Theatre, the Astronaut feature exhibit as well as live bees busy in their honey production. Parents might even learn a thing or two along the way as well!

Admission prices are $17 for adults and $11 for children, with kids under 4 free.


Penguin Island

Image credit: Penguin Island Facebook

Enjoy one of Perth’s premier aquatic adventures and cross the ocean to see penguins, dolphins and sea lions at Penguin Island. Located an hours’ drive from Perth near the city of Rockingham, the island, reachable by ferry, and its surrounds feature crystal clear waters, picnic spots, and sightseeing cruises for a fun day out for the whole family.

Ferry tickets are $15 for adults and $12.50 for kids, with family packs for $48. Add-ons include the Penguin Island Discovery Centre, Penguin & Sea Lion Cruise and Swim with Wild Dolphins.


Kings Park

Image Credit: BritishExpats

Explore the beautiful surrounds of our oasis in the city, Kings Park. Set high atop the city, with stunning views from the Eastern side out over the Swan River, Kings Park is a must on your Perth itinerary. Keep the kids happy by not only checking out the wildflowers, but by discovering playgrounds like the Synergy Parkland and the Ivey Watson Playground for under 6’s. Wear them out by climbing up the spiralling DNA tower and show them the mysteries of science with the Whispering Wall at the War Memorial.

Admission is free.


Heirisson Island

Image Credit: Study Perth

Kids crazy for kangaroos? See some real Australian bushlands and native Kangaroos only minutes away from Perth City. Heirisson Island features the city’s local colony of Western Grey Kangaroos, in a small island on Swan River accessible by the Causeway. It may be tempting to walk up and pat them, but remember these are wild kangaroos and some are not used to being touched! Take a bike out to the island to make a whole day of it.

Admission is free.


Family Getaway Package

This Summer we have the best family deal for you. It’s time for you to move away from the workplace and come closer together with the people who mean the world to you. Take advantage of our Holiday Inn special accommodation package with a Perth city attraction the whole family will love.

The Family Getaway Package includes:

  • Accommodation for two adults and one child
  • Full buffet breakfast for all
  • Children dine for free with a paying adult
  • Tickets for two adults and one child to Perth and Kings Park Hop-on-Hop-off tour
  • Kids stay and Eat Free


Perth Arena events on this summer

Perth Arena events on this summer

It’s heating up across the city, and the action is all at Perth Arena.

Perth Arena is a mere stroll from the hotel, and with world class entertainment across its roster, there’s sure to be an event for you. See our favorites from the lineup for a stellar summer of fun.

Something for Everyone

Perth Arena | Hugh Jackman |Holiday Inn Perth Blog

An Evening With Oprah – Monday, 7 December

The Mighty O will be in the house for one very special Perth appearance. Her talking tour will cover Ms. Winfrey’s life including stories of her amazing achievements and the tough times she has overcome. Read our evening with Oprah blog click/tap here.


Hugh Jackman Live in Concert – Tuesday, 15 and Wednesday 16 December

Everyone’s favourite song and dance man will be back on Australian shores performing his Broadway To Oz show. Here is the chance to see our Hugh at his finest in the Aussie version of his Back To Broadway smash on stage. See him for two nights only, before he disappears back to the silver screen.


Kevin Hart What Now? – Wednesday 3 Feb

One of comedy’s breakout stars in recent years, Kevin Hart, is bringing ‘What Now?’, his hit stand up show to Perth Arena. Get your tickets now and get ready to laugh!


Sports Lovers

Hopman Cup 2016 – Sun, 3 Jan to Saturday, 9  Jan

The number one tennis event on Perth’s calendar brings international tennis stars such as Andy Murray and Serena Williams to the court to serve up a storm. With a week-long calendar, the Hopman Cup is also one of the social events of the season.


Perth’s NBL Season with the Wildcats – Various dates

Come out and watch Australian basketball at its finest. Witness the Perth Wildcats go head to head with their interstate counterparts such as the Sydney Kings and Melbourne United. .


Music Fans


The Amity Affliction and A Day To Remember – Monday, 14 December

Need a rock fix? Watch international superstars The Amity Affliction and A Day to Remember live in concert rocking out at the stadium. Their Big Ass Tour will be one definitely not to miss for fans.


Chris Brown One Hell of a Nite tour – Wednesday  9th December

International R&B superstar, Chris Brown is coming to Australia with his One Hell of a Nite tour this December with special guest August Alsina.


Perth Entertainment Package

We have the perfect package to make the most of your next event in Perth. Don’t deal with organiseing people or uber ride and stay in the heart of Perth city literally walking distants to all major entertainment venues in Perth.

Perth Entertainment package includes:

  • Accommodation for 2 adults
  • 2 house beverages in the bar