Valentine’s Day is coming up, and whether you’re spending it with your partner or your pals, it’s time to start planning. Luckily, there are plenty of fun couple and group activities in Perth to celebrate your nearest and dearest.
Everyone’s ideal Valentine’s Day is different—some people might enjoy an intimate candlelit dinner, while others would prefer to get cosy at a sunset picnic. As a student, you might also be looking for some cheap date ideas.
To make your planning easier, read on to find out our top eight fun and unique date ideas in Perth for any preference and budget.
Explore ACMI’s Alice in Wonderland exhibition at WA Museum Boola Bardip
Make your Valentine’s Day magical with ACMI’s Alice in Wonderland exhibition at WA Museum Boola Bardip. This immersive installation is packed with mesmerising nightly light projections, colourful costumes, and interactive maps from Alice’s adventures.
If you can’t make it on Valentine’s Day, you can also visit the exhibition on Friday nights for a special after-hours wander down the rabbit hole, complete with drinks and live tunes. Whatever you do, don’t be late for this very important date.
Foster some healthy competition with a game of mini golf
Tee up a game of mini golf with your putt-ner, and you might just have the best Valentine’s Day ever! Holey Moley takes mini golf to the next level with its pop culture-inspired courses, creative cocktails and tasty bites.
Holey Moley has four handy locations across Perth in Northbridge, Carousel, Fremantle and Karrinyup. They’ve also got options to suit every budget. Choose from playing nine holes for $18 per person up to 27 holes for $44 each.
Enjoy arcade games and great food
For another way to show off your competitive side and enjoy some tasty food while you’re at it, head to B Lucky & Sons, an exciting entertainment hub packed with arcade games, bowling and delicious dinner options.
You can get your game on at either of their locations, Fremantle or Forrest Chase, for as little as $2 per game!
Check out a Fringe World show together
If your idea of the perfect date includes dinner and a show, why not head into town for a romantic meal followed by some top-quality live entertainment at Fringe World Festival?
Fringe is Perth’s largest and most popular annual multi-arts festival, hosting a wide variety of performances, including comedy, cabaret, film, musicals, theatre, circus and much more. Tickets usually start at around $20, which leaves plenty of room in the budget for dinner!
Make the most of a Valentine’s Day dinner deal
Some of Perth’s best hospitality venues are dishing up great value dinner deals for couples who love their food. Pick a cuisine you have a shared love of, or choose a suburb you’d like to explore, and a quick Google search should reveal the best deals!
For more dining ideas, check out our article on eating out in Perth. Make sure you book in early, as Valentine’s Day gets pretty busy.
Head to one of Perth’s outdoor cinemas
For an unbeatable date night, settle in for a movie under the stars at one of Perth’s best outdoor cinemas.
If you’d rather stay in the comfort of your car, head to Galaxy Drive-In in Kingsley, where tickets are just $11 per adult. Otherwise, check out the famous Rooftop Movies in Northbridge or the Moonlight Cinemas in the beautiful Kings Park.
Pack a picnic for a cute date in the park
Perth is full of gorgeous picnic spots perfect for outdoor dates, and there are plenty of places where you can buy a gourmet picnic box or grazing board to take your date to the next level.
The Good Grocer has 10 locations across Perth, where you can buy premade boxes featuring premium meats, cheeses and fresh fruit, perfect for celebrating Valentine’s Day.
Alternatively, choose your own snacks and enjoy them in one of Perth’s great picnic spots, like Kings Park, South Perth foreshore, Matilda Bay Reserve or Hyde Park.
Enjoy a stunning WA sunset
For a simple yet spectacular—and not to mention free!—end to Valentine’s Day, why not head to your favourite beach and watch the sunset?
Along with warm summer weather, Perth usually enjoys dreamy pink and golden skies, which are magical to watch as they transform. You could also pick up a pizza or fish and chips to share while you watch.
Explore the Swan Valley
For a fun and unique date, make a day out of exploring WA’s oldest wine region. The Swan Valley is home to some amazing distilleries, wineries and breweries and is located just 25 minutes from Perth.
If alcohol isn’t your thing, the Swan Valley is also a top destination for fresh produce, handcrafted chocolate, honey and gourmet desserts.