Fun Things to do in Perth on a Rainy Day

Perth isn’t thought of as a wet city.  If you are visiting Perth you probably hadn’t planned on rainy days.  But as Perth locals know, during winter it does get wet and cold; and even we struggle with finding things to do in Perth on a rainy day.

So I’ve gone on the hunt to find rainy day activities that will keep tourists and locals alike entertained, educated and allow you to burn off energy whether you are an adult, child or teen.

Please note that many of the ideas for indoor activities in Perth mentioned below are also perfect for escaping the heat on hot summer days.

In this Article, You’ll Discover 48 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Perth, WA

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The Cultural Centre

The Perth cultural centre is great if you are looking for free things to do in Perth on a rainy day.  Most other indoor activities will cost.

State Library of Western Australia

The state library is not just a place to read a book, it houses so much of Perth’s history.  You can go up to the archives to start to discover your family history, there are family-friendly activities available and free exhibitions to see that constantly change.

The Art Gallery of Western Australia

Parts of the art gallery and specific exhibitions are at a cost.  You can spend hours viewing all the different types of artwork in this multi-story building.

WA Museum Boola Bardip

The West Australian Museum has now reopened with a new name WA Museum Boola Bardip. Entry is free but you must book tickets. There are also some special exhibitions which will incur a fee.

We will let you know more about the museum in the near future, after our visit during the summer school holidays. Like us on Facebook to get a first glimpse of our experience.

Top Trip Tip: These are all located in the CBD near the Perth train station so you don’t have to worry about parking

More Museums

But don’t fear there are plenty more museums in Perth.

WA Maritime Museum

sailing boats hanging from the ceiling of the WA Maritime Museum
The WA Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum focuses on Western Australia’s nautical history.  There are plenty of interactive displays to hold older kids’ and adults’ interests.  See the actual vessels that sailed and accomplished worldwide feats like Australia II winning the America’s Cup in 1983 and Jon Sanders who was the first sailor to sail solo around the world non-stop twice.  Continue on to learn about life around the Swan River and Australia’s naval system.


boy playing with attractions inside Scitech

Scitech (reopening 6 July 2020) isn’t just for the kids, there is plenty for us adults to have fun and discover scientific concepts.  Parts of the displays are constant and other themed exhibits change approximately every few months so there is always something new to explore.

The Perth Mint

There are only two mints in Australia.  The Perth Mint now focuses on producing collectables, bars and jewellery made of silver, gold and platinum.  However, they also offer tours that showcase the history of the mint and you get to see a real gold pour.

man pouring gold in front of fire
A Perth Mint gold pour

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Fremantle Prison

Taking a tour of the old gaol in Fremantle includes exploring inside and out.  Inside you will experience what life was like for the inmates, hear tales of gaol breaks, and learn about this historic building.  This is a tour I have taken a couple of times over the years and highly recommend.

students lined up in front of Fremantle prison gaol cells
Fremantle Prison tour

More Museums

Lots more small Perth museums that only cost a small gold coin donation to enter

Museums in Perth CBD

  • Old Court House
  • Old Perth Fire Station
  • Royal Perth Hospital Museum
  • Museum of Perth

Fremantle Museums

  • The Maritime Museum (previously mentioned)
  • HMAS Ovens (currently closed)
  • The Round House
  • Shipwreck Museum
  • The Western Australia Army Museum
  • The Leighton Battery

Other Suburban Museums

  • The Heritage Railway Museum
  • Aviation Museum
  • Western Australia Medical Museum
  • Number One Pump Station

Local Historic Museums

  • Subiaco Museum
  • Peninsular farm (Tranby House)
  • Cockman House
  • Mundaring and Hills District Museum

Whiteman Park Museums

  • Whiteman Park Motor Museum
  • Tractor Museum
  • Revolutions Transport Museum

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Animal Attractions

Whilst these attractions may be a bit pricier what I do like is that they along with (Scitech) offer yearly memberships, meaning you can come back over and over on wet days in Perth.  In addition, the zoo and Scitech passes can also be used at reciprocal establishments around Australia and the world.  Check their terms and conditions to learn more.


Stay warm and dry as you walk through a tunnel of West Australian marine life at AQWA*.  Watch schools of colourful fish, stingrays and sharks swim above and around you. Or if you want to be a bit more adventurous you can swim with the sharks*.

Perth Zoo

I know you think I’m mad for suggesting Perth’s outdoor zoo but stay with me.  If it’s a day that is drizzling with some dry patches, the zoo is great.  The crowds have stayed home – you practically get the whole place to yourselves.

Walk during the dry patches and when it starts to rain stop at one of the many shelters for viewing animals. Now you may be thinking but the lion just lays there it gets boring pretty quick.  Well, when it rains the animals are up and about, it is so much more entertaining – the kids really love it.

Indoor Perth Activities

Whilst the museums and animal attractions are entertaining they’re not using up a great deal of energy.  Fortunately, over the past few years, a number of indoor activities have opened up in Perth.  There are now quite a few different options to help burn off your energy, get the adrenaline pumping and keep you entertained.


Not quite prepared to do sky-diving? And hey it’s raining anyway.  Whilst iFly is not cheap it is one for adrenaline junkies.

Axe Throwing

I didn’t even know this could be a thing.  But apparently, there are lots of people who like to throw axes as there are three establishments where you can exert your prowess.  Take note there are safety ages and physical condition restrictions for participation.


For a more family-friendly adrenaline rush try Bounce in Joondalup.  After you slip on your colourful dotted socks jump and swing your way through the Ninja obstacle course, rock or rope climb your way to the ceiling and then jump to your heart’s content, reliving your trampoline days as a child.

people climbing a rock wall
Bounce in Joondalup

What I loved about this place was that it catered for all ages with a pre-schoolers section as well.

There is also a Bounce in Cannington but it doesn’t have the rock climbing walls but has more variety in trampolines.

Trampolines and Bounce

There are plenty more places around Perth that offer bouncing fun either on trampolines or inflatables.


Alternatively you can just rock climb.


Want to keep your feet on the ground, but not firmly?  Try ice skating or roller skating.

Roller Skating

Ice Skating

Go Karting

Get your octane levels roaring at The Kart Centre in Canning Vale or Power Play in Joondalup.  Go it alone or grab some friends and see who you can beat around the course.

Kids sitting in go-karts waiting to start racing
Go Karting


For something slightly more sedate flex your hand/eye coordination at gaming arcades.

Time Zone

Time Zone is a gaming arcade with locations all over Perth.  You can play air hockey, basketball hoop throwing, shooting games, race down a ski slope, bowling and some locations even offer bumper cars – check out your closest Time Zone location for what’s available

People playing games at an indoor gaming arcade
Time Zone

Nostalga Box

Wishing for the good old days of Space Invaders and Pac Man? The Nostalga Box in Northbridge has all the old gaming consoles for you to reminisce or educate your child on what video games were like back in the day.

Bookings are essential!

Archie Brothers Cirque Electric

If you are after a bit more nostalgia, Archie Brothers Cirque Electric located in the Karrinyup Entertainment Zone offers a mix of retro and modern arcade games along with dodgem cars and Virtual Reality.

Perth Indoor Group Activities

Got a group of friends that you are looking for some fun activities.

Laser Tag

Strapon and power up your light-filled vest

Indoor Mini Golf

Let the laser lights shine the way to the next putt-putt hole in one.

man putting at a Perth indoor mini golf complex
Holey Moley

Escape Room

Grab some friends, put your thinking caps on and solve the riddle to escape.

There are a number of escape room attractions across Perth. 

Top Trip Tip:  Where appropriate clothing (long pants) for your activity (even the kids’ ones) you never know where you might be climbing or bouncing through

Indoor Pool

There are lots of indoor pools around Perth where it feels as though you have entered a warm tropical paradise. Some even offer extras of waves, splash parks or water slides.

Indoor Pools with Water Slides

Top Trip Tip: Pack shampoo and dry clothes so you can shower and rug up before you leave the pool

Traditional Ideas

A couple more traditional ideas for rainy days include:

  • Movies
  • Ten-pin bowling
kids ten pin bowling
Kids ten-pin bowling

There are theatres and bowling alleys all over Perth, just Google to find your closest.

For Little Kids

If you have young kids up to about nine years and their energy levels are driving you nuts kids indoor playgrounds are a blessing.  They usually include ball pits, large climbing frames and jumping castles.

PS. Be prepared for high noise levels

Top Trip Tip: Pack lots of snacks and water, the kids play really hard

Plan Your Perth Rainy Day Activity

  1. Book ahead to ensure establishments are open and there is space
  2. Take a day trip bag filled with
    • Water
    • Snacks
    • Money
    • Camera
  3. Plan how to get there

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