The Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday in Western Australia is on Monday September 30th, giving the western state a relaxing royal day off. In 2013, Queen Elizabeth II turned 87 and although her actual birthday is in April, WA is treated to a public holiday in September. While the holiday is celebrated in many commonwealth countries, it is not actually a public holiday in the United Kingdom. It provides a great chance to visit new places, friends or family.
Make the most of this public holiday in WA this spring season. Below are just a few activities for the day or mini-breaks for the whole long weekend:
Visit the dolphins at Monkey Mia
See dolphins up close in their natural habitat! Monkey Mia is a famous dolphin watching destination, situated on the Coral Coast of Australia. The shore is visited every day by dolphins and visitors have the chance to be selected by trained rangers to hand feed the marine mammals in the morning. Located within the Shark Bay World Heritage area, Monkey Mia is a short flight from Perth and 25 kilometres from the town of Denham. There are lots of other activities available at Monkey Mia including fishing charters, Aboriginal culture tours, four wheel drive trips and camel rides.
Wine Tasting in the Swan Valley
The Swan Valley is a historical area with a wide selection of award winning wineries to choose from. Just 25 minutes from Perth, Swan Valley has a 25km food and wine trail to explore. The trail is sign posted along the way, taking you past 40 different wineries, restaurants, cafes and boutique breweries. Also within the area is the historic town of Guildford, featuring buildings and architecture dating back to the 1830s, displaying examples of early European Settlement in Western Australia.
Have High Tea in Perth
Treat yourself to an afternoon of tea, cakes, and scones with jam and cream, champagne and feel very royal in Australia. There are many places in the states’ capital to enjoy a slice of the good life with an afternoon high tea. In Perth visit The George or the Peninsula Tea Gardens. The Peninsula Tea Gardens feature a specialty of ‘Traditional Afternoon Tea’ which was introduced by the Duchess of Bedford in the 18th Century.
A Day in Historic Fremantle Prison
Fremantle, just down the coast from Perth is a town where maritime, convict and colonial cultures collide in a beach hub. Fremantle is home to a World Heritage Listed Prison contained within a significant cultural building. It is the largest building built by convicts in Western Australia, and is the best preserved convict structure in the country. The port city shows its maritime past at Fishing Boat Harbour, where you can sample local seafood and Western Australia wine. For a day of shopping, visit Fremantle Markets which is over 100 years old, with first stalls opening in 1897. The stalls operate from a Victorian building on the corner of South Terrace and Henderson Street.
Ride a Camel on Cable Beach
Situated in Broome, one of our Top 5 short beaks in Australia, Cable Beach is famous for its kilometres of sand and is situated amongst a landscape of different colours, characterised by the red desert sands coming down to meet the blue sea. Cable Beach is aptly named after a telegraph cable that connected Broome with Java in 1889, effectively linking Australia to the rest of the world. There are tour operators who run camel rides across the beach in the morning, afternoon and at sunset. There are many resorts nearby available to stay in, and you will be treated to a sunset over the ocean.
Enjoy this royal public holiday in Western Australia on September 30th. Make the most of this day off, explore some new parts of the state and visit one of the above destinations.