What’s on this WA Day Long Weekend

Get the party started this WA Day long-weekend with a host of hot options from spectacular waterfalls and cruisy BBQs to a live-streamed festival!

WA Day long-weekend is finally upon us and the entire State is buzzing for it! After cooped up for months and regulations now relaxed, the entire State is psyched with hundreds ready to head down south for a quick getaway and BBQ’s a plenty at parks around the city. Even as we get excited for catch-ups and cookouts, what options are out there so you can still do your part and stay COVID-safe? Here are a few ways you can take advantage and really celebrate the State while still staying safe this long-weekend!

Keep the party going out of the weather with a live-streamed festival

Despite spending the bulk of the last two months in isolation, this long-weekend’s wet weather may keep us all indoors. That doesn’t mean the party has to stop though, with a full festival line-up of WA talent live-streaming on Monday! With all the annual WA Day Festivals put off to 2021, SOTAStream 2020 is filling the gap featuring Abbe May, Carla Geneve, Drapht, Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse, Methyl Ethel, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and San Cisco. From 2pm to 8pm you can catch these artists livestreaming on a number of platforms, PerthNow, RTRFM and the SotaStream Facebook page. Or if you want to take the party away from the keyboard, RTRFM will also be simultaneously broadcasting the festival on the day!

Abbe May will be among the range of artists line up the SOTAstream this WA Day (Image Source: abbemay.co)

Restaurants, cafes, beer gardens

Why not celebrate WA by helping it get back up on its feet? Cafés, restaurants and bars are back open and need their customers to come back to keep going. While seating inside will still be limited, get that much needed catchup with your mates while sitting outdoors or in a beer garden. Local businesses are in dire need of support in the current climate so why not celebrate and chip in at the same time!

Park and BBQs

The minute some says ‘long-weekend’, the Aussie mind says ‘barbie’, and now that regulations have relaxed you can fire that bad boy up in your back garden or at the local park. An easy way to truly celebrate the State while keeping a sensible distance! In Phase II of opening up WA again you can have up to 20 people at indoor and outdoor gatherings but you still need to keep your distance in the four square metre rule, plenty for a sausage sizzle down at the local foreshore.

Hit the regions on a day trip

Borders are open and hordes of Perthians will descend upon the regions from Perth for the long-weekend, so it could be tough to find a spot if you haven’t already booked. So why not make a day of it instead? Rain during the week is set to make for some spectacular waterfalls a short drive out of the city including Lesmurdie Falls, Serpentine Falls or Sixty Foot Falls in Ellis Brook Reserve, all less than an hour drive out of the city. If small businesses in Perth are in need of support that goes double for those outside the city, so grab lunch at a small café and get your dose of fresh air with some awesome sights! 

WA Day Awards

With everything that’s been going on there are plenty of local heroes in WA to thank, so now’s a better time than ever to recognise them in the West Australian of the Year Awards. Nomination forms will be available in this weekend’s edition of The Sunday Times or online here, so you can really thank those who have pitched in during the tough times, whether they’re healthcare or aged care workers, teachers or local volunteers!

So what’s on the docket for you? With everything we’ve been through the last couple months we all deserve this long-weekend so get out there and enjoy it!

David Charlesworth

Hi I’m David! I love diving into books, video games and films as much as I love cooking up snacks to accompany them. Whether its genres, cuisine or hiking trails, I’m passionate about exploring and experiencing new things. I’ve spent the last couple years bouncing around regional WA as a journalist, now I’m back in the city and excited to share what Perth’s got in store!