Travel has taken a back seat since the start of the Covid era.  We’re not going over east and we’re definitely not going overseas.  But there is something that could just have you feeling over the moon…. and that is a little Perth staycation.

We’re being urged to support WA’s tourism industry by ‘wandering out yonder’, but a holiday at home can sometimes seem like a better option in these uncertain times.  Many people are looking for safe ways of returning to a ‘new normal’ and a staycation nearby can tick all the boxes for a feel-good getaway.

Minimal travel time, the excitement of exploring a new place, special treatment like room service or a spa session, not having to worry about cooking or cleaning and a hassle-free journey home are just some of the positives of taking a short break without having to fill your tank or empty your wallet.

Perth has so many great options for a staycation.  You can choose a calming coastal getaway, a chic CBD escape, a discovery delve into the city’s fascinating history, a rural retreat or a secluded riverside sanctuary.  From boutique hotels and apartments to family-friendly Airbnbs, there’s something for everyone. Celebrities from all corners of the world have visited this carefree paradise.

Here are some faves for a Perth staycation in a Covid era:

Fremantle

There are accommodation options in Freo to suit every wish, whim and wallet.  From the funky convict-themed Hougoumont Hotel, the stylish Esplanade Hotel and the boutique Warders Hotel at Fremantle Markets to the family-friendly Pier 21 Apartment Hotel, there are hotels and apartments all designed to delight.

Book a tour of an iconic landmark such as the Fremantle Prison or the Maritime Museum.  Wander the streets and explore historical gems, eclectic shops and galleries.  Treat yourself to tantalising cuisines from around the world and savour some freshly caught seafood.  Discover hidden cafes and bars.  People-watch on Cappuccino strip.  Have a romantic getaway.  Make it a memorable celebration with friends.  Enjoy some family fun.  There’s enough going on in Freo to keep you entertained for weeks!

Perth CBD

Even if you work in or near Perth, you’ll see a completely different side to the city when you treat yourself to an urban staycation.  There’s an array of accommodation types to suit every taste and budget and best of all, you won’t need a car!  Walk to world-class restaurants, explore secret laneways, take in a movie, listen to some live music, discover Kings Park, take a tour of Parliament or visit iconic landmarks like the Bell Tower and the Perth Mint – there’s a vast choice of things to see and do on your Perth staycation.  You could also put your feet up and enjoy the cityscape from the comfort and peace of your luxury hotel room, while ordering room service and catching up on Netflix.  The choice is yours.

Riverside rambling

The Crown Towers on the banks of the Swan River at Burswood is probably the best-known destination for a Perth staycation and for good reason.  Award-winning restaurants, rooftop bars, entertainment options, a fitness centre, day spa, sensational circular infinity pool and the casino (of course!) make the Crown the perfect place for a five-star escape.

Scarborough

If endless stretches of pristine white sand, crystal clear sea and an inviting rolling swell are your idea of a perfect getaway, why not consider a staycation at Scarborough Beach?  With an array of accommodation options, restaurants, cafes and bars, a kids’ adventure playground, climbing wall, swimming pool, skate park, outdoor exercise equipment and more, it’s a great option for families and couples looking for a coastal escape.

The Swan Valley

If you’re looking for a convenient countryside getaway, you only have to travel 40 minutes from the city centre to find bucolic heaven.   Whether you’re after a golfing getaway, a rural retreat, a gourmet escape or an action-packed adventure, there’s plenty on offer in the Swan Valley.  Accommodation options range from golf resorts to country cottages and there’s a vast choice of tours and experiences on offer.

Rottnest Island

A quick 45-minute ferry ride is all that lies between you and one of Perth’s favourite holiday destinations.  With its spectacular bays and beaches and laid-back island vibe, Rotto is the perfect spot for recharging the batteries.  There are plenty of accommodation options including the luxurious new Samphire Hotel, eco-tents at Pinky’s Beach, cabins and campgrounds – plus loads of things to do for those who want rest and relaxation and for those who are after more adventurous pursuits.

And if you’re after an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life, you should look at booking a skydive during your Rottnest staycation.  Skydive Geronimo is an award-winning tourism operator offering tandem Rottnest skydives with the most spectacular views and a sensational beach landing.

Even though Covid has played havoc with our travel plans, there’s certainly no shortage of options for an amazing Perth staycation.   So go on, find somewhere that you can do what you love doing and where you can reset, recharge and get ready to tackle the future (which hopefully will be a Covid-safe one!)

For more information on skydiving in Rottnest Island, please get in touch with Skydive Geronimo at https://www.skydivegeronimo.com.au/ or give our friendly team of experienced professionals a call on 08 9417 8158.  We look forward to making your Perth staycation into an awesome adrenalin-fuelled ‘playcation’!