They say there’s no time like the present, so when your BIG birthday rolls around, it’s time to present yourself with a BIG bucket list experience.

Covid has played havoc with travel plans and forced people to look locally for their entertainment, but if you’re lucky enough to live in West Australia – and Perth in particular – you’ll have a bucketload of choices for your celebrations.

It all depends on what you fancy.  A gourmet treat to tickle your tastebuds?  An adrenalin fuelled adventure to get your heart racing?  An indulgent spa experience to soothe the senses?  A five-star hotel stay to make you feel like royalty?  Perth has it all and we’ve rounded up 5 of the best bucket list experiences for you to celebrate your big day.

  1. Skydiving at Rottnest Island

Imagine the view of Perth’s majestic coastline from 15 000 feet.  Then imagine the excitement and adrenalin of jumping from a plane (safely strapped to a highly experienced and professional instructor of course!) and parachuting gently onto the pristine white sands of one of Rotto’s stunning beaches before celebrating your awesome achievement and your big day with an ice-cold beverage.  Skydive Geronimo has everything covered to guarantee that you’ll have the time of your life when you go skydiving in Perth.

  1. Hot air ballooning

If aerial pursuits are your thing, the gentle thrill of floating above spectacular rural landscapes in a hot air balloon is the ultimate bucket list experience.  Windward Ballooning in Northam offer a dawn flight over rolling farmlands and the enchanting Avon Valley followed by a cooked breakfast and champagne (of course), making it the perfect way to celebrate a birthday milestone.

  1. Margaret River Seaplane Tour

In the air, on the water, on the ground.  This bucket list experience has it all. A thrilling seaplane ride from Perth to Margaret River puts you at the heart of the very best of the South West where you can explore the spectacular natural scenery, discover off-the-beaten track locations , feast on local flavours, enjoy globally acclaimed wines and savour the warm hospitality of the ‘down south’ locals.  It truly is a bucket list trip of a lifetime.

  1. Day spa

You may be a year older, but an indulgent day of rewarding self-care at a spa retreat could be the secret to eternal youth!  It’ll make you feel like a million dollars and what better way to pat yourself on the back for reaching a milestone birthday than an indulgent day of treats and treatments at a luxurious spa.  You’re spoilt for choice in Perth, but top picks are Bodhi J Wellness Retreat, Endota Spa, Cove Spa and Annasha Day Spa Retreat.

  1. Five-star staycation

The perfect antidote to being a decade older is getting the royal treatment at an indulgent staycation in five-star luxury.  Think fluffy gowns, room service, resort-style pools, cocktails at a roof top bar, gourmet dining, valet service – and no cleaning up!  It’s a bucket list treat to savour and the perfect occasion to reminisce on the years past and plan for an exciting future.   For the ultimate five-star getaway in Perth, you can’t go past the Crown Towers, the Como at the Treasury or the new Ritz-Carlton at Elizabeth Quay.

These five experiences are only a taste of what’s on offer in Perth – so if you have a big birthday coming up and want a celebration to remember, you’re in the right place!  Whether you’re after an adrenalin fuelled adventure like skydiving in Perth or a more sedate celebration, WA’s friendly capital has a bucket load of bucket list experiences to choose from!