In general, Australians are enthusiastic about sports as either participants or spectators. Most areas have sporting clubs catering for various sports such as: Aussie rules football, soccer, rugby, golf, cricket, hockey, squash, tennis, swimming, sailing, athletics, basketball, table tennis, badminton, volleyball, and many more. Most educational institutions have sporting clubs and recreational facilities. The use of these facilities is the cheapest way to participate in sporting activities and is a good way to meet friends.
Western Australia’s summer climate is often very hot, with many days of 30 degrees plus. The summer season is often a time where people like to get together for a barbecue or outdoor party, which involves cooking on a barbecue either in back yards, parks, at the beach, etc.
If you are planning to have a barbecue in the summer and the weather is very hot, check on weather forecasts and “fire bans” information. Sometimes there are partial bans and ‘total fire bans’ given in weather forecasts.
This means that NO FIRES OR BARBECUES CAN BE LIT.
One spark from a barbecue or cigarette butt can quickly destroy bushland, houses or result in loss of life. It is very important to understand summer weather and fire bans in Australia.
Beach & Coastline Dangers
We have 12,000 kilometers of coastline in Western Australia. We have many beaches that are popular for visitors and many that are very isolated.
- It is important to know that every beach has the capacity to become dangerous and it is very important to read all the signs that are displayed so that you can understand what these dangers are.
- The major dangers that you may experience at the beach are large waves and rips.
- It is always safer to swim at a beach that has a lifeguard or a beach patrol.
- All West Australian lifesavers and lifeguards wear a red and yellow uniform.
- The safest place to swim at the beach is between the red and yellow flags.
- If you swim at a beach with no patrol or lifeguard, read the signs carefully and always swim with a friend.
- To protect yourself from the sun always apply sunscreen, wear a hat and drink plenty of water so that you do not dehydrate.
- Along our coastline there are lots of activities that you can enjoy. You can swim, surf, snorkel, scuba dive, fish, sail, windsurf and more.
- Most of our beaches will have signs that tell you what you are able to do there.It is very important that you understand these signs and only take part in activities that are allowed at that beach.
- If you cannot understand the information on the signs, please ask someone to explain it to you. Most Aussies are only too pleased to help students!
Movies, Theatre, Concerts and Events
During summer months outdoor cinemas are popular, such as movies at UWA Somerville outdoor theatre, Burswood and Moonlight Cinema at Kings Park. Movie tickets can be purchased on line at considerable savings (especially for groups).
Outdoor Summer Movies:
Keep your eyes open for concerts put on by local and international performing artists and groups. Student newspapers and, magazines such as Drum Media and Xpress Magazine often promote these up and coming events.
The Music Department at the University of Western Australia and the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University (WAPAA) provide full varied calendars of music concerts by smaller groups, both local and visiting.
Maps and Tourism
The www.wavisitorcentre.com provides information on tourist attractions in W.A. Some of the tourist guides have simple maps of Perth’s city centre. In most tourist areas in the state, there are local tourist information centres with information and maps relevant to the region. Many of these maps are free.