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I grew up in Southwest Australia and lived in Perth for many years, always exploring this beautiful city and state. I hope you will have as much fun as everyone else and be inspired to get out and enjoy all the beauty this city has to offer.
When you’re done exploring these fun things to do in Perth and keep looking, you’ll find all kinds of epic day trips and longer car trips throughout the state.
The Royal Park
The war memorial at the top of King’s Park is an ideal place for reflection and also offers one of the best views of the park.
Perhaps a little known fact is that this beautiful urban park is one of the largest in the world. It is larger than Central Park in New York and Hyde Park in London, and has a huge area of native bushland crisscrossed by walking trails, as well as the Western Australian Botanical Garden.
Located on a large hill overlooking the city, you have a breathtaking view of the city center and the glistening Swan River that winds its way through the city. There are plenty of charming spots to spread out a picnic mat or you can have a coffee in the café after exploring the gallery.
The walks in the Royal Park are some of the best in Perth, and there are also guided walks to tell you more about the local flora, fauna and history. There are so many places to walk in the park, but here are some of the best:
- West Federation Walkway Lottery.
- National War Memorial
- The view from Kaarta’s garage
- DNA Tower
- Rio Tinto’s natural landscape
- May Drive Parklands.
► Book a bus tour in Perth to easily see the best sights ►.
Go to the beach.
On a weekday, you can have a beautiful beach in Perth almost all to yourself. Even on weekends, it’s not too crowded.
Perth is blessed with some of the best beaches in the country, if not the world. You are spoilt for choice, as most of the coastline is easily accessible from the city. Even on busy days, the main beaches closest to the city offer plenty of space for everyone.
Perth’s beaches offer a quiet and peaceful atmosphere, with limited development for the most part. There are still many stores where you can buy fish & chips or drinks, but you really feel like you’re on vacation when you look around and see nothing but sand, sea and trees.
There are so many beaches it’s hard to be precise, but many are close by and offer surfing lessons, kitesurfing (Perth is the best place to kitesurf), paddleboard rentals and scuba diving.
There are several ranges that best suit each activity. So do some research and you will find that Perth has the perfect beach for you, whatever your choice of sea activity.
Hiking in the hills.
The hills of Perth offer great hiking opportunities and are the ideal place to relax in nature, just 30 minutes from the city.
Perth lies in a fairly flat area called the Swan Plain. The eastern edge of this plain feeds the Darling Escarpment, an ancient geological fault line that extends far along the coast from north to south. This is what the locals call the “Perth Hills” and is the ideal place to spend half a day or more resting from the city.
The best way to explore the hills is to walk, and there are many interesting walks. Here are some of Perth’s best walks, all tried and tested, with details and instructions so you can find the perfect walk for your time and skill level.
In the woods, there are plenty of pubs, bakeries and picnic areas to whet your appetite. While you’re in the hills, don’t forget to check out the sights in the area you’re hiking to get the most out of the ride. List some of the nearby attractions on each hike.
Flight to Rottnest Island
The beaches and turquoise waters of Rottnest Island are beautiful and perfect for a short break after a 30-minute ferry ride from Perth.
Taking the ferry from Fremantle, you’ll feel like you’ve escaped the stresses and strains of city life. The peaceful turquoise seascapes and white sandy beaches of Rottnest are perfect for a day trip or even a week-long excursion.
You don’t have to spend the night here, as there are many ferries that run all day and into the early evening. You can pack a backpack, take the bike across the street and bike around all day looking for little berries that are perfect for you and little quokkas that are perfect for making friends.
However, the best way to make the most of your trip is to book a few nights on the island. Once you’re here, you won’t want to leave. You’ll be able to enjoy a breathtaking sunset on the island and the perfect coolness of the evening at the Rottnest Hotel.
For a detailed guide to the entire island and the best places to eat, drink and stay, check out our full itinerary for a day trip to Rottnest Island. Ferry prices vary by date and time. There are many companies, so it is difficult to give precise information. A quick Google search will give you the answers you are looking for (we always use the Rottnest Express).
► Here you can get discounts on ferry tickets and bike rentals in Rottnest Island◄.
Explore the river (sailing, kayaking, SUP).
Rent a ski jacket and head down the river with breathtaking views of the city!
The Swan River, which winds through the heart of the city, offers many opportunities for entertainment and adventure. Being on the water gives you a new perspective on the surrounding landscape, and the peace you will feel as you cruise down the river at sunrise or sunset will be unmatched.
You can rent training kayaks and paddles at Funcats Watersports in South Perth, but the best are the Hobby Cats. These small sailboats for two allow you and a few friends to harness the power of the wind to sail down the river, with the city as the perfect backdrop on the opposite bank.
If you prefer to travel slowly and relax, check out Nauti Picnics. This company rents electric boats with a picnic table in the middle surrounded by comfortable cushions. So you and a group of friends can comfortably explore the river while you party. A boater’s license is not required.
Discover Swan Valley
We all know that visiting a winery is the way to go. There is a whole valley full of them, on the outskirts of Perth.
Perth really does have everything you need to live a good life, including this historic wine region on your doorstep! Grapes have been grown in Swan Valley since the beginning of colonial times, and today there are many family farms producing both wine and table grapes.
For those less interested in wine, there is still much to do here with artisan food producers, breweries, cider houses and art galleries from around the world. The valley is surrounded by beautiful countryside with lovely parks to visit for walks or picnics.
To fully explore this region, we recommend taking a wine tour to make the most of your day and not worry about driving. Tours can be arranged by road, but for a unique and wonderfully relaxing experience, consider a boat ride on the Swan!
A full day wine experience in the Swan Valley with lunch from Perth.
Caversham Wildlife Park
The best place to see many native animals and see some Australian icons up close.
Australia is home to some of the world’s most unique and beautiful wildlife, and it’s always great fun to see these different creatures up close. If you are looking for a local wildlife experience, you want to make sure your money is going to the right place and that you are supporting a park that has high standards of animal welfare.
The Caversham Wildlife Park in the northern suburbs of Perth is one such place. The entrance fee may be a little higher than in other parks, but the space is huge and the grounds are beautiful. Moreover, all the animals are very well cared for by the passionate staff, and the enclosures are large and beautifully decorated. This is one of the best attractions for kids in Perth.
The park is open every day from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is $30 for adults and $14 for children. This includes photos with koalas, feeding kangaroos, encounters with snakes, birds and wombats, and agricultural shows. Count on at least a couple of hours to see everything.
Picnic at sunset
With beautiful parks, a huge waterfront, many beaches and a wine valley, Perth has plenty of places to picnic. Invest in a picnic basket that contains everything you need, then all you have to do is buy some goodies and pick a spot.
We wrote an article about the best picnic spots in Perth, but you’ll never run out of new spots, even if you picnic a few times a week like we do! Sometimes it feels like you want to organize everything, but it’s always worth it when you’re watching a beautiful sunset and sipping a delicious local wine.
If you’re not really into rugs and picnic baskets, head south to Perth Strait this summer. On the waterfront, surrounded by a beautiful park and with the best view of the city skyline, several trucks with delicious food are set up and all the tables are waiting for you. It feels like a picnic, but effortless!
The port city of Fremantle was once independent of Perth, but has long since been swallowed up by the growing metropolis. Fremantle has retained many of its historic Victorian buildings and is an ideal place to explore Australia’s maritime and colonial history.
There are many good bars and restaurants here, so you may want to take the train. One of the best bars in Perth is right here on the waterfront, the Bathers Beach House. Here you can have a drink while lying on a chaise longue. Right next door are some of Perth’s best fish and chip stores, visit the classic Fremantle Cicerello.
Fremantle has a real character that sets it apart from the rest of Perth. You will want to set aside a full day to explore this beautiful area. Some of the main attractions that you should not miss are
- The W.A. Maritime Museum is a very well laid out and interesting museum, you can even see the inside of an old submarine!
- Fremantle Prison – dates back to colonial times and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today you can take guided tours there and if you want a special experience, you can take a super scary night tour.
- Fremantle Markets – This building dates back to the late 19th century and is home to many beautiful stalls selling food and crafts. A great place to have lunch while exploring.
These are just some of the things to see and do in Fremantle. Check out the link below for a complete tour of Fremantle’s main attractions.
► Best of 2 hour walks through Fremantle – Highlands ►
Take a day trip
The desert landscape of the Pinnacles is so strange and amazing. It is definitely one of the best things to do in Perth.
Lancelin and Yanchep
Lancelin is a small coastal town about an hour and a half north of Perth. The town has a beautiful coastline, but the highlight here are the huge sand dunes and all the fun you can have on them. The dunes consist of beautiful white sands and dominate the town and the surrounding bush.
The best thing to do in Lancelin is to rent a sandboard from one of the local stores and wind it up before you fly away and try not to eat a face full of sand! You can also arrange dune rides on a quad or baby carriage, a very fun experience. With quad tours, a ride in the sand is often included in the price.
If the sand puts you off, you can also rent a paddle and surfboard and explore the beautiful beaches instead.
On the way back to Perth, you will pass through Yanchep National Park. There are many beautiful walks here, including one where you can see koalas in the trees. You can also see a variety of other wildlife in the park.
The park has many caves, the most accessible of which are the Crystal Cave and the Vonderup Cave. You can take a guided tour of the caves and there is also a high wire at the top of the tree for children. If the caves are not your thing, relax in the charming pub in the park while the kids wander through the treetops.
Desert Pinnacles and Cervantes
The limestone pillars of the Pinnacle Desert are a classic image of Western Australia. It is located 2 hours north of Perth and close to the highway where you will find a car entrance.
The advantage of this attraction is that they have built a winding road through the landscape, so you can drive slowly and stop if you want to get a closer look. There is also plenty of parking at the main entrance, so you can leave the car and take the easy 1.5-mile walk if you want to get some exercise.
After exploring the landscape, visit the Pinnacles Study Centre to learn more about the geology and history of the area. There is a café on site where you can grab a bite to eat before continuing. The seaside town of Cervantes is a 15-minute drive away. Here you can visit the lobster bar and learn more about the fishing industry before eating a delicious fresh lobster.
The immense sand dunes of Lancelyn are an impressive sight. It may take some time to go up, but you’ll come back down much faster!
The city of Mandurah is an hour’s drive south of Perth and offers much to do in a day. Located along the river, the city concentrates on an attractive marina and canal system with many fine homes.
You can kayak or sail on the canals and estuaries for a relaxing start to the day, or if you want a little more adrenaline, you can rent a jet ski and fly into the estuary instead! Another fun experience on the water is visiting dolphins. The waters around Mandurah are home to a large population of dolphins and are one of the best places to see these magnificent creatures.
Also visit the Ranger Red Zoo and Conservation Park to see Australia’s wildlife up close. During your stay, explore some of the beautiful surrounding forests. When you are tired, head to the marina to explore the many great restaurants and bars where you can relax and unwind before returning to the city.
► Mandurah 1-hour cruise on dolphins and canals ◄
Have a drink at the Unique bar.
Rooftop bars are a great way to enjoy the sun and the view while having a drink.
The bar scene in Perth has exploded in the last five years, with small bars and microbreweries opening all over the city. There are many places with an excellent atmosphere and great menus and great beers. However, I am focusing here on bars that are unique or have something very special to offer.
My favorite pub in Perth has to be Clancy’s City Beach. There are several places where you can see the ocean from your drink, but this is probably the best. You sit just above the sand of Perth’s best beach and can enjoy the view while sipping a cool boat beer.
For a unique experience in Perth Hills, head to The Last Drop Elizabethan Pub and Village. As the name suggests, the pub is designed in the style of an old English timber-framed pub and looks great both inside and out. The beer garden is also very extensive and is actually in the middle of it!
If you are more interested in the city’s bar scene, visit Wolf Lane. It’s a small bar in town and in the alley of the same name. There are actually a few bars in the area and they are all good, but the antique furniture and the beautiful murals decorating the walls give the place a special atmosphere.
► Explore this tour of street art and small bars ►
Seeing a film in an open cinema
Perth enjoys incredible weather most of the year, but especially in the summer, when the evenings are almost always warm and dry. With this in mind, there are several places where you can go to watch a movie in the cool evening air. Many of these are organic, so you can enjoy the snacks and drinks you bring and combine the evening with a good picnic.
For picnics and drinks, the nonprofit Telethon has movie theaters in Burswood, Murdoch, Bassendine and Jundalupa. Another option, in beautiful Royal Park, is the Moonlight Cinema.
There are several other options that are licensed venues, so no byo. Luna Palace Cinemas has an open-air theater at Leaderville and Mosman Park that often shows art films or old movies. For a unique experience, watch movies on the rooftop, where you can relax on a comfortable pouf and watch iconic movies while surrounded by Perth’s cityscape.
Get up close and personal with the cute little Australian penguins that feed with the rangers.
Off the coast of Rockingham is a small island teeming with wildlife. As the name suggests, you can see wild penguins there all year round. They are the smallest and only penguins in the world that live in Australian waters. Rangers feed here regularly, so you can see the animals up close.
It’s not the only attraction on the island. You can swim with wild dolphins and sea lions, and rent kayaks and scuba gear to explore the ocean. There are coastal walks in the area, with some of the best walks in Perth, and at the right time of year you can even go whale watching.
A ferry to the island can be booked here, as well as guided wildlife tours. There is a café on the island where you can refuel or have a picnic. The island is open every day from September 15 to early June. The ferries run every hour from 9am to 3pm and the journey takes only 5 minutes.
AQWA and Hillary Boat Harbor.
Hillarys has nice places to eat by the water.
Hillary’s Boat Harbour is about 25 minutes from downtown Perth and has a beautiful boardwalk with restaurants and stores. There are plenty of places to eat and drink and many activities for children, including a beach, a water park and a funfair.
The coastline around the marina is beautiful and ideal for snorkeling and diving. However, the highlight of the area is the Western Australian Aquarium, or AQWA for short. Inside you’ll find all kinds of beautiful coral and marine life. A conveyor belt that takes you through an all-glass underwater tunnel is an upright conveyor belt!
Above you swim all kinds of large sea creatures such as sharks, stingrays and large fish. If you are really brave, you can organize a dive in the aquarium and meet sharks up close!
Admission is $30 for adults and $18 for children, with a discount for family packages. The aquarium is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.
Visit Perth’s cultural center (WA Museum and Art Gallery).
The entrance to the WA Museum, which is part of Perth’s cultural center.
The Perth Cultural Centre is an open space on the eastern edge of the CBD. It is easily accessible by public transport and is just a short walk from the city center. It hosts regular events and temporary exhibitions. Details of current events can be found on the official website.
It also houses the Aviation Museum, which has recently been expanded into a large and attractive new space. The museum has a permanent collection of exhibits on Western Australian history and culture, and there are also regular traveling exhibits.
You can also visit the W.A. Art Gallery, which houses a fantastic collection of Australian and Indigenous art. It is wonderful to see historical paintings of the Australian landscape, and when you visit Australia you should take the time to see the unique and fascinating Indigenous artwork and visual stories.
Admission to the museum and art gallery is free, but donations are welcome. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The art gallery is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. There are many bars, cafes and other eateries in and around the cultural center.
For children and young people, the first in Perth is a place of wonder and fantastic memories. As a child, I always remembered my first trip here and the sense of wonder and love of science has always stayed with me.
There are a large number of permanent and temporary exhibitions, and the whole thing is very interactive and fun. There are often special workshops and performances for children. There are also very popular live science shows that use the natural sciences to create all kinds of amazing visual effects for the audience.
The site also houses the largest planetarium in the southern hemisphere. A huge 180-degree domed theater where amazing videos about the universe and other topics are shown. Find out what’s currently happening at Scitec here.
Skitch is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends. Tickets cost $19 for adults and $12 for children.
Nestled in the hills about 40 minutes east of Perth is the oldest observatory in the world.
This facility has been in operation for over 120 years and continues to participate in international research and observations.
At the gates of Perth, you can have a truly unique and wonderful astrological experience on one of the various tours offered by the observatory. There’s nothing more wondrous than seeing nebulae and amazing galaxies with your own eyes (and with the help of a super powerful telescope, of course!).
It is a great experience combined with night walks in the hills. There are also several wineries and cider houses near the observatory, as well as an excellent Italian restaurant, La Fattoria.
Visiting hours vary depending on the season, but visits are available year-round. See website for details and reservations.
Aviation History Museum
See the Lancaster bomber and many other historic aircraft.
It is a little known gem, and I would not be surprised if many locals have never even heard of it. The museum is located on the outskirts of Bull Creek and is easily accessible from the highway or Bull Creek train station.
As soon as you enter the museum, you are greeted by the main attraction: a giant Lancaster bomber exploding in the middle of the ground! You will have access to parts of the interior of the aircraft and have the chance to have a virtual reality experience inside the plane.
There are many other aircraft and parts on display, as well as many informative historical exhibits. It’s a great place to see some of aviation history and very entertaining, even if you’re not necessarily an aviation enthusiast.
Admission to the museum is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children. They are open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Elizabeth Coast and Quay
Stroll along Perth’s beautiful palm-fringed waterfront, which offers stunning views of the city on one side and the river on the other. From Hayrisson Island, take an incredible minibar tour, to The Point bar and grill, and then along the waterfront to Elizabeth Quay.
Hayrisson Island is like a mini nature reserve, located on an island in the middle of a river. It is home to a native population of kangaroos that can be seen jumping around in the bush.
Nestled in a little corner of the bush just after you cross the island bridge, The Point Bar and Grill has super-comfy lounges where you can enjoy a drink with a beautiful view of the river.
From there it is about a 2.2 km walk along the beautiful Swan River to Elizabeth Quay, a beautifully landscaped marina surrounded by many attractions. The Supreme Court Gardens and the famous Perth Bell Tower are nearby, while the marina is home to many attractive attractions and eateries.
The small man-made island and bridge offer great views of the cityscape, and there is a very nice pub on the island where you can refresh yourself after your walk. There is a water park and a merry-go-round for kids, so bring them swimwear if they like to get wet.
The world of adventure
Perth has its own amusement park with 25 different rides and landscaped theme gardens and areas. Located in the southern suburbs of Lake Bibra, about a 25 minute drive from Perth. It may not be the largest park in the world, but I have fond memories of my visits and there are attractions suitable for all ages.
The entrance fee includes all walks and food and drink on site is not cheap, but you can bring your own picnic to enjoy it on one of the many beautiful grassy areas. For the adults, there is a licensed café where you can relax while the kids run around on their own.
Hours of operation vary greatly throughout the year and there is a wide variety of prices depending on the age and number of visitors. Details can be found under the appropriate links.
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