From sunbathing at some of the most beautiful beaches in the world to navigating through every gourmet’s version of heaven, these are just some of the best things to do in Perth.
While most travellers to Australia flock to the east coast, home to world famous cities like Sydney and Melbourne, the west coast also has its charms for those that make the trip.
Nature and urban life coexist in a symbiotic bond in Perth, the sunniest capital city in Australia.
It’s the kind of place that you fall in love with once you get there, and you’ll be blown away with all the awesome things you can do around in this part of the country.
Fun Things To Do In Perth
If you’re interested in local culture, wander through the city of Fremantle’s winding streets and Perth city centre’s museum and gallery precinct.
If you grow tired with the city’s bustle you can visit Rottnest Island, walk among the foliage of the botanic garden in Kings Park and take a food tour through Swan Valley vineyards.
Luckily, there is no shortage of things to do in Perth.
Visit Many Of The Gorgeous Beaches
Definitely one of the best perks of living in Perth are its beaches.
Not only do you get to enjoy the crystal blue waters and pearly-white sand, but chances are you will be able to enjoy it without the huge crowds you get elsewhere, due to Perth being world’s most isolated city.
The famous Sunset Coast coastline encompasses around 80 km of beach paradise.
The evening sun sets stunningly into the Indian Ocean, explaining the region’s evocative name, and it’s a view you can enjoy daily, from any number of picturesque locations.
Cottesloe Beach, or as the locals refer to it ‘Cott’, is one of Australia’s most iconic beaches, and it’s only 20 minutes away from the city by public transport!
It wildly popular due to its laid-back surf culture and clear aqua waters. It’s ideal for swimming, dolphin-spotting and snorkelling.
The town is one of the best places to stay, to explore all of the best beaches in Perth. Don’t miss out on a Sunday Session at the Ocean Beach Hotel (OBH), for those that like a drink with new friends.
Mullaloo Beach is a favorite amongst families. The waves aren’t too big, so it’s safe even for swimming beginners.
To put your mind at ease there is a lifesaver club too.
The beach has a grassed area at the top with barbecues and sheltered benches for a picnic. There is a lot of space and a playground for kids to play at.
Scarborough is a perfect gem, and one of our personal favorite spots in Perth.
The reconstruction of the beach strip began in 2017 with a $100 million investment, and was just recently reopened.
The new additions to the beach include a large play space for families, a beach pool and a renewed Snake Pit skate bowl.
The development has restored the Scarborough beach’s former glory.
It’s a fantastic beach for surfers with constant strong waves.
There are plenty of open-air cafes and upscale seafood restaurants overlooking the Indian Ocean perfect for an after swim relaxation.
Enjoy The Views At Kings Park
Every city has its own city park, but Kings Park in Perth is very unique. When visiting Perth make sure to drop by and check it out!
Kings Park’s role is in preserving not only European but also Aboriginal heritage. It’s very well known in the fields of horticulture for its conservation efforts and scientific research.
Kings Park is largely famous due to the fact that it houses the Western Australian Botanic Garden. The sanctum of biological diversity, this park that spans over 400 hectares is protected as bushland.
One of the garden’s highlights is definitely the DNA Tower. It was inspired by a staircase in a Chateau at Blois in France, that also happened to resemble the DNA molecule.
The paving and wall surrounding the staircase are composed out of stones sourced from all over Western Australia, thus adding something Australian to the design.
To enjoy one of the most spectacular views over the garden you’ll need to climb all of the 202 steps!
The view of the city from Kings Park
Go For An Afternoon Walk On The Lotterywest Federation Walkway
Lotterywest Federation Walkway is a botanical garden in Kings Park.
There is no better way to spend afternoon than walking 16 meters above the ground amidst the tall eucalyptus trees, wildflower gardens, while enjoying the views of the Swan River.
Here you will learn more about the indigenous culture and the rich flora of Western Australia.
Some attractions you will be able to see here are wildflowers of Western Australia, plants from the Mediterranean Climatic Zone, Kimberley flora, Kings park bushland flora, Oak Heritage Woodland and more.
Check Out The Fremantle Markets
The Fremantle Markets is the most famous market in Western Australia, and one of the best in the entire country.
It offers fresh and local produce, handcrafted souvenirs, clothing, delicious meals and an eclectic atmosphere of over 100 years of culture and heritage.
But best of all, there’s no entrance fee, which makes it a perfect day out for the family!
So what is there to do besides shopping for local fresh produce, organic goods, handicrafts or Indigenous and independent products?
You can stroll along the Fremantle Markets Heritage Trail to learn about the market’s role in the city’s history, visit the baby animal farm or taste some of the specialties sold in the Hall.
Get A Selfie With A Quokka On Rottnest Island
A short ferry ride away from Perth is the beautiful Rottnest Island, which is one of the best day trips from Perth you can do.
Jump on a boat from town or from Fremantle and spend the day cycling around the island, snorkelling in the stunning bays, eating in some of the restaurants or just kicking back on a beach.
But what has made Rottnest Island really famous in the last few years is its native population of Quokkas.
These cute creatures wander the island and are extremely friendly. So much so that it’s possible to get right up to one and take a selfie with it!
We don’t recommend feeding them as they are wild animals still, but they are so cute that you can’t help but want to take a pic with them.
Take The Kids To The Swan Valley
If you head north from Perth you will stumble upon one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, with an impressive 180 years of viticulture.
The Swan Valley is a wine-cheese nirvana, with a 32km driving loop rich with food and wine.
Let your taste buds embark on an epic adventure. From wine tasting from 40 wineries in the region, award-winning microbreweries to sweet treats, fresh produce and artisan cheese.
It’s one of the best things to do in Perth with kids as you can explore the wildlife, cuddle with farm animals, visit a aqua park, play Supa Golf or check out a chocolate factory!
The area is populated by bright foliage of shrubs, red colored banks of the river and a view of the mountains – making it a truly picturesque bicycle ride or walk.
It’s a year-round destination, but the best time to visit is September-December due to its beautiful spring weather and you can witness the blooming of wildflowers.
Take A Cruise On The Swan River
If the sun is out and it’s looking awesome in Perth, jump on a cruise down the Swan River!
You will get to enjoy a scenic cruise along the river and enjoy magnificent views as you cruise between Perth and the Port of Fremantle.
You can check off a lot of things to see in Perth with this cruise.
See points of interest such as the towering glass spire of the Bell Tower, the restored Swan Brewery, Kings Park and many more.
Most of the cruises include a complimentary lunch, wine tastings and some even pay a visit to a winery.
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Visit An Island In The Middle Of The City
We are talking about Heirisson island, which is located in the Swan river, at the eastern end of Perth water.
This area is known as “Matagarup” which means that the river here is only leg deep. It is an important place for the Noongar people.
The island bears a name of a French sailor Francois-Antoine Boniface Heirisson, who was on the French ship called Le Naturaliste.
Nowadays the island is a getaway place with a number of different facilities such as picnic spots, seating areas for barbecuing, a children’s playground, and what tourists find the most interesting – a kangaroo sanctuary.
You will also be able to see some other wildlife species such as koalas and parrots.
Explore The Wineries Of The Swan Valley
Another reason to head to the Swan Valley, but this time leave the kids at home!
As one of the oldest valleys in Australia, the wine culture has grown and evolved with the help of migrants from Europe that moved to the region after World War I and II.
Mainly responsible for the transformation of the Valley into lands suitable for vineyards are Croatian farmers, but the Southern Europeans are the ones who instigated wine making skills from their own countries and helped the Valley’s own wine culture to flourish.
The majority of the 40 or so wineries are family-owned and you can witness the unique passed-down traditions in the wide array of variety of flavours on offer.
If you want to learn more from the source, know that the owners are very friendly and love to talk to tourists about the history and traditions.
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Take The Kids To Scitech
If you want to spend fun weekend with your kids, take them to Scitech.
It is an interactive science museum which includes a planetarium and it is located in West Perth.
Scitech hosts a number of fantastic exhibitions in different topics – from science and technology to engineering and mathematics.
Exhibitions by Scitech have also toured across the globe from Finland and United Kingdom to all the way over to Singapore and Kuwait.
Scitech consists of several different areas including Discoverland (ideal for kids up to 7 years old), CSIRO Lab, Planetarium, Foyer, Taste Bud and Puppet Theater.
If you want to inspire an interest for science among your kids, this is the place to take them to.
Caversham Wildlife Park
Another of Perth’s awesome attractions is the Caversham Wildlife Park, which is home to about 200 species of fauna and over 2000 unique animals.
Some of the animals they house you probably haven’t even heard of are flying foxes, kookaburras, cassowaries, quokkas, echidnas and many more!
The park’s friendly staff will gladly chat with you about animals, show you how to hand-feed a kangaroo or take your photo as you pose with your favourite Aussie animal!
Visit The Perth Mint
Australia’s official bullion mint was established in 1899. Nowadays, this grand heritage building offers various interesting exhibitions.
You can find out all about the Mint’s history starting from gold digging legends to many other fascinating events that shaped the history of Western Australia.
The Perth Mint still has the original melting house from the 1899. This is the place where you can see how to heat pure gold to molten temperatures.
One of the most fascinating things in the Perth Mint is the Australia Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin, which is the largest and most valuable coin in the world.
There is also a guided heritage walk on offer and the world-class The Gold Exhibition.
Before leaving the Perth Mint, don’t forget to get an engraved medallion with your own special message.
Ride Along Perth Beach Cycle Trails
If you’re on a budget this is one of the best cheap things to do in Perth.
As it’s situated on the west coast of Australia, Perth has some of the most beaches and dreamy sunsets over the water – and you can experience all of it while cycling along the coast.
This great cycling trail includes many informative signs about native fauna, flora and history of the area!
The trail includes many highlights such as the Marmion Marine Park, Burns Beach and Hillarys Boat Harbour.
Every highlights adds something different.
The Marmion Marine Park is a great area for snorkeling while Hillarys Boat Harbour is known for its cafes, family friendly swimming beach and shops. The Burns Beach interlaces a stunning natural coastline and coastal views.
If you don’t have your own bike, you can rent a bike in Scarborough which is approximately 6 km south of Marmion.
The South Perth Foreshore is also a great spot to ride your bike around, and has great views of the city.
Play A Round Of Supa Golf
Supa Golf is a slightly different version of the traditional golf game, which easier and is more fun to play.
People find it much more enjoyable and fun, because the ball is oversized and softer.
The beautiful Swan Valley offers an opportunity to try this fun activity, while enjoying the scenery at the same time.
Younger kids can play miniature golf which is set in a jungle-like area, with beautiful gardens and water features.
It’s a great activity for friends, groups or family gatherings. The Swan Valley has many wonderful restaurants, where you can have lunch or refresh yourself with a cocktail or two.
Maalinap Aboriginal Gallery is also located in the Swan Valley and it’s worth stopping by to see Aboriginal art and get some hand painted gifts.
Visit The Fremantle Prison
The Fremantle Prison is a former prison and Western Australia’s only World Heritage Site.
It was used to incarcerate convicts transported from Britain, and it consisted of prison cell blocks, a gatehouse, cottages and tunnels.
Since 1991, a lot of renovations took place and the site was recognized as a heritage site.
Nowadays it is one of eleven historic sites that together form the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property.
The Fremantle Prison offers 5 different tours to visitors. You can choose between the “Convict Prison”, “Behind bars”, “True crime”, “Tunnels tour” or the “Torchlight tour”.
The prison also has a collection of prisoner art – murals and graffiti.
Go To An AFL Game Or Cricket Match
AFL is the Australian Football League, which consists of 18 teams in total, and is the most popular winter sport in the country.
Perth is home to two big teams -the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers Football Club.
Catching an AFL game is one of the best things to do in Perth, and the crowd will leave your absolutely electrified, even if you don’t understand what is going on.
Perth Stadium has a capacity of 60,000 people, and is primarily used for AFL and cricket matches. If you want a unique experience go see some of the AFL matches live (if you happen to be in Perth at that time).
Watching the game in one of the city’s pubs is also high up there on the list of what to do in Perth.
If you happen to be in Perth during the summer try and catch a cricket game instead.
Australian national cricket team also plays most of its matches at Perth stadium.
Visit An Art Gallery
Perth has several fantastic art galleries. Some of the best are the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, and Aboriginal Art and Craft Gallery.
The Art Gallery of Western Australia is visited by 400,000 people annually and is home to more than 17,000 pieces of art. The exhibitions are usually a mix of indigenous and contemporary art from the Western Australia.
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts is one of the leading centers for the presentation of contemporary arts. It’s housed in a beautiful heritage building at 53 James Street.
If you’re interested in seeing Aboriginal art the best place to go to is the Aboriginal Art and Craft Gallery, located in Kings Park. The gallery presents art, crafts, music and dance performances from Aboriginal culture.
Visit Perth’s Culture Centre
This is the number one cultural spot in the city.
It has become a very popular meeting place for the locals and visitors. The center is a mix of music, arts, food, entertainment and festivals.
It’s home to a number of different institutions such as the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Western Australian Museum, State Library, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and more.
It’s a lovely place to enjoy sunshine, sample some delicious food, go to a concert, or simply learn about sustainable gardening.
However, it wasn’t always so.
The site of Perth’s cultural centre used to be an isolated and underused space. Through the redevelopment it has become one of the city’s most fun attractions, especially during the annual Fringe Festival.
Wander Around The New Elizabeth Quay
This landmark waterfront development project reconnects the city with Swan river. It was named in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.
Although the project is not finished yet, the New Elizabeth Quay generated a lot of buzz among the locals and visitors alike.
There are a few restaurants nearby where you can enjoy a nice meal.
Several pieces of public art are also present in this area such as Spanda – a 29-meter tall abstract sculpture, and a statue of Bessie Rischbieth.
The New Elizabeth Quay is the hub to many great destinations. From here you can visit Perth Zoo and Rottnest island by ferry.
Have Some Laughs At A Comedy Night
Perth has some really awesome comedy night events, so if you love having a laugh you’ve come to the right place.
Perhaps one of the most famous comedy rooms in all of Western Australia is Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den.
Here you’ll get acquainted with many forms of comedy – from the simple and sublime to the absolutely absurd.
There are three unique shows per week, so there really is something for everyone.
Tuesdays are reserved for edgy comedies and experimentation, Fridays for stand up comedies with Perth’s best comedians and Saturdays host battles of two teams of comedians.
Lazy Susan’s is located upstairs at the Brisbane Hotel, in the Highgate area of the city.
What you are waiting for? Come and have a laugh.
Catch A Film At The Rooftop Movies
The Rooftop Movies is an open-air cinema like no other.
The city skyline and panoramic views from here are absolutely amazing, so much so that it might be a little bit difficult to focus on the movie.
The cinema is located above the streets of Northbridge and it’s a must-have rooftop movie experience in the city.
You can sit in the comfortable bean bags, and enjoy the sunset with a drink in your hand, before the movie starts.
The cinema screens a wide array of genres – from cult classics to recent releases.
If you want a memorable night in Perth, this is the place to go.
Western Australia is home to some of the world’s most spectacular beaches. Although Perth is not the best destination in Australia for surfing, mainly due to a shallow offshore seafloor, it is however a fantastic place to learn how to surf.
The best surfing spots in Perth and its vicinity are Penguin Island, Swanbourne beach, Cottesloe Beach, and Rottnest Island, which is a short ferry ride from the city.
Lancelin is a good spot to go if you’re still learning how to surf, while the more experienced surfers can visit destinations like Margaret River.
City Beach in Perth is ideal for night surfing, while Cottesloe Beach is one of the oldest and most popular beaches.
Hit Up Perth’s Small Bars
In the recent years Perth has become famous for its “small bar culture”. They are scattered all over the city, mostly in CBD, Northbridge, Victoria Park, Fremantle and Mount Lawley area.
Here are some small bars you need to visit while in Perth;
- Henry Summer, Northbridge – famous for their Coco Kafe and cocktails
- Mrs Brown’s, North Fremantle – housed in an old Victorian terrace, this bar has a rich wine list and fantastic cheese platters
- El Publico, Highgate – if you love tequila and Mexican food this is the place you should go to
- Varnish on King, Perth – whiskey and bacon flights is what will bring you here
- Shadow Wine Bar, Northbridge – great place for a brunch, as they also have a full food menu
- Percy Flint, Fremantle – Percy Flint is well-known for its buttermilk fried chicken and for having lots of craft beers on offer
- Peaky Bodega, Mount Lawley – the place to go for cocktails and New York vibe
- Mechanics Institute, Northbridge – the perfect place to try artisan wine or any of the craft beers on offer