15 Reasons Why Perth, Australia Is Worth Visiting

Most people opt for Sydney or Melbourne during their first Australia trip, but here's a pretty good argument as to why Perth is just as worthy.

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Even More Unique Reasons To Visit Perth In Australia

Australia has always been a popular tourist destination. From the rugged terrain of Tasmania to the prehistoric landscapes of Kakadu National Park , Australia is on the bucket list of many travelers. That's why prospective tourists should consider visiting Perth for their next Australian adventure. This capital city of Western Australia is worth visiting for an adventurous vacation; discover why!

UPDATE: 2023/02/05 18:56 EST BY AARON SPRAY

Perth is a remarkable city but is rarely visited as it is so far from the main population centers of Australia, like Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne. But Perth is a unique city with a lot to see and do. This list was updated with even more reasons why one should visit Australia's westernmost city.

UPDATE: 2022/07/30 10:42 EST BY GABRIEL KIRELLOS

More Unique Reasons To Visit Perth In Australia

The sunniest capital city in Australia, Perth, is worth visiting for a handful of reasons. This list was updated to include additional amazing reasons that will motivate anyone to visit this iconic city, such as the craft breweries and prison museum.

15 The Year-Round Sunny Weather

Perth has been nicknamed "the sunniest capital in Western Australia." Snowbirds wishing to get away from the snow and cold should head to Perth for fun in the sun! Enjoy a peaceful walk around King's Park or get a suntan while chilling at Bathers Beach. Regardless of what visitors do in Perth, they're guaranteed pleasant weather and a healthy dose of sunshine.

14 Their Diverse Wildlife

Perth has its own "nature's calendar." This means that flora or fauna are likely to be at "their peak" during this time around western Australia every month or season. For example:

  • From September to April , tourists can visit the Penguin and Seal Islands of the Shoalwater Marines Park to spot some pelicans, penguins, sea birds, and sea lions.
  • From March to April , whale-watching is particularly popular for spotting the elusive blue whales off the Perth Coast.

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13 The City's Laid-Back Vibes

Perth is nicknamed "the most isolated capital city globally" because of its geographic location between the coast and desert. With a quiet population of about 2 million residents, Perth is not meant for rambunctious party-goers. Instead, this beautiful city is perfect for travelers seeking a quiet refuge away from crowded city life. Its proximity to nature is also an ideal experience for nature buffs.

12 Incredible Tourist Attractions

Yes, many of Perth's attractions are popular amongst tourists, but they're also recognized for their excellence . In 2021, Tripadvisor recognized several of the city's attractions for their popularity. These sights included the Swan River , The Perth Mint, The Perth Bell Tower, and Elizabeth Quay . Specifically, the award was also given to King's Park for its beautiful 400-ha botanical garden (and permanent home to the oldest tree in the world).

11 Unforgettable Star Gazing Ops

Due to its isolated nature from nearby cities and its proximity to vast desert (and forest) landscapes, Perth is a perfect destination for stargazing. Tourists can bundle up and head to several locations only a few hours away from the city, including Toodyay's Pelham Reserve and the Perth Observatory on Perth Hills. While tourists are in Perth to stargaze, why not visit the Scitech Planetarium in West Perth?

10 Diverse Food Culture

Western Australia is the creator of the hamdog , a fun food hybrid of a sandwich mixed with a hot dog. This Australian creation is made by stuffing a specialty bun with a beef patty and frankfurter sausage. Otherwise, Perth is an international city, so travelers are bound to find a restaurant that aligns with their cravings. From banh mi to sushi, there's no shortage of dining options in Australia's City of Lights. However, visitors may want to try a seafood restaurant or two due to its closeness to the coast.

9 Stunning Beaches

Australia's City of Lights sits along the coast, so there's no shortage of sandy beaches for a fun day out at the beach. Visitors would be remiss not to spend at least one or two days lounging under the sun at one of the area's beaches. Tourists can take their pick and visit several beaches around Perth, including the cozy shores of Bathers Beach or the popular Mettam's Pool near North Perth along the West Coast Highway.

8 Breathtaking National Parks

Australia is known for its incredible wildlife, and Perth is undoubtedly a destination to witness this beauty. Specifically, Perth is within proximity to dozens of national parks in Western Australia, such as the majesty of Nambung National Park . Visitors can soak in ocean views at Kangaroo Point or Hangover Bay, but those wishing to take their breath away will love hiking among the Pinnacles Desert. The bright sands and stone pillars will make visitors think they've gone to outer space.

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7 The Beauty Of Rottnest Island

Travelers looking to take the cutest selfie ever need to head to Rottnest Island, which is accessible by ferry. Visitors can then take a selfie with the quokkas, a small animal known for its camera-worthy grin. However, there's more to the island than a cute marsupial; in fact, the island is home to 63 beaches and 20 bays , perfect for snorkeling, hiking, and swimming! Tourists can easily take a ferry to Rottnest Island from Fremantle, a port town that's only 30 minutes away from Perth.

6 An Epic Outback Road Trip!

The Australian Outback (also known as Australia's Great Victoria Desert ) is certainly nothing to scoff at. This gorgeous environment is teeming with incredible wildlife, from the thorny devil to the large-fruited mallee. When heading to Perth, adventurous tourists can take the scenic route and take an epic road trip toward Kalgoorlie through the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail . Along the way, road trippers enjoying this self-drive tour can stop by the small town of Cunderlin or marvel at the Karalee Rocks.

5 Perth Is Home To A Prison Museum

Perth has only one UNESCO World Heritage-listed building, and that is Fremantle Prison. The latter was built in the 1850s by British convict labor and operated until 1991 as a prison. Today, the historic facility is a museum that people must visit to step back in time with a ghost tour. It's also possible to stay in the old women's wing at a backpackers hostel there.

4 It Has The Best Craft Breweries

Little Creatures is a mega-popular brewhouse located past the famous cappuccino strip in Fremantle, Perth. The city is home to several quality craft breweries, such as the multi-award-winning Fera Brewing Co., the swish Northbridge Brewing Co., and the Old Brewery.

3 The Most Isolated City

Perth is not the most isolated settlement, but it is the most isolated major city. The closest significant cities to it are Darwin to the northeast and Adelaide to the east. Darwin is a solid 41 hours drive nonstop away (3,850 kilometers or 2,400 miles). Adelaide is significantly closer in relative terms at 28 hours drive over a distance of 2,700 kilometers or 1,650 miles. The isolation adds an atmosphere and charm of its own. Paradoxically it can feel like "Australia" is far away.

2 There's No One Around

If one takes the time to drive out of Perth, one soon finds oneself in a land barely inhabited. The state of Western Australia is massive; it covers some 2,527,013 square kilometers (975,685 sq mi) and is one of the largest political units in the world (it is around twice the size of Alaska and almost four times the size of Texas). The state only has a population of 2.7 million, and 2.2 million of them live in Perth. That leaves only around 500,000 for the rest of the state.

1 The Only Nonstop Flight From England

One of the longest nonstop flights in the world is a Qantas flight on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from Perth to London. This is not the longest flight in the world , as the longest is from Singapore to New York City, and the second longest is from Auckland to Doha, Qatar. The Qantas Flight QF9 flies a 14,498 km (9,009-mile) nonstop from Perth in just over 17 hours. So if one is completing an around-the-world trip, then one can fly straight from London to Perth and then explore the rest of Australia after that.

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Perth: Why you should visit one of the most isolated cities in the world

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Perth: Why you should visit one of the most isolated cities in the world

Last Updated on March 24, 2023

Looking at a map of Australia, you can easily see why many people do not have Perth on their itinerary when visiting Down Under. Located just under 4,000 kilometers across the country from Sydney, and stuck way down in the southwestern part of the continent, Perth is famously known as one of the most isolated capital cities of over 1,000,000 people in the entire world. And because the capital of Western Australia is so remote, a lot of people are wondering if there are any reasons to visit Perth.

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Perth, capital of Western Australia

1,600,000 happily call Perth home – and yes, there are plenty of reasons to visit Perth and to live in Perth! And those who make the trip there are rewarded with some of Australia’s finest beaches, coffee culture, kangaroos and coastal hiking treks.

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The five best reasons to visit Perth

1 the epic journey to perth.

If you are traveling through Australia by train, the journey between Sydney and Perth is one of the most spectacular routes in the country. The trans-continental trip takes four days and three nights and is regularly named as one of the world’s greatest train journeys . Considering that fares start at AUD759 for this trip, you might consider buying an Australian Rail Pass for your visit, which allows you to take any train in the country, including the famous Ghan, for just AUD990 for a total of six months – the easiest and most comfortable way to see as much of Oz as possible. The 65-hour train journey from Sydney to Perth offers some of the country’s most stunning scenery, kangaroos, the Blue Mountains and the smallest town on the continent – Cook, with a population of four. The journey is the destination, they say, and when you visit Perth arriving on the Ghan, that holds definitely true.

The Indian Pacific at Broken Hill

The Indian Pacific by Simon Yeo on Flickr.com

2 The laid-back vibe of the city

Sprawling along the Indian Ocean and centered around the Swan River, Perth is one of the most scenic cities of Australia. With a population of 1.6 million, it is still the fourth largest city in the country, however, the vibe of Perth is much more laid-back than in Sydney or Melbourne. Perth is famous for its appreciation of good coffee and is home to hundreds of coffee shops that celebrate the art of making excellent coffee creations. The city has a number of great markets and shopping areas such as Kings Street, London Court and Northbridge. Plus, thanks to its perfect climate it’s the ideal place to check out some of the many nearby beaches.

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Perth by Adrian Nurman on Flickr.com

3 Perth has incredible beaches

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Shoalwater Marine Park , just one hour south of Perth, is the best place for snorkeling, and in addition to shipwrecks and cavernous reefs, you’ll get to see dolphins, sea lions and penguins here.

If you are looking for a truly unspoiled beach experience, head over to Rottnest Island , 18 kilometers off the coast of Perth and easily accessible by ferry. The tiny island (11 kilometers long, and 4.5 kilometers at its widest point) has some of the most remote and untouched beaches of the continent with crystal clear turquoise water.

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4 Kangaroos and koalas

If you’re, like me, a wildlife lover, you’ll be happy to hear that if you visit Perth and want to see some Aussie favorites such as kangaroos, wombats and koalas, you’ll have several options:

Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park

In Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park you can see kangaroos in a more natural environment, right in the city! Considering that this is actually a cemetery, some people may find it macabre to go there to spot roos, but the park is actually popular with runners and people in need of a moment of calm. It’s the perfect place to head to for a picnic in the company of some kangaroos – and you’ll see other picnickers there, too. It’s also the cheapest way to see them up, close and personal: it’s completely FREE ! You can even get there by public transportation: Take the Joondalup Railway Line towards Clarkson and get off at Whitfords .

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday from 6am to 6pm (gates are locked outside of the opening hours)

Caversham Wildlife Park

You could also head to Caversham Wildlife Park where you can cuddle koalas, meet wombats and feed kangaroos. The park is easily reachable from downtown Perth, admission is AUD32 . By car, it’s about half an hour to the park, if you’re using public transportation, it takes about 75 minutes by bus (you’ll have to change buses once, but look up directions from where you’re staying to Caversham Wildlife Park because there are different ways to get there.)

Opening Hours: 9am to 4.30pm every day of the year (except for Christmas Day). Last entry is at 3.30pm

Perth Zoo has a designated Australian Bushwalk Tour where you can wander the paths inside their natural habitat. You can wander on visitors’ paths and get close to native Australian animals such as the dingoes, emus, koala, numbats, quokkas, red kangaroos, short-beaked echidnas, southern hairy-nosed wombats, Tasmanian Devils, and Western grey kangaroos. Admission is AUD34.60 (AU$17.30 for children).

Opening Hours: Perth Zoo is open daily from 9am to 5pm

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5 The natural attractions around Perth

Perth is surrounded by so many natural attractions that you can spend weeks here hiking, boarding down sand dunes, cycling, or exploring national parks. In fact, the diverse landscapes of Western Australia even made my ultimate Australia bucket list ! Some of the places that shouldn’t be missed include the Lancelin sand dunes (about 90 minutes north of Perth), where you can race up and down giant sand dunes in 4WDs, sand boards or motorbikes; and the Pinnacle Desert in Nambung National Park (two hours north of Perth) is one of the most otherworldly places on the planet: a desert filled with eerie limestone bricks sporadically scattered over vast yellow sand dunes. Both places can be combined in a day trip, if you have limited time.

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Pinnacle Desert by Ian Sanderson on Flickr.com

Tip: If you are traveling solo and don’t have a car, or don’t want to rent a car, there’s an organized tour to the Pinnacle Desert from Perth. The tour includes sandboarding, a walk around Hangover Bay, and finally dinner and stargazing in the desert. You’ll get to enjoy a glass of wine from the Margaret River wine region with dinner, and kangaroo sightings are almost always guaranteed on this tour.

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The Bibbulmun Track is one of the most beautiful long-distance walks in the world, spanning 1000 km from Perth to Albany. If you don’t want to walk the whole trek, you can opt for a day hike or an overnight hike. People who love multi-day hikes don’t need many other reasons to visit Perth.

If you are into cycling, you shouldn’t miss the Munda Biddi Bike Trail which follows the coast for 332 kilometers from Mundaring (north east of Perth) to Collie in the south.

If you are planning to explore Perth’s foothills, you could also consider staying in Armadale , close to the parks, gardens and local wildlife of the area, yet at the same time still offering enough bars, restaurants and shopping facilities. My top choice for a place to stay here would be the Heritage Country .

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11 Reasons To Visit Perth, Australia

Cottesloe Beach

Perth’s a mighty long way from the rest of Australia. The West Australian capital is about 3300km from Sydney — that’s roughly the same distance that separates London and Cairo, or New Orleans and Caracas. So why should visitors bother making the long trip from the East Coast? Start with these 11 reasons.

To swim at the world-class beaches.

From Hillarys in the north to Fremantle in the south, Perth is blessed with a seemingly endless stretch of snow-white sand. And it doesn’t get any better than Cottesloe with its strip of cafes and eateries, towering Norfolk pine trees, grassy picnic areas, decent surf break and postcard perfect Indiana teahouse. Sunsets over the Indian Ocean are another breathtaking feature of the West Coast’s beaches.

The sun sets over the Indian Ocean

To bask in the perfect weather

Sure, the phrase ‘perfect weather’ is subjective — but you can’t argue with an average maximum temperature of 18.4°C in the middle of winter. Combine those mild winters with sunny summers, an average of nine hours of sunshine a day and 131 perfectly clear, cloudless days every year and you’ve got a climate to die for.

To cruise the Swan River

Experience the splendour of the West Australian capital by sailing along the river between inner-city Perth and the historic port city of Fremantle . Check out the modern glass Bell Tower, the leafy Kings Park and the bustling Fremantle harbour from the comfort of a cruise along Perth’s picturesque waterway.

Swan River

To stroll through the largest inner-city park in the world

Move over, Central Park . New York’s landmark is small potatoes compared to Perth’s prodigious park, 4.06km² compared to 3.41. Kings Park is a mammoth 400 hectares of untamed bushland and cultivated gardens, home to 70 bird species, 300-plus local WA plants, 75-year-old trees, stacks of children’s play areas and the best view of Perth’s skyline you can possibly find.

To meet a quokka

Meet the animal so adorable that even Roger Federer posted a selfie with one. The quokka is a cat-sized marsupial that kind of looks like a smily miniature kangaroo that’s only found in a few places around Western Australia. The best place to spot them is Rottnest Island — a pristine island paradise just a short ferry ride from Fremantle — where there’s a friendly population of about 10,000.

To step back in time into a convict prison

Fremantle Prison is the only UNESCO World Heritage listed building in Perth, built by British convict labour in the 1850s and operating as a prison until 1991. These days you can step inside the museum at the historic facility, go on a bone-chilling ghost tour, or even spend the night at a backpackers hostel in the old women’s wing.

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To have a drink at some of Australia’s best craft breweries

Also in Fremantle — past the famous market and the cappuccino strip — lies the mega-popular Little Creatures brewhouse overlooking the water, one of many quality craft breweries around Perth. Beer lovers should also have a sip at the multi-award-winning Feral Brewing Co. , the scenic Old Brewery perched on the Swan River, and the swish Northbridge Brewing Co. in the heart of the city.

To taste mouth-watering seafood

With more than 10,000km of coastline, it should come as little surprise that Western Australia dishes up delicious fruits of the sea. Fill your plate with marron from the south-west of the state, barramundi from up north, lobster from Geraldton, oysters from Albany, prawns from Exmouth and scallops from nearby Rottnest Island.

Grilled marron

To catch a game at a brand new stadium

Speaking of seafood, Perth’s brand spanking new sporting arena is nicknamed the ‘Cray Pot’ thanks to its resemblance to the lobster-catching device. The $1.6 billion, 60,000-seat Optus Stadium opened in January 2018 much to the delight of the sports-mad city’s residents, who’ll pack the new joint to the rafters during winter for AFL and summer for cricket.

To let your hair down in Northbridge

To describe this inner-city suburb as ‘lively’ would be an understatement. When night falls, Northbridge’s vibrant food and drink scene gives way to some of the wildest nightlife you can find in Australia, with everything from mega-clubs and live music hotspots to intimate wine bars and LGBTQI-friendly venues to cater to all tastes.

Jack Rabbit Slim’s neon sign

To experience the Wild West

Perth is the gateway to Australia’s largest state, which is a treasure trove of jaw-dropping experiences. There’s the world-class Margaret River wine region and the other-worldly landscape of the Pinnacles, the chance to swim with whale sharks along the Ningaloo Reef and meet dolphins in Monkey Mia, the ancient landscapes of the Kimberley and the legendary sunsets over Cable Beach in Broome . Need any more convincing?

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Should You Visit Perth?

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Is perth worth visiting.

We loved visiting Perth and, yes, it's absolutely a city that any traveler should visit. By the end of our time here, it felt like a second home.

Whether you're a traveling as a family, a couple, or a backpacker, this city has a lot to offer. Any local will tell you what makes it special is the fantastic beaches and spectacular museums.

Perth is the capital of Western Australia. It's a remote city that many tourists don't make it to, but those who do will enjoy stunning beaches, a laid back atmosphere, and plenty of outdoor activities. There are many parks and botanical gardens and it's easy to fill your time here.

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There's a good selection of restaurants with many great international options as well as fine dining and casual. Family-friendly restaurants are also very common.

4. Nightlife

The city has many nightclubs and music venues. There are also low key pubs and trendy wine bars. Northbridge is at the heart of the city's nightlife scene, and this is where you'll find the highest concentration of bars, restaurants, clubs, and cafes.

5. Shopping

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6. Authenticity

Perth has an authentic vibe where you can experience local culture, cuisine, and activities without the large tourist crowds of other popular destinations.

Is Perth worth visiting in the Summer?

The high season for travel in Perth is the summer, so expect to see more tourists than usual. This destination is somewhat touristy, so in the high season it's usually busier.

The warm weather in summer is one of the reasons people visit at this time of year. Temperatures average around 25°C (76°F) with daily high temperatures often more than 32°C (89°F).

Visiting the nearby beaches is one of the most popular things to do this time of year, so spend some time enjoying the waves and sand. During this season it's fun to experience the beaches, the museums and landmarks, and the nightlife.

Is Perth worth visiting in the Autumn?

You'll find the weather to be very nice here during autumn with average temperatures around 19°C (67°F).

Autumn is the shoulder season for travel in Perth, which means slightly less visitors than in the peak season. Even though Perth is fairly busy with tourists, in the shoulder season there will be smaller crowds and better prices.

Autumn is a great time of year to explore the numerous museums and landmarks around town. They are fun for the whole family as well great for couples. This is a great time of year to wander through the museums.

Is Perth worth visiting in the Winter?

Winter is the low season for travel in Perth. This destination is fairly touristy, but in the low season you can find fewer crowds and better deals.

Keep in mind that it can be fairly rainy during winter, and temperatures hover around 13°C (55°F).

You'll find plenty to do during winter, as you'll be able to browse through museums, taste delicious cuisine, and enjoy the evening activities.

Is Perth worth visiting in the Spring?

This is the shoulder season for travel in Perth. Even though Perth is fairly busy with tourists, in the shoulder season there will be smaller crowds and better prices.

You'll find the weather to be very nice here during spring with average temperatures around 17°C (62°F).

During this season it's fun to experience the many shops, the famous sights and museums, and the nightlife scene.

Things to Consider Before Visiting Perth

Getting Around The area is not very walkable, and public transit is not great here, so it might be difficult to get around without arranging your own transportation.

The Cost Depending on your budget, schedule, and travel style, Perth might be an expensive destination for you. You can find out the travel costs for Perth here or see if Perth is expensive here .

Perth is most famous for its beautiful city beaches, sunny weather, and isolated location. People visit this impressive city for its great beaches. It is also known for its great museums. And many visitors also come to this city for its food, nightlife, and shopping. It is often described as easy-going, isolated, sunny, friendly, and relaxed.

The most popular sight in Perth is the Swan Bell Tower . You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Perth on our travel costs page .

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for the Swan Bell Tower and other attractions here .

How touristy is Perth? Is it a popular city to visit?

Perth is more popular with local tourists than with international visitors. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)

  • Cliffs and Caves Kayak Tour in Swan River Viator $ 60
  • Cliffs and Caves Kayak Tour in Swan River: $60
  • Bickley Valley Wine & Cider Tour - Premium Small Group Tour: $135
  • Full-Day Guided Beer Tour in Perth: $122
  • Hidden Gems of Perth Hiking Experience with Lunch: $132
  • The Pinnacle Adventure Tour: $135
  • Swan Valley Private Tour: $254
  • 2 Hours Whale Watching Tour in Fremantle: $51
  • The Best of Rotto – The Local Experience Package: $98

The ideal length of time for a trip to Perth is two to four days. Since Perth has a variety of activities such as beaches, most people need this much time to see and do everything here.

If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Perth? , Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Perth? , and Should I spend 1 or 2 weeks in Perth? .

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Perth is the largest city on Australia's west coast and the perfect base for adventurous travelers. Surrounded by beaches, deserts, and wineries, it has a population of around 2 million people   and remains one of Australia's underrated gems.

Perth is a great destination for foodies, art lovers, and outdoorsy visitors, offering whale watching, wildflower blooms, and native wildlife, plus world-class restaurants, breweries, museums, and galleries. Read on for our guide to everything you need to know for your trip to Perth.

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  • Best Time to Visit:  The best time to visit Perth is in the spring (September to November) for most travelers. Fall (March to May) is also pleasant, thanks to similarly mild temperatures , but Perth's famous wildflowers are in full bloom in spring. Summer (December to January) is peak season.
  • Language:  Australia has no official language, but English is spoken almost everywhere. Many locals also speak another language at home, like Mandarin, Cantonese, or Arabic. Noongar  is the official language of the Aboriginal people of the southwest of Western Australia.
  • Currency:  The Australian dollar is the national currency.
  • Getting Around:  Perth's buses and trains cover most of the city and are relatively easy to use. You can buy cash tickets or use a SmartRider card across the network.
  • Travel Tip:  Perth runs on Australian Western Standard Time (UTC+8) and does not use Daylight Savings, meaning it is two hours behind Sydney from April to September and three hours behind Sydney from October to March.

Things to Do

Whether you're here for the unique flora and fauna or you want to explore the urban jungle, Perth has activities for every kind of traveler. Depending on the season, you can enjoy the beautiful beaches, go for a hike, visit a museum, and get some retail therapy all in one weekend.

  • In Western Australia, more than 12,000 species of wildflowers bloom every year.   The flowering season usually hits Perth in September, when Kings Park is transformed into a floral wonderland. Throughout all four seasons, Kings Park is Perth's top tourist destination, thanks to the panoramic views from the the treetop-grazing Federation Walkway .
  • You can easily spend a day exploring the port city of Fremantle, which is only 45 minutes by train from the center of Perth. Spend the morning at Bathers Beach, grab lunch at the markets , then visit Fremantle Prison to learn about Western Australia's convict history.
  • Take the ferry to Rottnest Island to meet one of its famous quokkas, a small, friendly marsupial that is arguably Australia's cutest animal. Rottnest also has 63 beaches   with crystal clear waters that are ideal for snorkeling. The ferry takes around 30 to 90 minutes, depending on where you board.

Explore more of Perth's coastline with our article on the best beaches in Perth .

What to Eat and Drink

Perth is packed with incredible restaurants, cafes, and bars that make the most of the city's seafood and fresh agricultural produce. You'll find many top fine dining spots in the city center and around Elizabeth Quay, while Fremantle is known for its wine bars and trendy cafes.

The inner-city neighborhood of Northbridge is the heart of Perth's nightlife scene, with pubs, bars, and clubs open into the early hours every weekend. You can also find Perth's Chinatown here, with plenty of authentic Asian dining options and fun late-night restaurants.

Check out our complete guides to which  dishes to eat  and the  best restaurants in Perth .

Where to Stay

The Perth metropolitan area (including the neighboring port city of Fremantle) covers around 2,500 square miles with about the same population density as Houston, Texas, so we recommend staying close to the main hubs.

Most boutique and luxury hotels are concentrated along the Swan River in the Central Business District (CBD), Northbridge, and South Perth, close to all the main attractions.

Over by the ocean, Fremantle is home to quirkier and more affordable offerings, and Scarborough hosts a couple of beachside resorts that are popular with families. There are also plenty of Airbnbs throughout the city and a good selection of airport hotels.

Learn about the different neighborhoods you can stay in and our recommendations for the best hotels in this guide .

Getting There

Almost all international visitors will fly into Perth Airport (PER). It is also possible to take the Indian Pacific luxury rail service from Sydney to Perth, or drive the 2,500-mile journey across Australia. The airport is located in the east of the city, and a 20-minute taxi or ride-share service will cost around AU$43 ($25).

You can also take Bus 380 from Terminal 1 and 2 or Bus 40 from Terminal 3 and 4, which will cost around $3. Renting a car can be cost effective and convenient if you're planning on traveling more around Western Australia.

Culture and Customs

Perth is safe, modern, and welcoming to visitors. The city is located on the traditional lands of the Noongar, an Aboriginal people made up of 14 different language groups, who lived in Western Australia for at least 45,000 years prior to British colonization in 1829.  

Tipping in Australia  is voluntary and usually only done at upmarket restaurants and bars (around 10 percent is standard). At hotels and with taxi drivers, feel free to tip a dollar or two if you would like to, but it's not expected. Servers and other hospitality workers receive a relatively high minimum wage, meaning tips do not make up an integral part of their income.

Money Saving Tips

Traveling in Australia is generally not cheap, and Perth is no different. You are likely to spend a large proportion of your budget on food if you plan on dining out, as well as public transport or car rental for day trips . However, it is possible to stretch your savings a little further with these tips.

  • Perth's public transport system includes a free transit zone in the center of the city, as well as free CAT buses that run seven days a week in the city and Fremantle.
  • The city offers free walking tours at 9:45 a.m. every day except Sunday, leaving from the Perth City Visitor Kiosk near the Perth Underground train station. You can register by email ([email protected]) or by visiting the kiosk.
  • Access to the Perth Cultural Centre in Northbridge is generally free, but there may be an entrance fee for some special exhibitions. The Cultural Centre includes the  Art Gallery of Western Australia , the  State Library of Western Australia  and the  Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts .

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The Ultimate Perth Itinerary | 7 Days in Perth & What to Do

Looking for the best Perth Itinerary to make your time Down Under unforgettable? Look no further, because I’ve put together everything you need to start planning your trip! 

Perth, the capital of the Australian state of Western Australia, is a gem of a city that is often overlooked for its bustling counterparts all the way on the other side of this vast country. But times are changing, and visitors are increasingly drawn in by the natural beauty and relaxed lifestyle this far-flung destination offers.

Nestled on the South-West coast of the massive state that is Western Australia, Perth’s population is always growing. And with it, a number of world-class eateries, attractions, and landmarks – just to name a few highlights. 

Organizing a trip to this South Western trip is extremely enjoyable. Be it a compact 4-day Perth itinerary or a lavish week in this mesmerizing city, let me fill you in on everything you’ll need, from the best hotels and Airbnbs in Perth to all the epic activities on offer.

Get ready to eat, drink, walk, shop, swim, and enjoy all that Perth has to offer.

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Where should I stay in Perth?

First things first, let’s get your accommodation sorted for the week! There are obviously loads of options to choose from. But I’ve done my research, and here are my top recommendations for an epic stay when you visit Perth, no matter your budget.

  • Doubletree By Hilton Perth Northbridge ( HOTEL )- Since it opened in 2018, this beautiful, perfectly-located Perth hotel has earned a reputation as one of the top picks in the city. It boasts super comfortable rooms, a concierge service, and an unbelievable rooftop pool. Despite being the height of luxury, the rooms are actually really affordable (especially for Australian standards), and a full week here won’t break the bank.
  • Hostel G Perth ( HOSTEL ) – Who said visiting Perth had to be expensive? Hostel G Perth features air-conditioned rooms, free bike rental, WiFi and a shared lounge. Boasting a bar, the hostel is also close to several noted attractions. It is around 1.4 km from Perth Concert Hall, 700 meters from Perth Train Station and 800 meters from State Theatre Centre of Western Australia.

Top tip: If you want to make your perfect Perth itinerary a bit more special, you can also go glamping. Check out all my favorite Perth Glamping spots . Trust me when I say glamping in Perth is worth springing for

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How do I get around Perth?

Like most major Australian cities, Perth is a breeze to get around. The city boasts a well-serviced rail network, which services all major landmarks and beyond, as well as regular busses and a great ferry network. Perth’s answer to a rail card is the Transperth SmartRider card . You will need one of these to use all aforementioned public transport options, and the card is super easy to top up with money as you need. Just tap on and off as you board and disembark public transport. Students and concession card holders also receive significant discounts on the SmartRider card. 

Much like other major cities across the country, Perth also has a handy “Free Transit Zone” in the CBD. Travelling within this zone is free of charge – just make sure to still tap on and tap off!

If you’re visiting Perth for the first time, definitely consider buying a pass for the Perth Explorer , the city’s hop on-hop off bus service. This tourist-friendly network services all major landmarks and destinations and is a great way to maximise your time in the Western Australia capital. These bus trips act as local tours of the city, lead by friendly and experienced guides. 

If you’d prefer to take your Perth transport into your own hands, you can rent a car at Perth Airport, or take advantage of the many car rental agencies across the city. 

Finally, Perth has an extensive network of rideshare options that include  Uber and Lyft. 

No matter where you’re going in Perth, you can rest easy knowing that getting it will be hassle-free thanks to Perth’s great transport network. 

Day 1: Welcome to Perth, Western Australia!

It’s your first day in Perth, and whether you’ve flown in from overseas or interstate, take it easy today and become accustomed to your new location by sticking to the city limits. While the vibe of Perth is described by many as similar to that of a big country town, that doesn’t mean that this state capital is short on anything its Australian east coast cousins have in spades.

Enjoy a wander through Kings Park , just a short distance from Perth CBD. The city park is a popular waterside destination that pays homage to the area’s indigenous history. There’s also a War Memorial, multiple lookout points with exceptional views, and a ton of local flora and fauna to enjoy. You can easily spend all day exploring different parts of this park, and you’ll likely encounter dozens of people enjoying picnics, sunbathing and simply enjoying their day. Spending some time in Kings Park was actually my favorite thing I did in the city, so don’t miss this place. 

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What should I do in Perth at night?

Head down to Elizabeth Quay , a waterfront complex in the heart of the city that offers great shopping and dining opportunities! There is almost always something exciting going on, and it will provide an excellent first impression of Perth as a city. 

Make sure to check the schedule for different live music events, art shows, food markets, and so much more! It’s a fantastic place to grab dinner, a few drinks, and then see where the night takes you! 

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What are the best Perth restaurants?

After a day of walking around and stretching your cramped post-flight legs, I bet you’ve worked up quite the appetite. My recommendations for a top meal in Perth should give you a solid idea of where to satisfy your hunger all across the city…

  • La Cholita offers a Mexican feast to rival the best in the biz. Fun, friendly and open until 2am on Friday and Saturday nights, Northbridge’s La Cholita is sure to satisfy your late-night fish taco and tequila hankering.
  • Vans Café in Cottesloe has been around for eons – and for a good reason. This eatery offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks in a chilled-out, open-plan bistro. I personally recommend the Angus sirloin steak, as I’ve enjoyed it myself!
  • No Mafia in Northbridge has a cheeky name and an impressive authentic Italian menu. Italian Australians have added so much to the food scene, and No Mafia is Perth’s testament to that. Check out their imported Italian wine list.
  • Lady of Ro is a Subiaco favorite and offers the chance to sample some of the West Coast’s mouthwatering fresh seafood. It serves up local specials like king prawns and octopus late into the night.
  • Lucky Chan’s Laundry & Noodle Bar is another Northbridge classic – man, that area has some great bars and restaurants! Lucky Chan’s boasts some of the best Asian food in Perth, a funky laundry-inspired interior and a chilled rooftop bar. 

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Day 2: Hike, Bike & Walk Through Perth City

If you love getting out and about in nature and you enjoy nothing more than working up a sweat while you’re at it, you will adore Perth. This compact city is jam-packed with excellent walking trails accompanied by beautiful backdrops. So many, in fact, that it was hard for me to pick just a few for you.

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Where are the best walking trails in Perth?

These are just a few of my own recommendations for the best walking trails in Perth, but wherever you find yourself in this beautiful city, you can guarantee there is a natural wonder to discover not too far away…

Bells Rapids Walk Trail, 40 minutes from Perth Centre, is a fan favorite and a piece of cake to complete at only 1.5 miles (2.5km). This trail is less about hitting your daily steps goal and more about appreciating the local landscape, with the serene Swan River behind you offering unbeatable photo ops.

Zamia Trail is located right in the heart of Perth in Bold Park and is 3.1 miles (5km) of city and sea landscapes, making it worth every step. This looped trail starts and ends at the same point, Reabold Hill, which is also the city’s highest natural point. Wear your good walking shoes for this one!

Ghost House Trail Walk is less spooky than its name implies but alludes to what remains of the “Ghost House” you can spot along the way. This bush trail is an all-day affair for those that are keen walkers and lies within the Yanchep National Park. You wouldn’t even know you are just an hour from Perth CBD!

If you’re looking to get those legs pumping in East Perth, head over to the Goat Farm Mountain Bike Park . It’s the ultimate biking experience for adrenaline seekers, as you wind and glide through the semi-arid desert just beyond Perth’s city limits.

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Day 3: Perth Island Hopping Explorations

If you can’t make it to Greece or Croatia to island hop this summer, Perth should be a good consolation…

While the many state capitals of Australia’s East Coast all border the Pacific Ocean, the state of Western Australia has the vast Indian Ocean all to itself. And it makes for one of the best backdrops on the planet.

If you only have 3 days in Perth, island hopping is the perfect way to cap it off. 

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Rottnest Island

If there’s one thing you absolutely must do during your time in Australia, it’s taking a day trip out to Rottnest Island to explore its stunning beaches, bays, and wildlife. It is a well-known Perth attraction, and a protected nature reserve conveniently located just 25 minutes by ferry from Fremantle and 90 minutes by ferry from Perth.

“Rotto,” to locals, sees a year-round influx of visitors to its shores, and its tiny permanent population of 300 swells during the holiday season to around 15,000. Visit the famous native quokkas, do a walking or biking tour of the island, or snorkel, sail, and swim in the turquoise waters. The swells off Strickland Bay are considered some of the best for surfing in the entire world.

There are no cars on Rottnest Island (besides a public transportation bus system and emergency vehicles), so the best way to explore the island is on two wheels. While it is certainly difficult to bike around the entire island in just one day, it is technically possible. My friend Damien and I only saw a half of it, but we also went on a rainy day and spent a fair amount of time snorkeling!

Here are two of my top Rottnest Island recommended tours and experiences:

  • Rottnest Island Same-Day Round-Trip Ferry Transfers | “Explore Rottnest Island at your leisure with round-trip fast ferry service from Hillarys Boat Harbour. Complimentary hotel pick-up is available.”
  • From Perth: Rottnest Island Bike and Ferry Combo | “Cycle around Rottnest Island and discover the sandy settlement by pedal power. Benefit from round-trip transfers by ferry and bike around the car-free island at your own pace. Complimentary hotel pick-up is available from selected Perth CBD locations.”

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Penguin & Seal Island

If you’ve already ticked “Rotto” off your Perth bucket list, consider adding Seal Island or Penguin Island to it. Named quite literally for the local animals that call the islands their home, these beautiful spots are part of the greater Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, located only 45 minutes from Perth.

You can book round-trip ferry transfers to the islands, but I’d highly recommend booking one of the tours below to learn a bit more about what makes this area so special. 

  • Rockingham: 1-hour Shoalwater Islands Tour & Penguin Island | “Enjoy the scenic highlights of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park during a 1-hour glass bottom boat cruise that explores the ruggedly spectacular coastlines of Penguin, Seal & Bird Islands and takes advantage of the best wildlife spotting opportunities.”
  • Winter, Wildlife & Seafood Cruise | “Enjoy the scenic highlights of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park and keep a lookout for the wildlife. This 60-minute glass-bottom boat cruise takes in the ruggedly spectacular coastlines of Penguin, Seal & Bird Islands and takes advantage of the best wildlife spotting opportunities of the day. Wild dolphins, rare Australian sea lions, pelican rookeries, and birds of prey are regularly sighted and our friendly crew will get you right amongst the action! After your tour enjoy a fresh fish and chip lunch at Pengos Cafe.”

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Day 4: Exploring Perth’s Beaches

Welcome to Day 4 in Perth! I hope you’re having fun so far! It’s been a busy few days, so now’s the time to kick back and soak up some of those Aussie rays from one of Perth’s many famous beaches. Just make sure to slip, slop and slap as the sun Down Under can have a gnarly bite to it!

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What is the best beaches in Perth?

Perhaps Perth’s most famous stretch of sand, Cottesloe Beach , is worth its weight in excellent reviews and is part of what is commonly referred to as “The Sunset Coast.” It’s a nod to the majestic Indian Ocean sunsets you can expect here.

Just 15 minutes from Perth CBD, Cottesloe Beach has clean sand, clear water, and a long line of local cafes, bars, and restaurants, a stone’s throw from the water. It’s ideal for surfing, swimming, bodyboarding, or just lazing the day away and is one of Perth’s most popular beaches!

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Cottesloe Beach – Photo via Flickr | borkazoid

Scarborough Beach is 20 minutes from the city center but has the vibe of a relaxed coastal town. The beach itself is perfect for adventure seekers and those just looking to chill out, not to mention the nightlife in the surrounding area is electric. It is, however, home to some of the most hazardous waves in Perth, so stay between the flags and be cautious.

Tucked away on the north coast of Perth, Mullaloo Beach is quieter than its aforementioned coastal cousins, with perfect waters and clean, soft sand. This is a great spot for a relaxed BBQ – Aussie style – on the grass recreation area behind the beach. Just don’t mention throwing another “shrimp on the Barbie” to locals. Besides, they don’t call them “shrimp” – they call them “prawns.”

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Lastly, I would definitely recommend a trip to the Lancelin Sand Dunes if you’re looking for a different type of boarding fun. Approximately 90 minutes from Perth, Lancelin is a huge area populated with massive sand dunes, some up to three stories high! Sandboarding here is a fun way to spend a few hours, and you can rent the boards on-site dirt cheap.

While you may want to dedicate a full day to this fun day trip, you could also do it on your own after some time on Perth’s beaches! It’s also known for being an amazing place to watch the Milky Way dance in the sky at night! It really just depends on your budget and if this type of unique activity interests you. I would definitely recommend it!

If you’re keen on a sunset experience of the Lancelin Sand Dunes, check out this epic tour:

From Perth: Pinnacles Desert Sunset & Star-Gazing Tour | “Discover the magic of the Pinnacles Desert and the Swan Valley on an 11-hour guided tour. Head to the heart of the Swan Valley to visit an award-winning winery and sample wine, honey and chocolate. Head west to the Turquoise Coast and keep an eye out for native wildlife. Stop in Lancelin for a walk along the beach. Experience the thrill of sandboarding down giant sand dunes. Board the bus and visit Nilgen Lookout for views over the Indian Ocean. Enjoy dinner at the Observation Deck in the Pinnacles Desert, accompanied by a glass of Margaret River wine. See the sun set over the Indian Ocean and later marvel at the stars with the help of astro binoculars and a telescope.”    

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Day 5: Venture Out To Harbourside Fremantle

You’ve now spent a jam-packed 4 days in Perth, but your time in the city is only going to get better from here, trust me!

Australians really like to shorten names. To some of my Aussie friends, I’m “Davo”, and I just talked about “Rotto” Island and “Cotto” Beach. So, I’ll give you three guesses about what they call the Harbourside city of Fremantle….

You guessed it: “Freo”.

The AFL (Australian football or “footy”) team that hails from here, the Fremantle Dockers, say it repeatedly in their team song. Oh, I miss Australia…but I digress.

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What should I do in Fremantle?

Fremantle is a port city that’s technically part of the greater Perth area, but for all intents and purposes, it really is its own little part of the world. Located on the Swan River, Fremantle is warm, friendly, and has so much to do you could easily spend a few days here. In recent years, Fremantle has transformed itself into a hip hotspot, a magnet for creative folk, and a Mecca for cool cafes, bars, and restaurants.

The historic Fremantle Markets should be your first “port” of call (see what I did there?), where you can pick up fresh local produce or handmade artistic wares to take home as souvenirs. The trendiest of the Fremantle Markets has to be the E-Shed Markets — a weekend get-together right on the waterfront.

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A tour of Fremantle Prison shouldn’t be passed on either. Choose from a range of tours where you can learn about its convict history, or even put on a hard hat and discover the maze of tunnels underneath the Fremantle Prison. If you’re game, their “Torchlight Tour” is a spine-tingling nighttime option.

After a day of being on your feet exploring your newfound surroundings, it’s high time for a pint or two. And no trip to Freo is complete without a trip to the Aussie institution, Little Creatures Brewing . Found near the South Perth Foreshore, Little Creatures has wet the whistles of Aussies for almost 20 years, and the crew here call themselves “Hop Heads.” Enjoy their brews right at the source. Just be sure to get an Uber back to your hotel when you’re all “hopped up.”

Read this article titled A Day in Fremantle for more information about what you should do in “Freo, where to eat and other recommendations for this chilled out, hip little hub. 

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Day 6: Wine Tasting On The Margaret River

Widely known as one of Australia’s most beautiful wine regions, Margaret River is worth an overnight trip on your visit to Perth or even a long weekend. That said, it’s also a popular day trip from Perth that I’d highly recommend if you love beautiful scenery and Aussie wine – who doesn’t?!

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A three-hour drive south of Perth along the coast, this region – with the iconic town of Margaret River as its center – has it all. Top-notch local food, world-famous wine, craft breweries, an incredible coastline, farmers’ markets, natural caves and walking trails … it’s all here, just waiting to be discovered. Despite developing a trendy reputation over the years, the Margaret River region still has the laid-back Aussie vibe we all desire on a lazy wine-tasting weekend.

Some of the top spots to visit in the Margaret River region include these fantastic wineries…

  • Cullen Wines | With a carbon-positive wine cellar and a location steeped in the Wadandi Peoples’ culture, this is a wine experience like no other. Cullen Wines offer an array of bespoke wine-tasting opportunities, so get ready to taste some of the best Western Australian offerings. 
  • Domaine Naturaliste | Its tasting room open to vast views of the Merlot vineyard, and boy, is it spectacular. While the wines are the main event, you can’t go wrong pairing them with the winery’s epic cheese and charcuterie boards. Trust me. 
  • Howard Park | For something of an Aussie icon, head over to this family-run winery for a unique experience. The building itself has won awards for its architecture, and its robust Cabernet Sauvignon (“Cab Sav” to Aussies) is a highlight. 

While there’s a never-ending supply of fantastic wineries in the Margaret River region, you may not have all the time in the world to stop in at them all. If you are strapped for time, join this Margaret River wine tour , where day drinking is what it’s all about.

Top Tip:  The Margaret River region may all be about wine, but it also has a magical lake Cave. It usually goes unnoticed by most visitors, so taking a Lake Cave tour is sure to be a quiet and memorable local experience.

Where should I stay in the Margaret River region?

If you can, try and make a couple of days of it and stay at one of these Margaret River hotels…

  • Margaret River Resort is a charming hotel located right in the heart of town and a short stroll from the riverbank.
  • Margarets Beach Resort is a bit of a drive from town, but these super spacious and clean self-contained apartments are only a few minutes walk from tranquil Gnarabup Beach.
  • Heritage Trail Lodge is the place in Margaret River to truly treat yourself. Luxury suites with a double spa bath, in-room spa treatments and a private hiking trail on your doorstep are just a few of the perks.

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Day 7: Bond With Local Wildlife

If you decide against making the out to spend a couple of nights down in Margaret River, you’ll have plenty of time to explore more of Perth! And what better way to enjoy your last day in Perth than getting up close and personal with some of the cute and cuddly (and sometimes scary!) animals that Australia is known for?

I love visiting wildlife sanctuaries in Australia and seeing the great work they do in the name of conservation. Luckily, Perth has no shortage of spots for animal lovers to visit. 

What are the best wildlife sanctuaries in Perth?

Perth Zoo is home to a large number of native Australian animals as well as foreign ones. It is known for its successful western swamp tortoise and numbat breeding program. The Perth Zoo is in the southern region of the city, and it’s easy to get here by train, bus, ferry, or even by foot!

Another must-visit is the Perth AQWA Aquarium . You’ll find it along the Hillarys Boat Harbor (30 minutes from Perth CBD). It puts a firm focus on the weird and wonderful marine life that inhabit Perth’s ocean waters. Expect creatures like fiddler rays, starfish, jellyfish and sharks.

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Around 30 minutes from Perth CBD, Caversham Wildlife Park is a great destination to visit animals in their natural habitats, with opportunities to say “G’day” up close and personal. The Caversham Wildlife Park is a charming little spot that gives you a chance to feed animals in the farmyard, see sheep shearers hard at work, or watch sheepdogs working their magic. 

Lesser known but absolutely worth a mention, a trip to Heirisson Island will strike a chord with any true animal lover. An island of Perth’s Swan River, Heirisson is a kangaroo sanctuary where the roos are looked after and fed by loving keepers. It’s a wild and free habitat for them to roam, but be mindful not to get too loud around them as they are easily startled. 

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Where are the best nightclubs in Perth?

You didn’t actually think I’d forget about the city’s eclectic nightlife, did you? You don’t know me very well, then!

There are tons of fun Perth festivals to rave at, but if you’re not visiting during the epic weekends they fall on, these pumping bars and clubs are the next best thing…

  • Jack Rabbit Slim’s | With live music early in the night, and a dance-till-you-drop atmosphere later on, this groovy spot along Aberdeen Street is a vibe for everyone. Their “Power Rave Juice” will keep you going all night.
  • Magnet House | With a trippy array of LED-lit walls, ceilings, and dance floors, Magnet House is a ravers haven along Murray Street. They also have a rock’n’roll set-up at the joining stage Amplifier, so you really are spoilt for choice.
  • Geisha Bar | For my fellow EDM and techno enthusiasts, head to James Street in hip Northbridge for an intimate night with some hard-partying Aussies. Geisha Bar regularly hosts international artists, so get ready for a pumping experience.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance On Your 1 Week Perth Itinerary

Whether you are heading to Perth for just a few days, or embarking on a lengthy trip around Australia, travel insurance is absolutely essential. Have you seen some of the crazy animals they have Down Under, or indeed, how expensive things can be in Australia?

Getting sick or having items stolen while traveling is rare, but when it does happen, it can be an absolute nightmare. Having insurance (which is essential to get visas for some countries) will give you the peace of mind that if anything terrible does happen, you are covered and taken care of.

I highly recommend HeyMondo due to their extensive range of cover for all situations and trip lengths and their fair pricing. They also have a handy app that allows you to not only manage any claims within the app, but also access free assistance online. This means you don’t need to rack up an expensive phone bill while abroad, or waste time on hold. 

So, whether you need single trip cover or affordable annual cover for multiple trips, be sure to buy your travel insurance before you travel, leaving you to relax during your trip knowing that HeyMondo has your back. Nowadays, I would never travel without insurance, especially after hearing so many (expensive and dangerous) horror stories from other travelers that I’ve met!

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Did I Miss Anything On My Perth 7 Days Itinerary?

I hope my that this Perth itinerary has inspired you to book your own trip to the city, or given you some unique ideas to add to your own itinerary. If you think I’ve left anything out or missed an essential Perth activity that should be on the list, let me know. I’m always looking to improve my itineraries to offer the best experience possible to my fellow travellers. And who knows, I may even bump into you during my next trip to Perth!

Hooroo! (goodbye in Aussie slang)

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3 days in Perth: An Easy to follow itinerary

If you are planning your Perth itinerary and wondering how many days to stay in Perth and what you just must not miss, then you are in the right place. Our 3 day Perth itinerary includes the most popular things to do in Perth and a few brand new spots you may not find in your guidebook.

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There’s no bad time to visit. There’s plenty to do in Perth all year round, however, to truly embrace everything the capital city of Western Australia offers. The best time of year to visit is in spring or early summer between September and December.

Perth is renowned for its gloriously sunny weather and in springtime the weather is warm, wildflowers are in bloom and Perth is abuzz with activities. Average temperatures are over 20 degrees and the days are long, so you can make the most of your time in the sunny destination and discover all of Perth’s natural beauty.

To truly experience Perth, Western Australia, allow yourself at least three days. We’ve handpicked some of the best day trips, restaurants, beaches, and activities Perth has on offer to immerse yourself in this vibrant city.

To maximise your Perth itinerary try to plan your trip so you are there between Thursday and Sunday when most places are open

If you have more than three days in Perth, there are some incredible day trips to add to your Perth itinerary, including the beautiful Swan Valley wine region and hiking trails in the Perth hills, and Yanchep National Park in the North-west.

Planning on staying longer? Add Rottnest Island to your list, you won’t be disappointed! To see even more of Western Australia, a trip to the south coast of Western Australia is an absolute must. The Margaret River region is brimming with wineries, walking trails, beautiful beaches, mountain biking, and bird life.

You can find a place to stay in the Perth CBD on any budget.

There are loads of cheap hostels that are nice and central, so everything is within walking distance, including:

  • Hostel G Perth – Modern hostel with great dorms. Excellent family suites and private rooms too
  • Spinner’s Hostel at Northbridge – Noted for its friendly staff and super clean facilities, this is a great choice for anyone wanting to enjoy Perth’s nightlife

Mid-range hotels

If you want a few more comforts, these are great boutique hotel options:

  • Tribe Perth – Stylish contemporary rooms, some with views over Kings Park.
  • Art Series: The Adnate – In the heart of the city these contemporary rooms feature artworks by Matt Adnate .
  • Doubletree By Hilton Perth Northbridge – Great location for foodies and nightlife.

If you’re searching for a more luxurious city stay:

  • The Ritz-Carlton – overlooking the Quay, this is a lovely special occasion hotel that will impress most anyone.
  • The Westin – Large rooms and suites with fabulous in-house facilities particularly the day spa and Australian Chef Guy Grossi Garum Restaurant.
  • COMO the heritage Treasury building – very spacious, lux rooms in a classic style.

Day One – Explore the Perth city centre

Key sites : Today you will visit Elizabeth Quay and the Perth waterfront, Swan River, Perth’s cultural precinct, and Kings Park.

Begin your Perth adventure in the city’s heart. Get to know the city by starting your day around the Swan River before immersing yourself in Perth’s fascinating culture and exploring the spectacular Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA, Sunset view of skyline of Elizabeth quay in Perth, Australia

For your morning on the Swan River choose one of these fun ways to explore Perth’s waterfront.

  • Book a guided river cruise from Barrack Street Jetty and see Perth from a different perspective as you take in the wonderful sights, including Elizabeth Quay’s Bell Tower where you can ring the bells and get a certificate.
  • Alternatively, you might like to see the city from a kayak
  • If you want to see even more of Perth from the river, there are options for day cruises to Rottnest Island , the Swan Valley, and Fremantle.
  • Take the ferry to South Perth and hire a catamaran or join a kayak tour and paddle around Heirisson Island, hire a jet ski at Mill Point Reserve, or have some fun on a water bike.
  • Cruise around the river and city on a Segway Tour from Barrack Street Jetty. Keep an eye out for dolphins, particularly near the water’s edge.
  • Book a gondola for a relaxing, romantic ride from the Quay to Claisebrook Cove in East Perth – you’ll be forgiven for thinking you are in Venice rather than Perth.
  • If you’re keen to see some of Australia’s unique wildlife, visit the Perth Zoo across the river in South Perth. The Perth ferry runs regularly between the Quay and the Mends Street Jetty and costs less than $5 for a return trip. Check out the larger-than-life Frilled Neck Lizard and Numbat sculptures in Mindeerup Piazza when you disembark.
  • If you’d prefer something a little more adventurous, book Perth’s longest zipline and climb at the majestic Matagurup Bridge in East Perth. Take a free red CAT bus to the bridge and prepare to witness scenic views of the river and Perth skyline from great heights as you fly off the platform at up to 75km/hour! You can even book a twilight climb and witness the bridge and sky light up at night.

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Next, head to the Perth Cultural Centre, located just north of the CBD, to explore Perth’s cultural and historical heritage.

In the precinct, it’s worth visiting the WA Museum, Boola Bardip, and the Art Gallery of WA. There’s plenty to see here, including Aboriginal art and special exhibitions. There’s even Yoga at the Museum some weekends, where you can stretch it out under the Museum’s blue whale, Otto, surrounded by artefacts and the soothing sounds of a live DJ.

Sunset view of Yagan square in Perth, Australia

Afterwards, wander over the Horseshoe Bridge into Yagan Square, a meeting place and window into Noongar culture. Here you’ll find a variety of cafes and restaurants, native gardens and public art, all interwoven with links to the traditional owners of the land.

Next stop on the Perth itinerary is Kings Park. Wear your walking shoes, but hop on a free CAT bus from the Perth Busport to get there first.

Kings Park is one of the most magnificent inner city parks in the world. Stretching over 400 hectares of natural bushland, the park overlooks the beautiful Swan River, city skyline and Darling Ranges. Larger than New York’s Central Park Kings Park and the Botanic Gardens offer some fantastic views over the city

There are over 2,000 plants in Kings Park that can only be found in Western Australia.

If you visit in spring, you’ll witness some of the most spectacular wildflowers on display. Wander through the Botanic Garden and see how many of the 3,000 species of native flora you can spot and take in breathtaking views from up high on the Lotterywest Federation Walkway.

Duck swimming alongside the Flame of Remembrance in the Pool of Reflection c in Kings Park, Perth, Australia

The Kaarta Gar-up Lookout is a great place to take a photo with the city as a backdrop. It’s also worth visiting the State War Memorial to learn more about the Western Australians who served their country in wars throughout history.

If you are happy to keep strolling, check out Federation Walkway a 620m treetop walkway in Kings Park

This afternoon you could also opt to join a walking tour of the Perth arcades and laneways and discover the history and colourful murals of inner city Perth

Tip: To celebrate a special occasion, treat yourself to an authentic Australian fine dining experience at Wildflower restaurant in the COMO Treasury building on St. Georges Terrace.

Alternatively, take a sunset dinner cruise along the Swan River and check out the sunset!

Day 2 – Discover Perth’s beaches

Key sites : Today you will some of Perth’s famous beaches, take a coastal hike, and watch one of those spectacular west coast sunsets.

If you hear the term “west is best” when you’re in Western Australia, locals are referring to the beaches. Western Australia is home to some of the best beaches in the world. The Indian Ocean spans the entire west coast and you’ll be spoilt for choice on which bucket list-worthy beach to tick off first. Here’s how to spend the ultimate day on Perth’s famous white sandy beaches.

A morning swim and a delicious breakfast are one of the best ways to start your day. Perth’s quintessential swimming spots are Cottesloe Beach and City Beach, where you can cool off in the calm clear waters and grab a bite to eat at one of the nearby cafes afterwards.

Scarborough Beach Perth

If you’d like to give surfing a go, Scarborough and Trigg beaches are the places to search for a swell or book lessons with local surfing pros. If you’d prefer to just take in the views and grab photos of the Indian Ocean, there’s a path that runs from Trigg Beach to Hillary’s Boat Harbour .

Grab a coffee from popular cafes Little Bay or Yelo and sit and watch the waves roll in. If you fancy snorkelling with some of the local marine life, start at Mettams Pool in North Beach or self-drive down to the Omeo Shipwreck at Coogee Beach, about 30 minutes from the CBD.

The Omeo is part of the award-winning Coogee Maritime Trail. Learn about the shipwreck and maritime history as you keep your eyes peeled for a variety of fish, starfish, and corals. It can get busy, so it’s best to get there before mid-morning.

Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, visit Coogee Common for lunch, overlooking the beach. Built in 1894, and originally known as the Coogee Hotel, the farm-to-table restaurant grows as much as possible on-site in their extensive gardens which they harvest daily – so you can expect the freshest seasonal ingredients delivered directly to your plate!

3 days in perth sunset

You haven’t truly experienced Western Australia without a trip to the coast to catch the sunset. The sun sets later in summer, so there’s plenty of time to grab a takeaway meal and find a good spot by the sea. Get your phone ready to capture the sun going down over the horizon. No east coast sunset can beat this!

Here are some of the best ways to enjoy a Perth sunset:

  • Grab some fish and chips and soak in the atmosphere at Cottesloe Beach
  • Pack a picnic or barbecue essentials and head to City Beach.
  • Get a window seat at Island Market Trigg for a cocktail and tapas at sunset.
  • Make your way to the top of the grassy hill at Scarborough Beach.

Perth bar tour

If you are looking for something to do tonight, we recommend joining this 3hr Perth Bar Tour , which departs each evening at 6 pm. It’s great for anyone wanting to learn more about Perth but especially good for solo travellers who prefer not to eat and drink alone.

Day Three – Visit Fremantle

Key sites : Today you explore the historic city of Fremantle, visit the Fremantle Markets, UNESCO-listed Fremantle Goal, and check out some of the fantastic public art and colonial buildings.

Perth’s famous port city, Fremantle , is a must-see on your Perth itinerary. Spend a day exploring the centre of the city, rich in history and full of amazing restaurants, eclectic shops, and fun activities.

Freemantle is known as Walyalup by the Whadjuk Noongar People

Commonly called “Freo” by locals, Fremantle is located around 16km from the Perth CBD. Hire a car and drive 30 minutes southwest of the City centre, or if coming by public transport jump on the Fremantle train line from Perth station, which heads straight to the Fremantle town centre.

Rainbow Sea Container Art, created by Perth artist Marcus Canning.The artwork is 9 metres high, 19 metres long and weighs 66 tonnes.

The Fremantle Markets are the best introduction to the unique harbor-side city. Established in 1897, they’re one of the few remaining original markets in Australia. Step into another world when you enter this vibrant marketplace in the centre of town.

Inside, you’ll find local artisans displaying all kinds of goods, including fashion, homewares, hand-crafted jewellery, fruit and vegetables, spices and tea, handbags, art and crafts, Australian souvenirs and so much more.

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When you’re done browsing the stalls, venture into the Yard. Here you’ll be spoilt for choice, with an array of street food vendors tempting you with flavours from around the world.

Let your tastebuds lead the way- gozleme, gnocchi, Gado Gado, bratwurst, dumplings, gourmet Indian pies, and even doughnuts, Dutch baby pancakes, and hand-crafted ice cream are all on offer! The markets are open Friday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm.

The next stop on your ultimate Perth itinerary is the Fremantle Prison, by far one of Western Australia’s best historic sites and only a short walk from the markets. The Prison is the largest structure built by convicts in Western Australia and the most intact convict establishment in the country.

Silhouette of British prisoners entering Fremantle Prison.

There’s free entry to the Gatehouse to view the gallery, convict depot, museum, and gift shop, but you haven’t truly seen the Prison without going behind bars on one of the tours. The tunnels tour is one of the most memorable experiences you’ll ever have, even if you’re not that interested in history.

After putting on your hard hat and overalls, you’ll descend 20 metres underground to explore a labyrinth of tunnels built by the convicts, while you’re entertained by the knowledgeable and super witty guides. If you feeling adventurous – it is 100% worth it.

Head into the heart of Fremantle’s town centre for great food and drinks at one of the many fantastic restaurants and bars.

Something is brewing in Fremantle and it is local craft beer! If you’re craving a cold drink after a long day on your feet, visit the new Gage Roads Brewing Co on the Walyalup Waterfront, Running with Thieves, or Little Creatures Brewing Co for a pint and wood-fired pizza on Fremantle’s fishing boat harbour.

Street with historical houses in Fremantle, Australia

If you are looking for a restaurant for dinner, here are my favorites:

  • If you’re in the mood for fresh, local seafood paired with some great wine, put Madalenas Bar on your list.
  • If you’ve never been served by a robot waiter and love affordable and delicious Thai food, try out Spice Market .
  • History meets contemporary at The Old Synagogue , a beautiful heritage building full of trendy restaurants and bars.
  • You’ll find modern Australian cuisine with a side of beach views at Bathers Beach House , Perth’s only absolute beachfront restaurant where you can dine right on the sand.
  • Tucked away behind the Fremantle Markets, you’ll be delighted to discover Emily Taylor , a modern Asian fusion restaurant named after a ship that sailed from England to Fremantle in the 1800s. Insider tip : Be sure to order their signature roast duck.

You could also choose to join a Fremantle Food Tour that runs at 2 pm or 3 pm each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Fremantle food tour

If you have over 3 days in Perth,

  • Add a day trip to Rottnest Island , meet the quokkas, and explore Rottnest Island beaches
  • Add a 2-day trip to Margaret River – You can do it on a day trip, but it’s a long way and has so much to offer 2 or 3 days is a much better option.
  • A full day visiting the Swan Valley and all its delicious treats

We are sure you will discover that the city of Perth, Australia, is one of the most beautiful coastal cities in the southern hemisphere.

Perth, to Rottnest Island, near Perth in Western Australia

There are so many places to visit nearby Perth we suggest along with your 4-5 days in Perth city you should try to allow 3-7 days to explore the rest of South-Western WA . This area, including Margaret River and Albany, offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the country.

Got a question? Head over to our Australia Travel Tips Facebook Group and ask a local.

Author: Lisa Cook is a freelance writer based in Perth who grew up in the coastal town of Albany, which she credits for her adventurous, ocean-loving spirit. With a deep love for travel, Lisa will give you the ultimate experience of food, culture, and people – sharing local secrets and the joy of discovering new places.

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11 Reasons To Visit Perth, Australia

Discover why you should make the 4000km journey from australia’s east coast to the city of perth, the spectacular capital of western australia..

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Perth’s a mighty long way from the rest of Australia. The West Australian capital is about 3300km from Sydney — that’s roughly the same distance that separates London and Cairo, or New Orleans and Caracas. So why should visitors bother making the long trip from the East Coast? Start with these 11 reasons.

From Hillarys in the north to Fremantle in the south, Perth is blessed with a seemingly endless stretch of snow-white sand. And it doesn’t get any better than Cottesloe with its strip of cafes and eateries, towering Norfolk pine trees, grassy picnic areas, decent surf break and postcard perfect Indiana teahouse. Sunsets over the Indian Ocean are another breathtaking feature of the West Coast’s beaches.

Sure, the phrase ‘perfect weather’ is subjective — but you can’t argue with an average maximum temperature of 18.4°C in the middle of winter. Combine those mild winters with sunny summers, an average of nine hours of sunshine a day and 131 perfectly clear, cloudless days every year and you’ve got a climate to die for.

Experience the splendour of the West Australian capital by sailing along the river between inner-city Perth and the historic port city of Fremantle . Check out the modern glass Bell Tower, the leafy Kings Park and the bustling Fremantle harbour from the comfort of a cruise along Perth’s picturesque waterway.

Move over, Central Park . New York’s landmark is small potatoes compared to Perth’s prodigious park, 4.06km² compared to 3.41. Kings Park is a mammoth 400 hectares of untamed bushland and cultivated gardens, home to 70 bird species, 300-plus local WA plants, 75-year-old trees, stacks of children’s play areas and the best view of Perth’s skyline you can possibly find.

Meet the animal so adorable that even Roger Federer posted a selfie with one. The quokka is a cat-sized marsupial that kind of looks like a smily miniature kangaroo that’s only found in a few places around Western Australia. The best place to spot them is Rottnest Island — a pristine island paradise just a short ferry ride from Fremantle — where there’s a friendly population of about 10,000.

Fremantle Prison is the only UNESCO World Heritage listed building in Perth, built by British convict labour in the 1850s and operating as a prison until 1991. These days you can step inside the museum at the historic facility, go on a bone-chilling ghost tour, or even spend the night at a backpackers hostel in the old women’s wing.

Also in Fremantle — past the famous market and the cappuccino strip — lies the mega-popular Little Creatures brewhouse overlooking the water, one of many quality craft breweries around Perth. Beer lovers should also have a sip at the multi-award-winning Feral Brewing Co. , the scenic Old Brewery perched on the Swan River, and the swish Northbridge Brewing Co. in the heart of the city.

With more than 10,000km of coastline, it should come as little surprise that Western Australia dishes up delicious fruits of the sea. Fill your plate with marron from the south-west of the state, barramundi from up north, lobster from Geraldton, oysters from Albany, prawns from Exmouth and scallops from nearby Rottnest Island.

Speaking of seafood, Perth’s brand spanking new sporting arena is nicknamed the ‘Cray Pot’ thanks to its resemblance to the lobster-catching device. The $1.6 billion, 60,000-seat Optus Stadium opened in January 2018 much to the delight of the sports-mad city’s residents, who’ll pack the new joint to the rafters during winter for AFL and summer for cricket.

To describe this inner-city suburb as ‘lively’ would be an understatement. When night falls, Northbridge’s vibrant food and drink scene gives way to some of the wildest nightlife you can find in Australia, with everything from mega-clubs and live music hotspots to intimate wine bars and LGBTQI-friendly venues to cater to all tastes.

Perth is the gateway to Australia’s largest state, which is a treasure trove of jaw-dropping experiences. There’s the world-class Margaret River wine region and the other-worldly landscape of the Pinnacles, the chance to swim with whale sharks along the Ningaloo Reef and meet dolphins in Monkey Mia, the ancient landscapes of the Kimberley and the legendary sunsets over Cable Beach in Broome . Need any more convincing?

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5 irresistible reasons to visit Perth, Western Australia

With direct flights returning to Perth, the sun, food and wildlife of Western Australia’s vibrant capital is closer than ever. Here’s why you need to get there now…

1. The beaches

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Cottesloe Beach at dusk (Dreamstime)

Officially Australia’s sunniest city, Perth also boasts over 19 beaches within easy reach of the city. Each one has its own special characteristics. All offer dazzling white sand and ridiculously clear blue water.

Cottesloe Beach is the most famous, a popular swimming and picnicking spot backed by a grassy hillside, Norfolk pines, and an impossibly picturesque pavilion. You can spend an entire day snorkelling, surfing or swimming here, before retiring to a restaurant to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean, a glass of Margaret River’s finest in hand.

Just south of Cottesloe you’ll find Leighton Beach, a longer, less crowded beach that’s popular with kite surfers and dog owners. Mettams Pool is the best place to don your snorkel. The platform reef just offshore is home to fish, octopuses, starfish, sea fans and grasses.

2. The wildlife

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A friendly quokka (Dreamstime)

With its vast parks, nature reserves and beaches, it comes as no surprise that wildlife is never far away in Perth. Take a stroll through any city park and you’re guaranteed to be ‘serenaded’ by flocks of raucous colourful rosellas, galahs and cockatoos.

Wildlife abounds on the islands around Perth too. Heirisson Island, an island in the Swan River between the suburbs of East Perth and Victoria Park, is a nature reserve where kangaroos roam freely. Penguin Island, just off the coast, is home to 1,200 little penguins as well as dolphins and stingrays. Easily reached by ferry, it is a popular place to swim with dolphins.

A little further away is Rottnest Island, home to the world’s largest population of quokkas. A small short-tailed wallaby with a small face and round ears, it is one of the cutest animals in the world and something of a worldwide Instagram star. They are best seen in the late afternoon or at sunset.

Animal lovers with a spare day or two can volunteer at Native Animal Rescue , north of Perth, which takes in sick, injured and orphaned animals, returning them to the wild when possible.

3. The indigenous history

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Indigenous artwork (Dreamstime)

The Noongar people are the traditional owners of Perth, and the Swan River is a sacred place for them. They have many stories of the Wagyl, a water-serpent understood to be responsible for the creation and maintenance of the river and most of the water features around Perth. Wagyl is said to have entered the ground near Kings Park and emerged at the foot of Mt Eliza to create the river.

The Kings Park Indigenous Heritage Tour is a good place to start exploring the city’s heritage. Your guide will retell the Noongar people’s creation Dreamtime story and explain the medicinal, nutritional and cultural values of the surrounding flora, fauna and landmarks. Indigenous Experiences Australia, meanwhile, offers a Derbal Yerrigan Cruise, a two-hour sailing trip along the Swan River, exploring the ancient culture of the Whadjuk people.

4. The food and drink

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Fish and chips, Perth style (Dreamstime)

Perth’s food scene is one of the most vibrant in Australia with new bars, café s and restaurants opening constantly. T aking advantage of the sunny Western Australian climate, it has the highest concentration of rooftop bars and alfresco eateries in the country.

Not surprisingly, the seafood is sensational. Your plate will be filled with marron from the south-west of the state, barramundi from up north, lobster from Geraldton, oysters from Albany, prawns from Exmouth and scallops from nearby Rottnest Island. All washed down with an award-winning Sauvignon Blanc from Margaret River, of course.

If coffee is more your thing, head to Fremantle’s famous cappuccino strip. Beer lovers will want to check out the Little Creatures brewhouse, overlooking the harbour in Fremantle, or the Old Brewery, which is perched beside the Swan River.

5. Kings Park

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The Perth skyline from Kings Park (Dreamstime)

Bigger than Central Park in New York and altogether wilder, Kings Park is a 1,003-acre haven of parkland, botanical gardens and natural bushland, located right on the western edge of Perth’s central business district.

The park offers panoramic views of the CBD, Swan River and Darling Range, and is home to over 324 native plant varieties, 215 known indigenous fungi species and 80 bird species. You’ll also find the State War Memorial Cenotaph here – one of the city’s most iconic landmarks – as well as playgrounds, a nature park, BBQs and picnic areas for families. Climb the spiral staircase of the DNA Tower for spectacular views around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, the Swan River and over to Rottnest Island.

The park also hosts a variety of concerts and festivals, as well as an outdoor cinema.

From May 23, Qantas will continue their non-stop flights from London Heathrow to Perth. For more details visit qantas.com

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Fun Things to do in Perth

Updated: March 15, 2023

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written by: Steph Kloeckener

Perth is a vibrant city and there are plenty of fun and free things to do in Perth. Discover parks, historic buildings, street art and much more!

Perth is Western Australia’’s capital and one of the best places to visit in the state. There are many great things to in Perth, and the city’s main attractions range from historic buildings, to marvelous parks and dreamy beaches on the mainland and on Rottnest Island.

While most people that explore Australia flock to the eastern cities like Sydney and Melbourne, they more than miss out as Perth has a unique charm. It is a city of sunny days, colorful streets with murals, great restaurants and of course the ever-present Swan River.

Perth offer something for everyone, so be sure to plan a trip there. Discover free and fun things to do in Perth and then stay a while longer so you can go on day trips to unique locations that are not too far away from the city.

Free and Fun Things to do in Perth

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The Best Things to do in Perth & why you should visit the city

I first visited Perth at the end of my second Australia trip. And I could not have been happier that I had nearly a week to explore all that Perth has to offer. Visiting Perth completed my impression of Western Australia, and the trip would have not been the same without Perth and its attractions.

I fell in love with its unique flair, its architecture and parks, and of course with the quokkas on the nearby Rottnest Island . Therefore, I can only encourage you to visit this amazing city in Australia . And of course, to explore more of what Western Australia has to offer. After all, Perth and the entire state offer way more amazing things to do than you can imagine.

Perth is more than worth a visit, so be sure to add it to your Australia itinerary!

Free Things to do in Perth

1. explore elizabeth quay.

Elizabeth Quay, formerly the Perth Esplanade, is Perth’s waterfront development that was built to reconnect the city with its Swan River. It is the place to go if you want to be near the river, enjoy a stunning view or even eat out. Walk over the Elizabeth Quay Bridge for a great view of the city and take a selfie – after all, it is said to be the most popular selfie spot in the city.

Riding the Elizabeth Quay Carousel is a unique thing to do in Perth. It is a traditional Venetian carousel with horses and carriages that was built in Italy’s Veneto region and is handpainted, which makes it a special sight in Australia. One ride ticket costs 6 AUD and three tickets cost 15 AUD.

There are a bunch of restaurants and bars in the area, so be sure to grab a bite as you take in the view. Wait until it is dark to see this attraction in Perth in its illuminated glory.

Elizabeth Quay Perth

2. stroll through Kings Park

Perth’s Kings Park is one of the largest inner-city parks in the world. With a size of 400.6 ha, it is larger than New York’s Central Park and the ideal place for leisure afternoon walks. There are bushland areas, lakes, and sculpted gardens and it is also the location of Perth’s Botanic Garden. There are BBQ areas, play areas, memorials, and the ‘ Aspects of Kings Park ‘ Gallery Shop.

Follow the Bushland Nature Trail, a 25 minutes loop walk, or the 1.7 km long Memorials Walk that takes you past statues and honor avenues. Or just take in the stunning skyline view from the area near the State War Memorial.

There is no entrance fee, which makes visiting Kings Park one of the best free things to do in Perth. There are even two daily walking tours that are free. The tours last 1.5 hours and start at 10 AM and 1 PM at the Aspects Lawn .

Things to do in Perth Kings Park

3. see wildflowers in WA Botanic Garden

The WA Botanic Garden might be within Kings Park, but it deserves to be mentioned as a separate Perth attraction. After all, seeing the wildflower of the entire state is one of the best things to do in Perth.

Especially if you have previously done a road trip through Western Australia and seen some of the wildflowers where they are indigenous. Therefore, exploring the WA Botanic Garden can be a nice reminder of all the places you have already seen. Or a small taste of what awaits you during future WA road trips .

Since it opened in 1965, more and more flowers have been added, and today 3.000 of Western Australia’s 12.000 native flowers can be found in the WA Botanic Garden. In some areas, the plants are organized by region, while other displays focus on the overall look.

There is no entry fee for this 17-hectare garden and you can visit it around the clock. Some highlights are the “Giant Boab”, the Lotterywest Federation Walkway, and the Pioneer Women’s Memorial.

WA Botanic Garden Perth

4. do a street art walking tour

Perth has some of the best street art in the world, so doing a street art walking tour is undeniably one of the best free things to do in Perth. ‘ Streets of Perth ‘ has created a map of most if not all urban art in the city, so you can easily plan your walking tour to see the ones you like the most.

Many murals are in vibrant colors and transform the streets into amazing outdoor galleries. Some have a neon theme like the murals by Drew Straker, while others feature Australian motives like the country’s flora and fauna or Indigenous motives.

While there are many amazing murals to see in Perth, you should definitely check out the murals by the local artist Susan Respinger . Particular stunning murals of hers can be found on both sides of the street of Bowler Plaza at the corner of Lake St and Bulwer St. Just look up ‘ Sayers Sister ‘ on Google Maps to find the right location.

If you do not want to organize a street art tour for yourself and want to hear more about the history of the individual murals and sculptures, you can also book a guided street art tour.

Street Art Perth

5. visit the kangaroos of Heirisson Island

Heirisson Island is located in Swan River between the eastern suburbs and Victoria Park. And while it is a nice area, what makes visiting it one of the best things to do in Perth is the kangaroos that live on the island.

Originally a collection of smaller islands and mudflats, the area’s Nyoongar name is Matagarup. Today is one big island that is divided by a causeway bridge. The mob of kangaroos lives in the southern part of Heirisson Island. They are in a big gated area that ensures that they cannot get on the bridge.

Go for a stroll along the walkways and keep your eyes open for the kangaroos that are most active between dusk and dawn. While they are technically wild animals, they are used to humans, so you can get close to them. Please do not touch them or feed them.

Visiting Heirisson Island and its kangaroos is one of the nicest free things to do in Perth and can be done around the clock.

Heirisson Island Perth

6. relax at the beach & do water sports

If you want to relax while in Perth, you should head to one of the city’s great beaches. While not directly near the city center, they can easily be reached by taking the bus. Cottlesloe Beach and Scarborough Beach are great options.

Cottlesloe Beach is a local favorite and a great spot if you want to go snorkeling. Additionally, it is also the ideal place to watch Western Australia’s colorful sunsets over the ocean. Peter’s Pool at the northern part of the beach is the place to go if you want to snorkel. Meanwhile, the southern part is a popular surfing spot.

If you visit Cottlesloe Beach in March, you can enjoy the free ‘ Sculptures by the Sea ’ festival that also takes place along the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk in Sydney .

Mettams Pool at Scarborough Beach is another great snorkeling spot. Some areas of this beach are also great for surfing or boogie boarding. The south end of the beach (Brighton Beach) is also nice and less crowded.

7. see Perth’s Town Hall

Perth’s Town Hall is a rather interesting building, as it is Australia’s only Gothic-style town hall. Additionally, it is also the only town hall that was built by convicts. Its style was inspired by 14th- to 16th-century European town halls and has Victorian Free Gothic features.

Perth Town Hall

The construction began in 1867 and lasted three years. And as soon as the construction was finished, it was extended to add more offices.

Today it is a rather popular event venue. The Lower Foyer houses two ship bells and a model of the HMAS Perth, while the Upper Foyer houses memorabilia and a historic portrait. 

While you can marvel at the exterior around the clock, you can explore the public areas inside the town hall from Monday to Saturday between 10 AM and 4 PM.

The hours might be different if there is a private event, so be sure to have an alternative time slot in mind if you want to explore the interior of this attraction in Perth.

8. explore St. Mary’s Cathedral

St. Mary’s Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church. Its first construction phase ended in 1865, but it only reached its current form in late 2009 as an extension that began in the 1920s was never fully completed until sufficient funds were raised in the 1990s and the early 2000s.

While it is not part of every Perth itinerary , it is well worth a visit. This cathedral’s highlights are the colorful stained glass windows of the sanctuary and the facade that reflects the styles of different centuries. Visit this attraction in Perth during the golden hour to see intense colors.

If you want to learn more about the cathedral’s history and see the Cathedral Crypt, you can join the public tour. The tour starts at 10:30 AM on Tuesday and lasts 1.5 hours. Just know that the tour is not a free thing to do in Perth, as there is a 10 AUD fee for adults and 6 AUD for children. Visiting the church itself is free.

Perth St Mary s Cathedral

9. visit St. George’s Cathedral

St. George’s Cathedral is Perth’s principal Anglican cathedral and was consecrated in 1888. It was built with handmade bricks and in a Gothic Revival style, which makes it interesting from an architectural point of view.

It features stained glass windows and memorials, which makes visiting it a fun thing to do in Perth for architecture lovers. Be sure to look up at the ceiling arches. This cathedral’s charm lies in the fine details.

The church is open daily from 7 AM to 6 PM (or 5:30 PM in winter). Please keep in mind that it is an active house of worship and that there are masses and prayer sessions. Do not tour St. George’s Cathedral during those times or do anything that is not appropriate in a house of faith.

St George s Cathedral Perth

10. visit Lake Monger

Lake Monger is a wetland area located on the Swan Coastal Plain and it’s one of the best locations to see black swans. 

Lake Monger and the natural area are a beloved location in Perth, and popular among tourists and locals alike. There are picnic tables, playgrounds, barbecue facilities, and walking trails for bird watching.

The current reed island around the lake was built in the 1960s to provide a summer refuge for birds. An exciting amount of flora and fauna can be found here, including turtles, skinks, spoonbills, pelicans to cormorants.  Amongst them, black swans are the most popular, as these fascinating creatures are the city’s emblem.

Lake Monger Things to do in Perth

The black swan is recognized in Australian culture because they play an important role in many traditional histories among Australian aboriginal peoples, as well as the development of Perth in modern times.

A typical black swan is almost completely black except for a few feathers, and its beaks and eyes are usually red. They are indigenous to the southwest and southeast of Australia. Therefore, seeing them is one of the best things to do in Perth and an experience you will not forget.

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Perth Attractions

11. visit the bell tower.

Perth’s Bell Tower is a rather unique building and is actually one of the largest instruments in the world. Located on Barrack Street, the 82.5 meters high Bell Tower houses the Swan Bells. It is home to 18 bells, which makes these bells the second largest set of change ringing bells in the world.

Twelve of these bells were given to Western Australia by the British Government in 1988 as part of Australia’s Bicentennial Celebration. The bells pre-date the 14th century, were recast in the 17th century, and used to ring in St. Marin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square in London. The other six bells were cast from metals that were mined in the state.

This attraction in Perth is open Thursday to Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. The general entry fee is 10 AUD, while the Bell Tower Experience which includes a behind-the-scenes look costs 18 AUD. You can also join the ANZAC Bell Tour for 27 AUD. All tickets include access to the 6th-floor observation deck.

Book a Bell Tower Experience Tour

Book an Anzac Bell Tour

If you want to add a love lock to the Bell Tower Love Locks, you can do so for 35 AUD. An engraved lock is included in the price.

Bell Tower Love Locks Perth

12. check out the Perth Mint

If you like gold and coins, touring the Perth Mint will be one of the best things to do in Perth for you. It is Australia`s oldest operating mint and during the tour, you learn about Western Australia’s gold history and can see how gold is traditionally poured.

You can also marvel at the world’s largest gold coin which weighs 1 tonne and check out the gold exhibition and gold nuggets. For an extra fee, you can also engrave your own medallion.

There are four daily Gold Tours that start at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 1:30 PM. The admission fee is 19 AUD for adults and 8 AUD for children.

Get a Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Perth Mint Combi Ticket

Perth Mint

13. visit the Fremantle Prison

The Fremantle Prison is one of Perth’s most popular attractions and a great place to spend an afternoon. The historic prison has been converted into a museum and teaches visitors about the historical significance of this location.

You can only visit the prison with a guided tour although there is a small part that is open to the public for free. Tours cost around 20 AUD or 13€ per person and are more than worth it. There are several to choose from and discounted pricing is available if you book several tours.

Things to do in Perth Fremantle Prison

The Fremantle Prison Behind Bars tour gives you unique insights into what life as a prisoner used to be like. Times are available online so you can time your visit.

Tours take a few hours and the knowledgeable guides will teach you all you need to know about the prison. Make sure to book online in advance on weekends as tours tend to sell out quickly.

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14. take the ferry to Rottnest Island

Taking the ferry to Rottnest Island is one of the best things to do in Perth, as this small island paradise is one of the best places to see in Western Australia . Located 18 km off the coast of Perth, it only takes 25 minutes to get there from Fremantle and 90 minutes from the Barrack Street Jetty in Downtown Perth.

Rottnest Island is home to the quokka, which is said to be the happiest animal on earth. And once you have seen these cute little marsupials and taken a #quokkaselfie, you will understand how this Australia fact came to be.

Aside from quokkas, this serene island offers its visitors crystal-clear turquoise water that is ideal for snorkeling and other watersports, 20 bays, and 63 breathtaking beaches. And it also has two pink lakes . Rent a bike and explore the island or take the small shuttle bus.

Rottnest Island near Perth

The best way to get there is by ferry. There are three different operators that offer different fares, but a regular ferry return trip from Fremantle usually costs around 75 AUD (including the 20 AUD island admission fee) and around 110 AUD from Perth. Be sure to check for special offers.

Book a Return Ferry Trip

Book a Ferry & Bike Rental Combi

Book a Glass Bottom Sea Kayak Tour

Book a Skydive over Rottnest Island

15. cruise on Swan River

There are different kinds of Swan River cruises ranging from lunch cruises to twilight cruises, and cruises that take you to Rottnest Island, Fremantle, or Swan Valley and its wineries.

As you cruise along Swan River, you can enjoy the cityscape of Perth and might even see wild dolphins that frequent this river’s inlet.

A standard cruise without food costs around 50 AUD, while a foodie cruise usually costs around 100 AUD. It is a fun thing to do in Perth, so it is well worth the money. And if you opt for a Swan River cruise to Swan Valley, you will even get to do a wine tasting and can enjoy some of the best wine in Australia. These cruises usually cost 110 AUD to 130 AUD.

Book a Swan River Lunch Cruise

Book a Swan River Dinner Cruise

Book a River Cruise to Swan Valley

Book a Cruise from Perth to Fremantle

16. enjoy the nightlife

Another fun thing to do in Perth is enjoying the city’s vibrant nightlife. Most famous clubs and bars in the city center are located in Northbridge, so it is easy to go bar hopping. Keep in mind that there is an entry fee for some clubs and that you have to bring an ID card or passport.

Northbridge is multicultural and also the location of many different restaurants, so it is the ideal place for a night out in town. Fremantle is another nightlife hub.

In the summer months, Scarborough near the ocean is another great place to party on the weekends. The Peach Pit is nice and has a good variety of beers and other drinks.

Things to do near Perth

If you want to see more of the area around the city, you should plan some day trips from Perth . Some of the most popular trips that are between 1 hour and 3 hours away are Lancelin and its sand dunes , the Pinnacles Desert , Jurien Bay, and the Margaret River region.

If you want to see more of Western Australia after doing all these great things to do in Perth, you should go on a road trip. Popular routes are Perth to Kalbarri (4 days), Perth to Exmouth (9-14 days), and Perth to Broome (3 weeks). And if you want to explore the southern part of WA, a road trip to Esperance is perfect for you.

Where to stay in Perth

The best place to stay in Perth is in the Central Business District, as most attractions and things to do in Perth will be within walking distance.

$ — If you are traveling on a budget, the Kangaroo Inn hostel and Hostel G Perth are good options.

$$ — If you are looking for a great hotel in a good location, you will love Quay Perth and the Doubletree by Hilton Perth Waterfront . Should you want to be closer to the nightlife, the Doubletree Northbridge is great.

$$$ — If you dream of staying in a 5-star hotel with a stunning view, The Ritz-Carlton Perth is perfect for you. It is only meters away from the Bell Tower, and many rooms have a view of Swan River.

Getting around in Perth

Getting around in Perth is easy, as public transport is readily available. There are buses, trains, and even a ferry, so a taxi is not required.

Getting around in Perth CAT bus

If you want to get around Perth CBD, you can take the free CAT (central area transit) buses. The blue, purple, red, and yellow lines run daily, while the green line operates from Monday to Friday. There is also a free CAT bus in Fremantle. These buses run every 8 to 15 minutes.

It is also incredibly easy to take the bus outside of the Central Business District. A bus ride never costs more than 2.20 AUD (2022), and a DayRider ticket costs 9.80 AUD. Check out the exact bus schedule on the Transperth website .

Alternatively to taking the bus, you can catch a train to reach Mandurah, Fremantle, or other destinations close to Perth. You can also take the ferry from the Elizabeth Quay Jetty to Mends Street Jetty.

How can I get to Perth?

If you want to visit Perth, the easiest way to reach the city is to fly there. Perth has an international airport, so you can book a direct flight from many countries. There are also a lot of daily cross-country flights to Perth, so you can just select the time that works best for your schedule.

Book a flight to Perth

Alternatively, you can also take the train if you are already in Australia. Just keep in mind, that it will be a long train ride, so book a sleeper seat.

How many days to spend in Perth?

There are plenty of things to do in Perth, and if you want to see the bare minimum of Perth’s attractions, you need at least 3 days. If you also want to visit Rottnest Island or other great day trip destinations, you should plan to spend at least 5 days in Perth.

Planning a trip?

Check out these useful websites and resources I use to plan my own adventures.

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Roundup: Fun things to do in Perth

There are so many great things to do in Perth, that there are several days full of adventures to be found in the city regardless of your interests.

While in Perth, you can enjoy nature, take in the architecture or learn more about the history of Perth and the entire country. Therefore, you are bound to have a great time exploring this unique and diverse city.

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If you are planning to visit Perth, you might also want to visit these places in Western Australia :

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10 Things To Do In Perth: Complete Guide To A Place Where City Meets Scenic Nature

S ituated along the coast of the Indian Ocean, Perth is one of the most incredible places to visit in Australia . There are many reasons why the capital of Western Australia makes for a terrific vacation destination, but the city's spectacular music and food festivals, world-class art galleries, and other cultural experiences top the list. And one would be remiss not to mention Perth's diverse, picturesque landscapes. With numerous white, sandy shores to explore, life's a beach in this coastal city.

But in addition to being one of the most beautiful cities in Australia , Perth is also abundant in lush, green wilderness. The city is surrounded by many national parks, such as Kalamunda National Park and John Forrest National Park, and wooded areas like Jarrahdale State Forest and Mundaring State Forest—making it a great travel spot for outdoorsy folks. And for the animal lovers, the endemic wildlife of Western Australia runs the gamut from kangaroos and quokkas to echidnas and koalas.

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Top Things To Do In Perth

For those looking to visit the country's sunny west coast, here's how to plan the most memorable trip to the City of Light.

Stroll The Streets Of Fremantle

Part of Perth's bustling metropolitan area, Fremantle, better known as Freo by locals, is one of Western Australia's major port cities. Known for its maritime history and Victorian architecture, tourists will find Fremantle nestled at the mouth of the Swan River.

There's much to see and explore in this vibrant area. Stroll down High Street, stopping to see iconic landmarks along the way, including the Fremantle Town Hall and the Fremantle War Memorial.

Stop by Esplanade Park, which features an observation wheel, outdoor ping-pong tables, and a kids' playground. And stroll through the stalls of the historic Fremantle Markets, which have been around since 1897.

  • Address: Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia

Visit The Round House

After touring the Fremantle Markets and Fremantle War Memorial, check out the Round House, a historic 19th-century prison located at the base of High Street.

Opened in 1831, the former prison is the oldest public building in the State of Western Australia . It was later used as a prison lock-up and then for storage before becoming a popular tourist attraction in the city of Fremantle.

  • Address: 15 Captains Ln, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia
  • Hours: Open daily from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Cost: Admission is free, but donations are encouraged (a gold coin donation box is located on the premises)

Set Sail To Rottnest Island

For an all-day adventure, board a ferry to Rottnest Island, which is situated about 12 miles off the coast of Perth. Known as Rotto by the locals, the island is popular for its adorable quokkas, walking trails, surrounding shipwrecks, and much more.

Enjoy an afternoon of snorkeling in Little Salmon Bay or explore the underwater caves during an ocean dive.

  • Address: Main jetty, Rottnest Island, Western Australia, 6161
  • Hours: The visitor center open daily from 7:30 am to 5 pm
  • Cost: $20 for adults; $7 for children ages 4 to 12

Ferry operators typically charge the required admission fee or "landing fee" as part of their fare when the booking is paid. There are three ferry operators that provide transportation to the island with the closest departure points being from Perth, Fremantle, and North Fremantle. Ferry prices start at $64; check the website for more options .

Sunbathe On Cottesloe Beach

Known as the birthplace of surfing in Western Australia, Cottesloe Beach is one of Perth's more popular beaches, Swim, snorkel, or surf in the crystal-clear waters of Cott, as the locals call it.

The nearby Cottesloe Esplanade offers visitors a place to indulge in a scenic picnic overlooking the shimmering waves.

  • Address: Cottesloe WA 6011, Australia
  • Hours: Open 24 hours

Climb The Bell Tower

Home of the Swan Bells—a set of 18 bells , 12 of which date back to the 14th century—the Bell Tower, or Swan Bell Tower, is nestled along the banks of Swan River on Riverside Drive.

Head to the observation deck on level six to see sweeping views of the river and surrounding city.

  • Address: Barrack Square, Riverside Dr, Perth WA 6000, Australia
  • Hours: Open daily from 10 am to 3:45 pm (last entry)
  • Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for children ages 5 to 14; children under the age of 4 are free

Change ringing, the art of ringing a pair of tuned bells, occurs only on Thursdays and Sundays from 12 pm to 1 pm. General admission is available from Thursday to Sunday from 10 am to 3:45 pm. For a special bell chiming demonstration, book the Bell Tower Experience , which is $18 for adults and $9 for children.

Visit Elizabeth Quay

Located only a four-minute walk away from Bell Tower, Elizabeth Quay is a picturesque development project located in the business district of Perth. The waterfront area has something for everyone to enjoy, including artwork, a playground, promenades, and the BHP Billiton Water Park, which is a collection of fountains.

There are also a variety of bars and restaurants in the area and opportunities nearby to have fun on the water, including gondola rides. Tourists can also explore nearby galleries and museums like the Perth Centre for Photography and the Aboriginal Art Gallery.

  • Address: The Esplanade, Perth WA 6000, Australia
  • Cost: Free; attraction prices vary

Tour The Art Gallery Of Western Australia

Located a short, 15-minute walk away from Elizabeth Quay in the Cultural Centre are the eclectic exhibits of Western Australia's greatest public art collection .

The gallery features a permanent collection of more than 18,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, and decorative crafts, and around 150 to 400 new collections are added each year.

  • Address: Perth Cultural Centre, Perth WA 6000, Australia
  • Hours: Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm; closed on Tuesdays
  • Cost: Free admission; donations are strongly encouraged

See The Western Australian Museum

Learn all about Western Australia's natural and cultural heritage with a visit to the WA Museum Boola Bardip.

Located next door to the art gallery, the museum's exhibitions explore three main themes—Being Western Australian, Discovering Western Australia, and Exploring the World—highlighting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' significance in the state.

  • Hours: Open daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm
  • Cost: $15 for general admission; $10 for seniors

Explore Penguin Island

On the hunt for Insta-worthy places to visit in Australia ? Look no further. Located right off the coast of Shoalwater, a suburb on the southern outskirts of Perth, Penguin Island is a treasure trove of fun Down Under.

Hop on a ferry for a short five-minute ride to the island, potentially seeing dolphins and Australian sea lions along the way. On the island, the main attraction awaits: the world's smallest penguins.

Although there is a sandbar that connects the island with the mainland, walking across is not advised due to strong currents and tidal surges.

  • Address: Penguin Island, Western Australia, Australia
  • Hours: Open daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm from September 15 to June; open daily from 9 am to 3 pm from early June to September 14.

The Penguin Island Discovery Centre, an aquarium that housed rescued penguins , is slated to close permanently on June 6, 2023. Penguin Island is closed to the public during bad weather, on the hottest days of the year, and during penguin breeding season.

Get Lost In The Pinnacles

Nestled in the heart of Nambung National Park, the Pinnacles Desert is located about two hours north of Perth. But for nature lovers, stargazers, and wildlife enthusiasts, it's certainly worth the trip. The national reserve is abundant in native birds and animals like kangaroos and emus.

And in the evening, the desert affords visitors a fantastic chance to see the planets above. But the park's most famous attraction is the incredible limestone formations, which were formed thousands of years ago by seashell deposits.

  • Address: Nambung WA 6521, Australia
  • Cost: $15 entry per vehicle

Best Time To Visit

Australia's seasons are quite the opposite of countries found in the Northern Hemisphere. As a result, Perth's summer runs from December to February, autumn from March to May, winter from June to August, and spring from September to November.

The summer months are typically very hot and dry, whereas heavy rainfall and thunderstorms often occur during the winter. So for ideal weather, the best time to visit the City of Light is during the spring.

Best Ways To Get Around

Tourists have a few options for navigating the city. Raking the fifth most walkable city in Australia, Perth neighborhoods like Northbridge, where the Cultural Centre is located, and Fremantle are very pedestrian-friendly.

The city also has an expansive network of public transportation options, including ferries, buses, and trains.

  • Visitors can purchase Transperth SmartRider cards for discounted fares and hassle-free travel.

Taxis and rideshares can also be found throughout the city for more direct transportation options.

Where To Eat

Travelers may not come to Perth for the food, but dining out doesn't disappoint.

Sayers Sisters

  • Address: 236 Lake St, Perth WA 6000, Australia
  • Cuisine: Brekkie staples like French toast and waffles (vegan options)

Chinta Cafe

  • Address: 29 Scarborough Beach Rd, North Perth WA 6006, Australia
  • Cuisine: South East Asian-inspired dishes

Flora & Fauna

  • Address: 4/70 Aberdeen St, Northbridge WA 6003, Australia
  • Cuisine: Healthy, veg-centric dishes

The Shorehouse

  • Address: 278 Marine Parade, Swanbourne WA 6010, Australia
  • Cuisine: Beachside restaurant serving Australian staples
  • Address: 6 The Esplanade, Perth WA 6000, Australia
  • Cuisine: Upscale, modern Australian fare
  • Address: COMO The Treasury Level 4, 1 Cathedral Ave, Perth WA 6000, Australia
  • Cuisine: Fine dining restaurant serving tasting menus using foraged fare

Terrarium Bar

  • Address: Entry via, Tenancy 2, 99 St Georges Terrace, Howard St, Perth WA 6000, Australia

Wild in the Street

  • Address: 2/388 South Terrace, Fremantle WA 6162, Australia

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Where To Stay In Perth

Booking a hotel in Perth can get pricey, but there are also budget options available.

Budget-Friendly Hotels

Mullaloo B & B

  • Address: 25 Laurel Street, Perth, WA 6027
  • Amenities: Outdoor pool

The Local Hotel

  • Address: 282 South Terrace, Fremantle, WA 6162
  • Amenities: Restaurant, bar/lounge, and free parking

Mid-Tier Hotels

DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront

  • Address: 1 Barrack Square, Perth, WA 6000
  • Amenities: Fitness center, bar/lounge, restaurant, and room service

The Westin Perth

  • Address: 480 Hay Street, Perth, WA 6000
  • Amenities: Outdoor pool, fitness center, bar/lounge, spa and wellness center, restaurant, and room service

Upscale Hotels

The Ritz-Carlton Perth

  • Address: 1 Barrack Street, Perth, WA 6000
  • Amenities: Outdoor pool, fitness center, bar/lounge, spa and wellness center, restaurant, room service, and valet parking

Como the Treasury

  • Address: 1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth, WA 6000
  • Amenities: Indoor pool, fitness center, bar/lounge, coffee shop, airport shuttle, and room service

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Tips To Know When Visiting

Although the city is located far away from trendy, bustling hot spots like the Gold Coast, without a doubt, Perth, Australia is definitely worth visiting . But for first-timers, there are a few things to know before making the trek Down Under.

First and foremost, Perth is incredibly remote and is known as being "the most isolated city in the world." But that doesn't mean it's without fun as Western Australia has some of the most incredible natural gems.

Secondly, the city is rather expensive, although it is widely considered more affordable than other Australian cities like Sydney and Melbourne. But there are budget-friendly accommodations and many free attractions, allowing tourists to still travel to Australia on a budget .

And lastly, the Australian heat is unlike any other. The sunniest capital in the world, Perth averages about eight hours of sunlight each day year-round, so visitors should stock up on sunscreen and stay hydrated.

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How To Spend The Perfect Day In Perth

The Australian city is brimming with fun and adventure. So, how can one spend the most idyllic 24 hours Down Under? That's easy. Start the day out with brekkie near the Northbridge neighborhood, opting for a lovely eatery like Little Bird Cafe, which serves delicious-looking granola bowls, breakfast platters, and of course, lattes.

There's much to do a short ten-minute walk away, including the Cultural Centre's WA Musuem Boola Bardip and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Spend the rest of the morning wandering through the many exhibits before heading over to Elizabeth Quay. Head out onto the water with the Gondolas on the Swan or stroll the area to see its many eye-dazzling sights.

After lunch, spend the afternoon exploring Kinds Park and Botanic Garden, snapping a picture from the DNA Tower or at the State War Memorial.

Round out the day exploring Fremantle, visiting the Fremantle Markets, the WA Shipwrecks Museum, the WA Maritime Museum, and the Round House. And night owls eager to make the most of the day can head out into the desert to see the spectacular views from the Pinnacles.

Q: Is Perth worth visiting?

Perth, Australia is definitely worth visiting . It's abundant in wildlife, picturesque views, and incredible tourist attractions.

Q: Is Perth expensive?

Perth is more expensive than other Australian cities, but there are budget-friendly accommodations and many free attractions, allowing tourists to still travel to Australia on a budget .

Q: What is Perth known for?

Perth is one of the most incredible places to visit in Australia and is known for its beautiful terrain and lively arts scene.

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An Awesome Perth Family Holiday Itinerary in 6 Days

Last Updated on 23 May 2024 by Ariana Svenson

Perth Western Australia is a stunning city, and we are delighted to offer you this awesome Perth family holiday itinerary.  We have designed especially for you!  This Perth 6 days itinerary includes all the top Perth attractions.  From the bush of Kings Park to the beaches of Perth, we hope that you have an awesome family holiday Perth with our help!

It’s is important to know about the seasons when visiting Perth, please don’t miss our * Must Read * section on when to visit Perth.  The best itinerary Perth will take into account the different seasons.  In summer Perth’s average temperature is 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit).  It is hot and dry and all travelers, especially kids, will find it difficult.  The winter in Australia is mild and can be rainy.  More detail below for when is the best time of year to visit Perth.

Our recommendation for a Perth itinerary with kids is to include a little bit of everything!  This means that you can adapt the itinerary to your particular needs or use it as is.  It’s up to you, but we hope you enjoy this Perth itinerary with kids.

An Awesome Perth Itinerary For Family Travellers

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An Awesome Perth Itinerary For Family Travellers

Today you should settle into your accommodation and ensure that the kids get a good night’s sleep.  Our post,  The Best Family Accommodation Perth – Family Resorts & Kid Friendly Hotels covers some of our favorite options.  If you are staying in the city we’d recommend the Nesuto Mounts Bay Apartment Hotel that has self-contained apartments.

If you are looking for a Perth self-drive travel blog or self-drive itinerary then we will offer you variations and options at the end of each of Perth 6 days itinerary sections.

We recommend that if you get to Perth early enough you can visit the iconic Elizabeth Quay.  Elizabeth Quay is open day and night, or the Perth Bell Tower (open to 4.45 pm).  One of Western Australia’s newer Perth attractions is the Elizabeth Quay area.  From waterfront walks to delicious eateries, there is plenty to keep the kids occupied around Elizabeth Quay.  This is definitely one of our fave things to do in Perth with kids, and we have written a full post about the fun things to do at Elizabeth Quay .

An Awesome Perth Itinerary For Family Travellers

Perth Self Drive Travel Blog Day 1: Variation

Instead of staying in Perth city – stay near the Perth beaches , like Scarborough beach.  When you self-drive make sure you drive the Sunset Coast Self Drive Trail and stop at famous beaches like Cottesloe.  In fact, every night make sure you drive along Perth’s spectacular coast at sunset and soak in the views. 

All of Perth’s beaches have great playgrounds.  These make for a really great child friendly Perth itinerary.  Some are bigger than others.  You can stop and the kids have a play while you soak in the sunset.  Win-win!  Some of the beach playgrounds are covered in Perth’s Best Playgrounds.   This is a must-read for anyone considering this Perth itinerary for family travellers.

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Day 2: Iconic Kings Park Perth (A Perth Itinerary for family)

Today we suggest exploring first Elizabeth Quay in the morning.  That is if you didn’t yesterday.  Then head up to King’s Park to enjoy the views.  Don’t miss the botanic garden and walkways which are total highlights for all the family.  Make sure you include Kings Park in your family holiday Perth.

Magnificent Kings Park offers fantastic views of Perth city and the Swan River.  It also has wonderful spaces to run and play for kids!  The Western Australian Botanic Garden offers a great introduction to the wild and wonderful plant species of this huge state.  For our full overview, please read more the many things to do at Kings Park in Perth .

Once you are finished soaking in the views of Perth city, offer your kids a dream play at the BHP Billiton adventure park.  This is better for older children and within walking distance of the main restaurant Aspects.  The playgrounds in Kings Park are varied and VERY wonderful.  Take a look at our comprehensive summary A Guide to Kings Pa rk Playgrounds  here .

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After Kings Park, we would head to the famous Blue Boat House on the Swan River.  If you are traveling by public transport this will require a change of buses at the Perth Busport (next to Elizabeth Quay).

The Blue Boathouse is a very simple boat shed in a stunning location.  However, like other curious Instagram phenomena, it’s become internationally recognizable!  As such, if you are going to Perth you kind of need to get a shot with the #blueboathouse for your feed!

Where To Park To Visit The Blue Boathouse

Where to Park to Visit the Blue Boathouse

If you are traveling by public bus there is a bus stop near the Blue Boathouse.  Ask the driver they could let you off there.

When driving from the city you will be heading towards Fremantle.  Go past the #BlueBoatHouse (which is recognizable because of the queue of people up the footpath) and take the first left at the traffic lights.  We parked in the UWA (University of Western Australia) carpark and walked the 300m back to the Boat House.  Actually, we sent the kids to run on ahead to get us a spot in the line.

An Awesome Perth Itinerary For Family Travellers

Perth Self Drive Travel Blog Day 2: Variation

Kings Park is beautiful however you visit – but by choosing the Perth Self Drive family itinerary you can really get the best out of the park.  For example, if your kids are young they might prefer to visit the Ivey Watson Playground which is best accessed by car; or what my kids refer to as the “Dinosaur Playground.”  The official name is either the May Drive Parkland or the Kings Park Synergy Playground Dinosaur Playground.

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Day 3: Funky Fremantle & Perth Beaches

Today don’t miss funky and quirky Fremantle or “Freo” as the locals like to call it.  There is a really creative vibe in Fremantle, and there are plenty of festivals and art shows all year round.

Western Australia has so many amazing beaches, and many of them are easily to access in Perth, check out our section on the Best Perth Beaches .

If you are traveling by train from the city, then we’d make your first stop either the WA Maritime Museum or the WA Shipwrecks Museum.  Either of these are a great addition to your Perth family itinerary.  So, what’s the difference between these museums?

The WA Maritime Museum , located on the historic wharf at Fremantle includes several galleries that showcase Western Australia’s fascinating history.  It has some whopping features to capture the kid’s imagination like Australia II,  Australia’s beloved winner of the American Cup, and also real-life submarine!

On the other hand, the WA Shipwrecks Museum is more focused on the early maritime history and explorers.  The location of the WA Shipwrecks Museum is right at Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour which offers the best fresh catch, or tastiest fish n chips to be found.  We like Kailis Brothers , other people swear by Ciccerellos .

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Freo is the home of handcrafted beer in Western Australia and the awesome Little Creatures Brewery where you can enjoy a relaxed family-friendly lunch – or dinner.  We know this is a child friendly Perth itinerary and Little Creatures Brewery is family friendly!

While at the Fishing Boat Harbour, the Roundhouse is worth a look.  Not only is its’ octagonal shape pretty cool, but it’s also this is the oldest public building in all of Western Australia.

Stomachs filled, our next stop is the playground under the pines in Fremantle; the official name being Esplanade Park.  There are often festivals or activities there, and we enjoyed taking a ride on the Fremantle Ferris wheel for great views.

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From here, head into Fremantle itself.  For older kids, we’d recommend a tour of the Fremantle Prison which is Western Australia’s only World Heritage-listed building.

Wind up the day at the Cappuccino Strip with al fresco dining or stop in at the Freo Markets to do some shopping.

Note:  If you are looking for a Perth 4 days itinerary then we would consider exchanging the Day 3 we have described here with a day at Caversham Wildlife Park (Day 5 in the itinerary).

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Self Drive Perth Itinerary Day 3: Variation

If you are following our Self Drive Perth itinerary, then we recommend starting your day out by heading down the coast.  Why not enjoy Western Australia’s iconic Cottesloe Beach for a walk before heading to Fremantle?

You must stop at the “Rainbow Sea Container” entry statement to Fremantle if you are traveling by car!  Kids will love this short stop on your Perth family holiday.  The Rainbow is not your average public art piece and one of the most Instagrammable places in Perth!

The nine recycled sea containers, sculpted into a massive rainbow-colored arch represent hope and also Fremantle’s artistic and maritime heritage.  There is parking at East Street Jetty on Beach Street and then walk up the small hill to the containers.

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Day 4: Rottnest Island Day Trip I tinerary

If you are planning a Perth 6 days itinerary then you must allow one day for a Rottnest Day trip!  Rottnest Island is a stunning island located just off the coast of Perth with white sand beaches,  turquoise water – and no cars!  Meaning it feels like you are traveling to another time completely.  Of course, you’ll also want to get yourself a selfie with the resident quokkas.  No Perth family holiday would be complete without a trip to Rotto. 

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An important aspect of your Rottnest Island day trip is getting the right ferry.  The Rottnest ferries take approximately 25 minutes from Fremantle, 45 minutes from Hillarys Boat Harbour, or 90 minutes from Central Perth city.  The benefit of leaving from Perth city (apart from if you are staying in the city) is that you also get an exciting view of the Swan River suburbs as you travel to Fremantle.

Depending on the season, we recommend getting the earliest ferry possible.  You should be on Rottnest Island by 9 am or 10 am if you have taken one of the earlier ferries.  And … even shortly after arriving on the island, you can see a quokka!

An important decision upon arriving on the Island is: “are you going to take the Discovery Bus tour or hire a bike”?  This is probably going to depend on the age of your kids, and also the weather forecast for the day.  In mid-summer, Perth (and Rottnest Island) can get extremely hot and we wouldn’t recommend riding bikes in the midday heat.

Rottnest Island Day Trip Itinerary

The 90-minute Discovery Bus Rottnest Island tour visits the best of Rotto, and includes some interesting commentary so you learn as you go around the Island.  The bus offers two photo opportunities – Wadjemup lighthouse and the spectacular West End.

All around Rottnest, you will see Quokkas.  This is understandable as the island supports the largest known Quokka population in the world, with about 10,000 quokkas in total.  Joeys are born around February to April, and they remain in the pouch until August or September.  While you are guaranteed to see Quokkas on the island, it’s a special feeling to see a joey!

From here, we recommend two great spots for a Rottnest Island day trip, and soaking up the vibe that is Rotto!

Looking to stay overnight on Rottnest Island? There are many great accommodation options.  Many offer some great family packages Perth.  Take a look below.

Pinky Beach and the Bathurst Lighthouse

10 minutes from the Settlement/Thomson Bay, Pinky Beach is famous for stunning blue water, and generally calm conditions.  If you are looking for a mouth-watering place to eat, Pinky’s Beach Club boasts one of the most spectacular beachside views on the island.  It serves up locally inspired dishes and cocktails!

Rottnest Island Day Trip Itinerary

Alternatively, heading in the other direction from Thomson Bay, one of our personal favorites is The Basin, which is the closest snorkeling spot to the main settlement on Rottnest.  It is only reached by bicycle or walking.  The reef extends the whole length of the beach and is very safe for swimming.  We used to love our days at The Basin when we were kids.

By 4 pm in winter, or much later in summer, you will want to be heading back to the Rottnest ferry home to Perth.  If the sun is setting as you leave Rotto you will get stunning sunset views.

Self Drive Perth Itinerary Day 4: Variation

Depending on where your hotel is, see if you can get discounted parking with your Rottnest Ferry fare!

An Awesome Perth Itinerary For Family Travellers

Day 5:  Day Trip From Perth Caversham Wildlife Park

Located to the North of Perth in the Swan Valley the massive Whiteman Park is a huge area of bushland that provides a completely Australian bush experience for both locals and visitors.  We allow a full day when we visit.  There is so much to do and see and even then you will have to choose what you are going to do – depending on your kid’s interests.

While entry to Whiteman Park’s natural areas is free, there are many things to see like Museums and a Children’s Forest.   Caversham Wildlife Park Perth is a must for an opportunity to feed a kangaroo or koala, and to meet a wombat!  Kids also love the train that runs around Whiteman Park (not all days of the week). We definitely recommend adding Caversham Wildlife Park to your Perth family itinerary

For us, with plenty of Australian animals and bush experiences, there is no need to venture further than Whiteman Park on day 5 of your Perth itinerary for family travelers. We think Caversham Wildlife park is one of the best family things to do in Perth.

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Self Drive Perth Itinerary Day 5: Variation

Whiteman Park and the Caversham Wildlife Park are located close to Western Australia’s oldest wine region, the Swan Valley.  If you have time to get some wine tasting in then this is a worthwhile detour.

Western Australian Botanic Garden, located in Kings Park

Day 6: Goodbye Perth

Today is the end of our Perth 6 days itinerary.  Depending on your flight time we find that there is not much to do on flight days when traveling with kids.  Remember to be at the airport 3 hours prior to flight time, and when traveling with children we find it best not to rush the kids on F-day (that’s Flight day).

In fact, usually on flight days, we take it easy.  Get the room packed up and then go find a playground for the kids to run and burn off steam.

If you have your own car, we’d recommend returning to one of the Kings Park playgrounds or taking a choice of one of the playgrounds at Perth Playgrounds And Parks In Perth .  Our kids are currently in love with the Chevron Parkland’s wide-open spaces.

Alternatively, you may prefer to head to the coast and soak in some of that fresh ocean air and feel the sand between your toes on your last day in Perth.  If you feel the need to do an activity AQWA The Aquarium Of Perth is interesting for children of all ages.

Family Accommodation Perth

If you are looking for a list of great ideas of where to stay in Perth with family, you might find our comprehensive post useful.   The Best Family Accommodation Perth – Family Resorts & Kid Friendly Hotels includes all our recommendations.  There are many family holiday packages Perth that hotels offer.  Make sure to check if they are offering any deals that will help make your family holiday Perth more affordable.

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Looking for Other Perth Itineraries ?

We are all for creating your own itineraries and that’s why we provide a great deal of information on our site designed for you to navigate around Perth with your family.  If you have more time, we’d recommend using Perth as a base for a number of day trips, that we have covered here in The Best Perth Day Trips .

Or, if you find that the family gets crazy with too many hours of driving in a day, then you might like to stay overnight in one of the areas around Perth.  We have covered our thoughts here in our Best Perth Weekend Escapes .  You are spoiled for choice on any Perth holidays for families.  There is so much to see and do that a Perth 6 days itinerary doesn’t begin to cover it all.  However, we think we have provided many options for you to make many Perth itineraries of your choosing. 

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Why Should I Self Drive Perth with Kids?

One of the most important things when traveling with children is about making things easy – both for them and for you.  Perth is a large city with many spread out attractions.  In our opinion, to create a child-friendly Perth itinerary you should hire a car.

Perth drivers are generally respectful and follow road rules.  The roads are well maintained and signposted making it easy to get around.

You will find days are shorter, and therefore everyone’s humor better when you hire a car!

Obviously, if you are flying into Perth you will need to rent a car. There are a number of great options, and we find it always pays to use a comparison site to work out which is your best option. We use  Discover Cars   to do our comparison searching and find the best deal. 

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What are Good Winter Activities in Perth?

Perth in winter is just magical.  Even though the temperatures are cooler, many days are still sunny and temperate.  Most of the activities on our list are quite doable in winter with some adaptations to allow for winter showers.  Some of the best winter activities Perth are the ones mentioned above.  Really, it could be said Perth is a year-round destination.

In inclement weather, you can head to SciTech or the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle.  Of course, what Perth itinerary with kids would be complete without a visit to the WA Aquarium, AQWA , to learn about what lives under our unique waters. On a sunny Perth winter’s day, one of the best things to do is a visit to one of the many beautiful waterfalls around the city.  For a complete guide take a look at A Guide to the Best Waterfalls Perth .

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When is the Best Time of Year to Visit Perth?

As mentioned several times, the fun can be had in Perth year-round.  The summers are hot and dry but the winters are relatively mild. Summers in Perth can be on the hot and dry side.  However, typically Perth gets a southwesterly breeze that helps you cool off a bit in the hot summer months.  As with any sunny climate, make sure you hydrate and apply sunscreen.  Summers sunsets over the Indian Ocean are stunning!

Winter in Perth is still relatively mild in comparison to other destinations.  If you are not someone that enjoys the sun and heat, then winter in Perth is perfect for you.  While it does rain, there are still plenty of blue skies to be had.  Mild temperatures, mixed with several winter family activities and festivals, make a winter Perth itinerary ideal. Read more in our blog post on amazing things to do in Perth in winter.

The shoulder seasons of Spring and Autumn are lovely as well.  With usually sunny daytimes and cooler nights, spring and fall are great times to visit Perth.  Spring brings blossoming wildflowers, while you can enjoy the spectacular autumn leaves in the fall. Both equally gorgeous.  Check out our guide Where to Find the Best Wildflowers in Western Australia . Definitely put a visit on the list to Araluen Botanic Park on your must do list if visiting in early spring.  Read our  Best Time to Visit Araluen Botanic Park & Tulip Festival for more information. 

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The Verdict – An Awesome Perth Family Holiday Itinerary in 6 Days

We hoped you’ve enjoyed our awesome Perth itinerary for family travellers.  There is so much to see and do in and around Perth, Western Australia that you could certainly spend more than six days exploring your Perth itinerary and enjoying a Perth family holiday.  Make sure you inquire about the many Perth family holiday packages that are available at the many family holiday accommodations in Perth. 

Have any other recommendations we haven’t added?  Please feel free to leave us a comment below!  We hope our child friendly Perth itinerary checked all your boxes.

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Perfect Perth Itinerary for 3, 5 or 7 Days

By: Author Amanda OBrien

Posted on Last updated: 01/03/2024

Wondering how many days to spend in Perth? This is always a hard question to answer. Perth is like a mini Australia in many ways – It has wine, wildlife, beaches, great food and nature in all its glory.

Ideally, visit Perth for at least three days. Even better visit for five days. Or visit for seven days and add in some of Perth’s biggest and best day trips (like a Rottnest Island Day Trip ) whilst still sleeping in the same boutique hotel every night.

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My Perth itinerary covers several options. I have suggestions on what to do in 4 days in Perth, a Perth itinerary 5 days and a 7 days in Perth Australia option.

You can then move activities around between the different days as works best for your planned Perth travel itinerary.

Things to Book Before You Leave Home Few things are more frustrating on vacation than missing out on that amazing hotel or tour because it is sold out. Here are our top things to book before your vacation. 🐨 Most Popular Tours in Perth: 1. Rottnest Island – my top pick – don’t miss visiting this beautiful island 2. Dive with Sharks – this one has limited spots so booking is key 3. Pinnacles and Swan Valley Wine Trip – jaw-dropping natural beauty + great Aussie wine 4. See Perth on a Segway Tour – the most fun way to zip around Perth 🛏️ Where to Stay in Perth : 1. The Como Treasury – Perth’s most stylish hotel in the heart of downtown 2. QT Perth – the quirky style choice also downtown 3. The Alex Northbridge – sleek modern design 4. The Hougoumont Fremantle – boutique hotel made from sea containers

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Perth Itinerary: How to get to Perth and get around

Perth is located on the southwest coast of Western Australia on the Swan River. Remember that Australia is big and a flight from sydney to Perth takes five hours (although it is usually much faster on the way back due to winds).

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Perth has an international airport and most major airlines fly to Perth after a stopover in Asia.

There was considerable publicity of late when Qantas announced a direct flight from London to Perth taking 16 1/2 hours. I personally have not taken this flight yet but Australian friends have and all have been very positive about the flight and particularly that they felt their jet lag was much better than normal.

⇒ Flights to Perth

Perth has free CAT buses within the city centre. There is a train line that runs through Perth and the suburbs including popular Fremantle. And there is Uber.

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But if you are staying in Perth for longer than a couple of days then I would highly recommend hiring a car . Perth is a very easy city to drive around and there is generally loads of parking.

If you are from a big city, you may find the frequency of Perth public transport a little frustrating. Also, this is a sprawling city, so the locals will be driving most places!  

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Getting a Visa for Australia

Unless you have New Zealand citizenship, you will need to get a visa for Australia. However, the good news is that the online visa for Australia is a quick and easy process!

The entire online process only takes about 5 minutes. The most requested type of visa is the eVisitor which can be used for business or tourist purposes. The eVistor covers multiple entries over 12 months and stays of up to 3 months.

If your nationality doesn’t fit the criteria for the eVisitor then you can apply for an ETA visa (Electronic Travel Authority). This option is slightly more expensive whilst providing the same access as the eVisitor.

And there is a separate process if you are looking for a working holiday visa for Australia.

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Perth Itinerary Day 1 – Explore the best of Perth

There is plenty to see and do in the heart of Perth itself. A great way to kick off a stay in Perth is to head to the beautiful Cottesloe Beach for a quick swim and breakfast. Cottesloe Beach is halfway between Perth and Fremantle.

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Cottesloe Beach is loved by both locals and tourists with its stunning white sands and relaxed feel. Loads of cafes line its main street but I highly recommend heading to Il Lido . I enjoyed eating at Il Lido so much that I went their twice on my last trip to Perth!

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One of the best ways to learn about Perth and to get a feel for its CBD is to take a tour. I took the Coffee, Culture and Art tour with local company Two Feet and a Heartbeat where I learned that the Perth city centre has been rejuvenated in the last 15 years.

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You will get a chance to see the lovely kangaroo sculptures in Stirling Gardens, see the local street art and visit waterfront development Elizabeth Quay – all whilst learning the history of Perth.

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In the afternoon head to Perth’s Kings Park . King’s Park is bigger than Central Park and could possibly be the biggest botanic garden in a city in the world at over 400 hectares! This beautiful park also has some stunning views of the city of Perth as well as the Swan River.

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The park has several cafes and restaurants and a fantastic gift shop with lots of stunning local contemporary art and crafts.

Insider Tip – Have a local show you around Perth There are few better ways to explore a city than having a local to show you around. That’s why I was really keen to try out local tour company Two Feet and a Heartbeat and I wasn’t disappointed! In addition to the Coffee Culture and Art tour which I took they have some great food tours like Eat Drink Walk Perth and the well-named Fromage ! AND if you give them the code BOUTIQUE Two Feet and a Heartbeat will give you a 10% discount!

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Day 2 – Visit Rottnest Island

Lovely little Rottnest Island is just 18kms from the center of Perth. It is one of my favorite day trips in the world and loved by locals as much as tourists. It is almost an Australian landmark.

There are no cars on Rottnest Island and it has 20 bays, 63 beaches and 45 kilometres of cycling paths. Artefacts pre-dating 6,500 years have been found on Rottnest Island so it appears that the Aboriginals were also big fans!

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Organised Tour Options

It is very easy to travel to and around Rottnest Island independently but it does involve multiple bookings of ferry tickets and bike hire, figuring out ferry schedules and where and when to eat etc.

If you would prefer to have all of the administration taken care of for you but want to explore the island on a bike on your own the day trip to Rottnest from Fremantle or Perth does all of this and will pick you up and drop you back at your hotel.

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If you would like to explore Rottnest Island from the water than this Rottnest by Sea day tour is perfect. Your boat leaves Fremantle and then it explores Rottnest Island by pulling into different bays and beaches across the day.

For those who are keen to snorkel and dive the waters of Rottnest Island this Snorkel and Sail Catamaran Adventure is perfect.

⇒ Book Your Rottnest Island Day Trip Now

How to get to Rottnest Island

The best ferry for you will depend on where you are staying. If you are staying in North Perth, then Hillary’s Boat Harbour is a good place to catch the ferry to Rottnest Island. However, there are only a few ferries for a Rottnest Island day trip from Hillary’s each day and they take 45 minutes.

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The fastest route for a Rottnest Island one-day trip is from Fremantle at either B-shed or North Fremantle. This route takes 35 minutes. B-shed has a nice coffee place as well as somewhere for snacks – but I was told that the Rottnest Island bakery was much better and to save room in my stomach!

Travel Expert Tip – Book Your Rottnest Island Ferry at least 24 hours in advance Rottnest Island is one of the most popular things to do in Perth for both visitors and locals. Tickets sell out fast, particularly in the summer. Book your ticket ahead of time to avoid disappointment and long queues.

Top 3 Things to Do on Rottnest Island

1. hire a bike.

Rottnest Island has 45 km of cycling paths and to me, this is the best way to explore the island. I would recommend pre-booking your bike hire. It is possible to pre-book both your bike hire and ferry tickets together or hire an e-bike .

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Or you can pre- book your bike hire with Pedal and Flipper and just pick it up when you arrive (Pedal and Flipper is about a 5-minute walk from where the ferry drops you on Rottnest Island).

2. Swim and Sunbathe

Rottnest Island has 63 beaches and 20 bays! And pretty much all of them are ready for swimmers and sunbathers!

The beaches in the North tend to be a bit more sheltered whereas some of those in the south are beautiful but quite rugged. Pinky’s Beach and the Basin are two of the most popular beaches. They are both lovely and nice and close to Thomson Bay!

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I highly recommend the beautiful Little Salmon Bay. It is a bit farther away from Thomson Bay so not as busy and it is also a great spot for snorkelling. Geordie Bay and Parakeet Bay are also spectacular.

3. Get a Quokka Selfie

The Quokka looks like a little kangaroo and is native to Rottnest Island. The first recorded European visitor to Rottnest Island, William de Vlamingn, gave the island its name Rotte Nest (meaning rat’s nest) after he mistook the quokkas for rats.

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It is no wonder that Quokkas are known as the world’s happiest animals – they live on Rottnest Island! The quokkas roam free across Rottnest Island but seem to like spending a lot of time around the bakery and then the Rottnest Hotel from late afternoon.

Rottnest Island is highly encouraging of the Quokka selfie phenomenon, even providing full details of how to get the best Quokka selfie! However, the Quokkas are wild animals so don’t touch them and don’t feed them (all very Gremlins like!!).

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It is best to sit and wait and let them come to you. They are friendly little fellows and there are loads of them (between 10,000 and 12,000) so as long as you have a bit of time you are unlikely to be unsuccessful when it comes to acquiring a Quokka selfie!

⇒ Heading to Sydney? Check out my posts on the best Barangaroo Restaurants , the perfect Sydney Itinerary , a day trip to Watsons Bay Sydney and the best weekend getaways from Sydney .

Where to Eat on Rottnest Island

The majority of places to eat on Rottnest Island are clustered around the main village which is at the ferry station. There are lots of food options across a range of prices.

The most famous spot is the Rottnest Bakery . Locals love this iconic bakery. When you’re ready for a glass of wine or a terrific meal head to Hotel Rottnest .

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If you’re interested in staying the night on Rottnest Island, check out its boutique hotel!  Discovery Glamping Resort features 83 glamping tents across categories from standard (56 square meters) to deluxe (98 square meters). Deluxe tends to feature walk-in wardrobes and double vanities and some have uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean.

All of the tents have en suites and a furnished deck. The tents are made from sustainable materials and were designed to keep cool so there is no air conditioning.

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⇒ Excited about Rottnest Island? It is perhaps my favourite thing to do in Perth! Read more about it in my full post on The Perfect Rottnest Island Day Trip .

Perth Itinerary Day 3: Visit Fremantle

Fremantle is Western Australia’s chief port and is just 25 minutes west of Perth. Founded in 1829 it is still home to many streets which are virtually unchanged since the mid 19th century. Many of these streets are now home to some fantastic restaurants, shops and bars.

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Things to do in Fremantle:

  • Get some nice photos down at the Fishing Boat harbor and if it’s the right time of day enjoy some fish and chips by the water.
  • Take an underground Tunnels Tour or Torchlight tour at Fremantle Prison
  • Take a tram ride through Fremantle.
  • Visit the fantastic Fremantle Markets . The market is full of interesting local suppliers selling their arts and crafts as well as some tasty food pop-ups. Fremantle Market is a great place to find a unique souvenir – check out Stunned Emu Designs.
  • Take a Segway Tour around the streets of Fremantle as well as its port.
  • Go shopping in the West End of Fremantle
  • Enjoy a cocktail at Bathers Beach House
  • Have a meal at the fantastic Bread in Common – handmade, locally sourced and just delicious in a stylish modern industrial setting.
  • Tuck into some Italian food at the Iconic Gino’s
  • Enjoy a beer and a tour at popular local brewery Little Creatures

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You might enjoy reading my Tasmania Itinerary.

Perth Itinerary Days 4 & 5: Enjoy some of Perth’s close day trips

Got 5 days in Perth? Here is a Perth 5 day itinerary I think you’ll like.

Visit Caversham Wildlife Park

Lovely Caversham Wildlife Park is a fantastic place to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s unique wildlife! Caversham is about a 20-minute drive from the center of Perth. There are public transport options but they are all pretty painful so I highly recommend driving to Caversham Wildlife Park Perth!

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Caversham is actually a private wildlife park – a family from Perth owns it and receives no government funding. This means that it is often more interactive than similar parks in Australia.

The park is divided into six sections and there are a number of daily activities. Do try to plan your visit around the timings of the daily activities which are all listed on the Caversham Wildlife website.

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For me, the highlight was meeting the koalas! There are generally four sessions of meet the koalas each day. Handlers bring out the koalas. Visitors are then invited one by one to have some time with the koalas and are able to stroke their backs. I loved doing this!

Meet the Wombat and friends is another daily session that runs four times a day. A wombat is a uniquely Australian marsupial. He is not as cute as a koala (what is??) but definitely worth checking out! Again, the wombat is held by someone from the park and it is possible to sit next to the wombat.

The friends include other typically Australian forms of wildlife like cockatoos, snakes, quokkas and possums.

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Feeding the kangaroos is open all day! There are quite a few kangaroos and wallabies at Caversham Wildlife Park. Food is freely available to give them and then hopefully a good photograph!

The morning is the best time as the kangaroos and the wallabies are up and about. Don’t visit on a warm afternoon as I did; they were lounging under the trees in the shade and weren’t terribly interested in anything!  

Go Wine Tasting in the Swan Valley

Only 30 30-minute drive from Perth is the beautiful Swan Valley. It is filled with rolling hills, wildflowers, walking trails, some great restaurants and most importantly some great wineries!

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The Swan Valley has a Mediterranean-style climate plus rich soil and access to water from the Swan River, all of which make for some fantastic wine. Key varietals are Verdelho, Chenin Blanc, Petit Verdot and Shiraz. The area is also known for excellent sparkling and fortified wines.

With a first vintage in 1834, the Swan Valley is the second oldest wine region in Australia (New South Wales’ Hunter Valley is the oldest). The climate is similar to that of Greece, Croatia and southern Spain. Indeed, many of the Swan Valley vineyards were started by families from southern Europe.

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Of course, the best way to visit a wine region is without a car! I can highly recommend d’Vine Wine Tours . Breanna and Ewen, the owners of this small company, are both born and bred in Perth. Both of them have extensive backgrounds in hospitality – and extensive personal experience with the wines of the Swan Valley!

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I took their full day Swan Valley Wine tour. It was very well organised with a well-signed central pick up point in the Perth CBD. We then visited several wineries in the Swan Valley – and everyone on the tour received a 20% discount on any wines purchased! That is the same discount as the staff!

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d’Vine also runs wine tours to the Bickley Valley, a special TGIF tour to kick off the weekend plus a special Sunday half-day tour.

Special Offer for Readers of The Boutique Adventurer The fab team at d’Vine Wine Tours are offering readers of The Boutique Adventurer a 5% discount on all of their tours! Just use the code TBA5OFF when you book !

And don’t leave without a visit to the Margaret River Chocolate Factory – if you can’t get down to Margaret River enjoy the best of its chocolate at this huge store and factory!

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They have some outstanding ice cream, light lunches and chocolate Quokkas!

Head to the Perth Hills

The Perth Hills provides a charming country Australia experience within just 45 minutes of the center of Perth. It is home to a whopping 8 National Parks, including Bibbulmun and lots of other walking and cycling trails.

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This area is also home to some great restaurants and wineries. The Perth Hills is known for having some fantastic apples and is home to two great Cider Houses – Naked Apple and Core Cider . Both serve meals and make for a lovely day out.

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If possible, time your trip to the Perth Hills on a Sunday to attend the Kalamunda Farmer’s Market in the Central Mall. And on the first Saturday of every month, the full Kalamunda Village Market with over 150 stalls is held in the Central Mall.

Day 6: Eat your way around Perth’s suburbs

So far this itinerary for Perth has only had one day in actual Perth! So let’s spend a day exploring more of what Perth has on offer – based on its fabulous food! Mix and match from my list below to plan a perfect foodie day!

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  • Head to Northbridge for Dim Sum. Northbridge is a thriving dining and nightlife area just north of the CBD. It is home to various cuisines but does lean towards Asian and Italian. I highly recommend Juicy Bao Bao – don’t miss their wontons in homemade spicy sauce.
  • Have fish and chips with the black Swans on Matilda Bay. Lovely Matilda Bay is just outside the Perth CBD and a natural Swan River bay. It is home to many photogenic and rather pushy black swans and some great fish and chips – check out the Bayside Kitchen. Matilda Bay is also very close to the renowned Perth Instagram spot the Blue Boatshed .
  • Enjoy brunch with a view in Peppermint Grove. This high-end Perth suburb has some more very photogenic boatsheds as well as the fantastic Freshwaters restaurant. Order your brunch inside and then take a seat on the lovely deck and look out over the swan river.
  • Go shopping and have coffee in Subiaco. Subiaco is inner-city cool Perth style. It all happens on Rokeby Road which is home to cute boutiques and high-end shops plus loads of cafes and wine bars. Enjoy a toasted sandwich Australian style at the Jaffle Shack.
  • Have lunch by the seaside in Trigg. North of the center of Perth, Trigg Island beach is home to one of Perth’s surf breaks. And the lovely Island Market restaurant where you can dine on modern Australian cuisine whilst watching the waves.

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Perth 7 Days Itinerary: Take a Big Day Trip

With a Perth 7 day itinerary it is possible to include one of the fantastic day trips Perth has on offer.

Margaret River

I love Margaret River !! I first visited this beautiful region in Australia over 20 years ago and fell in love with it! Margaret River has forests, beautiful coastline, farmland galore and some of Australia’s best wineries.

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The region is deserving of its own dedicated trip but if you don’t have the time or the inclination to move from your boutique hotel take a Margaret River day trip.

Margaret River is a 3-hour drive from Perth and as it is all about the wineries, I highly recommend you take a tour for this Perth day trip! Avoid six hours in the car by flying down to Margaret River and then hopping on a coach for a 5-hour tour of the region’s wineries.

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Or combine the wineries with a visit to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Mammoth Caves. Or visit the lovely towns of Busselton and Yallingup as well as Margaret Rivers’ famous wineries.

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The Pinnacles Desert

The Pinnacles Desert is 200km north of Perth which is about a 2 hour drive from Perth. The desert covers an area of about 190 hectares and is home to thousands of limestone Pinnacles, some of which are up to five metres high.

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These extraordinary structures are over 25,000 years old, formed after the sea receded and left deposits of sea shells. The surrounding sand was moved by coastal winds over time, leaving the pinnacles exposed to the elements.

There are many options for day tours to the Pinnacles. The visit is normally combined with either a visit to Yanchep National Park to see koalas and kangaroos, or with Caversham Wildlife Park and the Swan Valley in one big day or head to the Pinnacles in the evening for some amazing stargazing.

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Or if you have a bit more time why not drive north to Exmouth , gateway town to Ningaloo?

⇒ Planning a trip to Melbourne? Read about the Best Place to Stay in Melbourne , where to have a fantastic Melbourne Brunch , 18 brilliant places to watch the sunset in Melbourne , and 2 of Melbourne’s best side-trips: The Mornington Peninsula and Daylesford . And don’t forget Melbourne is very close to the wonderful Tasmania .

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Things to know before you go to Perth

⇒ Perth is a long way away from the East Coast of Australia. It is a five-hour flight from Sydney to Perth. Yes, really!

⇒Don’t forget that unless you are a citizen of New Zealand you will need to get the online Visa for Australia . And there is a separate online process if you are looking for an Australian working holiday visa.

⇒ Perth doesn’t observe any daylight savings time eg it is the same time all year round. It’s time zone is Western Standard Time (WST) which is GMT +8.

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⇒ Wifi is easily accessible in Perth. Most hotels, restaurants etc will have free wifi. The Perth CBD, Northbridge and East Perth all have the free “Perth Wifi” which visitors can access.

⇒ Australia has a rather uncommon 230V electricity system and is type 1. Most likely you will need an adaptor.

⇒ I do love a Hop on Hop off bus to get a feel for a city! Check out the Perth Hop On Hop Off Bus.  And Fremantle also has a Hop On Hop Off bus.

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Boutique Hotels in Perth

Perth has some fantastic boutique hotels! Indeed, it is hard to choose amongst all of the great options – and they also tend to be very good value for accommodation of this standard.

1. Como The Treasury CBD

My favourite is Como the Treasury . The Victorian era building and former barracks were restored to reveal high ceilings, cornices, and balconies that were then styled with a modern touch.

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This is a very special hotel with a unique feel. It has 48 guest rooms, one of the hottest restaurants in Perth (Wildflower, a glassed-in building on the rooftop featuring a traditional Aboriginal-style seasonal menu), a Como Shambhala spa and connected bars that allow you to take your glass of wine all through the hotel! And it is located literally in the heart of the city.

⇒ Check Prices and Availability for Como The Treasury

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2. QT Hotel Perth CBD

I love the QT hotels , which are across Australia and New Zealand! Yes, they are a chain but they are a small chain. QT Hotels tend to have great inner-city locations, eclectic and stylish designs and great bars and restaurants.

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Perth’s QT hotel is more of the same with a fab rooftop bar and a great Italian restaurant, Santini Grill.

⇒ Check Prices and Availability for the QT Hotel Perth

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3. The Alex Hotel Northbridge

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The Alex Hotel is located in quirky Northbridge, one of Perth’s inner-city suburbs and home to some of its most interesting and edgy restaurants and bars. Check out The Shadow Wine Bar and use one of their bikes to head down to Cottesloe Beach.

⇒ Check Prices and Availability for The Alex Hotel

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4. The Hougoumont Fremantle

The Hougoumont is in lovely little Fremantle, one of Perth’s most happening areas and the kick off point for several Rottnest Island ferries. This hotel was actually built using shipping container construction methods!

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This stylish and quirky hotel offers wine and cheese tastings every evening as well as tea and toast in the morning – from the fantastic Bread in Common Bakery in Fremantle.

Check Prices and Availability for The Hougoumont Fremantle

Planning a trip to Queensland? Check out my posts on the top 15 Brisbane Boutique Hotels and my Gold Coast Itinerary .

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Perth, of course, uses Australian dollars. ATMs are easily available and most restaurants, tourist attractions etc not only take credit cards they will have touch payment. You may need cash for some smaller restaurants and shops but it will be infrequent.

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When to Visit Perth

Summers are warm and dry in Perth and winters are long, cool and wet. Summer is between December and February and the average temperature is 30 degrees. However, Perth is known for the cool wind blowing in most evenings (called the Fremantle Doctor), making sleeping easier.

Autumn is March to May and temperatures average around the mid 20s. Winter is from June to August and isn’t the best time to visit. Spring starts in September and is a great time to visit as is Autumn, in my opinion.

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Who Paid for What in this Post

This is a sponsored post. However, I covered all of the tourism costs associated with writing this post eg flights, tours etc. And as always my opinions are my own.

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The post does contain affiliate links. This means if you click through on some of the links and end up making a purchase I will receive a small commission. This will not affect the price that you pay. I just wanted to make sure that you knew this.

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Amanda O’Brien is the creator and editor of The Boutique Adventurer. She has visited 80 countries and is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers as well as the IFTWTA. She is passionate about wine had has just completed Level 3 of the WSET. Born in Australia, she lives in London.

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Siobhan Fitzgerald

Friday 30th of September 2022

Great Post.Visiting Perth next month.Thank you

Amanda OBrien

Thanks Siobhan! Hope you have a great trip

Saturday 25th of April 2020

This looks amazing! I have never been to Australia, let alone Perth, but I would love to go!

I would love to visit Perth! I am dreaming about meeting the quokkas since many years! And I want to see this little blue house too, so photogenic!

Katja | placesandnotes

Oh Perth looks like such a nice place, definitely saving this post for later. I loved Australia but I was only on the east coast and to the central Aus. Next time the west coast for sure :) Thanks for sharing

Visited Australia 4 years ago, although didn't made it to Perth and the west coast. Thanks, now I have at least an ideas what to do in Perth :)

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First-timer’s guide to Western Australia

Tasmin Waby

Sep 23, 2022 • 7 min read

Rear view of a young adult Australian woman hiking at spider walk at Hancock Gorge in Karijini National Park Pilbara region in Western Australia; Shutterstock ID 2179893099; your: Sloane Tucker; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: Western Australia Article

You won't want to miss the adventurous spider walk at Hancock Gorge in Karijini National Park © ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock

If you’re heading to Western Australia to get away from it all, camp under the stars, frolic on empty beaches, explore mind-blowing geology, and learn from millennia of indigenous cultures, you’re in the right place. If you want top-notch restaurants dishing out cuisine from around the globe with hospitality staff that are as passionate about food as they are friendly, you’ll find that too. You’ll also find five-star accommodation, epic street art and local designer stores on par with any big city. 

But because WA is such a vast destination with huge distances between places you won’t want to miss, it pays to do your trip planning before you arrive. You may choose to fly between some spots, take a bus to minimize time behind the wheel, or hire a 4WD when you’re up in the northern parts of the state. Read on for what you need to know before you go. 

Female hiker on a coastal trail near Cape Naturaliste

Places in Western Australia you don’t want to miss 

Western Australia is one of those destinations that genuinely turns expectations on their head; it’s a state within Australia, yet it’s 10 times the size of the UK. Three-quarters of its population live in its biggest city,  Perth . 

For a shorter trip, if you prefer the high life, stick to the southwest corner to take in the Margaret River wine, yoga and surf region, Pemberton’s lush old-growth forests, Bunbury’s dolphins and family beach-holiday vibes, plus Denmark and Albany for fresh seafood and a friendly yesteryear experience. 

Heading north up the Coral Coast (by bus, plane or car) is an adventure, but be warned – you’re more likely to be camping under the stars than bedding down in five-star accommodation unless you pre-plan and pre-book. 

Plan a stop at Monkey Mia (9 hours north of Perth) to get up close with dolphins. At Ningaloo Reef   (6 hours further north), you can paddle out to snorkel among vibrant corals, swim with whale sharks, and spot humpback whales in winter. 

For epic landscapes, add a visit to the limestone pillars of the Pinnacles National Park (2 hours from Perth) on your way. Looking like the set of an intergalactic TV show, the Pinnacles change color throughout the day. The water-worn gorges of Karijini National Park  make for great hiking, especially when the landscape transforms during the spring wildflower season. 

Up north, there’s the famous beach resort of Broome (gateway to the Kimberley) and the Gibb River Road , a 660km road trip from Derby (a 24-hour drive from Perth, or 2.5 hours from Broome) to Kununurra in the Kimberley. You’ll need a 4WD for this one. Although some do it during the dry season in a 2WD, it’s risky, and you’re probably not insured.

When’s the best time to go to Western Australia?

As Western Australia is huge, it’s always a good time to go – and I’m not just saying that. In the south, i.e., Perth and around, it’s sunshiny and busy over the Australian spring (September to December) and summer (January to March). 

But if you’re heading to WA in the “shoulder” or “low” season, i.e., autumn and winter (that’s between April and August in the Southern Hemisphere), almost everything you can see and do in the southwest is open (it just might not be ideal beach weather). But this is the best time to head north up the Coral Coast and into the tropics, as it’s hot and dry, not wet and humid.

Is it easy to get in – and around – Western Australia?

It’s not exactly easy to get to WA (although 17-hour direct flights from London have made it a little more accessible) – but it is worth it. Unless you’re coming from another part of Australia, you will most likely land at Perth’s International Airport. International carriers also fly into Port Hedland and Broome. 

After checking out Perth and Fremantle , if you want to get to another part of WA quickly, domestic flights will hop you to Carnarvon airport for Ningaloo Reef, Busselton to access Margaret River, and Broome to access the Dampier Peninsula and the Kimberley, as well as a bunch of other towns in the Outback. 

Driving off-road in Western Australia at sunset, aerial view in Francois Peron National Park

Should I travel by car, train or bus?

A few train lines operate in WA. The most famous is the Indian-Pacific , which runs weekly between Sydney and Perth weekly.  Buses will take you to many places, including the Coral Coast and Outback, but for most people visiting Western Australia, it’s all about the road trip . 

If you’re traveling on unmade roads, you’ll need a 4WD – and a quick education in driving on sand, through rivers and into the setting sun with kangaroos jumping along the route. But if you want to stick to major roads, it’s possible to see most of West Australia’s highlights by 2WD or campervan. 

However, you really need to comprehend the massive distances between destinations in Western Australia. You’ll be spending a considerable amount of time in your vehicle. This means you want one that’s safe and comfortable, of course, but it also means having a game plan for enjoying all those hours on the road. Download plenty of music, podcasts and audiobooks as there will be plenty of time when there’s no radio or data coverage out there on the highway. On that note, it’s also good to have at least one 5L bottle of water in the case of an emergency breakdown, and try to fill up on fuel at any opportunity.  

My favorite thing to do in Western Australia

Western Australia is so varied that choosing a favorite place is impossible. I love its ancient forests, dramatic coastline, red deserts, wildlife, starry nights and incredible taste sensations from plump seafood to Noongar bush tucker. 

If I were a drinker, I’d mention the lush wines and craft beers, but since I’ve given those up, I’ve played the highly sought-after “designated driver” role while touring Margaret River and the Swan Valley with friends. 

My favorite thing to do? Mixing a day of driving (despite previous warnings about long drives, I actually love being behind the wheel on the open road) with a decent leg-stretch on a long walk away from the car, ideally followed by a swim either in a secluded waterhole or in the ocean. Spotting migrating humpback whales (they pass from May to December) is an added bonus. 

How much money do I need in Western Australia?

Australia is not a cheap place to travel. Food, accommodation, car hire and fuel all add up pretty quickly. You can save on costs by self-catering and catching public transport. 

  If you are hiring a car but are also planning on camping, look at all-in-one 4WDs with camp set-ups as well as campervans – even better if a one-way hire is available. But also factor in the cost of campsites unless you plan to wild camp. 

If you’re going for more than a short trip, it can be more cost-effective to buy a secondhand vehicle and re-sell it later .

  • Hostel room AU$45
  • Campsite at a holiday park AU$40-60
  • Self-catering apartment (including Airbnb) AU$220 per night
  • Public transport ticket AU$4-5
  • Coffee AU$4.50
  • Takeaway meal AU$10-15
  • Three-course dinner for two AU$60-100
  • Beer/pint at a pub AU$8

Mother and baby quokka eating green twigs. Close up image.

It’s Australia, do I need to pack any warm clothes?

This will depend on when you’re traveling, but even in summer, it can get cool in the evenings – even in the desert. Pack a warm jumper, just in case. 

Are there many dangerous animals in Western Australia?

Yes, there are dangerous spiders, sharks and snakes in Australia, but your chance of encountering one of these is pretty slim. Seek local advice on where to swim and surf. If you come across a snake on a bush walk, don’t panic; just move away as quickly and calmly as you can. Check inside your shoes before you put them on if you’ve left them outside. And if you do run into an emergency, stay calm, call “000” and ask for an ambulance. 

Is there WiFi everywhere in WA?

Data coverage and even decent hotel WiFi are not guaranteed in Western Australia, so it pays to come prepared like in the olden days. Bring a printed copy of your itinerary so that you have details like booking references when checking into accommodation. Download maps, tickets and playlists onto your devices in case you can’t catch any data. 

Where do I go to get a quokka selfie?

Quokkas live on Rottnest Island , but it’s not as cool to get a quokka selfie these days. Most wildlife just want to be left alone. There are plenty of other super-cute animals to see in Western Australia, including black-footed wallabies.

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The Journey Seeker

This is why you should travel to Perth, Australia, in May

Jake

  • January 10, 2023
  • Travel in May

Introduction

Welcome to The Journey Seeker! Find out all about Travel in May Perth, Australia!

Atmosphere / Vibes in Perth, Australia

People Enjoying the Beach

Weather in May/June

Why perth, australia is the best place to be.

Kangaroo Sitting on Green Grass

5 reasons why you should visit Perth, Australia in May

A Bridge Across the River in Perth, Australia.

  • May is the start of whale watching season in Perth, so you can experience the thrill of seeing these magnificent creatures up close.
  • The city is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, so you can soak up the sun and surf the waves to your heart’s content.
  • Perth is also a great destination for foodies, with a thriving culinary scene featuring delicious seafood, locally-grown produce, and world-class wines.
  • May is the perfect time to explore the stunning natural surroundings of Perth, whether it’s hiking through the bush, visiting national parks, or taking a scenic drive through the countryside.
  • The city is also home to a thriving arts and culture scene, with galleries, museums, and live music venues to discover.

Cost of Travel

Top 8 things to do in perth, australia.

Water Droplets on Black Asphalt Road during Night Time

  • Take a whale watching tour and spot some of the magnificent creatures that migrate through the area.
  • Relax on one of Perth’s stunning beaches, such as Cottesloe Beach or Scarborough Beach.
  • Explore the city’s thriving culinary scene and try some of the delicious seafood, local produce, and world-class wines.
  • Go for a hike in one of the nearby national parks, such as the Darling Range or the Avon Valley.
  • Take a scenic drive through the beautiful countryside, stopping at wineries and farms along the way.
  • Check out the city’s thriving arts and culture scene, with galleries, museums, and live music.
  • Experience the thrill of a skydive or hot air balloon ride, and take in the stunning views of the city and surrounding landscape.
  • Relax and rejuvenate with a spa day, or indulge in some retail therapy at one of the city’s many shopping centers.

Crashing Waves on the Beach Shore

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    Bells Rapids Walk Trail, 40 minutes from Perth Centre, is a fan favorite and a piece of cake to complete at only 1.5 miles (2.5km). This trail is less about hitting your daily steps goal and more about appreciating the local landscape, with the serene Swan River behind you offering unbeatable photo ops.

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    Mettams Pool is the best place to don your snorkel. The platform reef just offshore is home to fish, octopuses, starfish, sea fans and grasses. 2. The wildlife. A friendly quokka (Dreamstime) With its vast parks, nature reserves and beaches, it comes as no surprise that wildlife is never far away in Perth.

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    5. CBD pub crawl. Two Feet and a Heartbeat Walking Tours offers meanders through Perth, Fremantle and Mount Lawley. The city business district pub crawl goes by the more politically correct name of Eat/Drink/Walk Perth and is a lovely light-hearted sojourn lubricated with quirky anecdotes.

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    If you want to see more of Western Australia after doing all these great things to do in Perth, you should go on a road trip. Popular routes are Perth to Kalbarri (4 days), Perth to Exmouth (9-14 days), and Perth to Broome (3 weeks). And if you want to explore the southern part of WA, a road trip to Esperance is perfect for you.

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    Nestled along the shores of Western Australia, Perth stands as a vibrant testament to the harmonious blend of urban vibrancy and natural beauty.This guide serves as your compass, unveiling the must-see attractions, comfortable places to stay, delectable dining options, regional highlights, and essential travel tips for an unforgettable journey when you visit Perth.

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    Head to the observation deck on level six to see sweeping views of the river and surrounding city. Address: Barrack Square, Riverside Dr, Perth WA 6000, Australia. Hours: Open daily from 10 am to ...

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    Perth Western Australia is a stunning city, and we are delighted to offer you this awesome Perth family holiday itinerary. We have designed especially for you! This Perth 6 days itinerary includes all the top Perth attractions. From the bush of Kings Park to the beaches of Perth, we hope that you have an awesome family holiday Perth with our help!

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    Perth Itinerary Day 1 - Explore the best of Perth. There is plenty to see and do in the heart of Perth itself. A great way to kick off a stay in Perth is to head to the beautiful Cottesloe Beach for a quick swim and breakfast. Cottesloe Beach is halfway between Perth and Fremantle. Cottesloe Beach.

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    Western Australia is one of those destinations that genuinely turns expectations on their head; it's a state within Australia, yet it's 10 times the size of the UK. Three-quarters of its population live in its biggest city, Perth. For a shorter trip, if you prefer the high life, stick to the southwest corner to take in the Margaret River ...

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    10. A great study destination. Education in Perth is internationally recognised for excellence. Our five universities are world-class and provide qualifications which will take you wherever you want to go. While our range of schools and colleges provide internationally recognised certifications and flexible pathways into tertiary studies.

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    Here's why you should visit Western Australia. 1. For cool city vibes in Perth. Close to the city centre, Elizabeth Quay has overtaken nearby King's Park as the place to while away time, with sculptures, a fresh gelato café, water play area and the Reveley rooftop bar. The quay's summer pop-up, Embargo, has a changing line-up of food and ...

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    Don't just take our word for it - researchers regularly rank Australia as one of the world's best places to live and visit (read: laid-back, relaxed, fun). The 2,800 annual hours of sunshine, magnificent native scenery and delicious local gastronomy all contribute to making Australia a land like no other.

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    The University of Western Australia. Edith Cowan University. Murdoch University. Curtin University. Apart from these universities, there is also a small private university called Notre Dame, which is in Fremantle. 3. Hard-To-Match Lifestyle. In terms of living, Perth offers an unmatched lifestyle.