Explore Kings Park, Fremantle, Rottnest Island and much more on this list of the top 10 experiences in Perth.
Australia's only capital city on the Indian Ocean oozes confidence. Explore Perth's hip wine bars and sunny beaches, spectacular green parks and glittering skyscrapers, funky neighbourhoods and beautiful colonial architecture. Be enthralled by a city on the move that has passion for the past and energy for the future.
Wander one of the biggest city parks in the world, Kings Park and the Perth Botanic Garden. Take in gorgeous views of the Swan and Canning Rivers, the city skyline and Darling Ranges as you walk bushland trails, admire manicured gardens and stop at one of the various cafés in the area.
Turn down Hay Street and find funky Wolf Lane for eclectic collections of cafés, bars and boutiques. Chill out in Subiaco, meet office workers in Perth’s city bars, hit up vintage and antique shops along Leederville’s Oxford Street and head to Northbridge for designer fashion, hip cafes and cutting-edge restaurants.
Thirty minutes from Perth’s centre, Fremantle Harbour has its own special character. Discover colonial remnants like Fremantle Prison, the Arts Centre and Old Courthouse. Delve into seafaring history at the terrific Maritime Museum and Shipwreck Galleries, then drink from a choice of 43 tap beers at the 1843 landmark Sail & Anchor. Visit famous craft brewer Little Creatures’ Freo HQ
Hit Perth’s Small Bars
The small bar movement in Perth has grown substantially with many popping up across the City Centre and surrounding suburbs. Sample wine and tapas at laneway gem Andaluz, join the cool crowd at The Aviary or go for a vintage feel at Hula Bula, with its tiki décor and retro cocktails. Also in the City Centre are Helvetica and 399 Bar. In hip Northbridge, find Ezra Pound Bar and The Bird Wine Bar.
Perth’s Museum, Gallery and Zoo
Discover more about Australia’s amazing west coast at the Western Australian Museum, with its fascinating local scientific and cultural collection. Delve into an extensive collection of Indigenous art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Make time for Perth Zoo, dedicated to conserving Australian wildlife.
Perth’s Best Beaches
Don’t miss Perth’s beachside towns. Stop in Scarborough for coffee at funky cafés Wild Fig and Kinky Lizard before taking to the waves at Trigg and North Beaches. Closer to the city centre, watch the sunset across the waters of Cottesloe Beach, a great spot for families and picnics under shady Norfolk Pines.
Loop 360 degrees in the air above the Indian Ocean in a high-speed aerobatic flight. That’s just the start for adrenalin junkies. Take a rally-driving adventure, doing hot laps like the pros, or jump in the passenger seat and let the experts do the driving. Take to Perth’s Barbagallo Raceway in a V8 for a serious rush.
Feel a world away on Rottnest Island, even though it’s only 19 kilometres (11.8 miles) from Perth. Access this car-free island by ferry, helicopter or private boat. Relax on one of more than 60 beaches, snorkel coral reefs, dive shipwrecks and explore history. Best of all, get close to cute little marsupial the cute quokka, found only in Western Australia.
Pursue your passion for yachts or learn to sail in Perth, a city that loves its boats. In the home of Australia’s America’s Cup challenge, take to the river or the coast, especially at sunset. Head to the Royal Perth Yacht Club’s Discover Sailing Centre on the Swan River for safe and picturesque sailing on Matilda Bay.
Drive 25 minutes north-east of the City Centre to the Swan Valley where you’ll find 40 vineyards and many cellar doors offering tastings in Western Australia’s oldest wine region. You can cycle through the vineyards or take a cruise upriver, sipping local wines and enjoying the scenery with visits to cellar doors.