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PerthAustralia

Unwind in Australia’s most remote state capital, set in a lush valley along a picturesque river and surrounded by great beaches, historic harbors and vast deserts.

Enjoy the warm weather, beaches, wineries and breweries, and historic sites and museums of the capital of Western Australian (WA). Perth sits on the banks of the Swan River and its western suburbs stretch out to the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Each afternoon the “Freo Doctor,” a refreshing wind, blows in from the south. Perth’s 1.8 million locals are known to be down-to-earth and fun-loving.

Have a barbecue or see the Botanic Garden in elevated Kings Park. The Swan Bells Bell Tower below the park also offers great Swan River views. Take the kids to the Perth Zoo or Scitech, or show them the world’s most valuable coin at the Perth Mint. Discover where they found the gold to make the coin at the Western Australian Museum, which focuses on WA’s mining history, among other topics.

After exploring the city center on foot, take the train or bus to leafy suburbs such as Subiaco and Cottlesloe. Swim and surf at Cottesloe Beach and follow the coast to Hillarys Boat Harbour for family entertainment. While there, see marine creatures swim right past you at the Aquarium of Western Australia.

Just north from the city's central train station is the Perth Cultural Centre, where you can admire the nature-inspired Aboriginal paintings at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, followed by a night out in Northbridge.


Renting a car is a great idea if you plan to explore the wineries and fruit farms, old mining towns and wildlife parks surrounding Perth. Make the scenic ferry trip to Fremantle to enjoy historic attractions, Australian beer, Italian coffee and crafts markets. Visit some of WA’s most famous jails: the Round House and Fremantle Prison. After exploring the Western Australian Maritime Museum, catch the ferry to idyllic Rottnest Island to see quokkas and seals.

Sunny Perth is a relaxing city with easygoing locals, great beaches and a broad range of cultural attractions. It is certainly worth the long journey westward from Australia’s east coast!

Perth Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Perth

Fremantle showing signage, street scenes and a small town or village

Fremantle

Fremantle is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Fremantle Markets and Fremantle Prison while you're in town.

Fremantle
Scarborough Beach featuring a garden, general coastal views and a sandy beach

Scarborough

A noteworthy feature of Scarborough is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Scarborough Beach and Trigg Bushland Reserve.

Scarborough
Supreme Court Gardens which includes a garden

Perth Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(95 area reviews)

Travelers to Perth Central Business District praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Elizabeth Quay and Hay Street Mall.

Perth Central Business District
Old Mill featuring a monument and a windmill

South Perth

Travelers come to South Perth for its stunning river views, and you can see top attractions like Perth Zoo and Old Mill Theatre while you're in town.

South Perth
Mandurah showing a lake or waterhole and a garden

Mandurah

The beaches and abundant dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Mandurah. A stop by Mandurah Performing Arts Center or Family Bathing area might round out your trip.

Mandurah
Cottesloe Beach featuring kayaking or canoeing, general coastal views and a sunset

Cottesloe

Cottesloe is known for its beaches, and you can plan a trip to Cottesloe Beach and Cottesloe Surf Club while you're in town.

Cottesloe

Top Hotels in Perth

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Marine Terrace and Essex St, Fremantle, WA
The price is $98 per night

Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fremantle Markets and University of Notre Dame Australia. Fremantle Prison ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,108 reviews)

"Convenient location, newly renovated rooms, very clean, pleasant, helpful staff."…"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Four Points by Sheraton Perth
Four Points by Sheraton Perth
4.5 out of 5
707 Wellington Street, Perth, WA
The price is $77 per night

Located in Perth Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of RAC Arena, His Majesty's Theatre, and Watertown Brand Outlet Centre. Northbridge ...

4.4/5Excellent! (970 reviews)

"Great location, excellent staff, clean and functional rooms"…"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020

Four Points by Sheraton Perth
Pan Pacific Perth
Pan Pacific Perth
5 out of 5
207 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth, WA
The price is $103 per night

Located in the heart of East Perth, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Perth Mint and Langley Park. Swan River Foreshore Trail and Hay Street Mall ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,050 reviews)

"Great room with awesome views, clean and spacious!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Pan Pacific Perth

Getting around Perth

Most Perth residents get around by car, and if you can rent a car of your own too, this will give you some extra flexibility. There are good public transportation options too, though. Most corners of the city are covered by either bus, train or ferry. Buy a Smartrider card to pay for all your travel. The card can be topped up again and again, and offers a 10 percent discount on every journey you take. Visit the Public Transport Authority of Western Australia website.Browse Perth rental cars.

Best time to visit

Perth’s hottest months are November through March. To avoid the peak temperatures, visit during Perth’s springtime, which runs from September to November. Pack for beautiful, sunny days and evenings cool enough to demand a light jacket. This is also a wonderful time of year visually, as Perth’s colorful array of wildflowers will be in full bloom.

Popular places to visit in Perth

Scarborough Beach
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Scarborough Beach

4.5/5(31 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Scarborough Beach, a popular beach in Perth. Attend a sporting event or visit the shops in this family-friendly area.

Hillarys Boat Harbour
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Hillarys Boat Harbour

4/5(16 reviews)

Stroll along the boardwalk and take in the view, play mini golf or sit down for a gourmet meal at one of Perth’s most lively marinas.

Cottesloe Beach
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Cottesloe Beach

4.5/5(35 reviews)

Ride the waves, swim in the clear water or have a picnic on the terraced lawns overlooking the ocean at one of Perth’s best family beaches.

Elizabeth Quay
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Elizabeth Quay

4.5/5(63 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Elizabeth Quay, a popular green space in Perth. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

City Beach
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City Beach

4.5/5(37 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at City Beach, a popular beach in Perth. Make time to visit the waterparks and aquarium while you're in the area.

Kings Park and Botanic Garden
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden

4.5/5(100 reviews)

Wander through native scrubland, learn about plant species, have a barbecue or find a spot on the grass to enjoy the view of the Perth skyline.

Top things to do in Perth

Full-Day Bicycle Hire & Rottnest Island Ferry Trip
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Full-Day Bicycle Hire & Rottnest Island Ferry Trip

$75
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Wave Rock, Historic York, Corrigin Town & Hippo’s Yawn Cave
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Wave Rock, Historic York, Corrigin Town & Hippo’s Yawn Cave

$128
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Rottnest Island Bus Tour with Ferry & Train Ride Package
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Rottnest Island Bus Tour with Ferry & Train Ride Package

$128
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Pinnacles & Sandboarding Tour
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Full-Day Pinnacles & Sandboarding Tour

$73
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Wave Rock & Historic York Full-Day Tour
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Wave Rock & Historic York Full-Day Tour

$128
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Fremantle Ferris Wheel
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Fremantle Ferris Wheel

$8
Per adult

Reviews of Perth

4.4

Top Destination

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4 - Good 35.2112676056338%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 9.859154929577464%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 8, 2019

Perth looks like it is an up and coming town with lists of attractions.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 20, 2019

I took the train to Fremantle and the ferry to Rottnest Island. Fabulous!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 17, 2019

The beach is really beautiful in Perth, I strongly recommend Rottnest Island.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 16, 2019

Just another big, unsustainable city, clogged with cars. I enjoyed the Extinction Rebellion March!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 27, 2019

Friendly people

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 27, 2019

Most everyone were very helpful about which bus to catch and where the bus stops were.

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