Travel Guide
Elizabeth Quay which includes a sunset, a city and a bay or harbor

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!

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Where to stay in Perth

Doubletree by Hilton Perth Northbridge
Doubletree by Hilton Perth Northbridge
4 out of 5
100 James Street, Northbridge, WA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $86 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Northbridge, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Western Australian Museum and Yagan Square. Murray Street Mall and RAC Arena are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (541 reviews)
"Nice and Central and not noisy even though it's in the heart of the Nightlife of Perth."

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2021

Doubletree by Hilton Perth Northbridge
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Marine Terrace and Essex St, Fremantle, WA
Fully refundable
The price is $98 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Fremantle, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fremantle Markets and University of Notre Dame Australia. Fremantle Prison and Fremantle ...
4.2/5Excellent! (978 reviews)
"Was the perfect location for a relaxing stay! Close to everything so we could walk everywhere. Room was lovely although shower was a little outdated and no body wash but had other toiletries provided. Was a quiet area, bed was comfortable and air con worked wonderfully. Max at valet was super helpful ..."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Aloft Perth
Aloft Perth
4 out of 5
27 Rowe Avenue, Rivervale, WA
The price is $125 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Rivervale, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Crown Perth and within 3 mi (5 km) of Optus Stadium and Ascot Racecourse. Swan River Foreshore Trail and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (908 reviews)

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2021

Aloft Perth
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Quest Fremantle
Quest Fremantle
3.5 out of 5
8 Pakenham Street, Fremantle, WA
The price is $96 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 22
Located in Fremantle, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kings Square and University of Notre Dame Australia. Round House is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) away. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (568 reviews)
Music Festival
"The staff at the Quest couldn't have been better - especially on a day when they were overwhelmed with people wanting to attend Summer Salt Festival so they ALL wanted to check in at 2pm. The parking was a bit of a hike, especially carrying luggage PLUS the folding chair required for the festival, ..."

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2021

Quest Fremantle
Broadwater Resort Como
Broadwater Resort Como
4.5 out of 5
137 Melville Parade, Como, WA
The price is $134 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Located in Como, this luxury apartment building is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Perth Zoo and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Elizabeth Quay. Old Mill Theatre and Mends Street Jetty ...
4.3/5Excellent! (539 reviews)
"I was very happy with my stay at Broadwater Resort Como"

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

Broadwater Resort Como
Mantra on Hay
Mantra on Hay
4.5 out of 5
201 Hay Street, East Perth, WA
The price is $118 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Located in East Perth, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Perth Mint and WACA. Optus Stadium and Hyde Park are also within 3 mi (5 km). Perth ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,251 reviews)
Highly recommend for long stays
"Rooms are huge. Very comfortable will everything you need. Beds comfy. Staff were very helpful. Great location, perfect for long stays."

Reviewed on May 23, 2021

Mantra on Hay
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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.

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