What to do in Perth

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Perth Attractions

Perth is the capital of Western Australia and the state's largest city. Founded in 1829, the city experienced a boom during the Western Australia gold rushes in the 19th century and continues to flourish today. There are countless things to do in Perth, from visiting the sandy beaches of its Sunset Coast and cruising the Swan River to exploring the port of Fremantle and the wineries of Swan Valley. Whether you want to enjoy the modern luxuries of the city or delve into its long history, Perth offers endless opportunities for discovery and excitement.

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What to do in Perth

Free Things to Do in Perth

Some say the best things in life are free. Check out the following around Perth:

Francis Burt Law Education Centre and Museum - Bring the entire family and set off on an interesting adventure through history together.

Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre - Satisfy your passion for arts and culture here and observe local creativity at work.

Central Park Tower - Architecture lover or not, you're certain to be impressed by this landmark's modern design.

Perth Town Hall - You'll feel like you've traveled back in time while exploring this historic attraction.

Heirisson Island - Simply being near the water is guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

108 St Georges Terrace - Well known among those who live here, this place is worth visiting.

Wesley Uniting Church - Gain a deeper understanding of local religious beliefs at this sacred site.

Matilda Bay - Enjoy a leisurely stroll by the water's edge and perhaps even stick a toe in.

Swan River Foreshore Trail - You'll be treated to views that'll render you speechless at this natural landscape.

Supreme Court Gardens - Grab your blanket, pack some snacks and find a shady area to be with nature.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Perth

Perth was built up around the Swan River, and the region is full of unique culture thanks to influxes in population throughout history. The capital and its neighboring areas offer distinct experiences that are unique to Western Australia.

Fremantle - Also known as Freo, Fremantle sits at the mouth of the Swan River and acts as the port of Perth. The city is known for its Australian Convict Sites, which claim a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and its colonial-era buildings, including the oldest building in Western Australia, the Round House. Fremantle's beaches, such as Port Beach and Bathers Beach, are popular kite and windsurfing spots thanks to the strong afternoon sea breeze locally called the Freo Doctor.

Kings Park - Kings Park is the largest inner city park in the world, occupying the western edge of Perth's central business district. Covering 1,003 acres (406 ha), the park contains the Western Australian Botanic Garden, which is home to over 2,000 species of flora. Kings Park is also home to the State War Memorial and several tree-lined Avenues of Honour, which commemorate service personnel who died in the World Wars.

Rottnest Island - Just off the coast, Rottnest Island is an A-class reserve where you can find coastal birds, native (and adorable!) quokka, and endemic tree species like the Rottnest Island pine and teatree. Go diving to explore the island's vibrant coral reefs and fascinating shipwrecks, and visit the Wadjemup Lighthouse-the area's first stone lighthouse. Also take time to learn about the Aboriginal Australians of the island, including their turbulent history with European settlers.

What to See in Perth

As the largest city in Western Australia, Perth is full of culture and home to a bustling art scene. The city hosts the annual Perth International Arts Festival, which highlights both performing and visual arts, and the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition, where sculptors from around the world showcase their creations along Cottesloe Beach. The West Australian Ballet, Opera, and Symphony Orchestra all make their home in Perth alongside groups like the Black Swan State Theatre Company. Sports fans can catch a match by the West Coast Eagles or Fremantle Dockers Football Club in Domain Stadium, also known as the Subiaco Oval.

Sightseeing in Perth

Take advantage of all the exciting activities Perth has to offer. Western Australia's capital is filled with museums showcasing regional history, such as the Western Australia Maritime Museum and the Army Museum of Western Australia, as well as local landmarks like the Swan Bells or Perth Bell Tower. The Perth Zoo is a fun outing for families, boasting over 1,200 animals across 164 species, including uniquely native animals such as kangaroos, koalas, dingoes, and emus in the Australian Walkabout zone. The Swan River is a popular recreational spot as well, and cruises on its calm waters offer fantastic views of Perth's skyline. Outside the city proper, parks like the John Forrest National Park and Avon Valley National Park offer a serene, nature-filled break from the bustle of the metropolis. Foodies and wine lovers can get their fill of local flavors as well by visiting the Swan Valley, whose fertile soil has given rise to a number of wineries, breweries, and fine restaurants.

Things to Do in Perth with Kids

There are plenty of sensational experiences in Perth that the whole gang will get a buzz out of. These are some of the top family friendly experiences in the area.


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Perth on a sunny day?
What to do in Perth on a rainy day?
With indoor activities like a Gravity Discovery Centre Observatory Stargazing to keep you occupied, there’s no need to let the damp weather stop you from having a blast.
What is Perth famous for?
Check out Kings Park and Botanic Garden and Swan Bells Belltower if you want to be wowed.
What should I not miss in Perth?
Don’t venture home without checking off the following list of inspiring attractions:

  • Cottesloe Beach
  • City Beach
  • University of Western Australia
  • Perth Mint

Are there cheap things to do in Perth?
There are plenty of fun experiences here that are perfect if you’re traveling on a shoestring:

What can you do in Perth for free?
You could leave your credit card in the hotel safe for the day, because these top attractions won’t cost you a penny:

  • Kings Park and Botanic Garden
  • Cottesloe Beach
  • City Beach
  • University of Western Australia

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