When you think of Australia, the first things that come to your mind are Sydney and its Bondi Beach, the Great Barrier Reef, the Queensland Cultural Centre or maybe Kakadu National Park. And there is nothing wrong with that! But we think it’s time to break the stereotypes and open a whole new world for you, filled with beauty and fascinating things to do in Perth, Western Australia.
Why travel to Perth, Western Australia
Known as Australia’s rising star, Perth is also considered to be one of the friendliest and most liveable cities in the world. Every year, more than 3 million visitors come to Perth and discover the amazing attractions this region has to offer.
From learning about the Aboriginal history, sampling premium-quality local wines, sandboarding in a desert, to wildflower watching, swimming with dolphins and cruising along the Swan River. Perth has got it all!
Things to do for first-time visitors
- Kings Park
Besides all the historical buildings, modern cultural centres and panoramic restaurants, the major Perth city attraction is Kings Park. One of the largest inner city parks in the world, it is a great place for a morning jog or a picnic with your family.
If you happen to visit Perth in September, Kings Park will greet you with the annual festival celebrating the wildflowers beauty and the unique culture of Western Australia. Take a slow stroll through the park and embrace the breathtaking views of the Swan River and the Perth city skyline.
- Perth Hills
Perth offers an amazing mix of the cosmopolitan life and nature’s beauty. Just a 30-minute drive from Perth city centre will take you to the Perth Hills, the place where you can reconnect with the nature and breathe in a portion of fresh air.
Some of the best Western Australia trails are located in Perth Hills. You can walk the trails of different lengths and difficulty, or jump on the bicycle and ride for miles. Take an easy hike to the Lesmurdie Falls, throw a blanket on the grass and enjoy the marvelous views of the surrounding area. If you come in spring, look out for the unique wildflowers and see them bloom.
- Perth beaches
Perth was blessed with 80 kilometres of incredible beaches for all types of travellers. If you are looking for some waves to surf, the Trigg beach is the place to go. For a calm ocean that parents travelling with kids would appreciate, head to the Port beach or Hillarys Boat Harbour.
Hillarys Boat Harbour often holds free activities like open-air movie nights, food festivals and music performances. One of the top things to do in Perth is watching a sunset at the Cottesloe beach. Grab some fish and chips and watch the sun go down over the Indian Ocean.
The iconic port town of Fremantle is a favourite weekend destination for both tourists and locals. It is situated just near Perth, and a short 30-minute drive will take you back to the history where it all started.
Fremantle has got this bohemian vibe, so if you want a little of romance, this is the place to be. Walk down the famous Cappuccino Strip, hang out at the Harbour or one of the beaches, have a drink at the Little Creatures Brewery, and make sure to check out the local Fremantle markets.
- Swan Valley
A heaven for the most demanding foodies, Swan Valley offers premium-quality local wines and a ground for a gastronomic adventure. Try the delicious meals cooked from fresh local produce, or join one of the cheese, chocolate and wine tastings. Not a wine fan? No worries, you can also find amazing breweries and distillers in the Swan Valley.
If you can spare an entire day for touring around the Swan Valley and surroundings, check out the Pinnacles Desert. A lunar-like desert with rock formations will certainly be an awesome spot for taking photos!
- Rottnest Island
Simply a must-see when visiting Perth, Rottnest Island is an eco-adventure awaiting for you just a 90-minute ferry ride away from Perth. Walk the trails, hire a bike or one of those cool Segway vehicles, and head to explore the island.
From 63 beaches and 20 bays, you will certainly find one that suits you best. Snorkeling, fishing, swimming or diving – all of these can be found on the island. Climb the only lighthouse on the island and try not to faint from the beauty of the Indian Ocean panorama.
- Margaret River
When googling Perth and Western Australia, have you seen the picture of those huts on the water? Well, on your way to the Margaret River region, stop by the Busselton Jetty and see them yourself! Other must-sees are the Jewel Cave and the Margaret River Chocolate Factory.
Margaret River has some of the most amazing beaches in the region. It is a bigger version of the Swan Valley, a must-visit for those who want to learn more about the history and culture of the region and people who live here.
Travel tips for Perth, Western Australia
- Take an advantage of the public CAT busses in Perth that can take you around the main attractions free of charge;
- If you are planning to travel to Perth in summer (December to February), better to plan your trip ahead. The accommodation prices are at their peak during this time;
- There are many great free activities in Perth, do some research about the events happening during your visit;
- If you are a fan of wildflowers, come to Perth in spring. There many places to see wildflowers blooming. For example, Kings Park and Perth Hills;
- You can replace a trip to Margaret River with a tour around the Swan Valley if your schedule is tight;
- Planning to see the famous Pink Lakes of Western Australia? Note that the closets ones are further away from Perth (near Geraldton and near Esperance);
- Renting a car or, even better, campervan is a great idea while travelling in Western Australia. Make sure to check with your vehicle rental company if you are planning to travel to the North-West, as some restrictions may apply.
This guide includes the information for those who come to Perth for the first time. In fact, this list is far from being complete and travelling around Western Australia can take months. Just start from the things to do that we listed and you will long to return to the region!