Top 25 Things to do in Perth
The Perth Concert Hall is an elegant space that houses a diverse programme of concerts, performances and contemporary art. Perth Concert Hall is renowned for having one of the finest acoustics in the southern hemisphere and is the primary performance venue for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO). The building was opened on Australia Day, the 26th January 1973 and is a classic example of the “brutalist” mid-century architecture style, , making heavy use of white off-form concrete and a solid opaque interior.. The Perth Concert Hall is located in Perth's central business district, adjacent to the Supreme Court Gardens and Government House. The building has two façades, one facing north over St Georges Terrace, and the other facing south over the Swan River. The auditorium features a specially commissioned 3000-pipe organ surrounded by a 160-person choir gallery and an audience seating capacity of 1,729. You can view performances & buy Perth Concert Hall Tickets from the Official Ticketmaster site.
The Perth Zoo is a pleasant ferry trip across the Swan River from Perth City. Over twelve decades, the Perth Zoo has grown from a place of recreation and fascination to one of education, conservation and inspiration. Playgrounds, BBQs, mechanised rides, animal encounters and a packed season of events still delight thousands of families every year. Now, the Perth Zoo shows animals in appropriate social groups within naturalistic settings with a priority on their welfare. The Zoo has evolved from the cement cages, bars and mesh barriers of yesteryear, they tore down the elephants’ concrete jungle, and moved the orangutans out of boxy cages. Now there are open exhibits, they gave the elephants something closer to the real thing and built an extensive and dramatic African habitat. The have built towering tree-like structures to get orangutans back up into the vertical sphere closer to their own habitat. Instead of having bars between you & the animals, there are subtler safety barriers such as moats, waterbodies and glass. A fun day for all the family or just by yourself. You can book tickets online.
The Perth Arena (also nicknamed the 'Transformer') is an entertainment and sporting arena in the city centre of Perth, and used mostly for basketball matches & concerts. The 15,000 capacity Arena features breathtaking design and world-leading technology. The Perth Arena is located on Wellington Street near the site of the former Perth Entertainment Centre. The venue has a retractable roof, 36 luxury appointed corporate suites, a 680-bay underground car park & 5 dedicated function spaces. The Perth Arena is the busiest venue in Western Australia, with many local, regional and international artists having staged their performance at the arena. Tickets from Ticketek or the Official Ticketmaster site.
The WACA is a sports stadium in Perth, Western Australia. The stadium's name derives from the initials of its owners and operators, the Western Australian Cricket Association. The WACA has been Western Australia's "home of cricket" since the early 1890s and is the home venue of WA's first-class cricket team, the Western Warriors, and a Women's National Cricket League side, the Western Fury. The Perth Scorchers, a Big Bash League franchise, also play at the ground, which is branded #TheFurnace for those matches. The pitch at the WACA is regarded as one of the quickest and bounciest in the world. The WACA Museum (located on-site) features exhibits about Western Australian cricket. From Summer 2018/19 the WACA Ground will cease to serve as the main international cricket venue in Perth. A new 60,000 seat stadium is being constructed in Burswood that will host limited overs internationals, Test matches against high-drawing opponents (England, India and South Africa), and domestic Big Bash League (BBL) matches for Perth Scorchers. The WACA Ground will continue to host Tests against lower-drawing opponents, Sheffield Shield matches, and will be redeveloped into the state's leading cricket training facility. You can buy tickets on the WACA website for future events.
Elizabeth Quays is named in honour of Queen Elizabeth I, and is a mixed-use development project, located where Perth's city meets the Swan River & is the perfect place to relax, dine and play when in Perth City. Elizabeth Quay created new recreational opportunities for Perth locals and visitors. Take a walk over the striking bridge to the Island’s marine-inspired playground, check out the landmark Spanda artwork or grab a quick bite or drink after work. The BHP Water Park is the primary entry point to Elizabeth Quay, it's water feature uses jets, misting, sound and lighting to create exciting and changeable water choreography. Families can dig, splash and play around on the nautical-inspired nature playground. It has a a sand pit and log steppers, and lots of climbing ropes and frames to scramble, a ship’s bell to ring and a slide. The Landing is the open space for Elizabeth Quay, hosting a range of lunchtime sporting events, concerts and pop up vendors. Or you can stroll around the continuous one-kilometre walkable circuit around the inlet and island. The eastern promenade also offers short stay public moorings for those visiting the quay by boat. It’s easy to find something to do and something to see at the quay.
Fremantle is the main port city in Western Australia and is located in the Perth metropolitan area. Fremantle is well known for its maritime history, Victorian architecture and remnants from Australia's days as a British penal colony. Fremantle Prison, with its foreboding 5m high walls, is an old convict-era prison still dominating Fremantle, which housed convicts from the 1850s to 1991. Fremantle Prison is now open to the public for day & night tours. Also still standing is the 12-sided Round House, a landmark 1831 building, which also briefly functioned as a jail. Fremantle is not only historically & architecturally appealing, it also caters to the eclectic and eccentric with exciting blends of food, fashion, festivals, arts, culture and World Heritage architecture. Fremantle has fantastic museums, galleries, and pubs thumping with live music and a thriving coffee culture. On weekend nights the city' comes alive with people who like to party hard and loud. If you're an AC/DC fan, you will find the statue of Bon Scott (who moved to Fremantle with his family in 1956) strutting on a Marshall amplifier in Fishing Boat Harbour.
Scarborough is one of the many world-class beaches in Perth, and is known as the surf hotspot of Perth. Scarborough Beach has gone through many transformations over the years, but has always held a special spot in people's hearts, as the prime location for hitting the beach or having a Summer's evening meal near the beach. Scarborough Beach has always been a popular surfing beach, with great waves most of the year round. It has also become a very popular windsurfing beach. Up & down the coastline you will see the highly visible landmark high-rise hotel, the Rendezvous Observation City, originally built in Scarborough in 1986. In Scarborough you will find accommodation, business facilities, a quite place to drink, have a nice meal, or enjoy some music & nightlife. If you stay in the hotel you will see coastline the extends for kilometres north & south of you. On a clear day you can see Rottnest, and on most evenings you can enjoy beautiful sunsets over the Indian Ocean.
Yanchep National Park is 50 km North of Perth and its bushland and wetland is home to koalas, western grey kangaroos and rich birdlife. Crystal Cave is an underground limestone cavern with stalactites and stalagmites, and one of many caves in the park. Yanchep National Park is a popular place for a picnic or using one of the many free barbecues overlooking the lake or nestled in the tuart and banksia woodlands. Stroll along the boardwalk and view one of Australia’s favourite native animals, the koalas. Early and late in the day you will notice many kangaroos when they come out after spending the day sheltering from the sun under bushes & trees. More than 400 caves have been recorded in the park, and some of them you can visit. You can also learn the rich culture and history of the Noongar people of Australia’s South West.
Hillarys Boat Harbour is one of Perth's Premier Recreational Destination, offering a wide range of unique experiences. Hillarys Boat Harbour is a marina and tourist precinct located in Hillarys, 22 Kms north of Perth. Hillarys Boat Harbour is home to the elite Hillarys Yacht Club, AQWA (The Aquarium of Western Australia), a busy retail shopping precinct (Sorrento Quay & Sorrento Quay Boardwalk), 4-star self-contained accommodation (The Hillarys Harbour Resort) surrounded by public parklands and ocean swimmers cove. Hillarys Boat Harbour is popular with locals and overseas visitors alike., for many it's a weekly activity. Hillarys Boat Harbour is also the hub for visiting Rottnest Island, Adventure Fishing, Costal Heli-Tours, Diving & Whale-watching charters. Hillarys Boat Harbour is accessible by foot, road, water, helicopter, bicycle and public transport.
Burswood is located immediately across the Swan River from Perth's central business district. Burswood boasts Western Australia's only licenced casino (the Crown Perth Casino), a hotel complex, world-class events, unique parklands and abundant wildlife. At the Crown Perth Casino you can enjoy a flutter on the gaming tables or try your hand at an old Australian pastime known as 'two-up'. It also has top quality theatre and performance venues which are home to highly acclaimed musicians, sporting events and theatre productions all year round. Extraordinary views of Perth's cityscape and the Swan River can be seen from most places around Burswood. Whether you are after luxury or affordable accommodation, you will find it at either of the two major hotels in the heart of the complex. Check out a game of tennis at the State Tennis Centre, or a flutter on the horses at Belmont Park Racecourse (Perth's winter thoroughbred racing track). Perth Stadium is a multi-purpose venue for all football codes, cricket and entertainment events. Burswood is a buzzing hub of entertainment.
Rottnest Island sits just offshore from the city of Perth and is a protected nature reserve & home to the quokka, a small wallaby-like marsupial. Rottnest Island is surrounded by white sand beaches and secluded coves. Rottnest Island is a very popular holiday spots for people who like fishing, surfing, swimming, boating, diving, snorkelling, bike riding, hiking or just lazing around on the beach enjoying the ambience that is Rottnest. Rottnest has restaurants and fast food outlets, entertainment venues, and cool drinking establishments. It has accommodation from budget to luxury, but make sure you book in fast for busy seasons. You can travel there by your own boat, fly, or relax on one of the Rottnest ferries that travel back & forward regularly during the day from Perth, Fremantle or Hillarys Marina. There are very few vehicles on the island, and visitors walk or ride a bike. There is also public transport available. Rottnest is a great day out, or a longer holiday break.
Travel up & down the Swan River and explore the wonders of Perth and Fremantle while marvelling at the dramatic Swan River estuary. There are a few cruise operators on the Swan, but the most popular being Captain Cook Cruises, who run trips to Fremantle/Rottnest and wine runs up to the Swan Valley. You can enjoy a relaxed cruise on the Swan River observing it's abundant birdlife and relaxing scenery while sampling the region's iconic food and drink. Take in lovely views of the of the Swan River while enjoying a delicious buffet lunch accompanied by local beer & wines. Enjoy this sightseeing experience with a host of inclusions all for a very reasonable price.
Australia is famous for it's wines, and Western Australia is among those states that produce quality wines. Get yourself a designated driver, and plan a wine tasting run to any of the many vineyards surrounding Perth, and take home some exceptional wines. Take a day trip to the Swan Valley from Perth City to experience the wines, food, and other treats of regional Western Australia, and the picturesque vineyards. You can explore the Swan Valley on a full-day or half-day trips from Perth. Take a scenic drive to the Bickley Valley and explore more wineries located in the Perth Hills including Perth's only urban Whiskey distillery, with Whiskey tastings included. After you have had your fill of Bickley Valley wine, cider, whiskey and food, make time for a picnic or a stop in a quiet spot in this picturesque area which boasts stunning views of rolling hills covered in orchards, great wine, fantastic fruit orchards and plentiful vineyards.
Larger than New York's Central Park, Perth has one of the biggest inner-city parks in the world, Kings Park. The best views of all in Perth of the City skyline the Swan and Canning Rivers and the Darling Ranges are from Kings Park & the Botanical Gardens. It has 400-plus hectares of sculpted gardens and natural bushland to enjoy & is rich in Aboriginal and European history. Two thirds of that area is is protected as bushland and provides a haven for native biological diversity. You can enjoy the views of the Perth skyline from the eatery on on the hectares of manicured grass & gardnes, or wander through native bushland. There are play areas for the children, and BBQ area's for the family. Perth even celebrates it's war veterans there with the War Memorial where remembrances are held, and tree plaques along the roads. Kings Park also has an international reputation for scientific research, leading horticulture, conservation and public education. Kings Park is a place for everyone!
The metro area of Perth has a string of 19 beautifully clean and uncrowded beaches, and Cottesloe Beach is probably the most iconic. Cottesloe Beach is located midway between the Perth central business district and the port of Fremantle in Perth's western suburbs, and only 15 minutes from the city. Aside from the clear ocean water & white beaches, are grassed terraces and parks behind the beach, with tall shady Norfolk Island pine trees to protect you from the heat of the sun. It's one of the city's favourite beaches for families, or the young and old to go swimming, snorkelling, surfing or watching the beautiful sun sets over the Indian Ocean. Cottesloe Beach is also a favourite with wind surfers, sailboarders and kite flers, so there is always something happening on the water or in the air to watch. When you've finished at the beach, or just in it for the views, on the beach is the art-deco Indiana Teahouse where you can enjoy a delicious meal at the restaurant upstairs, while gazing over the ocean. Across the road from the beach you’ll also find a row of cafes, surf shops, pubs and restaurants bustling with activity. Cottesloe Beach is a favourite with locals & visitors.
The Swan Bells are a set of 18 bells hanging in a 82.5 metres high copper and glass campanile in on the shore of the Swan River in Perth City. The tower is commonly known as The Bell Tower or the Swan Bell Tower. The Swan Bells at the Bell Tower are one of the largest musical instruments on Earth & echo throughout Perth City. Forming a sixteen-bell peal with two extra chromatic notes, they are one of the largest sets of change ringing bells in the world. Twelve of the set are historic bells from St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square in London and can be traced to before the 14th century. They are one of a few sets of royal bells, and the only set known to have left England. The St Martin-in-the-Fields bells were donated to the State of Western Australia as part of the 1988 Australian bicentenary celebrations.
The Western Australian Museum is Western Australia's premier cultural organisation, housing WA's scientific and cultural collection. It has 3 main sites around Perth: within the Perth Cultural Centre & 2 in Fremantle (the Maritime and Shipwreck Galleries). During 1959, the botanical collection was transferred to the new herbarium and the museum and the art gallery became separate institutions. The museum focused its collecting and research interests in the areas of natural sciences, anthropology, archaeology, and Western Australia's history. Over the 60's & 70's, it also began to work in historic shipwrecks and Aboriginal site management. The Western Australian Maritime Museum is located on Victoria Quay and contains galleries with themes such as the Indian Ocean, the Swan River, fishing, maritime trade and naval defence. Nearby in Cliff Street is the Western Australian Shipwreck Galleries Museum which is recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology and shipwreck conservation museum in the southern hemisphere. The museum is housed in an 1850s-era Commissariat building and contains a reconstructed hull from the Batavia, which was wrecked off the coast of Western Australia in 1629.
The State Library of Western Australia is a research, reference and public lending library located in the Perth Cultural Centre in Perth City. The State Library of Western Australia is responsible for collecting and preserving Western Australia's documentary heritage. The J. S. Battye Library of Western Australian History is the arm of the library dedicated to Western Australian materials and contains a comprehensive collection of books published in Western Australia, books by a Western Australian or about Western Australia published elsewhere. It also contains a comprehensive coverage of West Australian newspapers, a more selective coverage of serials and maps published in Western Australia. The library also has extensive collections of original manuscripts, journals, diaries and letters of individuals, records of non-government organisations, Western Australian music recordings, Western Australian photographs & films, oral history recordings and transcripts. The library has a specialist family history section, and volunteers from the Western Australian Genealogical Society provide assistance to clients, and a dedicated children's area. The library holds over 50,000 music scores, making it possibly one of the largest public music lending libraries in Australia.
The Art Gallery of Western Australia is a public State art gallery that is part of the Perth Cultural Centre, in Perth. Established in 1891 in the Old Perth Gaol, it was known as the Geological Museum and consisted of geological collections. In 1892, ethnological and biological exhibits were added, and in 1897, the museum officially became the Western Australian Museum and Art Gallery. The current gallery main building opened in 1979 and will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2019. It is linked to the old court house (The Centenary Galleries) which house the historical collection. It houses the State's art collection consisting of over 17,000 works of art including around 3,000 Indigenous works. Ongoing exhibitions include Indigenous traditional and contemporary art from the Northern Territory and Western Australia, and WA art from the 1820s to 1960s alongside topical displays on key themes drawn from the collection.
John Forrest National Park was established in 1900, after the state's first premier Sir John Forrest who was Premier of Western Australia between 1890 and 1901. Located in the Darling Scarp, 24 km east of Perth City, John Forrest National Park is the first national park in Western Australia and the second in Australia after Royal National Park. The visitor area contains barbecue and picnic facilities and cultivated gardens of native plants. Several trails run through various parts of the park, including the Railway Heritage Trail, which follows the alignment of the old railway line to York. Visitors can walk through the only historical railway tunnel in WA – the Swan View Tunnel. The Eagle View Walk Trail is a 15-kilometre bushwalking circuit that leads to some of the park’s less explored areas. John Forrest National Park is about 30 minutes from Perth. Leave Perth City on the Great Eastern Highway.
Located in Perth, and still operating in the original heritage premises in the east end of the city, The Perth Mint is home to the largest coin in the world weighing one tonne of pure gold. The Perth Mint, Western Australia, manufactures and distributes platinum, silver and gold coins for collectors and customers worldwide. The Shop is an authorised stockist of popular brands including Argyle Pink Diamonds, Ellendale Yellow Diamonds, Kailis Australian Pearls, Coin Watch timepieces, Pandora Jewellery, Pierre Cardin watches, Guess Jewellery, Waterford, Wedgwood, Royal Selangor, Truffle Hill, Thurlby and many others. Book a tour of their grand heritage building, secured vaults, and 1899 melting house where you can see a live gold pour, enjoy a guided heritage walk and entrance to the Gold Exhibition.
The Twightlight Hawkers Market is in the heart of Perth and is the city's original & biggest Street Food Market with scrumptious food from around the globe! It's held in Forrest Place from 4.30pm – 9.30pm all through the summer months every Friday night from October – April each year. Making Forest Place the place to be on a Friday night over summer for authentic, delicious street food with live local music . Meet with your friends after work, grab a pre-show bite or bring the family into town to enjoy the ambience & atmosphere of the Twighlight Hawkers Markets.
Adventure World is Western Australia’s only hybrid Theme Park/Water Park. Adventure World includes world-class attractions such as the Abyss roller coaster, the Kraken, the longest, tallest and steepest Funnel water slide on the planet, the enchanting “Dragon’s Kingdom” and popular Hawaiian resort themed “Kahuna Falls” (an aqua rain fortress) to name a few of the 25 attractions set in beautifully landscaped botanical gardens and lawns. Adventure World is open for 7 months a year to take advantage of Western Australia's summer climate. Adventure World is conveniently located adjacent to stunning Bibra Lake , which is 25 minutes’ drive from City of Perth and 10 minutes’ drive from the port City of Fremantle. You can book tickets online,
Perth Wake Park is the only cable wakeboard park in Western Australia and is located 30 minutes south of Perth city at the Mundijong Rd, Kwinana Freeway exit. Riders can enjoy a range of features including a full size main cable, a beginner specific cable, a step up pool for advanced riders, a café, pro shop and hire shop. Entry into the park is free for spectators, so they can sit back & chill on the large veranda overlooking the main lake and a beach and enjoy the activities. Opening hours change with the seasons and if there are any special events. Make life easy & book your tickets online.
Scitech is a world renowned and multi award winning not-for-profit organisation that operates the Scitech Discovery Centre, a permanent, interactive science museum which includes a planetarium, and is located in West Perth. Scitech features a number of regularly changing, interactive exhibitions designed to inform and educate visitors on subjects concerning science, technology, engineering and maths and offers live science, puppet and planetarium shows presented by enthusiastic science communications staff. Large feature exhibitions are rotated every six months. Sit back on their reclining seats and experience the mega 180 degree dome with surround sound and laser projection. Immerse yourself in a movie experience like never before. You can buy tickets or become a member online.
01 Sep 2017