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Things to do in Perth

Things to do in  Perth

Welcome to Perth

Home to wombats, kangaroos, and a large portion of Western Australia’s total population, the city of Perth is the epicenter of a state that can feel like the middle of nowhere. The city, set along the banks of the Swan River, offers refuge from the surrounding wilderness, in the form of nightlife, street art, and a thriving local food and wine scene—all of which can be explored via a walking, Segway, or bike tour. With near-constant good weather and beaches on the Indian Ocean, Perth offers a plethora of ways to get outside, both within the city, in the Swan Valley, and beyond. Water-lovers can plan a trip on a scenic cruise ship, ferry, or kayak that floats down the Swan River and Shoalwater Bay (look out for dolphins); while desert-enthusiasts can book a day trip to Pinnacles Desert limestone formations or Wave Rock, complete with transportation and a knowledgeable guide. If you want more adventure, add a sandboard or 4WD experience across the massive Lancelin dunes. Rottnest Island, accessible by ferry from Perth or Fremantle, makes a great base for adventure tours—from biking to skydiving—while Penguin Island (45 minutes by ferry) is rightfully named for its penguins inhabitants, which you can see along with dolphins and sea lions. Oenophiles can taste the flavors of the region on a wine tour, stopping at the town of Margaret River to pop into local boutiques along the way.

Top 10 attractions in Perth

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Swan River

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Swan River carves its way through the middle of the city of Perth before joining with the sea. Fed by the Avon, Canning and Helena Rivers, the Swan River itself is only around 60km long. Over 130 species of fish inhabit the Swan River, including bull sharks, catfish, rays and bream. Bottlenose dolphins are also regularly seen in the estuary. One of the easiest ways to appreciate the beauty of the Swan River is simply to take a walk along its banks. Cycling and walking paths line the foreshore, and parklands along the water’s edge keep things interesting. Circuiting the river by the Narrows Bridge and the Causeway is a casual 10km walk well worth undertaking. Cruises along the Swan River are also popular, often lasting a few hours – or simply take the ferry across the harbour for a cheaper option. Jet boating and parasailing are activities less suited to appreciating the quiet beauty of the river, but guaranteed to get your heart pumping.More
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Pinnacles Desert

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The eerie limestone shapes of the Pinnacles are a popular day trip from Perth, rising out of the desert floor like something from a lunar landscape. The weather-worn pillars were formed by zillions of seashells blown here from the sea many thousands of years ago. The surrounding landscape is made up of desert and dunes. Bottlenose dolphins can be seen in nearby Hangover Bay, and in the park you’ll also see gray kangaroos, emus, cockatoos and other birds. Learn more about the ecology and biodiversity of this country at the Pinnacles Desert Discovery interpretive center, with displays, information, shops and lookout. While you’re here, take the opportunity to swim and laze on white-sand beaches, try fishing or snorkeling, or bring a picnic and cook up a storm on the park’s barbecues.More
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Rottnest Island

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If it’s the weekend, it’s time to get down to Rottnest Island, Perth locals’ number-one island getaway. Perfect for family holidays or a relaxing break right on Perth’s doorstep, ‘Rotto’ is ringed by perfect beaches for swimming, fishing, boating and surfing. Cycling is also popular on Rotto, as cars are banned here. Other than whiling away the day on your beach of choice, you can hire a bicycle and take a cycling tour of the island’s heritage buildings. Visit the Rottnest Museum to learn the history of the island, take a stroll through the old cemetery, or view the offshore reefs on a boat tour. While you’re here, see if you can spot a quokka – they’re incredibly cute, cat-sized marsupials that look a bit like a tiny wallaby.More
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Swan Valley

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It’s easy to indulge in gourmet food, great wines and river scenery on a great day out from Perth by taking a trip to the Swan Valley. Right on Perth’s doorstep, the Swan Valley kick-started the state’s flourishing wine industry. The best way to experience the Swan Valley’s wineries, food outlets and scenery is by car or tour coach, following the Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail. Sample wines at award-winning vineyards, buy a beer at a boutique brewery, see heritage buildings and colonial history at Guildford, and experience life on the Swan River with a cruise.More
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Wave Rock

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Kings Park & Botanic Garden

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Perth’s sprawling Kings Park crowns a hilltop of natural bushland on the city’s western border. Taking up 1,000 acres (400.5 hectares) of parklands, botanic gardens and bushland, the park was established in 1872. Western Australia is known for its superb array of wildflowers and flowering trees, and Kings Park is one of the best places in the state to see them. Visit during September for the spring wildflower display, or year round to take the elevated Federation Walkway across the treetops. Take a free guided walk, or follow the signs to see the state’s iconic trees, including karri, jarrah, native Christmas trees and pines. The restaurants, cafes and kiosks in the park offer a range of meals and refreshments to recharge your batteries.More
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Lancelin Sand Dunes

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Perth Mint

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The Perth Mint holds a wealth of gold history in its vaults, with gold dust and many a miners’ yarns embedded in its 100-year-old walls. A guided tour of this grand heritage building reveals fascinating insights into the 19th and 20th century gold rushes that transformed Western Australia forever, and the immense booty of bullion that was mined. You’ll also see how gold is melted into bars, along with the mint’s rare collection of gold bars, nuggets and coins from around the world.More
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Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA)

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The outstanding Aquarium of Western Australia surrounds you with all the fishy creatures of the Southern Ocean. Innovative underwater tunnels and walkways get you up-close and personal with the turtles, fish, sharks and rays swimming overhead. Other attractions include playful seals and reefs of coral, wiggly jellyfish and graceful sea dragons. If you dare, you can scuba dive with sharks in the Shipwreck Coast feature aquarium.More
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Perth Bell Tower

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Eighteen bells held high above the Swan River, the Swan Bells are Perth’s most unusual – and most magical – attraction. The bells are housed in a specially made copper and glass shard that stands 82.5 metres tall. 12 of the bells are from St Martin-in-the-Fields church in London’s Trafalgar Square, and their history can be traced back as far as the 14th Century. Re-cast more than twice over their lifetime, the St Martin-in-the-Fields bells are one of the few sets of royal bells in existence – and the only ones known to have left England. Six new bells have been added to the collection to commemorate both Australia’s bicentenary and the crossing over into the 21st century. The Swan Bells are named for the Swan River, on whose banks they sit. Tours behind the scenes of the bell tower are incredibly popular, as visitors are afforded the chance to ring the bells, and stunning views over Perth and the river.More

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Top activities in Perth

Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise

Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise

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Swan River Scenic Cruise

Swan River Scenic Cruise

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Perth Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Perth Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Fremantle Lunch Cruise

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Swan River Twilight Cruise

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Recent reviews from experiences in Perth

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Very relaxing
Marke_E, Jan. 2021
Swan River Twilight Cruise
Was a great way to see Perth for such a small cost.
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A nice visit east of Perth to the countryside
Lee_H, Dec. 2020
1/2 day Swan Valley Wine Cheese & Chocolate Tour Inc Afternoon Cruise to Perth
Return via the riverboat is a very leisurely way to see a bit of the western Australia countryside.
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Very well organized day
Mathilde_B, Mar. 2020
Margaret River, Caves, Wine and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Tour from Perth
Great way to explore around Perth if you're on your own, and want to see different things in only one day.
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Pleasant relaxing experience
rochskipworth, Feb. 2020
Swan River Twilight Cruise
Too early to enjoy the night skyline but still got to see some Perth sites.
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Brilliant Day
HelenD2805, Jan. 2020
Perth Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
From start to finish a lovely day, so scenic and a brilliant way to see Perth.
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Best Tour
kvohra3, Jul. 2019
Pinnacles Day Trip from Perth Including Yanchep National Park
Visited Perth as a solo traveler and booked this tour to see the beautiful pinnacles desert and Yanchep national park.
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Great way to visit Rottnest
Jim M, Dec. 2018
Rottnest Island Round-Trip Ferry from Perth or Fremantle
Leaving from Perth allows us to see the city from the river.
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A great bus to see the main...
pat-toh, Aug. 2018
Perth Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
A great bus to see the main attraction in Perth.
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one of the best ways to visit Perth...
Mrs. Anna L. M, Mar. 2018
Fremantle Lunch Cruise
one of the best ways to visit Perth I would recommend to any one being valentines day it was very special to the both of us the food was superb and the commentry excellent
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If you don't have much time in Perth...
Yan X, Sep. 2017
Margaret River Food, Wine & Sightseeing Tour from Perth
It includs all that you need to see down south and very family friendly!
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The tour was a perfect way to see...
Phill C, Apr. 2016
Swan River Scenic Cruise
The tour was a perfect way to see the sites of the Swan River and a summary of the Perth area.
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Well worth while tour. Thoroughly...
Alan P, Apr. 2016
Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise
An excellent commentary and excellent way to see Perth at night.
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We loved the boat trip which...
Marjorie R, Jan. 2017
Swan Valley Gourmet Wine Cruise from Perth
We loved the boat trip which provided the opportunity to see the countryside outside of Perth.
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Booking process easy, tour guides...
Glenn C, Oct. 2015
Perth and Fremantle Tour with Optional Swan River Cruise
We did the Swan River cruise option and in all was a great way to see the Perth and Fremantle sights.
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family from South Australia visited...
Margaret E, Apr. 2015
Fremantle Lunch Cruise
family from South Australia visited us and we took them on a lunch cruise it was very nice relaxing and they got to see a fair bit of perth and Fremantle they loved it thank you
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Very good overall. Buffet was varied...
Alexander M, Mar. 2016
Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise
We would make this trip again and it was interesting to see Perth and suburbs from the river.
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It was great, the boat staff and the...
Wayne M, Jun. 2015
Swan Valley Gourmet Wine Cruise from Perth
In summary it's a great way to spend a nice winter day in Perth.
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We only had two days stay in Perth...
Andrew B, Apr. 2016
Private Tours of Perth and Fremantle by Luxury Vehicle
We could not have picked a better tour to see the sites of Perth and Fremantle area.
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We book this tour really enjoyed the...
cwwref, Feb. 2016
Perth and Fremantle Tour with Optional Swan River Cruise
We book this tour really enjoyed the sites there in Perth pretty much covered most of the things to see their definitely will recommend this tour to anyone who reads this
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It was a long day but thoroughly...
Leonie Joy T, Aug. 2014
Margaret River, Caves, Wine and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Tour from Perth
If your stay in Perth is short this is a way to see a lot in one day.

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