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Welcome to Perth

A cultural metropolis located between the Indian Ocean and the stunning landscapes of Western Australia, Perth is a city of contrasts offering plenty of things to do. Here, you'll find skyscrapers and riverside parks, modern museums and street art, picture-perfect beaches and old-growth vineyards. Add a vibrant social scene, a sunny climate, and an island reserve full of loveable quokkas, and you have one of Australia's loveliest cities (and best-kept secrets).

Top 15 attractions in Perth

Rottnest Island

Fringed with rocky coves, white sandy beaches, and sun-soaked shores, Rottnest Island’s natural pleasures are numerous—whale-watching, snorkeling, hiking and wildlife spotting along the coast, and taking in the ocean sunsets. At less than an hour from Perth, Rottnest Island, or “Rotto,” makes for an idyllic retreat from the city.More

Swan River

The liquid heart of Perth, the Swan River touches many of the city’s neighborhoods on its way to the Indian Ocean. The river passes through the Swan Valley wine region, Perth’s Central Business District and affluent suburbs, and the port city of Fremantle, and there are lots of recreational opportunities on the banks and in the water.More

Fremantle Markets

Housed in a Victorian marketplace more than 100 years old, the Fremantle Markets are a Western Australian institution. A visit to the markets offers not only the chance to shop for fresh food and unique gifts, but also to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the entertainment offered by a rotating schedule of street performers.More

Pinnacles Desert

Although otherworldly in appearance, the Pinnacles Desert is 100 percent on planet earth. Located along the Indian Ocean's Coral Coast in Nambung National Park in Western Australia (WA), this vast sandy expanse is filled with towering limestone pillars. Plus, at only a few hours' drive from the city of Perth, the site makes for a popular and totally doable day trip.More

Round House

The Round House, a historic 12-sided building, was built in 1831 and is the oldest public building in Western Australia. Travelers can tour this unique architectural destination and learn about the original settlement, as well as how this iconic building was once used to house local lawbreakers.Visitors can learn about the Fremantle Round House's colorful past and also get an up close look at the famous Whaler’s Tunnel—the oldest underground tunnel in Western Australia. Completed in 1838, the original tunnel spanned some 64 meters, but today measures just 46. And while the 1 p.m. sound call that once rang out daily to alert ships on sea to the official time no longer occurs, travelers can sometimes catch a reenactment ceremony put on by some of the Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides.More

Margaret River

The Margaret River region is Western Australia’s food, wine, surfing, and leisure playground. It’s also one of the most scenic and lush regions in the state, graced with a mix of coastline, forest, vineyards, and farmland. Wine-loving visitors have more than 140 Margaret River wineries to choose from—its vintages are compared to those of Bordeaux in France—and the area also attracts surfers, whale watchers, spelunkers, and beachgoers to its nearby coastal landscapes.More

Kings Park & Botanic Garden

The Central Park of Perth, Kings Park & Botanic Garden boasts a hilltop perch with views of the Swan River and city skyline. Locals and visitors flock here for picnics and walks amid wildflowers, bushland, landscaped gardens, and historical memorials.More

Lancelin Sand Dunes

For those road-tripping up the coast of Western Australia, perhaps from Perth to Exmouth, a stop in Lancelin is easy and convenient. Visiting Lancelin from Perth on an organized day trip often includes additional attractions such as Caversham Wildlife Park, the Pinnacles Desert, or the Swan Valley wine region. Once there, sandboards can be rented in town for your own sandboarding enjoyment.More

Wave Rock

A large granite rock formation shaped like an ocean wave, Wave Rock is located in Western Australia’s Golden Outback region and situated in a bushland environment. Standing nearly 50 feet (15 meters) tall and 360 feet (110 meters) long, the formation is part of a geological area dating back more than 2.5 billion years.More

Perth Mint

When it opened in 1899, the Perth Mint was the third branch of Britain’s Royal Mint in Australia. Today it produces gold, silver, and platinum bullion coins and bars. Visit to see exhibitions about Western Australia’s gold rush history and collections of rare gold nuggets and coins.More

Penguin Island

Just 45 minutes from Perth, Penguin Island is an engaging ecotourism destination. Home to over 1,000 of the world’s smallest penguins, the island is teeming with animal activity. Attend a penguin feeding presentation, look to the skies for signs of seabirds, or search the seas for a glimpse of dolphins or a rare Australian sea lion.More

Hillarys Boat Harbour

Near the Western Australian city of Perth, Hillarys Boat Harbour is a seaside destination popular with locals and travelers alike. Not only a boat transport hub for trips off the coast, it’s also home to Hillarys Yacht Club, the Aquarium of Western Australia, the Sorrento Quay Boardwalk, and a calm, safe cove for ocean swimmers.More

Perth Bell Tower

One of the most distinctive sights in the Perth city skyline, the Bell Tower houses the historic St. Martin in the Fields bells—12 bells that rung for centuries in London until they were gifted to Western Australia in 1988. They now ring from the 271-foot (83-meter glass-and-copper tower that sits on the Swan River waterfront.More

Nambung National Park

Covering more than 17,000 hectares, the massive Nambung National Park is one of Western Australia’s most popular attractions. In addition to the protruding limestone pillars of its Pinnacles Desert, the park boasts white sand beaches, rich plant life, and trails to please every type of adventurer.After admiring the intriguing 13-feet-high Pinnacles in the desert, go for snorkel, swim or surf at Hangover Bay beach. History buffs will love exploring the thrombolites built by tiny micro-organisms at Lake Thetis, and finish with the mild loop trail bushwalk. The best time to visit the park between September and October, when the native vegetation is in full bloom.More

Yanchep National Park

With its lush wetlands, limestone caves, and wildflower-filled plains, Yanchep National Park makes an attractive retreat from nearby Perth, and at less than an hour’s drive from the city, it’s a popular choice for a day trip. Established in 1957, Yanchep is also one of Australia’s oldest national parks.More

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Top activities in Perth

Experience Rottnest with Ferry & Bike Hire from Perth or Fremantle
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Ultimate Swan Valley Food and Wine Day Trip from Perth
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Swim with Wild Dolphins Day Tour

Swim with Wild Dolphins Day Tour

Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise
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Fremantle Lunch Cruise

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Adventure Rottnest Tour with Ferry & Adventure Cruise from Perth or Fremantle
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Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise

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Swan River Scenic Cruise

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Recent reviews from experiences in Perth

It was lovely to see...
Sharon_M, Nov 2022
Fremantle Lunch Cruise
It was lovely to see Perth and Fremantle from a water view and in such a relaxed way.
Great trip to Wave Rock
Cameron_D, Nov 2022
Wave Rock, York, Wildflowers, and Aboriginal Cultural Day Tour from Perth
Really great day tour and easy way to see some sites located a long way out of Perth.
2 out of 3 were good.
Philomena_S, Oct 2022
Pinnacles Desert & New Norcia Day Tour from Perth
Better to see Wilflowers for free at Perth Botannical Gardens near Kings Park.
Impressive tour guide from Aussis Perth Tour
Ying_S, Nov 2022
Full-Day Wave Rock & Historic York
He understands our needs and always allows sufficient time to visit each element while managing schedule.
Loved the Quokkas
Marvin_M, Nov 2022
Rottnest Island Bayseeker Day Trip from Perth
Next was a bus tour around the island where we listened to commentary from the driver about the history and many beach sites along the way, stopping to see the sea lions.
Shame about the weather
Julie_C, Oct 2022
Experience Rottnest with Ferry & Bike Hire from Perth or Fremantle
We had bikes which I believe is the only way to see the island.
I have NEVER written a review for any tour I have joined, but this one blew everything else out of the water!
Ying_C, Oct 2022
Pinnacle Desert Sunset and Night-time Stargazing Tour from Perth
Amazing idea to visit the Pinnacles desert at evening time to catch the sunset.
Great day out
Mary_L, Sep 2022
Rottnest Island Full-Day Trip With Guided Island Tour From Perth
We were delighted to see little quokkas everywhere, some with joeys in their pouches.
Wind against your ear.
Deepul_S, Jun 2022
Pinnacle Desert Sunset and Night-time Stargazing Tour from Perth
This is a fantastic way to see more of WA.
Great time
sue_v, May 2022
Ultimate Swan Valley Food and Wine Day Trip from Perth
Perfect way to see some of Perth.
A great way to see new...
Anthea_H, May 2022
Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Perth Private Tour
A great way to see new things about Perth.
Yvonne_P, Nov 2021
Perth Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
The Perth hop on hop off was a greatest to see Perth.
Amazing way to see Kings Park
Colin_M, Oct 2021
Kings Park Segway Tour
What an amazing way to see Kings Park and Perth.
Margaret River day trip.
Michael_R, Jun 2021
A Taste of Margaret River
I got to see and hear all about the Margaret River area.
Great time - even on a wet day
Michael_C, May 2021
Swan River Scenic Cruise
The weather was not fantastic but it was still a wonderful time and great way to see all along the Swan River between Perth and Fremantle
Very good
Jacqueline_R, May 2021
Swan Valley Private Tour
I would highly recommend Sergio and this tour for anyone wanting to see more of Perth and it’s surrounds.
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.
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.
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.
Great way to visit Rottnest
James_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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All about Perth

When to visit

Perth usually has a mild but wet winter, so most locals are breathing a sigh of relief by the time spring rolls around. Not only does September bring warmer weather, it’s also prime time to see wildflowers, with colorful displays popping up around the city and a month-long wildflower festival held in Kings Park. Summer is also Perth’s time to shine, with nearly 80 miles (125 kilometers) of beautiful Indian Ocean coastline to explore.

Getting around

Perth is one of those cities you can easily navigate by bicycle, bus, train, or car, depending on how far you want to go. Around the city center, public transport is a good option, with trains and buses out to some of Perth’s best attractions, including Elizabeth Quay, Perth Cultural Precinct, Northbridge, Scarborough, and Fremantle. However, if you want to cruise along the coastline, and enjoy the freedom of the open road, nothing beats renting a car and going exploring.

Traveler tips

For a city of its size, Perth is still very connected to nature. Around the city you’ll find an island filled with penguins, flower-dotted nature reserves, riverside parks, waterfalls, and even ancient caves that were once a hidden dancehall for the city’s elite. Lovers of the stars will also find two observatories, where you can join stargazing sessions led by Aboriginal elders and learn about the mysteries of the night sky told by the world’s first astronomers.

A local’s pocket guide to Perth

Cassie Wilkins

In 2019, after six years traveling the world, a fateful coin flip led Cassie to Perth, where she fell in love with the beaches and bush. Now based in the Swan Valley, she spends her days exploring and weekends road-tripping.

The first thing you should do in Perth is...

go to Kings Park and look out over the city. One of the largest inner city parks in the world, Kings Park has a rich Aboriginal heritage, an awesome botanic garden, and it was once home to Perth’s first observatory.

A perfect Saturday in Perth...

Head to the beach for coffee and a swim, cruise out to the Swan Valley for wine tastings, or go out to Fremantle for art and culture, and finish up the day with a sunset drink at Elizabeth Quay.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the quokkas on Rottnest Island — beautiful beaches, interesting history, and the friendliest animal in the world—what could be better?! Jump on the ferry from Hillarys, Freo, or the city to spend the day in Rotto.

To discover the "real" Perth...

visit the WA Museum Boola Bardip. The city's past is so entwined with its present that the best way to experience it is to learn about it—and there’s no better place to do that than the city’s flagship museum.

For the best view of the city...

head up to the Perth Hills at sunset. Zig Zag Scenic Drive in Kalamunda is a great spot, while the views from Lesmurdie Falls and Sixty Foot Falls are epic—especially in winter when the waterfalls are in full flow.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking that Perth lacks substance. One of the world’s most remote cities may not compete with the cultural richness of the east, but it has its own allure, with beautiful beaches, amazing national parks, and a unique, vibrant character.

People Also Ask

What is Perth best known for?

Perth is known as one of the most isolated cities in the world—and for being the capital of the state of Western Australia. With the Indian Ocean to the west and the vast expanses of Western Australia in every other direction, Perth is an ideal jumping-off point for this dramatic region of Australia.

How can I spend 3 days in Perth?

With three days in Perth, you can see the central city's best, plus surrounding areas. Visit top attractions such as Kings Park and the waterfront on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Enjoy a dinner cruise on the Swan River. Make day trips to Rottnest Island, Swan Valley, and Pinnacles Desert.

What activities are there in Perth?

Perth offers a range of cultural and outdoor activities. In the city, cruise the Swan River, visit the bush-covered Kings Park, and take a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Nearby, enjoy a Swan Valley wine tour, whale watch on the way to Rottnest Island, and admire the otherworldly Pinnacles Desert formations.

What is so special about Perth?

Perth is unusual as such an isolated city, with the Indian Ocean to the west and the vast deserts of Western Australia everywhere else. Residents embrace a frontier spirit, born out of isolation. There are many unique and dramatic natural attractions nearby, from Rottnest Island to the Pinnacles Desert.

What can you do in Perth for free?

Visitors to Perth can enjoy loads of free activities, many of which are outdoors. Swim or snorkel at the beaches, follow a city or mountain biking trail, hike in the forests east of the city, browse farmers markets, and stroll among more than 200 public art installations around the city.

What's nearby to Perth?

Attractions and sights of interest near Perth include Rottnest Island, famous for its quokkas; Pinnacles Desert, with dramatic rock formations; Swan Valley, with vineyards that produce some of Western Australia’s finest wine; and Margaret River, a town with white sand beaches and more fine wine.

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