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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

Swan River

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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
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Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island

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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
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Fremantle Markets

Fremantle Markets

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With a history dating back to 1897 and a far-reaching reputation, the Fremantle Markets are among the most famous of their kind in Western Australia, and the lively weekend markets are equally popular with locals and tourists. Housed in a striking Victorian market hall, restored in the 1970s, the legendary markets feature more than 150 stalls split between two sections – The Yard and The Hall.Visiting the Fremantle Markets is an experience in itself, with huge crowds turning out each weekend, and an array of street entertainers, artists and musicians providing entertainment. This is the place to buy fresh farmer’s produce, organic delicacies and artisan foods, or feast on tasty street food. It’s not just food on sale either – the eclectic stalls include clothing and accessories by local and upcoming designers; unique art and handicrafts; great value cosmetics and toiletries; and a myriad of souvenirs.More
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Pinnacles Desert

Pinnacles Desert

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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
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Perth Mint

Perth Mint

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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
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Round House

Round House

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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
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden

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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Wave Rock

Wave Rock

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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
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Penguin Island

Penguin Island

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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
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Lancelin Sand Dunes

Lancelin Sand Dunes

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A visit to Western Australia wouldn’t be complete without an adrenaline-infused ride across the Lancelin Sand Dunes. Rolling hills of textured, white sand provide the landscape for your next sand surfing adventure. Thrill seekers rejoice, these dunes span more than a mile (2 kilometers) — the largest in Western Australia! Navigate the steep sand bumps and curves in a dirt bike, off-road vehicle or sandboard. Once you make it to the peaks you’ll bask in panoramic views of Lancelin, including vast farmland, sweeping sand dunes and refreshing coastline. Visit during dawn or dusk for killer scenery.More

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Top activities in Perth

Fremantle Lunch Cruise

Fremantle Lunch Cruise

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9 Day Perth to Broome Adventure

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Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise

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Margaret River, Caves, Wine and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Tour from Perth
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Recent reviews from experiences in Perth

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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.
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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
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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.
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A Great Taste of Margaret River
Gary_V, Jun 2021
A Taste of Margaret River
The tour pace was relaxed and not rushed… we love that we can just do things on our own without being push what to do at each places we visited… Lumineer is the way to go if planning to visit Margaret River for a day… oh the nibbles and wine at the end of the tour is A+…
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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
Rochelle_S, 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
Karan_V, 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
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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A great bus to see the main...
CheeKiong_L, 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...
MrsAnnaL_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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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