Perth is the largest and most populated city in Western Australia. It is also the capital city of the state. In Perth you can enjoy the city life but also beach life. You have plenty of choices for going out and do shopping. Should you prefer nature, national parks and wineries are not far either. There is something for everyone.
In Perth you find nearly everything. From city to nature, you’ve got the choice. Are you visiting soon? We put together 13 things to do in Perth.
1. Kings Park and Botanic Gardens
Kings Park is huge. It is covering about 400 ha and a great place to do some walks. In spring and summer the Kings Park is very popular to go for a picnic and to relax in the evening. Over 6 million people visit Kings Park each year. We are two of them.
The eternal flame with the State War Memorial in the background.
It’s so cool how easy it is to escape the busy city. We love to overlook the city and watch the busy roads from the distance. In September the Annual Kings Park Festival is held and the wildflowers are in full bloom. To see the flowers blooming spring is a great time to visit.
There are several trails you can walk. The park is so big that you can walk for hours. Don’t miss to walk over the Lotterywest Federation Walkway. You walk among the treetops. The glass steel arched bridge is 52 meters above ground.
2. Perth Town Hall
The Perth Town Hall is a beautiful building which is totally worth to visit. The Town Hall is centrally located at the corner of Hay and Barrack Street. If you spot the clock tower you found it. It’s a very photogenic building and popular for wedding receptions, ceremonies and other events. We only took a photo of the Perth Town Hall but if you wish, you can do a historic tour on Thursdays at 2 pm which last about 45 minutes. Tours are free of charge and it is advisable to book in advance.
3. New City of Perth Library and History Center
At 573 Hay Street you find the New City of Perth Library which opened on 1 March 2016. The new multi-level building is next to the Perth Town Hall. The modern architecture is another photo opportunity if you do a city tour. Free WiFi and public use computers are available.
The library is open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday 12 noon to 4 pm. Closed on public Holidays.
4. Shopping at Murray Street and Hay Street
Shopping at Murray and Hay Street is very popular seven days a week. Both streets are pedestrian zones where you find fashion, clothing, accessories, shoes, electronics, supermarkets, food courts and cafes. It’s also a great place to do people watching.
5. Souvenir and Gemstones at the London Court
Don’t miss to walk though the London Court. Even if you do not want to buy anything, it’s worth to walk through the alley. For us it feels like we’re walking through an alley in England. The shops mainly sell souvenirs, jewellery, accessories, beauty stuff and there are a few cafes too.
6. Government House
Another historic and beautiful building is the Government House at the St Georges Terrace. The doors first opened in 1863 and it was home to each Governor who was appointed to serve Western Australia. The building with its surrounding gardens is a magnificent sight.
Visitors can take a stroll around the gardens and enjoy a picnic there. The grounds are open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 12 noon and 2 pm.
Sometimes there are open days, the next one is on 16 October 2016 from 11 am to 3 pm. Entry is free on open days and you get the chance to enjoy the grounds and the ballroom. You can visit the information booths of community organizations and do self-guided tours through rooms of the Government House. There are also volunteer guides around to ask questions.
7. St Georges Cathedral in the heart of Perth
The St Georges Cathedral has beautiful stained glass windows.
In central Perth, near the Town Hall, another heritage precinct is well hidden between skyscrapers. The St Georges Cathedral is an English Gothic Revival building that has been built between 1879 and 1888. We like the combination of history and modern buildings which offer a great photo opportunity.
8. The Bell Tower
One of the things to do in Perth: Visit the iconic Bell Tower in Perth with its famous Swan Bells. For breathtaking views you should visit the Bell Tower at the Elizabeth Quay. From the Observation Deck you will see the Swan River, Kings Park and Elizabeth Quay, the city and the Darling Range. To enter you have to buy a ticket for AUD 18 / EUR 13.50 which gives you access to all five public areas of the tower.
We did not go in but we took a photo of the Bell Tower. And we heard the famous bells chiming.
9. Take the ferry to Sir James Mitchell Park in South Perth for stunning skyline views
Do you want to take a great photo of the skyline of Perth? From the Sir James Mitchell Park you get great skyline views and the park is also great for walks along the Swan River. By ferry it’s an 8 minute ride from Elizabeth Quay to Mends St Jetty (South Perth).
10. Visit a Farmer’s Market
On Saturday mornings you have a big selection of markets you can go to. There are the Perth City Farmers Market, The Farmers Market on Manning, at Mt Claremont, in Subiaco and on Sundays the Leederville Farmers Market. You want to buy fresh fruit and vegetables then you are at the right place at one of the markets.
11. Picnic and a walk at Cottesloe Beach
Western Australian beaches are pretty. No doubt about that. Cottesloe Beach is Perth’s iconic beach and if you love walking along the beach, having a picnic or a cappuccino at the beach go there. And something else is so nice at Cottesloe Beach: Watching the sunset! Simply beautiful.
Cottesloe Beach is not in walking distance of Perth city but you easily get there by car, bus or train. With the Transperth bus or the Fremantle train line you get there in 15 minutes. From Cottesloe station it is another 600 meters to walk to the white sandy beach.
Tip: Check out the Sculpture by the Sea in March with cool outdoor art
12. Fremantle Markets – Great place to go on the weekend
Are you in Perth on the weekend? Why not visit the Fremantle Markets. The atmosphere is great and what we like most about it is the mix of fresh produce, local and exotic art but also a café bars and a good selection of food stalls.
We just love the Fremantle Markets, that’s why we keep coming back whenever we are in Western Australia.
Opening hours: Friday 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday, Sunday and Monday Public Holidays 8 am to 6 pm.
13. Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle
Learn more about the past, present and the future of Western Australian port and coastal city of Fremantle. We are not big museum goers but the Maritime Museum is pretty interesting. The collections give an insight in the life at the ports and on the sea. The yacht from Parry Endeavour is on display with which he cruised around the world three times and got an entry in the Guinness World Records.
The best of all is the HMAS Ovens, a submarine from the World War II. Crazy how the crew lived in the submarine and if you interested in technical things, you will be impressed too.
You can do guided tours which take about one hour. You find more information on the official website: museum.wa.gov.au
There is also the Shipwreck Gallery which is pretty impressive and you can visit for free. Cold coin donation appreciated.
How to get from Perth to Fremantle
- By train, travelling time 28 minutes
- By car, about a 35 minutes drive, depends on traffic (22 km)
Free CAT busses in the city center of Perth
There is free public transport by Transperth within the city. Look out for the CAT bus in Blue, Red, Yellow and Green.
For fares, timetables and routes check transperth.wa.gov.au
Hotel tip: Where to stay in Perth
Aloft, 27 Rowe Avenue, Riverdale, Perth – Great value for Money. Modern and large rooms and bathroom,Free Wifi. For more information, reservations and bookings click here: Aloft Perth
A bonus tip – No. 14 – Things to do in Perth
Visit the John Forrest National Park
Just 30 km east of Perth you find a great National Park with short walking trails to waterfalls and a historic railway tunnel. For the ones who want to do a longer hike, we can recommend the Eagle View Walk Trail. The 15 km trail goes through bush land, small and you get rewarded with fantastic views into the valley, to Perth city and on a sunny day you can spot the sea in the distance.
You find details in this post: John Forrest National Park
We hope you find our 13 Things to do in Perth useful. Have you been to Perth too? Share your tip with us. We would love to hear from you in the comments just below.