What to do in Perth, WA

Unsure of where to go in Perth? Below are a few of the local must see spots. The beauty of Perth is that there is plenty to do wherever you are and whatever your budget. Perth also has very affordable public transport to each of these locations, so there is really nothing stopping you from exploring this city!


Kings Park and Botanical Gardens is one of the largest inner city built parks in the world, the garden is dedicated to conservation and spotlights plants from all over the world. It also contains beautiful walking trails, ponds, playgrounds and a West Australian war memorial. It is definitely a must see if you are in or near the city and is a great spot for a picnic or an outdoor workout.

Rottnest Island is a beautiful slice of WA made of pristine beaches and interesting wildlife. Take a short ferry ride and explore the island, experience amazing snorkelling, scenic bike paths and take a selfie with a quokka. Though this is not the cheapest experience on the list, it is an absolute must see if you are in Perth in summer, the clear waters will take your breath away.

Margaret river is a few hours south of Perth and is the place to be if you love quality food and wine. Take a tour of the area and visit all the quirky breweries and wineries whilst filling up on local cheese, chocolate and fruit. Or walk along one of its many walking trails set amongst the beautiful Australian bush and maybe see some interesting wildlife.

Perth has a variety of beaches to choose from if soaking up the sun is your thing. Cottesloe beach is only located 15 minutes from the city and is the typical kind of pristine beach you’ll find all over the state. Port beach in Fremantle is also popular, Rockingham beaches are renowned for spotting dolphins and Scarborough beaches are iconic for anyone who loves to surf. Don’t be afraid to talk to the locals, you’ll learn where the food is nearby and if there are any jellyfish lurking in the water.


The Perth Bell Tower is an iconic landmark for the state of Western Australia. The alien looking tower is actually the world’s largest musical instrument and contains the original 14th century bells from the church of Buckingham Palace. Not far from the tower is the new and bustling Elizabeth Quay. The Quay contains a large assortment of dining, entertainment and activities for all ages. Whether you enjoy watching popular businesses compete rowing along the river, drinking and eating with a spectacular view of the city or playing mini golf with friends, the Quay always has a new event to attend or a new restaurant to try.

For those feeling particularly brave, a short flight up the coast allows you to access some of the iconic Australian landscape. Visit Esperance for untouched beaches, scenic national parks and the mini Stonehenge. Broome has some of the most interesting landscapes in the nation, tours to the unique Bungle Bungles are very popular and relaxing with the camels on Cable beach after is a must. Exmouth home of the incredibly photogenic Ningaloo Reef where you will be swimming with all sorts of wildlife including whale sharks. If that isn’t for you there are plenty of pristine beaches to explore and humpback whales to watch.

There is truly something for everyone here, you are only limited by your imagination.

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