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Play mini golf, splash around in the waterpark, go shopping, admire stunning architecture and sculptures, and see Perth’s iconic Swan Bells at Elizabeth Quay. During major community festivals, the precinct comes alive with spectacular shows, yummy street food options and awesome concerts and fireworks shows.
Elizabeth Quay first opened to the public in 2016, but work is ongoing. This artificial inlet occupies what used to be reclaimed land, the former Esplanade Reserve. Its boardwalks are perched above the lapping waves of the beautiful Swan River, reconnecting Perth with the source of its existence.
Arrive early in the day to explore Elizabeth Quay before the crowds arrive. Follow the wooden boardwalk and stand under the whale skeleton-like arch, a grand artwork named Spanda. You also can’t miss the First Contact statue, which stands 5 metres (16 feet) tall and looks positively quirky.
Less prominent is the bronze statue of Bessie Rischbieth, a feminist and activist who in 1964, at the age of 90, championed against the land reclamation at this spot by standing barefoot in front of the bulldozers. Her umbrella raised high, she attempted to save the Swan River. The new inlet means the river is allowed back in, although it’s probably not what Bessie had in mind.
The quay was named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, when the development first started. The planned high-rise hotels, retail space, offices and apartments are still to be finalised in the coming years. For now, just visit Barrack Square and the Swan Bells right next to Elizabeth Quay.
Come here just before dark to see Elizabeth Quay lit up by atmospheric lights as the sun sets and the Swan River slowly turns to black.
Being part of the central business district (CBD) of Perth and situated right next to the Transperth public ferry terminal, it’s very easy to get to Elizabeth Quay. Public ferries run all the way to the Mends Street jetty in South Perth. The free blue CAT bus stops near the Bell Tower as well. Elizabeth Quay even has its own bus and railway station. There is a wide range of accommodation options nearby, from flash CBD hotels to fun backpacker hostels.
We understand you really want to get the most out of your visit to Elizabeth Quay. So, we've put together some of the coolest things you can do on your visit:
For many more things to do, examine our Perth Central Business District things to do page.
Located in the heart of Northbridge, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Yagan Square and Murray Street Mall. Elizabeth Quay and Perth Mint are also within 1 mi (2 km). Perth Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and Perth Station is 7 minutes.
This family-friendly Perth hotel is located in the business district, within a 5-minute walk of Brookfield Place, His Majesty's Theatre, and Perth Convention Exhibition Centre (PCEC). Barracks Arch and RAC Arena are also within 10 minutes. Perth Esplanade Station is 6 minutes by foot and Perth Underground Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Perth Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Perth Concert Hall, Perth Mint, and Royal Perth Hospital. Elizabeth Quay and Hay Street Mall are also within 15 minutes. Perth McIver Station is 10 minutes by foot and Perth Esplanade Station is 14 minutes.
Situated in East Perth, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Queens Gardens, Langley Park, and World Australia Cricket Association Museum. Perth Mint and WACA are also within 15 minutes. Perth Claisebrook Station is 18 minutes by foot and Perth McIver Station is 19 minutes.
Located in the heart of East Perth, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Perth Mint and Langley Park. Swan River Foreshore Trail and St. Mary's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Perth McIver Station is 13 minutes by foot and Perth Claisebrook Station is 14 minutes.
Located in Perth Central Business District, this hotel is steps from St George's Terrace and Hay Street Mall. Perth Mint and Royal Perth Hospital are also within 10 minutes. Perth Station is 7 minutes by foot and Perth Underground Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Perth Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from St. Mary's Cathedral and Perth Concert Hall. Central Law Courts and Perth Mint are also within 5 minutes. Perth McIver Station is 9 minutes by foot and Perth Station is 12 minutes.
Located in Perth Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of RAC Arena, His Majesty's Theatre, and Watertown Brand Outlet Centre. Northbridge Piazza and Yagan Square are also within 10 minutes. Perth Underground Station is 8 minutes by foot and Perth Station is 10 minutes.