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Visit Perth

With its beautiful beaches, striking harbours and vast swathes of desert, Australia’s most remote state capital is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the climate.

Lying on the banks of the Swan River, Perth is the stunning capital of Western Australia, home to great beaches, wineries and breweries, as well as many famous historic spots. From here you can bathe in the dazzling waters of the Indian Ocean, feel the breeze of the Freo Doctor, and get to know the city’s 1.8 million fun-loving inhabitants.

Head to the Botanic Garden for a barbecue high up in the captivating surroundings of Kings Park, or for an even more impressive view of the landscape and the Swan River climb up the Swan Bells Bell Tower. You can explore the region’s history by paying a visit to Western Australian Museum and even see the world’s most valuable coin at the Perth Mint. If you’re bringing the kids, don’t miss a trip to the Perth Zoo or embark on a journey of discovery at Scitech.

For a real education about Perth and the culture of this part of Australia, head for the Perth Cultural Centre just north from the city’s train station. From here you can visit the Art Gallery of Western Australia with its vivid Aboriginal art works, and then enjoy a great night out around Northbridge.

If you want to venture a little further, go out to the suburbs of Subiaco and Cottlesloe. You can take a dip in the waters at Cottlesloe Beach before trailing the coast round to Hillarys Boat Harbour for fun with the family. Or to learn about the aquatic life of the region, head for the Aquarium of Western Australia.

In the region surrounding Perth, you’ll find many wineries and fruit farms as well as old mining towns and wildlife areas to discover and explore. Rent a car to find your own way round, or take a ferry trip to Fremantle and its historic attractions. Western Australia’s famous jails are worth a visit too, especially the Round House and Fremantle Prison. The Western Australian Maritime Museum is another great experience, and ideal preparation for a visit to see the quokkas and seals on Rottnest Island.

Perth is a city with a great vibe, as well as so much to see and do, and makes a great base for an exploration of Australia’s west coast.

Perth Travel Guide Video

Top hotels in Perth

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Crowne Plaza Perth
Crowne Plaza Perth
4.5 out of 5
54 Terrace Road, East Perth, WA
AU$143
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2

Located in the heart of East Perth, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Queens Gardens and Perth Mint. WACA and Swan Bells Belltower are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (974 reviews)

"Spacious clean rooms. Hotel itself is a bit tired, needs a paint and a freshen up."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jan. 2020

Crowne Plaza Perth
Aloft Perth
Aloft Perth
4 out of 5
27 Rowe Avenue, Rivervale, WA
AU$149
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Crown Perth, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Optus Stadium and Ascot Racecourse. Swan River Foreshore Trail ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (688 reviews)

"Excellent clean brilliant hotel with friendly service and excellent food will stay here every time I'm in Perth thank you very much"…"

Reviewed on 8 Jan. 2020

Aloft Perth
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Marine Terrace and Essex St, Fremantle, WA
AU$149
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6

Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fremantle Markets and University of Notre Dame Australia. Fremantle Prison ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,396 reviews)

"Everything was great however there are obvious signs of ware and tear and my towel was a wee bit worn as it had holes in it. Overall though it was good."…"

Reviewed on 25 Jan. 2020

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges

Popular things to do in Perth

Scarborough Beach
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Scarborough Beach

Pedestrian promenades with ocean views, fun playgrounds, shops and cafés, and of course the beach itself, make this one very popular surf beach indeed.

Hillarys Boat Harbour
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Hillarys Boat Harbour

From mini golf to fine dining, there’s plenty to see and do at this delightful marina in Perth’s northern suburbs.

Cottesloe Beach
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Cottesloe Beach

Among the best loved family beaches Perth has to offer, here take a swim, go surfing, and while away the hours under the sun.

City Beach
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City Beach

Enjoy the tranquility of a gorgeous natural beach close to the city centre of Perth. Dive in for a swim or surf, laze on the warm sand or go beachcombing.

Kings Park and Botanic Garden
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden

This striking stretch of green in the heart of Perth is home to the amazing State Botanic Gardens as well as attractions for all the family.

Elizabeth Quay
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Elizabeth Quay

An exciting new addition to the Perth riverfront, this precinct has everyone talking. There is already heaps to see and do and it’s not even finished yet.

Top activities in Perth

Indulgent Twilight Winery Experience in the Swan Valley
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Indulgent Twilight Winery Experience in the Swan Valley

AU$125

Enjoy after-hours visits to 3 of Swan Valley's highest-regarded vineyards to taste some of their finest wines. With samples of a fantastic range of different types of wine and dinner in an award-winning restaurant, this sophisticated evening in an esteemed region is sure to impress.

Optus Stadium Tour with Cruise
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Optus Stadium Tour with Cruise

AU$44

Cruise from Elizabeth Quay along the city foreshore enjoying the natural fauna and flora [dolphins, pelicans, bluebottle dolphins]. Drop into Optus Stadium on the way back for a 1.5hr guided tour of this magnificent complex [3.5hrs total package].

Pinnacles, Sandboarding and Swan Valley Wildlife Park Tour
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Pinnacles, Sandboarding and Swan Valley Wildlife Park Tour

AU$179

Combine natural wonders, iconic Aussie wildlife, a vineyard lunch and adrenaline-fuelled activities on a full day tour from Perth. Your jam-packed itinerary begins with a visit to the Caversham Wildlife Park, where you can hand-feed kangaroos, get close to Koala, experience a farm show and more.

Full-Day Bicycle Hire & Rottnest Island Ferry Trip
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Full-Day Bicycle Hire & Rottnest Island Ferry Trip

AU$107

Let out your adventurous side for a day of exploring the beauty of Rottnest Island at its best. With a ferry ride from the coast of Western Australia and the use of a bicycle to explore at your leisure, you can see the unique wildlife and spectacular views on this remarkable piece of nature.

Mandurah Dolphin & Scenic Canal Cruise
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Mandurah Dolphin & Scenic Canal Cruise

AU$32

Embark on a cruise through calm Mandurah waterways to witness playful dolphins as they skip across the surface. You also visit the world-class Ocean Marina as well the Canals where you can see luxurious canal homes that were built with no expense spared.

Rottnest Island Sailing Day Trip from Fremantle
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Rottnest Island Sailing Day Trip from Fremantle

AU$477

We will be awaiting your arrival at iconic Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour on the Boardwalk, you cant miss our 23 metre high sails. Once you have boarded and taken a tour of the yacht we can set sail, yes you will be helping set the sails and steer the yacht to our wonderful island destination, it takes approximately 2-2.

Reviews of Perth

4.4

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 28, 2020

The renewed city centre with Yagan Square really brings life back to the city. I live here, we chose to spend a night in Perth for the fireworks. Elizabeth Quay is also a great addition to the city.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 27, 2020

Close to Kings Park, Inner City, If you love paid parking this is the place to be..

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 27, 2020

Take a train trip to Fremantle and walk the old streets, visit the Freo Markets and have a drink watching the sun set over Bathers Beach. Walk down to Elizabeth Quay and watch the sun set over the river standing on the bridge.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 27, 2020

Met lots of good people both locals and visitors. Everyone was in good spirits and very friendly.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 27, 2020

Perth was first stop over, on the way to Margaret River region. Not much happening in Perth CBD in January. A visit to Fremantle should be included when driving from Perth to Margaret River Region. The beaches are best places to visit around Perth.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 26, 2020

Perth was not a busy city and has excellent infrastructure. We will be back for sure.

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