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PerthAustralia

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

Where to stay in Perth

Fremantle which includes street scenes, a small town or village and signage

Fremantle

Fremantle is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Fremantle Markets and Fremantle Prison while in the area.

Fremantle
Scarborough, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Scarborough

Scarborough is known for its stunning beaches, and you can see some sights area like Scarborough Beach and Trigg Bushland Reserve.

Scarborough

Top hotels in Perth

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Marine Terrace and Essex St, Fremantle, WA
The price is AU$151 per night

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! (1,108 reviews)

"Convenient location, newly renovated rooms, very clean, pleasant, helpful staff."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jul. 2020

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Four Points by Sheraton Perth
Four Points by Sheraton Perth
4.5 out of 5
707 Wellington Street, Perth, WA
The price is AU$119 per night

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (970 reviews)

"Great location, excellent staff, clean and functional rooms"…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2020

Four Points by Sheraton Perth
Pan Pacific Perth
Pan Pacific Perth
5 out of 5
207 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth, WA
The price is AU$159 per night

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 Hay Street Mall ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,050 reviews)

"Great room with awesome views, clean and spacious!"…"

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2020

Pan Pacific Perth

Popular places to visit in Perth

Scarborough Beach
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Scarborough Beach

4.5/5(450 reviews)

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

4.5/5(352 reviews)

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

4.5/5(451 reviews)

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

Elizabeth Quay
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Elizabeth Quay

4.5/5(946 reviews)

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.

City Beach
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City Beach

4.5/5(356 reviews)

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

4.5/5(892 reviews)

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.

Top activities in Perth

Wave Rock & Historic York Full-Day Tour
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Wave Rock & Historic York Full-Day Tour

AU$185
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Swan Valley Wineries Half-Day Coach Tour
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Swan Valley Wineries Half-Day Coach Tour

AU$75
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Wave Rock, Historic York, Corrigin Town & Hippo’s Yawn Cave
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Wave Rock, Historic York, Corrigin Town & Hippo’s Yawn Cave

AU$185
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Rottnest Island Bus Tour with Ferry & Train Ride Package
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Rottnest Island Bus Tour with Ferry & Train Ride Package

AU$184
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Bicycle Hire & Rottnest Island Ferry Trip
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Full-Day Bicycle Hire & Rottnest Island Ferry Trip

AU$108
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Full Day Swan Valley Wine & Food Tour
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Full Day Swan Valley Wine & Food Tour

AU$115
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend

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