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20 amazing things to do in Perth

As one of the most isolated capital cities on the planet, Perth can make you feel a world away from your everyday. Whether your soul is in need of a beachside break, a cultural journey or an adrenaline-fuelled adventure, you'll find it in Perth.

We know that travel is especially difficult right now. But alongside the latest COVID-19 travel advice and updates, we want to continue to inspire you with new travel content so that when the world opens its doors again, you’ll be ready.

Note that many attractions in Perth may be affected by COVID-19 restrictions. Opening hours, seating capacity and services may be limited. Check restrictions with the venue directly prior to your visit.

Things to do in Perth with kids

A holiday with children requires a lot of planning, but luckily there are plenty of things to do in Perth for families.

Children playing in the water in Perth

The Aquarium of Western Australia 

Discover the amazing array of ocean life native to the West Australian coast. Located only 30 minutes’ drive from the CBD, the Aquarium of Western Australia is a magical day out for kids of all ages. 

Adult tickets cost $30, children (4-15 years) $18 and infants are free. Concession tickets are $22 and there are a few configurations of family ticket available. 

Scitech 

This exciting experience is so much fun the kids won’t even realise it’s educational. Dating back 30 years, Scitech has been a go-to for WA families for decades now. 

Scitech boasts Australia’s largest planetarium and an ever-changing exhibition of scientific fact and discovery. 

Adult tickets are $18 and concession (with ID) are $16. Child tickets (ages 4 to 17) cost $12 and children under three years old can visit for free.

Adventure World  

For an adrenaline packed day, head to Adventure World. With rollercoasters, water rides and more, no one in the family will dare utter the words “I’m bored”. Make sure to pack swimmers, towels and your bravest face. 

Tickets are $62.50 for adults, $52.50 for children between 4 and 13 but free for younger kids. Discounts are available for students, seniors and family bundles. 

Free things to do in Perth

If you’re on a tight budget but still want to make memories, there are plenty of free things to do in Perth.

Visit Perth’s stunning beaches

At the end of the day, you can’t beat what nature created. You’re spoilt for choice for beaches in Perth and there are plenty of safe, child-friendly options. Beaches, unlike many other attractions, are free to visit. 

Cottesloe Beach

Arguably Perth’s most famous beach and located only 20 minutes drive from the city centre, Cottlesloe Beach is a picture-perfect setting for a day at the beach. With soft white sand, clear water and swathes of grass shaded by Norfolk Pines, it’s where you go when you want a relaxing day. 

Spend your day enjoying the strip of nearby cafes, restaurants and bars in between dips in the sea.

Cottesloe Beach, Perth

Leighton Beach 

This pristine beach is a great option for kids with shallow water stretching far out from the shoreline. Between Leighton Beach’s crystal-clear water and blindingly white sand you’ll think you’ve travelled to the tropics. 

City Beach 

If you’re looking for a spot to chill out and watch the sunset over the ocean, head to City Beach. Only 15 minutes from the city centre, the restaurant options make it a great place for dinner with a view. 

Mettams Pool 

This is one of Perth’s most visited northern beaches and is a popular snorkelling spot. This is a great place to take children to learn about sea life, as you’ll see plenty of different types of fish, octopodes, starfish, crabs and more. 

Kings Park and Botanic Garden 

One of the largest inner-city parks in the world, Kings Park offers free entry, children’s play areas, walking trails and grassy parks. Kings Park and Botanic Garden is the perfect spot for a family picnic or a romantic rendezvous with gorgeous views of the city, Darling Ranges and the Swan and Canning Rivers. 

The botanic gardens is a 17-hectare site that aims to grow, develop and study native WA flora. In all, there are more than 3000 species in the gardens, and plenty of areas to wander around. 

Kings Park, Perth

Free daily walking tours 

There are a whole range of free guided and self-guided walking tours available in Perth. Leaving from the Perth City Visitor Kiosk at the Murray Street Mall, you can embark on various art, history and cultural tours with knowledgeable volunteer guides. 

Elizabeth Quay 

This dynamic new development on the Swan River is the perfect spot to take a stroll along the waterside and soak up the city atmosphere.

Things to do in Perth at night

Perth transforms at night. Areas that were once busy with 9 to 5 employees transform into lively cultural and art hubs. Perth’s stars and urban lights almost give city a new identity.

Perth at night

Dinner Cruise on the Swan River 

Take in the majesty of the Perth city skyline as the sun sets over the Swan River. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, drinks, live entertainment and unique views as you cruise through the city from the deck of a cosy boat.

Take in a show at His Majesty’s Theatre 

Whether you’re a regular theatregoer or not, His Majesty’s Theatre offers an experience to remember. With opera, ballet and comedy options regularly available, this Baroque-style theatre has plenty to of performances to keep you entertained. 

Twilight Hawkers Market 

Eat your way around the world at the Twilight Hawkers Market. Loved by locals and tourists alike this weekly festival of food takes place every Friday night from October to April. 

Scarborough Beach Sunset Markets 

The Scarborough Beach Markets run regularly on Thursday evenings from October to April. They feature live entertainment, artists, food and drinks and of course the unbeatable Scarborough sunset. 

Perth Observatory

As the city winds down for the day, the night sky beings to sparkle.

Around half an hour by car from the CBD, Perth Observatory offers nightly tours of the galaxies above. You’ll see some of the most prominent stars, nebulas and planets visible in the Southern Hemisphere.

Depending on how bright the moon is, you’ll be able to spot different objects in the sky more prominently, so plan your trip accordingly. Undoubtedly, it’s one of the best places to go if you’re into outer space.

Enjoy the stars from Perth Observatory

Fremantle Prison by torchlight

Just to the south of Perth is the city of Fremantle, a place loved by surfers and beachgoers.

Back in the early 1800s, Fremantle wasn’t such an enviable location. The prison was the first stop in Australia for countless British convicts.

The night time tour explores the halls and cells of the prison, retelling some of the most eerie and gruesome stories from its past.

The torchlight tour costs $28 for an adult, $24 for a concession or $18 for a child. 

Food and Drink

For many travellers, visiting new places is all about new dining experiences. Luckily, Perth is well-stocked with incredible eating opportunities. 

C Restaurant 

Perth’s only revolving restaurant is a must-do for visitors. The stunning views from 33 storeys up are matched only by the excellent gourmet food, which includes a (very) high tea! As a tip, request a table by the window in advance.

Swan Valley Wineries 

Take your pick with over 40 wineries to explore in Western Australia’s oldest wine-growing region. 

Make the short journey from the city yourself to Swan Valley or join a tour to fully enjoy the food and wine pleasures that await you. 

Wildlife Encounters

The quokkas of Rottnest Island have become a must-see for any keen Instagrammer, or any lover of cute wildlife. 

These photogenic mammals have lived free from predators on Rottnest Island for thousands of years and so are not at all shy of humans. Grab a short ferry ride from the city to visit these iconic animals and while you’re there enjoy a cycling tour, boat ride or Aboriginal cultural experience. 

There is no lack of wildlife to experience in Perth with whale watching cruises, fairy penguins, dolphins, kangaroos and koalas all on your doorstep. 

Adventure activities near Perth

If days at the beach or in the local park aren’t high-energy enough for you, there are plenty of options in and near Perth to give you an adrenaline rush. 

Sandboarding 

Lancelin, located 85 minutes from Perth’s CBD, is one of the best sandboarding destinations in the world thanks to a landscape made from gargantuan sand dunes. This inexpensive and fun activity – essentially snowboarding but in warm weather – is suitable for all ages. 

Four-wheel driving  

Four-wheel drivers are spoilt for choice with many spectacular tracks within day-trip distance of Perth. 

For those who don’t have their own vehicle or prefer to sit back and relax, four-wheel driving tours are also available from the city. Preston Beach, Waroon and Wellingup and just a few of the stunning locations on offer. 

Abseiling 

Among its various abseiling options, Spacecameleon Adventure Co offers a unique adventure experience – sunset abseiling. Watching the sunset over Perth while abseiling down spectacular rockfaces is capped off by complimentary gourmet pizza. A must-do for thrill-seekers!

Skydiving 

Located about 40 minutes south of Perth, Skydive Australia operates the closest skydive location to the CBD. Experience the city from above with spectacular views of the surrounding bushland and coast and an adrenaline rush to match. 

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Popular questions about travelling to Perth

What can you do in Perth for free?

Some of Perth’s best attractions are free, most notably its world-class beaches. Stroll through Kings Park or along Swan River or people watch at Elizabeth Quay.

Is Perth worth visiting?

Although it’s the most isolated city in the world, Perth has plenty of things to do worth travelling for. From its stunning beaches to its boutique stores, Perth is a favourite for many. Some travellers think that Perth locals have understated Perth to keep the city under the radar and all to themselves.

What day trips can I make from Perth?

Some of the most popular day trips from Perth include going to see the quokkas on Rottnest Island, wine tasting around the Margaret River region, or visiting the otherworldly pinnacles in Nambung National Park.

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