As Baz Dreisinger wrote in the New York Times after his visit to Perth; ‘Conjure up a city embodying all things right about cities. Multiple parks and waterfronts, spotless subways and free public buses, restaurant menus with organic, locally sourced food and wine, cools bars in heritage buildings, and pop everything from farmers markets to cinema to yoga’. Perth city has everything you need to experience a fabulous holiday and there are plenty of interesting things to see and do! 3000 hours of sunshine a year, friendly locals, historic attractions and relaxed dining offering world class food and wine. There’s plenty of stunning public parks and water side dining, diverse entertainment, arts and culture and international events and things to do in Perth city, making the city a great place for you and your family and friends to explore.
Perth is a modern, clean and safe city which buzzes with the energy of a young city on the move, while maintaining important heritage sites alongside new commercial buildings. In 2016 the new Elizabeth Quay was officially opened and Perth’s new city skyline was born. Reconnecting the Perth CBD to the river, Elizabeth Quay was the centrepiece of the State Government’s plan to revitalise our city and embrace one of Perth’s best natural assets – the Swan River. Featuring a stunning inlet connected by 1.5km of continuous boardwalks and promenades, Elizabeth Quay delivers lively public spaces, new bars, restaurants and delightful pieces of artwork, such as ‘Spanda’, the eight story high creation by WA artist, Christian de Vietri. Spanda is said to represent water ripples, linking the Swan River, land and sky.
Hop on the Perth Explorer open top bus tour to Kings Park for spectacular views over the city; jump off and walk amongst the tree tops or stop for a picnic. Watch gold pouring at The Perth Mint or marvel at one of the world’s largest musical instruments at The Bell Tower. Shop in one of the many arcades or boutique stores, take a Captain Cook wine cruise on the beautiful Swan River, jump on the Transperth ferry to visit over 1500 species of animals at The Perth Zoo, or for something different, have fun on a Segway Tour.
Perth offers abundant restaurants, pubs, bars, night markets, cafes, art galleries, theatre and exhibitions. For dining options in Perth, please visit the Dining section, and the Events section for a large selection of Perth events. The city is also surrounded by a number of ‘urban villages’, such as Subiaco, Leederville and Mt Lawley, all offering a different inner city feel, plus the nightlife district of Northbridge. Only ten minutes from the city centre, Crown Perth offers the ultimate entertainment with a 24 hour casino, premium restaurants and bars, two international hotels and world-renowned theatre productions. Please see below for a selection of attractions and activities in Perth city, and drop into the WA Visitor Centre and ask the helpful staff.
After exploring Perth city, take a day or extended trip to visit the historic port town of Fremantle, the turquoise bays and the Quokkas at Rottnest Island, or the lush valleys full of world class wines in the Swan Valley. Swim with dolphins and visit the world’s smallest penguin colony in Rockingham, or head further south to Mandurah and the Peel Region for dolphin tours, skydiving, bush walks, wineries and much more. Head north and marvel at the underwater wonders at the Aquarium of WA, swim and relax on the beautiful Scarborough Beach or take a day trip up to the famous Pinnacles Desert.