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Elizabeth Quay
Elizabeth Quay

Elizabeth Quay

Free admission
The Esplanade, Perth, Australia, WA 6000

Basics

The crowning attraction of Elizabeth Quay is its bell tower—one of the largest musical instruments in the world. Catch skyline views from the tower’s observation deck, stroll the waterfront promenade, picnic in the grass, or people-watch at an alfresco restaurant.

Due to the quay’s central location, it’s a base for numerous guided city tours—including options that explore top local restaurants, Instagrammable spots, and café culture. You can even catch scenic river cruises here, along with excursions to Perth Zoo, Fremantle, the Swan Valley wine region, and beach-ringed Rottnest Island.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Though the Bell Tower observation deck is very popular, timed-entry bookings can help minimize wait times.

  • Short-term public moorings are available for visitors who plan to arrive by boat.

  • Elizabeth Quay is fully equipped with accessible parking, ramps and pathways, color-contrast street markings, handrails, and accessible restrooms.

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How to Get There

Catch a bus or train to Elizabeth Quay Station, take the Transperth Ferry from Mends Street Jetty in South Perth, or hop on the free Blue CAT bus from the city. Parking is limited and expensive, but drivers can reach the precinct from Riverside Drive, Barrack Street, the Esplanade or William Street. Be aware of event-related road closures.

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When to Get There

The Elizabeth Quay waterfront precinct is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, though eateries and attractions have varied opening times. The most popular time to visit Perth is during Australia’s summer (December-February), when tours, ferries, and accommodation can be more expensive and advance bookings are advised. Alternatively, a winter (June-November) visit can save money and avoid crowds; it’s also the best time to spot humpback whales on their annual migration.

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Attractions for Children at Elizabeth Quay

Families with kids can find plenty to keep the little ones occupied. Splash in the interactive water features, watch choreographed fountains at BHP Water Park, spend time at the playground, or take a spin on a handcrafted Venetian carousel. Other options include quirky art installations, seasonal events like ice skating, and, of course, ice cream.

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