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Things to do in Perth

Things to do in  Perth

Welcome to Perth

Home to wombats, kangaroos, and a large portion of Western Australia’s total population, the city of Perth is the epicenter of a state that can feel like the middle of nowhere. The city, set along the banks of the Swan River, offers refuge from the surrounding wilderness, in the form of nightlife, street art, and a thriving local food and wine scene—all of which can be explored via a walking, Segway, or bike tour. With near-constant good weather and beaches on the Indian Ocean, Perth offers a plethora of ways to get outside, both within the city, in the Swan Valley, and beyond. Water-lovers can plan a trip on a scenic cruise ship, ferry, or kayak that floats down the Swan River and Shoalwater Bay (look out for dolphins); while desert-enthusiasts can book a day trip to Pinnacles Desert limestone formations or Wave Rock, complete with transportation and a knowledgeable guide. If you want more adventure, add a sandboard or 4WD experience across the massive Lancelin dunes. Rottnest Island, accessible by ferry from Perth or Fremantle, makes a great base for adventure tours—from biking to skydiving—while Penguin Island (45 minutes by ferry) is rightfully named for its penguins inhabitants, which you can see along with dolphins and sea lions. Oenophiles can taste the flavors of the region on a wine tour, stopping at the town of Margaret River to pop into local boutiques along the way.

Top 15 attractions in Perth

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Swan River

Swan River

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The liquid heart of Perth, the Swan River touches many of the city’s neighborhoods on its way to the Indian Ocean. The river passes through the Swan Valley wine region, Perth’s Central Business District and affluent suburbs, and the port city of Fremantle, and there are lots of recreational opportunities on the banks and in the water.More
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Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island

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Fringed with rocky coves, white sandy beaches, and sun-soaked shores, Rottnest Island’s natural pleasures are numerous—whale-watching, snorkeling, hiking and wildlife spotting along the coast, and taking in the ocean sunsets. At less than an hour from Perth, Rottnest Island, or “Rotto,” makes for an idyllic retreat from the city.More
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Pinnacles Desert

Pinnacles Desert

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Although otherworldly in appearance, the Pinnacles Desert is 100 percent on planet earth. Located along the Indian Ocean's Coral Coast in Nambung National Park in Western Australia (WA), this vast sandy expanse is filled with towering limestone pillars. Plus, at only a few hours' drive from the city of Perth, the site makes for a popular and totally doable day trip.More
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Fremantle Markets

Fremantle Markets

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Housed in a Victorian marketplace more than 100 years old, the Fremantle Markets are a Western Australian institution. A visit to the markets offers not only the chance to shop for fresh food and unique gifts, but also to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the entertainment offered by a rotating schedule of street performers.More
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Penguin Island

Penguin Island

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Just 45 minutes from Perth, Penguin Island is an engaging ecotourism destination. Home to over 1,000 of the world’s smallest penguins, the island is teeming with animal activity. Attend a penguin feeding presentation, look to the skies for signs of seabirds, or search the seas for a glimpse of dolphins or a rare Australian sea lion.More
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Round House

Round House

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The Round House, a historic 12-sided building, was built in 1831 and is the oldest public building in Western Australia. Travelers can tour this unique architectural destination and learn about the original settlement, as well as how this iconic building was once used to house local lawbreakers.Visitors can learn about the Fremantle Round House's colorful past and also get an up close look at the famous Whaler’s Tunnel—the oldest underground tunnel in Western Australia. Completed in 1838, the original tunnel spanned some 64 meters, but today measures just 46. And while the 1 p.m. sound call that once rang out daily to alert ships on sea to the official time no longer occurs, travelers can sometimes catch a reenactment ceremony put on by some of the Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides.More
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Perth Mint

Perth Mint

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When it opened in 1899, the Perth Mint was the third branch of Britain’s Royal Mint in Australia. Today it produces gold, silver, and platinum bullion coins and bars. Visit to see exhibitions about Western Australia’s gold rush history and collections of rare gold nuggets and coins.More
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Lancelin Sand Dunes

Lancelin Sand Dunes

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For those road-tripping up the coast of Western Australia, perhaps from Perth to Exmouth, a stop in Lancelin is easy and convenient. Visiting Lancelin from Perth on an organized day trip often includes additional attractions such as Caversham Wildlife Park, the Pinnacles Desert, or the Swan Valley wine region. Once there, sandboards can be rented in town for your own sandboarding enjoyment.More
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden

Kings Park & Botanic Garden

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The Central Park of Perth, Kings Park & Botanic Garden boasts a hilltop perch with views of the Swan River and city skyline. Locals and visitors flock here for picnics and walks amid wildflowers, bushland, landscaped gardens, and historical memorials.More
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Wave Rock

Wave Rock

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A large granite rock formation shaped like an ocean wave, Wave Rock is located in Western Australia’s Golden Outback region and situated in a bushland environment. Standing nearly 50 feet (15 meters) tall and 360 feet (110 meters) long, the formation is part of a geological area dating back more than 2.5 billion years.More
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Hillarys Boat Harbour

Hillarys Boat Harbour

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Near the Western Australian city of Perth, Hillarys Boat Harbour is a seaside destination popular with locals and travelers alike. Not only a boat transport hub for trips off the coast, it’s also home to Hillarys Yacht Club, the Aquarium of Western Australia, the Sorrento Quay Boardwalk, and a calm, safe cove for ocean swimmers.More
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Perth Bell Tower

Perth Bell Tower

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One of the most distinctive sights in the Perth city skyline, the Bell Tower houses the historic St. Martin in the Fields bells—12 bells that rung for centuries in London until they were gifted to Western Australia in 1988. They now ring from the 271-foot (83-meter glass-and-copper tower that sits on the Swan River waterfront.More
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Elizabeth Quay

Elizabeth Quay

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Set on the Swan River’s north shore, Elizabeth Quay is a waterfront entertainment hub filled with green spaces and esplanades, eateries, and public artwork. The quay is located in Perth’s central business district, and is a great starting point for exploring the rest of the city.More
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Yanchep National Park

Yanchep National Park

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With its lush wetlands, limestone caves, and wildflower-filled plains, Yanchep National Park makes an attractive retreat from nearby Perth, and at less than an hour’s drive from the city, it’s a popular choice for a day trip. Established in 1957, Yanchep is also one of Australia’s oldest national parks.More
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Nambung National Park

Nambung National Park

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Covering more than 17,000 hectares, the massive Nambung National Park is one of Western Australia’s most popular attractions. In addition to the protruding limestone pillars of its Pinnacles Desert, the park boasts white sand beaches, rich plant life, and trails to please every type of adventurer.After admiring the intriguing 13-feet-high Pinnacles in the desert, go for snorkel, swim or surf at Hangover Bay beach. History buffs will love exploring the thrombolites built by tiny micro-organisms at Lake Thetis, and finish with the mild loop trail bushwalk. The best time to visit the park between September and October, when the native vegetation is in full bloom.More

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Top activities in Perth

Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise

Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise

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Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise
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Pinnacle Desert Sunset and Night-time Stargazing Tour from Perth
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Recent reviews from experiences in Perth

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A great way to see new...
Anthea_H, May 2022
Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Perth Private Tour
A great way to see new things about Perth.
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Excellent
Yvonne_P, Nov 2021
Perth Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
The Perth hop on hop off was a greatest to see Perth.
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Amazing way to see Kings Park
Colin_M, Oct 2021
Kings Park Segway Tour
What an amazing way to see Kings Park and Perth.
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Margaret River day trip.
Michael_R, Jun 2021
A Taste of Margaret River
I got to see and hear all about the Margaret River area.
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Great time - even on a wet day
Michael_C, May 2021
Swan River Scenic Cruise
The weather was not fantastic but it was still a wonderful time and great way to see all along the Swan River between Perth and Fremantle
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Very good
Jacqueline_R, May 2021
Swan Valley Private Tour
I would highly recommend Sergio and this tour for anyone wanting to see more of Perth and it’s surrounds.
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Very relaxing
Marke_E, Jan 2021
Swan River Twilight Cruise
Was a great way to see Perth for such a small cost.
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A nice visit east of Perth to the countryside
Lee_H, Dec 2020
1/2 day Swan Valley Wine Cheese & Chocolate Tour Inc Afternoon Cruise to Perth
Return via the riverboat is a very leisurely way to see a bit of the western Australia countryside.
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Very well organized day
Mathilde_B, Mar 2020
Margaret River, Caves, Wine and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Tour from Perth
Great way to explore around Perth if you're on your own, and want to see different things in only one day.
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Pleasant relaxing experience
Rochelle_S, Feb 2020
Swan River Twilight Cruise
Too early to enjoy the night skyline but still got to see some Perth sites.
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Brilliant Day
HelenD2805, Jan 2020
Perth Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
From start to finish a lovely day, so scenic and a brilliant way to see Perth.
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Great way to visit Rottnest
James_M, Dec 2018
Rottnest Island Round-Trip Ferry from Perth or Fremantle
Leaving from Perth allows us to see the city from the river.
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one of the best ways to visit Perth...
MrsAnnaL_M, Mar 2018
Fremantle Lunch Cruise
one of the best ways to visit Perth I would recommend to any one |being valentines day it was very special to the both of us |the food was superb and the commentry excellent
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Well worth while tour. Thoroughly...
Alan P, Apr 2016
Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise
An excellent commentary and excellent way to see Perth at night.
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We loved the boat trip which...
Marjorie R, Jan 2017
Swan Valley Gourmet Wine Cruise from Perth
We loved the boat trip which provided the opportunity to see the countryside outside of Perth.
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It was great, the boat staff and the...
Wayne M, Jun 2015
Swan Valley Gourmet Wine Cruise from Perth
In summary it's a great way to spend a nice winter day in Perth.
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Booking process easy, tour guides...
Glenn C, Oct 2015
Perth and Fremantle Tour with Optional Swan River Cruise
We did the Swan River cruise option and in all was a great way to see the Perth and Fremantle sights.
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Very good overall. Buffet was varied...
Alexander M, Mar 2016
Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise
We would make this trip again and it was interesting to see Perth and suburbs from the river.
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We book this tour really enjoyed the...
cwwref, Feb 2016
Perth and Fremantle Tour with Optional Swan River Cruise
We book this tour really enjoyed the sites there in Perth pretty much covered most of the things to see their definitely will recommend this tour to anyone who reads this
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family from South Australia visited...
Margaret E, Apr 2015
Fremantle Lunch Cruise
family from South Australia visited us and we took them on a lunch cruise it was very nice relaxing and they got to see a fair bit of perth and Fremantle they loved it thank you
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