The West Coast is brimming with endless beauty and excitement. There is so much to see and do here and regardless of what you’re into, I can guarantee that your favourite activity is just waiting around the corner for you. No matter if you are a tourist, a local or somewhere in between, we’ve got you. If you’re thinking “Okay, sure.. but what, exactly” Don’t fret, you’re in the right place. Here’s a list of the top 20 things to do in Perth.
A visit to Kings Park
Kings Park is a favourite amongst locals and for good reason! If you’re after a day of exploring, there are seven different self-guided walks you can do and so much to discover along the way.
If a relaxing day in nature is more your vibe, pack a picnic and find a patch of grass on the beautifully manicured lawns. You’ll be greeted with stunning views of Perth city and the Swan River, plus there’s a Cafe nearby in case you left the picnic basket at home.
Check out What you need to know about Kings Park here.
Get starry eyed at the Perth observatory
You have to wait until night for this one but it’s definitely worth it. For a night out with a difference, head in land to Perth Observatory and get ready to get lost amongst the stars.
There are different types of tours available including a dark sky night tour and a full moon tour, head here for more info and to book.
Make a splash at Adventure world
If you’re after a lot of fun on a hot summer’s day, Adventure World is where you want to be. Opening seasonally, this theme park has something for everyone. There are 28 different attractions, including waterslides, rollercoasters, a lagoon for a more relaxing swim, and even an Aussie wildlife area! Both big and little kids will have the time of their lives here, so make sure you add it to you list!
Find out more here.
Hike in the Perth Hills
Pop on your adventure shoes and head over to Perth Hills for a stroll, hike or bike ride you won’t forget! Just 45 minutes inland from Perth City you’ll find an abundance of walking trails, stunning views, wildlife and hidden gems. There are so many different trails to choose from, all ranging in distance and difficulty, so regardless of your ability you’ll be able to find something to suit your needs.
Check out our tips for hiking the Perth hills here.
Immerse in the culture of Fremantle markets
Whether you’re visiting Perth or living in Perth, it is almost a chargeable offense not to visit the Freo Markets. With over 150 different vendors, you’ll be greeted with a vibrant array of culture and versatility. In this beautiful historical site, you can find the perfect artesian gift, grab a bite to eat, or sit back and be entertained by one of the talented buskers. The markets are open from Friday to Sunday and some public holidays. Head here for more information.
Plan your perfect day with our Fremantle Markets Guide here.
Hillary’s boat harbour
Half an hour north of Perth CBD is the perfect day trip location. Hillary’s Boat Harbour boasts its own protected swimming area complete with a pontoon (and two slides!), a playground for the kids, boutique shopping stalls and a heap of different cafes and restaurants to choose from. Hillary’s is also home to AQWA – The Aquarium of Western Australia. So, whether you want to immerse yourself in the magic of sea life before getting a bite to eat, or you want to spend the whole day splashing about in the water, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Hillary’s Boat Harbour.
Travel to Rottnest Island
A day at Rottnest Island will leave you with a lifetime of memories.
Just a thirty-minute ferry ride from Fremantle or forty minutes from Hillary’s, Rottnest is home to a wealth of beauty and wildlife, including the iconic quokkas, ready to jump into a selfie with you. Bike across the island is a popular way to get around and you can opt to bring your own bike or hire one from the onsite shop. If bike riding isn’t so much your thing you can buy a hop on, hop off bus ticket and move at your own pace across the island. There are some truly incredible snorkelling spots here and the Rottnest lighthouse is well worth a visit and a tour to the top! There is a variety of accommodation available as well as restaurants and a supermarket on the island.
You will have so much fun exploring the wonders of the Rottnest Island!
We have the perfect summer itinerary for you here.
Taste your new favourite wine in the Swan Valley
The Swan Valley is packed full of attractions and adventure. With wineries, mini golf, restaurants, animal farms, chocolate shops, outdoor experiences, historical towns and so much more, the only trouble you’ll have is trying to fit in all into one day!
Start planning your adventures here.
Explore the Giants of Mandurah
Designed and created by Thomas Dambo, the Giants of Mandurah are larger than life sculptures made from recycled wood. This eco-friendly artist has created 87 sculptures all over the world, and now they’ve made their way to Australia!
Dambo’s works of art will take you on an adventure through the beautiful outdoors of Mandurah, while you work to find all six giants. You can download a free traveller’s companion from the Giants of Mandurah website and you’ll find more information and clues to the Giants location on there as well. While this is a family friendly activity, do keep in mind that this adventure is outdoors so dress accordingly and don’t forget water and hats!
Prepare yourself with our complete guide to the Giants of Mandurah here.
Mini golf – Wanneroo Botanic Gardens
Ever wanted to go to a botanic garden but not sure of what to do once you get there? Wanaroo Botanic Gardens has come up with the best solution, minigolf! Woven throughout the park, the course is great for all ages and allows patrons to take in the beauty of the park whilst engaging in some friendly competition. For something a little extra, head in at night for Glow Golf! Perfect for your next date night or a family night out.
Check out more mini-golf options here.
Spend a day out by the calm waters of Lake Leschenaultia. Less than an hour east from Perth city, the lake has everything you need for an epic weekend camping trip or a day down by the water. You have access to the entire lake for kayaking, SUP boarding or canoeing and there’s even a sectioned off area for swimming which is perfect for the kids. If you don’t have your own, no stress, there are canoes and SUP boards available for hire. There’s a playground for the kids in case they need a break from swimming and a café for the parents in case they need a coffee! Feel free to bring your own food and make use of the public BBQs on site (not able to be used on total fire ban day). A 12km mountain bike trail encircles the lake and is made up of 9 different trails. There is also a 3km walking track and four different orienteering courses if you fancy trying to find your way!
It is a very popular spot so if you’re heading in on a nice day make sure you get in early, but not too early! Gates don’t open until 8:30am and then close half an hour after sunset.
Find out more here.
Take a tour with Warrang-Bridil – The Ancient Gateway to a Modern City
See the city as you never have before during a walking tour with an Aboriginal guide from Warrang-Bridil.
During this cultural journey you’ll walk with your guide along the Derbal Yerrigan (Swan River) and with the city as a backdrop, you will learn about pre-colonisation, the history of the Nyoongar people, as well as the importance of the different aspects of Aboriginal culture. Soak in Australia’s past, present and future and gain a new perspective of our beautiful city.
Book your tour here.
Experience summer cinema under the stars with Rooftop Movies
Get ready for a cinematic experience with a difference! The Rooftop Movies in Northbridge are the go-to location for your next night out. Up the top you’ll find burgers, beers and of course, popcorn to help give you the full movie experience. Pull up a bean bag and get cosy, this is a trip to the movies like no other!
The Rooftop Movies run seasonally over summer. Head to the website for movie choices and session times.
Find out more here.
Fremantle prison tour
Come and visit Fremantle Prison, the only heritage listed building in Western Australia. Join a tour and hear about the history behind the prisoner-built establishment and learn what it was like to be a British and Irish convict living in Australia in the 1850s. There are five different tours available, each seeming to range in intensity, from a walking tour discussing the convict prison, to a tunnels tour which runs underneath the prison, and even a torch light tour where you can hear all the frightening and fascinating ghost stories!
Get all the latest info here.
Be mesmerised by Penguin Island
Penguin Island is as remarkable as it sounds! Just 45 minutes south of Perth and a 5 minute ferry ride, this island and surrounding waters is inhabited by beautiful wildlife including dolphins, sea lions, and of course, penguins! Although the activities you can choose from are different, whether you want to cruise, snorkel, kayak or swim with these incredible creatures, the one thing that remains the same is that you will have an experience of a life time! Click here for more information and to book a tour.
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Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
Perth friends old and new, it’s time to be a tourist! Jump on board a sight-seeing bus and experience some of the most unmissable landmarks in the city. A ticket gives you an unlimited 24 hours to hop on and off all over Perth city, taking in the incredible sights from the exposed top deck.
Listen to the commentary as you drive past iconic landmarks, and lead your own tour as you decide which locations you’d like to see up close and personal.
Get all the details here.
Get noisy at Perth Motorplex
If something fast and furious is a little more your style, a trip to the Motorplex could be just the thing for you. Grab your mates, or the family and come and watch the drag races, sprint cars, burnouts or motorbikes take to the track! Head half an hour south of Perth CBD and get ready for a night of loud noises, fast cars and unbelievable entertainment.
Check out the latest events here.
Seasonal fresh fruit picking
Is there anything more satisfying than picking your own fresh fruit? Maybe growing it. But, if like me, you haven’t quite mastered that yet, why not head down to a local farm, pick their fruit, have a picnic and make a day of it! Strawberries farms are a popular one (and for good reason), but you can also find apple, grape and stone fruit orchids just inland from the city. Fill up a bucket or eat straight from the trees and create your own wholesome, fruit picking experience.
Bear in mind that fruit picking is of course seasonal, however some, like S & R Orchard, have festivals and events throughout the year.
Make sure you check online or call before visiting.
Spanning over 3,700 hectares, Whiteman Park is rich conservation area filled with incredible facilities, wildlife animals so much fun. On offer are bushwalks, playgrounds, vintage tram rides, automobile museums, a children’s forest, park tours and so much more! Whether you explore the grounds or sit and soak in the atmosphere, you’re certain to have an unforgettable day at Whiteman Park.
Find out more and what to do with the family here.
A day at the beach sounds like a great idea, but when you’re spoilt for choice, as we are in the West, how do you choose? Cottesloe beach is fierce contender with its beautiful white sand beaches, clear blue water, towering pine trees and tranquil vibe. Food and drink options are abundant as the street opposite the beach is full of cafes, take out shops and restaurants.
Check out our guide to Perth’s best beaches here.