Perth’s superb position on the banks of the Swan River and nearby hectares of natural bushland in Kings Park make for a city centred on the great outdoors. But there’s more to the west coast capital than great sunshine and a sparkling river. A new cosmopolitan perspective and economic growth has given Perth a cultural confidence which is making its mark on the city skyline and on other aspects of urban life.
Things to do in Perth
- Get back to nature at Kings Park – home to Western Australian Botanic Garden.
- Visit Barrack Square where you can see The Bell Tower.
- Explore the river on a Swan River cruise or tour.
- Indulge in some city arts and culture at a theatre, museum or art gallery.
- Watch a gold pour demonstration and browse the gold shop at The Perth Mint.
- Head to the shopping and entertainment hot spots beyond the CBD.
- Dine out at one of the many small bars, restaurants and cafes.
- Explore the city and river by bike, kayak or Segway.
- Catch the city sights and attractions on a day tour.
- Take a free guided walking tour of the city with the i-City Volunteers or join a walking tour.
- Go shopping at the wide range of boutique stores and international brands.
- Visit Heirisson Island – the home of a colony of Western Grey Kangaroos.
Skyscrapers are home to the state’s movers and shakers while city laneways have given way to an explosive new dining and small bar scene. The city is lined with pedestrian malls jam-packed with a wide variety shops from inventive boutiques to national and global flagship stores where you can stock up on stylish fashions, buy some Aboriginal art or simply sit at a café with a coffee and watch the parades of people passing by.
Perth is in the midst of an exciting period of expansion and new developments, with bold new design projects and redevelopments such as Perth Arena, Barrack St Jetty and Elizabeth Quay, Perth Stadium and Yangan Square dramatically changing the face of Perth.
Elizabeth Quay features ultra trendy new cafes, bars and restaurants for those looking to get the most out of their dining experience. There’s also a host of activities on offer at the Quay including cruises, gondola rides and sea plane rides.
There are many attractions to visit throughout the Perth City, including The Bell Tower, The Perth Mint, Perth Zoo, Scitech, Perth Cultural Centre and Kings Park and Botanic Garden where you’ll find 400 hectares of stunning natural bushland and grand lookouts – a popular place for taking photos.
All buses in the Perth CBD are free too with the CAT services very popular for visitors – 4 routes visiting major attractions and dining strips. Remember to connect your mobile device to the free “Perth WiFi” while in the city centre also and tell your friends about our extraordinary city!