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PerthAustralia

With its beautiful beaches, striking harbours and vast swathes of desert, Australia’s most remote state capital is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the climate.

Lying on the banks of the Swan River, Perth is the stunning capital of Western Australia, home to great beaches, wineries and breweries, as well as many famous historic spots. From here you can bathe in the dazzling waters of the Indian Ocean, feel the breeze of the Freo Doctor, and get to know the city’s 1.8 million fun-loving inhabitants.

Head to the Botanic Garden for a barbecue high up in the captivating surroundings of Kings Park, or for an even more impressive view of the landscape and the Swan River climb up the Swan Bells Bell Tower. You can explore the region’s history by paying a visit to Western Australian Museum and even see the world’s most valuable coin at the Perth Mint. If you’re bringing the kids, don’t miss a trip to the Perth Zoo or embark on a journey of discovery at Scitech.

For a real education about Perth and the culture of this part of Australia, head for the Perth Cultural Centre just north from the city’s train station. From here you can visit the Art Gallery of Western Australia with its vivid Aboriginal art works, and then enjoy a great night out around Northbridge.

If you want to venture a little further, go out to the suburbs of Subiaco and Cottlesloe. You can take a dip in the waters at Cottlesloe Beach before trailing the coast round to Hillarys Boat Harbour for fun with the family. Or to learn about the aquatic life of the region, head for the Aquarium of Western Australia.

In the region surrounding Perth, you’ll find many wineries and fruit farms as well as old mining towns and wildlife areas to discover and explore. Rent a car to find your own way round, or take a ferry trip to Fremantle and its historic attractions. Western Australia’s famous jails are worth a visit too, especially the Round House and Fremantle Prison. The Western Australian Maritime Museum is another great experience, and ideal preparation for a visit to see the quokkas and seals on Rottnest Island.

Perth is a city with a great vibe, as well as so much to see and do, and makes a great base for an exploration of Australia’s west coast.

Perth Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Perth

Fremantle which includes street scenes, a small town or village and signage

Fremantle

Fremantle is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Fremantle Markets and Fremantle Prison while in the area.

Fremantle
Scarborough

Scarborough

Scarborough is known for its stunning beaches, and you can see some sights area like Scarborough Beach and Trigg Bushland Reserve.

Scarborough

Top hotels in Perth

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Marine Terrace and Essex St, Fremantle, WA
The price is SG$137 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct

Located in Fremantle, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fremantle Markets and University of Notre Dame Australia. Fremantle Prison and Fremantle ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,104 reviews)

"Great location! Walking distance to everywhere and close to lots of good food spots, also nice rooms and lovely staff..."…"

Reviewed on 27 Aug,2020

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Four Points by Sheraton Perth
Four Points by Sheraton Perth
4.5 out of 5

Located in Perth Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of RAC Arena, His Majesty's Theatre and Watertown Brand Outlet Centre. Northbridge ...

4.4/5Excellent! (950 reviews)

"Breakfast included With the price was amazingly good."…"

Reviewed on 13 Sep,2020

Four Points by Sheraton Perth
Pan Pacific Perth
Pan Pacific Perth
5 out of 5
207 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth, WA
The price is SG$139 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

Located in East Perth, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Perth Mint and Langley Park. Swan River Foreshore Trail and Hay Street Mall are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,008 reviews)

"Nice hotel, friendly staff and delicious breakfast. Bathroom a bit small/dated and room didn’t have a nice smell (windows not able to be opened)."…"

Reviewed on 23 Sep,2020

Pan Pacific Perth

Holiday Rentals in Perth

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Seashells Mandurah
Seashells Mandurah
4.5 out of 5
The price is SG$180 per night from 26 Oct to 27 Oct

Located in Mandurah, this beachfront apartment building is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Mandurah Performing Arts Center, Family Bathing ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (769 reviews)

"Fabulous ocean view apartment! The amenities were excellent. Everything was spotless."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jul,2020

Seashells Mandurah
Fraser Suites Perth
Fraser Suites Perth
5 out of 5
10 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth, WA
The price is SG$136 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

Located in East Perth, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of WACA and Perth Mint. Optus Stadium and SCITECH Discovery Centre are also within 3 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,050 reviews)

"Great apartment with good amenities. Very clean and comfortable, and in a great location - not too busy but close to the main city. We were disappointed to learn the hard way that we needed to turn the fridge on ourselves (even though there was milk already in it and the light comes on) and had to ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Sep,2020

Fraser Suites Perth
Be. Fremantle
Be. Fremantle
4.5 out of 5
43 Mews Rd, Fremantle, WA
The price is SG$175 per night from 22 Oct to 23 Oct

Located in Fremantle, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bathers Beach and Fremantle Markets. Fremantle Prison is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away. Fremantle ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (515 reviews)

"Lovely room with ocean views really enjoyed our stay staff in reception really friendly - only stayed one night but would def come back close to all good bars and restaurants"…"

Reviewed on 28 Jun,2020

Be. Fremantle

Popular places to visit in Perth

Scarborough Beach
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Scarborough Beach

4.5/5(35 reviews)

Pedestrian promenades with ocean views, fun playgrounds, shops and cafés, and of course the beach itself, make this one very popular surf beach indeed.

Hillarys Boat Harbour
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Hillarys Boat Harbour

4.5/5(30 reviews)

From mini golf to fine dining, there’s plenty to see and do at this delightful marina in Perth’s northern suburbs.

Cottesloe Beach
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Cottesloe Beach

4.5/5(51 reviews)

Among the best loved family beaches Perth has to offer, here take a swim, go surfing, and while away the hours under the sun.

Elizabeth Quay
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Elizabeth Quay

4.5/5(101 reviews)

An exciting new addition to the Perth riverfront, this precinct has everyone talking. There is already heaps to see and do and it’s not even finished yet.

City Beach
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City Beach

4.5/5(37 reviews)

Enjoy the tranquility of a gorgeous natural beach close to the city centre of Perth. Dive in for a swim or surf, laze on the warm sand or go beachcombing.

Kings Park and Botanic Garden
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden

5/5(101 reviews)

This striking stretch of green in the heart of Perth is home to the amazing State Botanic Gardens as well as attractions for all the family.

Top things to do in Perth

Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

SG$33
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Devonshire Tea & Self Guided Garden Tour
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Devonshire Tea & Self Guided Garden Tour

SG$15
Per adult
Shared Ferry: Rottnest Island
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Shared Ferry: Rottnest Island

SG$73
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Rottnest Skydive + Hillarys Ferry package
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Rottnest Skydive + Hillarys Ferry package

SG$395
Per adult
Rottnest Skydive + Fremantle Ferry Package
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Rottnest Skydive + Fremantle Ferry Package

SG$372
Per adult
Rottnest Island 5-Course Deluxe Seafood Banquet Cruise
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Rottnest Island 5-Course Deluxe Seafood Banquet Cruise

SG$215
Per adult

Reviews of Perth

4.6

Top Destination

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5 - Excellent 63.793103448275865%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 31.03448275862069%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 3.4482758620689653%
2 - Disappointing
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Mar 2020

The staff are really friendly & lovely atmosphere!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Jan 2020

Perth is a very clean and safe city. The waterfront area and Botanical Gardens are beautiful places. Freemantle is brilliant!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Jan 2020

Loved Swan River - recommend the Captain Cook wine cruise. Favorite beach was Cottesloe. Glad we visited Rottnest but probably wouldn’t return as spoiled by rundown accommodation. Freemantle was fine but a bit touristy. Trains were fab & cheap

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Jan 2020

Benefits of Perth and easy access to Fremantle Jim

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Jan 2020

Compact modern city centre with some original buildings .excellent beaches and efficient transport system.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Dec 2019

Friendly people, excellent public transport. Thoroughly recommend a stay, I would definitely visit again. Rottnest Island very busy, but worth going to see quokkas.

Mandurah featuring surfing and surf

Mandurah

Photo by Sara W

Serpentine