Perth

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Visit Perth

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

Top hotels in Perth

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Crowne Plaza Perth
Crowne Plaza Perth
4.5 out of 5
54 Terrace Road, East Perth, WA
SG$113
per night
Feb 7 - Feb 8

Located in the heart of East Perth, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Queens Gardens and Perth Mint. WACA and Swan Bells Belltower are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (971 reviews)

"I found the step in bath a little difficult. However it was worth it for the view"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan,2020

Crowne Plaza Perth
Aloft Perth
Aloft Perth
4 out of 5
27 Rowe Avenue, Rivervale, WA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
SG$133
per night
Jan 30 - Jan 31

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Crown Perth, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Optus Stadium and Ascot Racecourse. Swan River Foreshore Trail ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (688 reviews)

"Excellent clean brilliant hotel with friendly service and excellent food will stay here every time I'm in Perth thank you very much"…"

Reviewed on 8 Jan,2020

Aloft Perth
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Marine Terrace and Essex St, Fremantle, WA
SG$113
per night
Feb 7 - Feb 8

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

4.2/5Excellent! (2,400 reviews)

"Everything was great however there are obvious signs of ware and tear and my towel was a wee bit worn as it had holes in it. Overall though it was good."…"

Reviewed on 25 Jan,2020

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges

Popular things to do in Perth

Scarborough Beach
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Scarborough Beach

4.5/5(30 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(28 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(48 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.

City Beach
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City Beach

4.5/5(29 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(93 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.

Elizabeth Quay
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Elizabeth Quay

4.5/5(87 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.

Top activities in Perth

Indulgent Twilight Winery Experience in the Swan Valley
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Indulgent Twilight Winery Experience in the Swan Valley

SG$116

Enjoy after-hours visits to 3 of Swan Valley's highest-regarded vineyards to taste some of their finest wines. With samples of a fantastic range of different types of wine and dinner in an award-winning restaurant, this sophisticated evening in an esteemed region is sure to impress.

Mandurah Dolphin & Scenic Canal Cruise
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Mandurah Dolphin & Scenic Canal Cruise

SG$30

Embark on a cruise through calm Mandurah waterways to witness playful dolphins as they skip across the surface. You also visit the world-class Ocean Marina as well the Canals where you can see luxurious canal homes that were built with no expense spared.

Discover Rottnest Island Day Tour from Perth & Fremantle
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Discover Rottnest Island Day Tour from Perth & Fremantle

SG$112

Cruise over the Swan River to Rottnest Island—affectionately dubbed Rotto by locals—to tour this idyllic paradise by bus and on foot. Gaze out at dolphins from the West End lookout, learn about the island's stint as a penal colony, and get up close to its tiny, native kangaroo—the quokka.

Perth Mint and Bell Tower Experience
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Perth Mint and Bell Tower Experience

SG$31

Experience the treasures of the Perth Mint and the Bell Tower with your Gold 'n Bells package. This package offers a 10 percent saving on the individual tour prices of 2 unique attractions - The Bell Tower and the Perth Mint.

Rottnest Island Adventure Boat Tour from Perth & Fremantle
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Rottnest Island Adventure Boat Tour from Perth & Fremantle

SG$129

Zip over the waves in the high-speed Eco Express, circling the whole of rugged and remote Rottnest Island. Cruise over the cerulean waters as you pass quiet bays and watch for native wildlife. Dolphins, quokkas, and birds from rock parrots to turquoise sacred kingfishers all thrive here.

Photo Walking Tour
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Photo Walking Tour

SG$2

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Pass By: The Bell Tower, Barrack Square, Swan River Foreshore Corner Riverside Drive & Barrack Street, Perth, Western Australia 6000 Australia Spend an exclusive 2-hour tour seeing and experienci

Reviews of Perth

4.5

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 23, 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 traveler

Jan 22, 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 traveler

Jan 8, 2020

Benefits of Perth and easy access to Fremantle Jim

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 27, 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.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 20, 2019

Superb city. Safe, clean and green! Planning another visit to Perth, WA soon.

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