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Top 5 things to do in Perth

Written by on February 16, 2015 in Australia Destinations with 18 Comments

Perth is the sunniest Australian city with the largest city parkland of the world. Thanks to its perfect climate throughout the year it offers a laid-back lifestyle that is hard to beat.

I have been three times to Perth and every time I seem to like it more and more. Among many things to do in Perth, here are my top five things to add to your bucket list to make the most of your trip to the Western Australia capital city.

5 things to do in Perth for first time travellers

If you are planning a trip to Perth plan 3-5 days at least.  Here my picks on what to do in Perth for a short stay.

  • The  jewel of Perth – Kings Park

    Kings Park, the largest city park in the world, is the the green soul of Perth. Its lovely botanical garden features unique Western Australian wildflowers, plants, trees and offers spectacular views over the city. Free walking tours offered by park rangers are available daily to learn about traditions and the aboriginal significance of this place. If you want to do longer walks or go cycling across this huge natural bushland, take your own food and plan a whole day out there.


Top 5 Things to do in Perth

  • Do what the locals do – Spend a day on Rottnest Island

    No visit to Perth is complete without a trip to Rotto, as the locals call Rottnest Island. Rottnest is a car-free small island, off the coast of Perth, a great place for a day out or a holiday. There is a free shuttle bus that takes you around to over 60 beaches. You can also join a two-hour-bus-tour with excellent commentary about the natural features, the unique cultural heritage and funny stories of this island. However the best way to explore the island is to hire a bike and visit at your own pace. Check the wind and sea conditions before booking your ferry from Fremantle to Rottnest. By strong wind it will be hard to cycle around the island, so possibly pick a wind-free day for a trip to Rotto!


  • Get an insight of the historic settlement – spend a day in Fremantle

    Fremantle is only 20 minutes train ride from the city and is a funky coastal town with a cultural and historic heritage. From the Fremantle markets, (on weekends) bustling with arts and crafts stalls, fresh local produce, to the Fremantle Prison with its fascinating story from the convict settlement time with  the prison riots and its mysterious tales. To a walk to the Fremantle Marina, peppered with magnificient old buildings, hotels (pubs) Fremantle is truly a picturesque place with a distinctive flair.


  • Enjoy Perth beaches – Go to Cottesloe
    Sun, beach and surf. This is what Perth is known for. One top thing to do in Perth is to go to Cottesloe Beach, the most popular beach among locals. While it is very busy on weekends you don't need a car to get there, it's only 10 minutes bus or train ride from the city. For bike lovers is a paradise as good cycling paths from the city take you to Cottesloe. From Cottesloe you can keep cycling along the coast to Fremantle (southbound) or head north to Sorrento.


  • Dip into the Western Australian Tastes – Enjoy its Food Markets

    Another thing you can do in Perth is to taste its great food and local produce. Starting from November on Fridays Night you can visit Twilight Hawkers Market the biggest Street Food Market offering the tastiest street food from around the globe. If you are a food lover, Eat Drink Perth, a festival (held in April) dedicated to food tastings, is a must do thing for you.


  • Go to Swan Valley for a food & Wine Tour

    If you love food and wine one more thing to add to you list is a food & wine tour to Swan Valley, to discover its finest local produce. To get to Swan Valley, is only a 30 minutes drive. From honey, chocolates, ice cream to local vegetables and fruits to local white and red wines, you can spend a whole day touring Swan Valley and having lunch at one of its finest restaurants.


Perth is growing to a big city

Perth it is currently undergoing a few major projects. The Elizabeth Quay has the goal of re-establishing the historic connection between the city and the Swan River and expand the city centre with new inlets of parklands, promenades, shopping and entertainment areas. The other significant ongoing project is the Perth City Link that will reconnect the CBD with Northbridge, while sinking the rail line and undergrounding the bus stations. This way they will create a new precinct that will revitalise the city.


Where to stay in Perth

It's not easy to find good budget accommodation as hotels in Perth are expensive. I recommend considering alternative ways to hotels check like hostels, or stay in private accommodation with Airbnb.

What if you have 10 days to spend in Perth

I would suggest you visit the South East Coast and spend 3-5 days in Margaret River region with Cape Leeuwin , Dunsborough and Cape Naturaliste which are part of the Geographe Bay. And if you have more time than you shall plan to travel furthe down to explore more of South West Australia.

If you have been to Perth, tell us about your favourite things to do in Perth Give us your tips by leaving a message here below. Thanks!

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About the Author

About the Author: Michela is a passionate traveller and outdoor enthusiast, who has been travelling solo around Australia for +13 years, sharing her adventures to help fellow travellers. She is the founder and publisher of Rocky Travel, the smart travel planning guide for the solo traveller. .


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  1. travelFREAK says:

    What a great post! Perth is home to so many beautiful attractions!

  2. Onkarnath Singh says:

    Hi, I love travelling and the blog was cool and informative. I regularly browse through blogs and get great information on has good information on themed travel in cities around the world.

  3. Red Nomad OZ says:

    Perth is a fantastic city even though it’s been a long time since I visited! Kings Park is amazing – especially during the wildflower season when the great WA State wildflower, the Kangaroo Paw, is flowering. There’s a great seafood restaurant at the docks in Fremantle too, and a lot of interesting shops nearby. I’m looking forward to going there again sometime!

  4. Jessica says:

    WOW, I need to go to Australia and Perth!

  5. Christine says:

    I have lived in Perth all my life. I love the relaxed lifestyle and we have the best weather in the country! Hillarys Boat Harbour is another favourite. Worth visiting Leederville or Mount Lawley for lunch and dinner too!

  6. Rhonda Albom says:

    Perth is a great city. I was only there for three days recently. I left on a Friday so I missed the Twilight Hawkers market. Although you can go from Perth to Fremantle for under $5 on the train, I chose to do a Swan river cruise from Perth to Fremantle for $30 and take the train back.

    • rockytravel says:

      Hi Rhonda, I never did the Swan River Cruise and have heard that is a great one. So next time it will be on my list! Perth is a lovely city with over 2 millions population, growing bigger from year to year and changing face rapidly.

  7. Michela, I agree that Kings Park is a real jewel. Freo and the Cott are two other great places to hangout. You must come back and check out Elizabeth Quay (although I will have a post shortly) as I think they have achieved their goals. It is beautiful, but that’s just my opinion 🙂 I am so proud of my hometown, thank you for a great post.

    • rockytravel says:

      Hi Lyn, Perth is a great place to be. I love Freo. Cott is always very busy but a wonderful place to hang out too. I must say that Perth’s suburbia is really gorgeous and have a very distinctive flair. Sometimes I do prefer hanging out in those little villages like Subiaco, Claremont, and in the north bound there are many more nice places. I was at Elizabeth Quay in April but wasn’t finished at that time. Hope to get back to Perth soon again.

  8. Perth is a great city with so much to do. I love it.

  9. So much to see and do in Perth! I had no idea, but I did know I wanted to go there. Thanks for linking up with #wkendtravelinspiration!

  10. Lolo says:

    Perth always looks like such a great place to visit and it has been popping up in my travel radar a lot recently. I think fate is trying to tell me something… haha #wkendtravelinspiration

  11. Kreete says:

    I have always wanted to go to Perth after hearing so much about it. Living in Sydney, I might have to fly in for a little break! I would love to see the Kings park and Rottnest Island for the quokkas! Thanks for sharing!

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