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 Sqaure where you can see The Bell Tower
- EXPLORE the river on a Swan River 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
- GO shopping at the wide range of boutique stores and international brands
- VISIT Heirisson Island - the home of a colony of Western Grey Kangaroos.
PERTH CBDFor an upbeat tempo, head to Perth city. 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 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 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 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!
City walking trails & toursWhy not get your visit to the city off to a flying start on a city tours or on a free guided walking tour with the City of Perth i-City Volunteers. These tours depart from the Information Kiosk in Murray Street Mall.
If you prefer to follow your own path, you can pick up audio and walking trail maps from the Information Kiosk or download from the City of Perth website and carry your own personal guide in your pocket. The audio trails offer a new, fun way for visitors to experience the history and culture of Perth.
FREE CITY HERITAGE TOURS
- Boom or Bust Trail
- Icons of Influence Trail
- Art City
- Convicts and Colonials Trail
- Parks & Gardens Walking Trail
- Art & Heritage Trail Northbridge
SWAN RIVEROn the doorstep of Perth lies the natural beauty of the Swan River; creating a stunning contrast against the skyline of city high rises. Dual-use paths make it possible to walk, ride or skate a circuit around the river or take a tour on a Segway. There are also many grassy areas to have a picnic, enjoy a sunset and watch the city come alive with light.
For water sports enthusiasts sailing, windsurfing and kayaking are popular choices in Perth, with hire facilities located along the foreshore. The 'bridges' walk around the river (crossing at Narrows Bridge and the Causeway) will take you approximately 2.5 hours.
The jetties at Barrack Square are the departure point for river cruises to Fremantle, Swan Valley Wine Region and Rottnest Island, as well as ferries to South Perth and Perth Zoo. The vibrant riverside location features public art, cafes, restaurants and a lively bar.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENTPerth is alive with an annual program of music, theatre, dance and visual art. It is particularly rich during the Perth International Arts Festival held every February and March. During this time the city welcomes local and international artists to participate in a riot of shows across the region.
Northbridge is home to the Perth Cultural Centre which houses the Western Australian Museum - Perth, Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Art Gallery of WA, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, the Blue Room Theatre, and the State Theatre of Western Australia and The Nostalgia Box - Australia's first interactive video game console museum!
Be sure to catch a performance of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra - the state's largest performing arts company and West Australian Opera - WA's only full-time, professional opera company. Theatres too are plentiful from grand stages like the 103-year-old His Majesty's Theatre and Perth Concert Hall to intimate, out-of-the-way stages offering alternative and avant-garde shows.
Why not check out what's on at the Perth Arena while you're here? The Perth Arena is Western Australia's landmark home of live entertainment, music and sports attracting some of the world's top touring artists such as Ed Sheeran, KISS, Katy Perry and P!NK.