Fun Things To Do On Your Next Trip To Perth, Australia

by Jackie
Perth, Australia Things To Do - Heirisson Island

Pack your bags and take a trip to Perth, Australia! Visiting Perth surprised us. Although the capital of West Australia, it didn’t have the hustle and bustle of a large city like Sydney. The laid-back lifestyle, friendly locals, beautiful parks, sunny weather, and plenty of outdoor activities is our kind of city. You can easily spend a week in Perth exploring the surrounding areas as a part of a backpacking adventure in Australia, or even go on a road trip from Perth to Broome. There will be plenty of things to keep you occupied.

Here are 8 recommended fun things and sightseeing activities to do on your next visit to Perth, Australia. We had four quick days in the city and it was way too short for our visit. The Perth itinerary below includes outdoor activities, wildlife, and local day trips from Perth. We barely scratched the surface with our exploration in Perth. However, you’ll have an awesome time here!

Before your visit, don’t forget to check out this helpful guide including how to get on things to know when visiting Australia. Don’t forget to apply for an Australian e-visa.


How to Get Around in Perth Without Car

It’s easy to travel around Perth without renting a car. We did it and you can too! If you’re staying within the city, take advantage of the Transperth’s free CAT (Central Area Transit) buses. Four different lines are available for visitors and residents:

  • Red (East to West loop)
  • Blue (North to South loop)
  • Yellow (East Perth to West Perth loop)
  • Green (Leederville Station to Elizabeth Quay Bus Station via City West, West Perth to St Georges Terrace).

More information on the scheduling is here.

The CAT buses were amazing. They were clean, arrived at the bus stops every 5 to 10 minutes, and had air conditioning for the brutally hot summer days (in the 30s°C/86°F.) It was awesome to see public transportation done right as many people took advantage of the free buses.

Paid fare bus lines are also available for destinations away from Perth City.

Uber and taxis are other convenient option. We used Uber when going to and from the airport. At Perth Airport, there is an Uber Sharecar Pick-Up zone. It’s a win-win situation for both drivers and requesters with the designated location at the airport.


Sightseeing Activities and Things To Do in Perth, Australia

1. Explore Perth’s Central Business District, such as Elizabeth Quay.

If you want to have an awesome view of the Central Business District (CBD), take a walk through Elizabeth Quay. You can easily spend a half a day walking through CBD. Check out a few souvenir shops and restaurants around the Barrack Jetty area. The Barrack Jetty area is the main hub to hop on a ferry boat ride (Rottnest Express to Rottnest Island or Captain Cook Cruise along the Swan River) from the dock.

For more picturesque spots, go for a walk, run, or bike ride along the 20-meter high pedestrian bridge for stunning views of the city, CBD, and Swan River. Or, hang out at the Spanda, the 29-meter high iconic white curved lined sculpture.

Perth Australia Things To Do - Central Business District

Can’t beat the view of the CBD from the pedestrian bridge in Perth, Australia

Plus, there are many opportunities to take photos such as at the unique Swan Bell Tower (Swan Bells) with the love locks along the entrance way. Although we didn’t have a chance to go up the tower, it looks fun to participate in the interactive bell chiming demonstration.

Perth, Australia Things To Do - Swan Bells

Swan Bell Tower

Address: Barrack Square, Riverside Dr, Perth

Opening Times: Daily at 10am

General Admission Fee: Adults $9 AUD, Children (Ages 5-14) $7, Children Under 4 is free, Family $25

Bell Tower Admission Fee: Adults $18, Children (Ages 5-14) $9, Children under 4 is free, Family $44

 

We loved visiting the London Court which is a few blocks away from Elizabeth Quay. The unique facades in the spirit of London and clocks is a nice change from the contemporary CBD. Check out the local cafes, clothing and jewelry, and souvenir shops. If you are a postcard sender, this is the spot to purchase postcards. It’s a unique place for a stroll.  

Perth, Australia Things To Do - London Court

London Court

Address: Between Hay St Mall & St Georges Terrace, Perth

Opening Times: Monday – Saturday: 5am – 9pm; Sunday 11am – 9pm

 

2. Hang out with the kangaroos on Heirisson Island.

You have to see kangaroos when you’re in Australia! If you want to see free roaming/wild grey kangaroos, head to Heirisson Island in East Perth. A handful of kangaroos live on the island. Finding them requires patience as they hide under the bushes and shade from the blistering summertime heat. It took us an hour to find three kangaroos during our visit at 10am.

The kangaroos are used to people taking lots of photos of them and actually ignored us most of the time. Two of them just laid on the ground and got up to eat tree bark occasionally. A third kangaroo went by the Swan River for breakfast of tree bark and roots. As with any wildlife, don’t feed or touch the animals.

Perth, Australia Things To Do - Visit Heirisson Island

We followed this guy to the edge of Swan River. He loved munching on tree bark for breakfast/brunch!

Perth, Australia Things To Do - Visit Heirisson Island

Heirisson Island

Address: The Causeway, Swan River, East Perth

Free Admission

 

3. Explore Kings Park and the numerous parks.

Perth is amazing with the number of parks throughout the city. It seems like every few hundred meters is a well-maintained park.

The famous and popular park to visit is Kings Park. At 4.06 square kilometers, it’s huge and can take hours to walk through. Having a car is helpful to go through the southern parts of the park. Unfortunately, the free CAT buses do not travel through the park.

The most popular place to visit is the Western Australian Botanic Garden where you see various Western Australian plants. The Australian baobab is super cool to see. We thought there was only one version from Madagascar!

The Visitor Center offers free daily guided walks led by volunteers from 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. More information about the scheduling and guided walk topics is here. Segway tours are also available in the park.

Perth, Australia Things To Do - Kings Park Baobab TreePerth, Australia Things To Do - King's Park DNA Staircase

Perth, Australia Things To Do - Kings Park Bandicoot Sign

Kings Park

Address: Fraser Ave, Perth WA 6005, Australia

Free Admission

Opening Times: Daily for 24 hours

4. Walk, bike, or run along Swan River.

The Swan River is a peaceful place to relax and take a break. Along the river is a paved pedestrian road which is perfect for a walk, bike ride, or run. Cars are not allowed. Consider these running paths if you need some inspiration.

 

5. Visit the Blue Boat House and the Eliza Sculpture.

Have you seen the hundreds of photos of the famous Blue Boat House (also known as the Crawley Edge Boatshed) on Instagram? It’s a famous landmark in the Swan River and great for photos. We stopped by the Blue Boat House after visiting King’s Park.

Perth, Australia Things To Do - Crawley Edge Boat Shed

Blue Boat House/Crawley Edge Boatshed

Address: In the Swan River at the intersection of Mounts Bay Road and Kings Park Avenue

 

Not far from the Blue Boat House is the Eliza Sculpture. It’s a five-minute walk from the Blue Boat House and located in the Swan River. Visitors and locals often swim in the Swan River and dress up Eliza in various outfits.

Perth, Australia Things To Do - Eliza Sculpture

 

6. Eat delicious food in Northbridge Area.

Northbridge area has a variety of foods to satisfy any food cravings. Choose from a variety of Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Italian, burgers, pizza, and so much more. Prices are reasonable too. It’s easy to go to Northridge via the CAT buses.

One of the places that we went to Is Donburi. Restaurant has cheap and delicious Japanese food. We enjoyed the Chirashi and Unagi Omurice.

Is Donburi

Address: Shop 10, 189 William Street, Northbridge, Perth

 

On the edge of Northridge is Perth’s Chinatown. You’ve reached the destination when you see the two white lion statues in front of the Chinatown entrance. The mornings and afternoons in this area is dead silent. The area comes alive when restaurants open at 5pm until closing at 4am.

Perth, Australia Things To Do - Chinatown

Chinatown

Address: Roe Street and between William Street and Lake Street

 

7. Spend the day in Fremantle.

Fremantle is a cute port city that is a 30 minute train ride or a 1 hour bus ride (if the trains are not functioning) from Perth. You can take the train from Perth Railway Station to Fremantle. Once you arrive in the city, take advantage of Fremantle’s free CAT buses (red or blue lines) courtesy of Transperth.

Visit the famous Fremantle Market for your dose of shopping and cheap eats. If you eat at the restaurants in the Fremantle Market, many of the shops are cash only and may have a wait during peak hours. 

Fremantle Market

Address: Corner South Terrace & Henderson Street, Fremantle

Opening Hours: Friday 9am – 8pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am – 6pm

(Yard open from 8am)

 

The beaches and sunset are also amazing in South Fremantle.

Fremantle, Australia Sunset

Simply breathtaking. The sunset is a great time to spend with the family!

 

Consider taking fascinating tour(s) at the Fremantle Prison, a UNESCO World Heritage Center, to learn about how convicts arrived in Australia. It’s surreal how the prison closed recently in 1991 due to the living conditions. The Convict Tour and the Behind the Bar Tour are highly recommended. Each tour is 1 hour and 15 minutes and the tour guides are enthusiastic about sharing the prison’s history. The underground Tunnels Tour sounds interesting too where you take the ladder down and explore passageways.

General prices are:

  • Adults $21 AUD/ Children $11.50/ Family Pass $59 for one tour
  • Adults $30 / Children $20.50 / Family $95 for two tours in a day
  • Tunnels Tour prices: Adult $60 / Children $40 / Family $180

Fremantle, Australia Things To Do - Fremantle Prison

Fremantle, Australia Things To Do - Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison

Address: 1 The Terrace, Fremantle

Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm

 

8. Explore Rottnest Island and see quokkas.

Rottnest Island is easily one of the most beautiful places to visit. A day trip to Rottnest Island is doable but two days is highly recommended.

You’ll love the clean beaches, beautiful blue ocean, and quokkas! Quokkas are adorable and curious marsupials that love people. They are the main attraction in Rottnest Island and are famous for the #QuokkaSelfie on social media. Rottnest Island is great for renting a bicycle to cycle throughout the island. The roads are smooth and personal cars aren’t allowed on the island. 

Getting to Rottnest Island is easy from Perth or Fremantle. Everyone takes a ferry from one of three ferry operators. From Perth, the ride is 1.5 hours and from Fremantle it is 30 minutes.

Visit Rottnest Island - Quokka


We hope you plan your next holiday to Perth and consider these fun activities and things to do in Perth. We can’t wait to go back and explore the region further. If you need more ideas on where to go, check out the Experience Perth site. Since you’re in Australia, consider visiting some of the incredible caves in Australia.

 

Have you visited Perth, Australia? What are other places that you would recommend to visit in this city or in Western Australia?

 

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Post Updated on October 17, 2018

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23 comments

Mateja April 21, 2018 - 10:04 am

Such a great guide! I am visiting Perth in a couple of weeks and love all your ideas. Already looking forward to exploring Rottnest Island 🙂

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Jackie April 21, 2018 - 10:57 am

Mateja – Have an awesome time in Perth and Rottnest Island. Say “hi” to the quokkas for us. We love them so much!

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Brianna April 21, 2018 - 10:22 am

I’ve been to Sydney twice, but I’d love to do some more exploring on the other side of Australia! Those parks around Perth look amazing, and it’s great to know that things are so well connected with public transport.

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Jackie April 21, 2018 - 10:59 am

Brianna – We would love to visit Sydney again. We had a layover last time and it was barely scratching the surface. You’ll have an amazing time in Perth on a future visit. Happy to answer any other questions. Thanks for stopping by!

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Josy A April 21, 2018 - 10:26 am

Argh! #QuokkaSelfies are sooo cute! I would love seeing them and those kangeroos!

This all looks awesome, but the thing that looks the most perfect are those domburis! I’d love a bit of good unagi right now!

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Jackie April 21, 2018 - 11:02 am

Josy – Quokkas are the best (at least we think so)! Oh yes, the donburis were delicious. We love unagi too!! The Japanese food in Perth is pretty good and decent prices.

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Maya - Chasing Lenscapes April 21, 2018 - 11:50 am

Great post Jackie! I was in Australia many years ago but never made it to Perth. Now I need to go back 🙂 The quokkas seem so cuddly and nice!

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Jackie April 21, 2018 - 4:05 pm

Thank you Maya! Definitely make a trip to Western Australia and Rottnest Island. How can you resist the adorable quokkas?!

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leanne April 21, 2018 - 11:50 am

I really regret I didnt get to see perth when i lived in oz for 2 years!

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Jackie April 21, 2018 - 4:06 pm

Leanne – Come back and visit Australia again!

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atravellersfootsteps April 21, 2018 - 12:17 pm

Perth is my favourite city in Australia. Lots of things to keep you busy in Perth, thanks for sharing. Anyone heading to Perth, don’t miss Rottnest! It is AMAZING

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Jackie April 21, 2018 - 4:06 pm

Thanks for sharing the Perth and Rottnest Island love!

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Taru April 21, 2018 - 2:34 pm

Thanks for putting this together, really useful and great tips!

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Jackie April 21, 2018 - 4:07 pm

You’re welcome Taru. I’m glad the tips are helpful for your future visit to Perth, Australia.

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Lauren April 21, 2018 - 3:34 pm

I’ve never been but this certainly makes me want to! The roos are so cool and seeing that bandicoot sign made me laugh.
I hope to explore aus more one day!

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Jackie April 21, 2018 - 4:08 pm

Thank you Lauren. I wish we could have seen bandicoots crossing. That would have made our day! Let us know if you have questions about Perth.

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Aurelia Teslaru April 21, 2018 - 6:13 pm

Such a useful article! Perth is definitely on my travel list!

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Rebecca April 21, 2018 - 7:15 pm

These sorts of posts always make me realise how much of my own country I haven’t seen! And there are a few places on this list I haven’t even heard of! Thanks for sharing.

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Sandy April 22, 2018 - 4:25 pm

Great guide! Rottnest Island is on the bucketlist for my next visit to Perth. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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Thomas and Iris (Came to Wander) April 22, 2018 - 10:10 pm

Never been here! But would love to go there one day. My biggest dream is to see a kangaroo in real life!

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Felicia April 27, 2018 - 6:22 am

I have such fond memories of Australia after a semester abroad nearly 10 years ago. I didn’t make it out to Perth then but now I can’t wait to go back and see the west coast!

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Perth Is Ok March 8, 2019 - 4:37 pm

Perth is one of my favourite city to travel. I love to visit Kings Park and also I love to eat street food. Nice blog.

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Jackie March 15, 2019 - 9:50 am

Thank you for the support. We would love to head back to Perth to explore more of the area.

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