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WA Visitor Centre

T: 61 8 9483 1111
1300 361 35 (Toll free in Australia)
55 William Street, Perth

Perth

Welcome to Perth - the capital of Western Australia...

AN ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE FOR SUMMER - ADD IT TO YOUR PLAYLIST TODAY!

Perth's supurb position on the banks of the beautiful 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 city a cultural confidence which is making its mark on the city skyline and on other aspects of urban life.

Experience this...

  • VISIT Kings Park and get back to nature
  • SEE the Swan Bell Tower then cruise the Swan River
  • INDULGE in some city arts and culture at a gallery, museum or theatre
  • WATCH a gold pour at The Perth Mint
  • VISITNorthbridge for the specialty shops, great food and culture
  • DINE out at the great restaurants on offer
  • HIRE a bike or kayak or Segway tour around the city and river
  • CATCH the city sights and attractions on a day tour
  • TAKE a free guided walking tour of the city with an i-City Volunteer
  • GO shopping at the wide range of city stores and boutiques
  • VISIT Heirisson Island, the home of a colony of Western Grey Kangaroos

Perth CBD

For an upbeat tempo, head to Perth's city centre. 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. Inventive boutiques sit alongside 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.

The city is also in the midst of an exciting period of expansion and new developments. Bold new design projects such as Elizabeth Quay, Perth City Link and Riverside mean Perth will change dramatically over the next ten years better reflecting the growing global importance of Perth.

There are many attractions to visit throughout the 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 city centre 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!

Walking trails & tours

Why not get your visit to the city off to a flying start with an orientation walking tour, or learn more about the history, arts and culture of Perth on one of specialty tours of the city? The City of Perth i-City Volunteers offer the following free guided walking tours departing at the Information Kiosk in Murray Street Mall.

Free city guided tours

  • Boom or Bust Trail
  • Icons of Influence Trail
  • Art City
  • Convicts and Colonials Trail

If you prefer to follow your own path, you can pick up audio and walking trail maps from the Information Kiosk 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. For more information visit perth.wa.gov.au/self-guided-trails.

Swan River

On the city's doorstep lies the natural beauty of the Swan River; creating a stunning contrast against the skyline of city high rises.

The Nyoongar people, the land’s Indigenous inhabitants, drew spiritual significance from the Swan River for tens of thousands of years as it supported a rich, year-round culture. They nurtured the sacred land and passed from generation to generation, the story of the Wagyl, a winged serpent who was the keeper of lakes and springs and the creator of the Swan River.

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, 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.

Perth Cultural Precinct

Perth 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 Perth's Cultural Centre which houses the Western Australian Museum - Perth, Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, the Blue Room and the State Theatre of Western Australia.

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 to intimate, out-of-the-way stages offering alternative and avant-garde shows.

Beyond the city CBD

To discover some more cultural encounters and funky neighborhoods, look beyond the city grid to the suburbs of Northbridge, East Perth, Leederville, West Perth, Subiaco, Mount Lawley/Highgate, Mount Hawthorn, Victoria Park and South Perth. Here you'll find bohemian quarters, leafy village streets, boutique shopping, multi-ethnic flavours and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Find out more.

What's on in the city

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Kings Park

Kings Park

The jewel in the city's crown, Kings Park is one of the largest inner city parks in the world. Located within a short walk of the city, it is a major drawcard for both visitors to Perth and locals alike.
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Perth City Fringe

Beyond the city CBD

Explore beyond the city grid to Perth's finging suburbs of Subiaco, Victoria Park, South Perth, Leederville and Mount Lawley for shopping, dining and entertainment.
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City accommodation

City accommodation

The city offers a wide range of accommodation for all tasts and budgets from backpackers and standard hotels to 5 star resort hotels and luxury riverview apartments.
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Perth attractions

City attractions

There are so many great things to do in Perth City. Check out a list of great attractions - you'll find everything from cafes and restaurants, shops to museums and galleries.
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City tours

City tours

Explore our beautiful city on a tour! Experience the beauty of the Swan River on a cruise, learn about Perth's heritage on a walking tour or simply jump on the hop-on-hop-off bus.
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City iterinaries

City itinerary

Discover all that Perth has to offer on this great self-drive itinerary starting from breakfast in Kings Park and ending with sunset drinks in East Perth overlooking the Swan River.
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Perth small bars

Eat & drink in the city

Whether it's dining in an elegant restaurant overlooking the river or exploring our  new bar and coffee scene Perth boasts an extensive buffet from which to delight your tastebuds.
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Shopping

Shopping in the city

Need a little retail therapy? From eclectic markets to stylish malls, Perth offers a host of shopping options to stock up on trendy beach fashions, buy unique Aboriginal art or discover antiques.
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Watch Perth

Be inspired by our latest YouTube clips of the ever-changing Perth City.

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