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 city 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 Swan Bell Tower and catch a Swan River cruise.
- 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 of Northbridge, Subiaco and Leederville.
- 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.
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 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.
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, Riverside and Perth Stadium 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!
City walking trails & tours
Why 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
Depart Fridays at 2.00pm | Approximately 2 hours
This historical walk through the city highlights the "boom" created by gold and the resultant surge of growth, wealth and prosperity in WA. The city population swelled, buildings were erected and it seemed Perth would "Bust" as this remote town turned into a buzzing cosmopolitan city. Find out more (PDF).
Depart Mondays at 2.00pm | Approximately 2 hours
Follow this trail to investigate the history of the city through its iconic places of influence, particularly St Georges Terrace. As you walk along the trail, keep your eyes out for plaques placed in the pavement, in recognition of the many people who have influenced the growth of Perth and Western Australia. Find out more (PDF).
Depart Tuesday & Thursday at 2.00pm | Approximately 2 hours
This walking guide features artworks commissioned by the City of Perth and other organisations. Aspects of Perth's cultural heritage may be discovered and explored as you follow the walking guide and view the artworks. Allow the thirty artworks to challenge your perception and enrich your understanding of life in Perth. Find out more (PDF).
Departs Wednesday at 2.00pm | Approximately 2 hours
Although the Swan River Colony was established as a free settlement in 1829, convict transportation was introduced in 1850 to answer the demand for a plentiful supply of cheap labour for the small population. Whilst convict transport lasted only 18 years, the legacy of the short penal period is embedded in the streets of Perth and the folklore of the State. Find out more (PDF).
On the city's doorstep 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, 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 & ENTERTAINMENT
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 Art Gallery of WA, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, the Blue Room Theatre, 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 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.
BEYOND THE CBD
To discover some more cultural encounters and funky neighborhoods, look beyond the CBD to the shopping, dining and entertainment hotpots of Northbridge, East Perth, Leederville, West Perth, Subiaco, Mount Lawley, Highgate, North Perth, 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.
WHAT'S ON IN THE CITY
Check out what's on in the city this week.
West Perth |
Dates: 29 Dec, 2014 – 29 Nov, 2015
December saw Scitech kick off a new event series, Innovation in Art, to celebrate the opening of Rio Tinto Innovation Central. Scientists, artists and musicians are all great innovators and we’re melding these professions together for a unique series of upcoming events.
Dates: 06 Jun – 26 Dec, 2015
Come down the alleyway every Saturday night from 4pm for Howl Saturdays. Quote "Moon" for $5 selected beer, cider and house spirit - available all night! Dance the night away with live sets from DJ Philly Blunt from 7pm.
Dates: 22 Jul – 25 Dec, 2015
CITYFIX is the best antidote for your Monday-to-Friday blues – leave behind the deadlines and mad rush, and relax in this inner-city oasis every Wednesday from 11am to 2pm in Central Park.
Dates: 15 Aug, 2015 – 15 Feb, 2016
American dream, American nightmare is a two-part display that focuses on one of the Art Gallery of WA's most iconic and most requested works, Brett Whiteley's The American dream 1968-1969. This major, 18 part installation has not been seen at the Gallery since 2004 and it is looking better than ever.
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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Explore beyond the city grid to Perth's fringing suburbs of Subiaco, Victoria Park, South Perth, Leederville and Mount Lawley for shopping, dining and entertainment.
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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 taste buds.
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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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The city offers a wide range of accommodation for all tastes and budgets from backpackers and standard hotels to 5 star resort hotels and luxury river view apartments.
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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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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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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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