Perth has precincts, nooks and vistas that make it one of Australia’s most Instagrammable cities.
For travellers who love to capture and share experiences on the go, here are some of the best photo opportunities in and around Perth. When you post your shots, be sure to use the #SeePerth hashtag.
On the Streets
Street art has taken off in Perth and Fremantle, with graffiti in Wolf Lane among the most well known works. Drop into Wolf Lane small bar while you’re there to enjoy boutique beers or international wines in a relaxed shabby chic interior.
South Fremantle is the place to start your street art tour of the port city. One of the country’s largest pieces of wall art is on the exterior of East West Design, and you can’t miss the famous zebras of Ootong and Lincoln cafe (also great for breakfast and lunch).
Among the many other precincts with street art gems dotted around, Subiaco and Leederville are worth exploring. Look for artwork outside the Luna Leederville cinema and Meeka restaurant in Subiaco.
Public Art & Architecture
There are numerous public artworks around town too that provide some fabulous Insta opps, including Fremantle’s ‘Containbow’ - a rainbow created from multicoloured ship containers - and Perth’s ‘Ascalon’ - a dramatic, abstract representation of St George and the dragon outside St George’s Cathedral.
This is also a good place to begin a walking tour around Perth’s architecture - from heritage to super-modern.
Historic Government House is on the opposite side of St George’s Terrace, and a little further west on the same side are the newly renovated State Buildings. This development houses COMO the Treasury, a collection of 5 star accommodation and dining that pays homage to the building’s heritage. Look down as you walk past for basement shops that transport you to the streets of London.
Further on is the famous London Court, which has been likened to the Diagon Alley of Harry Potter novels. Here, and in nearby Trinity Arcade, you can run up and down staircases and capture quirky details.
Fremantle is another haven of heritage buildings. The port city was established before Perth and remains home to some of the oldest sandstone structures and cute terraced housing with iron filigree details. Start with the Fremantle Arts Centre and Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges.
At the other end of the time spectrum are the modern structures and sculptures of Perth Arena in the city, the State Theatre Centre in Northbridge, the brand new Yagan Square linking the two areas, and on the waterfront, Elizabeth Quay and The Bell Tower. For one of the best views of Elizabeth Quay, try The Reveley rooftop bar.
From the Quay itself, you can grab some great shots of the city. Other spots to see the city skyline in all its glory are Kings Park and the South Perth foreshore.
Events to Capture
Kings Park offers more than city and river views. Capture moments in time by building your visit around the Kings Park Festival or other annual events in Perth.
The Kings Park Festival takes place each spring to celebrate the wildflowers of Western Australia with displays that will fill your Insta feed. Another event coinciding with nature’s calendar is the November Jacaranda Festival in Applecross, when the streets are lined with the stunning purple trees - a feast for the iPhone!
In autumn, look out for Sculpture by the Sea - possibly one of the most Instagrammed events in Perth with the extraordinary and quirky artworks spread along Cottelsoe Beach and foreshore.
If it’s quirkiness you’re looking for, head to Fremantle International Street Arts Festival in autumn or the Fringe Festival in Northbridge during the Perth International Arts Festival, which runs through summer.
You can get your fill of carnival colours and animal antics at the Perth Royal Show in spring. All of life is here, from animal shows and performances to sideshow alley and fairground rides.
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Perth’s favourite animals are, of course, the famous quokkas of Rottnest Island, made even more famous by Roger Federer’s selfie taken with one of these cute creatures, which went viral in 2017, recently overtaken on Instagram by Margot Robbie’s version.
If you want to capture a similar shot, be aware that these are wild animals and should be treated with respect, so don’t try to handle them. They’re friendly and curious enough to hop into your shot without coercion.
Best Ocean Shots
While on Rottnest Island, make the most of the stunning bays that circle the island for some of the best beach shots. The whites and blues are hard to match, and the gentle ruggedness of the coastline adds interest.
Other Perth Beaches to visit for snaps are Mullaloo to the north of Hillarys Boat Harbour, Mettams Pool in North Beach, and the famous Cottesloe Beach with the iconic Indiana bistro perched above the sand.
The ocean is at its prettiest in a boat harbour at sunset. Hillarys Boat Harbour has boardwalks that give you a choice of perspectives, and Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour is fringed by fish cafes and bars for additional flavour.
River & Waterfalls
Perth’s most famous natural treasure is the Swan River, widening out as it reaches the city to create vast lagoon-like spaces, and flowing on down to its mouth at Fremantle. A great spot to relax and take in the river is The Point Bar and Grill on Point Fraser.
For the boat harbour image, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club or South Perth Yacht Club will give you some of the prettiest shots. Crawley Edge Boatshed is an iconic Instagrammable structure at the foot of Mount Eliza in Kings Park, often used in wedding photo shoots. Look for the statue perched in the river nearby, named Eliza and often dressed up by locals!
Inland in the Perth Hills you’ll find countless picture perfect bushland, creeks and waterfalls especially in the national parks. Bells Rapids and Lesmurdie Falls are two fo the most picturesque, and delightful spots for a picnic.
Food With a View
Cideries, Breweries and Wineries
Don’t just post pics of your delicious brunch - choose an unforgettable backdrop to go with it! Before you leave the Hills, stop at an eye catching vineyard or brewery. The award-winning Millbrook Winery overlooks the Serpentine River in Jarrahdale, and serves up delicious meals created using produce grown on the property. At Fairbrossen Estate in pretty Bickley Valley you have to try a delicious meal with wine in the brand new Tom’s Kitchen, and CORE Cider House at Pickering Brook is a must for its variety of beautiful brews, orchard views and hearty food.
In the Swan Valley, Mandoon Estate and Sandalford Wines are other great venues to capture vineyard views and enjoy a meal. Oakover Grounds serves up coffee, breakfast and lunch overlooking sweeping lawns and lake. And the award-winning RiverBank Estate has some fabulous foodie country vineyard photo opps.
For a brew with a view, head to the Feral Brewing Co Brewpub & Restaurant or Elmar’s in the Valley, serving up German cuisine and beer in a delightful setting with live music through summer and autumn.
Back in the city, it’s hard to beat an alfresco meal by the beach while watching the sun set over the ocean. The pure light and intense colours in Perth make sunset photography easy if you get the timing right. Great spots to kick back and wait for the right moment are Odyssea in City Beach, Bib n Tucker in North Fremantle, Barchetta by Cottesloe Beach, The Shorehouse on Swanbourne Beach and Bathers Beach House in Fremantle.
The place to capture cityscapes from a high vantage point is Fraser’s Restaurant in Kings Park. Choose the al fresco seating area to be surrounded by beautifully maintained parkland with views to the city skyline and across the Swan River.
Eateries that provide a backdrop in themselves include cafes with courtyards, wall art and exquisite presentation. The long list includes Boucla in Subiaco, Moore and Moore in Fremantle, Chinta in North Perth and Fremantle Arts Centre.
Finally, for a mash-up of food, shopping and the eccentricities of everyday life, let yourself loose at a weekend market. There are lots of farmers’ markets around town and in the Swan Valley - Perth’s garden, with its local produce and gourmet food products.
Fremantle Markets are always a buzz, selling crafts, clothes, souvenirs and food - you can be sure to find something quirky, colourful or tasty to Instagram here.
On Friday nights in summer, you can immerse yourself in the Twilight Hawkers Market in Perth CBD - an assault on the senses with a mix of delicious street food and live music.
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