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10 Best Things to do in Perth
Perth! It’s my hometown and the place I called home for over 23 years. No matter where I am in the world a lot of my life still revolves around the most isolated city in the world. When I come to visit it’s always a good time – especially in summer! With 35 degree days and the pristine beaches, amazing wildlife and the most breathtaking coastlines, it really is one magnificent place to visit!
However, Perth is often the forgotten city in Australia. Hundreds of thousands of people come far and wide to visit Australia, however, Perth seems to get missed a lot. Instead, many travelers opt to visit our more famous cities like Sydney and Melbourne. This is such a shame as there’s so much to do and see in Perth, and if you’re visiting Australia you really should include Perth (and Western Australia) in your itinerary!.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love all things Australia and if you are planning on visiting this beautiful country I think you have made a great choice no matter what you see! However Perth is my hometown, it’s where I grew up and as such, this is my time to show off all of the things to do in Perth!
1. Visit one or all of our amazing beaches
Let’s start my things to do in Perth list with something Australia is famous for and one reason so many people choose to visit….The beaches! What a lot of people don’t know is that Perth is home so pretty amazing beaches, that in my opinion, rival the more famous ones on the east coast.
Perth is blessed with pearly white sand and cool fresh water that makes it’s way north from the south. We have beaches to surf, relax, snorkel or swim and the great thing is you don’t have to go far! However, it is important to pick the right ones. Some of my favorite include Trig, Cottesloe, Scarborough and Leighton beach! These four beaches are only a short drive from the city and area all stunning! Oh and make sure you spend at least one sunset on the beach – you won’t be disappointed!
2. Explore Rottnest Island
Located 20km from Perth’s foreshore is the beautiful Rottnest Island. Rottnest Island has always been a local gem. Visiting, and taking a selfie with Rottnest’s famed Quokkas, is one of those iconic Aussie experiences.
As teenagers, my friends and I would head to Rottnest to get away from the city and enjoy the simple life. No cars, stunning beaches, breathtaking sunsets, and the feeling of freedom drew us to the island and made us never want to leave.
The island is paved with riding trails that make accessing all of the secluded beaches easy and fun. Spend the day exploring the island, take a selfie with a quokka, enjoy a beach to yourself, snorkel the surrounding reefs, or simply sit back and enjoy a beer at the pub in town.
Of all the things to do in Perth, this is my favorite and every time I head back to Perth for me involves a trip to Rottnest, either for the day or to stay a few nights. I promise that you will be amazed at this little island paradise. Rottnest is also one of the best things to do in Perth with kids, so no matter how young your tribe is, Rottness Island is a must-visit!
3. Visit Kings Park
Kings Park is another amazing place only 5 minutes from the city. This gorgeous park is situated on a small hill that overlooks Perth and offers some pretty spectacular views of the city and river. The park’s gardens are beautiful and a popular place for weddings.
The many trails that lead you through Perth’s stunning bushland are a great place to forget that you’re in a big city. One of my favorite things to do in Kings Park is the tree top walk! The walk is only 620 meters long but it offers a unique view that can’t be missed!
Although Kings Park offers so many things to do, it is also a great place to do nothing. Enjoy a quiet picnic with friends. Sit back, listen to the birds and just enjoy those amazing views, oh, and they are even better at sunset! So no matter what your interests, Kings Park should be on your list of things to do in Perth!
4. Head to Penguin Island
That’s right – Perth is home to more than one beautiful island! This one is only a few hundred meters from the mainland, and as the name suggests, is home to a Blue Penguin colony! Most people have no idea that Australia has penguins let alone a beautiful island you can visit them on!
The island offers a breathtaking 2km long boardwalk that takes you to interesting points on the island. These include the pelican nesting area and a 360-degree lookout! You can enjoy a picnic in the grass, swim at one of the beautiful turquoise bays, and let’s not forget about seeing the penguins!
Penguin Island is home to 1200 Blue Penguins and although spotting them during the day can be hard, the island is also home to The Discovery Centre. The Discovery Centre is where injured or abandoned penguins live. These penguins would not survive in the wild on their own so they cannot be released. For visitors, this is a great chance to get up close and personal during one of the three daily feedings!
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5. Swan Valley Wine tour
Just north of Perth is the wine region of the Swan Valley. Although a small region, this area certainly has put its name on the map for the fantastic wines produced there. The Swan Valley is a great place to try some boutique wines you won’t find anywhere else. Most of the wineries offer tastings and even tours of the vineyards to find out how exactly your wine was made!
Walk the vineyards, drink wine, dine on cheese and try some locally made chocolate, the Swan Valley hits all of those guilty pleasures all in one place! The Swan Valley is every self-confessed wine connoisseur’s dream and a great place to get amongst a region driven by creativity – it just simply has to be on your list of things to do in Perth!
The best way to see the swan valley is on a local tour. These tours drive you around allowing you to sample as much wine as you want without the worry of getting home. The tours are also the best way to check out the smaller wineries with the best boutique wines, meet the winemakers, and see the families at work.
A great tour I highly recommend is the “Swan Valley Premium Wine Tour” by a company called Up Close and Local. Our guide, Paul, knows the region well and makes stops at the best boutique wineries in the region. The tour is personal and super fun – oh, and you get to try so many wines including my personal favorite, a sparkling red! They also offer tours up to another less known wine region, the Bickley Valley in the Perth hills as well as personalized tours of Perth so you get the most out of your trip!
6. Visit the Wakeboard Park
You no longer need a boat to go wakeboarding in Perth. With the new wakeboard park now open just south of Perth I just had to try it out on my latest visit! This place breathes fun and I was instantly addicted. The park is really great for all skill levels and I am a testimony to that as I had never wakeboarded before I visited the park.
With a few tips from the staff, I was up and progressing to the more professional boards. By the end of the two hours, I was hitting the small jumps and having a blast. The park also offers a training area with free coaching for those nervous about hitting the track right away. So if wakeboarding was something you have ever wanted to try, Perth is the place to do it!
7. Explore the Secret Garden
The Secret Garden is another thing I hadn’t seen before until my recent trip to Perth. The main reason being is that this beautiful garden has remained a secret to most for a long time! The Secret Garden is a beautiful wetland area right smack bang in the middle of the suburbs and is a great place to visit for a few hours!
The park is rather small but there are a few trails and it is a nice park to relax at. A group of Black Swans call the parks lake home and are a great site to see especially for those not from Perth. During the week it’s common to have the place to yourself and the whole area is great for taking photos!
8. Relax at Black Diamond Lake
Black Diamond Lake is located around two hours from Perth by car. Despite what the name implies the lake is actually turquoise! Black Diamond Lake is the perfect place to get out of Perth and cool off in the beautiful water. The lake is located in the Perth Hills and the drive up is almost as beautiful as the lake.
The area around the lake is also home to a few other attractions like Honeymoon Pool, so take some snacks and good company and head out and explore this magical area. This should be on everyone’s list of things to do in Perth!
9. Wander Through Fremantle
Fremantle is one of the most iconic areas in Perth and is a popular spot among locals. Fremantle is a laid-back place and attracts all things strange and quirky.
The market is a great place to try some locally made products including soaps and creams. Wander through the streets and watch as talented buskers entertain the streets, have an ice cold beer on a hot day, enjoy a coffee in the morning, or visit the famous Little Creature brewery – there really is so much to do in Fremantle!
Something a little less known is the tours of the Fremantle prison! The night tour is especially fun, and don’t be surprised if you get a fright as they take you through the cells of some of Australia’s most famous convicts! Oh, and don’t worry, the prison doesn’t operate anymore, it is purely used as a tourist attraction!
10. Head to the city
Yes, it’s true the actual city of Perth is not the most amazing part of Perth, however, since I last lived here the city has undergone some amazing changes! With the new Elizabeth Quay finished the Perth foreshore has never looked better! Both by night and day Elizabeth Quay is a beautiful place to enjoy a meal.
The craft beer scene in Perth is also thriving as many boutique bars are popping up. With so many options, finding a unique place to have a beer is easy.
Australia is renowned for its multiculturalism and with that comes all of the amazing foods from around the world. Perth’s restaurant scene spills out with authentic cuisine to suit everyone and no trip to Perth would be complete without a visit to the heart of the city!
Regardless of what you’re looking for, I believe that Perth has something for everyone. This beautiful, vibrant, up and coming city offers visitors some of the best sunsets in the world, a great selection of outdoor activities and unique flora and fauna. Despite its “city-feel”, you can still enjoy that laid-back Australian attitude. Perth is a place go-getters enjoy, for not everything is in plain sight, you must dig deep for adventures to enjoy this wonderful city – so get exploring!
Perth is my home, and I sincerely hope you enjoy your time here. Please, if you have any questions about the activities mentioned above or suggestions of others that aren’t, let me know in the comments and I would be more than willing to help you out!
I Hope this guide on things to do in Perth has inspired you to explore my hometown