The city of Perth is the thriving capital of the Western Australian state, which takes up a third of the entire country. This city is an ideal tourist destination for adults. It has world-class restaurants & cafes, fine wine culture, a bustling street and art scene, and beaches where surfing awaits. Prepare for a grand adventure by checking out this list of 19 fun things to do in Perth for adults.

1. Hot Air Balloon Ride

Fly over the hills and productive crops of the beautiful Avon Valley, just one hour away from Perth. This is a must-do activity for everyone, particularly couples. With an early start in the township of Northam, this is a 3 to 4-hour experience, of which approximately 1 hour will be in the air. From the meeting point opposite the Information Centre, you’ll be driven to one of the many launch sites scattered around the valley. This is a hands-on activity for those who are able to help in easy tasks like inflation and packing the balloon away. The views are spectacular as you fly over the lush greenery or bright yellow canola fields. After the journey, there’ll be a fresh breakfast prepared at Farmer’s Home Hotel. Transfer from Perth is available on request.

  • Contact Hours: Daily 8:30am-7pm
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Departure Point: 2 Grey St, Northam WA 6401, Australia

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2. Penguin Island

Spend a few hours or even a full day on this island just off the mainland. It is approximately 45 minutes south of Perth and a 5-minute ferry ride from Shoalwater Bay. You’ll see rangers feed the world’s smallest penguins. Explore the island on foot for great coastal scenery and animal spotting. On the other hand, visitors who are not as active can just relax on the beach. But don’t miss the chance to explore the crystal clear water surrounding the island. Go for a swim and head out snorkelling or scuba diving in the sheltered waters. Visitors can also grab a bite to eat at Pengo’s Café before or after their ferry ride.

  • Duration: Half day to full day tours
  • Departure Point: 153 Arcadia Drive, Shoalwater, Western Australia, 6169

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3. Wave Rock

This isn’t exactly in the heart of the city, but adults will be able to appreciate this magnificent work of nature, Wave Rock. A four-hour drive east of Perth will take you to one of the most iconic landmarks found in Australia. Located close to the town of Hyden, Wave Rock towers 15 metres high and stretches 110 metres in length. The granite cliff looks just like a wave in the surf.

Walking trails near Wave Rock

  • Wave Rock Walk – Wander from the car park to Wave Rock and along its foot to the old quarry site. This easy walk is just 325 metres each way.
  • Hyden Rock Walk – Explore a little further past the quarry as this trail takes you up on top of the rock where you can choose from two loops, both ending back at the car park.
  • The Breakers Walk – Follow the Wave Rock Walk then see where the rock was blasted, making way to collect water for the Hyden Weir, and then on to the Breakers Picnic Area.
  • Hippo’s Yawn Loop – Explore the foot of the rock then branch off to Hippo’s Yawn.
  • Wave Rock Walk Circuit – A 3.6 kilometre, flat loop track with interpretive panels spread throughout.

Alternatively, you can just pick a spot under the shade and admire this grand natural landmark.

  • Duration: Full day tours from perth
  • Address: 1 Wave Rock Rd, Hyden WA 6359

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4. Rottnest Island

Off the coast of Perth, you’ll find Rottnest Island, perfect for a couple’s getaway. There’s plenty to explore including stunning scenery and beaches. Although, the main reason why everyone visits Rottnest Island is the cute quokkas. Catch a short ferry ride from Perth, Fremantle or Hillarys and you’ll be able to spot one of these cute furry animals roaming the island! Rottnest Island is just 11 kilometres long and 4.5 kilometres wide so it’s perfect for exploring on foot or by bike. There’s also a hop-on hop-off bus available. You can also enjoy activities like snorkelling, kayaking, or hiking.

  • Duration: Full day tours from Perth
  • Address: Maley Street, Thomson Bay, 6161

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5. Pinnacles Desert

You will be mesmerised by the many thousand limestone pillars and sandy natural beauty. Some reach more than three metres tall, rising from a sandy desert landscape in the Nambung National Park. Enjoy exploring on foot, in a car or just take in the views from the lookout. There’s also the Discovery Centre where you can learn more about the landscape and region through displays. It features videos, objects and soundscapes to explain the environment, culture and history of the region. Or, go on a 1.5-kilometre hike through the pinnacles on the Desert View trail from the car park of the Discovery Centre.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 24/7
  • Duration: Full day tours from Perth
  • Address: Pinnacles Dr, Cervantes WA 6511

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6. Perth Zoo

See animals from across the globe at the Perth. The various zones throughout the zoo mimic a range of natural environments. From the Asian Rainforest which is home to Sun Bears, Sumatran Tigers and gibbons. Or the African Savannah where you’ll find zebras, giraffes, lions and rhinos. Don’t forget the Australian native animals including kangaroos, koalas, quokkas, emus and crocodiles. You can discover more with the free keeper talks during the day or book in a special Eye-to-eye experience.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 9am-5pm
  • Duration: 3-5 hours
  • Address: 20 Labouchere Rd, South Perth WA 6151

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7. Swan Valley

A short 25-minute drive from Perth lies Swan Valley. This is a fantastic place for adults to indulge in great wines, gourmet food, and jaw-dropping scenery. The area is known for propelling the growing wine industry in the state. It is home to many vineyards in Western Australia’s oldest wine region. Feast on gourmet delicacies, stroll around the bustling markets or explore the art in galleries around the region. Take a tour coach or go on a scenic car ride to explore the wineries and food outlets following the Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail.

  • Duration: full day tours from Perth
  • Address: Swan Street, Guildford, 6066

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8. Margaret River

A three-hour drive from Perth takes you to the Margaret River region. The region is known worldwide for its premium wine, food and natural wonders. Perfect for an exciting adventure for adults! As you get into town, you will be welcomed with a charming park and forest. This is a great place to have a relaxing stroll or enjoy a casual bike ride on one of the numerous cycling tracks. A river crossing takes you to the heart of the town. You will then see quaint streets lined with gourmet shops, cafés, galleries, and boutiques. Explore the scenic coast and lounge around on the beach, go surfing, or enjoy a kayaking adventure on the river.

  • Duration: Half day to Full day tours available
  • Address: Bussell Highway, Margaret River, 6285

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9. Caversham Wildlife Park

Caversham Wildlife Park lets you explore the lives of over 200 animal species in their natural habitats. Located inside Whiteman Park, Caversham is home to Western Australia’s most extensive private collection of native wildlife. It is operated and owned by a family and gives a more intimate ambience as you get up close and personal with fascinating animal life. Expect to see friendly kangaroos within a spacious enclosure, where you can feed and interact with them in a peaceful environment. Have your picture taken with a koala as it calmly sits on a tree, or wrapped in a keeper’s arms. Also, don’t miss the penguin sessions as they swim and get fed by the keepers.

  • Opening Hours: Dail 9:30am-4pym
  • Duration: 3-5 hours
  • Address: 233B Drumpellier Dr, Whiteman WA 6068

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10. Yanchep National Park

Located just 50 minutes away from the Perth city centre, Yanchep National Park is renowned for its caves. This includes the Crystal Cave which can be explored on a guided tour. For koala sightings, enjoy close-up views on a 140-meter-long Koala boardwalk. Public tours are also available to learn more about the local Aboriginal culture. This national park is open all year round, offering a wide array of nature-based activities adults will love.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 24/7
  • Duration: Full day tours
  • Address: Yanchep Beach Rd &, Indian Ocean Dr, Yanchep WA 6035

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11. Perth Bell Tower

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Western Australia, the Bell Tower is located just 5 minutes away from Perth CBD. A set of 18 bells hang in a specially-built glass and copper bell tower in Barrack Square. Dating back to the 14th century, the bell tower is one of the world’s largest musical instruments. Head to the open-air observation deck on the 6th floor to enjoy sweeping views of the Swan River. Or join a bell tower chiming experience where you can try your hand at bell ringing.

  • Opening Hours: Thursday to Sunday 10am-4pm
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Address: Riverside Dr, Perth WA 6000

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12. Swan River Wine Cruise

This river wine cruise is a perfect way for adults to unwind while enjoying the best views along with the finest wines. You can choose from morning or afternoon wine and tea tastings before going on a winery tour in Sandalford. Enjoy this romantic cruise which includes a 2-hour lunch and wine tastings. During the cruise, you will learn about the history of the river and surrounding wetlands through informative commentary. A tasting booklet will be handed out as you try the various local wines.

  • Departure Time: 9:45am
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Departure Point: Barrack Street Jetty, Perth WA 6000, Australia

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13. Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA)

The Aquarium of Western Australia, also called “AQWA”, is situated in one of the most scenic spots in Perth – Hillarys Boat Harbour. Prepare for underwater adventures as you learn about the marine life of Western Australia. See lush coral reefs from the Far North and Southern Ocean’s frigid waters. Gaze at some of the most fascinating sea creatures such as stingrays and giant sea turtles. One of the main highlights is the underwater tunnel, which holds 3 million litres of water from the Indian Ocean. For adults only, this is where you can plunge into the giant shark tank and see what happens behind the scenes.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 9am-4pm
  • Duration: 2-4 hours
  • Address: 91 Southside Dr, Hillarys WA 6025

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14. Fremantle History

A mere 25 minutes away from Perth lies Fremantle, a major Australian port city where the first Swan River colonists settled in 1829. This is where you will learn about the founding of Western Australia. It is a great opportunity for adults, especially first-time visitors, to explore the city on a walking tour. Stop at the Roundhouse, the first building ever built in Western Australia. Relax at Bathers Beach, where the first settlers set foot in the area. Or visit Fremantle Prison for the more engrossing history of the convicts.

  • Location: 25 minutes drive from Perth

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15. Explore Perth Arcades & Laneways

Discover the city from a different perspective as you go off the usual tourist route with this unique walking tour. The city’s original development plan involved a semi-regular grid pattern. Three major streets are positioned parallel to the Swan River and three streets are on a north-to-south layout. Adults will have more appreciation of the city as the tour takes you through arcades and laneways. Discover the beauty of the city without the usual tourist attractions and delve deeper into the lesser-known streets of Perth. Expect to see amazing street art, boutique bars, and modern city landmarks.

  • Departure Time: 10am
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Departure Point: Wellington St, Perth WA 6000, Australia

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16. Perth Hop on Hop off Bus

Enjoy the convenience of exploring the city when you join this unforgettable hop-on hop-off bus tour. Ride on a double-decker bus on your way to explore some of the most popular attractions in Perth. This fully narrated tour will give you a better appreciation of Perth. Several departures are available throughout the day, perfect for adults who want a more flexible way of exploring the city. You can stop at places like the Perth Town Hall or shopping malls on Hay and Murray Streets. For museums, there are stops for the Museum of Western Australia, the Art Gallery, the Perth Cultural Centre, and the Heath Ledger Theatre. Or, go for a stroll at Kings Park, home to a magnificent botanical garden, walking trails, and spectacular views of the Swan River.

  • Duration: 24-48 hours tickets available
  • Departure Points: various stops around Perth

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17. Coffee, Culture & Art in Perth

What better way to start your day exploring the city than with coffee, tea, culture and art? Adults will truly enjoy this informative yet lighthearted way of discovering the city’s historical and contemporary details. A guide will provide an orientation of the city and offer inside tips on how to go around the city. You’ll also stop by landmarks like the Treasury and Parliament, General Post Office, and Land Titles Office. This small group tour ensures that more personalized service is provided to everyone.

  • Departure Time: 10am
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Departure Points: 601 Hay St, Perth WA 6000, Australia

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18. Perth East Foreshore & City Segway Tour

Enjoy your Perth exploration in a whole new way, by riding a Segway. A friendly professional guide will point out the city’s hidden treasures and show you the hidden gems in the city. This is a great chance for adults who want to explore the magnificence of Perth from a different perspective. The adventure starts with a detailed orientation on how to safely and efficiently ride a Segway. Then, you’ll be making your way to scenic areas along Swan River and Claisebrook Cove. On the way back to the city, you will pass by historic buildings including the Government House, Perth Mint, and the Supreme Court Gardens.

  • Departure Time: Weekends 2pm
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Departure Points: Shop 3, Barrack Street Jetty, Perth WA 6000, Australia

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The combination of nature’s pure beauty and a thriving urban scene makes Perth a truly remarkable tourist destination. Depending on your mood for the day, you can choose to commune with nature or engage in more socialization in the bustling city centre’s offerings. There is something for every adult to enjoy in Perth. More reading:

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