18 Best Perth Attractions Every Tourist Must See

Perth is the capital city of Western Australia, and is located on the south-west coast of the country. Here, the winding Swan River meets sprawling white beeches with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.

While many people regard Perth as the sleepy cousin of Melbourne and Sydney, this city has much to offer visitors; from remarkable flora and fauna to a bourgeoning selection of trendy small bars, Perth has something to suit everybody’s tastes.

18 Most Popular Attractions in Perth

1. Rottnest Island

  • Located just 18 kilometres off the coast of Fremantle in Western Australia, Rottnest Island is a popular holiday destination for local Perth residents,
  • Adult $85, Concession $75, Child $48.50, Family $221
  • +61 8 9372 9732
  • Rottnest Island, Western Australia, Australia
  • Never closed
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2. Pinnacles Desert

  • The Pinnacles Desert, often simply referred to as The Pinnacles, are an unusual collection of limestone formations located inside the Nambung National
  • Entry Fee $12/per vehicle, Concession $6/vehicle
  • +61 (0)8 9652 7913
  • The Pinnacles Desert, Cervantes, Western Australia, Australia
  • 9:30am - 4:30pm
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3. WACA Ground

  • Since the 1890s the Western Australian Cricket Association Ground, or the WACA Ground, has been the home of cricket in Western Australia. The historical
  • Adult $15, Concession $12.50, Child $5
  • +61 8 9265 7222
  • WACA Ground, East Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  • 9am - 4:30pm
  • 2

4. Perth Zoo

  • Located just minutes from Perth city, the Perth Zoo has been a wildlife oasis since its opening in 1989. Set on 41 acres, the zoo is home to more than
  • Adult $27, Child $13, Concession $21
  • +61 8 9474 0444
  • Perth Zoo, Labouchere Road, South Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  • 9am - 5pm
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5. Swan Bells Tower

  • Located on Riverside Drive and looking out over the Swan River, the Swan Bells Tower is one of Perth’s most unusual and must-visit tourist attraction.
  • Adult $14, Child $9, Family $30
  • +61 8 6210 0444
  • Swan Bells, Perth, Tây Úc, Australia
  • 10am - 4pm
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6. Western Australian Museum

    The Western Australian Museum is a state museum, and the largest of its kind in Western Australia. It is so big, that the museum is spread over six sites,
  • Perth & Shipwreck are free to enter (donation appreciated); Maritime is Adult $10, Child $3, Concession $5, Family 22
  • 1300 134 081
  • Western Australian Museum, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  • 9:30am - 5pm

7. Perth Convention Exhibition Centre

  • Price varies depending on events
  • Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Road, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  • Time variers depending on events
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8. Forrest Chase

  • Free
  • Forrest Chase, Murray Street, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  • Mon-Sat 9am-5pm

9. Elizabeth Quay

  • Free
  • Elizabeth Quay, The Esplanade, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  • Daily 24 hours
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10. City of Perth Library

  • Free
  • City of Perth Library and History Centre, Hay Street, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  • Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12nn-4pm

11. Araluen Botanic Park

  • Araluen Botanic Park is a botanical park located in a valley in the Darling Ranges, about 30 kilometres south of Perth. This historic park, which was opened
  • Adult $6, Child $3, Concession $8, Family $15
  • +61 8 9496 1171
  • Araluen Botanic Park, Croyden Road, Roleystone, Western Australia, Australia
  • 9am - 6pm
  • 3

12. AQWA

  • AQWA, or the Aquarium of Western Australia, is located in Hillarys, Western Australia. Once Australia’s largest aquarium, AQWA is now known as being
  • Adult $29, Child $17, Concession $21
  • +61 8 9447 7500
  • AQWA, Hillarys, Western Australia, Australia
  • 10am-5pm daily
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13. Yanchep National Park

    Yanchep National Park is located around 50 kilometres north of Perth, and is known for its many caves, natural bushland area and large koala population.
  • Entrance Fee $12/vehicle, Concession $6/vehicle
  • +61 (08) 9303 7759
  • Yanchep National Park, Yanchep, Western Australia, Australia
  • 8:30am - 5pm

14. Swan River

  • The Swan River is 60 kilometres long located in the south west of Western Australia. Its estuary flows through the city of Perth, making it a popular destination
  • Depends on activity
  • Swan River, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  • Never closes
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15. Fremantle Prison

  • Fremantle Prison, also known as the Fremantle Gaol, is a historic Australian prison building located in the city of Fremantle. Constructed, using convict
  • Adult $20, Concession $17, Child $11, Family $57
  • +61 (08) 9336 9200
  • Fremantle Prison, The Terrace, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
  • 9am - 5pm (open to 9pm Wed and Fri)
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What are the must see attractions in Perth?

Kings Park

Kings Park’s proximity to the CBD and its expansive views of the city skyline and Swan River make it a natural wonder that should not be missed. It is a great place to see a variety of Australian flora and birdlife, and is particularly breathtaking during the wildflower season in spring.

Elizabeth Quay

The newly constructed Elizabeth Quay on the north shore of Perth Water is another landmark that is worth visiting. Besides the lovely aquatic view, it boasts cafes, restaurants, adventure golf, and seasonal events and pop-up venues.

Swan Bells Tower

Swan Bells Tower is easily accessible from Elizabeth Quay and is one of Perth’s most recognizable landmarks. The view atop this architectural marvel is well-worth the climb, and visitors can experience the eighteen bells being rung by hand.

The Art Gallery of Western Australia

The Art Gallery of Western Australia is a perfect place to learn about Perth, as it offers cultural and historical understandings of the city. Local and international artists are displayed here, with much of the permanent artwork being free to view. There are even interactive spaces and workshops designed for children to enjoy. It is located a short walk away from Perth Train Station.

Perth Mint

The heritage listed Perth Mint is another place where Western Australian history can be discovered. Daily guided tours explain the state’s gold rush history, culminating in a live demonstration of a molten gold pour. The attached shop is also a great place to pick up beautiful souvenirs or a gift for yourself! The Perth Mint is within walking distance of the CBD, or can be accessed along the route of the free Red Cat Bus.

Apart from these must see attractions, no trip to Perth would be complete without visiting one of the many beautiful beaches. If the weather is warm, have a dip in the ocean, otherwise take a stroll in the late afternoon and watch the sun disappear over the horizon. Some of the most popular beaches include Cottesloe and City Beach.


Which attractions are a day trip from Perth?

Perth is the most isolated capital city in the world, and this means that the state has some of Australia’s most beautiful and untouched natural scenery. There are a number of wonderful attraction outside of Perth that are easily accessible by car, tour bus or ferry, including Rottnest Island (home of the adorable quokka) and more than one wine region! To learn more about these, see our ‘Top 10 Must Do Day Trips from Perth’.

Alternatively, book one of the many tour options available for a fabulous day trip outside Perth.


Is there an attractions pass?

While there are no available passes that will allow you entry to multiple attractions in Perth, the Perth Explorer bus is a good way for visitors to explore what the city has to offer. This is a hop-on-hop-off bus tour on a red, open-topped, double decker bus. You can purchase a 24 or 48 hour pass, and tickets start at $35 (online) for adults. On board you will hear commentary about a number of attractions, including The Perth Mint, Bell Tower, Kings Park and Elizabeth Quay.


What attractions can you visit in Perth at night?

In the evening, Northbridge comes to life with a huge selection of restaurants and bars. The area is particularly well known for its wide variety of Asian cuisines. Small bars such as Mechanics Institute, Dominion League and Joe’s Juice Joint are perfect for enjoying a craft beer or award winning cocktail after a long day exploring the city.

Perth is also home to a number of music venues, from the stadium-style Perth Arena, to the newly renovated Badlands Bar (formerly Devilles Pad), and the cozy Ellington Jazz Club. With thousands of local acts and many visiting from overseas and interstate, there are always gigs to attend.

If illuminations are more your style, many of Perth’s buildings are the subjects of light shows at night – including Council House and heritage listed Wesley Church – and by crossing the river to the South Perth foreshore you can view the lit-up city’s iconic skyline.


Are there any Shore Excursions for Travelers on Cruises?

Visitors on cruises will most likely dock at Fremantle Port. While it is possible to travel to the Perth CBD from here via a 30-minute train ride, travelers can make better use of their time by enjoying what the city of Fremantle has to offer. Along with a number of quaint cafés, bars and shops, there are a variety of historical attractions and tours to enjoy.

Fremantle Hop-On Hop-Off Tram Tour

The Fremantle Hop-On Hop-Off Tram Tour offers an easy way to view the main sites that the town has to offer, with the commentary of a local guide. Visitors will learn about the port’s nautical and convict history, and view many of its landmarks. With the option to add a cruise on the Swan River to the package, this is the perfect way to see Perth in a short amount of time.

History of Fremantle Walking Tour

If you would prefer to stretch your legs, the History of Fremantle Walking Tour is worth considering. Visitors are conveniently picked up from the port to meet their guide at the Town Hall. From there, you will wander the quaint streets, view historical landmarks, and hear stories about Fremantle’s eclectic past. Highlights include the bustling Cappuccino Strip and Western Australia’s only World Heritage listed building, Fremantle Prison.


What are the Best Perth Attractions for couples?

Perth Zoo

Perth Zoo is a popular date spot in Perth. It has a wide variety of local and international wildlife to view, lovely gardens and interactive exhibits that can easily fill a whole day. It can be accessed in a matter of minutes on the frequently departing ferries from the CBD.

Blue Boathouse

One of the most iconic landmarks in Perth is the Blue Boathouse. Couples frequent this spot as it is a perfect location to take beautiful photographs. Located on Mounts Bay Road, it can be accessed via a scenic walk through Kings Park, or along the Swan River. While it can get a little busy in the afternoon with many tourists visiting, in the morning it remains very quiet.

Queens Gardens

Queens Gardens is the perfect place to escape the skyscrapers for a while, without having to venture very far. A short stroll here from the CBD (or a ride on the free Perth Red CAT Bus) will afford you with the perfect place for a picnic on sprawling lawns. This is a popular location for garden weddings, and in the spring you are very likely to be able to glance a happy bride and groom through the trees.


What Perth Attractions can you see on a Budget?

You can find a number of free of cheap attractions to visit. Here are our recommended attractions to visit if you’re on a tight budget:

Perth Cultural Center

Perth Cultural Centre is a popular spot for tourists who are on a budget as it can be enjoyed for free or while spending only a small amount of money. There are often free events (particularly on school holidays) being held in this area, and there is always something interesting playing on the huge screen in the public square – from magic and puppet shows to indie short films. The center is also surrounded by art galleries and museums, all of which have both free and payed exhibitions.

London Court

London Court is a quirky little mall in the middle of the CBD. With buildings that are modeled on European architecture, you could be forgiven for thinking you had stepped into Tudor England here. With an interesting collection of small stores – ranging from an underground games shop, to souvenirs and fashion goods – this is the perfect place to grab a coffee and window shop.

Watertown Brand Outlet Center

If you are looking to spend a bit of money without completely blowing your budget, Watertown Brand Outlet Center may be worth visiting. Open seven days a week, this is the perfect place to find bargains on some of your favourite brands. Most of the stores stock fashion and accessories, but there are also a variety of food and drink options here to fuel your shopping! It can be accessed on the free Perth Red or Yellow CAT Buses, or by walking a short distance from City West train station.


Is there public transport?

Perth’s public transport is run by Transperth, and it services the city with buses, trains and ferries. Its website includes a ‘Plan Your Journey’ service, which makes finding the best routes to and from locations very simple. There are six different train lines (all of which are connected to the central Perth station) which can be useful for planning day trips to outer suburbs, and buses to most locations, while the ferries make crossing Swan River easy.

If you wish to venture further afar, Transwa provides train services that will take you outside of the city and allow you to experience more of Western Australia’s natural scenery and visit country towns.


Is there a Hop on Hop off Bus?

There are free Hop-On Hop-Off CAT busses that travel circle routes in Perth, Fremantle and Joondalup. These can be used to access the most popular points of interest in these areas.

Perth Explorer also offers a Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour in a double-decker, open-topped red bus. These tours have the added benefit of being guided, and visitors can purchase 24 or 48 hour passes and enjoy this service as much as they like within the time-frames. On this tour you will see Perth’s main tourist attractions, and there are several other package options including the addition of a Swan River cruise or tram tour of Fremantle.


How far is the Airport from Perth?

The International and Domestic Airport is 12kms from the CBD; a drive which will usually take about 20 minutes. Ubers for this distance cost around $20-$25, depending on traffic conditions. The number 380 bus from terminals 1 and 2, and the number 40 bus from terminals 3 and 4 will both take around 55 minutes to get to the city.

Perth Airport transfer

Alternatively, you can book an airport transfer so you won’t have to worry about the hassle of finding transport when you arrive at Perth Airport.


When is the Best time to visit Perth?

Summer (December-February) is a great time to visit Perth as it is the ideal season to experience the outdoors. The beaches here are pristine, and there is nothing better than soaking up the sun’s rays before taking a dip in the glittering ocean. There are also many water activities on offer, such as snorkeling, kayaking and fishing tours, and it is the perfect time to enjoy Perth’s numerous outdoor food and drink venues.

Spring (September-November) is also very popular, as the heat is less-harsh and wildflowers bloom at this time. They can be viewed in most parks throughout the city, but are at their most impressive in Kings Park and Botanic Gardens or, if you’re willing to travel a little further, in any of the state’s many National Parks.


What happens in Perth on New Year’s eve?

Hundreds of venues in and around the Perth CBD hold special events on New Year’s Eve, ranging in price from free to about $200 for tickets. Live music and packaged parties (which usually include some free drinks and food) are extremely popular, and many large venues like The Vines Resort and Crown Perth and Casino will host huge, themed events.

Fireworks are also a popular, free event on New Year’s eve. There are many locations that host them, but some of the largest shows are those at Crown Perth and in Northbridge.


Are there annual events in Perth for Tourists?


FRINGE WORLD Festival is an annual creative arts and culture festival that runs throughout February. During this time, hundreds of local and visiting acts perform, and temporary food and drink venues pop-up throughout the city. This is one of the liveliest times of the year and is definitely worth a visit!

Perth Royal Show

The Perth Royal Show is the city’s longest running community event, having been coordinated by the Royal Agricultural Society of WA since 1834. The show is on in September of every year, and is the perfect event for family-friendly fun. There are a huge number of performers and events, petting zoos, wild stock demonstrations, and fair-ground style rides to enjoy.

Kings Park Festival

The Kings Park Festival is yet another annual event that runs for the entirety of September. Visitors are wowed by the impressive wildflower sculptures; new art pieces are created by local artists every year. Other highlights include free guided flora tours, live music and a huge native plants sale.


What’s the Weather like in Perth?

Perth is blessed with generally mild weather, particularly in Spring and Autumn, that means outdoor activities can be enjoyed almost year round.

January is the hottest month in Perth, with temperatures on some days reaching over 35°C. The summer can be very dry, but on average the temperature is around 25°C.

The coldest month is July, with an average temperature of 13°C, and June usually experiences the most rainfall.


Where are the Best Areas to Stay in Perth for Tourists?

Most of the city’s hotel accommodation can be found within the CBD, but these can sometimes be quite expensive. You can easily find cheaper accommodation in the surrounding suburbs as well.

The most convenient areas to stay in to access points of interest are probably those that are along the free Perth CAT Bus routes. The areas of West Perth, East Perth and Northbridge are extremely convenient due to their proximity to the city and range of accommodation options, from rented apartments to backpacker’s hostels.

The Crown Perth Hotels are a good option for tourists who are looking for more upscale accommodation. These are situated within the Crown complex, which also includes a day spa, casino, restaurants, pools and many other facilities.



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