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PerthAustralia

Unwind in Australia’s most remote state capital, set in a lush valley along a picturesque river and surrounded by great beaches, historic harbors and vast deserts.

Enjoy the warm weather, beaches, wineries and breweries, and historic sites and museums of the capital of Western Australian (WA). Perth sits on the banks of the Swan River and its western suburbs stretch out to the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Each afternoon the “Freo Doctor,” a refreshing wind, blows in from the south. Perth’s 1.8 million locals are known to be down-to-earth and fun-loving.

Have a barbecue or see the Botanic Garden in elevated Kings Park. The Swan Bells Bell Tower below the park also offers great Swan River views. Take the kids to the Perth Zoo or Scitech, or show them the world’s most valuable coin at the Perth Mint. Discover where they found the gold to make the coin at the Western Australian Museum, which focuses on WA’s mining history, among other topics.

After exploring the city center on foot, take the train or bus to leafy suburbs such as Subiaco and Cottlesloe. Swim and surf at Cottesloe Beach and follow the coast to Hillarys Boat Harbour for family entertainment. While there, see marine creatures swim right past you at the Aquarium of Western Australia.

Just north from the city's central train station is the Perth Cultural Centre, where you can admire the nature-inspired Aboriginal paintings at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, followed by a night out in Northbridge.


Renting a car is a great idea if you plan to explore the wineries and fruit farms, old mining towns and wildlife parks surrounding Perth. Make the scenic ferry trip to Fremantle to enjoy historic attractions, Australian beer, Italian coffee and crafts markets. Visit some of WA’s most famous jails: the Round House and Fremantle Prison. After exploring the Western Australian Maritime Museum, catch the ferry to idyllic Rottnest Island to see quokkas and seals.

Sunny Perth is a relaxing city with easygoing locals, great beaches and a broad range of cultural attractions. It is certainly worth the long journey westward from Australia’s east coast!

Perth Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Perth

Fremantle showing a small town or village, signage and street scenes

Fremantle

Fremantle is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Fremantle Markets and Fremantle Prison while you're in town.

Fremantle

Top Hotels in Perth

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Marine Terrace and Essex St, Fremantle, WA
The price is CA $135 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Located in Fremantle, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fremantle Markets and University of Notre Dame Australia. Fremantle Prison and Fremantle ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,104 reviews)

"Great location! Walking distance to everywhere and close to lots of good food spots, also nice rooms and lovely staff..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 27, 2020

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Four Points by Sheraton Perth
Four Points by Sheraton Perth
4.5 out of 5
707 Wellington Street, Perth, WA

Located in Perth Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of RAC Arena, His Majesty's Theatre and Watertown Brand Outlet Centre. Northbridge ...

4.4/5Excellent! (957 reviews)

"Breakfast included With the price was amazingly good."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 13, 2020

Four Points by Sheraton Perth
Pan Pacific Perth
Pan Pacific Perth
5 out of 5
207 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth, WA
The price is CA $137 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 25

Located in East Perth, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Perth Mint and Langley Park. Swan River Foreshore Trail and Hay Street Mall are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,006 reviews)

"All was good, will recommend to others, happy with all services"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2020

Pan Pacific Perth

Popular places to visit in Perth

Scarborough Beach
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Scarborough Beach

5/5(13 reviews)

Pedestrian promenades with ocean views, fun playgrounds, shops and cafés, and of course the beach itself, make this one very popular surf beach indeed.

Hillarys Boat Harbour
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Hillarys Boat Harbour

4.5/5(11 reviews)

Stroll along the boardwalk and take in the view, play mini golf or sit down for a gourmet meal at one of Perth’s most lively marinas.

Cottesloe Beach
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Cottesloe Beach

5/5(13 reviews)

Ride the waves, swim in the clear water or have a picnic on the terraced lawns overlooking the ocean at one of Perth’s best family beaches.

Elizabeth Quay
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Elizabeth Quay

4.5/5(29 reviews)

An exciting new addition to the Perth riverfront, this precinct has everyone talking. There is already heaps to see and do and it’s not even finished yet.

City Beach
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City Beach

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Enjoy the tranquility of a gorgeous natural beach close to the city centre of Perth. Dive in for a swim or surf, laze on the warm sand or go beachcombing.

Kings Park and Botanic Garden
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden

5/5(31 reviews)

Wander through native scrubland, learn about plant species, have a barbecue or find a spot on the grass to enjoy the view of the Perth skyline.

Top things to do in Perth

Rottnest Island Bus Tour with Ferry & Train Ride Package
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Rottnest Island Bus Tour with Ferry & Train Ride Package

CA $175
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Wave Rock & Historic York Full-Day Tour
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Wave Rock & Historic York Full-Day Tour

CA $176
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Pinnacles Sunset Picnic Dinner Wildlife Encounter Day Tour
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Pinnacles Sunset Picnic Dinner Wildlife Encounter Day Tour

CA $156
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Wave Rock, Historic York, Corrigin Town & Hippo’s Yawn Cave
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Wave Rock, Historic York, Corrigin Town & Hippo’s Yawn Cave

CA $176
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Bicycle Hire & Rottnest Island Ferry Trip
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Full-Day Bicycle Hire & Rottnest Island Ferry Trip

CA $102
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Rottnest Island 5-Course Deluxe Seafood Banquet Cruise
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Rottnest Island 5-Course Deluxe Seafood Banquet Cruise

CA $176
Per adult

Reviews of Perth

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 13, 2020

Great cycling paths along the river. Free local bus system (CAT) around downtown area

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 16, 2020

So many things to see and do.

5/5 - Excellent

sixter

Aug 23, 2019

If you go to Perth, do not miss the Botanical Gardens and do not miss the Pinnacles, which is north of Perth. Both great experiences. And make sure you have a swim on one of the local beaches - the water is amazing!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 16, 2019

Absolutely LOVED our week in Perth and area. We hope to come back someday again soon. We will definitely recommend a visit/trip to our family and friends. We were very, very pleased with the train system and the ease of use/travel.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 14, 2019

I would recommend taking some day trips to see sights around Perth such as the sand dunes to the north or go to Swan valley and tour wineries. Also fun to go to Freemantle the city next door which has more interesting history.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 28, 2019

Make sure you make time to go to Rottnest Island for a day and rent a bike!

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