35 of the best things to do in Perth

Whether you are travelling to Perth alone, as a couple or doing a family trip with kids you will always find interesting activities to do here. Check out these cool things to do in Perth, Western Australia so you get the best out of your holiday.

And while I’ve put activities under different styles of holidays – you know, couples compared to family compared to travelling solo – every single activity on this list can be enjoyed by every visitor to Perth. So read on to find the quirky, cool and 'uniquely you' things to do in Perth.
 
Kings Park in Perth
Everyone loves Kings Park in Perth. Photo: Tourism Australia
 

10 solo trip activities in Perth

Are you traveling solo to Perth? Great – Perth will welcome you with open arms. It’s a friendly town so there’s a good chance that while you start out traveling alone, you’re almost always guaranteed to meet people along the way.
 
  1. You have to get to know this city so I definitely recommend booking a tour. There are lots of ways to explore Perth including electric bike, kayak, helicopter – so choose the type of tour to suit you. Maybe you want a hop-on-hop-off bus that gives to total flexibility, or a walking tour so you can get behind the nooks and crannies. There’s also a great choice of cruises so you can start exploring this city your way.

  2. Want to do a different kind of tour of Perth - go for a camel ride along the river. You’ll see Perth while feeling very high and mighty.​

Peth's BelltowerSee the spectacular Perth Belltower. Photo: Perth Tourist Centre
 
  1. Wander around the city square and see the iconic Swan Bells Belltower. You’re probably thinking this is an odd recommendation but when you see these historic bells in a modern tower, you’ll know exactly why I’m saying it’s worth a look. You can buy a ticket and go inside the tower which gives you access to three viewing platforms. The bell is rung each day and is a musical performance all on its own.

  2. Hop on the free city bus and visit the various museums, art galleries and the Perth Mint (which is also home to the largest coin in the world weighing one tonne of pure gold.)​Take a lazy lunch by the river or beach and enjoy fresh fusion flavours of Perth's many cafes, restaurants and new small bars.

  3. Perth is known as a garden city because its stunning parks and gardens it a living postcard. Grab a coffee and muffin and head to the inner-city Kings Park for some serious people watching. When you’re bored with that, wander through the gardens or do the treetop walk or Indigenous cultural tour. If you’re there between September to November, you can catch a glimpse of the local wildflowers (there are 1200 different species!). 

  4. Catch the ferry to Rottnest Island (only 25 minutes) to experience heaven on earth. Go for a walk, hire a bike or take a boat tour and explore the island. Don't forget to grab a snorkel and explore the waters as well. There's plenty of touring options to choose from. 

Cottesloe Beach in Perth
Head to Cottesloe Beach for a swim and and people watching
 
  1. Definitely head to the beaches. There are 19 uncrowded beaches waiting for you to take a dip. If you’re a surfer, you must visit Scarborough beach. If you're in Perth in March, check out the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition. This free exhibition is held at Cottesloe beach. See art come alive with local artist showing off their talents.

  2. Head to Fremantle – which is about 30 minutes on the bus or train from Perth. Fremantle is filled with colonial history, cool cafes and bars, locally brewed beer, and a great shopping outlets. Here you’ll find the Fremantle Markets which is full of cool and quirky items, many of which are handmade. 

Freemantle MarketsHere's cheers to the delicious Fremantle Markets. Photo: Tourism Australia ​​
 
  1. If you love live music and entertainment, Perth and Fremantle pubs and clubs offer rock, jazz, blues, and comedy sessions. Why not try Gypsy Tapas in Freemantle. This is where you’ll find great and generous servings of Spanish food and live music.​

  2. ​Enjoy a beer and a tour of Little Creatures brewery. Tours are in the afternoon tours and you get to sample some of the delicious quality craft beer.


A visit to Little Creatures Brewery is a must. Photo: Little Creatures 
 

9 fun things for couples to do in Perth

Love is in the air – and why wouldn’t it be in Perth. Read on to uncover fun dates in Perth. 
 
  1. Walk hand-in-hand along the main street where you'll find artsy pop ups such as colourful giant statues. 

  2. Want a little adventure – go skydiving! This is guaranteed to shake up the relationship, and give you something to laugh about over a locally produced glass of wine later that day.

  3. Looking for fun dates in Perth with with a little less adrenalin, go up-up-and-away in a helicopter for unforgettable views of the city and beaches.

  4. Take a lazy lunch by the river or beach and enjoy fresh fusion flavours of Perth's many cafes, restaurants and new small bars.

  1. For one of the best fun dates in Perth, you have to go to the Jazz Cellar on a Friday night. This really is one of Perth’s best kept secrets and is a romantic adventure from the very start. Enter through an old red telephone box which leads you down the stairs for the best vintage jazz music. The Jazz Cellar isn’t licenced so pack food and drinks so you can have an indoor picnic. Make sure you book – this place is a sell-out every week.
The Jazz Cellar in Perth. Enter through the red phone box at the front
Photo: The Jazz Cellar
 

 



 
 
  1. Explore the Swan Valley with your loved one. Let’s face it, locally produced wine plus cheese plus chocolate equals romance. You can tour around yourselves doing a self drive or take one of the many Swan Valley tours.

  2. Get your culture on at the Perth Cultural Centre which is home to the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, the Blue Room Theatre, the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia. This is the perfect spot to indulge your love of music, theatre and dance.

  3. Take a romantic side trip to the Margaret River. I know this is all about things to do in Perth, but lovers of food and wine can’t resist the Margaret River. The Margaret River is three hours from Perth and can done in a day trip but I definitely recommend staying overnight. Let’s face it, you have 95 wineries waiting for you and you can’t get to them all in a day. My advice is to map out your visits to the Margaret River cellar doors.

  4. ​If you fancy a craft beer or a cider, you’re in the right place. Each Margaret River brewery has its own distinct flavour, so why not confuse your tastebuds with a chocolate beer or a ginger and chilli beer.
Wine and dine in the Margaret River
Wine and dine in the Margaret River. Photo: Tourism Australia
 

6 fun things to do in Perth at night

If you're looking for fun things to do in Perth at night, this place is full of choices.

  1. Perth’s nightlife is buzzing with laneway and rooftop bars. Be sure to wander down Wolf Lane and Grand Lane to uncover a secret world of bars and food. We also recommend Bar Lafayette, Bobeche, Choo Choo's, Door 49, and Grand Bar & Bistro.

  2. If you need more inspiration, there’s a range of small bar tours as well as guided food and wine tours that take you to the best restaurants and hidden laneway bars.

Perth laneway bars
Get to know Perth's laneway and rooftop bars. Photo: Bewley Shaylor
 
  1. Head to Cottesloe beach and watch sunset over the Indian Ocean and disappear into the waves. And the best way to do this is on your picnic blanket as you sip a bottle of wine and munch on some fish and chips. 

  2. Take a night cruise up the Swan River enjoy the glittering Perth skyline as it reflects on the river. There's plenty of other ways to explore Perth by water including twilight sailing cruise, lunch cruise and whale watching.

  3. If you’re looking for cool places to eat, you’ve got a smorgasbord of choices from modern Australian restaurants, cafes,  Just a couple of suggestions include Rockpool Bar and Grill and the Gala Restaurant​​​ which uses local black truffles.

  4. Don’t miss out on Perth’s pub scene and boutique breweries where you'll find gourmet meals, handcrafted beers and live music.

​​10 fun things for family to do in Perth

oranutang at Perth zoo
Meet the local orangutans at Perth Zoo. Photo: Perth Zoo
 
  1. Spend a day at Perth Zoo that has over 1,000 animals including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, and Tasmanian Devils, crocodiles, tortoises, and plenty of local Australian birds. There’s also the usual suspects from Africa including lions, cheetahs and giraffes.

  2. Another animal encounter is the Caversham Wildlife Park. This is a wildlife sanctuary that provides shelter and care for injured or abandoned Australian wildlife. You and the kids can feed and pet the animals.

  3. The Aquarium of Western Australia in Perth is fun for the whole family. Jump on the conveyor belt and tour the ocean through the underwater tunnel. Travel past seadragons, loggerhead turtles, starfish, eels, giant clams, clownfish, sharks, Jellyfish and the terrifyingly dangerous Blue Ringed Octopus from Australia’s Far North Queensland.

Perth Aquarium
Experience life underwater. Photo: Aquarium of Western Australia
 
  1. Head to The Perth Mint and watch a gold pour. This is one of those times you can tell the kids that this really is where money comes. Check out the exhibitions and displays ….The most impressive is the one tonne gold coin that’s worth $50 million! For something completely different, book a Mine to Mint day tour. You'll visit a working gold mine, get kitted out in all the high visability safety gear to see all the action of mining for gold and other precious metals, 'pan for gold', and then head back to the The Perth Mint.

  2. Looking for something a bit out of the box? Check out The Nostalgia Box which is Australia's first interactive video game console museum. OK – I know we’re always telling our kids to get off the technology but this is a fun journey through video gaming. The whole family will go back in time to the first gaming consoles of the 1970s and be able to play the then popular Space Invaders, Super Mario Brothers and much more. As it happens, this is also a great wet-weather activity to keep up your sleeve.

  3. Visit the convict-built Fremantle Prison which used to be a maximum security prison. Today this is a fun place to explore with lots of spooky underground tunnels, prison cells and stories of life behind bars and the many daring escapes.

Freemantle Prison
Visit Fremantle Prison. Photo: Perth Explorer
 
  1. Also in Fremantle is the hop-on hop-off tram tour that goes past all the main sites including the prison, markets and the docks.

  2. ​And if you're looking for a few more fun things to do in Perth with the kids, pack a picnic and head to Kings Park. You can relax and enjoy great views while the kids can run around and let of steam. There’s plenty of play areas to keep them entertained including the Rio Tinto Naturescape and the Synergy Parkland with its dinosaur themed playground.

  3. Another full day of family fun in Perth is a visit to Adventure World. This is Perth’s theme park and water park all in one. Choose from rollercoasters, water slides, and plenty of other crazy rides. 

  4. A must for every traveler is a visit to Rockingham which is a marine playground 45 minutes south of Perth. This is home to little penguins, bottle-nosed dolphins, sea lions and a variety of native birdlife. Exploring Rockingham your own way from swimming with wild dolphins, kayaking around the marine park to see the little penguins and sea lions, snorkelling and scuba diving or enjoy a guided tour around Penguin Island. There’s also heaps of heritage trails and walks and drives to enjoy.​​

Penguin Island
Make sure you visit Penguin Island and Rockingham. Photo: Penguin Island
 

Now it's time to start planning your Perth holiday. Download a free Perth itinerary and let's get started. 

Happy travelling!