Our top 10 Perth attractions
1. Rottnest Island:
This unspoilt island is 90 minutes from Perth by ferry, and offers pristine beaches, fishing, diving, snorkelling and surfing, along with the adorable native quokkas. Leave time for a beer at the iconic Rottnest Hotel before leaving.
2. Kings Park:
The centrepiece of the city, this magnificent 400-hectare botanic triumph provides spectacular views of the Swan and Canning Rivers, city skyline and the Darling Ranges and is also home to the Western Australian Botanic Garden and the State War Memorial.
This working port town has a huge assortment of things to see and do, including the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour, Cappuccino Strip, the Round House, Fremantle Prison and Maritime Museum. It also boasts a vibrant urban arts scene, eclectic boutiques, superb cafes, bars and restaurants and a laidback bohemian attitude.
4. Cottesloe Beach:
One of Perth’s favourite beaches, this 1.5-kilometre stretch of golden sand is flanked by a grassy esplanade complete with giant Norfolk Pines. It's the ideal place for swimming, snorkelling, surfing or just watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean while dining on fish and chips.
5. Swan Valley:
Just 25 minutes from Perth, the 32-kilometre Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail takes in wineries plus breweries, restaurants, cafes, distilleries, markets, arts and crafts and roadside fresh produce stalls. Whiteman Park, on the edge of the Valley, is kid heaven with train and tram rides, a lolly shop and the Caversham Wildlife Park.
6. Western Australian Museum:
Established in 1891 and originally housed in the old Perth gaol, today the museum is spread across six public sites and has a collection of over 4.5 million objects, ranging from rare fossils to the iconic Australia II yacht.
7. Penguin Island:
This compact 12.5-hectare island, 45 minutes south of Perth and a short ferry ride across picturesque Shoalwater Bay, has the largest colony of little penguins on the west coast. Watch these cute creatures feed from the viewing area and discover the island with boardwalks, paths and lookouts without disturbing plant life or the local inhabitants.
Two hours from Perth, discover the unique limestone spires, which were shaped by the forces of nature, and millions of years in the making, rising out of the sands of Nambung National Park. Marvel at these lunar-like pillars from the lookout and visit the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre to learn more about this fascinating landscape.
9. The Perth Mint:
Established in 1899 as a branch of Britain’s Royal Mint, this award-winning attraction, now offers a combination of activities, exhibitions and demonstrations outlining the primary functions of the Mint, some of which still continue today. Witness a traditional gold pour, engrave a medallion and see the largest and most valuable coin in the world.
10. Hillarys Boat Harbour:
This popular harbourside destination is brimming with restaurants, cafes, bars and shopping opportunities. Surrounded by parklands, cycle paths and walkways, it is also home to The Aquarium of Western Australia and the Naturaliste Marine Discovery Centre.