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.
Play mini golf, splash around in the waterpark, go shopping, admire stunning architecture and sculptures, and see Perth’s iconic Swan Bells at Elizabeth Quay. During major community festivals, the precinct comes alive with spectacular shows, yummy street food options and awesome concerts and fireworks shows.
Elizabeth Quay first opened to the public in 2016, but work is ongoing. This artificial inlet occupies what used to be reclaimed land, the former Esplanade Reserve. Its boardwalks are perched above the lapping waves of the beautiful Swan River, reconnecting Perth with the source of its existence.
Arrive early in the day to explore Elizabeth Quay before the crowds arrive. Follow the wooden boardwalk and stand under the whale skeleton-like arch, a grand artwork named Spanda. You also can’t miss the First Contact statue, which stands 5 metres (16 feet) tall and looks positively quirky.
Less prominent is the bronze statue of Bessie Rischbieth, a feminist and activist who in 1964, at the age of 90, championed against the land reclamation at this spot by standing barefoot in front of the bulldozers. Her umbrella raised high, she attempted to save the Swan River. The new inlet means the river is allowed back in, although it’s probably not what Bessie had in mind.
The quay was named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, when the development first started. The planned high-rise hotels, retail space, offices and apartments are still to be finalised in the coming years. For now, just visit Barrack Square and the Swan Bells right next to Elizabeth Quay.
Come here just before dark to see Elizabeth Quay lit up by atmospheric lights as the sun sets and the Swan River slowly turns to black.
Being part of the central business district (CBD) of Perth and situated right next to the Transperth public ferry terminal, it’s very easy to get to Elizabeth Quay. Public ferries run all the way to the Mends Street jetty in South Perth. The free blue CAT bus stops near the Bell Tower as well. Elizabeth Quay even has its own bus and railway station. There is a wide range of accommodation options nearby, from flash CBD hotels to fun backpacker hostels.