Elizabeth Quay

Vacation Travel Guide
Elizabeth Quay which includes a sunset, outdoor art and general coastal views

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.

Top Hotels Close to Elizabeth Quay

Four Points by Sheraton Perth
Four Points by Sheraton Perth
4.5 out of 5
707 Wellington Street, Perth, WA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥8,400 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Located in Perth Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of RAC Arena, Watertown Brand Outlet Centre, and Northbridge Piazza. Yagan ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (979 reviews)
"The hotels location and staff were first class. Value for money was awesome as well. We has breakfast in our package which was also very nice. I would highly recommend this venue. See you next time"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2021

Four Points by Sheraton Perth
Doubletree by Hilton Perth Northbridge
Doubletree by Hilton Perth Northbridge
4 out of 5
100 James Street, Northbridge, WA
The price is ¥8,862 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 4
Located in Northbridge, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Western Australian Museum and Yagan Square. Murray Street Mall and RAC Arena are also within ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (546 reviews)
"In the heart of weekend social scene. But quiet enough inside"

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2021

Doubletree by Hilton Perth Northbridge
DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront
DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront
4 out of 5
1 Barrack Square, Perth, WA
The price is ¥14,950 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in Perth Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Swan Bells Belltower and Hay Street Mall. Art Gallery of Western Australia ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (174 reviews)
"Clean well equipped rooms, excellent roof top bar, one minute to Elizabeth quay and beautiful views across the city and the waterfront"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront
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Best Lodging Options Near Elizabeth Quay

Four Points by Sheraton Perth
Four Points by Sheraton Perth
4.5 out of 5
707 Wellington Street, Perth, WA
The price is ¥8,400 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Four Points by Sheraton Perth
Doubletree by Hilton Perth Northbridge
Doubletree by Hilton Perth Northbridge
4 out of 5
100 James Street, Northbridge, WA
The price is ¥8,862 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 4
Doubletree by Hilton Perth Northbridge
DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront
DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront
4 out of 5
1 Barrack Square, Perth, WA
The price is ¥14,950 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront
Mercure Perth
Mercure Perth
4 out of 5
10 Irwin Street, Perth, WA
The price is ¥11,482 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Mercure Perth
The Ritz-Carlton, Perth
The Ritz-Carlton, Perth
5 out of 5
1 BARRACK STREET, Perth, WA
The price is ¥36,913 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
The Ritz-Carlton, Perth
Duxton Hotel Perth
Duxton Hotel Perth
5 out of 5
1 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA
The price is ¥14,257 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Duxton Hotel Perth
Parmelia Hilton Perth
Parmelia Hilton Perth
5 out of 5
14 Mill Street, Perth, WA
The price is ¥13,794 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Parmelia Hilton Perth
Peppers Kings Square Hotel
Peppers Kings Square Hotel
4.5 out of 5
621 Wellington Street, Perth, WA
The price is ¥11,482 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Peppers Kings Square Hotel
Sage Perth
Sage Perth
4 out of 5
1309-1311 Hay Street, West Perth, WA
The price is ¥11,020 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Sage Perth
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.