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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

Doubletree by Hilton Perth Northbridge
Doubletree by Hilton Perth Northbridge
4 out of 5
100 James Street, Northbridge, WA
The price is ¥9,606 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
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 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (518 reviews)
"The location for what we needed was A1. Could not be any closer to the heart of Northbridge if we tried. Great value too"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥15,178 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
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 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (143 reviews)
"The river view was stunning with 18 knots roof top bar amazing. The staff in the hotel and the roof top bar were brilliant and nothing was too much for them! Great location."

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront
The Ritz-Carlton, Perth
The Ritz-Carlton, Perth
5 out of 5
1 BARRACK STREET, Perth, WA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥32,190 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in Perth Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Barrack Street Jetty Ferry Terminal and Elizabeth Quay. Perth Convention ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (177 reviews)
"We had an issue with the lights in our unit, but that was sorted out quickly and efficiently. The manager ended up comping our entire extras bill (about $150), refreshing to experience such proactive and smart management! This will be our ‘go to’ destination in Perth from now on"

Reviewed on May 23, 2021

The Ritz-Carlton, 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.

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Best Lodging Options Near Elizabeth Quay

Doubletree by Hilton Perth Northbridge
Doubletree by Hilton Perth Northbridge
4 out of 5
100 James Street, Northbridge, WA
The price is ¥9,606 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
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 ¥15,178 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront
The Ritz-Carlton, Perth
The Ritz-Carlton, Perth
5 out of 5
1 BARRACK STREET, Perth, WA
The price is ¥32,190 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
The Ritz-Carlton, Perth
Parmelia Hilton Perth
Parmelia Hilton Perth
5 out of 5
14 Mill Street, Perth, WA
The price is ¥11,659 per night from Aug 6 to Aug 6
Parmelia Hilton Perth
Duxton Hotel Perth
Duxton Hotel Perth
5 out of 5
1 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA
The price is ¥12,099 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Duxton Hotel Perth
Quay Perth
Quay Perth
4 out of 5
18 The Esplanade, Perth, WA
The price is ¥11,124 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 5
Quay Perth
QT Perth
QT Perth
5 out of 5
133 Murray Street, Perth, WA
The price is ¥13,515 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 12
QT Perth
Four Points by Sheraton Perth
Four Points by Sheraton Perth
4.5 out of 5
707 Wellington Street, Perth, WA
The price is ¥10,192 per night from Aug 6 to Aug 6
Four Points by Sheraton Perth
Citadines St Georges Terrace Perth
Citadines St Georges Terrace Perth
4 out of 5
No 185 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA
The price is ¥10,302 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 5
Citadines St Georges Terrace 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.