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PerthAustralia

Unwind in Australia’s most remote state capital, set in a lush valley along a picturesque river and surrounded by great beaches, historic harbors and vast deserts.

Enjoy the warm weather, beaches, wineries and breweries, and historic sites and museums of the capital of Western Australian (WA). Perth sits on the banks of the Swan River and its western suburbs stretch out to the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Each afternoon the “Freo Doctor,” a refreshing wind, blows in from the south. Perth’s 1.8 million locals are known to be down-to-earth and fun-loving.

Have a barbecue or see the Botanic Garden in elevated Kings Park. The Swan Bells Bell Tower below the park also offers great Swan River views. Take the kids to the Perth Zoo or Scitech, or show them the world’s most valuable coin at the Perth Mint. Discover where they found the gold to make the coin at the Western Australian Museum, which focuses on WA’s mining history, among other topics.

After exploring the city center on foot, take the train or bus to leafy suburbs such as Subiaco and Cottlesloe. Swim and surf at Cottesloe Beach and follow the coast to Hillarys Boat Harbour for family entertainment. While there, see marine creatures swim right past you at the Aquarium of Western Australia.

Just north from the city's central train station is the Perth Cultural Centre, where you can admire the nature-inspired Aboriginal paintings at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, followed by a night out in Northbridge.


Renting a car is a great idea if you plan to explore the wineries and fruit farms, old mining towns and wildlife parks surrounding Perth. Make the scenic ferry trip to Fremantle to enjoy historic attractions, Australian beer, Italian coffee and crafts markets. Visit some of WA’s most famous jails: the Round House and Fremantle Prison. After exploring the Western Australian Maritime Museum, catch the ferry to idyllic Rottnest Island to see quokkas and seals.

Sunny Perth is a relaxing city with easygoing locals, great beaches and a broad range of cultural attractions. It is certainly worth the long journey westward from Australia’s east coast!

Perth Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Perth

Fremantle showing signage, street scenes and a small town or village

Fremantle

Fremantle is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Fremantle Markets and Fremantle Prison while you're in town.

Fremantle
Scarborough Beach featuring a garden, general coastal views and a sandy beach

Scarborough

A noteworthy feature of Scarborough is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Scarborough Beach and Trigg Bushland Reserve.

Scarborough
Perth Central Business District, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Perth Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(95 area reviews)

Travelers to Perth Central Business District praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Elizabeth Quay and Hay Street Mall.

Perth Central Business District
South Perth, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

South Perth

Travelers come to South Perth for its stunning river views, and you can see top attractions like Perth Zoo and Old Mill Theatre while you're in town.

South Perth
Mandurah showing a lake or waterhole and a garden

Mandurah

The beaches and abundant dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Mandurah. A stop by Mandurah Performing Arts Center or Family Bathing area might round out your trip.

Mandurah
Cottesloe Beach featuring kayaking or canoeing, general coastal views and a sunset

Cottesloe

Cottesloe is known for its beaches, and you can plan a trip to Cottesloe Beach and Cottesloe Surf Club while you're in town.

Cottesloe

Top Hotels in Perth

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Marine Terrace and Essex St, Fremantle, WA
The price is ¥11,632 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Fremantle, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fremantle Markets and University of Notre Dame Australia. Fremantle Prison and Fremantle ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,108 reviews)

"totally excellent. nice location&clean room, need bit more variations of breakfast. I will be back soon."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Four Points by Sheraton Perth
Four Points by Sheraton Perth
4.5 out of 5
707 Wellington Street, Perth, WA

Located in Perth Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of RAC Arena, His Majesty's Theatre, and Watertown Brand Outlet Centre. Northbridge ...

4.4/5Excellent! (967 reviews)

"Breakfast included With the price was amazingly good."…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

Four Points by Sheraton Perth
Pan Pacific Perth
Pan Pacific Perth
5 out of 5
207 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth, WA
The price is ¥10,415 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 4

Located in East Perth, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Perth Mint and Langley Park. Swan River Foreshore Trail and Hay Street Mall are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (983 reviews)

"We stayed in the premier club room and the bed and pillows were awesome. Best hotel bed I have ever stayed in"…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2020

Pan Pacific 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.

Vacation Rentals in Perth

Seashells Mandurah
Seashells Mandurah
4.5 out of 5
16 Dolphin Drive, Mandurah, WA
The price is ¥14,879 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 5

Located in Mandurah, this beachfront apartment building is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Mandurah Performing Arts Center, Family Bathing ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (772 reviews)

"Great facilities, kitchen and utensils all spotless. Free movies were a bonus and view was lovely. Very close to restaurants, cafes and things to do, makes for a relaxing time."…"

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

Seashells Mandurah
Fraser Suites Perth
Fraser Suites Perth
5 out of 5
10 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth, WA
The price is ¥10,483 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in East Perth, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of WACA and Perth Mint. Optus Stadium and SCITECH Discovery Centre are also within 3 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,051 reviews)

"Great apartment with good amenities. Very clean and comfortable, and in a great location - not too busy but close to the main city. We were disappointed to learn the hard way that we needed to turn the fridge on ourselves (even though there was milk already in it and the light comes on) and had to ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

Fraser Suites Perth
Be. Fremantle
Be. Fremantle
4.5 out of 5
43 Mews Rd, Fremantle, WA
The price is ¥13,459 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Fremantle, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bathers Beach and Fremantle Markets. Fremantle Prison is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away. Fremantle ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (521 reviews)

"Wish we could have stayed more than one night, GLORIOUS views just WOW amazing location a nice 10 to 15 mins from the hub of Fremantle. The room was lovely, we loved, loved our stay!!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2020

Be. Fremantle
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.

Popular places to visit in Perth

Scarborough Beach
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Scarborough Beach

4.5/5(31 reviews)

Pedestrian promenades with ocean views, fun playgrounds, shops and cafés, and of course the beach itself, make this one very popular surf beach indeed.

Hillarys Boat Harbour
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Hillarys Boat Harbour

4/5(16 reviews)

Stroll along the boardwalk and take in the view, play mini golf or sit down for a gourmet meal at one of Perth’s most lively marinas.

Cottesloe Beach
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Cottesloe Beach

4.5/5(35 reviews)

Ride the waves, swim in the clear water or have a picnic on the terraced lawns overlooking the ocean at one of Perth’s best family beaches.

Elizabeth Quay
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Elizabeth Quay

4.5/5(63 reviews)

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.

City Beach
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City Beach

4.5/5(37 reviews)

Enjoy the tranquility of a gorgeous natural beach close to the city centre of Perth. Dive in for a swim or surf, laze on the warm sand or go beachcombing.

Kings Park and Botanic Garden
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden

4.5/5(100 reviews)

Wander through native scrubland, learn about plant species, have a barbecue or find a spot on the grass to enjoy the view of the Perth skyline.

Top things to do in Perth

Full-Day Bicycle Hire & Rottnest Island Ferry Trip
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Full-Day Bicycle Hire & Rottnest Island Ferry Trip

¥8,184
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Wave Rock, Historic York, Corrigin Town & Hippo’s Yawn Cave
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Wave Rock, Historic York, Corrigin Town & Hippo’s Yawn Cave

¥14,084
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Rottnest Island Bus Tour with Ferry & Train Ride Package
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Rottnest Island Bus Tour with Ferry & Train Ride Package

¥14,008
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

¥2,489
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Mandurah Dolphin & Scenic Marine Cruise
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Mandurah Dolphin & Scenic Marine Cruise

¥2,436
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Fremantle Ferris Wheel
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Fremantle Ferris Wheel

¥924
Per adult

Reviews of Perth

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 53.521126760563384%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 35.2112676056338%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 9.859154929577464%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.408450704225352%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 8, 2019

Perth looks like it is an up and coming town with lists of attractions.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 20, 2019

I took the train to Fremantle and the ferry to Rottnest Island. Fabulous!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 17, 2019

The beach is really beautiful in Perth, I strongly recommend Rottnest Island.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 16, 2019

Just another big, unsustainable city, clogged with cars. I enjoyed the Extinction Rebellion March!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 27, 2019

Friendly people

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 27, 2019

Most everyone were very helpful about which bus to catch and where the bus stops were.

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