PerthAustralia

Image for Perth featuring general coastal views, a high rise building and skyline

Visit Perth

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

Perth Central Business District
Supreme Court Gardens which includes a garden

Perth Central Business District

Known for Shopping, Skyscrapers, Dining

4.5/5(88 reviews)

Perth Central Business District is known for its popular shops, and with sights like Elizabeth Quay and Hay Street Mall, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Perth.

Downtown
The library in Joondalup.
trover photo by Yuting Kuo

Downtown

If you're spending some time in Downtown, Lakeside Joondalup and Yellagonga Regional Park are top sights worth seeing.

Top Hotels in Perth

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough
Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough
5 out of 5
148 The Esplanade, Scarborough, WA
¥10,311
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17

Offering direct access to the beach, this Scarborough resort is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Scarborough Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Aquarium of Western Australia ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,544 reviews)

"Great pool area! Well air conditioned and very central to the Scarborough Beach vibes."…"

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough
The Ritz-Carlton, Perth
The Ritz-Carlton, Perth
5 out of 5
1 BARRACK STREET, Perth, WA
¥23,652
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

Located in Perth Central Business District, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Barrack Street Jetty Ferry Terminal and Elizabeth Quay. Perth Convention ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)

"We thought the property was amazing. The rooms were beautiful and the staff were helpful and friendly. The only problem we had was not being able to get into either of the bars to have a drink on the Saturday night, even though we were guests in the hotel."…"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2019

The Ritz-Carlton, Perth
Ibis Styles East Perth
Ibis Styles East Perth
4 out of 5
69 ADELAIDE TERRACE, PERTH, East Perth, WA
¥7,376
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of WACA, Perth Mint, and Gloucester Park Raceway. Elizabeth Quay and Optus Stadium are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (19 reviews)

"Vibrant, friendly staff, lovely buffet breakfast and great location with easy bus access."…"

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

Ibis Styles East Perth

Popular things to do in Perth

Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Image for Kings Park and Botanic Garden

Kings Park and Botanic Garden

4.5/5(90 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.

Cottesloe Beach
Image for Cottesloe Beach

Cottesloe Beach

4.5/5(31 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.

City Beach
Image for City Beach

City Beach

4.5/5(33 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.

University of Western Australia
Image for University of Western Australia
trover photo by erik petersen

University of Western Australia

4/5(10 reviews)

Explore the campus of University of Western Australia, a well-known college in Crawley. Discover the lively bars and entertainment choices in this walkable area.

Perth Mint
Image for Perth Mint

Perth Mint

4.5/5(14 reviews)

See the biggest gold coin in the world, watch the pouring of pure gold and tour the interesting exhibits at this historic coin-producing facility in the city center.

Penguin Island
Image for Penguin Island
trover photo by Yagiza Neo

Penguin Island

4/5(6 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Penguin Island, a popular green space in Shoalwater. Stroll along this relaxing area's beaches, or simply enjoy its bars.

Top activities in Perth

Indulgent Twilight Winery Experience in the Swan Valley
Image for Indulgent Twilight Winery Experience in the Swan Valley

Indulgent Twilight Winery Experience in the Swan Valley

¥9,260

Enjoy after-hours visits to 3 of Swan Valley's highest-regarded vineyards to taste some of their finest wines. With samples of a fantastic range of different types of wine and dinner in an award-winning restaurant, this sophisticated evening in an esteemed region is sure to impress.

Wave Rock, Historic York, Corrigin Town & Hippo’s Yawn Cave
Image for Wave Rock, Historic York, Corrigin Town & Hippo’s Yawn Cave

Wave Rock, Historic York, Corrigin Town & Hippo’s Yawn Cave

¥13,705

Discover the wonders of our historical townships, drive through the spectacular Darling mountain Ranges & huge Aussie farmlands and marvel at the famous Wave Rock – a geological sensation believed to be over 2.63 billion years old.

Mandurah Dolphin & Scenic Canal Cruise
Image for Mandurah Dolphin & Scenic Canal Cruise

Mandurah Dolphin & Scenic Canal Cruise

¥2,371

Embark on a cruise through calm Mandurah waterways to witness playful dolphins as they skip across the surface. You also visit the world-class Ocean Marina as well the Canals where you can see luxurious canal homes that were built with no expense spared.

Rottnest Island Adventure Boat Tour from Perth & Fremantle
Image for Rottnest Island Adventure Boat Tour from Perth & Fremantle

Rottnest Island Adventure Boat Tour from Perth & Fremantle

¥10,297

Zip over the waves in the high-speed Eco Express, circling the whole of rugged and remote Rottnest Island. Cruise over the cerulean waters as you pass quiet bays and watch for native wildlife. Dolphins, quokkas, and birds from rock parrots to turquoise sacred kingfishers all thrive here.

Wave Rock & Historic York Full-Day Tour
Image for Wave Rock & Historic York Full-Day Tour

Wave Rock & Historic York Full-Day Tour

¥13,705

Venture inland for a day spent visiting the historic townships and natural wonders of Western Australia. This tour takes you on a drive past wide-open farmlands and the spectacular Darling mountain ranges, showing you the famous Wave Rock and the charming streets of York.

Fremantle Hop-On Hop-Off Tram Tour
Image for Fremantle Hop-On Hop-Off Tram Tour

Fremantle Hop-On Hop-Off Tram Tour

¥2,261

Your hop-on hop-off tram tour of Fremantle takes you from Fremantle Town Hall to the port, passing all the historic sites along the way. See Fremantle's famous market and prison, docks, heritage buildings and quaint streets, and hear the history of this lovely port town while you listen to the on-board commentary.

Reviews of Perth

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
35
5 - Excellent 53.03030303030303%
4 - Good
23
4 - Good 34.84848484848485%
3 - Okay
7
3 - Okay 10.606060606060606%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 1.5151515151515151%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

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.

5/5 - Excellent

June

Jun 20, 2019

The free city bus system is awesome!

Other places like Perth

Adelaide
Image for Adelaide
Adelaide
Brisbane
Image for Brisbane
Brisbane
Wellington
Image for Wellington
Wellington
Hobart
Image for Hobart
Hobart