Explore Perth - Things To See & Do
The gateway to Western Australia, Perth is famous for its sunny days and perfect blue skies, with around 3000 hours of sunshine a year - more than any other capital city in Australia! So what to see and do in Perth? Read on to find out!
Exploring Perth City and getting around is easy. The city centre is about a 1km walk from the Perth Ambassador Hotel, or hop on any of the buses travelling along Adelaide Terrace & St Georges Terrace for free - the Perth Ambassador Hotel is located in the City's free transit zone (FTZ). There are 2 bus stops located outside the hotel, approximately 50m either way. In addition, the City operates free CAT buses which travel along various circle routes and are colour coded - there are bus stops for the Red CAT along nearby Hay Street.
Eat at a street side alfresco café for a bustling, laid back vibe, a fine dining restaurant for a romantic night out, experience a degustation menu showcasing quality local produce, or authentic yum cha in Northbridge's Chinatown. Recommendations and reviews can be found here: http://www.urbanspoon.com/c/338/Perth-restaurants.html.
Perth’s small bar and pub scene has exploded recently with establishments popping up all over the city. Look down a laneway or hidden space to discover quirky, refreshing, or sophisticated venues to enjoy craft beers, fine wines, amazing cocktails, local music, tapas style eats or something more hearty. Perth CBD: try The Trustee, Bobeche at The Heritage, Bar La Fayette, Bob’s at The Print Hall, Choo Choo's, Helvetica, Andaluz, Public House, Lalla Rookh, The Butterworth, The George, Grand Central Park, Greenhouse, Lost Society, The Stables, Wolf Lane, Cheeky Sparrow, Halcyon, Tiger Tiger, 1907, Venn, Boheme, The Aviary and Canton Lounge. Northbridge: try Mechanics Institute, Ezra Pound, The Bird, 399 Bar, Bivouac and Frisk.
Festivals, Music & Shows
See a festival, music concert or theatre show - check out a Perth gig and festival guide here: http://www.inthemix.com.au/whatson/perth or http://www.eventfinder.com.au/music-festivals/events/perth, this cultural guide with local recommendations and a calendar of events: http://thethousands.com.au/perth, or all the latest happenings here: http://www.coolperthnights.com/. The State Theatre Centre of Western Australia is a defining architectural landmark located on the corner of William and Roe Streets and home to the Black Swan State Theatre Company and the Perth Theatre Company, presenting contemporary performing arts. Venue and show information can be found here: http://www.statetheatrecentrewa.com.au/. His Majesty's Theatre on Hay Street opened in 1904 and is the only Edwardian theatre operating in Australia. Catch a performance ranging from comedy, drama, dance to opera and cabaret. Venue and show information here: http://hismajestystheatre.com.au/. The Blue Room Theatre on James Street in Northbridge is an intimate, daring and unpretentious experience showcasing independent performers and theatremakers. Venue and show information here: http://blueroom.org.au/. The Perth Concert Hall on St Georges Terrace is renowned as having one of the finest music acoustics in the southern hemisphere with The Berlin Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, Chicago and London Symphony Orchestras among the great classical music ensembles that have performed in this magnificent venue. Many of the world’s contemporary artists have also appeared on its stage. Venue and show information here: http://www.perthconcerthall.com.au/. Crown Perth in Burswood also plays host to world-famous productions and performances with all-star casts, see what's on here: http://www.crownperth.com.au/entertainment/all. The new Perth Arena is WA's landmark home of live entertainment, music and sports. An unmissable blue icon located on the corner of Wellington and Milligan Streets, check out all the exciting upcoming events playing here: http://www.pertharena.com.au/.
Sport, Casino, Museum & Arts
Support your footy, rugby, soccer or cricket team at one of the nearby stadiums; enjoy a glamorous night out at the Crown Perth Casino; or take in a spot of culture at the Western Australian Museum, Art Gallery of WA, or Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Get your shopping fix on at Hay & Murray Street Malls, Forrest Chase, London Court, enex100, Wesley Quarter, Raine Square, Harbour Town, or King Street for all the best upmarket labels and luxury goods. Shopping hours are Monday-Thursday: 9:00am - 5:30pm, Friday (late night shopping) 9:00am - 9:00pm, Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm and Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm (individual store opening times may vary).
Tours & Attractions
A short stroll away is the magnificent Swan River, Barrack Street Jetty and Bell Tower. From here you can take a cruise on the Swan River to the Perth Zoo, Rottnest Island or the harbour port town Fremantle.
The Perth Mint is located behind the Perth Ambassador Hotel, where you can view a gold pouring demonstration and exhibitions of gold bars, coins and natural gold nuggets.
Don't miss a visit to Kings Park & Botanic Garden, one of the largest inner-city parks in the world. Discover over 400 hectares of natural beauty and native trees, plants and wildflowers, perched on a hill with panoramic views overlooking the Swan River and Perth City. There are play areas for the kids, or take a picnic and enjoy some tranquil relaxation.
Head to the coast on a short drive to enjoy one of the many stunning beaches Western Australia is renowned for and watch a spectacular sunset over the ocean.
For a day excursion, explore wineries in the Swan Valley, see unique Australian wildlife at Caversham Wildlife Park, swim with dolphins at Rockingham Wild Encounters or take a tour to the world-famous Pinnacles Desert.
One Perfect Day: Perth http://travelinsider.qantas.com.au/one_perfect_day_perth_things_to_do.htm
"Experience Extraordinary Western Australia" - Tourism Western Australia's Official Website:
"Experience Perth" - Perth Region Tourism's Official Website:
"Get To Know Me" - The City of Perth's Guide to the City:
"Show Me Perth" - The City of Perth's Guide to What's On:
The Perth Mint:
The Bell Tower:
Kings Park & Botanic Garden:
Western Australian Museum:
Art Gallery of Western Australia:
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA):
Scitech Discovery Centre:
The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA):
Caversham Wildlife Park:
Rockingham Wild Encounters:
Fremantle Visitor Centre:
Swan Valley Visitor Centre:
Pinnacles Desert & Nambung National Park Visitor Centre:
Information on Perth's time zone, currency, banking, school and public holidays, visas and more can be found here: http://www.westernaustralia.com/au/Travel_Info/Important_Travel_Tips/Pages/Important_Travel_Tips.aspx
Perth has the ideal climate for enjoying an outdoor lifestyle and activities year round - everything you need for a relaxing holiday!
Take a look at some of the fun, family friendly festivals, free community events, carnivals, world-class concerts and sporting events Perth plays host to the whole year round.