Fun Things to do in Perth

 

Perth is the perfect combination of cosmopolitan city and beach life. Image courtesy iStock.

Perth is the perfect combination of cosmopolitan city and beach life. Image courtesy iStock.

Beach Life: Perth’s many beaches are very easy to access and offer barbecue facilities and a range of activities, including swimming, surfing, snorkelling, kite-surfing and paddle-boarding. The most popular beaches include Leighton and Port Beaches, South Beach, Trigg Beach and Cottesloe Beach (among many others).

Fremantle Markets: Situated in the original market building, built in 1897, there are more than 150 stalls filled with delicious foods, gifts, books, jewellery, ceramics and antiques.

Fremantle Markets, Perth Image courtesy iStock

Fremantle Markets, Perth Image courtesy iStock

Kings Park and Botanic Garden: One of the world’s largest inner-city parks, this space is adjacent to the Swan River (20 minutes’ walk from the city centre). It’s filled with a variety of native plants, about 80 bird species, paths, cycling paths and recreation areas. There are several barbecue facilities, playgrounds and cafés dotted around the park. The Lotterywest Family Area is a great spot for those with young children.

Kings Park

War memorial in Kings Park, Perth. Image courtesy iStock.

Perth Cultural Centre: A 15-minute walk from the city centre, this is a hub of arts, culture and community activity. Within it are the Western Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and various theatre venues, bars and restaurants.

TRIPS AROUND THE CITY

  • Take a cruise along the Swan River and stop off at various vineyards along the route.
  • Take an indigenous heritage tour and learn about the traditional customs and culture of the Aboriginal people
  • Visit Rottnest Island by ferry – home to indigenous flora and fauna with a range of activities on offer, including boating, golf, fishing and swimming.
  • Take a night-time torchlight tour of Fremantle Prison and be transported back in history (the prison was built two years after the Swan River Colony was founded in Perth in 1829).
Beaches and buildings, Perth Australia. Image courtesy iStock.

Beaches and buildings, Perth Australia. Image courtesy iStock.

TRIPS AROUND THE CITY

  • Take a cruise along the Swan River and stop off at various vineyards along the route.
  • Take an indigenous heritage tour and learn about the traditional customs and culture of the Aboriginal people.
  • Visit Rottnest Island by ferry – home to indigenous flora and fauna with a range of activities on offer, including boating, golf, fishing and swimming.
  • Take a night-time torchlight tour of Fremantle Prison and be transported back in history (the prison was built two years after the Swan River Colony was founded in Perth in 1829).
 Indiana Cottesloe Beach

Indiana Cottesloe Beach. Image courtesy Fraser’s Restaurant Group.

DINING OUT

  • Start in the suburb of Northbridge, a quick walk from the city centre and home to several great bars, vibrant coffee shops and eateries, as well as art galleries and shops.
  • A superb pub experience, visit the Rose and Crown on Swan St in Guildford. It’s part of the beautiful Rose and Crown Hotel, which was built in 1841. The Generous Squire Microbrewery and Pub and Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub are also good choices.
  • You’re looking for a tasty, affordable meal, head for Jamie’s Italian in the city centre, which offers a wide range of dishes devised by master chef Jamie Oliver at reasonable prices. (Use the online booking system to avoid queuing or being turned away.)
  • You want to hang with the trendy types, try The Print Hall Restaurant and Bar, The Rockpool Bar & Grill and Indiana Cottesloe Beach.

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