Things to do in Perth
This is my third time travelling to Perth and I would always visit again. If you know where to go and what to see, you will have the best time in Western Australia. Here are my top places to see in Perth. Small Tip: You will need a car in Perth – otherwise you won’t get around easily.
1. PERTH CITY CENTRE
Most people stay in the centre of Perth (which we did the first time as well). Even though Perth is the largest city in Western Australia, you shouldn’t expect a vivid and bustling city life in Perth. However, there are still some places which are worth a visit. You should definitely go for a stroll at Elizabeth Quay. As a breakfast place, I can recommend The Island Brew House with direct views onto the sea, or simply grab an ice cream at Gusto Gelato. Normally, Elizabeth Quay is also quite crowded at night – we went to The Reveley for dinner and drinks. The city centre itself is relatively small, so you will have it covered in no time.
2. COTTESLOE – MY FAVOURITE PLACE
This is my favourite place because I simply love the beach and the ocean. Cottesloe is also a surfer’s point and has a long pier from which a lot of families go fishing. The best thing about this part of town is that Cottesloe has really beautiful beach cafes and restaurants. You can try The Blue Duck, The Shorehouse, Barchetta, Canteen Pizza (delicious Pizza), and the Cottesloe General Store (great breakfast and coffee). We actually loved Cottesloe so much that we stayed there the last time in a hotel directly at the beachfront – it was truly amazing.
3. FREMANTLE – BARS AND CAFES
With its many restaurants and bars, Fremantle is a lively place, especially on weekends. Worth a visit is the Fremantle market, which is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday since 1897. Besides fresh local produce, the Fremantle Market sells also indigenous products. The ferry to Rottnest Island also departs from Fremantle.
4. HILLARYS BOAT HARBOUR
Hillarys is a nice place to take your family to. It has many shops, restaurants, as well as an aquarium. Hillarys is also known for various boat tours, from fishing trips to whale watching.
5. THE BLUE BOAT HOUSE
This is unquestionably the most instagrammable place in Perth. While there might be more beautiful spots in Perth, the blue house on the lake is quite unique and charming.
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6. SWAN VALLEY – WINE AND DINE
Western Australia is known for its good wines. If you are not planning to go to Margaret River for a couple of nights (the drive is too long for a day trip), then you should visit Swan Valley instead. Swan Valley has amazing wineries and restaurants. I can totally recommend the Cheese Barrel, Olive Wines and Sitella for an amazing lunch with views over the vineyards. Before you visit Swan Valley, you should first take a look at the map of the region. The valley is quite large and you will need a car to drive around – but remember not to drink and drive 🙂
For a travel full guide of the Margaret River region, click here.
7. ROTTNEST ISLAND – THE LOCAL’S FAVOURITE
If you are visiting Perth during the warm winter months (the seasons are opposite to the ones in the northern hemisphere – December is actually a summer month in Perth! So weird, I know!), then you must visit Rottnest Island. It’s only a 30 minutes boat ride away from Fremantle and has the most gorgeous scenery, which will definitely set you in the best vacation mood. The island is known for the local Quokka, which looks like a hybrid of a kangaroo and a rabbit… It’s super cute and only native to Rottnest Island!