Welcome to Perth - the capital of Western Australia. A cosmopolitan city surrounded by the natural beauty of the Swan River and Kings Park.
Perth's superb position on the banks of the Swan River and nearby hectares of natural bushland in Kings Park make for a city centred on the great outdoors. But there's more to the west coast capital than great sunshine and a sparkling river.
A new cosmopolitan perspective and economic growth has given Perth a cultural confidence which is making its mark on the city skyline and on other aspects of urban life.
THINGS TO DO IN PERTH
- GET back to nature at Kings Park - home to Western Australian Botanic Garden.
- VISIT Barrack Sqaure where you can see The Bell Tower
- EXPLORE the river on a Swan River tour.
- INDULGE in some city arts and culture at a theatre, museum or art gallery.
- WATCH a gold pour demonstration and browse the gold shop at The Perth Mint
- HEAD to the shopping and entertainment hot spots beyond the CBD.
- DINE out at one of the many small bars, restaurants and cafes
- EXPLORE the city and river by bike, kayak or Segway.
- CATCH the city sights and attractions on a day tour
- TAKE a free guided walking tour of the city with the i-City Volunteers
- GO shopping at the wide range of boutique stores and international brands
- VISIT Heirisson Island - the home of a colony of Western Grey Kangaroos.
For an upbeat tempo, head to Perth city. Skyscrapers are home to the state's movers and shakers while city laneways have given way to an explosive new dining and small bar scene. The city is lined with pedestrian malls jam-packed with a wide variety shops from inventive boutiques to national and global flagship stores where you can stock up on stylish fashions, buy some Aboriginal art or simply sit at a café and watch the parades of people passing by.
Perth is in the midst of an exciting period of expansion and new developments, with bold new design projects and redevelopments such as Perth Arena, Barrack St Jetty and Elizabeth Quay dramatically changing the face of Perth.
Elizabeth Quay features ultra trendy new cafes, bars and restaurants for those looking to get the most out of their dining experience. There's also a host of activities on offer at the Quay including cruises, gondola rides and sea plane rides.
There are many attractions to visit throughout the Perth City, including The Bell Tower, The Perth Mint, Perth Zoo, Scitech, Perth Cultural Centre and Kings Park where you'll find 400 hectares of stunning natural bushland and grand lookouts - a popular place for taking photos.
All buses in the Perth CBD are FREE too with the CAT services very popular for visitors - 4 routes visiting major attractions and dining strips. Remember to connect your mobile device to the FREE "Perth WiFi" while in the city centre also and tell your friends about our extraordinary city!
City walking trails & tours
Why not get your visit to the city off to a flying start on a city tours or on a free guided walking tour with the City of Perth i-City Volunteers. These tours depart from the Information Kiosk in Murray Street Mall.
If you prefer to follow your own path, you can pick up audio and walking trail maps from the Information Kiosk or download from the City of Perth website and carry your own personal guide in your pocket. The audio trails offer a new, fun way for visitors to experience the history and culture of Perth.
FREE CITY HERITAGE TOURS
This historical self-guided walk through Perth city will highlight the 'boom' created
by gold and the surge of growth, wealth and prosperity in Western Australia that followed. The city's population swelled from 8,500 to over 27,000 in a decade and it seemed Perth would 'bust' as this remote town turned into a buzzing cosmopolitan city. Find out more (PDF).
Follow this self-guided trail to investigate the history of the city through its iconic places of influence, particularly St Georges Terrace. As you walk along the trail, keep your eyes out for plaques placed in the pavement, in recognition of the many people who have influenced the growth of Perth and Western Australia. Find out more (PDF).
This self-guided trail features artworks commissioned by the City of Perth and other organisations. Aspects of Perth's cultural heritage may be discovered and explored as you follow the walking guide and view the artworks. Allow the thirty artworks to challenge your perception and enrich your understanding of life in Perth. Find out more (PDF).
Although the Swan River Colony was established as a free settlement in 1829, convict transportation was introduced in 1850 to answer the demand for a plentiful supply of cheap labour for the small population. Whilst convict transport lasted only 18 years, the legacy of the short penal period is embedded in the streets of Perth and the folklore of the State. Find out more (PDF).
Follow this self-guided trail to some of the city's most beautiful parks and gardens. Boasting 26 parkland areas and reserves, the City of Perth is described by many as a parkland oasis. The beautifully crafted green open spaces that cover one tenth of the city area combine heritage, public art and water features to offer a break from the bustle of city life. Take some time out to experience the tranquillity of Perth's open spaces. Find out more (PDF).
This trail explores the diverse history and public art in Northbridge. The trail offers a snapshot of the rich culture of Northbridge through historical images, public art and street art. Many of the buildings featured in this trail are State Registered as heritage buildings. Find out more
On the doorstep of Perth lies the natural beauty of the Swan River; creating a stunning contrast against the skyline of city high rises. Dual-use paths make it possible to walk, ride or skate a circuit around the river or take a tour on a Segway. There are also many grassy areas to have a picnic, enjoy a sunset and watch the city come alive with light.
For water sports enthusiasts sailing, windsurfing and kayaking are popular choices in Perth, with hire facilities located along the foreshore. The 'bridges' walk around the river (crossing at Narrows Bridge and the Causeway) will take you approximately 2.5 hours.
The jetties at Barrack Square are the departure point for river cruises to Fremantle, Swan Valley Wine Region and Rottnest Island, as well as ferries to South Perth and Perth Zoo. The vibrant riverside location features public art, cafes, restaurants and a lively bar.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Perth is alive with an annual program of music, theatre, dance and visual art. It is particularly rich during the Perth International Arts Festival held every February and March. During this time the city welcomes local and international artists to participate in a riot of shows across the region.
Northbridge is home to the Perth Cultural Centre which houses the Western Australian Museum - Perth, Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Art Gallery of WA, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, the Blue Room Theatre, and the State Theatre of Western Australia and The Nostalgia Box - Australia's first interactive video game console museum!
Be sure to catch a performance of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra - the state's largest performing arts company and West Australian Opera - WA's only full-time, professional opera company. Theatres too are plentiful from grand stages like the 103-year-old His Majesty's Theatre and Perth Concert Hall to intimate, out-of-the-way stages offering alternative and avant-garde shows.
Why not check out what's on at the Perth Arena while you're here? The Perth Arena is Western Australia's landmark home of live entertainment, music and sports attracting some of the world's top touring artists such as Ed Sheeran, KISS, Katy Perry and P!NK.
BEYOND THE CBD
To discover some more cultural encounters and funky neighborhoods, look beyond the Perth CBD to the shopping, dining and entertainment hotpots of Northbridge, East Perth, Leederville, West Perth, Subiaco, Mount Lawley, Highgate, North Perth, Gosnells, Mount Hawthorn, Victoria Park and South Perth. Here you'll find bohemian quarters, leafy village streets, boutique shopping, multi-ethnic flavours and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
WHAT'S ON IN PERTH
Check out what's on in Perth this week.
Exhibition: Simpson and his Donkey
See these delightful illustrations by Frané Lessac, that help to tell the famous WW1 story, at the State Library of Western Australia from 2 February - 27 April. Free event.
John Kirkpatrick Simpson and his donkey, Duffy, rescued over 300 men during the WW1 campaign at Gallipoli. The colourful illustrations are in stark contrast with the reality of the events and together with the story, give a deeper understanding of the bravery of Australians at war.
This is an exhibition of the original illustrations from the children’s picture book Simpson and his Donkey, by Mark Greenwood, illustrated by Frané Lessac. Find out more.
The jewel in the city's crown, Kings Park is one of the largest inner city parks in the world. Located within a short walk of the city, it is a major drawcard for both visitors to Perth and locals alike.
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Explore beyond the city grid to Perth's fringing suburbs of Subiaco, Victoria Park, South Perth, Leederville and Mount Lawley for shopping, dining and entertainment.
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Whether it's dining in an elegant restaurant overlooking the river or exploring our new bar and coffee scene Perth boasts an extensive buffet from which to delight your taste buds.
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Need a little retail therapy? From eclectic markets to stylish malls, Perth offers a host of shopping options to stock up on trendy beach fashions, buy unique Aboriginal art or discover antiques.
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Discover all that Perth has to offer on this great self-drive itinerary starting from breakfast in Kings Park and ending with sunset drinks in East Perth overlooking the Swan River.
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Be inspired by our latest YouTube clips of the ever-changing Perth.