Welcome to Perth City - the capital of Western Australia.
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 and perfect for sightseeing. However, 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.
Places to Visit in Perth
- Get back to nature at Kings Park - home to the Western Australian Botanic Garden.
- Visit Barrack Square where you can see The Bell Tower.
- Explore the river on a Swan River cruise or 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 of Perth City's fringing suburbs.
- 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 or join a walking tour.
- Go shopping and explore boutique stores and international brands.
- Visit Heirisson Island - the home of a colony of Western Grey Kangaroos.
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 of shops from inventive boutiques to national and global flagship stores. Stock up on stylish fashions, buy some Aboriginal art or simply sit at a café with a coffee and watch the parades of people passing by.
There are plenty of places to visit with Perth. Bold design projects and redevelopments such as RAC Arena, Barrack St Jetty, Elizabeth Quay, Optus Stadium and Yagan Square have are dramatically changed the face of Perth. And there are more to come with the opening of the new WA Museum in 2020.
Elizabeth Quay features ultra-trendy new cafes, bars and restaurants for those looking to get the most out of their dining experience and the new Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Perth means you can now stay in the heart of the Quay. There's also a host of activities on offer, including cruises, gondola rides and sea plane rides.
Yagan Square is a place to have fun, meet, play, eat and shop. It is a hub of activity both during the day and at night with cafes, restaurants, a children's play space, public art and more, providing plenty of things to see and do.
Sightseeing around Perth
There are many attractions to visit throughout Perth's City centre, including The Bell Tower, The Perth Mint, Perth Zoo, Scitech, Perth Cultural Centre and Kings Park and Botanic Garden 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; the CAT bus services are especially popular with visitors looking for a hassle-free way to travel around. There are 4 routes visiting major attractions and dining strips. Plus, you can stay connected with “the free Perth WiFi" while you’re exploring all that the city has to offer.
Arts, entertainment and dining
Wondering where to go in Perth for entertainment and dining? Perth City is alive with an annual program of music, theatre, dance and visual art. It is particularly rich during the Perth International Arts Festival which is 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 (currently closed due to major redevelopments), Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, the Blue Room Theatre, 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. Or check out what's on at the RAC Arena - Western Australia's landmark home of live entertainment, music and sports, which attracts some of the world's top touring artists.
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Perth City walking and cycle trails
Why not get your visit to the city off to a flying start on a city tour or join a free guided walking tour of Kings Park or the city with the City of Perth's i-City Volunteers, departing from the Murray Street Mall Information Kiosk. If you prefer to follow your own path, you can pick up walking trail maps that will guide you on places to go to find Perth City's arts and historic points of interest or hire a bike and cycle around the city and river.
Need more information?
The Western Australian Visitor Centre, located in the heart of the city, is the ideal place to start your Western Australian holiday and to find out what to see in Perth. Or to learn more about the best places to visit, head to the City of Perth Information Kiosk in Forrest Place for maps, information and free guided tours of Perth City.