Perth is a buzzing, cosmopolitan city with world-class food, entertainment and attractions.

And while our white-sand beaches and quokkas are the stuff of Insta feeds across the globe, we’ve got serious urban game going on in Perth City too!

Think hip, bohemian Leederville, the international flavours of Northbridge, and admiring the vistas of towers and skyscrapers from Kings Park or while cruising along the Swan River in style. We love the hustle and bustle of the City of Perth and its neighbourhoods, where the fun never stops. We reckon you will too - so get your day-trip game on, or start planning your #perthstaycation in the city!

WA Museum - Boola Bardip
WA Museum Boola Bardip, Perth City

Things to Do in Perth City

Perth City offers so many places to visit - whether you're into arts, history or looking for some family fun.

Let’s start with something we’re super excited about - the cultural heart and soul of Perth. The WA Museum Boola Bardip reopened in November 2020, revealing an extraordinary (and huge!) museum all about the people and places of WA, and our role in the world. You’ll learn so much about WA’s unique biodiversity, our state and city’s history - and a whole lot of cool info about dinosaurs, too! 

Fancy a spot of #treatyoself shopping? Head to Elizabeth Quay for the spectacular Willie Creek Pearls showroom! Willie Creek Pearls sustainably produce the best pearls in the world: Australian South Sea Pearls. You’ll find personalised service excellence and a seriously beautiful, extensive range of jewellery. The showroom is also home to three signature pearl discovery experiences, including the multi-award winning Harvest Your Own Pearl tour where you’ll learn about every part of the unique story of The Pearl of Western Australia, from shell to showroom, and have the opportunity to harvest your own Australian South Sea Cultured Pearl, straight from a Pinctada maxima oyster.

The Perth Mint, Perth City

While you’re getting into all things glittery, gorgeous and rich in WA history, The Perth Mint is just the ticket! Inside these historic premises, opened in 1899, your guide will introduce The Perth Mint's world-class exhibition, its mesmerising journey of gold discovery and the place that the gold rush played in the story of WA. Encounter extraordinary gold nuggets, hold a large bullion bar, see some of the most famous coins and medals ever made in Australia, and enjoy the spectacle of a traditional gold pour in the old melting house - with molten gold transforming into a solid gold bar right in front of your eyes! (And yes, there’s also a fabulous retail shop with stunning jewellery to carry on with the #treatyoself you deserve.)

Looking for something fab to do with the family? The Bell Tower is a truly unique-to-Perth experience, where the CBD meets the Swan River in Elizabeth Quay. The iconic towering glass spire is one of WA’s most visited attractions, for good reason. It’s the only place in the whole world where you can view bell ringing in action, or even have a go at this ancient art yourself with a Chiming Experience tour. 

Haven’t tried VR yet? Immerse yourself in a new world of creative adventure with Zero Latency, delivering the most technologically advanced, immersive VR gaming experience on the planet. And for the old-school gamer, they also have a retro-arcade with classic pinball machines (the biggest pinball arcade in Perth), Time Crisis, Daytona and more. 

HQ Bar + Kitchen, Perth City

Food and Drink in Perth City

Perth is a foodie's paradise! Whether you’re feeling like fine dining or classic pub fare, your taste buds are in for a treat with a range of food and drink options to choose from.

For rooftop dining and stunning views, HQ Bar + Kitchen is a must. Located on Quay Perth's 10th-floor rooftop, it’s a stylish and sophisticated drinking and dining venue with unparalleled views of the Swan River and Elizabeth Quay - a perfect place to while away time enjoying a picture-perfect sunset. A menu of Asian-infused cuisine, shared platters and tapas-style bites offer a modern approach to traditional Asian cuisine. Customers can also enjoy craft beers, innovative cocktails and premium Western Australian wine and cider selections.

Or head to the luxurious Crown Towers Perth for the ultimate buffet dining experience at Epicurean - a sophisticated open-kitchen dining experience where you can enjoy an unparalleled array of Western and Asian cuisine, showcasing the freshest local produce and finest ingredients. 

In the mood for some fine dining Perth-style? Wildflower and Fraser's Restaurant have you covered! Wildflower is a culinary destination found atop COMO The Treasury in Perth, with a contemporary menu revolving around the six seasons of the indigenous Noongar calendar. Head Chef Matthew Sartori’s fascination with native ingredients is evident throughout Wildflower’s farm-and-forager menu. Fraser's Restaurant is located in Kings Park, with some of the most spectacular views you’ll find anywhere in WA. Executive chef Chris Taylor uses the best of WA produce to craft award-winning produce-driven cuisine.

Pirate Life Perth
Pirate Life Perth, Perth City

For a more casual dining experience, head to the buzzing Leederville Precinct, where you’ll find an eclectic mix of dining options - from pub fare at the Leederville Hotel to top-notch laneway cafes in Electric Lane and much more; enjoy Irish flavours and craic at Fenian’s Irish Pub, right in the heart of Perth CBD; or, check out one of Perth's newest venues and the largest brewpub in the city, Pirate Life Perth - brought to you by Sneakers & Jeans, this multi-venue site spread over multiple levels at the old Sony Centre building (440 Murray Street),  showcases a multitude of unique spaces, including in-house brewery, casual fine-dining restaurant TOMA, two private dining rooms, merchandise digs and more.

And every Wednesday to Sunday during summer, you’ll find some of Perth's best food trucks lining the picturesque South Perth foreshore for South Perth StrEATS (12 November 2021 - 22 April 2022) - take your pick from a variety of cuisines and soak up the summer evening atmosphere with a picnic overlooking the city skyline.

GoGo Active Tours, Perth City

Perth City Tours

See Perth City and the inner neighbourhoods in a whole new light with a Perth City tour!

GoGo Active Tours are a bike and kayak tour business providing guided tours to some of Perth’s well known highlights, plus some special and difficult to find locations. Tours are relaxed and designed not to be strenuous, with knowledgeable tour guides providing interesting facts about the history, culture, plants and animals of the areas visited, allowing plenty of time to simply enjoy the scenery.

Or hop on a rickshaw and enjoy Perth in an interactive and exciting way with Peddle Perth! You may have seen these eye-catching rickshaws whizzing through the city. They’re amazing, unique experiences that’ll make you feel like you’re travelling even if you’ve always lived in Perth, with professional and fun guides pedalling you around the city, playing music and making sure you enjoy yourself to the fullest. 

Skydive Perth City

Experience Perth City from a unique point of view! Head to Optus Stadium (the world’s most beautiful stadium!) for HALO Rooftop Tour with THE OZONE at Optus Stadium; climb to the peak of the Matagarup Bridge with Matagarup Zip + Climb; or see jaw-dropping aerial views of the city and beyond when you skydive with Skydive Perth City.

Live your luxe Venetian canal holiday dreams without leaving the city, courtesy of Gondolas on the Swan, a unique tour experience in the form of a gondola cruise on the beautiful Swan River. The gondola is an authentic replica of a traditional Venetian gondola, luxuriously appointed with sumptuous red upholstery and traditional Italian mandolin music playing softly in the background. Perfect for a romantic cruise for two or a fun family/group outing for up to eight people.

Join Hidden deTours on one of their Perth City tours as you traverse the city on a unique adventure, exploring hidden bars, new gin distilleries, urban breweries, scrumptious foodie producers and more! The Gin Walking Tour of Perth traverses the city streets in search of the best gin flight and cocktail in three fab gin bars, while on the Perth Brewery Tour you’ll visit urban breweries in hidden warehouses in Perth and enjoy sneak peek brewery walkthroughs, tasty brews and eats, and chats with brewery staff on how to make the best beer. Or take a Hidden Bar Tour of Perth to find your new local!

DoubleTree by Hilton Waterfront Perth, Perth City

Places to Stay in Perth City

Perth has some seriously gorgeous accommodation options that are just perfect for a relaxing staycation!

For a fab Elizabeth Quay location and panoramic river views that can’t be beat, head to the DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront. You’ll be greeted with a warm DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie at check-in and encouraged to explore the hotel; think contemporary styled rooms, 24-hour Fitness Centre and a luxe rooftop infinity pool. You’ll also find plenty of great dining options within the hotel, highlighting fresh local produce.

Next up, COMO The Treasury is a luxury urban hotel located within Cathedral Square, in the heart of the CBD. Standing alongside the iconic St George's Cathedral, the hotel is housed in the iconic 19th-century State Buildings, with a grand Victorian-era facade; inside, COMO has injected the space with its trademark contemporary style.

Fancy having Kings Park right on your doorstep? Check out Tribe Perth, brought to you by some of Australia's leading designers, with efficient, cleverly designed rooms balancing simplicity with cutting edge interior design to redefine 'accessible luxury'. In Northbridge, you’ll find Alex Hotel only 3 mins walk from the Perth Cultural Centre, bridging homely comforts within the buzz and excitement of Perth CBD & Northbridge. You’ll find delicious food, interesting wines, craft beers, artisan spirits, good reads, the smell of great locally roasted coffee, along with friendly and inviting lounge and rooftop areas.

Pagoda Resort & Spa, Perth City

Or head to South Perth for a touch of luxury at the four and a half star Pagoda Resort & Spa! The Pagoda is nestled on the banks of the Swan River, just five minutes from the Perth city centre. Within a short stroll of the resort, you’ll find a host of leisure activities, attractions and facilities including Swan River walk and cycle ways, the historic Como Jetty and cinema, shopping, restaurants, supermarkets, golf courses and Perth Zoo. All rooms feature spa baths, and most also have private balconies or views overlooking the neighbouring parkland, tropical swimming pool or Swan River. Resort facilities include a heated swimming pool, sauna, fitness centre, and the on-site Waterwall Restaurant & Bar offering a contemporary cuisine and friendly atmosphere.

There’s so much to see, do and experience in Perth City, and this article is just getting started! For more great ideas, check out our listings on things to do, places to stay, places to eat and drink, and tours of Perth City. Enjoy!

Published on

15th Nov 2021

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Destination Perth Blogger