Romance is in the air in Perth!
If you and your partner are looking for romantic things to do in Perth, you're in luck - we’ve come up with a few mini itineraries with a range of fantastic things for couples to enjoy together in Perth's most romantic regions.
Explore Perth's best, stay a night or two somewhere special, and enjoy a leisurely brekkie the next morning before heading out for more! From romantic walks and wildflower viewing spots, places to dine, and amazing art experiences, you'll find loved-up ideas galore in our romantic city.
Perth Hills Overnight Stay
Perth couples, head to the Perth Hills! The gorgeous gardens of Araluen Botanic Park, near Armadale, offer opportunities for romantic walks through a breathtaking bushland setting. Stroll through stone pathways across terraces lined with shaded jarrah pergolas and be amazed by Western Australia’s largest rose collection, best viewed from late spring to late summer. Enjoy morning tea or lunch at The Chalet Healy Cafe within a historic log cottage.
Art lovers will adore the Mundaring Arts Centre, in Mundaring, the premier outlet for high quality arts and crafts in the eastern region. They've showcased works by exceptional Western Australian artists and craftspeople for many years, and with a diverse selection of hand-made contemporary arts, the shop has become highly regarded as a place to purchase unique gifts for special occasions (and a gorgeous souvenir of your romantic getaway).
As night falls, it's time for a date night with the universe at Perth Observatory, where science and history come to life in the beautiful State forest. Their guided Night Sky Tours use telescopes of at least 6 objects on either a Dark-Sky (no moon), Moonlit (half-moon) or Full-Moon tour; and for a fun and educational activity, keep an eye out for their astrophotography workshops! If something more active is appealing, join a guided Scenic Sunset Hike and Graze tour, Full Moon Yogo or Twilight hike with Off The Beaten Track.
For a peak romantic staycation, you'll need a romantic place to stay, and Amaroo Retreat & Spa (Mundaring), Gumleaf Cottage Farmstay (Mundaring) and Rosebridge House Bed & Breakfast (Gooseberry Hilly) all deliver in spades with their gorgeous natural settings and strong sense of hospitality - perfect places to base yourself while exploring the Perth Hills, and to relax and snuggle up.
In the morning, it's time to get exploring! Perth Hills are renowned for their cider, beer and wine trails - check out the Perth Hills Cider and Brews Trail and Bickley Valley Wine Trail, and walking trails - check out the Perth Hills Wildflower Trails and Perth Hills Walking Trails - where you'll find Perth's natural beauty at its best.
Swan Valley & Chittering 2-Night Stay
For an idyllic experience far removed from the hustle and bustle of urban life, the Swan Valley & Chittering are a treat. The Swan Valley is known as the food bowl of Perth, and you'll certainly see why along one of the many Swan Valley Food & Wine Trails. Some romantic highlights: the amazing macarons at Maison St Honore and chocolate tastings at Whistler's Chocolate Co; and experiencing traditional bush tucker. The Swan Valley Wine and Art Trail is also a delight for the tastebuds and eyes alike, as an authentic meet-the-maker experience with some of the most talented winemakers and artists who call the Swan Valley home.
Mandoon Estate is an incredibly romantic destination, with a boutique winery, restaurant and adorable accommodation all in one gorgeous location; it'll be a little difficult to motivate yourself to leave and go on that chocolate tasting or head out on the Swan Valley Fresh Produce Trail to fill your picnic basket! The Novotel Vines Resort & Country Club is another fantastic spot to base yourself: savour the sensational restaurant and dining venues, relax in the award winning Keishi Day Spa and improve your golf game on their 36-hole championship golf course (or the mini golf course, if you prefer!).
Next, head to Chittering, a region rich in food, farms, wine and beautiful landscapes. Nestled in the northern hills of the Darling Range just one hour from Perth City, it's home to the quaint townships of Bindoon, Muchea and Wannamal, and offers experiences at the farm gate, untouched bushland and wetlands, vineyards, orchards, spectacular wildflowers and stunning scenery. Wine-lovers and foodies alike will love the Nesci Estate Wine Farm, Little Eeden Farm Hone & Apiary, and the Chittering Food and Wine Trails, where you can unearth a bounty of fresh produce, discover incredible wineries, pick your own fruit and more. If you are after something a little more structures, check out AmazingCo Experiences for their mystery picnics. This picnic experience is the perfect way to get out and discover all that Perth and the surrounding regions have to offer. What is it exactly? Well, a Mystery Picnic is a self-guided food and adventure experience with a difference. Simply select a destination and you’re away. Using your smartphone to solve clues and riddles, your journey will take you to local artisan producers where you will collect delicious picnic ingredients, ending at a stunning secret picnic spot where you’ll enjoy your food, with a itinerary set in the beautiful Chittering region.
Visit the Chittering Visitor Centre to learn more about this very special place.
Avon Valley 2-Night Getaway
If arts, culture and heritage interest you, and you want to get away without travelling too far, the Avon Valley is for you. Start in Toodyay, where you can set back in time and uncover the town's rich history. Discover the legend of Moondyne Joe at Newcastle Gaol and Connor's Mills and follow the self-guided heritage walk through town. Head to one of WA's oldest wineries, Coorinja Winery, established in the 1870's!
A night at Heyscape Tiny Cabins, in a modern,off-grid, eco-friendly tiny cabins, will make you feel rejuvenated. For couples & solo travellers, Heyscape offers 2-berth classic cabins. Featuring an adorable kitchenette, stylish full bathroom, stunning fire pit for use during fire season, indoor and outdoor dining options with BBQ and a luxurious queen bed under a huge picture window that overlooks never-ending landscape views. Or maybe glamping is more your style? If so, check out Heavenly Waters, surrounded by beautiful rolling hills, and breathtaking views Heavenly Waters provides an opportunity to escape from busy city life and engage yourself in the heart of the Avon Valley. Set on a 130 acres all for you, Heavenly Waters is home to many native birds and grazing cattle. After a day of relaxing or exploring historic Toodyay, take a sunset walk in the stunning surrounding landscape and immerse yourself into a star filled night.
Next, enjoy the scenic drive from Toodyay to York via Northam, making sure to watch out for wildflowers along the way. Not only is Northam home to over 185 heritage buildings, you can also visit Bilya Koort Boodja - a state of the art Nyoongar Cultural Interpretive Centre; see variety of street and public artworks from mosaics and murals to sculptures and exhibitions; and marvel at the fascinating works that are part of the Public Silo Trail. Northam is also the only place in the Western Australia where you can hot air balloon, check out Windward Balloon Adventures and Liberty Balloon Flights.
For a romantic getaway in York, you can't go past the beautiful historic guesthouse, Laurelville. After your full farmhouse breakfast, the following morning, head back to Perth via Beverley, stopping to admire the variety of architecture, from Art Deco to Georgian to the newly built Cornerstone building, home of the Beverley Visitor Centre.
Fremantle Overnight Stay
The funky, unique and eclectic city of Fremantle is a firm favourite of Perth couples! With its rich heritage, art, cute laneways, and fantastic food, you'll find so much to love. Some of our favourites can be found on the cycle trails, where you'll find colonial and convict history, arts, food, culture, and stunning harbour views; heritage trails, where you'll learn incredible stories and see Fremantle through new eyes; and the public and street art will give you plenty of Instagram fodder! Make sure that the Fremantle Arts Centre is on your itinerary, with events and exhibitions galore, and pick up an artistic trinket or two at FOUND, the gallery shop; fill your belly (and your shopping bags) at the Fremantle Markets. Next stop is FOMO, the new heart of fremantle and a blend of art, architecture, culture, retail & dining, all under one roof.
Nestled in the heart of Fremantle’s Walyalup Koort, FOMO Freo serves as a one-stop destination for the senses. Tend to your appetite in the hawker-style food court, indulge in a little retail therapy, run wild in FunLab with Holey Moley, B Lucky & Sons, Strike Fremantle and more!
For your romantic dinner, Republic of Fremantle is one of the few distilleries in the world to craft spirits from scratch using innovative grape to glass distilling methods. A cocktail menu takes inspiration from their distilling ethos to ensure great spirits are at the heart of every sip. The food and drinks menu features an eclectic selection of small share plates and aperitivo style snacks starring local fresh products and designed to perfectly complement the cocktail list. Kailis Fishmarket Cafe is a perfect place to get your fish and chips fix as you watch the sun setting over the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour; or enjoy the food, beer and atmosphere at the perennially popular microbrewery restaurant Little Creatures.
There's also fantastic on-site meals at many of the hotels in Fremantle. Some of our favourite places to stay and dine are the 4 ½ star Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges, housed in a beautiful historic building and with several tasty restaurant options; the quirky and cool Hougoumont Hotel, made out of shipping containers (peak Port City vibe) and with complimentary wine, cheese and sense of community at the Lobby Lounge; the Warders Hotel set in the old limestone cottages that were once the Fremantle Warders’ homes; and the stunning, iconic The National Hotel in the heart of the Cappuccino Strip, with its lively gastrobars and en-pointe restaurant.
Perth City Overnight Stay
There is nothing more romantic than spending a night away in a luxury inner city hotel. For something a little special, leave the car at home and organise a chauffeured car to drop you off at your accommodation! With so many accommodation options in Perth city it can be hard to choose. To help you narrow down, we are suggesting hotels that have their own restaurants, cafes and rooftop bars - meaning you can base yourself in one location, explore the sights of the city, and enjoy all your meals in one place!
In the city's centre, QT Perth is an urban oasis where modern designs meet industrial glamour and a contemporary and cool aesthetic. Rooms are designed with luxurious comfort, including bespoke Patsy Payne metal artworks. Enjoy cocktails with a view at Rooftop at QT before savouring modern Italian dining at their signature restaurant, Santini Grill. From this central location, you can explore the many fashion stores along the Murray Street and Hay Street Malls, stroll down London Court, visit the historic Perth Town Hall and experience the majesty of The State Buildings.
Opposite Elizabeth Quay, you'll find Quay Perth Hotel. This stylish 80 room hotel features cosy communal spaces, a chic indoor/outdoor rooftop bar with amazing views over the Swan River, a menu of Chinese infused cuisine share platters and tapas style bites at HQ Bar and Kitchen and a relaxed lobby café. From here, you can take a walk down to Elizabeth Quay, watch a live pearl harvest and buy something special from Willie Creek Pearls, lock in your love with a love lock at The Bell Tower and jump on the Perth Explorer Bus for a bird's eye tour of the city!
If the hustle and bustle of Northbridge is more your style, check out Alex Hotel – just around the corner from the Perth Cultural Centre. As well as a friendly lounge and rooftop area to relax and enjoy a drink in, they also have the very popular Shadow Wine Bar & Dining Room featuring a modern European menu. From here, see the latest exhibits at the Art Gallery of WA, enjoy live theatre at the Theatre Centre of WA, walk through Yagan Square and catch a movie at the Palace Theatre and browse through the many shops along William Street in Northbridge.
Sunset Coast & Rottnest Island 2-Night Escape
It is time to head to the Sunset Coast and Rottnest Island! Start your day sunbathing and swimming at Scarborough Beach, before checking into your seaside accommodation. For unrivalled ocean views and resort-style luxury and facilities, check out Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough. Here you can relax by the lagoon-style pool, play tennis, walk to the Scarborough Beach Sunset Markets, be pampered at the hotel's day spa, and enjoy meals and cocktails in their restaurant and bar. For a home-away-from-home experience, the modern and spacious apartments of Ramada VetroBlu Scarborough Beach and Seashells Scarborough are just for you.
The following day, take the Sunset Coast Tourist Drive north to Hillarys, admiring the stunning coastal views along the way. From Hillarys Boat Harbour you can catch a ferry to Rottnest Island with Rottnest Fast Ferries. While you're on the island, join a snorkel or sunset sail with Charter 1, go on a catch-and-dine tour with Rottnest Cruises, jump on and off the Island Explorer Bus, or catch a movie at the Rottnest Island Picture Hall.
For relaxing accommodation close to nature, but with all the creature comforts of a resort, look no further than Samphire Rottnest. Enjoy the relaxed, coastal vibe in one of the generous guest rooms, all with private balconies overlooking an array of vantage points around the property and Thomson Bay. With comfort front of mind, Samphire Rottnest offers 80 spacious rooms, all with private balconies and views over the property and over the bay. Outside your room, a sanctuary of lagoon-like pools, native landscaping and fresh outdoor dining spaces help you sink into island life.
Rockingham & Mandurah 2-Night Stay
With friendly frolicking dolphins, vibrant foreshores and seaside atmosphere, Rockingham and Mandurah are a truly must-do romantic getaway experience, firstly, stop by Peel Estate Wines on the drive down!
In Rockingham, join a cruise with Perth Wildlife Cruises to visit the local wildlife and take in the highlights of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. See wild dolphins, nesting ospreys and sea birds and visit rare Australian Sea Lions at Seal Island. Rockingham's extensive foreshore features bright new playgrounds, BBQ facilities, and boardwalk along the beach where you'll find plenty of cafes to stop for a coffee or bite to eat. There are also a number of scenic walking trails. Enjoy dinner at Rustico Tapas & Wine Bar and spend the night at Quest Rockingham or Rockingham Apartments.
The following morning travel south to Mandurah. Wander the foreshore enjoying the views, take one of the always-popular Mandurah Cruises (it's better to book in advance - these can sell out!); enjoy Instagrammable public art on the Mandurah Art Trails and discover the Giants of Mandurah; and enjoy a finely crafted tipple on the Peel Craft Beer & Wine Trail.
Mandurah is arguably the seafood capital of Western Australia, known for its iconic blue swimmer crab; you don't have to go crabbing or show up during Crabfest to enjoy a great seafood meal here, though, and there's romantic dining options even for the strictly seafood-adverse. Quarterdeck Dining is another great choice, offering a waterfront cafe by day and quality dining by night. Savour your meal in a light filled dining room with an alfresco area offering views across Dolphin Quays on the Mandurah Ocean Marina. Flics Kitchen is also fab, serving brunch, lunch and dinner designed to push the culinary boundaries in Mandurah to a new level, showcasing delicious WA produce as well as ingredients that you won't see too often elsewhere!
For 4 ½ star luxury, The Sebel Mandurah and Seashells Mandurah both offer experiences that will truly delight, with central locations, beautifully appointed rooms, swimming pools, BBQ facilities, and estuary and marina views. Seashells' beachfront villas are an experience like no other, enjoying The Sebel's tasty breakfasts overlooking Mandjar Bay is a perfectly romantic start to the day. Whether you're heading back to Perth afterwards or on your way to exploring the best of the Peel Region, Mandurah will give you a romantic experience to remember.
Need more inspiration? We have compiled a list of events and activities that can be enjoyed in Perth, WA this season, visit our What's On page.