Welcome to Perth City - the capital of Western Australia.

Perth's superb position on the banks of the Swan River (Derbarl Yerrigan) 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

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 the WA Museum Boola Bardip have are dramatically changed 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 and the 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.

Whether it's dining in an elegant restaurant overlooking the river or exploring our new small bar and coffee scene Perth boasts an extensive buffet from which to delight your taste buds.

Plan your trip to Perth City

Find the top accommodation, attractions, tours and things to do in Perth City to help plan your trip.

COMO The Treasury, Perth

Perth City accommodation

Perth City offers a wide range of accommodation for all tastes and budgets from backpackers to 5 star resorts.

The Bell Tower, Barrack Square, Perth City

Perth City attractions

Perth City is abuzz with life and activity, offering visitors and locals an array of fun, interesting and educational attractions.

Perth Explorer Open Top Bus Tour, Perth City

Perth City tours

You'll find many tours that explore Perth City's top and hidden attractions and also depart from Perth City to visit the wider region.

The Lucky Shag Waterfront Bar

Perth City food and drink

Explore Perth City's fine dining restaurants, small bars, weekend markets, unique dining venues and of course hundreds of places to find the perfect coffee!

Kings Street, Perth City

Perth City shopping

Perth City is lined with pedestrian malls jam-packed with a wide variety shops from local boutiques to national and global flagship stores.

South Perth

Inner Perth Neighbourhoods

Discover Perth City's Inner Neighbourhoods - just a short walk, bus or train ride from the CBD.

What's on in Perth City

Check out some of the upcoming events and festivals taking place in Perth City.

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    Kick off your weekend with FEEL GOOD FRIDAY at Prince Lane! Join Prince Lane in the Public Bar for good vibes and Friday specials* $8 pints of Running with...
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    Running every Thursday, Friday & Saturday evening, the S&J Cocktail Trail is a self-guided cocktail experience across Sneaker & Jean's four epic venues! Kicking...
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    After a stellar season at Fringeworld 2021 Underground Comedy Showcase at The Rechabite is returning for regular monthly shows on the first Friday of every...
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    Oasis Comedy Club is the newest weekly Comedy Fixture at The Brisbane Hotel. Every Friday and Saturday night Oasis Comedy Club will host the best of Australian...
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    A captivating exhibition filled with some of the finest examples of Greek sculpture, armour, jewellery, vases and ancient sporting artefacts. From the sporting...
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    Spring has sprung at Bar UMA! Join Bar UMA each Saturday and Sunday from 2 – 4.30pm for a Spring Garden Party High Tea. Curated by our talented pastry team, Bar...
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    IOTA21, the first Indian Ocean Craft Triennial announces 37 lead artists in its international exhibition and a rich festival program of over 30 exhibitions and...
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    Robert J McCaffrey artist/designer opens his solo exhibition “HOMMAGE” in October at Perth Concert Hall. “HOMMAGE” consists of several major impassioned...

Perth City suggested itineraries & places to go

There's nothing like taking a drive to explore Perth City. Check out one of these great self-drive itineraries for some inspiration.

Kings Park Perth City

City Highlights Self Drive

Explore the beauty of our city and surrounds areas starting with breakfast in Kings Park, a visit to Barrack Square and South Perth and ending with alfresco dinner overlooking the river in East Perth.

Swan River Kayak

Swan River Scenic Loop Self Drive

See how the other half live as you enjoy a leisurely drive through these leafy and extremely pretty suburbs located along the banks of the Swan River. Plus find some of the best spots for stunning views of the city.

Places to visit in Perth City

Find out what you can see and do in Perth City including nearby destinations and activities.

Kings Park Perth City

Kings Park

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 draw card for both visitors to Perth and locals.

Shopping, Northbridge

Northbridge

For a kaleidoscope of food, arts and vibrant night life, head to Northbridge.

State Theatre Centre of WA, Perth City

Perth Arts and Culture

Perth is alive with a spectacular mix of music, theatre, comedy, dance and visual art. This rich tapestry of cultural experiences is on offer throughout the year across the region.

The George, Perth City

Eat and drink in Perth

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.

Perth Home Grown Market, Perth City

Shopping in Perth

Need a little retail therapy? From local produce 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.

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.

Public Art, Kangaroos, Perth City

Public art walking trail

Explore Perth City's public art on a Art City and the East Perth Public Art Walk. The art conveys Perth's cultural heritage and is created to enrich visitors understanding of life in Perth as they walk around and explore the beautiful surroundings.

St Georges Terrace Perth City

Heritage trails

Explore the rich and interesting history and heritage of Perth City on foot. Join a free guided tour with the i-City Volunteer Hosts or you can pick up a map and follow the trail yourself.

Kings Park Walking Trail, Perth City

Kings Park walking trails

Nearly two thirds of the Kings Park is natural bushland - making it a nature lovers paradise. Kings Park is one of the largest inner city parks in the world, and the best way to get around is by foot on one of the many walking trails.

Swan River Cycle Trail, Perth City

Perth City cycle trail

Experience the beauty of the Perth City and Swan River on a cycle trail. Perth City is situated on the banks of the Swan River and dual-use paths make it possible to walk and cycle a circuit around the 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.

Western Australia Visitor Centre

Western Australian Visitors Centre

Need more info? The Western Australian Visitor Centre provides travel and accommodation bookings for visitors, an extensive range of brochures, maps, souvenirs and gifts and other information about travelling around Western Australia.

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Explore places nearby

Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour, Fremantle

Fremantle

Welcome to the bustling, dynamic port city of Fremantle. Just 30 minutes from Perth, Fremantle has long been renowned for its eclectic mix of arty and alternative types. 

Rottnest Island, Perth

Rottnest Island

Escape to Western Australia's very own island paradise. Just 19 km off the coast of Perth, but an entire world away, lies the sunny holiday island of Rottnest

Indiana Cottesloe Beach, Perth Beaches

Perth Beaches

Perth Beaches - where the sea turns to gold. Perth Beaches encompasses the glorious coastline of metropolitan Perth from Cottesloe to Two Rocks. 

Cycle through the Swan Valley Perth

Swan Valley

The Swan Valley, WA's oldest wine growing region and Australia's first Humane Food Region, is home to an ever-growing list of restaurants and cafes, wineries, breweries and artisan producers.

Penguin Island Ferry, Rockingham

Rockingham

Located just 45 minutes south of Perth, Rockingham offers beautiful expanses of safe beaches, water sports, beach skydiving and environmental parks.

Mandurah Canals and Waterways

Mandurah and Peel

Stretching from the white sands and blue waters of the coast to the rugged terrain of the Darling Scarp, the Mandurah and Peel region offers a wide range of activities just an hours' drive from Perth City.

Walking Trail, Perth Hills

Perth Hills

Explore the stunning scenery, scenic drives and vibrant villages of the Perth Hills. Its character townships including Mundaring, Kalamunda and Armadale, exude a country charm.

Avon Valley, Perth

Avon Valley

Explore the Avon Valley - WA's first inland settlement. The regions is a comfortable drive east of Perth, offers patchwork of green rolling hills, babbling brooks and historic country towns. 

Spring in Perth

Perth comes alive with colour in Spring with stunning wildflowers, amazing wildlife encounters and a variety of events and festivals to keep you busy all season long... that's Perth in spring.

 

 

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