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Things to do in Perth

Things to do in  Perth

Welcome to Perth

Home to wombats, kangaroos, and a large portion of Western Australia’s total population, the city of Perth is the epicenter of a state that can feel like the middle of nowhere. The city, set along the banks of the Swan River, offers refuge from the surrounding wilderness, in the form of nightlife, street art, and a thriving local food and wine scene—all of which can be explored via a walking, Segway, or bike tour. With near-constant good weather and beaches on the Indian Ocean, Perth offers a plethora of ways to get outside, both within the city, in the Swan Valley, and beyond. Water-lovers can plan a trip on a scenic cruise ship, ferry, or kayak that floats down the Swan River and Shoalwater Bay (look out for dolphins); while desert-enthusiasts can book a day trip to Pinnacles Desert limestone formations or Wave Rock, complete with transportation and a knowledgeable guide. If you want more adventure, add a sandboard or 4WD experience across the massive Lancelin dunes. Rottnest Island, accessible by ferry from Perth or Fremantle, makes a great base for adventure tours—from biking to skydiving—while Penguin Island (45 minutes by ferry) is rightfully named for its penguins inhabitants, which you can see along with dolphins and sea lions. Oenophiles can taste the flavors of the region on a wine tour, stopping at the town of Margaret River to pop into local boutiques along the way.

Top 10 attractions in Perth

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Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island

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Fringed with rocky coves, white sandy beaches, and sun-soaked shores, Rottnest Island’s natural pleasures are numerous—whale-watching, snorkeling, hiking and wildlife spotting along the coast, and taking in the ocean sunsets. At less than an hour from Perth, Rottnest Island, or “Rotto,” makes for an idyllic retreat from the city.More
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Penguin Island

Penguin Island

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Just 45 minutes from Perth, Penguin Island is an engaging ecotourism destination. Home to over 1,000 of the world’s smallest penguins, the island is teeming with animal activity. Attend a penguin feeding presentation, look to the skies for signs of seabirds, or search the seas for a glimpse of dolphins or a rare Australian sea lion.More
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Swan River

Swan River

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The liquid heart of Perth, the Swan River touches many of the city’s neighborhoods on its way to the Indian Ocean. The river passes through the Swan Valley wine region, Perth’s Central Business District and affluent suburbs, and the port city of Fremantle, and there are lots of recreational opportunities on the banks and in the water.More
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Pinnacles Desert

Pinnacles Desert

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Although otherworldly in appearance, the Pinnacles Desert is 100 percent on planet earth. Located along the Indian Ocean's Coral Coast in Nambung National Park in Western Australia (WA), this vast sandy expanse is filled with towering limestone pillars. Plus, at only a few hours' drive from the city of Perth, the site makes for a popular and totally doable day trip.More
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Perth Mint

Perth Mint

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When it opened in 1899, the Perth Mint was the third branch of Britain’s Royal Mint in Australia. Today it produces gold, silver, and platinum bullion coins and bars. Visit to see exhibitions about Western Australia’s gold rush history and collections of rare gold nuggets and coins.More
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Lancelin Sand Dunes

Lancelin Sand Dunes

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A visit to Western Australia wouldn’t be complete without an adrenaline-infused ride across the Lancelin Sand Dunes. Rolling hills of textured, white sand provide the landscape for your next sand surfing adventure. Thrill seekers rejoice, these dunes span more than a mile (2 kilometers) — the largest in Western Australia! Navigate the steep sand bumps and curves in a dirt bike, off-road vehicle or sandboard. Once you make it to the peaks you’ll bask in panoramic views of Lancelin, including vast farmland, sweeping sand dunes and refreshing coastline. Visit during dawn or dusk for killer scenery.More
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Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Western Australia’s oldest buildings, Fremantle Prison is an important reminder of Australia’s convict history. Built in the 1850s by the very convicts who inhabited its cells, the prison was notorious for its deplorable conditions and brutal capital punishment.More
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Wave Rock

Wave Rock

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A large granite rock formation shaped like an ocean wave, Wave Rock is located in Western Australia’s Golden Outback region and situated in a bushland environment. Standing nearly 50 feet (15 meters) tall and 360 feet (110 meters) long, the formation is part of a geological area dating back more than 2.5 billion years.More
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Yanchep National Park

Yanchep National Park

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With its lush wetlands, limestone caves, and wildflower-filled plains, Yanchep National Park makes an attractive retreat from nearby Perth, and at less than an hour’s drive from the city, it’s a popular choice for a day trip. Established in 1957, Yanchep is also one of Australia’s oldest national parks.More
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Swan Valley

Swan Valley

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Right on Perth’s doorstep, Swan Valley offers an idyllic retreat from city life. Renowned as one of Western Australia’s oldest wine regions, its expanse of vineyards and scenic waterways are home to numerous wineries, breweries, and distilleries, and an excellent selection of artisan shops and gourmet restaurants.More

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Top activities in Perth

Swan Valley River Cruise and Wine Tasting Day Trip from Perth
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Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise

Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise

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Pinnacles Desert Sunset Stargazing Tour
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Fremantle Lunch Cruise

Fremantle Lunch Cruise

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Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise
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Margaret River, Caves, Wine and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Tour from Perth
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1/2 day Swan Valley Wine Cheese & Chocolate Tour Inc Afternoon Cruise to Perth
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Wave Rock, York, Wildflowers, and Aboriginal Cultural Day Tour from Perth
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General Admission Entry at AQWA

General Admission Entry at AQWA

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Pinnacle Desert Sunset and Night-time Stargazing Tour from Perth
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The Optus Stadium Tour
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The Optus Stadium Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Perth

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Yvonne_P, Nov 2021
Perth Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
The Perth hop on hop off was a greatest to see Perth.
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Amazing way to see Kings Park
Colin_M, Oct 2021
Kings Park Segway Tour
What an amazing way to see Kings Park and Perth.
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Great night in a new City
Kelli_F, Sep 2021
Sunsets & City Lights (Private) Tour
After this we went to Kings Park to see the city lights and also saw the Flame of Remembrance (Eternal Flame) which I found very moving, after this Peter too us to a number of other sites including South Perth.
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Great time - even on a wet day
Michael_C, May 2021
Swan River Scenic Cruise
The weather was not fantastic but it was still a wonderful time and great way to see all along the Swan River between Perth and Fremantle
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Very good
Jacqueline_R, May 2021
Swan Valley Private Tour
I would highly recommend Sergio and this tour for anyone wanting to see more of Perth and it’s surrounds.
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Very relaxing
Marke_E, Jan 2021
Swan River Twilight Cruise
Was a great way to see Perth for such a small cost.
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A nice visit east of Perth to the countryside
Lee_H, Dec 2020
1/2 day Swan Valley Wine Cheese & Chocolate Tour Inc Afternoon Cruise to Perth
Return via the riverboat is a very leisurely way to see a bit of the western Australia countryside.
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Very well organized day
Mathilde_B, Mar 2020
Margaret River, Caves, Wine and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Tour from Perth
Great way to explore around Perth if you're on your own, and want to see different things in only one day.
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Pleasant relaxing experience
Rochelle_S, Feb 2020
Swan River Twilight Cruise
Too early to enjoy the night skyline but still got to see some Perth sites.
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Brilliant Day
HelenD2805, Jan 2020
Perth Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
From start to finish a lovely day, so scenic and a brilliant way to see Perth.
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Great way to visit Rottnest
James_M, Dec 2018
Rottnest Island Round-Trip Ferry from Perth or Fremantle
Leaving from Perth allows us to see the city from the river.
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one of the best ways to visit Perth...
MrsAnnaL_M, Mar 2018
Fremantle Lunch Cruise
one of the best ways to visit Perth I would recommend to any one |being valentines day it was very special to the both of us |the food was superb and the commentry excellent
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Well worth while tour. Thoroughly...
Alan P, Apr 2016
Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise
An excellent commentary and excellent way to see Perth at night.
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We loved the boat trip which...
Marjorie R, Jan 2017
Swan Valley Gourmet Wine Cruise from Perth
We loved the boat trip which provided the opportunity to see the countryside outside of Perth.
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family from South Australia visited...
Margaret E, Apr 2015
Fremantle Lunch Cruise
family from South Australia visited us and we took them on a lunch cruise it was very nice relaxing and they got to see a fair bit of perth and Fremantle they loved it thank you
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It was great, the boat staff and the...
Wayne M, Jun 2015
Swan Valley Gourmet Wine Cruise from Perth
In summary it's a great way to spend a nice winter day in Perth.
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Very good overall. Buffet was varied...
Alexander M, Mar 2016
Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise
We would make this trip again and it was interesting to see Perth and suburbs from the river.
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Booking process easy, tour guides...
Glenn C, Oct 2015
Perth and Fremantle Tour with Optional Swan River Cruise
We did the Swan River cruise option and in all was a great way to see the Perth and Fremantle sights.
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We book this tour really enjoyed the...
cwwref, Feb 2016
Perth and Fremantle Tour with Optional Swan River Cruise
We book this tour really enjoyed the sites there in Perth pretty much covered most of the things to see their definitely will recommend this tour to anyone who reads this
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It was a long day but thoroughly...
Leonie Joy T, Aug 2014
Margaret River, Caves, Wine and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Tour from Perth
If your stay in Perth is short this is a way to see a lot in one day.
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