After arriving to Australia few months ago and settling in to Perth it is time to share my favourite things to do here. Perth is the capital city of the state of Western Australia and the biggest one around with almost two million people. This means you will have a lot t discover during your stay. Perth is remarkable less popular among the turists than the East coast of Australia but this is not the reason to miss it.
Perth is located along the Swan River and right next to the beautiful beaches which makes the location really nice.
I think it’s good time to share some snaps from the city I ended up spending big part of my time in Australia. So here we go..
Visit Kings Park for view over the city
Kings Park is the biggest green escape from the city and it’s only less than 10 minutes bus ride away from the CBD. Hop on to a free CAT bus to start exploring tha park. Walk past the memorials to get to the look out for the best view over the city center. This is also nice spot to enjoy the sunset hour.
Continue walking around the park where you can discover displays of the Australian national plants, little water garden and a bridge in the tree tops! I would recommend packing picnic gear to enjoy the nature and have a chilled afternoon.
Walk along the river/ River cruise
The beautiful Swan River crosses the city just on the South side of the CBD so there are plenty to enjoy. You can choose start Elisbeth Quay where you find the Bell Tower and many restaurants to enjoy on the Waterfront. Summer months I definately recommend having drinks at the Embargo and checking out the Lucky Shag before heading further.
Walk along the Riverside Drive further down and set your eyes out to the river to spot dolphins! There are wild ones living in the river and if you’re lucky you can see a whole bunch.
You can also start your river cruise from the city to Fremantle from the Barrack Street Jetty. Much nicer way to get to Freo and you see hidden neighbourhoods along the river. I’ve done this last week and I really enjoyed it.
Hit the beaches in the morning
Around Perth there are many cool beaches to choose from and people say the beaches in Western Australia are nicest in the country so you can pick any! Cottesloe is the closest on from the city center but you should also explore Scarborough and City Beach more up on the coast. Trigg beach is good for surfing.
It can get really hot in Perth during the summer months so I would opt for the early hours and the beaches are also less crowded.
Enjoy sunset at Cottesloe beach
Western Australia is famous for it’s sunsets and you can see the sun going dond directly to Indian Ocean and turn the whole sky to pastel colours. I can’t get enough of the sunsets here. You can find plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy just near the beach and Cottesloe is easily accessible by public transport.
Hang out in Fremantle
Just 30 minutes away from Perth you find Fremantle of locally Freo which is small harbour town filled with markets, restaurants and bars. Check out the large indoor market for souveniers and small food before heading to the shops or beaches. I love the vibes in Freo and find it much cuter than the city center in Perth.
Visit Rottnest Island
One of the things you definately shouldn’t miss when you come to Perth is Rottnest Island located some 20 kilometers of the coast. You can get here by ferry from the city or Fremantle and the island is home to the famous quokkas. On Rottnest you can enjoy your day cycling around and exploring the unbelievable pretty beaches and bays that the island is filled with.
Read more about my Rottnest Island experience in the previous post here.
Aussies are a nation that enjoy doing stuff outdoors and beign next to the coast Perth offers various water activites to go for. Try surfing, kite surfing or jet ski to have a blast day outdoors while enjoying the sun!
Say hi to kangaroos on Heirisson Island
In the inner suburd of East Perth you can find Heirisson Island which is little secluded green area just minutes away from the city. It is also home to a bunch of kangaroos to visit! They are friendly and you will get to snap a picture together with them. Walk around the island and find a picnic spot on the grass. There is also a cool view to the city.
Nightout in Northbridge
Just short walk away from the city center you find Northbridge – area that is filled with restaurants, bars and that is the most popular spot for nightlife. Specially busy on weekend nights so this is the place to be. I would recommend the Mechanics Institute, Pica for museum and beer garden and container restaurant Pretzel for a quick snack.
Take a walking tour
Easiest way to learn more about the city is to participate on a free walking tour to explore and hear stories about history and local life in Perth. Tours will bring you around main sights and you get more information while getting familiar with the city. There are few of option to choose from and I recommend to check out Two Feet & Heartbeat walking tours.