With all the growth and development that’s been happening in WA’s capital city, there’s simply no reason to say there’s nothing to do in Perth!
From massive urban renewal projects like Elizabeth Quay, CityLink and the Cathedral Square precinct and the many exciting destinations that showcase the city’s proud and fascinating heritage to the burgeoning eating and entertainment scene for foodies and families alike - there are so many things to do in Perth that even the most jaded visitor will be captivated.
If you’re after sensational sights and awe-inspiring natural beauty combined with some arts, culture and historical attractions - then you should head straight for Kings Park and the nearby city centre and riverfront precinct.
Kings Park is one of the world’s largest and most beautiful inner city parks and offers visitors a host of different activities. Enjoy the sweeping views of the Swan and Canning Rivers, the city skyline and the Darling Ranges, explore the spectacular Botanic Garden or take a walking trail through its 400 hectares of unspoilt bushland and immaculate gardens and parklands, satisfy your thirst for knowledge or creative inspiration with the many public information and art installations or have some family fun on the many innovative playgrounds - it’s a sensory feast for everyone.
Best of all, it’s only a short walk to the city and riverfront precinct where you’ll find the magnificent new Elizabeth Quay development which is home to soaring sculptures, fascinating heritage buildings and contemporary, interactive spaces with plenty of things to do. From the fascinating Bell Tower with its historic 14th century bells, adventure golf and fun waterpark to the myriad restaurants, icecream parlours and pop-up attractions, it’s a blast for everyone.
A few hundred metres up the road is the newly developed Cathedral Square precinct, a vibrant urban neighbourhood in Perth’s historic heart which has more than enough things to do to keep the whole family entertained for weeks!
The heritage-listed site includes the State Buildings, the Perth Town Hall, St George’s Cathedral, The Deanery, the State Administrative Tribunal and the amazing new City of Perth Library which has to be seen to be believed. Shoppers will love the mix of retail stores, those with a thirst or hunger pangs will drool over the many bar and restaurant offerings whilst everyone will love the unique mix of public art, culture and entertainment on offer. The Perth Mint is also hugely popular, ranked highly on TripAdvisor’s top things to do in Perth along with ferry tours, Swan Valley wine cruises, Kings park war memorial and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Another must-visit destination is Fremantle. This is where the history of the region really comes alive with a plethora of museums and beautifully restored colonial buildings from the 1800s. In fact, there are over 3000 heritage-listed buildings in Fremantle - so there’s no excuse for boredom!
Some of the top things to do include a visit to Fremantle Jail, the Western Australian Maritime Museum, a walk through the historic west end to the oldest structure in WA, the Round House, the bustling Fremantle markets, Cappuccino strip, the pedestrian-friendly laneways with their diverse mix of shops and galleries - the list is endless.
Perth is also home to many great family friendly activities and attractions. There’s the fascinating world of science at Scitech, an extensive array of animals and birds at Perth Zoo, arts and culture at the Fremantle Arts Centre, wildlife and nature on display at Whiteman and Caversham parks, a multitude of sporting and adventure options like kayaking on the river, surfing, cycling, walking, segway tours, jet boating, nature trails and interactive playgrounds - Perth has it all.
But don’t take our word for it - why not get out there and explore this beautiful western Australian capital and see for yourself why it’s ranked the seventh “most liveable’’ city in the world. As Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said in a recent report on PerthNow*, Perth’s unique features make it an idyllic place to live, work, or visit. The report quoted Mrs Scaffidi as saying that the face of Perth had transformed significantly in recent years and that with the city’s rich history of arts and culture, iconic beaches and enviable weather, Perth — and greater Western Australia — offered unique experiences which made it an idyllic place to live, work, or visit.
So, put Perth on your bucket-list - or if you’re one of the lucky ones who live here - come and be a tourist in this great city and enjoy some of the many fabulous things to do in Perth. The Bell Tower is a great starting point for your trip as you’ll get a sense of the city’s heritage, its beauty and its potential.