10 Great Things to Do in Perth

Here we are in Perth! The capital of Western Australia offers a perfect blend of urban and natural attractions, making it a unique destination for travelers. Whether you’re an adventure junkie, a nature lover, or someone who just wants to chill, Perth has something for everyone.

Good to know: We added a family/kids rating to each activity.

So, let’s dive right in and explore 10 amazing activities you can enjoy in and around Perth. We’ve included both popular and off-the-beaten-path options to suit all tastes.

đź’ˇ Western Australia is my favorite state, offering breathtaking views around many corners. Make sure to book your favorite tour in advance, if possible!

Trust me, you’re in for a real treat!

Pinnacles Desert Sunset and Star-Gazing Tour

  • Best Time: April to November to avoid extreme heat
  • Family Rating: Great for families with older kids who enjoy the outdoors
  • Location: Nambung National Park, about a 2-hour drive north from Perth

Why the rush? Let’s take a moment to soak in the views of limestone formations under a magical sunset.

Why is it great?

The Pinnacles Desert offers an otherworldly landscape that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Imagine walking among thousands of limestone pillars while the sun sets, painting the sky in vibrant colors. Once night falls, the desert becomes a giant canvas for stargazing.

What is special?

This tour combines the awe-inspiring beauty of the desert with the serene experience of looking at the stars. Guides often share local Indigenous stories about the sky, making the whole experience educational as well. You’re not just observing the beauty, but becoming a part of it.


Wave Rock and York Tour

  • Best Time: May to October for mild weather and fewer crowds
  • Family Rating: Suitable for families with an interest in geological wonders
  • Location: 3 hours east of Perth, near the town of Hyden

Join us for a trip back in time as you marvel at a rock that’s, well, shaped like a wave!

Why is it great?

Wave Rock is one of Australia’s most iconic natural landmarks. The 15-meter high, 110-meter long granite cliff looks exactly like a massive wave. The nearby historic town of York adds a touch of old-world charm to the trip.

What is special?

What’s cool is that Wave Rock isn’t just a sight to behold. It’s also an important site for scientific study. It took millions of years for water and wind to shape this rock, giving you a firsthand look at Earth’s geological history.


Mandurah: Dolphin and Views Cruise

  • Best Time: December to March, when dolphins are most active
  • Family Rating: Ideal for families—kids will love the dolphin spotting!
  • Location: 45 minutes south of Perth in Mandurah

Set sail on an ocean adventure and say hello to some of Australia’s most playful residents—dolphins!

Why is it great?

There’s something about spotting a dolphin that excites both kids and adults. This cruise offers a relaxing ride through Mandurah’s scenic waterways, where you’ll not only see dolphins but also an array of local bird species.

Seeing those beautiful creatures in their natural habitat always makes my heart sing; it is a very unique experience.

What is special?

This isn’t just a sightseeing cruise; it’s an eco-tour. The guides are super knowledgeable and will teach you about the local marine life. Plus, the cruise takes you past luxurious canals and homes, adding a touch of glam to your adventure.


Rottnest Island Tours

  • Best Time: September to November for mild weather and wildflower blooms
  • Family Rating: Awesome for families, especially those who love the beach and wildlife
  • Location: A 25-minute ferry ride from Fremantle, near Perth

Hop on a ferry and escape to an island paradise teeming with adorable quokkas.

Why is it great?

Rottnest Island is a car-free zone, making it perfect for cycling, snorkeling, and hiking. With 63 beaches and 20 bays, you’ll find your own slice of paradise. Did I mention you’ll meet Quokkas? They’re super cute and friendly!

What is special?

What makes Rottnest unique is the absence of predators, which allows for a thriving population of quokkas. These small marsupials are not only adorable but also unafraid of humans, making for some perfect photo ops.


Swan River Cruise

  • Best Time: All year round, although spring and autumn offer the most pleasant weather
  • Family Rating: Excellent for families; younger kids will enjoy the boat ride
  • Location: The cruise departs from Barrack Square in Perth

Board a luxurious cruise and witness Perth’s skyline in a way you’ve never seen before.

Why is it great?

The Swan River Cruise is a relaxing way to see Perth’s landmarks. You’ll glide past the city’s skyline, parks, and even some exclusive riverside homes. It’s like a city tour, but way cooler because you’re on a boat.

What is special?

The river has cultural significance to the Indigenous Noongar people, and many cruises offer commentary that adds historical and cultural context to the sights. It’s more than just a visual feast; it’s also an educational journey.


Fremantle Markets

  • Best Time: Open year-round, but the vibe is extra special during summer weekends
  • Family Rating: Perfect for families looking to shop, eat, and explore
  • Location: In the heart of Fremantle, a 30-minute drive from Perth

Explore a bustling market that has been a local favorite since 1897.

Why is it great?

Fremantle Markets is a one-stop-shop for everything from fresh produce to handmade crafts. It’s a lively place where you can feel the community spirit, listen to street musicians, and taste local delicacies. Whenever I go there I get caught up in the easy lifestyle and it is always hard to leave again!

What is special?

The market itself is housed in a Victorian-era building, adding a historical touch to your shopping experience. It’s not just a market; it’s a cultural hub that showcases the best of Fremantle.


Kings Park and Botanic Garden

  • Best Time: September for the wildflower festival
  • Family Rating: Excellent for families who love nature and outdoor activities
  • Location: Just a few minutes’ drive from downtown Perth

Discover a sprawling green oasis in the heart of Perth.

Why is it great?

Kings Park offers panoramic views of Perth’s skyline and the Swan River. With walking trails, picnic spots, and playgrounds, it’s a haven for nature lovers and families alike.

What is special?

This park isn’t just a pretty space; it’s also a living museum of Western Australian flora. You’ll find a variety of plants, both native and international, making it a must-visit for botany enthusiasts. Especially in the wildflower season the park bursts with colour and behind every corner there is a new little nature wonder waiting to be seen.



  • Best Time: All year round
  • Family Rating: Fantastic for families with curious kids
  • Location: West Perth, easily accessible by public transport

Unleash your inner scientist at this interactive discovery center.

Why is it great?

Scitech is an interactive science museum that makes learning fun. With live science shows, planetarium screenings, and hands-on exhibits, it’s easy to spend an entire day here.

What is special?

The exhibitions at Scitech are often changed, meaning you can visit multiple times and always learn something new. It’s an ever-evolving educational experience.


Elizabeth Quay

  • Best Time: Summer evenings for live events and festivals
  • Family Rating: Great for families who enjoy waterfront activities
  • Location: Situated along the Swan River, right in central Perth

Take a leisurely stroll or bike ride along this vibrant waterfront precinct.

Why is it great?

Elizabeth Quay is a waterfront area with a modern design, featuring public art, cafes, and playgrounds. Whether you’re in the mood for a meal or a simple walk, the area is welcoming and picturesque.

What is special?

The Quay is home to the iconic Spanda sculpture, a 29-meter high artwork that symbolizes the ripples and cycles of life. It’s a perfect selfie spot and a landmark you shouldn’t miss.


Cottesloe Beach

  • Best Time: December to February for beach activities
  • Family Rating: Ideal for families who love the beach
  • Location: About a 20-minute drive from central Perth

Enjoy the sun, sand, and surf at one of Perth’s most popular beaches.

Why is it great?

Cottesloe Beach is the place to be for sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling. The clear water and white sand make it a postcard-perfect destination for families.

What is special?

During March, the beach hosts Sculpture by the Sea, an exhibition of sculptures from artists all around the world. Imagine admiring art with the ocean as your backdrop. Cool, right? I love the combination of art and nature, but even when there is no exibition it is worth while a visit.

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