Things To Do
Perth City is situated between the Darling Ranges and the Indian Ocean, and along the banks of the Swan River, 12 km from the ocean. The river is named after the famous black swans which can be found along the river. The city is bound by the river to the east and south. To the west of the city is Kings Park, which has over 400 hectares of natural Australian bush overlooking the city centre and the Swan River. The view from King's park is quite unique and is a must for any visitor to Perth.
The Swan River weaves its way through the metropolitan area to the Port of Fremantle, which has many beautiful houses, restaurants, and recreational areas along its banks. The river provides an ideal opportunity for the locals to enjoy the beautiful weather and participate in many different water sports such as boating, sailing, water skiing, wind surfing, rowing, fishing, parasailing, swimming, jet skiing, or just cruising the river on one of the many ferries.
Elizabeth Quay is a major Western Australian mixed-use development project in the Perth central business district. Located on the north shore of Perth Water and centred on the landmark Swan Bells, it is named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. (Source: Wikipedia)
Caversham Wildlife Park
Caversham Wildlife Park is situated in Whiteman Park, just 30 minutes from the CBD. Here you will find around 200 species of fauna, with around 2,000 head of animals, birds and reptiles, including dingoes, emus, echidnas, owls, kookaburras, quokkas, cassowaries, possums, flying foxes, quolls and swans.
Hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies. Meet and have photos taken with koalas. Meet the Wombat amp; Friends Show (3 times daily) - meet and have photos taken with a selection of native animals, birds and reptiles, including one of our famous wombats! Farm Show (3 times daily) - join in the interactive show where you’ll learn all about true-blue Aussie farming, including sheep mustering and shearing, whip cracking and cow milking.
Wander around with, and hand-feed a variety of interesting farm animals, including deer, goats, donkeys, ostrich, camels, llamas, alpacas and buffalo. All shows, talks, animal feed and photo opportunities are included in the entrance fee. Take as many photos as you like, with your own camera.
The Western Australian Maritime Museum provides exhibitions on Shipwrecks discovered off the Western Australian coast and Western Australia's Maritime endeavours. There are 3 main sites in Fremantle that bring together Western Australia's Maritime heritage:
- The New Maritime Museum at Victoria Quay promotes a new way of experiencing Western Australia's maritime endeavours.
- The Shipwreck Galleries at Cliff Street show Australia's earliest shipwrecks, and house world-recognised archaeology research and conservation.
- The Submarine Ovens at Victoria Quay
Gloucester Park - Harness Racing
Gloucester Park is Western Australia's premier Harness Racing venue overlooking the beautiful Swan River and only minutes from the centre of Perth, providing exhilarating racing each and every Friday night and some Mondays and Tuesdays, on a world class half mile racing circuit.
This is a great place for a family and the adults, even if you have never been to a horse racing track and have never put a bet on a horse. The horses, jockeys and buggy's make a great spectacle to watch whilst you enjoy a drink or a meal. The children can play on the grassed area, or enjoy some of the child entertainment provided. Take a walk around the stables to see the horses waiting for their race and the drivers in their colourful outfits.
There are 3 bars and 3 restaurants providing snacks to a la carte meals. There is also an on course Casino and some of the best entertainment in Perth for both adults and children Gloucester Park.
Whether it's a relaxed drink after work on a Friday or a big night out on the town, Gloucester Park has what you and your group need to kick start the weekend in style.
Perth has some of the best beaches in the world with wide stretches of sand with beautiful clear blue water. The morning is generally the best time to visit the beach as it can get quite windy when the Fremantle Doctor arrives around lunch time.
Best beaches for children:
- Hillarys Boat Harbour
- Mettams Pool
- Scarborough Beach
- Most beaches are patrolled by Surf Lifesavers. Swim within the flags as there can be strong rips and undercurrents.
- Apart from Hillarys Boat Harbour, Cottesloe and Scarborough the Perth beaches are generally un-commercial and do not have shops or stalls, so remember to take a drink with you.
Currently the zoo houses more than 1800 animals of 230 species, with a staff of 120 plus volunteer docents. Along with its animal population, the zoo also has an extensive botanical collection.
The zoo has been open everyday since its founding, 365 days a year. Major exhibits include the "African Savannah," "Asian Rainforest Zone," "Australian Walkabout," "World of Birds," and "Nocturnal House."
The Bell Tower
The Bell Tower located on Riverside Drive overlooking the picturesque Swan River is one of Perth's most unique attractions. Filled with fascinating historic content and boasting a unique and distinctive design - resulting from a major architectural competition - it has become an icon for Perth and Western Australia.
This historic ring of bells was given to the people of Western Australia as part of the national Bicentennial celebrations in 1988. Among its many attributes the Bell Tower includes the twelve bells of St Martin-in-the-Fields, which are recorded as being in existence from before the 14th century and recast in the 16th century by Queen Elizabeth I. The bells were again recast between 1725 and 1770 by three generations of the Rudhall family of bell founders from Gloucester in England, under the order of the Prince of Wales who was later crowned as King George II. They are one of the few sets of royal bells and are the only ones known to have left England.
Perth is fortunate to have one of Western Australia's most popular recreational islands only a short ferry or plane trip from the mainland.
The relaxed atmosphere at Rottnest Island is as popular with the locals as it is with the thousands of tourists that visit Perth each year. Attractions include a string of sugar-white beaches and emerald bays to sunbathe on, a local bakery and coffee shop, the quokkas (marsupial) and the interpretive history and heritage tours. The accommodation on the island is simple and comfortable - much of it exhibiting an architectural style dating back to the 1800s.
The island is an extremely popular spot for water-based activities. You can surf, scuba dive, snorkel, or enjoy a swim in the sheltered bays. The waters and reefs surrounding the island offer some exceptional abalone, squid, many species of fish and delicious rock lobster for those who can catch them!
The Rottnest Island ferries depart Hillarys Boat Harbour, the port of Fremantle and the centre of Perth all year round. As bicycles are the only form of transport permitted on the island, hire bikes are readily available.
From the icy waters of the southern ocean to the tropical wonderland of coral reefs in the Far North, AQWA takes you on an underwater journey to discover the incredible and unique marine life of Western Australia.
AQWA is Western Australia's premier nature attraction featuring:
- Australia's largest aquarium and underwater tunnel
- World's largest collection of Western Australian marine life.
- Beautiful living coral reefs
- Giant sharks, rays and turtles
- Interactive fun
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Kings Park and Botanic Garden is visited by over six million people each year. With its remarkable expanses of unique bushland, tranquil parkland and botanic garden, the park is the most popular visitor destination in Western Australia.
The total area of the park is 400.6 hectares and is located adjacent to the Swan River, approximately 1.5 km from the Central Business District of Perth.
There are many things to do for the whole family, exciting events are held throughout the year and a range of services are offered to ensure you enjoy your visit.
Crown Perth Casino
Situated on the banks of Perth's magnificent Swan River is the Crown Casino. The casino currently houses seven restaurants, eight bars, one nightclub, a convention centre, a 2,300 seat theatre and the Burswood Dome. The Burswood Dome has hosted many local and international acts in its state of the art premises including Michael Jackson, U2, Elton John and Billy Joel, Pink, Beyonce.
Fremantle is located 19 kilometres south west of Perth. The drive will take you about 20 minutes from Perth. The port of Fremantle lies where the Swan River meets the Indian Ocean.
Don't miss the Fremantle Markets (open Friday - Sunday) for a huge range of arts, crafts, clothes and fruit and veg.
Fremantle is rich in maritime history. The Maritime Museum, which overlooks the beautiful Esplanade Park, exhibits a section of the Batavia, the famous ship wrecked off the coast in 1629. The Museum also displays a unique collection of historical maritime objects.
Perth has a broad range of weekend markets! From farmer's markets in Kalamunda to the many offerings of Fremantle, Perth is a shopper's delight.
Markets are all over the city. There, customers can find stalls that sell anything from handmade artwork and crafts to organic produce. Bargains are the order of the day, and if you look hard enough, you're liable to find almost anything.
Many of these markets become successful and pop up in multiple marketplaces, so if you don't buy something you want in one place, try checking out another. Art, produce, and food are the best-sellers of these locations, but you can find almost anything sooner or later.
Produce you find is home-grown and fresh. Arts and crafts are all authentic. The prices are reasonable. You know what they say. The only thing better than finding what you're looking for is finding something you weren't at a great bargain!
Best of all, these weekend markets are spread around. No matter where your accommodation in Perth is, there is likely one near you. Markets can have hundreds to thousands of individual stalls, so shoppers can spend all day walking along aisles checking out what's for grabs.
Arts and Culture
The city of Perth has always been home to patrons of the arts. Live music, comedy, and the arts have all found a home here. Finding them is as simple as knowing where to look and using the transportation network to get to there from your short term apartments Perth.
In Perth itself, you can find the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Theatres are also plentiful around the city, including the impressive 103-year-old His Majesty's Theatre. For opera fans, the West Australian Opera Company performs shows throughout the year.
The Aboriginal Arts and Craft Gallery in Kings Park are not too far from our best accommodation Perth. For the past sixteen years, it has been a showcase of insights into the fascinating world behind the indigenous Aboriginal culture of Western Australia.
Northbridge is home to some museums. Apart from Perth's Cultural Center, you can also find the Western Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art here. The museums cover everything, from European influences to Aboriginal art.
If you're looking for shows and your short term Perth apartment is in Fremantle, you are in luck.
Shows, galleries, and displays of the street are a common sight in this part of the city. The streets are also abuzz with buskers and music fills the air. Trendy cafes and bars just add to the treats here, so you can enjoy smooth jazz with your coffee or a guitar serenade as you eat dinner.
The Nostalgia Box
Kids and the curious about the history of video games can drop by the Nostalgia Box. Located in Northbridge, this is Australia's first fully-interactive video game console museum. This place is a trip down memory lane for older guests and a crash course in video game history for younger ones.
The Nostalgia Box showcases consoles and games from the 1970s – the dawn of the home gaming industry – to the 2000s. There are displays and exhibits on making modern console and games, as well as stories about older machines and hardware.
The Nostalgia Box is a sure treat for people looking to entertain or amuse. The museum also allows guests to play some classic video games on consoles that have been lovingly restored and maintained.
If you've ever wanted to re-experience old titles like Pong, the original Super Mario Bros, or show your kid more recent wonders like the original Tekken or Crash Bandicoot, this place is waiting for you.
Whether you're entertaining your inner child or giving your kids a taste of what you grew up with, the Nostalgia Box is sure to impress and entertain. Whether you are having a long or short term apartment stay in WA, this is not to be missed.
For folks looking for something a little more diverse – and within walking distance of some of our shortterm accommodations – try the town of Victoria Park.
Vic Park stands in the shadow of the central business district, across the Swan River. It's quiet, quaint, and has a few amusing quirks in the many suburbs that compose it.
The area is a culinary delight, with restaurants from a myriad of cultures coming together. Whether you'd like to try Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Thai, Lebanese, Italian, Mexican, Vietnamese, or Nepalese, or just stick to Australian, the area has something for you.
Your taste buds aren't the only things in for a treat at Vic Park, though. The area is home to some of the most beautiful, well-preserved original cottages in Perth. These come in an array of beautiful pastel colours and showcase some of the city's architectural heritage.
Beer enthusiasts also have a lot to look forward to at Vic Park. The place has four pubs, serving beers that range from a century old to new, funky, and wide-ranging.
Noble Falls Estate
Noble Falls Estate is honestly something unique in Western Australia.The estate covers 650 acres and features a rustic cafe. The entire structure was built from salvaged materials. The cafe sells restaurant-quality food and is made from timbers sourced from some local old timber mills.
On the grounds is The Old Soap Factory. The building was refurbished from an old shearing shed and now serves as the main gift shop of the attraction.
Take in the smells of natural oils and buy the product. All the soap sold is made from natural oils and extracts. Hand-sewn kitchen attire is also available, along with locally-made jarrah bread and cheese boards.
Noble Falls Estate is also home to the Wine Dungeon. Here, guests can get complimentary wine tasting. This is perfect for wine lovers or anyone that wants to add a touch of class to their trip.
If you want to take a journey from your accommodation Perth to see rolling hills and beautiful bushland, Noble Falls Estate is ideal.
Wildflower season is the best time to go. The big lake is available year-round. The grounds also serve as habitat for some species, such as the kangaroo, rabbits, long-necked turtles, and echidnas. Guests can enjoy nature walks, allowing them to see the scenery up close, maybe even spot some wildlife.