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Best Things To Do in Perth

The best things to do in Perth run the gamut from natural attractions to historical and cultural sites. There's the expansive Kings Park & Botanic Garden, filled with native plants and flowers, wide swaths of green grass, and beautiful lookouts and walking paths, and there's also the Perth Mint with its historical exhibits and gold-pouring demonstrations. The Swan River is a picturesque place to walk beside or cruise upon, on your way to eclectic communities like Fremantle and districts like Elizabeth Quay. Or you can splash in the waves at the nearby Cottesloe Beach. A handful of diverse museums, such as Scitech and the Art Gallery of Western Australia, also earn high marks. 

How we rank Things to Do

Updated April 19, 2017

  • #1
    Things to do in Perth
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    #1 in Perth
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    According to visitors, Kings Park & Botanic Garden can hold its own among the world's best parks – includingCentral Parkin New York,El Retiroin Madrid andStanley Parkin Vancouver. Not only do the park's various sections feature more than 3,000 varieties of trees and plants, from red-flowering gum trees in the Fraser

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  • #2
    Cottesloe Beach
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    #2 in Perth
    Beaches, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Located less than 10 miles southwest of central Perth, Cottesloe Beach – with its lifeguards, clean sands and clear waters – is one of the area's most popular shorelines, especially among families. But kids aren't the only ones who enjoy Cottesloe. Breathtaking sunsets and a collection of neighboring pubs make

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  • #3
    Kings Park State War Memorial
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    #3 in Perth
    Monuments and Memorials, Parks and Gardens, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Monuments and Memorials, Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    As its name suggests, the Kings Park State War Memorial – a set of several different structures that honor Australians for their service and sacrifice across history – is located inKings Park & Botanical Garden. The nearly 60-foot granite cenotaph honors all fallen Western Australians with bronze plaques etched with

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  • #4
    Rottnest Island
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    #4 in Perth
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
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    In the late 17th century, Dutch explorer William de Vlamingh saw this sunny island's hordes of quokkas (think small kangaroos) and thought they were rats, so he named the island, Rotte nest, literally "rats nest." Along with snapping selfies with the quokkas, the island is a great place for swimming

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  • #5
    Swan River
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    #5 in Perth
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    Whether you walk or bike beside it to reach Elizabeth Quay or float along on a boat to the port city of Fremantle, some time spent in or around Swan River is a must. Featuring both footpaths and cycle ways, as well as numerous river cruises from companies likeCaptain Cook

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  • #6
    Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail
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    #6 in Perth
    Tours, Wineries/Breweries, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Tours, Wineries/Breweries, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Just about 25 miles north of Perth along the Swan River are the vine-draped hills of the Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail. This 20-mile trail loops the state's oldest wine region. In fact, wines have flowed this swath of the country since 1834. These days, it's best known for

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  • #7
    St. Mary's Cathedral
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    #7 in Perth
    Churches/Religious Sites, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    St. Mary's Cathedral is the short name for the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which rises high on a hilltop in East Perth. Since construction first began on the church back in 1865, it has undergone several repairs and expansion efforts. 

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  • #8
    The Art Gallery of Western Australia
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    #8 in Perth
    Museums, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    Founded in 1895, the Art Gallery of Western Australia contains a trove of paintings and sculptures, prints, installations, craft and more. Its permanent collection contains upward of 17,000 pieces and receives the most acclaim for its focus on indigenous and nonindigenous Western Australian artists. The gallery also showcases a rotating

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  • #9
    Scitech
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    Museums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Museums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    When the weather won't cooperate and you're forced inside, head to Scitech, a nonprofit science museum geared to curious minds of all ages, from young children to adults. Along with a handful of temporary exhibits, Scitech's permanent exhibits include a puppet theater and an interactive science lab, as well as

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  • #10
    The Perth Mint
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    #10 in Perth
    Museums, Tours
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums, Tours
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    The Perth Mint offers visitors a rare glimpse at lots and lots of gold – tourists can even handle $700,000 worth of it. The mint's exhibits walk through Western Australia's history with gold discovery and showcase everything from natural gold nuggets to the largest gold coin ever made (it weighs

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    Perth Zoo
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    #11 in Perth
    Zoos and Aquariums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Zoos and Aquariums
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    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    To view animals ranging from Goodfellow's tree-kangaroos to Australian tarantulas, as well as creatures from other corners of the world – Bolivian squirrel monkeys, African lions and Asian small-clawed otters – the Perth Zoo is the place to go. Along with its diverse collection of animals, the zoo also hosts

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