Top 10 Things To Do In Perth
When visiting sunny Perth, try our top ten list of things to do. You’ll be feeling like a local in no time!
WA’s beautiful coastline stretches for miles. Head west and find a spot that takes your fancy. There’s a reason Cottesloe is popular amongst tourists and locals alike – the water is calm and patrolled by lifeguards, the sand crisp and white, plus there are plenty of places to grab a drink or an ice cream in the evening and watch the sun set over the water.
Go Out for Breakfast
Going out for breakfast is a real Perth institution, with local cafés priding themselves on serving the most important meal of the day to lines of customers. This isn’t your typical bacon and eggs – at the most popular establishments you’re more likely to find smashed avocado, fritters, pork belly, slow cooked eggs, tiers of pancakes and the like.
Some of the best:
Mary Street Bakery
Ootong & Lincoln
Margaret River Wine Region
A few hours south of Perth lies the Margaret River Wine Region – one of the most renowned wine regions in Australia, especially regarding their Chardonnay, Cabernet, Semillon and Sauvingon Blanc. From major wineries to small, family vineyards, you can stop in and sample their drops before buying your favourite bottles to take home.
There are plenty of places to stay ‘down south’, as the locals call it. Tour busses can pick you up from your accommodation or you can even take a day trip from Perth.
The Swan Valley
If you don’t have time to head down south, spend an afternoon in the Swan Valley. Just half an hour from the CBD, the wineries in the Swan Valley produce some remarkable fortified wines in particular. Stop for lunch overlooking a picturesque vineyard.
There are many other food producers that call the Swan Valley home. You can discover chocolate, honey, coffee, nougat and more. Local growers still sell fresh fruit and veg on the side of the road!
Fish and Chips in Freo
Visiting the port city of Fremantle is a must. Wander along the boardwalk of the fishing boat harbour and feel the cool breeze (known colloquially as the Fremantle Doctor) on a hot day. Then call into one of the fish and chip shops on the water’s edge. Kailis never disappoints: this seafood empire started as a humble retail fish shop in 1926 is still a family business.
Stopping into Little Creatures in Fremantle is fantastic. Grab some local grub, sample the beers and see the humble roots of the now worldwide beer company.
While you’re in Freo, sample a tasting flight from The Monk while overlooking the city’s high street, referred to by locals as the Cappuccino Strip.
Over in the Swan Valley, you can find Feral Brewery – these guys are brewing exceptional beers and are going from strength to strength.
If you get up to Broome, Matso’s Brewery is well worth a visit, try their chilli beer if you dare, or relax with a sweet and spicy ginger beer. If you’re heading south make sure you drop into Eagle Bay and sample their Kolsch – superb!
7) Shopping in Northbridge
In recent years, central suburb of Northbridge has been transformed from a seedy, often avoided area into a hub of independent stores. Take a stroll up William Street and explore unique shops filled with wares from local designers and hard to find labels from around the world.
Top picks include Ruck Rover General Store for gorgeous, vintage inspired frocks for ladies, tee shirts for the fellas, and all manner of gifts for yourself as well as those at home. The Butcher Shop sells art supplies alongside trendy backpacks, prints and apparel. William Topp is a treasure trove of eclectic jewellery and design pieces for your home. Fi & Co is as sweet as pie – they sell men’s and women’s clothing, and out the back of their shop you’ll find Beleza Vintage. For lush but edgy womenswear, Tú will deliver – plus you can refuel at their tea parlour out the back!
8) Perth International Arts Festival and Fringe World
Held in February – March each year, the Perth Festival really brings the city to life and attracts visitors from regional WA and interstate. The program is always exceptional and covers theatre, dance, contemporary music, classical music, circus, film, literature, visual art, community events and more.
With any good festival comes a fringe festival and Fringe World is Perth’s answer. With hundreds of events taking place all night, every night, there is no excuse to stay indoors.
The buzz during festival season is contagious!
9) Outdoor Cinemas
During the warmer months, there’s little better than sitting under the stars and catching a flick. Whether you’re into foreign films, 80s classics, blockbusters or indie releases, there’s an outdoor cinema for you.
Most are open from November to March each year. Browse the dates and programs here:
Lotterywest Festival Films
Camelot Outdoor Cinema
Kookaburra Outdoor Cinema
10) The Local Music Scene
Whether it’s the sense of isolation from the rest of the country, the inspiring landscape, or there’s just something in the water, the Perth music scene thrives. Check out some emerging bands and discover the next Tame Impala.
Good places to hear live music include The Bird, Mojo’s Bar and The Rosemount Hotel. Tune into community radio station RTRFM 92.1 to hear a lot of local talent and to find out when the best gigs are on.