Perth (AKA Boorloo) is proudly situated on the land of the Whadjuck Nyoongar people, the traditional owners of the land, who have cared for the region for at least 45,000 years. The Nyoongar season of Kambarang (one of the six Nyoongar seasons) begins in October, bringing milder temperatures and is the perfect time for outdoor activities and exploring local attractions.
You can discover the rich culture of the local Aboriginal People with the Perth Trails app. It's easy to use on Android or iOS and features informative walking routes, cultural hotspots, and an interactive tour.
Kings Park is a 400 hectare park filled with walking routes and running tracks through stunning native vegetation, seasonal blooms, and rich Aboriginal heritage.
From here you can experience the breathtaking views of Derbarl Yerrigan (the Swan River), the Perth City skyline, and Darling Ranges which are even more impressive during sunrise and sunset.
Explore by yourself or join one of the many tours available.
Optus Stadium is Australia’s most state-of-the-art sporting venue hosting AFL, cricket, soccer, NRL and live music events and more throughout the year. Take a behind-the scenes tour to the rooftop where you will be greeted with unique views of the glistening Derbarl Yerrigan and Perth City skyline. For even more adventure head next door to Matagarup Zip + Climb offering zip lining and climbing experiences across the Matagarup bridge.
Or if you feel like simply relaxing, take a stroll or ride the free Purple Cat Bus alongside Derbarl Yerrigan (along Riverside Drive) to Matilda Bay, near the University of Western Australia. Relax by the water and enjoy refreshments at Matilda Bay Restaurant.
Arts and Culture
Immerse yourself in Perth’s local art and culture scene at the cultural centre in Northbridge. Here you can visit the Museum of Western Australia, Boola Bardip. The display centre has been renovated and houses nine research departments, covering a range of topics from anthropology and maritime history to zoology and earth and planetary sciences.
Next door is the Art Gallery of Western Australia which hosts a range of local and international exhibits throughout the year.
The cultural centre is also home to the State Theatre Centre, comprising three theatres, including the Heath Ledger theatre, named after the beloved Perth actor. The State Theatre hosts an exceptional line-up of some of the world's most famous plays performed by Perth's best actors.
Classical and architectural lovers might favour His Majesty's Theatre, an impressive Edwardian Baroque theatre completed in 1904. Located in the central business district, His Majesty’s showcases Perth’s best Ballet and Opera performances.
If street art is more your thing, City of Perth has gained international attention in recent years, with commissioned works from some of the world’s best street artists popping up throughout the CBD. Explore Perth's vibrant street art scene with the Murals and Street Art interactive map.
King Street and Raine Square are the two premium fashion destinations, home to luxury retailers such as Mui Mui, Tiffany, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Located just a 5-minute walk apart with many cafes and bars nearby to refresh you while you’re shopping to your hearts content.
In addition to high-end retail, the Hay street and Murray street malls are host to a string of global brands including H&M, Zara and Uniqlo plus two department stores, Myer and David Jones, stocked with local and international names. In Northbridge, you will find a quirky assortment of boutiques selling the latest streetwear and fashions by independent designers, plus art supplies, vintage clothes and curios.
Food and Drink
Along your travels you’re guaranteed to work up an appetite. The Perth CBD has a selection of extraordinary culinary options. Everything from high end restaurants to hole-in-the-wall cafes, means your tastebuds will be spoiled for choice.
To find a list of the most popular restaurants in the city click here.
In keeping with the city's substantial East and South-East Asian communities, Perth also has some fantastic authentic Asian cuisine. Chinatown in Northbridge provides a range of enticing flavours as well as several late-night establishments serving scrumptious Chinese food till the early hours of the morning.
Perth mint – Ever wanted to watch a live gold pour? The Perth mint offers guided tours which will take you back in time to when the melting house was fully active from 1899-1990.
Bell Tower - Explore the history of the Bell Tower, learn about bell ringing, and see famous bells from St. Martins in the Fields London. From the viewing deck, you can take in 360-degree views of the City and Derbarl Yerrigan.
St George’s Cathedral – Anglican Church in the Perth CBD built in 1888
St Mary’s Cathedral – Roman Catholic Cathedral in East Peth in built 1863
Perth Town Hall – Australia’s only Gothic-style town hall, built in 1870
State Buildings - Three interconnecting iconic heritage buildings now a progressive collection of dining, bars, retail, wellness and luxury accommodation, built in 1875
Travelling around Perth CBD is easy with our free Cat bus service. The hop on/hop off service will take you everywhere you need to go with regular services running throughout the day.
City of Perth has recently rolled out a trial e-scooter hire scheme which is another fun and easy option for getting around.
iCity Kiosk is located in Forrest Place and the team of volunteer staff are ready to help tourists find their way around Perth city.
For more information about things to do and how to get around, head to the visit Perth website.
For more fun ideas on what you can see and do while in The City of Perth click here.
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