Things to do in Perth

As far as shopping goes, the largest concentration of boutique shops is in the city centre along the pedestrian-only Murray and Hay Street Malls. Here, you can wander through shop after shop then take a break and people watch, or stop and enjoying the musical offerings from a nearby busker. If you’re looking for quirky independent stores, Northbridge is the place to go. Fashionable suburbs Mount Lawley, Leederville and Subiaco also have a number of original designer fashion offerings.

From retail therapy to swimming naked! Head 500 metres north of Swanbourne Beach for spot of fancy free, clothing-optional swimming - be careful as there are no lifeguards or red-and-yellow flags at this beach. The easiest way to get there is by car, however there is a train station about 1 kilometre away. Alternatively, hop on the #102 bus heading towards Cottesloe.

If you’ve got the time, do your best to venture to The Pinnacles – these weird and wonderful limestone formations at Nambung National Park, 250 kilometres from Perth near the town of Cervantes, will blow your mind. For a more central park, head to Kings Park, which, speaking of central, is (believe it or not) actually bigger than Central Park in New York City! Kings Park is made up of ample grassed parklands, botanical gardens and natural bushland on Mount Eliza with panoramic views of the Swan River and Darling Range. Fitness freaks can get their heart rate up running up the stairs at Jacob’s Ladder. For more leisurely pursuits, pack a picnic and keep an eye out for black cockatoos and other charming birdlife.

For more Perth animals, pay Trish the elephant a visit at Perth Zoo or swim with the sharks at the Aquarium of Western Australia. While not for the claustrophobic, kayaking in Fremantle’s underground colonial tunnels is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

For more awesome things to see and do in Perth, read on.

Cottesloe Beach

Just 15 minutes from the city centre, the iconic shores of Cottesloe Beach is one of Perth's favourite spots. With a relaxed vibe and stunning clear waters, heading to Cottesloe to cool off or scoff some fish and chips has been a local tradition for over 100 years.

Fremantle

The even more chilled-out counterpart to Perth, the capital's sister city of Fremantle is great to visit at any time. Known as 'Freo', the nightlife here is legendary and the Fremantle Markets and cappuccino strip is well worth your time during the day between sightseeing at historic spots.

Art Gallery of Western Australia

With one of the world's finest collections of Australian indigenous art, a stop at the Art Gallery of Western Australia will school you on the intricacies of Aboriginal artworks as well as contemporary Australian and British sculptures and paintings and pieces from the Indian Ocean Rim. 

Swan Valley

Step away from the sun, sand and surf in Perth to discover the fertile lands and produce of the Swan Valley. Just 25 minutes' drive from the CBD, wine and dine your way through artisanal foodie finds, gastropubs, wineries, microbreweries and more.

Rottnest Island

A short ferry ride from Perth or Fremantle, Rottnest Island is a world away from day-to-day cares. The popular day trip to 'Rotto' offers a bounty of watersports action in crystal-clear water and plenty of open space to peddle and meander on the car-free island.