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11 incredible things to do in Perth in 2023

What to get up to in Perth, whether you’re searching for a marine encounter, an adventurous activity or a relaxing day by the beach.

Boasting a population of 1.9 million people, Perth is considered to be one of the fastest growing cities in Australia – so get in before everyone else catches on.

From heritage-style buildings to its roaring nightlife, Perth offers everything from historical walks to fun-filled experiences. Its suburbs are also a treat for the beachy keen with sun-soaked sands and parks aplenty.

Thinking of heading to Perth? There’s plenty to fill your itinerary, including things to do at night and with kids during the school holidays.

Top things to do in Perth

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1. Wander through Kings Park

Overlooking the city of Perth and the Swan River, Kings Park is a must-visit spot if you're visiting the city. There are no entrance fees and it's the perfect place for an afternoon picnic or a total break after walking around the CBD. Plus, the views are hard to beat.

The park is also home to the Perth Botanic Gardens, which is home to more than 3,000 varieties of native flora.

Kings Park and Botanical Garden Walking Tour
Kings Park and Botanical Garden Walking Tour

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Kings Park Botanic Garden Segway Tour in Perth
Kings Park Botanic Garden Segway Tour in Perth

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2. Head out on Swan River

There are many ways you can enjoy the atmosphere of Swan River. Set up a picnic, pick up the paddles and go kayaking or enjoy the views from a boat.

Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise with Drinks
Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise with Drinks

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3. Take the ferry out to Rottnest Island

Minutes away from Perth by boat lies this alluring island paradise. Essentially, it's one giant nature reserve complete with white sand beaches and hidden coves just begging to be explored.

For families and nature lovers, Rottnest Island is famous for being home to the Australian quokka, while for surf-heads, you won't have to venture further than Strickland Bay for surf breaks that'll really help you kick it up a notch.

Cars aren't allowed on the island, so your best bet to get around is to walk or bike it. Whichever you choose, you've got to see it.

Fremantle Ferry Ride, Bike and Snorkel Hire
Fremantle Ferry Ride, Bike and Snorkel Hire

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Rottnest Island Tandem Skydive and Ferry Pass
Rottnest Island Tandem Skydive and Ferry Pass

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4. Wander around Fremantle

Busselton is home to a family-friendly beach, numerous water activities as well as an incredible underwater observatory that needs to be seen to be believed.

Descend 8 metres below the surface to see the majesty of the marine life as it swims by in a flurry of colour.

Carnac Island Snorkelling Tour with Lunch
Carnac Island Snorkelling Tour with Lunch

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5. Spot wildlife on Penguin Island

Easily accessible by ferry from Perth, Penguin Island is home to the largest colony of little penguins in the country.

Carnac Island Snorkelling Tour with Lunch
Carnac Island Snorkelling Tour with Lunch

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Penguin Island and Fremantle Town Tour
Penguin Island and Fremantle Town Tour

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6. Explore the Margaret River region

If there's only one winery you manage to hit up while in Perth, it's got to be Margaret River. Sip wine on a winery tour, savour handmade chocolates alongside other local produce and walk the bridge over Margaret River to finish the day on a high.

Choose to extend your stay and you can add more adventurous activities to your itineraries, including overland hikes and limestone caves and sea cliff explorations.

Margaret River Wine and Chocolate Tasting
Margaret River Wine and Chocolate Tasting

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Margaret River Voyager Estate Tour with Lunch
Margaret River Voyager Estate Tour with Lunch

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7. Go wine tasting in Swan Valley

If you can't make it to Margaret River to wine and dine the night away, the next best thing is Swan Valley. Easily accessible from Perth, it features wineries, breweries and distilleries.

Wine Cruise with Tastings and Winery Lunch in Perth
Wine Cruise with Tastings and Winery Lunch in Perth

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Swan Valley Winery, Brewery and Chocolate Tour
Swan Valley Winery, Brewery and Chocolate Tour

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8. Stroll along the Busselton Jetty

Busselton is home to a family-friendly beach, numerous water activities as well as an incredible underwater observatory that needs to be seen to be believed.

Descend 8 metres below the surface to see the majesty of the marine life as it swims by in a flurry of colour.

Busselton Jetty Undersea Walk Experience
Busselton Jetty Undersea Walk Experience

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9. Marvel at Wave Rock

This unusual rock formation is made of granite that's been carved into the shape of a wave by erosion over time, hence the name. It's also one of the most remote places that you can Instagram from and is definitely worth the visit and is definitely worth the post.

Surrounded by other natural landmarks and sacred sites such as Hippo's Yawn and Gnamma Holes, max out your trip by pencilling out the day for a journey through the Western Australian countryside to soak up these sites.

Some tours even take you on a trip to the historical township of Avon Valley. If you travel between September and November, you might even be lucky enough to catch wildflowers in bloom.

Wave Rock, Historic York and Corrigin Tour
Wave Rock, Historic York and Corrigin Tour

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Wave Rock, York Wildflowers and Aboriginal Culture Tour
Wave Rock, York Wildflowers and Aboriginal Culture Tour

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10. Spot dolphins in Rockingham

Perth and its surrounds are not short on dolphin encounters, but to swim with the magnificent creatures is our top pick in Rockingham.

Located 45 minutes south of Perth, it's one of the most ideal locations to have a close encounter with these cheeky mammals in the wild.

It's also a haven for water and sporting activities including swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, kitesurfing, stand-up paddleboarding, jet skiing, wakeboarding, skydiving and fishing.

Swim with Dolphins Experience in Rockingham
Swim with Dolphins Experience in Rockingham

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11. Explore the otherworldly Pinnacles

A must for any first-timer to Perth who loves to explore the great outdoors are these arresting Pinnacle limestone formations.

Day trips operate daily, so you can witness the natural beauty that surrounds Perth, including the Pinnacle formations.

Pinnacles Desert and New Norcia Culture Tour
Pinnacles Desert and New Norcia Culture Tour

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High Ropes and Zipline Adventure in Busselton
High Ropes and Zipline Adventure in Busselton

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Full-Day Pinnacles Sunset Dinner and Wildlife Experience
Full-Day Pinnacles Sunset Dinner and Wildlife Experience

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Free things to do in Perth

  • Swim at Perth's pristine beaches
  • Hike the Bibbulmun Track
  • Wander around the Art Gallery of Western Australia
  • Eat free samples at Fremantle Markets
  • Join a free city walking tour

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