11 incredible things to do in Perth in 2020

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

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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

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.

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2. Swim at Perth's pristine beaches

The city of Perth is home to a stunning coastline along the Indian Ocean. It's beaches boast clear-blue water and white sand and are easily accessible from the city centre.

If you're looking to take a visit to the beach to the next level, or want a whole new perspective, consider doing a sky dive or hopping on a twilight cruise.

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3. 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.


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


5. Wander around Fremantle

Fremantle is steeped in the history of Australia’s convict past.

It is the birthplace of the "Freo" Swan River colony and is home to Fremantle Prison, one of the most notorious prisons of the British Empire.

Wander around on your own or, for a fully immersive experience, book a tour with an expert to learn the history behind this Australian landmark.


6. 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.

En-route to the island, you’ll likely see sea lions and dolphins playing in the open water. If you have time, pack your day to the brink with a side-trip to nearby Pelican Island.


7. 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 Aussie 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.


8. 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 penciling 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.


9. 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.


10. Spot dolphins in Rockingham

Perth and its surrounds is not short on dolphin encounters, but to swim with the magnificent creaturesm 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.


11. 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, if features wineries, breweries and distilleries.

Perth events for 2020

Things to do in Perth in summer

  • Perth Festival
  • Fringe Festival
  • Sunset Wine and Brews

Things to do in Perth in winter

  • WA Day Festival
  • Twilight Markets
  • Perth Craft Beer Festival

Things to do in Perth in autumn

  • Sculptures by the Sea
  • Perth Comedy Festival
  • Night Noodle Markets

Things to do in Perth in spring

  • Perth Royal Show
  • King Park Festival
  • Swan Valley Mudfest


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