Top 10 Things To Do In Perth

If you’re heading to Perth for work or pleasure and have some time to look around, then here’s my personal recommendations for the top 10 things to do in Perth.

1. Visit Kings Park Botanical Gardens

We are so lucky to have this wonderful green space right in the heart of our city. Here are some suggestions for enjoying Kings Park.

Take in the 180 degree views of the city and the swan river.
Take a walk or run through the Eucalyptus lined avenues.
Pack a picnic and lie in the sunshine.
Explore one of the many terrific playgrounds with the kids.
Stop for a coffee and a bite to eat at one of the cafes.

Go to a sunset movie in the park in Summer.
Run or walk up DNA tower.
Discover the sensational wildflower display in Spring.

All of our properties at Staywest Apartments are within walking distance of the Kings Park perimeter, but you can also drive into the park or take a bus.  Here’s how to get there – travel options for Kings Park.

To plan your trip visit their website here.
Google maps – here.

2. Visit Fremantle

Fremantle is our vibrant port city known for its maritime history, Victorian architecture and interesting remnants from our days as a British penal colony.  Think history, architecture, food and culture – wear comfortable walking shoes and enjoy this fascinating location.  Here are my suggestions for enjoying a day out in Fremantle.

Take a walking tour and learn how to spot the building constructed by convicts.
Follow the Fremantle food trail.
Visit the Fremantle beaches.
Eat fish and chips beside Fishing Boat Harbour.
Skate at the skatepark.
Visit the Maritime Museum.
Take a tour of the Fremantle prison.
Enjoy a coffee on the cappuccino strip.

Fremantle is a 20 minute drive away from any of our properties at Staywest Apartments, but you can also easily take a bus or train.  Once you’re there most of Fremantle can be enjoyed on foot.  Here’s how to get there – travel options for Fremantle.

To plan your trip visit their website here.
Google maps – here.

3. Swan Valley and Caversham Wildlife Park

The good news is that there’s no need to travel to Margaret River to experience the best of Western Australia’s food and wine, it’s all here only a 30 minute drive away in the Swan Valley.  Start with a visit to Whiteman Park for your fix of Kangaroos, Koalas and much more before continuing on to The Valley.  Allow lots of time for your visit, there is so much to do.

Cuddle a Koala and feed the Kangaroos at Caversham Wildlife Park.
Indulge at the Margaret River Chocolate Company.
Cuddle the farm animals at Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm.
Live like a Lillypudlian with a game of giant golf at Super Golf.
Lunch like a local at one of the many wineries.
Freshen up with a coffee at Yahava Koffeeworks or maybe a Devonshire Tea at Cottage Gallery & Tea Rooms.
Sample the sweetness of life at House of Honey.
Stop for an ice cream gelato or nougat at Mondo Nougat.

Public transport is not a good choice for visiting The Swan Valley as services are time consuming and infrequent.  This leaves you with two options; either drive yourself there in 30 minutes from our properties – or join a guided tour of the valley.  I recommend choosing a guided tour if you wish to enjoy the local wines of the region.  Here’s how to arrange a guided tour  tour options for the Swan Valley.

To plan your trip visit The Swan Valley  website here and Caversham Wildlife Park here.
Self drive itinerary – here.
Google maps with directions – here.

4. Perth Hills

A road trip to the Perth Hills is a wonderful way to spend the day.  A great destination for anyone looking for walking or biking trails, with the added bonus of vineyards and restaurants too.

Walk one of the many terrific trails through the Australian bush, or walk part of the Bibbulmun Track.
Mountain bike a section of our famous Munda Biddi Trail.
Stop for lunch at a scenic winery or picnic at the Mundaring Weir.
Visit the Wildlife Hospital at the Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation center.
Drop in on a local artist during while Open Studios is running in October.
Take a slow drive down the Zig Zag through Gooseberry Hill National Park.
Marvel at the majestic Kalamunda Library stained glass window.
Gaze at the milky way from the Perth Observatory.
Test drive a camel at Calamunda Camels.

Public transport is not a good choice for visiting The Perth Hills as services are time consuming and infrequent.  This leaves you with two options; either drive yourself there in 40 minutes from our properties at Staywest Apartments – or join a guided tour.  Here’s how to arrange a guided tour –  tour options for the Bickley Valley.

To plan your trip visit the Perth Hills  website here.
Self drive itinerary – here.
Google maps with directions – here.

5. Explore Perth City

Take in some culture at the Art Gallery or visit our Museums.
Discover our indigenous art at the Aboriginal Art Gallery.
Join a culinary walking tour for some guided culinary fun.
Join a heritage walking tour and learn of the city’s history.
Go next level with a Segway tour.
See what’s on at Elizabeth Quay – Perth’s Waterfront precinct.
Go to the theatre, or catch a concert.
Dine at one of the award winning restaurants Como The Treasury.
Catch a ferry across to South Perth and visit the Perth Zoo.

With city parking being expensive, it’s best to jump on a bus or train for your day out exploring Perth City. The City Centre is only a few minutes away from any of our properties at Staywest Apartments.

To plan your trip visit  website here.

Google maps with directions from Subiaco – here.

6. Take a day trip

There are lots of fun things you can do from Perth, either by joining a tour or self driving to your adventure, here are my two top picks.

Head north to the Pinnacles, stopping off at the Perth aquarium (AQWA).

Drive on out to Wave Rock for a bit of an outback adventure.

7. Swim our famous beaches

We are spoilt for choice here in Perth with our gorgeous beaches.  Here are my tips: If you’re without a car, then Cottesloe beach is the easiest to get to by train.  The best new eateries are at City Beach.  Fremantle now has the only licensed beach space in Perth (Bathers Beach House), an exciting development if you like an amber ale with your toes in the sand! The best surf is found at Scarborough or Trigg beach, both of which have learn to surf programs.  Don’t underestimate the Australian sun, sunscreen is a must – yes even for you!

8. Dinner with a sunset view

These stunning restaurants will not disappoint with great views and terrific food, close to the city and with a sunset coast view:

Have a chardonnay for me ????

9. Spend the day at Rotto

Rottnest Island is one of our very special treasures. This little island is unique in that it is the only home in the whole entire world to the Quokka – a cute and friendly little marsupial.   Jump on the ferry and head over to join the scores of people who have swum at the world class beaches and don’t forget no trip is complete without a Quokka selfie!  The island is car free – hire a bike and explore the island, or just stay in the village and enjoy lunch and a cold beverage after the beach.

To plan your trip visit website here.

Book your ferry here:

Send your Quokka selfie to, we’d love to post them on our Facebook page.

10. Book your accommodation

Perth of course has many accommodation options, but have you looked into booking a short stay apartment from a local?  There’s no concierge, no room service, no daily cleaning – but the benefits are that you save big, have the option of self catering and you get to live and experience Perth just like a local.  I may be biased ????  but if you want to locate yourself on the beach side of the city, and who wouldn’t – then Staywest Apartments have what you’re looking for in stylish affordable accommodation.  Big hint: always book direct from the website for the best deals and service.  Head over to and join our happy family.

Wishing you all the best for your stay in Perth.

Annabelle Walsh
Staywest Apartments

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