Perth Sights & Attractions

From its location on the Swan River, set between the Darling Ranges and the Indian Ocean, Perth – the laid-back and sunny capital of Western Australia – provides plenty to see and do for honeymoon couples.

Best Beaches in Perth

Choose from more than 80km of sun-kissed white-sand beaches that range in an almost continuous stretch north and south of Perth.

Perth offers several gorgeous beaches, including the following popular beaches…

Cottesloe Beach

Renowned as Perth’s best beach – a long and wide crescent of powder-white sand that’s perfect for sunbathing, swimming, body-boarding and snorkelling.

Nestled between the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean and a tree-lined boulevard crowded with cafes, pubs and restaurants, ‘Cottes’ as it’s known by locals, offers all the ingredients you need for a perfect holiday.

Sunbathe on the velvety white sand and swim in the gentle swells under the watchful eye of members of the Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club (founded in 1909).

Snorkel over a seabed scattered with limestone pinnacles, seagrass and sponge gardens. Surf offshore swells or cast a line for whiting at Cottesloe Groyne.

Join a game of beach volleyball or relax with a picnic in the shade of towering Norfolk pines on the beachfront terraced lawns, with perfect sunset views over the Indian Ocean and nearby Rottnest Island.

Stroll the grassy Cottesloe Esplanade, savour lunch or dinner at the iconic colonial-style Indiana Tea House then wander the town’s wide tree-lined streets crowded with well-preserved 19th century homes.

Explore the magnificent gardens that lie just behind the beach at the Spanish-style Civic Centre.

Cottesloe Beach is located 7km north of Fremantle, about a 15-minute drive from Perth or a 7-minute walk from the Cottesloe Train Station.

Scarborough Beach

With a regular swell and impressive surf breaks, this long stretch of powder-white sand is a favourite of swimmers, surfers and body boarders, as well as kite and wind surfers once the afternoon sea breeze kicks in.

Picnic on the grassy lawns that fringe the beach or enjoy a snack at one of the many cafes and restaurants that line the beachfront.

Come for the day or stay longer at one of the many beachfront hotels, including the 4-star Seashells Scarborough, which overlooks the beach.

Facilities include toilets, changing facilities, showers and surf lifesavers during the summer months. Scarborough Beach is just a 20-minute drive northwest of Perth.

City Beach

This crescent of pristine white sand sits close to one of Perth’s ritziest neighbourhoods and offers safe swimming in calm turquoise waters, offshore waves for surfing and fishing at two purpose-built groynes.

Watch surf lifesaving carnivals during the summer months, enjoy magical evening sunsets and savour fine cuisine at the beachside restaurant.

City Beach is located about a 15-minute drive from Perth and offers landscaped recreational areas with a children’s playground, barbecues, picnic tables, toilets, change rooms and outdoor showers.

Floreat Beach

Dip your toes into the soft white sand of this gorgeous beach located 12km west of Perth.

Go swimming under the watchful eye of the Floreat Surf Life Saving Club and relax on the green lawns of a small beachside park. Facilities include toilets, changing facilities and showers.

Trigg Beach

With one of Perth’s best surf breaks, Trigg is a favourite among surfers and boogie boarders.

Sunbathe on the pristine white sand, swim in the warm turquoise water, fish off the beach and spot pied cormorants, silver gulls and crested and fairy terns swoop around the beach’s rocky limestone outcrop.

Watch surf lifesaving carnivals and training during summer and picnic on the grassy beachside lawns.

Beachside facilities include barbecues, a kiosk, a restaurant, public change rooms and surf lifesavers during the summer months.

Trigg Beach is about a 20-minute drive northwest of Perth along the Sunset Coast.

Sorrento Beach

Unwind on the white sands of this popular beach, with good swimming, grassy picnic areas and facilities including a kiosk, toilets and change rooms.

Sorrento Beach is about a 20-minute drive northwest of Perth along the Sunset Coast.

What to do and see in Perth

Explore arty, bohemian Northbridge, taste the good life in Subiaco and unwind in Kings Park, among wildflowers and colourful birds, while enjoying the best views of the city's skyline from the top of Mount Eliza.

Discover some of the country’s best Aboriginal and Australian art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Watch pure gold being poured at The Perth Mint and strike your own coin or have a medallion engraved with your own message.

Stroll the working docks of bustling Fremantle and discover restored historic warehouses, old-fashioned architecture and fascinating museums.

Explore a network of paths in Kings Park, paddle a kayak along the Swan River or follow a choice of foot and cycle trails along the riverfront, around Fremantle and on to the beaches at Cottesloe and Scarborough, where you can swim, surf or relax at one of the famous beachside cafés.

Or catch the ferry to traffic-free Rottnest Island for a swim.

Major attractions near Perth…

Then take control from the driver’s seat and explore a range of exciting getaway options just a short drive from Perth.

Spend some time exploring the local history, art and culture, then perhaps try an adventure activity followed by an evening of fine dining on fresh grown local produce and fine distinctive wine at an award-winning restaurant.

Must-see sights near Perth, easily reached on a weekend getaway, include…

Margaret River

Escape to the world-famous vineyards of Margaret River, just a leisurely four-hour drive south of Perth.

Indulge in a smorgasbord of gourmet treats at the many world-class wineries and restaurants scattered throughout the region.

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Golden Outback

Take the Wildflower Way and discover nature’s breathtaking beauty as more than 12,000 wildflower species blanket the ground in the Golden Outback and Coral Coast regions.

Visit settlements built by gold rush pioneers and return by way of Australia's Coral Coast beaches.

Avon Valley

Take a journey through time as you experience the historic towns of Western Australia's Avon Valley – their romance and charm framed by picturesque landscapes and historic buildings from the Victorian era.

Stroll a bush trail at the John Forrest National Park to discover waterfalls and dramatic granite outcrops with great views back to Perth. Along the way, look out for kangaroos, echidnas, short-nosed bandicoots and wallabies.

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Pemberton and Albany

Explore one of Australia's most exciting emerging wine regions in the south-west corner of Western Australia.

The region is renowned for mild weather and abundant sunshine, world-class family-owned wineries, gourmet food and spectacular forests and woodlands – the perfect setting for a relaxing nature-based getaway.

Read more about Pemberton and Albany

Where to stay in Perth

Perth offers newlyweds an excellent choice of accommodation options, including the following 5-star hotels…

COMO The Treasury
Location: 1 Cathedral Avenue, CBD, Perth
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD535 per room
Description: Located in the Perth Central Business District neighborhood in Perth, 400 m from Perth Concert Hall, COMO The Treasury features a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. A flat-screen TV, as well as an iPod docking station are available. Each room has a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes and slippers. There is a 24-hour front desk and shops at the property. Perth Convention Exhibition Center is half a kilometer from COMO The Treasury, and WACA is 1.8 km away. The nearest airport is Perth Airport, 9.7 km from the property.

Crown Metropol Perth
Location: Bolton Avenue and Great Eastern Highway, Burswood, Perth
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD428 per room
Description: On the banks of the Swan River overlooking the Perth city skyline, Crown Metropol Perth features modern and stylish accommodations within a 15-minute drive of Perth’s International and Domestic Airports. Central Perth is a 5-minute drive away. Each spacious guest room features natural light, high-tech entertainment facilities, plush furnishings, a large executive desk area and large private bathrooms. Guests have access to the resort-style pool area, 24-hour casino and a theater. The selection of world-class restaurants and bars includes Neil Perry’s Rockpool Bar and Grill. ISIKA Perth features deluxe spa treatment rooms, steam rooms, a hair and beauty salon, and a fully equipped fitness center. The pool area is surrounded by lounge chairs and is home to the outdoor Poolside Bar and Grill.

The Richardson Hotel & Spa
Location: 32 Richardson Street, West Perth, Perth
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD337 per room
Description: The Richardson has 5-star boutique accommodations located a quarter mile from Perth's renowned King's Park and Botanical Gardens. It features an outdoor heated pool with a garden and an award-winning spa. Free Wi-Fi is included. The rooms at the Richardson Hotel & Spa feature stylish contemporary décor. Each includes an espresso coffee machine, flat-screen TV with cable channels and individually controlled air conditioning. Guests can work out in the gym or relax in the sauna. The on-site spa has a variety of luxurious treatments. The Richardson Hotel & Spa is 35 minutes from Perth International Airport and 25 minutes from Perth Domestic Airport.

Best Western Premier The Terrace Hotel Perth
Location: 237 St Georges Terrace, CBD, Perth
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD324 per room
Description: Built in 1892, this restored hotel features a bar, restaurant and guest lounge and is located in the West End of Perth’s CBD (Central Business District). Most suites offer a fireplace, a king-size 4-poster bed and a flat-screen TV. Each suite is decorated with a mixture of antique and modern furnishings. All suites have a stereo system and cable TV. All have a private en suite bathroom with bathrobes and slippers provided. The Terrace Hotel Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The bar serves a selection of local and international beer, wine and spirits. The tour desk books airport transfers, city tours and concert and event tickets. The reception desk at The Best Western Premier is available 24/7. Best Western Premier The Terrace Hotel Perth is 3 km from the WACA, 5 km from Perth Zoo and 8 km from Burswood Park Golf Course. Scarborough Beach is 20 minutes’ drive away.

Duxton Hotel Perth
Location: 1 St.George's Terrace, CBD, Perth
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD299 per room
Description: Situated in Perth CBD (Central Business District), the 5-star Duxton Hotel Perth offers luxury rooms in a great location. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool. Each air-conditioned room at Perth Duxton Hotel has a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom, many with a full-size bath. All rooms include cable TV and most have views over the Swan River. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The fully equipped fitness centre features a sauna and steam room. The outdoor heated pool with hot tub is surrounded by a private courtyard. The Firewater Grille Restaurant serves modern international cuisine and wines from Western Australia's premium wine-producing regions. Duxton Hotel Perth is located next to Perth Concert Hall and the Swan River is a 5-minute walk away.

Fraser Suites Perth
Location: 10 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth, Perth
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD294 per room
Description: Fraser Suites Perth features free WiFi, an indoor swimming pool and 24-hour fitness centre. Each apartment includes stylish kitchen facilities and a state-of-the-art home entertainment system. The property is located in the Perth CBD (Central Business District). All 1-bedroom apartments are air-conditioned and include open-plan living, dining and kitchen areas. Each includes a 40-inch LCD TV, DVD player, iPod docking station, work desk and an in-room safe. Guests can dine at Heirloom restaurant, which offers a menu designed by celebrity chef Pete Evans. You can also enjoy a drink at the Lobby Bar. Perth Fraser Suites are situated within Perth’s “Free-Transit Zone”, allowing guests to catch hop-on and hop-off city buses for free. The property offers secure car parking. Overlooking the Swan River in East Perth, Fraser Suites is a 5-minute walk from the WACA Cricket Ground. Burswood Entertainment Complex and the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre are a 5-minute drive away.

Best time to visit Perth

Anytime. Perth is Australia’s sunniest state capital receiving more than 3000 hours of sunshine every year.

Perth experiences a temperate climate with hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters.

Perth sees average summer highs of 32°C (89°F) and winter lows around 8°C (46°F).

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How to get to Perth

Perth – the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia – sits along the Swan River on the Swan Coastal Plain, a narrow strip between the Indian Ocean and the city, and to the east is bordered by a low escarpment called the Darling Scarp.

Perth is geographically closer to Jakarta, Indonesia than to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Canberra.

The most convenient route to Perth is by air to Perth Airport (PER) located about 12km (7.4mi) east of the city centre.

Alternatively, the Indian Pacific rail service connects Perth with Adelaide and Sydney once a week in each direction.

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Latest update: Perth Sights and Attractions: 5 October, 2022