Things to do in
Perth

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From Perth: The Pinnacles Desert Sunset and Star-Gazing Tour

1. From Perth: The Pinnacles Desert Sunset and Star-Gazing Tour

Discover the magic of the Pinnacles Desert on a guided tour. Head west to the Turquoise Coast and keep an eye out for native wildlife. Stop in Lancelin for a walk along the beach. Experience the thrill of sandboarding down giant sand dunes. Board the bus and visit Ngilgen Lookout to see seasonal wildflowers and admire views over the Indian Ocean. Go for a guided walk on the beach at Hangover Bay to see native plants that were used by the Aborigines for food and medicine when they lived off the land. Enjoy dinner at the Observation Deck in the Pinnacles Desert, accompanied by a glass of Margaret River wine. See the sunset over the Indian Ocean and later marvel at the stars with the help of Astro binoculars and a telescope.  See the Rings of Saturn through the telescope and photograph the moon by attaching your smartphone to the telescope.

Swan River Lunch Cruise from Fremantle or Perth

2. Swan River Lunch Cruise from Fremantle or Perth

Combine a delicious buffet lunch with a premium cruise on the magnificent Swan River with the Fremantle Lunch Cruise. This unique cruise features a menu which reflects Western Australia’s abundant seasonal fresh produce. Upon boarding, you are shown to your reserved table. During the cruise downstream, your captain will give a detailed tour commentary on the sights along the river as you progress to Fremantle. As you cruise the calm waters, you are invited to enjoy a seasonal buffet selection and dessert, which offers a mixed variety of gourmet salads, mixed continental meats with chutneys and mustards. A brace of tempting hot dishes such as mild Indian curry and deep pan vegetarian lasagne complement the salads, all followed by a refreshing fruit platter. With a fully stocked bar on-board, you can enhance your light lunch with a cold beer, or a glass of wine.

Wave Rock, York, Wildflowers and Cultural Tour from Perth

3. Wave Rock, York, Wildflowers and Cultural Tour from Perth

First stop on your 12.5-hour tour from Perth is in historic York. Enjoy morning tea (at your own expense) before continuing to Hyden. Check out the Hippo’s Yawn rock formation and sit down to an Aussie country-style lunch. Afterwards, visit Wave Rock, one of Western Australia’s most popular natural landmarks, in a shape that resembles a giant ocean wave. See the ancient Gnamma Holes, which is a sacred Aboriginal site. Continue to the Humps and finally Mulka’s Cave. Return to Perth via a different route and stop in the country town of Babakin for afternoon tea (at your own own expense). Wildflower viewing stops are made en route, seasonally.

Hillarys Boat Harbour: Rottnest Island Ferry Transfer

4. Hillarys Boat Harbour: Rottnest Island Ferry Transfer

Experience Rottnest Island with same-day round-trip fast ferry tickets. Choose from two ferry departure times: 7:30 AM or 10 AM. Make your own way to Hillarys Boat Harbour or select complimentary coach transfers.  Arrive at the meeting point 30 to 45-minutes before boarding to collect your bike and tickets. Enjoy a coffee at Hillarys Boat Harbour before boarding. Relax on the 45-minute high-speed ferry crossing. Spend the day enjoying some of the island's 63 beaches and 20 bays. Rent a bike or snorkeling equipment. Join a guided tour to learn about the island's decades of history and involvement in WWII, or climb Wadjemup Lighthouse. Be sure to meet a smiling quokka and snap a selfie! Leave Rottnest Island on the 4:30 pm ferry, returning to Hillarys Boat Harbour at 5:15 pm.

Perth: Pinnacle Desert Sunset and Stargazing with Dinner

5. Perth: Pinnacle Desert Sunset and Stargazing with Dinner

Heading north away from the city towards Yanchep National Park, you will make a quick comfort stop which will provide an opportunity to see the koalas and kangaroos. From here you will go up the coast towards the magical Pinnacle Desert to view the mystical limestone rock formations. Arriving here in the late afternoon avoids the crowds and heat, and allows for breathtaking sunsets. Experience the moon-like landscape come to life as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean and the moon rises. Once darkness falls, you will head to the fishing town of Cervantes for your included dinner in a traditional Western Australian tavern to soak up a real Australian atmosphere. Following dinner, you will head out into the night to experience the star-filled night sky. You will head back into the Pinnacle Desert to the observation deck to experience the tranquillity of the national park, and view the night sky without light pollution. Once you have had your fill of the enormous night sky, you will return to Perth arriving at approximately 11.00PM.

Pinnacles, Koalas & Sandboarding Tour Day Trip from Perth

6. Pinnacles, Koalas & Sandboarding Tour Day Trip from Perth

Following pick-up from Perth, head to Caversham Wildlife Park in the Swan Valley to admire koalas and wombats and hand feed kangaroos. Travel along quiet back roads to the lobster fishing town of Cervantes. Here, enjoy a behind-the-scenes factory tour on the processing of Western Australia rock lobster followed by a fish and chips lunch. Next, head to the mystical Pinnacles Desert for an easy walk through the fascinating landscape. Drive over the vast sand dunes of Lancelin in a custom-built 4WD vehicle before trying some downhill sandboarding. After the tour, drive down the Indian Ocean Drive back to Perth, stopping to view seasonal wildflowers along the way.

Perth: 1.5 hour Optus Stadium Guided Tour

7. Perth: 1.5 hour Optus Stadium Guided Tour

See the best of Optus Stadium on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour! Discover Perth's new state-of-the-art stadium on a 1.5-hour guided tour. The stadium is located in Burswood, a 10 to 15 minute drive from Perth CBD.  Make your own way to the stadium by taxi, walking, or bicycle. Enjoy a coffee or treat at City View cafe, before or after your Stadium Tour. Check-in at The OZONE at least 10 minutes prior to your tour start time. Head off with your guide to walk around the most state-of-the-art stadium in the southern hemisphere.  You will be treated to breathtaking views of the playing surface, the Swan River and Perth city from the Stadium’s highest vantage point. Experience the inner sanctum with behind-the-scenes change-room, locker room, and coaches' room access. Discover sports memorabilia detailing WA’s rich sporting history along the way. Remember your camera because there are plenty of photo opportunities around the Stadium!

From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry and Bus Tour

8. From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry and Bus Tour

Explore the stunning beauty of Rottnest Island on a day trip with return ferry transfers from Fremantle or Perth. While there, enjoy an included 1-hour 45-minute bus tour in air-conditioned comfort and listen to live commentary as you discover the island's flora, fauna, and must-see locations. When booking, select your departure location from either Perth or Fremantle. If you depart from Perth, enjoy a Swan River scenic cruise past Fremantle and onward to Rottnest Island. Alternatively, board the ferry in Fremantle and enjoy the 35-minute journey to Rottnest Island. Upon arrival on the island, hop on board your bus tour. During the tour, take in Rottnest's amazing flora and fauna, including beaches, woodlands, and salt lakes. Learn about the island's colonial and maritime history from the live commentary, too. The bus tour covers all of Rottnest’s must-see locations, including the Wadjemup Lighthouse, Henrietta Rocks, the majestic lookout point at the rugged Cathedral Rocks, and Cape Vlamingh. Afterward, you will have free time to explore the island at your own leisure, before boarding your return ferry.

AQWA Aquarium of Western Australia General Entry Tickets

9. AQWA Aquarium of Western Australia General Entry Tickets

Discover one of Perth’s most iconic tourist attractions AQWA! The Aquarium of Western Australia is home to hundreds of species of marine life from the coastline. AQWA is located 30-minutes from Perth CBD at Hillary’s Boat Harbor. Go on an underwater journey to discover the iconic and incredible marine life of Western Australia. From icy waters to tropical wonderlands, you’ll explore five discovery zones. Schools and families generally visit in the morning, making the afternoon the best time to come for a quieter, more relaxed experience.  Be amazed by the vibrant life of the world’s largest living coral reef exhibits. From sharks to stingrays to giant sea turtles, come face-to-fin with majestic sea creatures. Jump on a 98-meter long moving walkway (the largest in Australia) and be transported through an underwater tunnel. Finish your visit with a coffee fix or relax on the outdoor terrace of our licenced Café, overlooking the harbour as you enjoy a beer or wine with your meal. 

Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise with Beverages & Live Music

10. Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise with Beverages & Live Music

Join an evening dinner cruise on the Swan River to see the impressive Perth city skyline after sunset. Your evening begins in Central Perth, where you’ll board your boat for your journey down the Swan River. Enjoy a glass of wine, beer or soft drink provided throughout your cruise, and marvel at the twilight views of the city. Dinner includes a buffet of hot and cold dishes. Salads, bread, dessert, coffee and tea accompany your meal. Enjoy live entertainment on board the boat. Surprise entertainment may also be in store! Cocktails can be purchased from the full bar. After a delightful evening experience, the cruise returns you to Perth at 10:00 PM. Sample menu  (subject to change):   Turkish bread with olive oil  Cold dishes  • King prawns with cocktail sauce  • Selection of gourmet salads with side dressings  • Leg ham and continental meat selection served with assorted chutneys and mustards  • Assorted fresh dinner rolls  Hot dishes  • Rosemary and garlic-infused roast beef with red wine jus  • Thai-style chicken curry with steamed jasmine rice  • Baked vegetarian lasagna  • Roasted herb potatoes served with sour cream  • Medley of vegetables  Dessert  • Sliced seasonal fruit  • Assorted gateaux

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What people are saying about Perth

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 4,026 reviews

The tour was informative, personable, and enjoyable to listen too. Having lived in Perth for over 30 years our guide had many little stories and bits of curiosities that she wove in to make our tour entertaining - would thoroughly recommend to new visitors to this city.

Despite the cold windy weather, the cruise was good, and the Captain was very informative. The food was delicious and the staff were very helpful. Our seating area was comfortable and clean.

My 7 year old football fantastic absolutely loved it. His Dad was pretty impressed too. Such great value for money.

We were hampered by the weather, but Gavin did his best to compensate.

Enjoyed seeing all the wonderful building & magnificent views