Have you ever experienced the challenge of fitting all the sightseeing that you want to do into your tight vacation schedule? This is something all of us face every time we take a vacation, it always seems like there is not enough time, especially when it comes to the state of Western Australia and Australia’s sunniest capital city – Perth. This article is to help you understand what are the best things to do in Perth and what Perth tours you should join when visiting.
Perth City: What to expect
Perth is a city that has it all, including ocean sunsets, great beaches, wineries, deserts, bushlands and wildlife. The best time to come to Perth is from September to March, so that you are in time to enjoy great beach weather, wildflowers blooming, and festivals. Sounds more interesting now? Let’s dive into the things to do in Perth.
Things to do in Perth and its surroundings:
- Enjoy the panoramic views from Kings Park
Kings Park is one of the largest city parks in the world. Not only does it offer you breathtaking views of the city, but also all the facilities to enjoy a nice relaxing day with friends and family. Good for sightseeing, picnics, jogging and cycling. The list of things to do in Perth goes on.
- Walk on Rottnest Island’s beautiful beaches
When you are in Perth, it is definitely worth taking a ferry and paying a visit to Rottnest Island. Here you can find picturesque white sand beaches with clear bays for snorkeling, swimming, sunbathing, or having a picnic with a stunning view.
- Learn about Fremantle’s history
Fremantle is a town that is as beautiful as the sound of its name. It is just a short trip from Perth to get there, and you absolutely cannot miss it. This is the best place to eat the catch of the day, learn about the local breweries, and join the crowd for various food, music and art festivals.
- Visit Western Australia’s oldest wine region – Swan Valley
Another spot for a gastronomic celebration is Swan Valley. This is the oldest wine region in Western Australia. It does not matter whether you are a wine or beer person, or a foodie, you will have a blast here. Handcrafted beer gardens and authentic wineries offer their perfected drinks served with fresh local delicatessen. Swan Valley also gathers artists together all year round, so you can explore art galleries and workshops in between delicious meals!
- Relax at the dolphin playgrounds of Rockingham and Mandurah
Rockingham and Mandurah are places that offer memorable family experiences – dolphin encounters, kayaking, boating, fishing and swimming. To meet penguins, sea lions and various sea birds, continue to the Penguin Island. Perth tours to these areas are best taken between September and early June.
The best way to maximise your time in Perth and make sure you don’t miss any of the important sights in and around the city is to take a tour.
Here is the list of the best Perth tours in and around the city:
Perth Beaches and Fremantle Coast Helicopter Tour
Perth Segway Tour
Wave Rock, York, Wildflowers and Aboriginal Cultural Tour from Perth
Perth City of Lights Dinner Cruise
Deep Sea Fishing Charter from Perth
Perth and Fremantle Tour Including Fremantle Prison and Dinner
Penguin and Seal Island Kayak Tour
Whale-Watching Perth tours
Spending more time in Margaret river is a good idea. These are our Perth tours recommendations:
Among the things to do in Perth and its surroundings, Rottnest Island is a nice get-away from the city hustle and is just and hour and a half away from Perth City:
Explore Western Australia
There are so many things to do in Perth and its surroundings to get a feel of the region. But if you are lucky and have more time to explore Western Australia, here is the list of where you should go.
Perth tours to the South West:
The South West is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world with a great marine life and impressive landscapes. It is easy to get around here; you can jump from a great surfing beach to a world-class winery quickly. Make sure you visit Albany – the town where European settlers stepped first onto Western Australia. You might have guessed that there are plenty of historical places and museums. But not only that! Here you can find some amazing spots for hiking, fishing, sailing, whale watching and diving. In Margaret River, you can spice up your journey with other activities like mountain climbing, wine tasting, visiting ancient caves and surfing at the stunning beaches. Bunbury is a cosmopolitan city, where you can enjoy spectacular views, giant forest groves, swimming at the nicest beaches and having magic encounters with bottlenose dolphins.
Join one of the following Perth tours to the South West and enjoy the experience:
3-Day Margaret River Tour and Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk from Perth
4-Day Tour from Perth Including Margaret River, Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk and Albany
3-Day South West Tour from Perth Including Margaret River, Busselton and Albany
Valley of the Giants and Tree Top Walk Day Tour from Perth
Perth tours along the Coral Coast:
Perth tours along the Coral Coast is the kind of experience you will cherish for the rest of your life. Just a few hours away from Perth, you can find yourself in a completely different world – the lunar-like Pinnacles desert. Extend your trip by a few more hours to check out World Heritage sites – Shark Bay and Ningaloo. Ningaloo should be on your bucket list if you are enthusiastic about snorkeling with more than 500 fish species and 300 varieties of coral reef, swimming with whale sharks, turtles, watching humpback whales and connecting with the nature. If you prefer staying dry, just join a glass bottom boat tour. In the Cape Range National Park, you can take fun hikes or four-wheeler rides in the canyons and become a part of the wildlife. Coral Bay and Exmouth are great spots to stop overnight for camping or even “glamping” (glamourous camping). Another must-see in the region is called Shark Bay, the beach formed by tiny white shells. Do not forget to see the Hamelin Pool close by, it will give you an idea how Earth looked like 3,500 million years ago. One of the biggest attractions and an excellent stop for families is Monkey Mia, where you can meet and interact with wild dolphins.
Here are the best Perth tours to cover everything along the Coral Coast:
14-Day Perth to Perth tour via Broome Including Karijini, Ningaloo Reef and Exmouth
4-Day Monkey Mia Tour Including Wild Dolphin Encounter, The Pinnacles and Kalbarri
3-Day Monkey Mia Dolphins, Pinnacles Desert and Kalbarri National Park Tour from Perth
Perth tours to the North West:
The North West gives you a genuine wilderness experience and is the only place on Earth that has a Staircase to the Moon and Horizontal Waterfalls. To get there, you can take a 2.5-hour flight from Perth to Broome, or go on a longer adventure along the coast. Broome and Kununurra are the gateways to the best of the North West. It is worth spending some time there before you embrace the beauty of the unique Bungle Bungle Range (a.k.a. Purnululu National Park) and breathtaking gorges of Karijini National Park. Here you can have a special experience of hiking through massive gorges, swimming in crystal clear rock pools and waterfalls, settling for a picnic or camping at a spectacular viewpoint. If you are not a big fan of hiking, there is also an easy access to magnificent sceneries. It is the best to explore Purnululu National Park from above in a scenic flight.
Check out our recommended tours in the North West:
7-Day Kimberley Outback Tour from Broome Including the Bungle Bungles, Bell Gorge and the Tableland Track
10-Day Kimberley Camping Tour from Broome Including Windjana Gorge and the Bungle Bungles
Bungle Bungle Scenic Flight Including Ground Tour of the Argyle Diamond Mine
In summary, there is a great selection of Perth tours with amazing places to visit and once-in-a-lifetime experiences to collect. Look through them carefully and choose the one (or two, or three) that best suit you. Depending on how much time and money you can afford for travelling, try at least some of the abovementioned things to do in Perth, and you will definitely long to return here.
Have you visited Perth before? Suggest your ideas and help others to have the best vacation they could have asked for!