Where to stay in Perth – Best areas

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Central Business District, Northbridge or maybe West Perth? Where to stay in Perth is probably the first question that comes to your mind when you decide to visit the city.

While Perth is quite spread out on the sides of the Swan River, it has a few neighbourhoods that are just perfect for sightseeing and exploring the city. To make it easier for you to decide where to stay in Perth, we have put together this list of the best areas to stay in the city.

Where to stay in Perth: Top 3 areas


1. Central Business District

This is the best area to stay in Perth, especially for first time visitors or those who are in the city for just a few days. Staying in the Central Business District, you are close to everything. CBD has the best connections for public transportation, just hop on a free CAT bus to travel around Perth and its suburbs. The tour buses often leave from particular points in the CBD, so if you are planning to join any group tours in Perth, it is better to stay in this area.

This area has a huge amount of things to do – you can visit art galleries, museums and architectural buildings; you can shop at many of the best stores in the city; and dine at amazing restaurants. Most of the city sightseeing can be done on foot. Kings Park, Perth Bell Tower, Barracks Archway, Perth Mint, Burswood Entertainment Complex, Swan River and Perth Cultural Centre – all these places can be easily reached from the CBD.

Murray Street is the place to go for drinks and food, it caters to everyone’s tastes and preferences. Here you can find Murray Street Mall, which is a great place for shopping and entertainment. If you are interested in boutique shops and fancy brands like Louis Vuitton and Gucci, head to King Street. To see the charms of Perth, take a stroll along Riverside Drive and enjoy magnificent views.

Here are the hotels we recommend in the CBD:

2. Northbridge

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Northbridge is a small multi-ethnic and trendy area located just next to the CBD. It is famous for its nightlife, containing many of the best clubs and bars in the city. Because so many nationalities live in Northbridge, this area has developed a wide range of ethnic and international cuisine options. Come here for a good meal and a relaxing evening. When considering where to stay in Perth, Northbridge is one of the best options.

Best stays in Northbridge:

3. West Perth

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This area is a wealthy part of the city with high residential and office buildings. Among the highlights of things to see – Solidarity Park, the Parliament House and Perth Observatory. Check out Hay Street, Harbour Town and City West complex if you can spare time for a day of great shopping. To enjoy the variety of delicious food and drinks, Hay Street is the best.

Take a look at these hotels located in West Perth:

Other areas to stay in Perth

If you are still unsure where to stay in Perth, here is the brief overview of other areas in Perth that you might want to consider.

South Perth

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South Perth is another good area to stay in Perth. Here, you can you can find the Perth Zoo, plenty of restaurants, and the best night view of Perth, while still just a short ferry ride away from the CBD. Finding available parking is less of an issue in South Perth, and it can often be free at your hotel.

Check out best hotels in South Perth:

Burswood/East Perth

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These two areas are located on the opposite sides of the Swan River. In Burswood, you can find public golf courses, entertainment complexes, casinos, picturesque gardens, and fabulous accommodation options.

East Perth is more of a residential area with parkland, galleries, many places to eat and drink. It is great for a bike ride or a stroll along the Swan River. Both areas can get you to the CBD and all the sightseeing places quickly.

Check out these amazing hotels in Burswood:

And some excellent options in East Perth:


Next to West Perth, there is an area called Subiaco. A stylish and cosmopolitan district that is full of designer’s shops, beauty salons, boutiques, galleries, bars and pubs, restaurants and coffee havens. The most attractive area here is around Rokeby Road and Hay Street. On the Rokeby Road, you can find a farmers market and can pick up fresh local produce.

Best accommodation options in Subiaco:


This area is for those, who need to stay closer to the airport in Perth. Located in the south part of the Swan River, it has good hotels, restaurants, bars and wonderful views.

Choose from these hotels in Ascot:


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Fremantle is definitely the place to learn about history and culture of the region. Named “Freo” by locals, this port town has a special bohemian vibe with lots of unusual cafes, restaurants, bars, live music scene, workshops and handmade souvenir places. If this is not your first time in Perth, why not to stay in Fremantle for awhile?

Here are the recommended hotels in Fremantle:


Perth city offers a fascinating mix of cosmopolitan perks and nature’s beauty. There are plenty of options when choosing where to stay in Perth. But to explore it all, it is best to choose the Central Business District, especially if you are a first time visitor. Other good options to consider are Northbridge and West Perth. Share your opinion right below in the comments section.

8 Comments on “Where to stay in Perth – Best areas

  1. Hi, I’m Susela. I’m visiting Perth for the first time with my friends next week for 5 days. I’m not interested to book exclusive travel agents. Can you suggest best me places of interest and the where shall I book the hotel. I prefer to have more than one hotel stay to experience the beauty of Perth.

    • Hello Susela,

      You can find our detailed guide on Things to Do in Perth here. There are nice hotels in Perth and Fremantle, and if you are planning to explore the South West, definitely check out hotels in Margaret River.

  2. Hi,
    I’m planning to visit in Nov 2018 for a week.
    The flight are booked however still looking the best in accommodation and transportation.
    As I bringing family ( 4 adults, 4 children (what is max age of child?) and 2 infant) it will be great if I get a guide especiaaly on where to stay and what to do at economical rate.

    Hope to get guide information to help me finalizing choices.

    Thank you,


    • Hi Suhaidi,

      Please take a look at our article about the Free Things to Do in Perth. Renting a car is essential if you are going to explore the region, especially as a big family. There are affordable car rental companies that operate in Perth, it’s best just to go to one of the comparison websites to see the up-to-date availability and prices.

  3. we wish to stay in a holiday apartment in a quiet yet central area of Perth for 3 nights. It would be perfect if we were close to either the ocean or the river within walking distance of the city. Could you please advise us,thank you.

    • Hello Stuart,

      Since the availability and prices change seasonally, please take a look at this website. You can select the type of accommodation, read the reviews and use the map widget to find a suitable apartment for your holiday.

  4. Hi Irene,

    Thank you for your information.
    Me and my friends are going to visit Perth next month and we are planning to visit Margaret River as well. Could you please advise whether we can go there in one day (return) or we need to stay for one night.
    Also, is there any specific car rental company, with a great rate of course, that you can recommend us to rental car in Perth?

    Looking forward for your response.
    Thank you very much!


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