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As the sunny capital of Western Australia, Perth has pretty much everything you’d want in a city; from swimming with dolphins to shopping in trendy Fremantle, it’s a fun city to get lost in. So what do you want to do when you’re here? With exciting deals every day here at Groupon, you’ll be enjoying Perth in no time. Check out all the top things to do in Perth.

#1 Kings Park

Historic and beautiful park

It’s where a natural spring was discovered all the way back in the 1800s, and now King’s Park is one of the most ornately designed parks in Western Australia. With it being so close to the CBD, a lot of locals see it as a lucky escape at lunchtime and a mini oasis (even if it is bigger than world famous Central Park) right in the middle of town.

 

#2 Swan Valley

Famous wine country

Follow the river’s path north-easterly from Perth and you’ll soon find yourself coming to Swan Valley. Only a 30 minute drive from town, the region is renowned for the Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail, chock full of amazing produce, some of the best wine in the world and national parks that are a hiker’s paradise.

SWAN VALLEY

 

#3 Adventure World

Local theme park

Looking for a little thrill in Perth? Adventure World and its host of theme park rides may just do the trick. The park is located just south of the city and has over 28 unique attractions. These include Goliath (a new spin on the classic pendulum ride), Abyss (the only roller coaster in Perth) and a number of water park rides.

ADVENTURE WORLD

 

#4 Yanchep National Park

Caves, trails and koalas

Take the 60 north of Perth and get ready to explore the caves and trails of Yanchep National Park. It’s preserved bush and wetlands are a unique sight to see, and for a one of a kind walking trail, try out the raised boardwalk amongst the Koalas; great for families using buggies.

YANCHEP NATIONAL PARK

 

#5 Hillarys Boat Harbour

Tourist hotspot with restaurants

One of the more touristy places in Perth, Hillarys Boat Harbour has been a popular spot to visit since the 1980s. Today, you’ll find a whole host of attractions like the AQWA and Sideshow Amusements, restaurants including California Pizza Kitchen and spots like Reid’s Lounge to watch the sunset.

HILLARYS BOAT HARBOUR

 

#6 Western Australian Museum

Seeing the historic side of Perth

Take a step in the past and learn about the archaeological treasures of Perth and the wider area at the Western Australian Museum. It’s a great place to learn about the vital role marine life has played in Perth over time and has interactive exhibits to get kids learning.

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM

 

#7 TAKE A PIC OF Swan Bells

Famous bell tower in town

One of the most iconic buildings in Perth, the Swan Bells (more commonly known as just The Bell Tower) is one of the best spots in the city to take in the view. If you’re snapping a pic, make sure to visit it at night when it’s all lit up.

SWAN BELLS

 

#8 ENJOY A VISIT IN Perth Mint

Museum with rich history

Fancy having a looking at the biggest gold coin in the world? You’ll find it right here at the Perth Mint. Western Australia has a fascinating history with gold, having had a gold rush of sorts at the start of the 19th century. 

PERTH MINT

 

#9 Fremantle Markets

Beloved local food market

Say you only had a few hours in Perth and wanted to eat like a local? Well you couldn’t do better than heading to Fremantle Markets. The markets have been going strong for over 100 years and it is the place to eat vegan food, fish & chips or doughnuts.

FREMANTLE MARKETS

 

#10 Aquarium of Western Australia

Aquarium with large tunnel

One of the best parts of visiting any aquarium is getting to walk through the tunnel with the fish swimming overhead. The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) has the largest in the country and was at one time the biggest aquarium in Australia. Visit today and you’ll get to see a great selection of animals, be it baby turtles, stingrays or sharks.

AQUARIUM OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

 

#11 John Forrest National Park

Hiker’s preferred national park

Love the great outdoors and need to see what’s further afield in Perth? Get your hiking boots on and head to John Forrest National Park. This beautiful part of the world is host to fantastic walking trails, Hovea Falls (a popular photo spot), places to watch rare animals and it’s all just a half hour drive from the city.

JOHN FORREST NATIONAL PARK

 

#12 Shoalwater Islands Marine Park

Protected coastal marine park

One of the prettiest attractions in Perth is one you can’t really go see all of. Shoalwater Islands Marine Park starts on Shoalwater and stretches out for miles in the water. It’s a protected area and when you spend time out on a tour or sitting by the bay you soon see why. If you’re looking for a good sunset spot, there’s not many others that can beat it.

 

Get the most out of Perth with Groupon

It may be the city that sits by itself on the west side of the country, but Perth is heralded as the capital of the west and it’s clear to see why. The weather is great. The city is compact enough that it’s easy to get pretty much anywhere, and there are amazing natural resources right on it’s doorstep (and we’re not just talking about the amazing wine up the road in Swan Valley).

Whether you’re visiting for the first time, or a local just looking for something fun to do, this handy little guide from Groupon will help you find a whole host of things to do in Perth. And it all starts with what you can do without spending a penny.

Free things to do in Perth

Have a few hours to spare and need something free to pass the time?

Top free things to do in Perth include:

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What can I do in Perth this weekend?

At the weekend, one of the best things locals who have the entire day free like to do is hop on down to the ferry terminal and go to Rottnest Island. That’s right; one of the best things about Perth at the weekend is ironically being able to get away from it.

With unspoiled beaches, clear waters and great cycle paths, it’s worth the short journey if you want out of the city for the day.

Quick tip about getting there. There are 3 different companies that operate ferries to Rottnest Island from different parts of town, so have a look and see which would be most convenient for you.

What can I do in Perth with kids?

Perth is a very family-friendly city. It has a lot for families to get up, any day of the week.

Popular attractions and activities for families in Perth include:

  • Perth Zoo
  • The touch pool at AQWA
  • SciTech Perth – the planetarium is a must for kids
  • The Maze and Outback Splash in Bullsbrook
  • Trees Adventure (suitable for ages 4 and over)

Romantic things to do in Perth

If it’s your turn to pick what to do on date night and you are clueless, don’t worry. Groupon is here to help. Firstly, look at the latest deals we have on this page today for inspiration.

If you’re still stuck, you could take a romantic walk at the weekend through the different farmers markets, bond over some beer flights at the trendy Little Creatures brewery, get some tapas at Duende or put a cherry on top with ice cream at Whisk Creamery.

Essential Travel hacks in Perth

Getting around town can be easy. Getting around Perth using local knowledge can be even better with these travel hacks:

  • Always remember you have to tap your card on any public transport as soon as you get on and off. If you don’t when you get on, it’s seen that you don’t have a ticket and you could be fined
  • Bus tickets have a two hour window, so you can get a far as your need to in that time frame
  • If you’re travelling to Fremantle, take the ferry. It’s like taking a mini tour of the Swan River

What’s the weather like in Perth?

Perth can get a lot wetter than other big cities from May to September, where the average rainfall jumps from 10mm to 120mm.

January is the best time to be here if you want to make the most of the sun as it’s the hottest time of year.

Time of Year

Min. temperature

Max. temperature

Jan

+18°C

+31°C

April

+14°C

+24°C

July

+9°C

+17°C

October

+11°C

+21°C

How do I get around Perth?

Perth has quite a good public transport network, making it easy enough to get from one end of town to the other.

Most locals will use a SmartRider card that can be topped up when needed. If you just need a card for one day, get a Standard DayRider ticket after 9am.

There is also a free travel zone that runs through a good chunk of the city centre. You don’t need a ticket when in the zone but if you’re unsure, just ask the driver.

Do more in Perth with Groupon

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