Walking Tour

  • Start Art Gallery of Western Australia
  • End Kings Park
  • Length 4.5km; two hours

This tour traces some remnants of early Perth. It also spans the new, and takes you to the best views of the city atop Kings Park. Start in the Cultural Centre, out the front of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and head over the footbridge towards the train station. At the newsagency, head right down the last set of escalators (don't cross the second footbridge). Take the first left, and go across Wellington St and into the square. The grand Beaux Arts–style post office looms to your right.

Turn left onto Murray Street Mall, the main shopping strip, and then cut through the art deco Plaza Arcade to Hay Street Mall. Directly opposite you'll see the wonderfully over-the-top London Court, a mock-Elizabethan arcade. At the corner of Hay and Barrack you'll find the beautifully restored Town Hall.

Continue up Hay St, then turn left up Irwin St. At the corner of Irwin and Murray is the Old Central Fire Station. Next you'll pass the red-brick buildings of Royal Perth Hospital. At the end of the street is St Mary's Cathedral (1863). Wander around Victoria Ave to Perth Concert Hall – a fine auditorium and grand structure built in the early 1970s. Continue along St Georges Tce to Government House and the impressive Council House, then through Stirling Gardens to the courthouse (1863), next to the Supreme Court.

Wind south of the Supreme Court and make for the river. Within moments the Bell Tower will be in view, along with the city's new Elizabeth Quay development. Double back up Barrack St, northwest along the Esplanade, and up Howard St. Back on St Georges Tce, look for the Old Perth Boys School, a modest structure today dwarfed by office towers. At the end of St Georges Tce is Western Australia's Parliament House.

Take Malcolm St up to Fraser Ave, enter Kings Park through the processional avenue of gum trees and find a vantage point to look back over the city.