Top ChoicePark in Kings Park & Subiaco

Kings Park & Botanic Garden

Kings Park & Botanic Garden

The 400-hectare, bush-filled expanse of Kings Park, smack in the city centre and enjoying epic views, is Perth's pride and joy. The Botanic Garden contains over 3000 plant species indigenous to WA, including a...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Fremantle

Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison

With its forbidding 5m-high walls, the old convict-era prison dominates Fremantle. Various daytime tours explore the jail's maximum-security past, give insights into criminal minds and allow you into...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Fremantle

WA Shipwrecks Museum

WA Shipwrecks Museum

Located within an 1852 commissariat store, the Shipwrecks Museum is considered the finest display of maritime archaeology in the southern hemisphere. The highlight is the Batavia Gallery, where a section of the...

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Western Australian Museum – Maritime

Western Australian Museum – Maritime

Significant West Australian boats are suspended from the rafters of this sail-shaped museum building. There's the yacht that won the America's Cup race in 1983, pearl luggers and an Aboriginal bark canoe. Take an...

Top ChoiceGallery in Northbridge

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Founded in 1895, this excellent gallery houses the state's preeminent art collection as well as regular international exhibitions that, increasingly, have a modern, approachable bent. The permanent collection is...

Aquarium in Scarborough to Cottesloe

Aquarium of Western Australia

Aquarium of Western Australia

Dividing WA's vast coastline into five distinct zones (Far North, Coral Coast, Shipwreck Coast, Perth and Great Southern), AQWA features a 98m underwater tunnel showcasing stingrays, turtles, fish and sharks....

Beach in Scarborough to Cottesloe

Cottesloe Beach

Cottesloe Beach

Perth's safest swimming beach, Cottesloe has cafes, pubs, pine trees and fantastic sunsets. From Cottesloe train station (on the Fremantle line) it's 1km to the beach; there's a free shuttle that runs between the...

Historic Building in Fremantle

Round House

Round House

Completed in 1831, this 12-sided stone prison is WA's oldest surviving building. It was the site of the colony's first hangings, and was later used for holding Aboriginal people before they were taken to Rottnest...

Landmark in Central Perth

Bell Tower

Bell Tower

This pointy glass spire fronted by copper sails contains the royal bells of London's St Martin-in-the-Fields, the oldest of which dates from 1550. The 12 bells were given to WA by the British government in 1988,...

Zoo in Central Perth

Perth Zoo

Part of the fun is getting to this zoo – take a ferry across the Swan River from Elizabeth Quay Jetty to Mends St Jetty (every half hour) and walk up the hill. Zones include Australian Bushwalk (kangaroos, emus,...

Area in Central Perth

Elizabeth Quay

A vital part of the city's urban redevelopment is Elizabeth Quay, at the bottom of Barrack St. Luxury hotels and apartments – including the Ritz – are nearing completion, joining waterfront cafes and restaurants....

Gallery in Northbridge

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

PICA (pee-kah) may look traditional – it's housed in an elegant 1896 red-brick former school – but inside it's one of Australia's principal platforms for contemporary art, including installations, performance,...

Statue in Fremantle

Bon Scott Statue

The most popular of Fremantle's public sculptures is Greg James's statue of Bon Scott (1946–80), strutting on a Marshall amplifier in Fishing Boat Harbour. The AC/DC singer moved to Fremantle with his family in...

Cultural Centre in Fremantle

Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Various classes and workshops, including language, art and crafts, are held at this interesting Aboriginal cultural centre. Booking ahead for most is encouraged, so check the program online. As it's part of the...

Gallery in Fremantle

Fremantle Arts Centre

An impressive neo-Gothic building surrounded by lovely elm-shaded gardens, the Fremantle Arts Centre was constructed by convict labourers as a lunatic asylum in the 1860s. Saved from demolition in the 1960s, it...

Beach in Scarborough to Cottesloe

Mettams Pool

On calm days, it's like a turquoise paddling pool with some of Perth's best snorkelling – think mottled reef with swaying seaweeds and similarly coloured fish. Avoid the water, particularly the outer reef, during...

Park in Highgate & Mount Lawley

Hyde Park

One of Perth's most beautiful parks, suburban Hyde Park is a top spot for a picnic or lazy book-reading session on the lawn, as fountains flow. A path traces a split lake, and sprawling Moreton Bay figs provide...

Park in Leederville

Lake Monger

In spring black swans and their cygnets waddle about the grounds – a meeting place for local birdlife – nonplussed by joggers circling the lake on the flat, 3.5km path surrounded by grass. The lake is walking...

Museum in Northbridge

Nostalgia Box

Ease into poignant, low-pixel childhood memories of Atari, Nintendo and Super Mario at this surprisingly interesting collection of retro 1970s and '80s gaming consoles and arcade games. Along the way you'll learn...

Historic Building in Central Perth

Perth Mint

Dating from 1899, the compelling Mint displays a collection of coins, nuggets and gold bars. You can caress bullion worth over $700,000, mint your own coins and watch gold pours (on the half hour, from 9.30am to...