Explore Like a Local

Things to see and do

Kings Park – Kings Park and Botanic Garden is one of the largest inner city parks in the world and is visited by nearly 6 million people each year. It showcases an outstanding collection of Western Australian flora and is a popular place for picnics, walks and cultural and ceremonial events.

Kings Park’s stunning location overlooks the Perth City and the silken blue waters of the Swan River. From high above, you can see the brilliantly coloured sails of boats on the river, the twinkling lights of the city, the distant Perth Hills and the endless blue skies for which Perth is so renowned.

Walking Trails:

  • Memorials Walk – 1.7km
  • Law Walk – 2.5km
  • Kokoda Track – 150 Steep Steps
  • Boodja Gnarning Walk – 3.4 km

 Aspects of Kings Park, a gallery where you can wander among some of the best art and craft WA and Australia has to offer including jewellery, books, glass etc

Comedy Lounge – Comedy Lounge is Perth’s #1 producer of premium live comedy entertainment. Presenting regular shows across Perth, featuring the best international and local comedians.

Perth Waterbike Adventures – Based in the pristine and picturesque Matilda Bay Reserve, Nedlands. The perfect place for so many occasions, with ancient trees and lawns on the foreshore, topped off with magnificent views of kings Park and the City.  The waterbikes are incredibly stable and glide easily and silently through the water allowing amazing opportunities for wildlife watching and igniting your senses, while being immersed in nature.

Perth Zoo – Just five minutes from the city, Perth Zoo is a Western Australian icon filled with lush gardens and naturalistic exhibits that are home to 1,300 animals from around the world. Walk among Australian animals and get to know your local wildlife in the Australian Bushwalk and Australian Wetlands. Explore the Asian Rainforest to see elephants, tigers, Sun Bears and a colony of Sumatran Orangutans, or go on safari through the African Savannah in search of rhinoceros, lions and giraffe.

Twilight Hawkers Market – The Twilight Hawkers Market is Perth’s original & biggest Street Food Market bringing the tastiest street food from around the globe to the heart of Perth. Held in Forrest Place from 4.30pm – 9.30pm this is the place to be on a Friday night over summer.

Western Australian Museum –  The Western Australian Museum is the State’s premier cultural organisation, housing WA’s scientific and cultural collection.

Places to eat and drink

Balthαzar(Recomended by John Stamatis) Balthazar restaurant is situated at the base of an original Art Deco apartment block, the ‘Lawson’ apartments. We aim to give you an experience here at Balthazar and with the thoughtful and clever dishes focusing on local produce, we are confident you and your guests will be very pleased.

Bar Lafayette – Bar Lafayette is dedicated to providing our guests with an extraordinary cocktail bar experience with impeccable attention to detail. Our beverage program is based on bygone principles of quality, seasonality and creativity.

Fleur –  Nestled within the grand, heritage-listed structure of The Royal, fleur is as bold as she is delicate, as contemporary as she is classic.

Frasers Restaurant – Produce Driven Cuisine. The restaurant is informal, yet offers an elegant space in which to dine, with expansive floor to ceiling windows and an alfresco terrace that take full advantage of the inspiring city and river views. 

Nobu – Nobu is the world’s most recognised Japanese restaurant and is known for its innovative new style Japanese cuisine. Esteemed Chef Nobu Matsuhisa brings his reputable fusion of traditional Japanese cuisine with South American flavours to create the unique dining experience that is Nobu.

Six Senses – If you’re looking for the best Thai restaurant in Leederville, then look no further than Six Senses Gourmet Thai. We offer a cut above the average Asian fare, with a menu that includes superlative examples of the classics of the Thai culinary canon and a dedication to the very best in ingredients and time-honoured techniques.

The Camfield – The Camfield is the largest pub in Australia. Situated on the Burswood Peninsula between the Optus Stadium and Crown Perth, The Camfield offers unsurpassed riverside views of the Perth CBD and Matagarup Bridge.

The Lucky Shag – Located a 5-minute walk from the bustle of Perth’s CBD, this fantastic waterfront venue boasts spectacular vistas of the beautiful Swan River and Perth city skyline. The decked boardwalk provides a relaxed atmosphere that is perfect for soaking up the sun during the day. Of an evening the venue is transformed to provide a vibrant atmosphere perfect for enjoying a relaxed drink with friends.

The Royal on the Waterfront – Dine against the backdrop of Perth’s best waterfront views at The Royal Restaurant. The menu features pub classics and modern Australian dishes with a focus on local produce.

Varnish on King(Recommended by Frank Furfaro) An absolute jewel of King Street, Perth bar Varnish on King has successfully transplanted an American Whiskey bar into Perth’s CBD. And ain’t they doing it right! Descend into this chic basement bar to get your hands on an epic selection of bourbon and whiskey as well as some drool-worthy food.

Wild Flower(Recommended by Ash Patel) Occupying the stunning rooftop space of COMO The Treasury, Wildflower serves lunch and dinner against a backdrop of sweeping views across the Swan River and city of Perth.

Zamia Cafe – Located in Kings Park, Zamia Cafe provides a casual and stunning setting overlooking one of Perth’s best playgrounds, making us an ideal location for families

Things to see and do

Caversham Wildlife Park – Spend the day at the largest private collection of native wildlife in Western Australia. We have a variety of daily attractions that you can come and see and get involved with.

Oasis Super Golf and Adventure Putt – Located in the beautiful Swan Valley our venue provides great recreational entertainment for all ages young and old, whilst getting out in the fresh air of the rural Valley and enjoying the picturesque scenery.

Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm – A visit to the Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm provides children (and ‘grown-ups’ too) with the opportunity to experience the joy of getting ‘close and personal’ with lots of friendly farmyard animals in a delightful outdoor country atmosphere which is just 30 minutes from the Perth CBD in the heart of the beautiful Swan Valley.

Whiteman Park – Whiteman Park is reserved for parks and recreation in the Metropolitan Region Scheme, creating a space for the community whilst also protecting a major underground drinking water source, the Gnangara Water Mound. It is also one of the largest metropolitan parks located in the world. 

Places to eat and drink

Chapel Farm – Before being purchased as a run down restaurant, Chapel Farm operated as a private horse training facility, hence the old mews stables. Since taking the reigns in 2000, Darren Walker has transformed the property into the multi-faceted establishment that it is today.

Elmar’s in the Valley – As one of the top Swan Valley restaurants, Elmar’s in the Valley offers authentically world class German food & locally sourced Australian cuisine.

Feral Brewing Company – The Feral Brewing Company is a proudly family owned and operated hand-crafted microbrewery situated in the heart of Perth’s premier food and wine region.

Oakover Grounds – Oakover Grounds is one of the Swan Valley’s best day’s out. – a Perth visitors “must-do”.

Old Young’s Distillery – Old Young’s is an Award Winning Gin Distillery located in The Swan Valley. Old Young’s won Australian Champion Distiller 2017 and Champion Vodka 2016 and 2017 at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards.

Sandalford Wines – Sandalford’s establishing estate at Caversham, Swan Valley, had its genesis in 1840 and coincided with both European settlement in the burgeoning colony of Perth and the birth of Western Australia’s world famous wine industry. 

The Henley Brook – If you’re wondering what all the cluck is about, Henley Brook is a laid back, family-friendly pub in the heart of the Swan Valley, Western Australia. Known as ‘The Hen’, they work closely with local wine makers, brewers and fresh food producers to dish up an experience you will want to squawk to the neighbours about.

Things to see and do

FeeloingFremantle Markets – Fremantle Markets is one of the leading tourist destinations in WA and there’s always plenty to see and do any time of the year. The markets are the original and the best, dating back to 1897 featuring over 150 stalls.

Fremantle Prison – Fremantle Prison is one of Western Australia’s premier tourist attractions and is the first built heritage site in Western Australia to be World Heritage Listed. The Prison was built by convicts in the 1850s and was used as a place of incarceration for almost 140 years. With solitary cells and gallows Fremantle Prison is a monument to a system of punishment that is uncomfortably recent.

Built from limestone carved from a ridge overlooking Fremantle town and the Indian Ocean beyond it is the most intact convict gaol in Australia and has altered little since its construction.

Feeling adventurous? Book a Tunnel Tour. Get into your hardhat, slip into your overalls, lock into the ladder system and descend below the Prison to explore a labyrinth of tunnels built by prisoners. 

WA Maritime Museum – Perched on the Indian Ocean’s shore, the WA Maritime Museum is symbolic of Fremantle’s past, present and future as a coastal city and port. The Museum houses unique galleries that explore WA’s relationship with the sea. From leisure boats and handcrafted sailing boats to commercial pearl luggers, the Museum inspires visitors to discover WA’s affinity with the ocean.

Places to eat and drink

Bather Beach House – Bathers Beach was the first absolute beach front bar in the country. Just a few short strides from the bar to the beach, enjoy a cocktail and a snack barefoot in the sand. Kids can stay entertained for hours at the beach climbing the jetty and swimming while you watch from your shaded beach chair.

Bread in Common – bread in Common is hand-shaped, preservative free, daily baked breads, made from organic flours, salt, spices and fruit, and a slow sourdough process. Our hand-built, wood-fired bread ovens, named Hansel and Gretel, are the heart and soul of our bakery and restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, and weekend breakfast with its speciality in shared plates

Cicerello’s – Cicerello’s have spent over 100 years fortifying fish ‘n’ chips. Founded by fishing pioneers, they carry their ethos and spirit into every unique experience that they share with our customers.

Fremantle Republic – Starting our meticulous process, not at distillation but from the harvest of locally grown grapes in Western Australia to craft the ultimate pure grape based spirit. A vibrant canvas on which we bring our unique recipes to life. Join us, in the new spirits democracy. The Republic of Fremantle.

Little Creatures Brewery – One shared belief when Little Creatures was just a twinkle in our eyes was that breweries over the years have hardly been the most romantic of places. Hidden behind big brick walls and imposing gates, very little was visible to the passing community.  It is our ambition to change all that, to become an open and transparent Brewery that welcomes all walks of life to experience the wonder of brewing.

Moore and Moore(Recommended by Ash Patel) at Moore & Moore they make food that will make you good every day of the week.

Roasting Warehouse – Located on South Terrace, the Roasting Warehouse is a unique cafe serving premium in house roasted coffee and high quality food.

Running with Thieves – mix tapes. skate ditches. bomb hills. jump fences. break dance. do burnouts. build jumps. throw eggs. drive thru. play music. paint canvas. write letters. climb trees. drink beer. light fireworks. make love. act humble. stay loose. stay true. have fun.

Sail and Anchor – Bustling 1900s watering hole with a huge balcony, for gourmet pub grub, craft beers and live music

Young George – Young George is a unique neighbourhood bar with a serious focus on food. Grab a table in our bar & settle in to drink great wine, cocktails, craft beer & cider.

Things to see and do

Araluen Botanic Park – Araluen Botanic Park is an extraordinary garden in a breathtakingly beautiful bushland setting. Stroll through stoned pathways across the terraces that are lined by enormous stone pillars and shaded jarrah pergolas. View the circa 1930’s log cabins located in each garden precinct and learn about Perths heritage and history on the sign panels.  Located within 59 hectares of native Australian bushland, the developed gardens cover 14 hectares within various precincts. Each precinct features various exotic plant species that flourish in the cool micro climate of the Roleystone Perth Hills in Armadale.

Kalamunda Network Trail – Located 30 minutes from the Perth CBD, the mountain biking trail offers an experience of the ancient bushland of Kalamunda. Boasting 44km of signposted track and more than 30 trails, there is an abundance of choice for both the amateurs and experienced biking. There are options for hiring bikes; rock’n’roll mountain biking being possibly the easiest.

Lake Leschenaultia – Lake Leschenaultia, Western Australia is a former railway dam that is now a recreational lake in the Shire of Mundaring just north of the location of an important railway stopping place on Lake Leschenaultia the original Eastern Railway. The dam holds approximately 520 million litres of water.

Places to eat and drink

Core Cider House(Recommended by Frank Furfaro) Core Cider is an authentic farm venue and bistro offering exceptional artisan ciders and orchard events. For over 80 years they have cultivated their orchard and provided fun experiences for the whole family. Enjoy farm-to-table food from their orchard Bistro, and cider tastings and events in our cellar door, Harvest Room. See where the magic happens in The Apple Shed and unwind on a picnic in The Green. Experience the magnificence of this 4th generation, 40-acre property only 30 minutes from Perth city.

Hainault Vineyard and Cellar Door –  (Recommended by Shelley Greenway) Hainault is a boutique cellar door situated in the picturesque Bickley Valley, just 25 km from the Perth Central Business District. Nestled in Jarrah forest on the Darling Scarp at an elevation of 400 m, Hainault is the highest vineyard in Western Australia and is in one of the coldest parts of the State.

Naked Apple Cider House – Set on 6.4 hectares of lush gardens and native bushland in Karragullen, Perth Hills, Naked Apple Cider House is a family friendly venue where you can kick back, relax and take a big gulp of the serenity.

The Vineyard Kitchen – (Recommended by Shelley Greenway) Restaurant located in the picturesque Bickley Valley serving rustic country fare within the beautiful surrounds of Brookside Vineyard

Plume Estate Winery – (Recommended by Shelley Greenway) Boutique vineyard cellardoor in the Bickley Valley with Tapas dishes and cellardoor wine sales and a stunning view of the bickley Valley.

Things to see and do

Beaches – Home to some of the finest beaches and bays in the world, visiting Rottnest Island will be an unforgettable holiday experience. With a choice of over 63 secluded beaches and 20 bays, you will be spoilt for choice.

Some of our most popular beaches and bays include:

  • Geordie Bay
  • Little Armstrong
  • Little Parakeet
  • Little Salmon Bay
  • Parakeet Bay
  • Salmon Bay
  • Stark Bay
  • The Basin

Quokka Walks – Free Guided Walks – Rottnest Island’s famous marsupial, the Quokka, can be seen around the Island particularly in the mid to late afternoon. However, for a informative walking tour with an educational focus, this walk leads participants to the quokkas natural habitats and imparts some interesting facts about this iconic animal.

Snorkelling at Rottnest Island – The marine environment surrounding Rottnest Island offers a stunning array of snorkelling destinations. Popular snorkelling spots include The Basin, Parakeet Bay, Parker Point, Little Salmon Bay and Little Armstrong Bay.

Places to eat and drink

Hotel Rottnest – Built around sustainable and locally sourced products, committed to supporting Western Australia farmers, sustainable fisheries and ethical farming practices, Hotel Rottnest is the perfect choice when considering your dining options on Rottnest Island. 

Lontara – Enjoy sophisticated, beachside dining at Lontara, located at Samphire Rottnest. Lontara’s menu is inspired by the food culture of South-East Asia and embraces the quality and flavour of fresh, West Australian produce. Under the direction of acclaimed chef Will Meyrick, Lontara offers heartfelt food that’s designed to be shared.

Pinky’s Beach Club – Pinky’s Beach Club boasts one of the most spectacular beachside views on the island, overlooking the famous Pinky Beach and Bathurst Lighthouse.  Serving up locally inspired dishes and cocktails, the restaurant is one of the most celebrated dining experiences on Rottnest.

Thomsons Rottnest Island – Named after Robert Thomson who farmed salt from Rottnest Island in 1841 and overlooking the bay that also bears Robert’s name, Thomsons Rottnest Island offers a fresh and exciting approach to island dining.

Coastal Hotspots

Cottesloe Beach – With more than a kilometre (0.6 miles) of pure white sand, Cottesloe Beach is one of Perth’s most popular spots for swimming, snorkelling and surfing. Generations of West Australians have spent summer days diving into the ocean from the distinctive floating bell just offshore.

Lancelin Beach – Travel an hour and a half north of Perth City and you’ll find the small beach side town of Lancelin along the Indian Ocean Drive.  Lancelin is easily accessible for everyone whether you’re planning a day trip or wanting an extended holiday. Here, you can tackle the mighty sand dunes on a sand-board or try a number of adventurous watersports including canoeing, windsurfing, fishing and kitesurfing thanks to the constant swell.

Mettams Pool – Mettam’s pool is popular with children, elderly people due to its calm ‘pool like’ conditions all year round. There are also a few good coffee spots close by on West Coast Drive.The 1.5m deep reef is a highly popular snorkelling spot due to the huge amount of marine life who call the reef home.

Moore River – Start your explorations on the coast at Guilderton which boasts an idyllic coastal setting and is situated on the banks of the Moore River. There are many walking trails in and around Moore River which allow visitors to relish nature at its best. Swimming, kayaking, canoeing and cruising along the fertile river are also high on the agenda for holiday makers.

Scarborough Beach – Located within the City of Stirling, with excellent public transport links, there is no excuse not to visit. Once you’re done surfing, sunbathing and swimming spend a relaxing hour or two at one of the many cafés or bars overlooking the ocean. Or you can stay overnight, at one of the many accommodation options.

Trigg Beach – Trigg Beach is one of Perth’s most popular surfing beaches, with a consistent break for boarders. The long soft, white sandy beach and grassed reserve to the north is very popular amongst locals and provides lots of space for visitors. Trigg Island is also a hotspot for birdwatching and fishing, with dolphins occasionally spotted here in summer. 

Places to eat and drink

Coogee Common(Recommended by John Stamatis) Sourced from local, sustainable producers, who share the commitment to clean, ethical food production. The bread on their table is from our wood-fired ovens, their seafood from local waters, and the menus designed to showcase the best local ingredients.

Il Lido – An Italian-inspired espresso bar and restaurant.

Island Market Trigg Beach – A bright, casual and airy dining room that’s as breezy as the restaurant’s coastal location.

Odyssea – Pull up a chair, watch the waves roll in and let us look after you. With spectacular views of the ocean and beach.

We thank Business Events Perth for their support as the Destination Partner for ASO 2022