6 Things To Do Perth: Places to Visit When You Move to WA
Glistening from the west of Australia is the laid-back city of Perth. To those who have never lived or travelled to the city, it would understandable if you didn’t really know about the array of things to do in Perth.
To outsiders, Western Australia is well-known for harbouring the Indian Ocean, UNESCO World Heritage reef and rock formations, mining, and expensive coffee.
But, like anywhere in the world, if we set our preconceptions aside and take some time to really get to know a place, we invite a richer experience and appreciation.
Your holiday or move to Perth is set to be an action-packed, exciting adventure amongst natural wonders of the land and ocean, local produce, and history and art.
Read on to discover all the interesting things to see and do in Perth!
The Top 6 Activities, Adventures and Things to do in Perth
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)
51 James St, Northbridge, Perth WA
Tue – Sun, 10 am – 5 pm.
If you’re looking for a mind-opening experience, that treats all the senses, then you must wander into Perth’s cultural hub. Situated in the centre of the city and buried inside a beautiful red-brick heritage building is the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA).
Always inspiring and not constrained by convention, this gallery allows artists and audiences to interact in a space, free of restriction.
PICA is a place for performance and presentation. You will delight in the changing exhibitions, with contemporary dance, theatre, artistic residencies, and interdisciplinary projects filling the rooms.
This contemporary space aims to promote and support emerging artists, as well as evoke deep thought, fuelling discussion around cultural ideas.
The ever-changing, year round, exhibitions make this a place to visit time and time again.
Put this on your ‘things to do’ list and immerse yourself in something truly imaginative.
Highlights of PICA:
- Perth CBD Location
- Great for students
- Free Entry
- Year Round Exhibitions
- Heritage Building
Kings Park Botanic Gardens
Open 24 hours
Take a walk on the (not so) wild side with the entire family. With two-thirds of the Park made up of bushland, a day out in the Kings Park Botanic Gardens will provide you with endless pockets of natural wonder to explore.
Take time walking through the bushland on either of the two signed walks, the Bushland Nature Trail (1 km) or the Law walk Return Loop (2.5 km).
As you walk through the dense bush and climb up to the tree-top canopy, you will discover a diverse range of native flora and fauna, with the 17-hectare gardens containing over 3000 plant species, indigenous to Western Australia (WA).
Get the kids involved and make learning fun! The Rio Tinto Naturescape at Kings Park provides children with a safe and interactive environment to connect with nature.
The kids will love running free at either the Synergy Parkland or Lotterywest Family Area, where they will find play equipment, an oval, and other outdoor activities.
Your day out in the park would not be complete without a picnic. Make sure to pack your family favourites with you when you head to the Park and enjoy your lunch in one of the designated picnic areas.
The Kings Park Botanic Garden features:
- A 222m Glass Bridge
- Rio Tinto Naturescape (to reopen 2018)
- Bushland Tracks
- Picnic Facilities
- Outdoor Cinema
Open 24 hours
Ferry cost from Fremantle: $30 (one-way, adult), $18 (one-way, child)
Ferry cost from Hillary’s Ferry Terminal: Return, adult $67.50, return, child $42.25
Island Admission Fee: Adults – $18, children – $6.50, family pass – $42.50
Whether you’re visiting family, taking a holiday, or moving interstate to Perth, you need to make Rottnest Island a ‘must visit’ on your list of things to do once you touch down in WA.
Just a short ferry ride from Fremantle (25-minutes), Hillarys Boat Harbour (45-minutes), or Perth’s Barrack Street Jetty (90-minutes), Rottnest Island is a relaxing escape away from the fast-paced city lifestyle.
A perfect getaway for families or couples, explore Rottnest Island by bike and truly experience the rugged island’s wildlife and history. Visit the Rottnest Island Museum, Wadjemup Lighthouse, Lomas Cottage, Salt Store, and Pilot Boat House.
The stunning crystal blue waters surrounding Rottnest Island are simply tranquil. Head down to one of the 63 beaches and 20 bays to choose from – just don’t forget your snorkel!
Go even deeper and explore the underwater ecosystem of Rottnest Island on the Underwater Explorer, which runs from September to May.
Rottnest Island provides you and your family with the opportunity to encounter a diverse range of wildlife, but none as esteemed as the famous Quokka.
A Quokka is a small marsupial in the macropod family and only exist (mainly) on Rottnest Island, with small colonies also habiting Bald Island, near Albany.
Although mainly nocturnal, you can still spot the incredibly friendly and happy Quokka during the day.
If you’re both not too shy, make sure you take the opportunity to get a #QuokkaSelfie on Rottnest Island.
For the ultimate day-trip or weekend away, make sure to visit Rottnest Island. While you’re there, discover these highlights:
- Ocean View Restaurants and Cafes
- Boutique Accommodation
- Bike, Walk, and Snorkel Trails
- Ocean Tours
- Pristine Beaches
- Island WIFI
The Truffle & Wine Co.
490 Seven Day Road, Manjimup, WA 6258
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from June to August
9:15 am – 11:30 am
Cost: $110 pp
This is an experience for the foodie who loves a farm-to-plate experience.
The Truffle & Wine Co. is situated in the region of Manjimup, 3.5 hours south of Perth CBD (300 km). This is a road-trip that requires an early rise if you plan on doing a return trip in the same day.
Tip: Make it a weekend away! While you’re there, indulge in local cafes, restaurants, and farmers markets.
Due to the high-biosecurity procedures, when you arrive at The Truffle & Wine Co. for your truffle tour, you will be required to clean your footwear in the foot-bath provided.
Tip: Make sure to wear rubber boots (gumboots) on the day, as you will be trekking through uneven footpath, soft soil and mud. As a result of these conditions, the tour is not suitable for prams.
You will embark on your 1 km hunt for the delectable black winter truffle in a small group, with a highly-knowledgeable truffle farmer. Make sure to take in all the insider insight your guide has to offer and really soak up this exclusive foodie experience.
Once you have your eureka moment, it will be time to head back.
For a well-rounded and incredibly wholesome black truffle experience, make sure to splurge on lunch at The Truffle Kitchen. Enjoy a meal with a locally-produced glass of wine.
The truffle hunt tour includes the following:
- Truffle Hunt with Trained Dogs
- Truffle Food Tasting
- Coffee, Tea, or Juice
- Truffle Breakfast
- Full Wine Tastings of Truffle Hill Wines
- Truffle Information Session
Rip Up The Surf
The move to Perth will prove exceptional for those who hail from an interstate town with a strong beach culture. Sydneysiders will be sure to find their ray of the sunshine and beach culture they love so dearly, in this western city.
The laid-back, friendly atmosphere Perth offers will instantly make you feel at home. It’s the perfect environment for those who just can’t resist the call of the surf.
If you take pride in your board and need to put it to good use on a regular basis, you will not find it hard to keep busy exploring the many beaches in and around Perth.
Enjoy ripping it up at one of Perth’s tried and tested surf spots.
Lancelin (Back Beach)
This consistent surf spot is a 1.5-hour drive from Perth CBD (130 km) and provides visitors with a diverse surface area to explore.
First-timers will enjoy the safety of learning in the whitewater sandbar. A beach for all skill levels, the northern corner of Lancelin offers a challenging peaky surf for highly experienced professionals.
Other surf spots to visit in Perth and Western Australia, and well worth a road trip, include:
- Dingo Beach, Albany (437 km from Perth CBD, 5-hour drive, 1-hour flight)
- Pelican Beach, Bunbury (175 km from Perth CBD, 2-hour drive)
- North Point, Gracetown (270 km from Perth CBD, 3-hour drive)
- Tims Thicket, Mandurah (95 km from Perth CBD, 1.5-hour drive)
- Leighton Beach, Fremantle (15 km from Perth CBD, 30-minute drive)
Tour the Swan Valley
The Swan Valley is an oasis nestled just a 25-minute drive out of Perth CBD. If you’re looking for things to do in Perth, with or without the kids, a day-trip to the Swan Valley won’t disappoint.
As a premier food and wine destination, the Swan Valley features over 40 wineries, as well as breweries, distilleries, and drive, walk, and cycle trails.
A perfect day out for the entire family, the Swan Valley offers the following fun activities:
- WA Reptile Park
- The Maze Family Fun Park and Outback Splash
- Swan Valley Heritage Cycling Trail
- Laser Corpos
- Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm
- Oasis Supa Golf and Adventure Putt
- House of Honey
- Whistler’s Chocolate Company
With a close proximity to central Perth, you will have multiple reasons to keep going back to the Swan Valley – there are simply too many things to do there!
Planning an interstate move to Perth? Finding, and noting down, things to do in your new home city will help to ease the nerves of a big, or long-distance, relocation.
The best way to get settled in a new town is to get out of your new home and mingle with the locals.
Tip: Build memories with the entire family by adding some of these things to do in Perth to your list.
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