How to Spend 1 Day in Perth
With the turquoise Indian Ocean on one side and the Swan River on another, Perth has plenty of natural beauty to be discovered. It’s also home to walkable neighborhoods, cultural sights, and family-friendly attractions that provide many ways to spend a lovely day. Here are some ways to spend 24 fabulous hours in Perth.
Morning: Visit Local Attractions
Get oriented with Perth on a morning walking tour—replete with coffee and chocolate—to see the art and cultural sights of the city center. Then explore more of Perth on a hop-on hop-off bus tour, which allows you to get off at any of the designated stops to visit attractions independently at your leisure. If you’re interested in wildlife, don’t miss a visit to the Perth Zoo or Aquarium of Western Australia; if you’re more of a history buff, head to the Perth Mint for a guided tour.
Afternoon: Explore the Swan River
Running along the edge of the Central Business District and separating Perth from the historical town of Fremantle, the Swan River is the flowing heart of the city, with several options for cruising. Traveling by boat is a relaxing way to enjoy lunch, get to Fremantle, or simply admire the scenery along the riverbanks: King’s Park, yacht clubs, quiet bays, and impressive homes. Many boats depart near the Bell Tower, where you can visit the observation deck and learn about the Swan Bells. Alternatively, see Perth from above on a helicopter tour for views of the river, white-sand beaches, and the Indian Ocean.
Night: Dine Out
If you’d rather check out the Swan River during the more romantic evening hours, opt for a dinner cruise to admire the lights of the city from the water while you enjoy a full meal and Australian wines. Or discover the local wine and cocktail scene on a twilight tour to the Swan Valley wine region or a walking tour of Perth’s watering holes. If you’d rather eat and drink on your own, consider a Perth restaurant and bar discount pass to receive savings at participating establishments.