It would be a mistake of epic proportions to write-off Perth as a remote outpost which serves only the function of administering the state’s mining and resources business and of little interest otherwise.

In fact, Perth’s growing population of over 2m people have built up a great wealth of cultural attractions and created a nightlife to rival that of the great cities of the Eastern coast like Melbourne and Brisbane.

We’ll break down our favourite Perth activities and attractions into daytime and evening according to the best time to enjoy them.

Daytime Activities in Perth


Perth has some of the loveliest beaches in Australia which enjoy the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Cottesloe Beach, City Beach, Scarborough Beach and Trigg Beach are all great for swimming, surfing and sunbathing alike while Mettam’s Pool is a kid-friendly beach hangout.


Kings Park and Botanic Gardens is one of Perth’s top things to do and receives over six million visitors every year. Unrivalled views of the Swan River, thousands of acres of bushland and activities on offer for all members of the family. Fraser Avenue Lookout and the Swan Valley Heritage trail are also popular for views and walks respectively.

Museums and Galleries

The Aviation Heritage Museum is a firm favourite among petrol heads and history buffs alike. Scitech will keep kids of all ages entertained for hours with their science exhibitions. The Art Gallery of Western Australia is centrally located and displays both traditional and contemporary aboriginal artworks.

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Evening Attractions in Perth

Opel Moonlight Cinema

This open air cinema is open throughout the summer and shows a diverse range of classics and new releases. Take a picnic, a bottle of wine (the cinema is unlicensed) and stake out your spot on the Kings Park lawn from 6.30pm for a film start time of 8pm.

Perth Concert Hall

Regarded as having the finest acoustics in the Southern Hemisphere, the Perth Concert Hall plays host year round to concerts by the West Australian Symphony orchestra as well as visiting orchestras and rock and pop musicians. There’s no need to dress up.

Opus Restaurant

The top rated dining experience in Perth combines traditional French cooking techniques with West Australian ingredients and flavours in an elegant, contemporary dining room. You’ll want to go every week for the fare of chef Nathan Thomas.

Looking for more top-notch things to do in Perth? Take a look at our nightlife guide to the city.