Experience one of the most liveable cities in the world
Perth is regularly ranked in the top 10 most liveable, friendly and attractive cities in the world.
The sun shines for an average of nine hours per day, with 131 perfectly clear blue-sky days every year, and finding ways to enjoy them is easy, with a huge variety of things to do in Perth.
It’s the only capital city where you can choose to taste a world-class wine region, picnic in one of the world’s largest inner city parks and watch an ocean sunset from one of 19 white sand beaches, all within a single day in the city.
Seekers of retail therapy are spoilt with a choice of more than 900 speciality shops in Perth.
Followers of fashion should head to the King Street precinct where Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. rub shoulders with west-end designer jewellery houses, showcasing exquisite Kimberley pink diamonds, Broome South Sea pearls, fine Australian opals and Kalgoorlie gold.
Other central hotspots for designer brands and high-end fashion boutiques include Subiaco, Mount Lawley and Claremont, plus you can see the catwalk come to the streets when the city hosts the annual Perth Fashion Festival.
If you have a curiosity for curios, antiques and vintage finds, check out Leederville, Inglewood and Guildford.
There’s also the chance to sample some of the region’s finest fresh produce and browse local arts and crafts at one of the many weekend markets, including the iconic historic Fremantle Markets.
Tucking into WA’s freshest and finest seasonal flavours under a balmy night sky, or beside Perth’s ocean and river vistas is a veritable feast for all the senses.
Many restaurants have been awarded for their commitment to food excellence, including Perth’s home-grown world-famous chefs, and true foodies shouldn’t miss the opportunity to sample their creations at the annual Eat Drink TASTE Perth food festival.
For pre or post dinner drinks, the options are equally as tempting, from grand colonial hotels and characterful country pubs, to the elegant European-style small bars in the city’s charming lanes.
See the Food and Wine section for more inspiration, and check out the Australian Good Food Guide for up-to-date info on eating out in Perth.
Picnics and BBQs
One of the locals’ favourite ways to enjoy all those glorious hours of sunshine in Perth is to pack up a picnic or barbecue ingredients and head for beaches, parks, bushlands, forests and river banks.
Of the city’s 19 beautiful beaches, top picnic spots include the shady lawns and foreshores of Cottesloe Beach, City Beach, Mullaloo Beach, Mandurah and Rockingham.
Down by the river, the options are just as inviting, with city views from South Perth foreshore, sailing boats in Matilda Bay, riverside vineyards in the Swan Valley, and forested river banks in the Avon Valley.
For some of the best cityscape vistas, head for the green heart of Perth, Kings Park Botanic Gardens. Here, in one of the largest inner city parks in the world, you can pick a spot to lay your blanket in 400 hectares of native flora.
Or take in the natural beauty of Western Australia’s oldest conservation area, John Forrest National Park, just a 30-minute drive from Perth.
Known as the city of lights, Perth shines even more vibrantly after nightfall, as the streets and lanes of Perth CBD, Northbridge, Mount Lawley, Subiaco, Fremantle, East Perth, West Perth and Mandurah fill with the bustle of entertainment seekers.
You’ll find bars, pubs, clubs, live music, comedy and theatre shows seven nights a week, not to mention a colourful calendar of annual events.
Discover a quirky kind of fun at the Fringe World Festival, selecting from 450 public shows over the summer months.
Catch a movie under the stars at one of Perth’s many outdoor cinemas.
Or soak up the creative vibes at Australia’s longest running festival in Fremantle.
See the Arts section or search for Perth events to find out what’s on.
The beaches and stunning Indian Ocean sunsets are a big part of what makes city living in Perth so good.
The capital is blessed with a string of 19 sensational white sand beaches, some with clear, sheltered waters for swimming and snorkelling, some with beach volleyball courts, and many with perfect wave and wind conditions for surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.
Check out the Beaches page to find your ideal ocean-side spot.
Museums and heritage
When you set foot on Perth soil and one of the oldest lands on Earth, you follow in the steps of ancient Indigenous tribes, European explorers and pioneers, mariners and the military, convicts and early settlers.
Discover some of the most eventful chapters in Perth’s history in the Perth Cultural Centre, home of the Museum of WA.
Enter one of the best preserved 19th century port streetscapes on Earth in Fremantle and explore 140 years of convict history at World Heritage listed Fremantle Prison.
Or take a short ferry ride to discover a different side of Perth’s island playground, Rottnest Island, where some of the most captivating and gruesome tales of maritime, convict, colonial and military history took place.