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How to Spend 1 Day in Perth

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.

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Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise

Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise

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Spend an evening on the Swan River during this Perth dinner cruise that highlights the beauty of the city from the water. As you glide past the downtown riverfront and surrounding suburbs, admire twinkling lights reflecting on the water, listen to live music and dine on a buffet of roast beef, prawns, lasagna and more. Australian wine, beer, soft drinks, coffee and tea are provided, and you can purchase spirits from the bar.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Swan River Scenic Cruise

Swan River Scenic Cruise

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See some of Perth’s top sights from the water on a leisurely Swan River cruise. As you depart the city center, admire Perth riverfront attractions like the Bell Tower and Kings Park, and glide past pretty suburbs to reach Fremantle, located where the river meets the Indian Ocean. Choose a departure time when booking.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
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One-way Sightseeing Cruise between Perth and Fremantle

One-way Sightseeing Cruise between Perth and Fremantle

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Travel from Perth to Fremantle or vice versa on a relaxing Swan River cruise. You’ll glide along the river, admiring the waterfront scenery of Perth’s downtown skyline, upscale suburbs and yacht clubs. Drinks may be purchased from the onboard bar. Plus, choose from multiple departure times to best suit your schedule.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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$24.66
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Perth Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Perth Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Get to know Perth at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off tour that you can customize to suit your interests and time constraints. Cruise around the city by double-decker bus to see sights like the Bell Tower, Kings Park, the Swan River waterfront and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. When booking, you may upgrade, if you wish, to enhance your sightseeing experience with additional activities like a round-trip river cruise to Fremantle, a tram tour, admission to the Fremantle Prison and lunch at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.
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  • 2 hours
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Fremantle Lunch Cruise

Fremantle Lunch Cruise

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Spend lunch on the water during this Swan River cruise from Perth. As you glide leisurely down the river from the city to Fremantle, a historical port city located where the river meets the Indian Ocean, feast on a buffet hot dishes, salads, fruit and more. While you eat, take in views of Perth’s waterfront suburbs and yacht clubs.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
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The Perth Mint: Guided Heritage Tour and Gold Pour

The Perth Mint: Guided Heritage Tour and Gold Pour

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Learn all about gold and the Australian gold rush during a one-hour tour of the Perth Mint. One of Western Australia’s oldest heritage sites, the Perth Mint features multimedia presentations, historic images and artifacts, and a dazzling array of pure gold that includes natural gold nuggets and a solid gold bar.
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General Admission Entry at AQWA

General Admission Entry at AQWA

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Visit the Aquarium of Western Australia and spend the morning or afternoon immersed in Australia’s fascinating under water world. Get up close with five species of sharks, stingrays, and turtles in the 100-meter (320-foot) underwater tunnel, get to responsibly interact with sea stars, sea cucumbers and other marine life at the Touch Pool, and take advantage of a large offering of guided tours, talks and animal feedings times throughout the day.
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  • 2 to 7 hours
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Morning Coffee, Culture and Art Walking Tour of Perth

Morning Coffee, Culture and Art Walking Tour of Perth

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Start your day with a 2-hour walking tour of Perth. See highlights such as the Perth Town Hall, the old theater district, top art galleries, and the State Buildings. Your guide provides informative commentary, along with a stop for coffee or tea, and chocolate tastings.
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  • 2 hours
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Skip-the-Line: Perth Bell Tower Experience Ticket

Skip-the-Line: Perth Bell Tower Experience Ticket

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Visit the Bell Tower, one of the largest musical instruments in the world, located in the heart of Perth in vibrant Barrack Square. Also known as the Swan Bells, the bell tower contains twelve bells made in the 14th century for St Martin-in-the-Fields church in London's Trafalgar Square. Learn how the bells came to Australia, discover the art of bell ringing, and soak in panoramic views of the city, Swan River and Elizabeth Quay from the open-air Observation Deck.
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  • 45 minutes
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Small Bars of Perth Walking Tour

Small Bars of Perth Walking Tour

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Get the inside scoop on Perth’s unique nightlife on this 3-hour walking tour of the city’s best bars. Experience a different side to Perth as you venture outside the main entertainment district and visit popular local haunts, unknown to outsiders. Learn more about the burgeoning small bar scene from your guide as you enjoy a complimentary drink or snack at each bar, and get plenty of tips for how to enjoy the rest of your time in the city. 
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  • 3 hours
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