15 Fun Things to Do in Perth: A Solo Travel Guide
Perth is the sunniest Australian city with the most extensive city parkland in the world. Thanks to its perfect climate throughout the year, it offers a laid-back lifestyle that is hard to beat. It’s no secret that it is a beloved Australian city among the youngest generations.
As a solo traveller myself have been several times to Perth, and every time I seem to like it more and more. Among the many things to do in Perth during the day and at night, I have picked 15 places to help you plan your solo trip in the Western Australia capital city.
15 things to do in Perth for the solo traveller
If you travel solo to Perth, you need to plan at least three full days. Ideally, I would stay a week to make the most of Perth’s great outdoors. Here is my travel guide with my best picks on fun things to do alone in Perth.
1. Admire Elizabeth Quay’s Architecture
The newly refurbished Elizabeth Quay has re-established the connection between the city and the Swan River and expanded the city centre with new inlets of parklands, promenades, shopping and entertainment areas. It indeed has changed the face of Perth, and it’s a delight to walk through the spectacular Queen Elizabeth Quay Bridge and admire the imposing modern sculptures.
One more significant ongoing project: the Perth City Link will reconnect the CBD with Northbridge while sinking the rail line and undergrounding the bus stations. This way, they will create a new precinct that will revitalise the city furthermore.
2. Visit the inside of the State Buildings
Just one minute walk from Elizabeth’s Quay. It’s an entirely refurbished huge palace showing all its splendours through high-end restaurants and top brands shops. On the ground floor outside, you can also discover food artisan shops like a tea-house and the famous Sue Lewis Chocolaterie.
If you like chocolate, here you can take part in chocolate tastings and buy mouth-watering organic chocolate made freshly made in front of you.
3. Spend a day in Kings Park
Kings Park, the largest city park in the world, is the green soul of Perth. Its beautiful botanical garden and the Banksia Garden feature unique Western Australian wildflowers, plants, trees and offer spectacular views over the city. Free guided tours, provided by park rangers, are available daily to learn about traditions and the Aboriginal significance of this place.
If you want to do long walks or go cycling across this huge natural bushland, take your food with you and stop at one of the many picnic areas along the famous Fraser Avenue or the Pioneer Women’s Memorial. A great way to spend a day in Perth solo.
Here are all things to do in Kings Park Perth.
4. Go on a day trip to Rottnest Island
No visit to Perth is complete without a day-trip to Rottnest, as the locals call it. Rottnest is a car-free small island off Perth’s coast, a great place for a day out or a holiday. There is a free shuttle bus that takes you around to over 60 beaches.
Take a two-hour-bus-tour with excellent commentary to learn about its unique cultural heritage and the funny stories of this island. There are many more tours, from sailing boat trips or adventure boat trips. On this page, you can learn more about how to spend a day on Rottnest Island.
If you prefer exploring the island on your own, hire a bike and cycle all around the island and stop at the many small bays and beaches. You can also take your bike on the ferry or hire it in Perth. Check the wind and sea conditions before booking your ferry from Fremantle to Rottnest.
It will be hard to cycle around the island by a strong wind, so possibly pick a wind-free day trip from Perth to Rottnest Island.
5. Take a walk in South Perth Foreshore Park
Perth is not only a paradise for walkers and bikers alike. And you don’t need to go to the beach. One of the best places for walking in Perth is the South Perth Foreshore Park, where you can jog, walk and exercise all along the river while enjoying an early sunrise breeze or later afternoon for sunset colours. It’s very busy at weekends, and people flock here for a relaxing day out.
It’s a recreational and training area for kayaking, stand-up paddle and more sports too. If you love aerobic workouts, this is an excellent place in Perth to spend time alone.
6. Visit historic Fremantle
Fremantle is only 20 minutes train ride from the city and is a funky coastal town with cultural and historical heritage. Fremantle is genuinely a picturesque place with a distinctive flair.
What to do in Fremantle on a solo trip:
7. Dive into the Fremantle markets vibe – open from Friday to Sunday – Its bustling atmosphere with over 150 arts and crafts stalls, live buskers, concerts and art events are one of the biggest attractions must-do-thing when visiting Perth on weekends.
8. Visit the Fremantle Prison with its fascinating story from the convict settlement time with the prison riots and its mysterious tales. I can highly recommend going on a guided tour.
9. Take a walk to admire Fremantle old buildings. From Fremantle Marina, stroll through its city centre, you will come across some magnificent old buildings, hotels and pubs. A few examples: Rosie O’Grady’s, the majestic Hotel Esplanade and the iconic National Hotel, which was destroyed by a fire in 2007 and re-opened to the public six years later in all its splendour.
10. Enjoy Perth beaches from Cottesloe to Ocean Reef
Sun, beach and surf. This is what Perth is famous for. One thing that you undoubtedly do is to go to Cottesloe Beach, the most popular beach among locals. While it is a pretty busy beach on weekends, you don’t need a car to get there, and it’s only 10 minutes bus or train ride from the city.
11. Go for a bike ride on the Perth north coast. Perth is a paradise for bike lovers because it’s not as busy as other Australian cities, and there are excellent cycling paths that take you to Cottesloe. From there, you can keep cycling north to Scarborough Beach, North Beach and further north to Sorrento.
12. Enjoy sunset at Ocean Reef
If you are more adventurous and like to get active, you can cycle up the whole way up to Ocean Reef. But if that’s too much, get on the 423 bus to Hillary’s Boat Harbour and from there hire a bike to cycle north through the splendid Mullaloo Beach on the elevated paved cycling path stop at the various lookouts through the stunning hills to Iluka beach, where you can stop for a coffee. A 5 km bike ride worth it.
And one of my favourite day-trips in Perth.
13. Get a taste of Perth at the Food Markets
Another thing you can do in Perth alone is to taste its great food and local produce. Starting from November on Fridays Night, you can visit Twilight Hawkers Market, the biggest Street Food Market offering the tastiest street food worldwide.
If you are a food lover, Eat Drink Perth, a festival (held in April) dedicated to food tastings, is a must-do thing for you. But there are more interesting Farmers Markets and Nights Markets in summer in Perth, worth checking out.
14. Go to Swan Valley for a Food & Wine Tour
If you love food and wine, one more thing to add to your list is a food & wine tour to Swan Valley to discover its most delicious local produce. To get to Swan Valley is only a 30 minutes drive. From honey, chocolates, ice cream to local vegetables and fruits to local white and red wines, you can spend a whole day touring Swan Valley and having lunch at fine restaurants.
15. Take a Swan riverboat cruise
If you have a couple of hours and don’t fancy hiring a car, the best way to see Perth and around from the water perspective is to go on the Swan Riverboat cruise. I did it on a Sunday morning cruise; it’s a two-hour cruise very informative about this city’s development over the centuries.
You land in the Swan Valley wineries for lunch. This is a guided tour, and you can choose to come back to town by bus. You can view it by clicking the link below.
What if you have ten days to spend in Perth
I would suggest you visit the South East Coast and spend 3-5 days in the Margaret River Region with Cape Leeuwin, Dunsborough and Cape Naturaliste, which are part of the beautiful Geographe Bay.
And if you have more time, you shall plan to travel further down and explore more of South West Australia, including and a trip to Albany.
How to plan your trip to Perth
Here are my favourite trip planning resources that I use to plan all my trips to Australia. It’s not easy to find suitable budget accommodation as hotels in Perth are expensive for solo travellers. You may want to consider alternative ways to hotels, like hostels or Airbnb in Perth.
Here you can read about my experience staying with a local in Perth.
Where to Stay in Perth West Australia
If you prefer a hotel, here are great hotels I recommend in Perth:
The Adnate Art Series Hotel – a fabulous place for the solo traveller in a stylish place.
YHA Perth City for great budget stays in Perth city centre.
The Sebel East Perth serviced apartments overlooking the Swan River best for a mid to long-term stay.
If you find this article helpful for your trip to Perth, I’d appreciate it if you could support Rocky Travel and book your tours and accommodation by using the links in the article or any here below, thanks!
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February 17, 2015 @ 1:27 pm
What a great post! Perth is home to so many beautiful attractions!
February 17, 2015 @ 6:17 pm
Perth is lovely and is growing into a very attractive Australian city! Glad you like the post, thanks for stopping by!
February 17, 2015 @ 4:51 pm
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February 21, 2015 @ 7:07 am
Perth is a fantastic city even though it’s been a long time since I visited! Kings Park is amazing – especially during the wildflower season when the great WA State wildflower, the Kangaroo Paw, is flowering. There’s a great seafood restaurant at the docks in Fremantle too, and a lot of interesting shops nearby. I’m looking forward to going there again sometime!
February 21, 2015 @ 5:47 pm
I spent two weeks last year in November and could go back again! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
February 24, 2015 @ 10:16 am
WOW, I need to go to Australia and Perth!
February 27, 2015 @ 1:29 pm
You will love Perth lifestyle! 🙂
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April 21, 2015 @ 10:44 am
I have lived in Perth all my life. I love the relaxed lifestyle and we have the best weather in the country! Hillarys Boat Harbour is another favourite. Worth visiting Leederville or Mount Lawley for lunch and dinner too!
December 2, 2016 @ 9:25 pm
Perth is a great city. I was only there for three days recently. I left on a Friday so I missed the Twilight Hawkers market. Although you can go from Perth to Fremantle for under $5 on the train, I chose to do a Swan river cruise from Perth to Fremantle for $30 and take the train back.
December 5, 2016 @ 2:47 pm
Hi Rhonda, I never did the Swan River Cruise and have heard that is a great one. So next time it will be on my list! Perth is a lovely city with over 2 millions population, growing bigger from year to year and changing face rapidly.
December 3, 2016 @ 8:37 am
Michela, I agree that Kings Park is a real jewel. Freo and the Cott are two other great places to hangout. You must come back and check out Elizabeth Quay (although I will have a post shortly) as I think they have achieved their goals. It is beautiful, but that’s just my opinion 🙂 I am so proud of my hometown, thank you for a great post.
December 5, 2016 @ 2:54 pm
Hi Lyn, Perth is a great place to be. I love Freo. Cott is always very busy but a wonderful place to hang out too. I must say that Perth’s suburbia is really gorgeous and have a very distinctive flair. Sometimes I do prefer hanging out in those little villages like Subiaco, Claremont, and in the north bound there are many more nice places. I was at Elizabeth Quay in April but wasn’t finished at that time. Hope to get back to Perth soon again.
December 3, 2016 @ 8:59 am
Perth is a great city with so much to do. I love it.
December 4, 2016 @ 9:15 am
So much to see and do in Perth! I had no idea, but I did know I wanted to go there.
December 5, 2016 @ 2:55 pm
You are welcome Jim. I think Perth is a great place for #wkendtravelinspiration 🙂
December 4, 2016 @ 9:50 am
Perth always looks like such a great place to visit and it has been popping up in my travel radar a lot recently. I think fate is trying to tell me something… haha #wkendtravelinspiration
December 9, 2016 @ 12:25 am
I have always wanted to go to Perth after hearing so much about it. Living in Sydney, I might have to fly in for a little break! I would love to see the Kings park and Rottnest Island for the quokkas! Thanks for sharing!
June 26, 2018 @ 6:21 am
This is really the best things to do in Perth; you can surely find the fun and entertaining activities that you will enjoy all day.