• a local's guide to perth


Cheerful quokkas and white-sand beaches attract millions of people to Perth every year, but beyond the crystal-clear coastline there's still plenty of things to see and do in Western Australia's buzzing capital. From Fremantle to the Swan Valley, our local legend, Alex Nissen, has given us the inside scoop on where to go when you visit the West Coast. Check out her top tips and go like a local today.  

local activities in perth

go behind bars at fremantle prison



Exploring a retired gaol may not be at the top of your bucket list, but Fremantle Prison is a great place to kick-start your adventure in Perth. From underground tunnel expeditions to late-night torch tours, there's plenty of ways to get a glimpse of the past. Short on time? You can't go past the Convict Prison Tour, which offers a short and sweet look at the main buildings and the surrounding grounds. 



explore colourful laneways in the CBD



From flashy stencils to larger-than-life murals, Perth's top street artists have worked with the local council to add a splash of colour to the CBD. To see some of the city's most popular pieces, head to Northbridge and hop between laneways before taking a short bus ride over to Subiaco, where you can meet some of the resident creatives at The Little Wing Corner Gallery.



treat your senses at the perth institute of contemporary art



Located in the heart of the city, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art is where artists from across the country go to showcase their latest creations. From interactive exhibitions to contemporary dance performances, PICA's annual calendar is chock-full of amazing events to check out during your visit. Best of all, if you’re on a budget, it's free to pop in and browse between Tuesday and Sunday.

local bars in perth

beat the heat at little creatures brewery



To cool off during the day, head south to the Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle and enjoy an ice-cold beer straight from the source. From their tried and true pale ale to their latest seasonal release, there's plenty of brews to choose from at the bar. If you're keen to learn more about your favourite drop, brewery tours run regularly throughout the day – simply sign up with one of the friendly staff members on arrival.


hide out with a drink at sneaky tony's



Where Perth meets the Prohibition era, Sneaky Tony's is a well-hidden rum joint that offers bargoers a refreshing change of scenery from the hustle and bustle of the CBD. In true speakeasy fashion, you’ll need a password to get in, so don’t forget to check out their Facebook page before you hit the laneways of Northbridge.



live it up at ezra pound



Just a short walk from Sneaky Tony's, Ezra Pound is a local institution that has a reputation for shaking up some of the best cocktails in the city. After a rum or two around the corner, cleanse your palate with one of the team's latest creations, which are best enjoyed with their signature cheese board.


local hotspots in perth

make a splash at south beach



Keen for a dip? Skip the busy swimming spots near the CBD and head down to South Beach in Fremantle. Unlike some of the surf beaches in the area, this local hotspot is known for its calm conditions, which make it a popular choice for families with small children. And with plenty of room on the sand, it's never hard to find a quiet spot to relax by the water.



wine and dine in nature at lamont's winery



The Lamont family are well known in Western Australia for their unpretentious approach to fine dining, but their crowning culinary achievement is Lamont's Winery in the Swan Valley. Enjoy a complimentary tasting at the cellar door before sitting down for a bite to eat in their stunning outdoor dining area. From duck parfait to triple cream brie, their French-inspired menu features an eclectic range of flavours that effortlessly pair with their wine list.  



catch the sunset at scarborough beach



For a picture-perfect view of the sunset, join the locals for an afternoon walk along the sand at Scarborough Beach. As daylight fades, wander over to The Sandbar for a sundowner on the deck or, if you're feeling peckish, pick up some fish and chips from Peter's by The Sea and roll out a picnic blanket on the grass.  




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