24 Hours in Perth

Posted by Stephanie Mikkelsen on Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Do you hear that? It's the sound of Australia's West Coast calling. Perth has to be one of the most exciting capital cities Australia has to offer, because it has a bit of everything: excellent restaurants, electric nightlife, great attractions, beautiful beaches and swanky boutique stays.

Then you have the sun-kissed days, quirky local markets, world-class galleries and pretty-as-a-picture parks. You guessed it, there's a lot to love in Perth, and there's even more to see and do. To give you an idea of where you can start however, we've created an itinerary for your first 24 hours in Perth. All you need to do is book your plane ticket.

Getting there

On your way into the city from Perth Airport? You can jump into a taxi – expect to pay a fare around the $50 mark – or make use of the public transport offerings. The ever-handy Perth Airport Shuttle stops at five different locations: East Perth train station, WA Museum on Beaufort Street, Wellington Street, The Kings Perth Hotel and the Ambassador Hotel. Tickets are $15 for a one-way trip and can be purchased from the bus driver. Those planning on using public transport to get around Perth could pick up a SmartRidercard. You can top the balance up as you go and use the card for bus, train and ferry travel.

In 24 hours

Morning buzz | 8am

The Claisebrook Village precinct is a waterfront development in leafy East Perth, and is a 15-minute walk from the CBD. The Yellow CAT Bus (hop off at the Health Department stop) will also bring you here. At the heart of the village is Claisebrook Cove, where you’ll find a collection of buzzing cafés, restaurants, bars and shops. Take your pick from one of the eateries–The Partisan, Toast– and start your morning with a delicious breakfast. For a feast with a view, choose one of the cafés dotted along the water.

Waterfront wander | 9:30am

The Greenway is a pedestrian path that follows the waterfront and winds through the Claisebrook area. A stroll along The Greenway will give you the opportunity to explore and check out the public artwork displays. Some of the works are made from repurposed materials from the area’s old buildings. Those visiting on a Saturday can make for the Perth City Farm market to browse top-notch organic produce and wander the surrounding gardens. The market is open every Saturday from 8am until noon.

Black swan | 10:30am

A 20-minute walk back along the banks of Swan River will bring you to Point Fraser recreational reserve, where you can hire kayaks and mountain bikes. Make your way to one of the park’s lookout points for stunning views of Perth’s skyline. You'll also spot yachts bobbing up and down on the river and the city’s famous black swans.

Arty fix | 12pm

The Perth Cultural Centre can be found just next to the Perth railway station and proves there is more to this city than sunny days and surf beaches. The centre is home to a collection of hip-pocket friendly attractions (read: most are free or ask for a donation upon entry). Swing past the Western Australian Museum, the state library, and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA). There are a handful of good eateries nearby for those in need of a bite to eat.

Make tracks | 2pm

Fremantle is only a 20-minute train journey away from Perth and this lively port city is well worth the trip. Even just a couple of hours here will have you wanting to book a return visit. If you’re up for more art and culture, head to the Fremantle Arts Centre. This hub of contemporary art has a stellar program and ever-changing exhibitions. The World Heritage-listed Fremantle Prison is also excellent and has free entry. Those who want an extra side of history can visit Fremantle Round House, the oldest public building in Western Australia. Is shopping more your thing? The Fremantle Markets on South Terrace happen every weekend.

Pit stop | 4:30pm

Ready for a refreshment? Just around the corner from Fremantle Markets is Cappuccino Strip. This stretch between Bannister and Parry Streets has earned an impressive reputation for its top-notch cafés and baristas. But the strip’s offerings don’t stop at just caffeine, with a smattering of restaurants, pubs and breweries, including Little Creatures, also available. Prepare to settle down with your beverage of choice and enjoy an afternoon of people watching.

City bound | 6pm

It’s time to head back to Perth. Make your way back to Fremantle Railway Station and catch the train back into the city.

Curtain call | 6:30pm

Once you’re back in Perth take the easy walk (around 15 minutes) to Perth Concert Hall. With a program covering everything from classical music concerts to performances of works by The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, you’re sure to find something that ends your time in the city on a high note. On your walk to the Hall be sure to pick up an on-the-go snack to tide you over until dinner.

Supper club | 9:30pm

There are restaurants to suit every tastebud, style and budget in Perth. And your hardest task will be picking just one. The inner city has great offerings such as: Print Hall, 1907, and Gramercy Bar and Kitchen, or you could head north to suburbs like Northbridge, Highgate and Mount Lawley.

Final cheers | 10:30pm

Those keen to enjoy a nightcap will find buzzing watering holes wherever they are, be it a boutique wine bar or a laid-back pub.

Where to stay?

Seaside escape at Amalfi Beach House

Scarborough style at Sunmoon Boutique Resort

Cosy family getaway at Clover's Beach Cottage

Apartments and studios at Cottesloe Beach Stays