37 things to do in Perth as a solo traveller

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So you’re solo travelling to Perth, or maybe you’re thinking about coming to the laidback capital city of the most beautiful state in Australia? Now, while I might be little biased because WA is my home, I can honestly say that there is a huge variety of things to do in Perth as a solo traveller. From stunning beaches to foodie experiences to hiking trails, this list will help you make the most of your solo adventure in Perth.

Things to do in Perth City

Explore Kings Park and Botanical Gardens

Kings Park is huge. Spend a day wandering through its gardens, take in the panoramic views of the city skyline, and maybe even join a free guided tour to learn about native plants and history.

Stroll through Elizabeth Quay

Elizabeth Quay in Perth is a vibrant waterfront precinct that blends modern urban design with the scenic beauty of the Swan River. It features a promenade, and some iconic Perth landmarks such as the Bell Tower and the striking Elizabeth Quay Bridge. There’s an array of places to grab a drink and something to eat, including more laidback options like The Island and upscale rooftop dining options like Songbird Bar. 

Visit the Perth Mint

If you’re into jewellery, coin collecting or investing in precious metals, the Perth mint might be a place to pop on your list. At the Perth Mint, you can learn about the history of gold in Western Australia, watch a gold pour, and see the world’s largest gold coin at the Perth Mint (it even has a kangaroo on it!).

Hop on a ferry to South Perth

From Elizabeth Quay, hop on a Transperth ferry to South Perth for a stunning view of the Perth city skyline with the Swan River in the foreground.

Take a street art tour

Perth is known for its vibrant street art scene. Join a tour to learn about the artists and stories behind the murals. Oh Hey WA Tours offer two street art tours – one including a few bar stops along the way.

Explore Yagan Square

Located in the heart of Perth, Yagan Square is a vibrant hub for live performances, cultural experiences, and culinary delights. Check out the latest events and activities happening in Yagan Square here

Enjoy a coffee, brunch or baked goods at a local café

Perth has a thriving cafe culture. Find a cozy café, enjoy a latte, have a cheeky pastries or a bite to eat before a day of exploring the city – and maybe even strike up a conversation with a local. Some of my favourites:

  • Gemini Cafe Perth, Perth CBD
  • Wholefood Circus, Shenton Park

Things to do in Crawley

Enjoy a Picnic at Matilda Bay

Pack a picnic and head to Matilda Bay. Take a moment to relax, enjoy the views and the slower paced Perth city vibe, and maybe even spot some black swans (which as WA’s official state bird).

Visit the Blue Boat House

The Crawley Edge Boathouse, perched on the banks of Perth’s beautiful Swan River, has become one of the city’s most photographed locations. Its iconic blue facade and picturesque setting make it a favorite spot for photographers and visitors alike. Whether you’re looking for a photo opportunity or just a serene spot to enjoy the river views, the Blue Boathouse is a beautiful landmark to put on your Perth to-do list.

Wander the grounds of the University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia (more commonly known as UWA), established in 1911, is the oldest university in Western Australia and the 6th oldest in the country. Renowned for its heritage architecture and beautiful Sunken Garden, UWA is a popular spot for weddings, graduations, and photo shoots. It’s also a lovely place to wander around if you appreciate historic buildings.

Things to do in the Perth hills

Go hiking in the Perth Hills

The Perth Hills offer numerous hiking trails with breathtaking views, here are some trails to check out:

Chase waterfalls in the Perth Hills

The Perth Hills is the best place to go for nature lovers who want to chase some of Perth’s waterfalls. Here are some to check out:

  • Lesmurdie Falls
  • Serpentine Falls

Wander through the Kalamunda Markets

Nestled in the picturesque Perth Hills, Kalamunda offers a scenic backdrop to immerse yourself in the local community while browsing fresh produce, unique gifts, and delicious food.

Things to do in Cottesloe

Relax at Cottesloe Beach

This iconic beach is ideal for a relaxing day in the sun. Swim in the clear waters, enjoy a coffee at one of the nearby cafes, and watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean.

Take a surf lesson

During the winter months, Go Surf Perth teaches surfing lessons at Leighton Beach (just 5-minutes from Cottesloe). They offer lessons where you can join a group (usually between 3-6 people or you can opt for a private 1-on-1 session. 

Things to do in Coogee

Explore the shipwreck at CY O’Connor Beach

Find a little piece of WA’s maritime history at CY O’Connor Beach, where you’ll find the shipwreck of the SS Wyola, a historic tugboat that lies just offshore. You’ll also see the remains of Robb Jetty. If you’re a dog lover like me, you’ll be happy to know this beach does allow dogs, and if you’re not a lover of furry friends, this spot may not be for you. 

Relax at Coogee beach

Head to Coogee Beach, which is one of my favourite beaches for a swim or simply setting up on the sand to unwind and enjoy the coastal vibes. You can even grab a coffee at the Surfing Lizard Cafe and go for a stroll along the beach if you’re visiting in the cooler months. 

Snorkel or dive at the Omeo Wreck

The Omeo wreck lies submerged about 40 metres off Coogee Beach, and is popular diving spot near Fremantle, Western Australia. This shipwreck, which dates back to 1905, offers snorkellers and divers a chance to explore its remains and the marine life it attracts.

Things to do in Scarborough

Walk the Scarborough to Trigg Trail 

The Scarborough-Trigg Heritage Trail is 6.6km round trip that have you meandering along Perth’s beautiful coastline. This trail will take you through diverse landscapes, including sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, and lush bushland.

Take a dip in a pool with a view

Move over Bondi, Scarborough Beach Pool is Perth’s answer to an outdoor swimming pool on the beach. This is Western Australia’s only beachside pool. 

Stay and play at the India Ocean Hotel

This hotel is known for its gigs and events so music lovers and party-goers should put this spot on their list. The hotels rooms have hosted the likes of AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and The Rollings Stones. Check out the rooms here.

Things to do in Fremantle

Explore Fremantle Markets

An eclectic mix of food, crafts, and local produce, Fremantle Markets is a must-visit. Wander through the stalls, sample delicious eats, and buy unique souvenirs.

Visit the WA Maritime Museum

Located in Fremantle, this museum showcases WA’s maritime history. Don’t miss the exhibits on shipwrecks and the submarine tour.

See the Rainbow

The Containbow in Fremantle is a quirky, colourful art installation that has become a Instagrammable landmark in the area. The structure looks like a ‘rainbow’ and has been created out of stacked shipping containers painted in a spectrum of the colours of the rainbow. It stretches along the waterfront near East Street Jetty, adding a playful touch to the industrial landscape of the Fremantle Port.

Enjoy the view from a bar in Fremantle

Fremantle’s bar scene is a dynamic mix of historic pubs, quirky and trendy cocktail bars, and cozy lounges, but as a solo traveler, a bar with a view might be what you’ll enjoy most. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Little Creatures Brewery: Enjoy craft beers with stunning waterfront views.
  • The National Hotel: Sip cocktails on the rooftop bar overlooking Fremantle.
  • Bathers Beach House: Relax with a drink right on the beach, perfect for sunsets.
  • Sweetwater Rooftop Bar: Experience panoramic views while enjoying inventive cocktails.
  • Gage Roads Freo: Savor local brews in a spacious, airy setting with harbor views.

Enjoy coffee or a bite to eat at a local café

The Fremantle cafe scene is buzzing with life. Begin your day at one of its many cafés, where you can sip on a a coffee, treat yourself to a delicious pastry, or grab brekkie before setting off to explore the historical centre of Freo. Here are a few of my top picks:

  • Chalky’s Espresso Bar

Uncover the history of Fremantle Prison

Take a guided tour of Fremantle Prison, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you can learn about its history and hear fascinating stories from the past. They have a variety of tours, from eerie nighttime tours to adventurous tours that lead you down the labyrinth of tunnels built by the prisoners.

Spend the night in a cell at the Fremantle Prison

Voluntarily, that is! Fremantle Prison stands as Western Australia’s sole UNESCO World Heritage-listed accommodation and you’ll get to sleep in an actual cell! Book your cell here. 

Visit the Roundhouse

Another one for history buffs! The Roundhouse in Fremantle, WA, built in 1830, is Western Australia’s oldest public building. Originally a convict prison and later a police lock-up, it offers guided tours of its dungeons and panoramic views of Fremantle and the Indian Ocean.

Things to do in the Swan Valley

Join a vineyard tour in the Swan Valley

If you’re a wine lover, you cannot miss the Swan Valley. Join a half-day tour or organise yourself a drive and set out on a self-guided tasting spree to sample some of Australia’s best wines, cheeses, and chocolates.

Things to do in Mandurah

Go hunting for the Mandurah Giants

Artist Thomas Dambo has brought his incredible trolls to life in secret locations throughout Mandurah in November 2022. These giants, made entirely from recycled wood, aim to reconnect people with the natural world and will reside in Mandurah for three years. The giants offer an interactive outdoor adventure where you follow clues to seek out each character. 

Take a picture on the swing mural

This is one of my favourite murals in Mandurah so I highly recommend seeking it out. Located on Tuckey Lane, artist Tahnee Kelland has created a beautiful interactive floral mural where you can sit and snap a photo.

Follow the 3D illusion art trail

If 3D illusion art is your thing, Mandurah offers a complete trail for you to explore. Follow this trail to discover captivating artworks that play with perspective and create immersive experiences for visitors.

Day trips to do from Perth

Head over to Rottnest Island

if you’re lucky, on arrival at Rottnest Island, you’ll be greeted by the infamous furry little locals called Quokkas. Rent a bike or buy a bus ticket to explore the island’s bountiful beaches, lighthouses, snorkelling spots, war history monuments, and hiking/biking trails.

Learn about Aboriginal Culture on Rottnest Island

Join an Aboriginal guided tour to learn about their culture and history of ‘Wadjemup’. Go Cultural is a tour company that offers tours on the island. 

Visit the Pinnacles Desert

Experience the otherworldly landscape of the Pinnacles Desert. Join a tour or rent a car and drive up to Nambung National Park to see these unique limestone formations.

Visit Penguin Island

A short ferry ride from Rockingham, Penguin Island is home to a colony of little penguins. While you have to be extremely lucky to spot one of the little guys, you can spend the day enjoying the beautiful beaches.

There are so many things to do in Perth as a solo traveller for everyone from nature lovers to cafe hoppers to beach goers to history buffs. 

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