Located on the stunning Swan River, Perth’s Central Business District has been revitalised over the years and is now a vibrant, cosmopolitan melting pot of cafes, restaurants, bars, museums and art. Throw in the new waterfront development, as well as amazing outdoor spaces and beautiful year-round sunshine, there’s no better place to visit for a fun-filled holiday with something for everyone. At Executive Escapes, we are the specialists in short stay accommodation in Perth. Here’s our list of things you must do while enjoying a holiday in Perth’s CBD.
Enjoy a Day at Kings Park
Overlooking the Swan River and with sweeping views of the Perth skyline, Kings Park is one of the largest inner city parks in the world, covering more than 400 hectares, making it even larger than New York’s Central Park. Home to the Botanical Gardens, enjoy a free guided tour where you can walk amongst the treetops on the elevated bridge and soak up the sun in the many the open grassy areas and picnic spots. Fun for the whole family, Kings Park features multiple playgrounds for the kids, casual dining options including a kiosk, the Botanical Cafe and Fraser’s Restaurant and a 101 step climb to the top of the DNA tower for panoramic views of the city, the Swan River, and even Rottnest Island.
Eat Delicious Food at the Twilight Hawkers Market
The biggest food market in Perth, the Twilight Hawkers Market runs every Friday evening from October to April. With live music from local bands, this award-winning market is a vibrant and bustling place to experience a mixture of cuisines from all around the world. There’s an abundance of food stalls that cater for all tastes and dietary requirements and with different stalls every week, the twilight hawkers market is sure to please the whole family.
Check Out Barrack Square
Located on the foreshore of the Swan River, Barrack Square is the ultimate place to go for some of Perth’s best shops, restaurants and bars. Also home to the Swan Bells, a set of 18 bells held inside of a 250ft high Bell Tower, the impressive Swan Bells are one of the largest sets of change ringing bells in the world. A lively spot to relax with a cocktail and watch the world go by.
Take a Walking Tour
With its flat, wide streets and footpaths, one of the best ways to see Perth CBD is by taking a guided walking tour lead by a knowledgeable local. Stroll through the city streets and laneways and learn about the history, culture and colourful past of the city and experience attractions on and off the tourist trail.
Enjoy the Thriving Small Bar Scene
Move over Melbourne, with many new developments and cultural precincts emerging, Perth’s bar scene is booming. Check out popular CBD bars Helvetica and Andaluz, or join the crowds at The Aviary. The hip neighbourhood of Northbridge is home to many bustling bars including Ezra Pound Bar and The Bird Wine Bar, why not make a night of it and bar hop your way around the city!
Visit the Perth Cultural Centre
Conveniently situated in the heart of Perth, the Cultural Centre is an eclectic mix of different museums, galleries, markets, eateries and more. Here you will find the Western Australian Museum, where you can learn about the history of Perth, you can check out the Aboriginal Interpretive Gallery or catch a show at the Blue Room, Perth’s independent theatre. With different events happening weekly, the Perth Cultural Centre is an attraction not to be missed.
Watch a Play at His Majesty’s Theatre
Built in the early 20th century, His Majesty’s Theatre is thought to be the last working Edwardian theatre in Australia. Home to the West Australia Opera and the West Australian Ballet, there’s no shortage of plays, comedies, musicals, ballets, and more, that will allow you to experience the beauty of this stunning building.
Take a Cruise On the Swan River
Jump on board and enjoy a scenic cruise along the Swan River and experience magnificent views as you cruise between Perth’s CBD and the Port of Fremantle. There’s no better way to see the best attractions Perth has to offer including the towering glass spire of the Bell Tower, the restored Swan Brewery, Kings Park and much more.
Visit an Art Gallery
Visited by 400,000 people annually and home to more than 17,000 pieces of art, the Art Gallery of Western Australia boasts mix of indigenous and contemporary exhibitions while the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts is one of the leading centres for the presentation of contemporary arts. If you’re interested in Aboriginal art you cannot miss the Aboriginal Art and Craft Gallery, located in Kings Park.
Take in a Film at The Rooftop Movies
For a truly memorable night, you must visit the rooftop movies. Located above the streets of Northbridge, relax in comfortable bean bags, and enjoy the sunset with a drink in your hand, before the movie starts – just be warned the panoramic views from here are breathtaking, so much so that it might even be difficult to focus on the movie!
With its laid-back outdoor lifestyle and plenty of exciting things to see and do, now is the time to book your stay in Perth. If you are looking for short stay accommodation in the heart of Perth’s CBD, contact the friendly team at Executive Escapes today.