Get off the beaten track – here are the most unique activities to try in Perth this year…
Whether you’re a visitor to Western Australia, or a local looking to be a tourist in your own city, there’s no doubt that Perth is no longer the sleepy town that it once was. It’s now a buzzing metropolis, with all the big city opportunities you would expect from shopping to festivals, to adventures and attractions. But with so much to choose from, it can be hard to sift through all the amazing things to do in Perth in order to find those activities which will make incredible memories.
Luckily for you, we’ve explored all the hidden gems in Western Australia’s capital. Here’s our top picks for the most unusual activities to experience in Perth in 2020.
Oh Hey WA Walking Tours
Keen to see the hidden gems of Perth’s CBD? The team at Oh Hey WA have you covered, hosting a range of different walking tours around the city. Their Street Art & Sculpture tour is ideal for families, where guides will take you around Perth’s best street art, murals and sculptures. Alternatively, if history is your thing, their Perth History, Architecture and New Developments tour will be just what you need. Plus, if you’re looking for a grown up night on the town, consider booking a private tour, which can include stops in restaurants and bars through the city.
Fremantle Prison Tours
Established in the mid-1850’s to house British convicts, Fremantle Prison is a must-see for anyone visiting Perth due to it’s rich history. There are a range of tours available to suit all visitors. For the brave-hearted we recommend the True Crime Tour ($22), on which you will be immersed in the lives and stories of some of the prison’s most notorious inmates. Alternatively, The Tunnels Tour ($65) sees visitors explore the tunnels built 20 metres below the prison, but has been restricted by COVID-19 regulations.
Segway Tours on Rottnest Island
With tours running daily, Segway Tours WA offer adventurists the opportunity to explore and discover the hidden treasures of Rottnest Island. Riding segways are an eco-friendly and unique mode of transport that’s easy to master, so it’s the ideal activity for families with children. Segway Tours WA offer two tours around Rottnest: an hour-long tour to the settlement areas of the island; and another which explores the island’s fascinating military history. On top of that, Segway Tours WA also offer tours around Fremantle, Elizabeth Quay and Perth City too.
Situated just 30 minutes from Perth’s CBD, Lesmurdie Falls is a spectacular waterfall located on the Darling Range escarpment. Visitors are able to choose from a variety of trials according to their level of fitness, and the time they wish to spend walking. The Falls Trail is one of the more popular trails, offering stunning views of the falls, and can be comfortably completed in 45 minutes. Plus, for the more adventurous, mountain bike trails are also available for those wishing to speed-up their visit.
Fremantle Food Tours
With so many amazing eateries and watering holes throughout Fremantle, it’s hard to know where to start when planning a visit. With Fremantle food tours, there’s no need to guess. Let their experienced guides take you through popular spots that the locals love. Every Friday night, you can join a tour group which will visit up to seven venues including both bars and restaurants. At each stop, the guide will give a brief history of the venue; and, of course, you’re guaranteed to leave well-fed.
Gnomesville is a definite must-see for those travelling to the southern regions of Western Australia. Located 200-kilometres south of Perth, Gnomesville is a peculiar yet adorable place that is definitely worth a picture… or 10. With an estimated 5000 gnomes residing at Gnomesville, it is an ideal stop if you’re travelling with restless children – or just want to see something a little bizarre. Visiting Gnomeville is free of charge, but visitors are asked to refrain from touching the gnomes.
Built in 1835, the Old Mill is one of Perth’s best known landmarks. Since ceasing production in 1859, this historic monument has boasted a host of uses including a wine saloon, poultry farm and even a hotel. You can join a guided tour of the Old Mill which run from Tuesday to Friday, with group sizes limited dependent on restrictions. Tours are free, however, donations are appreciated as groups are led by volunteer guides. Bookings are recommended and can be made on their website to ensure you don’t miss out on a spot.
Last Drop Elizabethan
A beautiful old English pub located up in Perth Hills, Last Drop Elizabethan has been a part of the Bedfordale community for 25 years. The building itself is a realistic facsimile of Shakespeare’s birthplace, and the bar within offers a huge selection of speciality brews including those handcrafted on site and are available on tap. The Last Drop Elizabethan is an ideal lunch stop when driving through Perth Hills, or even if you just want to experience somewhere a little special for a pint. Better yet, the stunning grounds make it an ideal place to bring children.
Two Feet & A Heartbeat Tours
As the name suggests, all that is required for this tour are two feet and a heartbeat. The team organise a long list of tours around Perth City and Fremantle. Knowledgeable tour guides ensure guests have an enjoyable and informed experience. Our recommendation is the Coffee, Culture and Art Tour of Perth, which guides guests on a journey to discover hidden art, laneways, secret gardens and amazing cafes all whilst learning about the local history.
Want to explore more amazing areas in Perth? Escape the city with these stunning secluded walking tracks, or, if you’re looking to plan out a whole weekend, read our Weekender Guide for a the ultimate few days in Perth’s CBD.