Perth’s gorgeous scenery is among the most renowned in the world. From tourist favourites to secret hidden gems, we’ve found some of Perth’s best places to view the incredible natural wonders that this amazing city has on offer.
As one of the world’s largest inner city parks, Kings Park offers some breathtaking views of bushland, manicured gardens, the city skyline, and the Swan River. On a warm day, we like to enjoy a delicious brekkie at Zamia Café overlooking the lake and Synergy Parkland or an alfresco lunch with a glass of local wine at the Botanical Café along the picturesque Fraser Avenue.
After a delicious meal, walk it off by following the signposted easy 25-minute bushland nature trail loop, or the slightly more intensive 2.5km circuit (we promise it’s worth it!).
The highest natural point in Perth’s metro area, Reabold Hill is the best place to really appreciate Perth. From the lookout, you can see the city, Subiaco, Swan River and even Rottnest Island! Once your eyes have had their fill, head next door where you’ll find Bold Park. Make sure you check out the 5.1km Zamia Trail. It requires a bit of effort and is steep in parts, but very doable in under two hours. If you’d rather take it easy, start on the Zamia Trail for a few hundred metres then follow the signs for the Ocean Views Lookout to find panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.
Sounds like you deserve a break after all that! Steady yourself with a strong cuppa at the Caffissimo just up the road, or head five minutes towards the water and have a nice lunch or dinner of freshly caught seafood out on the terrace looking on the beach at Clancy’s Fish Bar.
Swan River Bell Tower
Opposite the Supreme Court Gardens is The Swan River Bell Tower, a uniquely shaped building that houses some pretty impressive bells. Go up to the sixth floor observation deck for magnificent 360° views of Perth as you’ve never seen it before. For all you romantics out there, purchase a love lock and have your name and that of your lover engraved on it and add yours to the chain by the entrance along with many other people from around the world.
Once you’ve gazed out at the horizon, enjoy a champagne breakfast out on the decking overlooking the water at Riverside Café, a tasty lunch at the London Court Café, or a well-earned pastry treat at Tartine Café just a few blocks away. Yum!
Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour
Still a busy working port, the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour has become a hub for tourism with a vibrant restaurant scene blossoming along the water’s edge. Breathtaking views of the harbour and the action of the bustling marina create a lively atmosphere, and with a gorgeous boardwalk to stroll along, Ferris wheel, the famous Bon Scott sculpture, and the Harbour Trail walk, the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour is a definite fun day out!
Unwind after a busy day exploring with an ale (or three) out on the deck at Little Creatures Brewery with a backdrop to the Harbour and the Indian Ocean. Then, follow it up with some freshly caught seafood served with stunning water views at Cicerello’s Seafood Restaurant not too far further up the road. If you’re just after an afternoon coffee pick-me-up, hit up the friendly folks at Mister Finch café. They’re simply lovely!
Lesmurdie Falls is one of those spots that feels so completely other-worldly you have to pinch yourself to remind yourself you’re only an hour out of Perth. A short walk starting from the top of the falls follows the brook and leads down to a viewing platform for a better look at the wondrous natural beauty. There’s also a trail down to the bottom of the falls where you’ll find a pretty little picnic area to relax and enjoy the scenery.
There’s also some awesome bushwalking to be done in the area, with paths leading to more stunning views over the Swan Coastal Plain. Once you’ve tired yourself out, head into Kalamunda Village about 10 minutes away for a hearty meal at the local favourite Blue Ox Steakhouse.