Perth City

How To Have The Best Staycation in Perth

Are you looking for your next staycation in Perth? Great choice, you will be soon heading off for your next dream escape whether you are a first-timer or a return visitor Perth has so much to offer.

Whether you want to stay in the heart of Perth in the CBD or one of Perth’s hip suburbs or a beach staycation in Scarborough, Perth has a range of accommodation to suit all travellers and budgets.

Perth City
City of Perth

We will share with you a favourite hotel in 5 popular locations in Perth as well as a popular activity and fun things to do there:

  • Perth CBD
  • Northbridge
  • South Perth
  • Fremantle
  • Scarborough

Wondering what to do on your Perth staycation? Perth has so many activities from wine tours, river cruises, visiting Rottnest Island and more to suit everyone. Make sure you allow yourself enough time to see the best of Perth.

Perth Map

Map of Perth & suburbs
Perth Map and its suburbs

Perth CBD Hotels

If you are a first-timer to Perth, staying in the Perth CBD is a great option for you. Head to Murray Street Mall for a range of shopping experiences and local eateries.

Quay Perth

Location: 18 The Esplanade Perth

Room types:

Perth Essential Rooms – Queen size bed, complimentary tea and coffee, kettle, complimentary wi-fi, bar fridge, 42″ smart TV, in-room safe, air-conditioning, biology guest amenities, Carton & Co complimentary water

Esplanade Studio – King size bed (twin beds on request), bay window seat, complimentary tea and coffee, Carton & Co complimentary water, kettle, bar fridge, 49″ smart TV, work desk, in-room safe, air-conditioning, complimentary use of Level 9 co-working space

Elizabeth Quay StudioKing size bed (twin beds on request), bay window seat, complimentary tea and coffee, Carton & Co complimentary water, kettle, bar fridge, 49″ smart TV, work desk, in-room safe, air-conditioning, complimentary use of Level 9 co-working space

Elizabeth Quay Luxury Studio – 41 m2, King size bed (twin beds on request), bay window seat, complimentary tea and coffee, Carton & Co complimentary water, kettle, bar fridge, 49″ smart TV, work desk, in-room safe, air-conditioning, complimentary use of Level 9 co-working space

Perth Loft – upper floors, King size bed (twin beds on request), bay window seat, complimentary tea and coffee, Carton & Co complimentary water, kettle, bar fridge, 49″ smart TV, work desk, in-room safe, air-conditioning, complimentary use of Level 9 co-working space

Dining OptionsHQ Bar & Kitchen on the 10th-floor rooftop with views over Elizabeth Quay. Enjoy Asian-infused cuisine shared platters, tapas-style bites, craft beers, innovative cocktails, and the best of Western Australian wine and cider.

Community at Quay – Quay’s all-day cafe offering indoor/outdoor dining options. The extensive menu consists of pastries, sandwiches, burgers, salads, juices and smoothies, coffee, Western Australian wines, beer and ciders.

What is close by:

Perth’s riverside development with a huge range of restaurants and bars, public art installations, running and walking tracks, shops, children’s playground, a carousel and some of the best ice cream shops in Perth e.g. Gusto Gelato at 5 Geoffrey Bolten Avenue

Book your accommodation at the Quay Perth here

Bell Tower – 360-degree views from the oldest bell in Australia

Swan River Cruise – the pier is close by to the hotel

Markets

What To Do in Perth’s CBD

Perth Swan River Cruise
Enjoy a Swan River Cruise- image credit Experience Oz

Take a 2.5 hour cruise cruise from Pier 3 Barrack Street Jetty in Perth sailing past the Perth Bell Tower, the restored Swan Brewery, Kings Park, the Royal Yacht Club and the luxury waterfront homes of Perth.

For more information and bookings click here

More Fun Things To Do around Perth CBD

Top free things to do around Perth

  • Pack a picnic and head to Kings Park and the Botanical Gardens (1.8 km from Quay Perth approximate walking time 25 minutes)
  • Wander around Elizabeth Quay
  • At dusk and dawn head to Heirisson Island to see the kangaroos
  • Visit the Aboriginal Art Galley at Kings Park

Walking Tours around Perth

If you enjoy walking tours and want to learn more about Perth’s iconic sights, its art and history and more click here for more information.

Northbridge

Northbridge is Perth’s hippiest suburb full of trendy food outlets and great shopping. It is also home to Perth’s Chinatown and if you are after nightlife this is the place to be seen. William Street is home to local trendy fashion designers.

Where to stay in NorthbridgeDoubletree by Hilton Perth Northbridge

The Doubletree by Hilton is located at 100 James Street in Northbridge.

Rooms available are:

King Guest Room – 30 sq m floor to ceiling windows, rain shower, walk-in wardrobe, 50″ TV, mini bar, air-conditioning, coffee and tea making facilities. (Twin rooms are available)

King Deluxe Panoramic View High Floor – 180-degree views from this 30 sq m room, continental breakfast provided daily, complimentary welcome drink on arrival, rain shower, walk-in wardrobe, 50″ TV, mini bar, air-conditioning, coffee and tea making facilities (Twin rooms are available)

King Guest Room Panoramic View30 sq m floor to ceiling windows, rain shower, walk-in wardrobe, 50″ TV, mini bar, air-conditioning, coffee and tea making facilities. (Twin rooms are available)

Junior Suite Panoramic View with Bathtub – 45 sqm top floor with city views, king-size bed and bathtub, rain shower, 50″ TV, mini-bar, air-conditioning, coffee and tea making facilities.

Dining Options:

James St Bar & Kitchen – Monday – Friday 07:00 AM – 9:00 PM Saturday – 07:00 AM – Late Sunday – 07:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Local produce stars in the James St Bar & Kitchen, with Asian-inspired dishes, tapas and fun bar food with the best of local wines, beers and cocktails.

Hotel Facilities:

  • Outdoor pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Business centre

What is close by:

  • State Theatre Centre of Western Australia
  • State Library of Western Australia
  • Perth Arena
  • His Majestry’s Theatre
  • Central Park Tower

Book here for the Doubletree Hilton Perth Northbridge Hotel

Things to do in Northbridge

  • Wander the laneways for local street art
  • Visit the Northbridge Brewery for lunch and beer on tap
  • In summer enjoy rooftop movies and yoga
  • Visit the Western Australian museum
  • Take in a show at the State Theatre of Western Australia
  • Visit the Western Australia Boola Bardip Museum
  • Hop on the free Blue CAT bus from the CBD
  • See original visual, performing and media arts at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • Dine on a range of cuisines from Italian, Greek, Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai to modern Australian
  • Hit the bars and clubs after dark

Fremantle

Fremantle is a port city located 30 minutes from the Perth CBD. It is called ‘Freo’ by the locals. Being a port city it has an abundance of maritime history and also housed the largest convict-built prison in Australia. If you enjoy alfresco dining Fremantle is the place to go. Today it is well-known for supporting local and international arts.

Where to stay in Fremantle – Hougoumont Hotel Fremantle

A unique boutique small room hotel constructed in ‘sea container style’ located at 15 Bannister Street Fremantle.

What is close by: The location is perfect – just 5 minutes away from Fremantle Markets, 10 minutes from Fremantle Prison and 20 minutes from Market Street where if you are after a good cup of coffee it is the place to go.

A light breakfast of tea and toast is available from 7.30 am to 9.30 am.

Three types of rooms are available:

Superior Cabin Room – private shower and WC, 15 sqm room, Nespresso Coffee Machine, Rubra boutique teas, complimentary water, toiletries by Appelles Apothecary, pillow menu, you can even personalise your own mini-bar, complimentary evening wine and canapes at either the Lobby Lounge or their new micro-brewery Calamity’s Rod, free gym access and 11 am check out, free high speed wi-fi, 32″ digital TV, in-room safe, hairdryer

Deluxe Cabin Room – private shower and WC, 18 sqm room, Nespresso Coffee Machine, Rubra boutique teas, complimentary water, toiletries by Appelles Apothecary, pillow menu, you can even personalise your own mini-bar, complimentary evening wine and canapes at either the Lobby Lounge or their new micro-brewery Calamity’s Rod, free gym access and 11 am check out, free high speed wi-fi, 32″ digital TV, in-room safe, hairdryer, Complimentary wine and a tube of Appelles handcream on arrival

State Roomprivate shower and WC, 32 sqm room, Nespresso Coffee Machine, Rubra boutique teas, complimentary water, toiletries by Appelles Apothecary, pillow menu, you can even personalise your own mini-bar, complimentary evening wine and canapes at either the Lobby Lounge or their new micro-brewery Calamity’s Rod, free gym access and 11 am check out, free high speed wi-fi, 42″ digital TV, in-room safe, hairdryer, Complimentary wine and a tube of Appelles handcream on arrival, deluxe luxury bedding,

Book a room at the Hougoumont Hotel Fremantle

Things to do in Fremantle

Book a Ferry Ride and head to Rottnest Island for a day tour which includes a guided bus tour for 90 minutes.

Quokka on Rottnest Island
Quokkas on Rottnest Island – image credit Experience Oz

More Rottnest Island tour options:

Ferry transfers to Rottnest Island from Fremantle

Rottnest Island Day Tour including adventure boat ride for 90 minutes departures from Fremantle

Rottnest Island Day Tour from Fremantle including bike and snorkel hire

Rottnest Island Full Day Cruise from Fremantle

More Things To Do in Fremantle

Fremantle Lunch Cruise
Fremantle Lunch Cruise – image credit Experience Oz

Take a Fremantle Lunch Cruise for 2.5 hours which includeds a hot and cold buffet, and a glass of wine, beer or soft drink included. Book here for your Fremantle Lunch Cruise.

Whale Watching Experience

Whale Watching from Fremantle
Whale Watching Experience from Fremantle – image credit Experience Oz

From September to October the Whale Migration takes place. Enjoy 3 hours on-board a luxury cruise with 5 viewing platforms over 3 levels. The vessel has a unique underwater camera and microphone so you can hear and see the whales as they breach and play in the waters around you. Unlimited tea, coffee and biscuits are available during the cruise.

Book your whale experience here.

Visit Fremantle Prison

1 The Terrace Fremantle.

Opening hours: Saturday to Tuesday from 9 am to 5 pm, Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm, Wednesday and Friday 9 am to 9pm.

There are five tours available:

  • Convict Prison
  • Behind Bars
  • True Crime
  • Tunnels Tour
  • Torchlight Tour

For more information and booking click here

Visit the Fremantle Arts Centre at 1 Finnerty Street Fremantle.

Offers courses, exhibitions, live music and more.

Visit Fremantle Markets at South Terrace and Henderson St on a Friday from 9 am to 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm.

Visit the Shipwreck Galleries at 45 Cliff Street from Monday to Sunday 9.30 am to 5 pm

Visit the Western Australian Maritime Museum at Peter Hughes Drive Victoria Quary. Opening hours Monday to Sunday 9.30 am to 5.00 pm

Dine out on the freshest of seafood at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour. Whilst you are there pop in for a beer at the Little Creatures Brewery.

Take a guided tour at the Round House, the oldest public building in Western Australia, and learn about the hardships of the earliest settlements by the Europeans in Western Australia.

Scarborough

Scarborough Perth
Scarborough Perth – a popular beachside suburb

Scarborough is a popular beachside suburb located 20 minutes from Perth. Since we visited, Scarborough has had a major facelift in 2018. Enjoy many of the cafes and restaurants after a day on the beach. For children, there are playgrounds, skate park, climbing wall and basketball court. It is a great location to enjoy one of Western Australia’s famous sunsets.

Where to stay in Scarborough – Rendevous Hotel Scarborough Perth

Address: 148 The Esplanade, Scarborough

Room options at the Rendevous Hotel:

Guest Room King or Twin: tea & coffee facilities, hair-dryer, shower only, work desk with lamp, TV flat screen and cable TV, in-room safe, iron and ironing board

Guest Family Roomtea & coffee facilities, hair-dryer, shower only, work desk with lamp, TV flat screen and cable TV, in-room safe, iron and ironing board

Deluxe Room King or Twin Ocean View – balcony, oceanview, tea & coffee facilities, hair-dryer, shower only, work desk with lamp, TV flat screen and cable TV, in-room safe, iron and ironing board

Deluxe Ocean View Family Roombalcony, oceanview, tea & coffee facilities, hair-dryer, shower only, work desk with lamp, TV flat screen and cable TV, in-room safe, iron and ironing board

Deluxe Room King Beach Frontbalcony, oceanview, tea & coffee facilities, hair-dryer, shower only, work desk with lamp, TV flat screen and cable TV, in-room safe, iron and ironing board

Premier Ocean View King – private balcony with oceanview, 32 sq m, tea & coffee facilities, hair-dryer, shower only, work desk with lamp, TV flat screen and cable TV, in-room safe, iron and ironing board, free wi-fi a 1Mbps for four devices per room, higher speed wi-fi upgrade for unlimited devices available at a fee

Deluxe King Suiteprivate balcony with oceanview, 32 sq m, tea & coffee facilities, hair-dryer, shower only, work desk with lamp, TV flat screen and cable TV, in-room safe, iron and ironing board, spa

Executive Suite Kingprivate balcony with oceanview, 32 sq m, tea & coffee facilities, hair-dryer, shower only, work desk with lamp, TV flat screen and cable TV, in-room safe, iron and ironing board, spa, separate

Hotel facilities:

Lagoon style pool with ocean views, tennis courts, fully equipped games room, gym, spa, pool room

Dining Options

Straits Cafe – For modern Australian cuisine

Breakfast: Monday to Friday: 6:30am – 10:00am, Weekends & Public Holidays: 7:00am – 10:30am.

Lunch: 11:30am – 2:30pm daily

Dinner: 5:30pm – 9:00pm daily 

The Lobby Bar – Open Saturday only from 3pm – late 

In-room dining – 24 hours 

Cascades Pool Bar – open seasonally

Book here for the Rendevous Hotel in Scarborough

Things to do in Scarborough

Head to the Yoga Garage for Bikram, Sumit Yoga, Yin Yoga and Hot Pilates at 19 Scarborough Beach Road

Learn how to surf at the Scarborough Beach Surf School

Enjoy a swim at the Scarborough Beach Pool

Relax at the Serene Day Spa

The children will love the Whale Playground and the Snake Pit Skateboard Park

Have a picnic on Sunset Hill

Surf, swim and sunbathe at Scarborough Beach

If you love kite surfing and windsurfing the best time to visit Scarborough Beach is in the afternoons

South Perth

South Perth is a popular destination to stay for all travellers. There are many types of accommodation available from apartments to 4-star hotels. The scenic foreshore is home to markets, concerts and fairs. You can cycle along the cycle paths, use the bbq facilities in the park or hire a surf cat. South Perth has a huge range of restaurants, cafes and bars. The views are splendid from South Perth across to the city and its skyline.

South Perth
South Perth

Where to stay in South Perth – Quest South Perth Foreshore

Address: 22 Harper Terrace South Perth

3 km from the Perth CBD this new apartment hotel with 90 rooms has stunning views over the Swan River and Perth City. The Quest South Perth is only 100 m from the running track around the Swan River. Perth Zoo is 400 m away and for golf lovers, Royal Perth Golf Club is only 1 km away.

Accessible rooms include: a toilet with grab rails, raised toilet, lowered sink, roll-in shower, shower chair, non-slip mat, entire apartment wheelchair accessible, fixed grab bars, step-free access to rooms, light switches or lamps within reach of bed, wide doorways and passages, roll-under kitchen sink, light for incoming phone calls, lowered laundry facilities and lowered dishwasher.

Hotel room options:

Studios – king bed, kitchenette facilities include cooktop, microwave, fridge, toaster and kettle, ensuite bathroom, desk, LCD TV, Foxtel, complimentary wi-fi, in-house gym, alfresco BBQ facilities

One-Bedroom Apartment – separate bedroom with king bed, sofa, LCD TV with Foxtel, work desk, fully equipped kitchen, dining table, laundry facilities, gym, alfresco BBQ area,

Two-Bedroom Apartment – two bedrooms with king-size beds which can be configured to two single beds, sofa, LCD TV with Foxtel, work desk, fully equipped kitchen, dining table, laundry facilities, gym, alfresco BBQ area,

Three-Bedroom Apartment – master bedroom with ensuite, two bedrooms with king-size beds which can be configured to two single beds, sofa, LCD TV with Foxtel, work desk, fully equipped kitchen, dining table, laundry facilities, gym, alfresco BBQ area,

Book here for Quest South Perth Foreshore

Top Things To Do in South Perth

Visit Perth Zoo home to 1300 animals in a lush tropical garden setting

Visit South Perth Foreshore and Sir James Mitchell Park

Head to Mends Street for coffee, cafes, Asian and European restaurants

Angelo Street offers cafes, bars, boutiques, gourmet food stores and gift shops

Ride the Ferry tram

Take a guided tour of Perth’s Old Mill built in 1835

Conclusion

If you have managed to fit in all that Perth has to offer you, well done, but leave something to return back to Perth. We hope Perth has captured your heart as much as it has captured ours.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Visiting Perth

What is the best month to visit Perth?

The best time to visit Perth is in the Spring months of September, October and November before the heat of the summer months

What is the coldest month to visit Perth?

July is the coldest month with an average low of 8 degrees

What is the hottest month to avoid when visiting Perth?

February is the hottest month with an average temperature of 32 degrees

How far is Perth Airport from the CBD?

Perth Airport is 15.1 km from Perth’s CBD. The average driving time is 20 minutes.

How do I get from Perth Airport to Perth CBD?

For public transport options from Perth Airport to Perth CBD click here for more details

Can I organise a private transfer from Perth Airport to my hotel in Perth City?

Click here for options for a private transfer to and from the airport

How can I find the cheapest fare options to Perth?

We use Skyscanner to compare airfares to Perth from all major cities in Australia

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