3-day Perth Itinerary: An unforgettable getaway with your besties


We’ll be exploring Perth, the state’s capital city, from a unique perspective, as well as everyone’s favourite port town, Fremantle and then Western Australia’s oldest wine region in the Swan Valley. You and your besties will require a sense of adventure and a healthy appetite for this memorable 3-day Perth itinerary.

Elizabeth Quay

Perth Itinerary Day 1: The CBD

Lace up your sneakers and bring your sense of adventure as we head to Elizabeth Quay, deemed Perth’s premier waterfront entertainment precinct. Hovering between the Swan River and Perth’s CBD, follow the Elizabeth Quay Bridge for a unique perspective of the city skyline punctuated by the curvaceous Spanda, a sculpture representing the rippling river.

Elizabeth Quay Tour with Little Ferry Co, Perth

At 10am, board a boutique solar electric ferry with The Little Ferry Co. and get off at Optus Stadium, WA’s 60,000-seat state-of-the-art multi-purpose stadium. But we’re not going to see a match or a concert. Instead, we’re going to climb 314 steps above the river to the SkyView and then zipline 400m back down at 75km/hr. I say “we”, but if like me, heights terrify you, I have a less scary option – you can enjoy a round at the 18-hole Matagarup Mini Golf course next door or simply walk across the bridge to East Perth for riverfront dining at Goia, The Partisan, Toast Café or The Royal on the Waterfront. Or, if you’re on the same side of the river as Optus Stadium, enjoy lunch at one of the country’s largest pubs at The Camfield.

Matagarup Bridge

You can either jump back on the ferry or organise for King Mini Bus Charter to take you back into the city at your leisure. This afternoon, explore the city on foot by browsing the shops in Forrest Place, the Hay Street Mall, Murray Street Mall and King Street for high-end fashion. Running between the Hay Street Mall and St George’s Terrace, don’t miss the historic Tudor-style London Court full of souvenir shops and old-world charm, plus chiming clocks at each of the entrances with miniature knights engaging in battle as the clocks chime. Or head into Northbridge in search of dim sum in Chinatown, my favourite is the Northbridge Chinese Restaurant on Roe Street.

London Court

If nature is calling, one of the world’s largest inner-city parks hovers over the city at Kings Park, Perth’s answer to New York City’s Central Park. Spanning over 400 hectares of natural scrub, kilometres of walking and cycling trails and 17 hectares of botanical gardens and the Lotterywest Federation Walkway. Time your visit right for the year-round calendar of music, theatre, film, art, wellness and horticultural events and festivals. Mulled wine will keep you warm during Lightscape during the cooler months as Kings Park’s landscape comes to life at night through Gar-up Lookout, Kings Perthugh a series of light installations – it’s a magical way to experience the park.

If time permits, take a wander through the Perth Cultural Centre to admire the impressive architecture, WA’s rich history and talented artists at the WA Museum Boola Bardip, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and PICA (Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts), which all have permanent and transitional exhibitions and events throughout the year.

Ellington Jazz Club

You have many options tonight, whether it’s cocktails at a rooftop bar like the AGWA Rooftop, the Rooftop at QT or Hello Rooftop Bat at The Rechabite. Or you can join the fray in Northbridge brimming with bars and cuisine from all over the globe, or join a walking tour with Hidden DeTours. Alternatively, you might crave some culture with a show at the State Theatre Centre (Northbridge), His Majesty’s Theatre (Perth), the Comedy Club (Perth), Crown Entertainment Complex (Burswood), The Astor (Mt Lawley), Regal Theatre (Subiaco) or the Ellington Jazz Club (Perth).

Regal Theatre

Perth Itinerary Day 2: Fremantle

Start the day with a leisurely breakfast and epic views of the Indian Ocean at Bib & Tucker (Leighton Beach) or the Roasting Warehouse (I highly recommend the Eggs Benny Chan) in South Fremantle. Or head to the eateries within the historic Fremantle Markets for a pastry, multi-cultural options and excellent coffee before enjoying a wander around the 150 stalls of art, jewellery, clothing, fresh produce, performance art and buskers.

Fremantle markets

While you’re in the mood for shopping, meander along the Cappuccino Strip (aka South Terrace), High Street Mall and the West End Heritage Precinct for unique boutiques, jewellery, homewares stores, and you can’t miss the New Edition Bookshop. There is just as much to admire on the streets with Fremantle’s stunning architecture, street art and galleries, such as the Moore’s Building Contemporary Art Gallery, Kidogo ArtHouse and PS Art Space (Pakenham Street Art Space).

National Hotel, Fremantle

While in Fremantle’s West End, make a pitstop at the Round House, the state’s oldest building offering fantastic ocean vistas and views across Fremantle. Follow Whalers Tunnel beneath the Round House to Bather’s Beach for lunch with sand between your toes at The Bathers Beachhouse. Or head back into town to Moore & Moore, Bread In Common or Gino’s on the Cappuccino Strip for a bite.

Fremantle’s cappuccino strip

Delve further into Fremantle’s cultural heart at the gothic-style Fremantle Arts Centre, built in 1864 by convicts as a lunatic asylum and believed to be one of the most haunted spots in the state. Spread over four acres, the centre hosts an extensive program of visual art exhibitions, live performances and creative workshops.

Fremantle’s outdoor art gallery

Or embrace WA’s rich maritime history at the Shipwreck Galleries, where you can explore some of Australia’s oldest shipwrecks. The WA Maritime Museum is equally fascinating, so don’t miss the Submarine Ovens, a memorial to the submariners who lost their lives during WWII and the America’s Cup-winning yacht Australia II.

Fremantle Prison is especially spooky at night

Join a day tour at the Fremantle Prison, or take the haunting a step further on a nighttime torchlight tour and be enthralled by the port town’s sordid past. Daredevils can visit the gruesome gallows and trek by foot and boat through the labyrinth of tunnels 20 metres below on the Tunnels Tour.

You’ll wash away all that gruesomeness tonight with a bar hop and snacks through Fremantle. Simply strolling the streets will reveal a plethora of bars for you to discover yourself. Some of my favourites include the limited-release gins and vodkas at the Republic of Fremantle, Strange Company, the pirate-inspired Darling Darling, Jungle Bird and Vin Populi, and although I haven’t been there yet, the Honky Tonk Blues Bar intrigues me for its southern hospitality and live music.

Republic of Fremantle, Fremantle, credit Tourism Western Australia

If your schedule permits, extend your time with a day trip or longer on Rottnest Island, about a 30-minute ferry ride from Fremantle. Famed for its quokkas, explore the island by bike, segway, bus or on foot on one of the few remaining spots on earth where cars are banned. The coastal vistas, craggy coves, snorkelling and unspoilt beaches are reminiscent of the Mediterranean complete with beachside dining and epic sunsets.

Rottnest Island’s craggy coastline

Perth Itinerary Day 3: The Swan Valley

Sitella Winery, Swan Valley

As you board your minibus, you can take a little snooze to sleep off last night’s indulgences, but not for long as we head to WA’s original wine region in the Swan Valley, about 30 minutes from the city.

Brace yourself, as the Swan Valley is full of temptations at its many wineries, breweries, distilleries, restaurants and fresh produce outlets. You might like to make a pitstop at Swan Valley Visitors Centre to pick up a map and plot your own adventure or download a map here. Or let your King Mini Bus driver guide you if you prefer to sit back and relax.

Temptations at Maison Saint Honorè, Swan Valley

Here are my suggestions for the ultimate day out in the Swan Valley with friends.

Stop for coffee and a macaroon at the French-inspired Maison Saint Honorè, before heading for a wine tasting at Lancaster Wines, set among vines for as far as the eye can see. On the other side of West Swan Road, you might like to pop into the Providore and Coward & Black to pick up some gourmet treats, and it’s pretty self-explanatory why anyone of any age visits the Margaret River Chocolate Factory.

The Swan Valley isn’t only about wine, Old Young’s Distillery

Stop at the Old Young’s Distillery for a tasting of their gin and vodkas. You could join a gin masterclass or stop here for lunch and sample their tasty menu of native ingredients. Or hit the road and head to Funk Brewshed https://funkdrinks.co/pages/brewshed, where I have to say their limited-release Cacao Cider cider is my new favourite drink. Succumb to a lazy lunch at Upper Reach, Stewart’s Restaurant, Sandalford Winery or wherever takes your fancy.

Stewart’s Restaurant

It’s almost mandatory to have a tasting John Kosovich Wines, one of the oldest wineries in the Swan Valley or the fortified collection at Talijancich Wines. Unless you need more spirits in your life with a tasting at Damaged Goods Distilling Co, Swan River Distillery or the Limeburner’s & Giniversity in the Valley, where you can take a masterclass to craft your own gin.

Head over to The Vines for 18 holes of mini golf before joining Perth’s only kangaroo safari aboard golf carts, where you’ll have the chance to mingle with a colony of kangaroos as the sun sets in the distance.

Visit Swan Valley Wine Tours for more information and suggestions on things to do in the Swan Valley.


Splash out at Crown Towers

Where to stay in Perth:

Click here for a place to stay in Perth. Some of my favourite Perth hotels are the Perth Parmelia Hilton (check out my review here), The Melbourne Hotel, the QT Hotel (check out my review here), the Vibe Hotel Subiaco, and the ultimate in luxury at Crown Towers or the COMO The Treasury.

Getting around Perth:

You could use Uber or public transport to get around Perth. Or you can do it in style and hire a vehicle with a driver for door-to-door service to and from your home or hotel. I highly recommend King Mini Bus Charter, specialising in group tours in Perth and airport transfers and in a variety of vehicle sizes, so you can bring as many friends as you want.

How to get to Perth:

If you’re arriving at the domestic or international Perth Airport King Mini Bus Charter Hire offer airport transfers in comfort in a variety of vehicles sizes, including vehicles with baby seats, to anywhere in the metropolitan area and beyond, Since the Swan Valley is only a few minutes from the airport, you can arrive in Perth and be swirling wine within the hour with a direct transfer.

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