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Wondering what to visit in Perth? Look no further, Oh Hey WA is the greatest walking-tour option that covers a range of subjects like history, art, nightlife, and culture. Join their daily Art & Cultural tour or book in a group for a special occasion or custom experience. Learn and have fun at the same time!!link
AGWA has a great exhibition space, filled with old and new Australian artwork. The State Art Collection has various sections but its jewel is one of the world’s finest collections of Indigenous art. The exhibitions change every 3 months or so, check out the website for the current ones.
They also do tours of the collections, which are run by volunteers and are free to anyone. Check out the timetable to see what is on when you are here.
Art Gallery of Western Australia – 08 9492 6600
Perth Cultural Centre
At AQWA you can enjoy the huge variety of underwater life that Western Australia has to offer, without even getting your feet wet. They have one of the world’s largest living coral reefs and a cool underwater tunnel you can walk through while Nurse Sharks, Smooth Rays and Loggerhead Turtles swim overhead. If you do want to get wet, you can snorkel or dive in the big tank and see the creatures up close – a once in a lifetime experience! There’s a touch pool and lots of interactive fun to keep kids (and adults) amused for hours.
Check out TransPerth Planner for Train/Bus times
AQWA – 08 9447 7500
Hillarys Boat Harbour, 91 Southside Drive, Hillarys
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The Bell Tower is the home to the very special Swan Bells. They consist of 18 individual bells, each with their own an amazing story attached. You can hear the ringers practicing 4 times a week and you can also have a go yourself on Wednesdays and Fridays (check on their website before heading over).
Public Transport: Take the Blue Cat from James Street or Perth Central Station to Barrack Street Jetty.
Or stretch out your legs and take a stroll (approx. 1.3km)
The Bell Tower – 08 6210 0444
Barrack Square, Riverside Drive, Perth
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From Perth you can access the West Australian Outback, feed the dolphins at Monkey Mia or perhaps swim with the Gentle creatures of the deep – Whale Sharks. Alternatively visitors can experience the wines of Margaret River region south of Perth.
Centre for Stories is a place where stories are told, shared, and kept. It’s also a place where the craft of storytelling is taught, and learned. The Centre hosts live storytelling events, book clubs, workshops and training sessions. With a mix of free and ticketed events every month, the Centre is the perfect place to hear stories from the local community.
Centre for Stories is located at 100 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge, a ten-minute walk from the Perth CBD. The Centre is also a short walk from Perth Busport and Perth Railway Station.
For more info and full event listing: Centre for Stories
EN. YOGA is a bright, light filled space where yoga happens on a daily basis. You can sign up for courses, booking blocks of classes or even drop in for a one-off casual class. Alex Hotel guests can pop in for a casual class for $20 – Just remember to take your Alex Hotel key card with you! If you’re staying in town for longer, why not treat yourself and sign up for their 1 week unlimited yoga ticket for $48. More details on their website.link
If yoga in beautifully stunning surrounds is a wonderful prospect to you, then arrange a session at the State Building’s Como Shambhala Urban Escape….. With daily morning sessions at 7am during the week and a little later on weekends and lunchtime and after work session Monday to Friday there is no excuses not to join in. Click on the link below for more information.
Como Shambhala Urban Escape – State Buildings, 1 Cathedral Ave Perth. Ph: 6168 7878link
A short drive away from Alex is Beatty Park – our closest public recreation swimming pool and despite the facility being over 50 years old there’s enough room for everyone and the facilities themselves are in good nick. Casual entry for swimmers is $6 and if you’ve smashed it in the pool but have energy to burn there is also an onsite gym with casual entry for under $20. Better yet, make it a double whammy and enjoy a sub-30 minute brisk walk in each direction.link
This WA owned and run Wildlife Park is a great day out, with lots of interactive opportunities. You can have a selfie with a koala, pose with a possum, chat with a wombat, or just linger with the lizards. With more than 2000 animals, birds and reptiles, there is plenty to see.
Public Transport: Train from Perth to Bassendean. Catch bus number 955 or 956 from Bassendean to Ellenbrook. Get off bus at Whiteman Park. Check TransPerth Planner for times.
Drive yourself: Caversham Wildlife Park – 08 9248 1984
Whiteman Park, Whiteman, WA 6068
There is very good travel and parking information on their website
For all your potions and pills, Busy Bee Pharmacy is just across the road from us on William Street and open 7 days. If its late and you’re in need of a 24 hour pharmacy, Beaufort St 24 Hour Chemist is located about 5 minutes drive away at 647 Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley.
‘Cott’ is Perth’s most famous beach. It’s got everything you need; parking right behind the beach; fish and chip shops; grassy terraces to relax on and also a lovely view of the beautiful Indian Ocean sunsets. Oh and the OBH, near the beach is a legendary spot for a Sunday session. Cott was also the birthplace of surfing and lifesaving in WA way back in 1909, making it a pretty special spot for generations of Perthonians.
Public Transport: Take the Fremantle train to Cottesloe Station, and then get the Bus 102 to Cottesloe Beach. For times and to check routes – TransPerth Planner
You could borrow one of our bikes and try cycling – its 13.7km and has a few hills (but they are Perth hills so nothing too dramatic).
There’s a great little florist close by called Beans and Bunches. They’re open every day except Sundays. If you’re caught short on Sunday, let us know and we can point you towards florists that will help you out. Beans and Bunches- 08 9227 6754, Shop 3 Arcade, 189 William St.
‘Freo’ is a lovely place to visit, with art, culture and good coffee at every turn. The small streets that were filled with old dockworker cottages have been transformed into artisanal shops and creative coffee shops. The large empty warehouses have become flourishing markets which are extremely popular with locals and tourists alike.
For those who have a love of the sea, the Maritime Museum is really fascinating. They even have the original Australia II on display inside. The Fremantle Prison is also a must do, with various tours to choose from, there is something for everyone. The Tunnels Tour is definitely one for the adventurous types.
Once you’ve had enough of sightseeing, head to South Beach (there is a free Cat bus to get you there), and relax with the sand between your toes.
Check out Visit Fremantle
Public Transport: Trains take around 25 mins and run from Perth Central Station on a regular basis on both weekdays and weekends. Check Transperth Route Planner for times. You can always take a bus which will take longer or grab a taxi.
The cool kids at Funcats have lots of activities especially for the water sports enthusiast. You can race your friends up and down the Swan River in your own Hobie Cats, while enjoying the beautiful views accross to the CBD. If sailing isn’t your thing, no worries. To enjoy the river at your own pace, they also have stand-up-paddleboards and lots of kayaks. Oh and they don’t do EFTPOS so make sure you take cash.
Check Transperth Route Planner for public transport options.
Funcats – 0408 926 003
Coode Street Jetty, Coode St, South Perth
We get it. Going for a run isn’t enough for you – Don’t worry, the guys over at Revo Fitness are here to help. They have a gym you can use 24 hours, and it’s just around the corner, at 20 Parker Street, Northbridge. Revo Fitness welcomes walk ins for a flat $15 daily rate. Click on the link below for more information.link
Guys – we recommend Westons Barber Shop a little way North, down William Street. Book online Westons Barber Shop or call (08) 9228 2692. Dandy Barber Book online Dandy Barber Shop or call 0481822022. Open Tuesday to Saturday right next door to us at Ware on William homeware store.
Ladies – Located a short walk away in the centre of the city is Head Studio. Call 9481 6464 or go online, they’ve even got an in-house barista and serve sangria on Fridays!
The team behind No Mafia serve up another small bar and eatery that trades in good food and drink with a heavy Spanish accent. With 100 seats and alfresco dining, the size of the venue has allowed its owners to create a relaxed, easy atmosphere.
The menu provides options for everything from a few light tapas to a full meal. A partnership with Perth seafood supplier Kailis has led to a number of dishes brimming with fresh local catches prepared with Spanish techniques and flavours. Did you say manchego croquettes and grilled chorizo?!link
Taking a road trip in a campervan hire is an amazing experience and Motorhome Republic makes the whole process incredibly easy. Spanning the globe across 29 countries, their extensive network of locations and suppliers provides a comprehensive source of fantastic camper deals, a multi-lingual customer service team that’s always on call, and special offers.Their pool of knowledge allows to create holidays of a lifetime and memories that will last forever.link
The jewel in the heart of Perth – Kings Park – attracts over 6 million visitors a year and is a pleasure for locals and people from somwhere else. It’s the best place to snap a selfie with the city in the background but its an even better place to briefly reconnect with the outdoors and take in some of the freshest air in the world.link
Feeling adventurous and want to get wet? Scarborough Beach Surf School offers a variety of surf lessons that can help prepare you to catch a wave. Go on, go and find out what all the fuss is about. You know you want to.
Public Transport: Check out TransPerth Planner for Train/Bus times. The Bus 990 goes from Roe Street and ends in Scarborough but it’s faster to take a train to Stirling Station and then a bus (either 990 or 421)
Scarborough Beach Surf School – 08 9447 5637 (probably won’t answer because they are always in the water)
Just so you know all their bookings are done online. Email for questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Margs’ is a pretty popular region, for a multitude of reasons. It’s got everything; beautiful jarrah forests; magnificent caves; decadent food; enchanting wine; artisanal crafters of every kind and world class waves to ride. Have we mentioned the beaches? No? Well they are pretty special too. There is almost always a festival or a local market going on, which adds a nice, red cherry to the top of a pretty perfect pie.
Check out their website for more info.
Margs is 270 km south of Perth – a 3 hour drive from the CBD on a good day.
As the name suggests, this island is home to penguins, WA’s largest colony of Little Penguins to be exact. There are 1,200 feathered of the little birds, which are the smallest species of penguins in the world. And yes they are irresistably cute.
Located only 45 minutes south of Perth and just a five minute ferry ride across the beautiful Shoalwater Bay, Penguin Island is a great day trip. You can watch one of the feeding sessions, get up close and personal with the little fuzz buckets at the Discovery Centre or get your hair wet and have a nosey at the other wildlife under the water that zoom amongst the coral reefs. There are wild dolphins, sea lions, stingrays, and over 50 species of sea birds, so there is always something to spot.
Due to nesting seasons, the island closed from early June to mid-September every year but they do have a wildlife cruise on during that time.
Public Transport: Train to Rockingham Station, then Bus to Gloucester Cr before Penguin Road – see TransPerth Planner for times.
Drive yourself down the Freeway to: 153 Arcadia Drive (corner of Penguin Rd), Shoalwater WA 6169
Check out their website for all the cruise options and prices: Penguin Island 08 9591 1333
Ever wondered how money is made? Or thought about making your own? Even if you haven’t, the Perth Mint is well worth a visit. There are informative guided tours every hour which include a gold pouring demo and entrance to the Gold Exhibition.
Public Transport: Get the FREE Red Cat right to the door. You can jump on at Perth Station and get off at the Mercedes College stop.
Perth Mint – 08 9421 7218
310 Hay Street, Perthlink
The ‘Stone Pillars of Nambung’ sounds like something from Lord of the Rings, doesn’t it? They aren’t in Tolkien’s mythical world though, and they aren’t called that. They are in Western Australia, and they are actually called the Pinnacles. Having said that, they are still out of this world: limestone pillars, thousands of them, reaching for the sky in a barren desert. Top tip: sunset or sunrise times are the most atmospheric times to visit (and mean you avoid the large bus trips that pile through).
Drive yourself: 2 hours 15 mins (200km) north of Perth on the Indian Ocean Drive.
Tours: Check out Tours with a Twist
For more info: Western Australia Attractions: Pinnacles
Want to get off the Mainland? Good news, ‘Rotto’ (as locals call it) is just a short ferry ride away and the best thing about the island? Its only permanent residents are of the friendly, Quokka variety. With over 60 beaches to choose from with some great snorkelling, it’s a lovely getaway from the big city. The best way to explore the 19km2 island is under your own steam, so rent a bike or put on your walking shoes. If one day isn’t enough to satisfy your craving then you can always stay overnight. Check out their website for more info.
There are ferries (1300 467 688) that leave from Barrack Street and takes 90mins to get to Rotto. Barrack Street is a 20 minute walk from Alex or hop on the Blue Cat Bus to Barrack Square. Come see us at reception and we can help you book your ferry tickets and tours with a discounted rate through our friends at Rottnest Express.
Alternatively you can take the ferry from:
We know you’ve been working too hard; you need a nice relaxing massage to treat yourself…..here’s our pick of the best Spas nearby
Bodhi J is a luxurious spa set within a peaceful and tranquil place that allows you to forget the outside world.Their Spa Journeys are a little slice of heaven. Go on, you know you are worth it.
Como Shambhala Urban Escape is a stunning Spa located in the historic State Buildings in the centre of the City. they feature a range of treatments that allow you to completely spoil yourself
The State Library of WA has a long, long history and has been around in some capacity – albeit under different names and auspices – since the 1800’s. It’s current home is the State Library building – our sole neighbour on our Eastern side. Not only is the building a fantastic resource for learning but their increasingly progressive view towards digital information makes this a fantastic place to visit.link
There are a number of big brand super markets just a short stroll away from the hotel in the city for everyday items (head to our A-Z for more details) but if you’re looking for something a little more crafty, Perth has some great farmers markets on the weekends….such as the one close by at Subiaco Primary School on Saturday mornings 8am-12pm.
More locally and in keeping with the history our neighbourhood the Re Store takes you straight back to Italy and Kukulas Brothers on William St, is just how stores used to be, and is well worth a look.
Did you know Perth one of the few Australian capitals with a wine growing region right on its doorstep? Great if you love a good bit of vino, like we do. It’s only a 25 minute drive and it’s not just wine out there. There are great microbreweries selling their own batch beer, over 70 mouth-watering restaurants and artisan crafters of all shapes and sizes, selling anything from cheese to chocolate. There is even an asparagus masterclass!
Check out the Swan Valley Visitor Centre for lots of tips and tricks for making the most of your Swan Valley exploration and they have some great ideas for keeping the kids entertained.
Have a nosey at the Experience Perth website too for lots of info about the region, including walking trails to blow off the cobwebs.
For wine tours, Claude’s friendly team at Out and About Wine Tours, have got the wine tour business down to a fine art. Check their website for a list of all their tours.
Fancy hitting a ball around? Tennis Central has 35 courts to choose from, and with grass and synthetic surfaces to choose from and the rates are pretty nice. Left your racket at home? Dog ran off with your last tennis ball? No dramas, you can hire it all there. Oh and it’s only a 1.5km walk away
Indulge in a guided walk by locals who love showing off the city they call home. Their tours have a small group philosophy, with a pinch of history, a smidge of culture all combined with a splash of heritage to create their award winning recipe. With lots of little titbits that even the most local ‘local’ doesn’t know, tourist and Perthonians alike find their tours captivating. All you need is Two Feet & a Heartbeat!
Check out their website for times and starting locations or give Ryan and Ryan a call 1800 459 388
Perth’s main museum just around the corner from Alex Hotel is no longer open to the public as its being redeveloped, with a brand spanking new museum scheduled to open in 2020. Given that’s a long time to wait, the good people at the museum will be regularly showing pop up exhibitions alongside their regular displays in their other two locations, both of which are in Fremantle – The WA Maritime Museum and the Shipwreck Galleries.link