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
Located just down the road at 164 James Street, in the heart of Northbridge, Cinema Paradiso is not only synonymous with showing quality Art House, Independent and Foreign Cinema, they also screen a yearly schedule of great Film Festivals as well as a good mix of the better mainstream fiolms. The best thing is they’re fully licensed which means you can sit back, relax and immerse yourself in the wonderful world of cinema with a great drink. Click here for session times
‘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.
Located around the corner at 192 William Street, Northside Books is a small repository dedicated mainly to the written word with a smattering of titles where words take a backseat to the pursuit of photography. Whether it’s the latest offering from DBC Pierre or a “Penguin Classic” there is nothing like a good book.link
Paper Mountain is run by artists as a creative space for artists to work and to showcase their talents and comprises a gallery, studios and The Common Room – a less formal all-in, membership based studio space where creative types can hang out and work. The gallery space is open to the public and is certainly worth popping into for a look-see!link
The Perth Institute of Contemporary Art sits comfortably amongst the nations finest centres for the development and presentation of contemporary art. It acts as both a creative space for artists and an exhibition space where you’re never quite sure what you’ll find next. Most definitely worth popping your head into, frequently.link
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