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Alyssa Tresider
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Things to do in Perth.

If you're itching to rev up a campervan and meander through the sun-kissed streets of Perth, you've hit the jackpot. In this blog, we're diving deep into the best things to do in Perth, Australia’s sunniest capital. From the glistening waters of Swan River to the historic nooks of Fremantle (including the extra creepy Fremantle prison), we're covering it all. Buckle up for a whirlwind adventure through Perth’s must-visit campervan spots and some hidden gems you won’t find in your average travel guide. 

 

What’s Perth known for?

This laid-back city is a cocktail of vibrant city life and tranquil nature escapes, but first, let's talk about the weather. Perth is famously sunny, boasting more hours of sunshine than any other Australian capital (did anyone else say hell yeah?) This means you've got ample time to soak up the outdoor vibe, whether cruising along in a Gondola in Perth or basking on the sands of Cottesloe Beach (or one of the many other exciting things to do in Perth.) 

But Perth is more than just sunny skies. It's a city where modern urbanity meets natural beauty. One moment, you're exploring the sprawling expanse of Kings Park, one of the world's largest inner-city parks, and the next, you're hopping on a ferry to Rottnest Island to snap a selfie with the adorable quokkas. Then, for those who dig a bit of history, it’s onto Fremantle Prison to learn about this city’s sinister past. Safe to say, there are plenty of fun and exciting things to do in Perth.

 

When to visit Perth

Perth is great at any time of year. Seriously. In summer, the city buzzes with beachgoers and outdoor festivals. If you're a fan of blossoms and blooms, spring in Perth is a spectacle of wildflowers you’ll not want to miss. 

But don't discount winter or the shoulder seasons; they are the city's best-kept secret. Sure, there might be a bit of rain in the deep of winter, but that also means fewer crowds at popular spots and more cozy moments in Perth's bustling cafes and museums. Plus, with less competition for those sought-after spots in holiday parks, it's the perfect season for a laid-back road trip in your trusty campervan.

 

What’s the best way to explore Perth? 

Now, let's talk about hitting the road, Perth style. If freedom and flexibility are what you crave, nothing beats exploring Perth in a campervan. It's like having a mobile home base; you can wake up to ocean views one day and be in the heart of the city the next. Imagine sipping a morning brew at your leisure, parked by the serene waters of the Swan River, or finding a quiet spot near Kings Park for a spontaneous picnic. The best part? You're always just a short drive from Perth's best beaches, forests, and urban attractions – not to mention the endless unique wonders that await outside the Perth city limits. Looking for more inspiration for your Western Australia travel itinerary? Check out our top Western Australia guides below: 

Image: Photographer - Mark Stevens and Jess Kearney

 

Things to do in Perth

As you navigate through Perth in your cosy campervan, you'll find that this city is a bounty of incredible activities and experiences. From the lush expanse of botanic gardens to the mysterious depths of underwater shipwrecks, Perth offers an activity for every adventurer. Let's rev up the engine and explore what there is to do in Perth

 

Visit Western Australian Botanic Garden

Nestled in the heart of Kings Park, the Western Australian Botanic Garden is a living, breathing homage to Australia's native flora. As you stroll through, the air is filled with the subtle scents of eucalyptus and wildflowers.  Home to over 3000 species of native plants, some of which can't be found anywhere else on the planet, it's a botanist's dream come true. 

But it's not just about the plants. The garden offers free guided walks, providing a wealth of knowledge about the local ecosystem and Aboriginal heritage. Don't forget to marvel at the iconic giant Boab tree, a true testament to nature's grandeur. Best of all, parking your campervan is a breeze, with several car parks around Kings Park. The closest to the Botanic Garden is the Wadjuk Car Park, offering easy access to the garden's wonders.

 

Check out the Omeo Wreck

For those who love a bit of mystery and adventure, the Omeo Wreck at Coogee Beach Maritime Trail is your underwater gateway to exploring this region's maritime history. Located just 25 meters offshore, the wreck is an accessible treasure for snorkelers. The Omeo now serves as a thriving habitat for marine life and is surrounded by intriguing underwater sculptures.  

To reach this aquatic wonderland, steer your campervan towards Coogee Beach, where you’ll find ample parking. Then, wander to the north end of the beach, where you can gear up for your underwater excursion. And when you’re done, you can rest easy knowing you’ll have a warm shower waiting in the comfort of your campervan after exploring the ocean's depths.

 

Relax on Perth’s Beaches

Perth's beaches are slices of paradise for beach lovers. First up on the list is Cottesloe Beach, the poster child of Perth's seaside charm. Here, the Indian Ocean greets you with crystal-clear waters, perfect for a swim or a snorkel. The grassy terraces are ideal for a sun-soaked picnic, and let's not forget the iconic Indiana Tea House, a perfect spot for a sunset meal.

Then there's Leighton Beach, a haven for those seeking a more tranquil experience. With its powdery white sand and gentle waves, it's a kite surfer's dream and a sunbather's utopia. And for the social butterflies, Scarborough Beach is the place to be. This beach is home to a vibrant community buzzing with cafes, a seaside pool, and a skate park.

Parking your campervan near these beaches is a breeze. Cottesloe Beach offers ample parking along Marine Parade, while Leighton Beach has a spacious car park just a short stroll from the sand. Scarborough Beach's northern car park offers plenty of oversized parking, so no matter which beach you choose, you're never too far from the lively beachfront.

 

Tour Fremantle Prison

As you step through the gates of Fremantle Prison, you're walking into Western Australia's only World Heritage-listed building. Here, you can explore the depths of this historic prison on guided tours, each revealing a different aspect of its past: 

  • Behind Bars Tour: This is your gateway to understanding daily life in prison. It takes you through the cell blocks, exercise yards, and other key areas, offering a glimpse into the lives of inmates and guards alike.

  • Tunnels Tour: For the more adventurous, the Tunnels Tour takes you beneath the prison to explore the labyrinth of tunnels dug by prisoners. It's a physical journey involving ladder climbing and tunnel walking, uncovering stories buried beneath the prison grounds.

  • Torchlight Tour: Experience the prison in a different light – or rather, in the eerie glow of a torch. The Torchlight Tour adds an element of spookiness, bringing to life the ghost stories and darker tales of the prison after sunset.

From seeing the prisoner art, etched with stories of their trials and tribulations, to inspecting colonial artifacts and touring exhibitions, it's a history lesson you won't forget. The prison is a monument to human resilience, a testament to the tales of those who once walked its corridors. 

Parking near Fremantle Prison is straightforward. The Parry Street Car Park offers ample space, making it easy to start your historical exploration just a short walk from your campervan.

 

Ride a Gondola

Embarking on a gondola ride on the Swan River offers a slice of Venetian charm right in the heart of Perth. As you approach this attraction in your campervan, the sight of the elegantly crafted gondolas inspired by those floating through the Italian Venice canals is enchanting. These gondolas, built and handcrafted in Western Australia, are truly floating pieces of art, rich in heritage and beauty.

Riding in a gondola in Perth – gliding smoothly over the waters of the Swan River, the city skyline painting a picturesque backdrop – it's an experience that combines the tranquillity of the river with the grandeur of Perth's cityscape. Whether it's a romantic evening cruise or a leisurely daytime journey, the gondola ride is a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Parking for this serene experience is available at Barrack Square, where you'll find designated areas for your campervan. It’s a short, scenic walk from the parking area to where the gondolas serenely await.

 

Dine at Optus Stadium

Optus Stadium isn't just a sports arena; it's a foodie destination begging to be explored. The Optus stadium's restaurants offer a diverse array of cuisine, each as diverse and vibrant as the events hosted within its walls. After finding the perfect spot to park your campervan in the stadium's parking area, you're ready to explore a range of culinary delights, all while you enjoy panoramic views of the Perth skyline and Swan River. Here are a few of the dining options you can expect at the Optus stadium restaurants:

  • The City View Café: This casual dining Optus stadium restaurant offers a stunning panoramic view of the Perth skyline and Swan River – perfect for those non-event days at the stadium. The café offers a selection of modern Australian dishes, perfect for a relaxed lunch or a coffee break. From gourmet sandwiches to fresh salads, the menu here is ideal for those looking for a quick yet delicious bite.

  • Pre-match meal: For a more upscale dining experience, Optus Stadium offers premium options during event days. These include exclusive dining experiences in private suites and at the two Optus stadium restaurants, offering gourmet menus with fine wines and artisanal beverages. The cuisine here blends contemporary and traditional, featuring local Western Australian produce.

  • Rooftop Dining Events: Occasionally, the stadium hosts special rooftop dining events, offering a unique experience of dining under the stars with breathtaking views of the city. These events often feature multi-course gourmet meals crafted by top chefs and are perfect for a special night out. Be sure to check the Optus website for updates on events. 

Each of these Optus Stadium restaurants and dining experiences provides a unique experience, from casual and relaxed to upscale and exclusive. If that weren’t enough, the experience doesn't stop at dining. Optus Stadium also offers a range of stadium tours that take you behind the scenes of this architectural marvel. From exploring the inner workings of the stadium to the thrill of a rooftop adventure, these tours are easily one of the most exciting things to do in Perth.  

Image: Tourism Western Australia

 

Where to Stay in Perth

After a day of adventure in your campervan, finding the perfect spot to park and unwind is paramount. Perth offers a range of caravan parks, each with its own unique charm and amenities, ensuring your stay is as comfortable and enjoyable as your daytime adventures. Let's explore some of the top spots to park your home on wheels in Perth.

 

Perth Hills Caravan Park

Nestled in the serene setting of the Perth Hills, Perth Hills Caravan Park is a nature lover's retreat. Just a short drive from the city, it offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle. The park has everything you need for a comfortable stay – from powered sites for your campervan to clean shower facilities and barbecue areas.

What sets Perth Hills Caravan Park apart is its proximity to natural attractions. You're just a stone's throw away from scenic walking trails, local wildlife, and the beautiful Bickley Valley wine region. It's the perfect base for those who want to explore the natural beauty of the Perth Hills while still being close enough to the city. 

 

Big4 Perth Midland Tourist Park

For a more central location, Big4 Perth Midland Tourist Park is an excellent choice. Located in the heart of the Swan Valley, this park is ideal for those who want to be close to the city and the region's famous vineyards. The park boasts a range of facilities, including a swimming pool, kids' playground, and recreation room. The convenience of being near major Perth attractions, shopping centres, and dining options makes it a great choice for families and those looking for a mix of city and nature experiences on their travel itinerary.

 

Perth Central Caravan Park

Perth Central Caravan Park is your go-to for a stay that combines convenience with a touch of greenery. Located just a short drive from the city centre (about 2 km), this park offers a quiet, leafy environment, complete with modern facilities. With powered sites, a swimming pool, and a camp kitchen, it’s perfect for those who want to be close to Perth's bustling city life while enjoying a retreat in nature. The park's location means you're never far from the best things to do in Perth, making it easy to hop back in your campervan hire and continue your exploration of the city. 

 

Explore Perth at your pace with Apollo

In this guide, we've journeyed through the sunniest capital of Australia, uncovering the best experiences and things to do in Perth. From tranquil gardens and historic prisons to Optus stadium tours and restaurants and beautiful caravan parks, every stop has been an adventure. With your Apollo campervan, the city is yours to explore, one scenic drive at a time.

And the best way to enjoy all of these is at your own pace in an Apollo campervan. You can book your perfect camper online today at Apollo Camper Booking and pick it up from any Apollo branch before setting off on your Western Australia adventure. Whether it's parking by the stunning beaches, exploring the historic Fremantle prison, or unwinding in the natural beauty of the Perth Hills, your Apollo campervan is your gateway to an unforgettable journey through Perth.

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