The waterfront suburb of South Perth is a popular escape from the bustling city centre, thanks to its tranquil riverfront parks and golf course, famous zoo and international dining options. It’s also a convenient gateway to various nature reserves and the home of Perth’s kangaroos, Heirisson Island.
Things to do in South Perth
While staying in South Perth, take advantage of the nearby Perth Zoo, a nationally-recognised and historic zoo dating back to 1898. Here you can get up close to native and exotic animals, including ghost bats, African lions, Bolivian squirrel monkeys, Asian elephants and Sumatran orangutans. Organise a behind-the-scenes tour to meet zookeepers and certain animals. There are also picnic areas or cafes for enjoying a relaxed meal.
Keen golfers will love the waterfront Royal Perth Golf Club, which features 18 beautifully maintained holes with challenging sand and water traps. Slightly further south you’ll discover the dining and entertainment hub around Mary and Preston streets, which includes a cinema and multiple cafes and restaurants. Dine at Lago Di for authentic Italian, Juniper & Bay for cocktails or Nasi Lemak Korner for Malaysian cuisine.
If you’re looking for an open parkland with ample space for bicycling, walking, picnics and family games, head to South Perth Foreshore, which overlooks the Swan River and offers water sport rentals from Funcats Watersports. You can even pair delicious contemporary Australian cuisine with panoramic river vistas at the upscale Boatshed Restaurant.
Starting to miss the city? You’re only a short drive or ferry ride away from the boutiques, live theatres and major attractions in Perth’s CBD. On the way, stop by Heirisson Island to meet some kangaroos, before visiting the WACA Ground to experience a thrilling cricket match.
Getting around South Perth
South Perth is about 16 kilometres from Perth Airport, connected via taxis and public buses. You can get around South Perth using buses and taxis or catch ferries to explore further afield.