Things to do in Perth Aquarium Aboriginal Art Wildlife and Beaches
1. The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA)
AQWA is now open weekdays from 9.30 am – 3 pm and weekends at 9.30 am – 4 pm
Australia’s fascinating undersea marine life, brought to you to give you an up-close experience with them. Get up close to the seven species of sharks, stingrays and turtles in the 100-meter underwater tunnel, interact with the sea stars, sea cucumbers, talk to ocean guides and marine biologists, get involved in feeding fish, shark, ray and turtles, have lunch overlooking the Indian Ocean and have a wonderful time on your day trip to the AQWA.
2. Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery
Cultural activities, talks, performances, bush tucker tasting, as well as exhibits of exquisite artwork of hand-painted glass, woodware, and canvass are offered at this Aboriginal owned and operated enterprise. Napery, scarves, and T-shirts featuring Aboriginal designs, handmade boomerangs, tapping sticks, bush tucker products, etc. are on sale here.
3. Cottesloe Beach
Pick your choice among swimming, snorkeling, surfing at the Cottesloe beach or picnicking, watching a game of cricket at the Cottesloe Esplanade and go around sampling fresh seafood specialties in the abundance of cafes and restaurants at the town of Cottesloe.
4. Caversham Wildlife Park
Meet kangaroos, koalas, possums, wallabies, wombats, and Tasmanian devils at their home, at the Caversham Wildlife Park! Hand-feed kangaroos or live Australia’s ranch life for a day at the daily farm show and many more unique experiences for you at this wildlife park.
(08) 9248 1984
(08) 9248 1985
Caversham Wildlife Park, 233B Drumpellier Drive, Whiteman WA, 6068
Caversham Wildlife Park is open all days of the year except Christmas day.
OPEN DAILY 9.30am to 4.00pm
5. Penguin Island
Explore Penguin Island, home to Western Australia’s largest colony of little penguins as well as the largest Pelican colony. View other marine life such as sea lions and dolphins too during the boat cruise.
6. Swan Valley
Enjoy the choicest of wines and craft beers from the award-winning wineries as well as chocolate, cheese, coffee, and decadent liqueurs in the famous wine tours to the Swan Valley!
7. St. George’s Cathedral
Admire this ancient Victorian Academic Gothic architecture of this exquisite Anglican church, designed by noted Australian architect Edmund Blacket in 1879! The Cathedral makes a major contribution to the streetscape of central Perth.
8. Heirisson Island
Located in the middle of the Swan River with a bridge to connect it to the Western Perth City Centre and North Victoria Park is the Heirisson Island. Just 10 minutes away from the bus stop, the island offers very close encounters with Kangaroos and watching the exotic birdlife.
9. Perth Zoo
Make a family outing to the Perth Zoo, which is a great attraction to children and toddlers. Meet animals from all corners of the globe as well as be entertained by the various events held in the zoo.
Open every day of the year 9am – 5pm. And later for special evening events! We are just across the river from Perth CBD and easily accessed by public transport, bike, foot or car. You will find information on each option below.
Zoo Opening Times
We’re open every day of the year (including Christmas Day, Good Friday, Australia Day and New Year’s Day) 9am to 5pm. The Zoo also opens for special evening events (as advertised).
Where are we?
20 Labouchere Road, South Perth WA 6151
Get a Ride
For further information on Transperth timetables and prices please call Transperth information on 13 62 13 or visit transperth.wa.gov.au and use “Perth Zoo” as a destination or departure landmark.
Routes 30 & 31 run between Wellington Street and Elizabeth Quay Bus Station/s and Perth Zoo’s entrance [stop #11847]. Buses on these routes are low-floor/accessible.
We recommend Elizabeth Quay for the fastest journey between the BusPort and the Zoo (4 mins).
Get off at Elizabeth Quay Train Station and transfer to the Elizabeth Quay BusPort (next door) to catch Bus 30 or 31.
Midland, Armadale, Thornlie & Fremantle lines – transfer at Perth Underground to Mandurah line and travel one stop to Elizabeth Quay Station.
Ferries depart from Barrack Street Jetty (Perth CBD) every 30 minutes daily and every 15 minutes at peak times and take about 10 minutes to get across the river.
Perth Zoo is a 500m walk from the Mends Street Jetty (South Perth) via shops and restaurants.
Tell your driver to take you to “Perth Zoo”. They’ll drop you right at the Zoo entrance. (If they need a street address, it’s 20 Labouchere Road, South Perth).
Drive Yourself and Parking
The Zoo is only a five-minute drive from Perth’s city centre. Take the Mill Point Road freeway exit-ramp from both the north and south direction.
There is a range of paid, timed parking around Perth Zoo. Click here for more information on parking options.
BYO & Chartered Bus: The safest way to drop students off is to enter the carpark off Mill Point Road and drive along the access road (10km/hr) and pull into a temporary bus bay to unload. Charter buses can then proceed to exit onto Labouchere Road and BYO buses can circle the block and park in the (free, limited) bus parking in the Mill Point Road parking area.
By Bicycle, Scooter, Blades or on Foot
Safe, dual-use paths (cycle and walking) circle the Swan River from the CBD to South Perth, and then it is only 500m from the river up to Perth Zoo.
This site provides maps and information on the network of cycle/walking paths which will get you to and from Perth Zoo (you will need to zoom in to see the pathways clearly).
Free bicycle racks are available just outside the Zoo. We recommend a lock for your bicycle since it’s a busy, public place. (Please note that you cannot take your bicycle, rollerblades, skateboard or other forms of personal transport into Perth Zoo)
Kings Park is open 24/7 24 hours a day all week Monday to Sunday
Spend a day in King’s Park, which is one of the world’s largest and most beautiful inner-city parks. It has an international reputation for scientific research, horticulture, conservation, and public education. It is rich in Aboriginal and European history.
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