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Our top 7 places to explore in Perth

11/11/2022 |

Are you considering studying at The University of Western Australia? Or, are you a current student who has already joined us here in Perth? Our city is the perfect place to live, work and study. When it's time for a break from the books, Perth is loaded with plenty of places to explore – so you’ll always have exciting something to do!

Here is a quick list of the top seven places UWA students recommend visiting, to help you quickly fall in love with our beautiful city of Perth:


1. Rottnest Island

Rottnest, or ‘Rotto’ as we call it here, is the perfect one-day getaway for the semester break. Just a short ferry ride from Perth, you’ll find yourself surrounded by 63 stunning beaches and coral reefs to explore. Jump on a bike or a bus to experience everything the island has to offer and don’t forget to take a selfie with a world-famous quokka!

Quokka smiling at Rottnest - Credit to Tourism WA

Photo Credit: Tourism Western Australia

2. Fremantle 

Fremantle, or ‘Freo’, is just 30 minutes by train or 20 minutes by car from Perth city. This vibrant port town is known for its mix of Australian maritime, convict and colonial history, plus its famous weekend markets, lively bars, casual street cafes and restaurants. We guarantee ‘Freo’ has something for all our students! 

3. Kings Park 

Kings Park is located just a hop, skip, and a jump away from UWA and is one of the world’s largest and most beautiful inner-city parks. With stunning sweeping views of the city and Swan River, you can explore the park’s Botanic Gardens and walk the suspended bridge over the treetops or watch a movie under the stars at the outdoor cinema!

Perth city from Kings Park at sunrise

4. Northbridge

Northbridge is Perth’s Cultural Precinct. You can visit one of the free museums or art galleries, watch a performance at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, and indulge in food from around the world at one of the many cafés and restaurants. At night, Northbridge comes alive with the bar and club scene, the perfect place to celebrate after exams!

5. Cottesloe Beach 

Cottesloe Beach is just a 10-minute drive from UWA and is famous for its swimming, surfing, sunsets and lively Sunday sessions. It is also home to the world-class annual sculpture park exhibition, Sculptures By The Sea, which is a must-see every March. For the ultimate in rest and relaxation, walk along the white sandy beaches, dip your toes into the beautiful blue water or dine at one of the stylish eateries overlooking the beach.

Cottesloe Beach on a sunny day 

6. Matilda Bay

Matilda Bay is located just over the road from the UWA campus and is the perfect place to relax with friends between classes. With unbeatable views of the city across Swan River, it’s the perfect place for coffee, kayaking, summer water sports and even dolphin-watching. Make the most of the free BBQ facilities or dine in at one of the delicious restaurants!   

7. Swan Valley

The Swan Valley region is located 25-minutes from Perth city and is known for its world-class wineries, breweries, and restaurants and is the perfect place for a weekend day trip. After lunch or a few tasty tastings, enjoy a relaxing hike at Bells Rapids, explore the heritage at Whiteman Park via tram or even play a fun game of super golf! 

Group of friends in the Swan Valley 


Want to know more about joining us at UWA? Visit the international students page on our website, contact our Future Students Centre by submitting an online enquiry through askUWA or chat to a current international student.

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