Whether you’ve just arrived in Perth or you’ve been here for years, if you’re looking for quirky things to do in Perth, this list is sure to keep you busy!
I’ve put together my top 10 quirky tours in Perth, including ones I’ve personally done and ones I have on my own Perth bucket list still to tick off.
10 Quirky Things To Do In Perth
Quirky Tour #1 – Walking Gin Tour – Hidden deTours
A Walking Gin Tour allows you to explore some of Perth’s finest gin joints, tasting an array of gin brands and tasty snacks, while learning about the drink’s history along with some of the city’s own dark secrets.
Throw in a masterclass on the art of mixing mouthwatering cocktails, and you have an unforgettable three-and-a-half-hour fun-filled experience waiting for you in the heart of Perth.
A Walking Gin Tour could be the perfect corporate outing, a special celebration or a simple get-together with family and friends. I did this with a friend and we had the absolute best time – so much fun, especially if you love both gin and history. You can see my full write up about our walking gin tour of Perth here.
Cost per person: $130
For more information or bookings: https://www.hiddendetours.com.au/gin-walking-tours.html
Quirky Tour #2 – East Perth Cemeteries Tour – Two Feet & A Heartbeat
If you want to hear untold stories of Perth’s history and of the lives of the pioneers who founded and shaped this city during the 19th century, there is no better place to go than on an East Perth Cemeteries Tour.
Situated high above the Swan River, these colonial cemeteries tell intriguing tales of murder, adversity and extreme hardship endured by many colourful characters, in their endeavors to transform one of the harshest and remote parts of the world, into a thriving metropolis.
These historic graves and tombstones also provide priceless information for people tracing back their family histories.
Cost: $50 per person.
For more information and bookings: https://www.twofeet.com.au/tour/east-perth-cemeteries-tour/
Quirky Tour #3 – Perth Street Art Tour – Oh Hey WA
Forget the typical touristy hotspots and discover the street art masterpieces without setting foot in any museum or art gallery. This quirky two and a half tour takes you through 2.5kms of Perth’s side streets and alleyways revealing unusual street art in the form of historical sculptures, murals, and graffiti by indigenous, local and international artists.
Learn about the artists, the techniques they use, stories behind each work of art and the significance of their works. A real fun way to discover the hidden artistic treasures of the city, which may otherwise go unnoticed.
Cost: $40 per person.
For more information and bookings: https://ohheywa.rezdy.com/394568/perth-street-art-tour-murals-sculptures-graffiti-more?iframe=1
Quirky Tour #4 – Dolphin, Penguin & Sea Lion Cruise – Rockingham Wild Adventures
Enjoy the spectacular coastline of WA by taking a 60 minute glass-bottom boat cruise around the Shoalwater Island Marine Park and the nearby islands barely a kilometer offshore. Along the way you’re likely to spot wild dolphins, rare Australian sea lions, and a wide variety of birdlife, while the glass bottom gives you a spectacular view of the rich marine life on the reefs below.
You get to explore these unspoiled islands viewing pelicans, cormorants and other seabirds really close up, ending with an informative penguin feeding show on Penguin Island, before returning to shore.
We took a trip last summer after waiting over a year for the best possible weather and boy were we rewarded. The day we chose was absolutely still, not a breath of wind, and stunning sunshine. The cruise was the highlight of the day seeing dolphins, sea lions and bird life around the islands, but we spent hours snorkelling around the island too.
Cost per Person: Adults $75 – Concession (Seniors 65+ and students $70 – Children 3-12 $60 – Infants under 3 free of charge – Family (2 adults and 2 children) $240.
For more information and bookings: https://www.penguinisland.com.au/dolphin-penguin-sea-lion-cruise
Quirky Tour #5 – Swan Valley Wine Tour – D’Vine Wine Tours
D’Vine Wine Tours, provide the perfect combination of spectacular scenery of the historic Swan Valley, with delicious food, whilst visiting carefully selected, boutique wineries, cellars and vineyards, tasting and learning about their superb wines.
Several choices of venues are offered to suit everyone, as well as the option of a half day or full day tours. One common thing between all the tours, is that you will be spoilt rotten throughout the trip.
Tours could include wine tasting with delicious cheese platters at three wineries, lunch at a stunning venue, and tons of free snacks along the way. A most delightful way to spend a day with family or friends.
Cost: from $80 per person depending on the type of tour booked.
For further information and bookings: https://www.dvinetours.com.au/perth-wine-tours/
Quirky Tour #6 – Woodman Point Quarantine Station Ghost Tour – Rebecca Millman
And now for something completely different! If you’re afraid of the paranormal, spirits and ghosts, do not go there. But if you don’t believe in the spirit world, be warned…you may just end up doing so, after this tour.
Highly respected spiritual medium, Rebecca Millman, will be your host on this ghost tour, interacting with resident spirits on the other side. You will learn about the fascinating history of the quarantine station and the people who lived, worked and died here during the 19th and early 20th centuries…and of some, who perhaps did not die! That’s for you to figure out! This thoroughly fascinating and intriguing tour starts at 7.30 pm and lasts for about 2 hours…depending on what spirits make contact.
Certainly one of Perth’s best kept secrets.
Cost per person: $69
For more info or bookings: https://www.rebeccamillman.com.au/ghost-tours/
Quirky Tour #7 – Pinnacles, Sandboarding, Wildlife & Lobster – Explore Tours Perth
Experience four of the best activities the region has to offer, all in one unforgettable day. Starting off at the Yanchep National Park, you get up really close and personal with koalas, view Western Grey kangaroos grazing around the lake while an abundance of native bird species fly overhead among the woodlands and wetlands. You then head north to the fishing village of Cervantes, for a tour through a crayfish processing plant and a scrumptious lunch at the Lobster Shack.
After lunch you’ll be transported to the lunar-like landscape of the Nambung National Park to view the Pinnacles, weird limestone formations, some reaching four metres high, formed by seashells and sculptured by nature over thousands of years. Before heading back to Perth, you stop at Lancelin and get to climb the towering snow-white sand dunes for breathtaking views of the coastline, and have the opportunity to “surf” down the dunes aboard specially designed sandboards. A truly magical experience.
Cost for this 10 hour adventure: $169 per person.
For more information and bookings: https://exploretoursperth.com.au/tours/pinnacles/
Quirky Tour #8 – Cider Wine & Whiskey Tour – Up Close & Local Tours
Cider, wine, whiskey, stunning scenery and delicious food; what more would anyone possibly want from one day’s outing? Situated on the outskirts of Perth, Bickley Valley forms part of a magnificent landscape of forest, wildflowers, fruit orchards and picturesque vineyards, producing some of the finest wines, craft ciders and even a local whiskey. A full day tour is a must to truly experience what this region has to offer.
The tour in an air-conditioned vehicle begins at a central Perth pick-up point, from where you’ll head to the valley for a day packed with extensive wine, cider and whiskey tastings, as well as guided tours through the vineyards, cellars and a whiskey distillery. This is followed by a scrumptious lunch platter and a chance to walk through charming orchards, tasting fruit straight off the tree, before driven back to Perth, happy, content and shining like a new diamond.
Cost for a full day tour is $135 per person but half day tours are also available.
For more information: https://upcloseandlocaltours.com.au/tours2/cider-wine-whiskey-tour/
Quirky Tour #9 – Nature Night Walk – Karakamia Wildlife Sanctuary
Karakamia Wildlife Sanctuary, hardly an hour out of Perth, allows one to experience the Australian bush as it was over 200 years ago. Having removed all foreign animals and erecting a vermin-proof fence, has provided a safe haven for the critically endangered Woylies, Western Ringtail Posums, the rare Quenda and the once declared extinct, Tamar Wallabies.
As these creatures are mostly nocturnal, the only time to observe them is after dark when they come out to forage on the forest floor. A guided night walk through the sanctuary offers a unique experience to view these secretive creatures as well as a variety of bird species. The 3 kilometre walk takes about 2 hours with regular stops to learn about this habitat.
It’s advisable to wear sturdy and comfortable shoes, long sleeved clothing and bring mosquito repellent.
We’ve done this walk twice now with family and friends, and it’s absolutely one of the best tours we have done in Perth.
Cost: $20 for adults – $15 for children and concession holders – and $60 for families (2 adults and 2 children) with all funds going to conserving this sanctuary.
Quirky Tour #10 – Tunnels Tour – Fremantle Prison
If you’re feeling adventurous, are physically fit and weigh under 140 kgs, can climb and paddle a boat in confined spaces 20 metres underground, not afraid of the dark and don’t suffer from claustrophobia, the Fremantle Prison Tunnels Tour may just be the thing for you.
A guide will lead you on foot and by boat through a labyrinth of tunnels and submerged passageways, carved out by the prisoners themselves, discovering original blast holes and artefacts left behind by the work gangs. An eerie but such an exciting adventure, lasting two and a half hours.
Oh, remember that they ask you to please arrive sober for this one!
Cost: Adults $65 – Concession $55 – Children $45 – Family $195
For more info and bookings: https://fremantleprison.com.au/tours/tunnels-tour/
So, how many of these tours have you done? What other quirky things to do in Perth can you recommend? Let me know in the comments below!