Things to See and Do

When you study in Western Australia, you’ll discover different recreational activities through your education provider, your friends, homestay family and through the community.

Here are some popular activities to do in Perth.


Playing sport is a big part of the lifestyle in Perth. The most popular sports here are Australian rules football, cricket, surfing, rugby, soccer, tennis and basketball. Many campuses have sports facilities such as football ovals, tennis courts, basketball courts and swimming pools. There are also university and community sporting clubs, and various community sporting events that take place throughout the year.

The beach

Perth’s beaches are clean, close to the city and easy to get to by bus or train. As well as swimming, there are many other beach activities and water sports to do at different beaches. You can surf, snorkel, dive, sail, windsurf, fish, go kayaking, play beach volleyball or have a barbecue (BBQ). When you’re at the beach, try to swim between the yellow and red flags, which are monitored by lifeguards. And remember to always wear sunscreen and a hat, and drink plenty of water. You can find more information on beach safety at

Fishing is an extremely popular activity in Western Australia, however it can be dangerous. You’ll find some very useful tips about fishing safely from

Film, theatre and concerts

There are many cinemas in Perth and, in summer, there are also outdoor cinemas where you can watch a movie and have a picnic. Full-time students can usually receive discounts on movie tickets. Theatre events include large international productions, small productions by local theatre companies and universities, and free outdoor performances in summer. Concerts, music festivals and arts festivals take place throughout the year.

Nature and wildlife

Perth offers many opportunities to experience Western Australia’s natural environment and the local wildlife. You can find native animals at Perth Zoo and Caversham Wildlife Park, get up close to marine creatures at the Aquarium of WA, swim with dolphins, go whale-watching, see beautiful wildflower displays and much more. You can also take trips outside of Perth to explore more of Western Australia’s natural wonders such as the Pinnacles, Wave Rock, Valley of the Giants and Ningaloo Reef.

Bars and nightlife

Perth has several entertainment precincts that are home to bars, clubs, cafes and restaurants. You can enjoy food from around the world, meet your friends for coffee, sing karaoke, dance at nightclubs and watch live music performances by local and international bands. In Australia, you must be over 18 years old to buy and drink alcohol, enter a bar or club, or attend an event that sells alcohol.

Experience Extraordinary Western Australia

Find out more about things to see and do here on the Western Australia website.


For more information on Living in Western Australia

Visit the Perth Education City website.