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Walking Tours

If you love to walk and want to discover Perth city’s icons, arts and cultural history our walking tours could be just the ticket. With a variety of guided or self-guided tours, there's something for everybody. 

FREE Guided City Tours

Knowledgeable volunteer Tour Guides offer free 90-minute orientation, history and art tours from the Perth City Visitor Kiosk.

To register for a group tour of 10 -15 people email info@cityofperth.wa.gov.au or phone 9461 3333.  Six weeks’ notice is requested for group bookings and tours are subject to volunteer availability.  

Please note that our qualified iCity volunteer tour guides are not available on public holidays and tours may be cancelled due to unfavourable weather conditions, low numbers or subject to volunteer availability. 

Icons of Influence Tour
Monday at 10:15am
Learn about the influential individuals and institutions that influenced the development of Perth in the 1800’s.

Art City Tour
Friday at 10:15am
Discover the City’s public art works reflecting the city’s identity, both past and present. 

Convicts & Colonials Tour 
Wednesday at 10:15am
Be transported back in time and experience the period of the convicts in the Swan River Colony. 

Town Hall Tour
Booking available on request
Explore this iconic landmark and discover the history, workmanship and stories of the people who walked through the Town Hall walls.

Orientation Tour
Monday to Saturday at 9:45am
Ideal for City newcomer’s eager to explore Perth! Join a local volunteer guide to navigate and discover the City!

Boom and Bust Tour 
Tuesday 10:15am
Highlights of the ‘boom’ created by gold and the surge of growth, wealth and prosperity in Western Australia that followed.

Self-guided Walking Tours

With a range of self-guided tours on offer you can discover architecture and City visionaries on ‘Icons of Influence’, the ups and downs of the local economy with ‘Boom or Bust’ and the history of Perth with ‘Convicts and Colonials’.

You can also get creative on the ‘Art City’ walking tour or discover our Indigenous roots on the ‘This City is Whadjuk Country’ tour.

Get your walking shoes ready…

These self-guided trails can take up to two hours. 

You can join in or depart from the trail anywhere along the way. The trail intersects with the city’s free CAT buses servicing East Perth, Northbridge, West Perth, central Perth and the foreshore (except Good Friday, ANZAC Day and Christmas Day).

 
  • Convicts and Colonials Walking Tour

    Although the Swan River Colony was established as a free settlement in 1829, convict transportation was introduced in 1850 to answer the demand for a cheap and plentiful supply of labour for the small population.

    The introduction of these reluctant immigrants caused much debate and controversy amongst the residents, who feared that their free colony would be forever tainted by the convict class. Whilst convict transport lasted only 18 years, the legacy of this period is embedded in the streets of the city and the folklore of the State.

    Visit our interactive online map or download PDF

  • Icons of Influence Walking Tour

    When John Septimus Roe, naval officer, surveyor and explorer, first laid out the City of Perth in 1829, he envisaged a powerful city at the centre of a strong economy. St Georges Terrace was the focus of this design, a broad avenue running parallel to the shores of the majestic Swan River. Today, St Georges Terrace continues its role as the city’s powerhouse. Follow this trail to discover the history of the city through its iconic places of influence. As you walk along, keep your eyes out for plaques placed in the pavement that recognise the many people who have influenced the growth of Perth and Western Australia.

    Visit our interactive online map or download PDF

  • Boom or Bust Walking Tour

    This historical walk through Perth city will highlight the ‘boom’ created by gold and the surge of growth, wealth and prosperity in Western Australia that followed. The City’s population swelled from 8,500 to over 27,000 in a decade and it seemed Perth would ‘bust’ as this remote town turned into a buzzing cosmopolitan city.

    Visit our interactive online map or download PDF

  • Art City Walking Tour

    Public art can stimulate thinking, deepen sense of place and transform how we engage with spaces. Within Perth city there are more than 200 public artworks reflecting the city’s identity, both past and present. This curated art trail includes a selection of public artworks that showcase our evolving CBD. Immerse yourself in our city.

    Visit our interactive online map or download PDF

  • This City is Whadjuk Country Walking Tour

    The first of two Karla Yarning maps, This city is Whadjuk country, explores Whadjuk Nyoongar history before the arrival of white settlers in 1829. On this walk participants will get a feel for the way Whadjuk people lived before white settlement.

    Download PDF

  • Fighting for Families, Country, Rights and Recognition Walking Tour

    The second Karla Yarning map, Fighting for families, country, rights and recognition, explores Aboriginal history in Perth after 1829. On this walk, participants can learn about important events and developments including the resistance of Whadjuk leaders Midgegooroo and his son Yagan in the 1830s, the Prohibited Area zone in place between 1927-1954, Aboriginal protest rallies held in the 1930s and 1940s and the establishment of important Aboriginal organisations.

    Download PDF

  • Walking Subiaco: self-guided walks

    One of the best ways to see a new place or rediscover a destination is by foot. Walking allows you take in the small details, duck down laneways, and stop to smell the roses or take in a piece of street art.

    With its abundance of beautiful parks, green reserves and leafy streets filled with rich history, Subiaco is the ideal place for a walking tour.

    Take things at your own pace with a self-guided walking tour, or meet like-minded people on a guided ‘See Subi on Sunday’ tour.

    See Subi on Sunday

    This free walking tour program is held bi-monthly from July to May. Each walk explores a different area or aspect of Subiaco and participants are encouraged to share their own stories to add to the experience.

    The walks lasts run for 90-minutes and are predominately focussed on the history of the area. Suitable for all ages.

    Self-guided tours

    Go on an adventure to discover traditional hunting grounds of the Noongar people, the first free university in the British Commonwealth of Nations, beautiful leadlight windows and doors, and much more on a self-guided walking tour of Subiaco and its different areas and attractions.

    With a range of tours available to choose from, there really is something for everyone.

    For more on walking tours in Subiaco, visit the City of Subiaco’s website.

  • Walking Victoria Park: Self-guided walks

    Kensington Bushland Walk

    Kensington Bushland is a pristine bush park in Perth’s inner east. It is the best preserved urban bushland between the Swan and Canning Rivers. There are walk trails through the pristine jarrah and banksia woodland for the community to enjoy.

    For those looking to escape their urban surrounds, and walk through one of the few remaining inner city bushland reserves, then the Kensington Bushland walk is a perfect option. The bushland is close to shops, restaurants and cafes on Albany Highway and only 10 minutes by car or 15 minutes by bus from the Perth CBD. 

    Windan Bridge Loop

    Located on the banks of the beautiful Swan River in the centre of Perth, the capital of Western Australia, this urban walk takes you past Herrison Island, Burswood Park and the Chevron Parklands near Optus Stadium. On the eastern bank you will walk through Claisebrook Cove with its public art and cafés. You can shorten the trail by crossing at Matagarup bridge.

    Causeway to Windan Loop

    The Bridges Walk is one of Perth’s most iconic urban walks, attracting hundreds of pedestrians each weekend. The walk is bookended by the Narrows bridge in the west and the Causeway bridge in the east and traces the Swan River shoreline. 

    With spectacular views across the City and back to the South Perth city centre this walk is a stunning way to take in Perth City and the beautiful Swan River. There are multiple café’s along the way, beautiful parks and easy to navigate paths. Join the weekly throng of walkers, joggers, cyclists and meanderers and experience Perth in all its beauty.