Elizabeth Quay is a brilliant place to visit in Perth. And with new venues, pop up festivals and attractions, there is always something visit to see. Even a simple walk around the quay’s boardwalks, bridge and promenades are packed full of art and sculptures. This year will mark the opening of the Ritz Carlton hotel too – who’s keen for some afternoon tea?! There’s an ever-expanding list of things to do here and at Barack Street Jetty, check out our guide to the best ways to spend a few hours at Elizabeth Quay.
See and Do
A trip to Elizabeth Quay isn’t complete without a walk on the curved suspension bridge. The spectacular architectural feature is a popular spot to take a photo towards the city and is even more stunning when lit up at night.
You can try your hand at chiming bells at The Bell Tower! One of Perth’s most recognisable buildings is home to a fascinating exhibition, viewing of the belfry, as well as a collection of ancient bells from all around the world. From the bell tower’s observation deck you have a great view of the Swan River, Elizabeth Quay and Perth city.
The beautifully hand crafted Venetian Carousel, features over a dozen prancing horses with feather plumes. The breathtaking Italian scenes, dazzling lights and enchanting music make this a moving piece of art. Both grandkids and the young at heart will love to take a ride.
There are many public art installations at EQ, from sculptures to mosaics. “First Contact” which to some resembles a penguin on a boat. Made in cast aluminium artwork by renowned indigenous artist, Laurel Nannup the work depicts the arrival of European settlers to Perth. “Spanda” the 29 meter tall, white sculpture which resembles ripples on water. Next to The Island is a bronze statue of Bessie who lobbied for conservation if the Swan River. Head over to Barrack Square where you’ll also find the “Signature ring”.
A number of tours operate in and around Elizabeth Quay. There’s gondola ride on the river, Segway tours, Noongar tours and many of the tourist bus tours, like the red double decker busses stop here.
This casual family restaurant, found in the historic Florence Hummerston Kiosk, is well worth stopping at for breakfast or lunch. The spot found on Elizabeth Quay’s “island” is home to a microbrewery, restaurant, garden bar and pizzeria. Our tip – find a table outside and enjoy views over the water to the city skyline.
A stroll around Elizabeth Quay isn’t complete without enjoying a scoop of Gusto Gelato. Their creamy, freshly made gelato is absolutely scrumptious! There’s plenty of seating, on the candy coloured stools, most of which is undercover.
A relatively new addition to Elizabeth Quay is an outlet of Cottesloe favourite Amberjacks. Found opposite the ferry terminal, this take away seafood spot has a few tables outside to enjoy some fresh fish n chips.
V Burger, found at the city end of the quay, is also more of a kiosk than a restaurant, there’s a little seating outside with most tables undercover. The gourmet burgers are delicious, making it a great option for a casual meal at Elizabeth Quay.
The Lucky Shag
A popular watering hole at Barrack Street Jetty for tasty pub grub with a view over the Swan River. Their outdoor deck is right on the river and a wonderful place to sit on a sunny day.
Other dining options include The Revely, The Oyster Bar and plenty more options at Barrack Street Jetty.
The Elizabeth Quay Train Station and Busport are just across the road. A CAT bus stop is also found at Barrack Street Jetty. A fun way to arrive is via the TransPerth Ferry. It’s also the cheapest way of viewing the city from the Swan River. The ferry departs from Mends Street Jetty, South Perth regularly.
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Little Ferry Co.
The Little Ferry Co departs from Claisebrook Cove in East Perth. The leisurely cruise to Elizabeth Quay takes around 40 minutes, taking in the sights of the Swan River and the Skipper also gives an interesting commentary along the way.
There is limited, short term street parking found at Barrack Street Jetty. The closest large car parks are found at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and Perth Concert Hall.
BHP Billiton Water Park
The BHP Billiton Water Park at Elizabeth Quay is a huge, interactive water feature. Featuring fountains, mist and puddles to splash around in and a mosaic floor that is inspired by the Noongar people. There are toilets and changing facilities close by too.
At the maritime-themed Island playground little pirates can ring the bell, walk the plank or keep a look out in the crowns nest in the three-storey climbing tower, which also features nets, a slide, nest swing and rope bridges. There’s a shady sandpit too. Children can pump the water to create a stream, in the very popular water play area.
So whether you’re visiting Elizabeth Quay for a bite to eat, a little culture, with your family or to simply see the sights – there’s plenty to fit into your day!
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