The Seniorocity Guide to Hillarys Boat Harbour

Hillarys Boat Harbour

Hillarys Boat Harbour has been a popular place to spend the day in Perth for the past few decades. The seaside spot is compact and flat, making it a great place for a wander around the attractions, shops, manicured parklands and beautiful beach – and the parking is FREE. Hillarys is also a dining mecca, where you can munch on everything from sweet snacks – gelato and the Honeycake, to easy takeaways and places to enjoy a casual bite with friends, or an upmarket Feed upstairs at the Breakwater. See our big guide to Hillarys Boat Harbour here.

Eating at Hillarys Boat Harbour

Hillarys Boat Harbour is a brilliant spot to meet up with friends for a coffee and cake. San Churro is the best place for a hot chocolate and churros (Spanish doughnuts) or something else from their tempting chocolate range.

Chocolateria San Churro, Hillarys

Dome enjoys a lovely water view. Another great spot for coffee and cake is the Purple Goat.

Purple Goat Cafe, Hillarys

Looking for brunch or lunch? The Local Shack is a good spot for burger lovers, and those after a casual feed. There’s lots of board games to enjoy here too. Little C’s is popular for a gourmet pizza. 3 Sheets has been a firm favourite at Hillarys Boat Harbour since it opened some years ago. Great for groups, the menu is full of crowd pleasers from ribs and pizza to salads and more. Or how about a quick takeaway to enjoy on a picnic rug? There’s plenty to choose from – Subway, Nandos, fish and chips… Or why not treat yourself at Ishka, upstairs at The Breakwater, the options are endless.


Things to do at Hillarys Boat Harbour

There’s so much to do at Hillarys Boat Harbour, it’s easy to spend the whole day. The sheltered beach is ideal for a paddle and there’s lots of shade provided on the white sand, as well as a little playground for grandkids.

Hillarys Boat Harbour

If you love the underwater world, be sure to spend a few hours at AQWA (The Aquarium of WA). Here there’s so many different species of fish and marine life that are found in the oceans all around Western Australia. The huge underground walk through aquarium is not to be missed and is full of impressive sting rays, sharks, turtles and much more. AQWA is a great attraction to take visitors to Perth, as well as grandkids.

Hillarys Boat Harbour is also a handy departure point if you’re heading on a trip to Rotto. Rottnest Fast Ferries are true to their name and get you to the holiday island in around 40 minutes. The comfortable ferry company also offers whale watching tours in migration season.

Hillarys Boat Harbour

The green, manicured grounds of Hillarys Boat Harbour also make for a lovely setting for a picnic or BBQ get together. Throw down a rug and bring along a hamper of goodies to enjoy (or cheat and grab take away fish and chips!). There are also plenty of shelters and tables at the northern part of the grassed area.

Hillarys Boat Harbour

Did you know there are three easy walk trails at Hillarys Boat Harbour?! These flat, paved trails are just another reason to visit this northern suburbs destination. From the beach, to shopping, to discovering the lighthouse and its views from the viewing platform – there’s lots to see and do at Hillarys. Map from Department of Transport.


Sorrento Quay is full of shops of all kinds, from clothing boutiques and jewelers, to homewares, gourmet foods, sweet stores, souvenir shops and much more. There’s plenty treat yourself to or enjoy a little window shopping.

Hillarys Boat Harbour



With so much to see, do and eat, Hillarys Boat Harbour makes an ideal location for an easy, close-to-home weekend away. You can find quality accommodation right at the harbour, Nautica Residences Hillarys is opposite AQWA and provides modern self-contained apartments and studios. As well as Sorrento Quay being on the doorstep, it also offers a pool and spa.

Hillarys Harbour Resort

Where’s your favourite spot to visit at Hillarys Boat Harbour? Let us know in the comments below!

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About Amanda Carlin

Amanda Carlin has her own food and travel blog. Established in 2013, through "Simply PERTHfect", Amanda loves getting out and about in Perth and WA. She enjoys brunching, lunching or something a little fancy in equal measures. With her parents in tow, Amanda always has plenty of senior-friendly eating options to recommend. Be sure to check out Simply PERTHfect.

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