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Top Things to Do in Elizabeth Quay

Top Things to Do in Elizabeth Quay

Since its official opening in January 2016, Elizabeth Quay has played a significant role in Perth. Since then, this place has grown to be a well-liked tourist destination, especially if you know where to go.

What Are the Activities to Do in Elizabeth Quay

Things to do in Elizabeth Quay include riding the carousel, visiting BHP Billiton Water park, bringing your kids to Island Playground, admiring Spanda Street Art, harvesting pearls at Willie Creek Pearls and enjoying R&R at Barrack Street Jetty. 

Of course, you might need more than a day to discover everything you’ll love at this location. Make sure to wear good shoes, take extra cash, and bring other essentials to prepare for your fun adventure.

To get started, check out some of the best things to experience at Elizabeth Quay with our guide below.

Get Wet at BHP Billiton Water Park

Get Wet at BHP Billiton Water Park

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Address: Elizabeth Quay, The Esplanade WA 6000, Australia

Contact Details: +61 (8) 9482 7499, [email protected] 

Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The Elizabeth Water Park, an interactive water feature at Elizabeth Quay, is more than 3 times larger than the Water Labyrinth in Forrest Place at 1000 square metres.

Conveniently, the Elizabeth Quay train station is directly across from the Water Park, making it simple to get there by public transportation.

In the water park, there is also a big ‘island’ in the middle, surrounded by 3 smaller ‘islands’. Every 15 minutes, the water runs through the water park for the same duration.

The water feature starts subtly, with the outer islands slowly filling with a pool of water. However, we don’t want you to worry about getting caught in the midst of the water park as it starts its cycle.

Timber decking surrounds the water park area and offers unofficial seating. The deck area doesn’t have much shade; however, there are a few umbrella spots with stone benches.

You should be aware that if you take your children to the water park, they will get wet. We believe the kids won’t help but be drawn to it! 

For your reference, every restroom has a sizable changing area with a shower. This seems ideal for getting the kids clothed after their fun.

Ride the Elizabeth Quay Carousel

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Address: Geoffrey Bolton Av, Perth WA 6000, Australia

Contact Details: +61 415 269 822

Opening Hours: Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

At Elizabeth Quay, take in the beauty and fun of a genuine Venetian Carousel.

Local jeweller Rohan Milne of the custom jewellery store (Rohan Jewellery) has brought the Elizabeth Quay Carousel to Perth’s riverfront.

The horses and carriages on the Elizabeth Quay Carousel were also hand-painted by Venetian artists. It was built in the northern Italian region of Veneto.

This was made by some of the best craftsmen in Europe and features a classic carousel. 

If you’re not colourblind or missing an appointment at an eye clinic, we think you’ll see this might be a good photo op for you and kids – or kids at heart!

Ticket Rates:

  • $6pp or $15 for 3 tickets
  • Free for children under 1.1 metres with paying adult (only 1 child per adult)

Note: Tickets are available at the Elizabeth Quay Carousel ticket booth.

Bring Your Kids to Island Playground

Bring Your Kids to Island Playground

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Address: Elizabeth Quay, Perth WA 6000, Australia

Contact Details: +61 8 6557 0700, [email protected] 

Opening Hours: Open 24 hours

Bringing a bunch of kids with you? They might be thrilled with Elizabeth Quay playground’s 3-story climbing tower with climbing nets, lookout platforms, a slide, and rope bridges that serve as its focal point. 

Of course, we advise parents and guardians to keep watch over the children. We don’t want any broken limbs or teeth, a trip to the emergency room, or regular appointments with pain specialists and cosmetic dentists in our immediate future.

Once that’s settled, we believe kids can really get into the pirate world by ringing the ship’s bell or walking the plank. 

The stronghold has its wonders, too. But to get to the top, you have to cross a number of challenging rope bridges and climb ropes.

A large sandpit with wooden steppers and a water table is located in the centre of the play area. Large umbrellas provide some shade over this section for added convenience.

The playground’s water play section is a crowd favourite element as well. Kids can use the sluice gates (or barriers) to control the flow of the water after pumping it to create a stream.

There’s also a shady seating area and a Birds Nest Swing at the playground’s edge if you need to take a break.

Note that the playground is mostly walled and caged, with the exception of the entrance area. If kids manage to stray outside the perimeter, they’ll quickly find themselves close to the water – we suggest further monitoring your kids in this location.

Also, the Isle of Voyage Cafe can be seen here. It serves delicious Perth coffee, snacks, pastries, sandwiches, ice cream, and milkshakes.

For your reference, the Elizabeth Quay Playground is close to 3 unisex disabled toilets to accommodate more guests.

Admire Spanda Street Art

Admire Spanda Street Art

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Address: Geoffrey Bolton Av, Perth WA 6000, Australia

Contact Details: +61 (8) 9482 7499, [email protected] 

Opening Hours: Open 24 hours

The Spanda connects the sky, the earth, and the river to welcome guests to the quay. This design evokes a sense of inclusion and openness for many.

If you like looking at art galleries, this sculpture’s shape resembles ripples or orbits, a nod to Elizabeth Quay’s rippled-water pavement design and its relationship to the sky. 

Christian de Vietri, an internationally recognised artist, created Spanda to be admired from all sides and interpreted in a variety of ways. 

Yet, don’t fret if there’s a bit of a crowd and you can’t easily go near it.

 In our opinion, you can still take amazing pictures even from far away – it’s all about the angles you take, so it’s best to practice your poses beforehand!

Harvest Pearls at Willie Creek Pearls

Harvest Pearls at Willie Creek Pearls

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Address: Western Pavilion, Barrack Square, Elizabeth Quay, Perth WA 6000, Australia

Contact Details: +61 8 9241 6565, [email protected] 

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

If you like spending your free time looking at fine jewellery in Perth, you’ll probably love this one. Willie Creek Pearls produces some of the best pearls in the world, the Australian South Sea Pearl, in a sustainable manner. 

You may visit one of their elegant showrooms in Elizabeth Quay, Subiaco, or Hillary’s Boardwalk to see their large collection.

Three signature pearl discovery experiences are also available at the charming Elizabeth Quay Showroom, which is open 7 days a week – you won’t need to compromise your schedule and just come when you’re free.

For many, the ‘Harvest Your Own Pearl’ tour, which has won many awards, is a once in a lifetime chance. This is mainly to see The Pearl of Western Australia’s amazing story, from the shell to the showroom.

At the Willie Creek Pearl Farm in Broome, we believe you’ll be delighted that you can harvest your own Australian South Sea Cultured Pearl. This is directly from a Pinctada maxima oyster. 

But due to the nature of pearl farming, the value of the pearl is unknown until the breath-taking moment it is gathered. For us, this adds a thrill to the experience.

Though adults typically take part in the process, youngsters will also likely enjoy watching the intriguing and interactive pearl-picking.

The price of the pearl, which is yours to retain, may range from $500 to $5,000. For us, this is a more impressive souvenir or gift than any common present.

We recommend considering Willie Creek Pearls’ masterclasses (1 hour) and live pearl harvesting (30 minutes) to make the most of your stay.

Have Some R&R at Barrack Street Jetty

Have Some R&R at Barrack Street Jetty

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Address: Barrack Street Jetty, Perth WA 6000, Australia

Contact Details:  +61 (8) 9482 7499, [email protected] 

Elizabeth Quay and the iconic Barrack Street Jetty are set against Perth’s serene Swan River.

Here, you can enjoy a variety of activities. This includes walks along the river, trendy bars, cafes, restaurants, playgrounds, and even a trip to the must-see Bell Tower.

For romantic dates, consider taking a boat to Rottnest Island or a sunset dinner cruise along the Swan River. Otherwise, a cycling or Segway tour of Perth are good options, too.

The waterfront area, which is always improving, is also a popular place for festivals, concerts, and pop-up markets in Perth. Discover a variety of seaside restaurants, laid-back pubs, and high-quality coffee shops here as well.

Plus, you may sit back and take in the peaceful views of the Swan River while you take in the bustling environment. 

But if you want to get out on the water, we suggest taking the reasonably priced public ferry to South Perth, walking along the foreshore, or visiting the zoo instead.

For a longer cruise, you can also go on a wine tasting cruise to the gorgeous Swan Valley, go on a whale watching trip, or travel to Rottnest Island.

If you want a unique souvenir or something to remind you of your trip, we advise checking out the high-end shops in Barrack Square.

There’s something to suit all tastes and budgets with their selection of genuine Australian handmade art, artefacts, giftware, and uniquely Australian clothing like Akubra hats and crocodile leather goods, too.

The Hay Street Mall, the bus and train stations, and the Barrack Street Jetty are all conveniently close to the city’s centre for greater accessibility.

How to Get to Elizabeth Quay

How to Get to Elizabeth Quay

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The Perth City bus stop is right next to Elizabeth Quay, which makes it easy to take the bus there. You can also take the train to Elizabeth Quay Station or Esplanade Station, then stay at the quay to explore all of Perth’s top attractions.

From other locations in the city, travellers may take the free CAT bus in Perth. Elizabeth Quay and Kings Park are connected by the Blue Cat service.

Perth’s hop-on, hop-off double-decker bus is a great way to see the city as well. You can purchase tickets for 24 or 48 hours.

Just keep in mind that your time begins when you board the plane and have your ticket scanned for the first time.

Here are a few of the many different on and off points for the bus trip:

Perth Stopping Points:

  • Kings Park
  • Northbridge
  • Optus Stadium
  • Crown Perth
  • The Bell Tower
  • The Boat House
  • The Mint
  • Watertown

We think this is a terrific way to see the most popular tourist attractions in Perth. And while you’re on board, you can also hear the commentary about the significance of each location’s past and present.

Moreover, a bus leaves for each site every 2 hours. Any of the stops will let you board the bus. 

As an alternative, you can bike the entire tour circuit. This takes about 2 hours if you prefer to get some exercise along the way.

And there you go! We hope you find the best things to do and have a productive time when you visit Elizabeth Quay in Perth.

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