Elizabeth Quay, Perth: How To Reach, Best Time & Tips
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About Elizabeth Quay

Resting by the shore of the Swan River, Elizabeth Quay is the most successful cultural addition which adds glam to Perth's modern streets. This is a magnificent foreshore which has been transformed into a free playground for all kinds of visitors and this is one of the best places in Perth.

Giving the glimpse of the amazing lifestyle to the surreal views and alfresco dining which gives a festive vibe all day round. Built on a vast area of 2.7 ha inlet, this incredible project was started to revitalise the city centre and also enhance Perth’s name in the list of the most liveable cities in the world.

 In the early years, Perth's riverfront was once an ideal place for picnics and paddling. Alongside that there were public baths just along the water’s edge. With the development of the city, the connection between the river and the city was disconnected.

This cut off between the city and the river was reunited with the development of the Elizabeth Quay which came along with a vast number of new recreational opportunities for the locals and the tourists. This place is easily accessible by every mode of transport which runs within Perth city.

The entire area bustles with a vast attractions to explore which includes inlet, island, landscaped gardens and public art which are connected via the striking arched suspension bridge and promenade circuit. Alongside these famous highlights of Elizabeth Quay, there is a long list of events which turns around this place into an ultimate stage of festivals.

This place at Perth is surely not a miss and to know more about what to do here, this is a handy guide for the first time travelers.

How to Reach Elizabeth Quay

Perth is a city which is known for its easy commute via public transport. Alongside that the city’s pleasant weather also encourages the locals and visitors to take other options like walking and biking. To reach Elizabeth Quay from Perth airport there are many options of public transport like buses, trains and ferries. 

By Bus:
The Elizabeth Quay station is one of the major stations which connects the city including the Perth station. 

By Ferry:
Alongside this the ferries run across the Swan River which can be accessed by a SmartRider card. 

By Bus:
The easiest way to travel from Perth airport to Elizabeth Quay is by boarding a public bus which runs approximately every half hour.

Best Time to Visit Elizabeth Quay

To explore the best views of Perth, the time between September, October and November when the city brims with a fragrance of spring and sunny days. During this time there are many events hosted at the Elizabeth Quay which are worth experiencing.

Alongside that there are many activities which the visitors can enjoy at the inlet uninterrupted by the rain. To enjoy a day at the Elizabeth Quay anytime starting from morning to evening is perfect to experience the various activities which happens at the foreshore.

What Not to Miss at Elizabeth Quay

Here are some of the best things to do in Elizabeth Quay:

1. Relax At The  BHP Billiton Water Park - This has to be definitely on top of the list of best things to do at Elizabeth Quay. Located at the William street, the BHP water is the first step of entering the Elizabeth Quay and its indeed the main highlight of the foreshore. This water park features fountains, mist and mosaic floor which is inspired by the Noongar people. 

2. Playground For Kids To Play  - This maritime-themed island playground is designed with a collaboration with Nature Play. Featuring the little pirates and games like walking across the plank, this is an ideal place for the kids visiting Elizabeth Quay. Alongside this there is a water play area where kids can pump water creating a stream is quite a popular activity to try. 

3. Witness The Beauty Of Venetian Carousel -  This is an exquisite addition to the Elizabeth Quay which was handmade in Italy. Featuring a dozen horses prancing and boasting feather plumes, this is one of the highlights of the foreshore. Giving all the Italian vibe, and featuring all the dazzling lights and music in the backdrop the moving piece of art is an eye-catching element. 

4. Explore The Night Noodle Markets - This is an exclusive which every foodie must add in their list of things to experience at the Elizabeth Quay. The Asian hawker/popup food festival happens every year in the month of January where one can relish the taste of the Asian flavors. 

5. Enjoy An Evening At Chevron Gardens -  For the music lovers, this is one of the main highlights of Elizabeth Quay. This place is known for hosting some of the amazing and vibrant music concerts every week. As the sun sets, the local music legends set up the mood and play some of the most grooving hits which are enthralling and cannot be missed. 

6. Take A Tour Of The Barrack Street Jetty -  This is one of the main attractions at Perth which was remodeled and placed under the Elizabeth Quay precinct. People visiting here can enjoy a tour of the iconic bell tower, experience a fascinating cruise tour and satiate the taste buds eating at the famous restaurants and cafes boarded over the jetty. 

7. Explore The Inlet - Inlet is known for being a connecting link between Perth city and the river. This is also called the focal point of Elizabeth Quay and a perfect thing to be explored by the recreational boaters. 

8. Sit At The Isle Of Voyage - Situated at the Florence Hummerston Kiosk which was rebuilt and restored on the island, this restaurant attracts visitors with its breezy seating. With offering the view of Swan River and the city skyline over the quay. Isle of Voyage is not just a place which gives all the tropical vibes, but this place is also famous for its amazing menu which includes fresh salads, daily tarts, pasta and fried pizzas. 

9. Sit At The VBurger Bar - This is located just beside the BHP Billiton Water Park and is one of the best places to enjoy a nice meal after a fun and frolic day. With the view of the Elizabeth Quay, this place makes the entire experience amazing by serving mini burgers and mini fish and chips.

Places to Visit near Elizabeth Quay 

1. Perth Cultural Centre 
For the visitors who want to get a hand of culture, arts and knowledge, the Perth Cultural Centre is the place which binds all this together. Right from learning about sustainable gardening to the urban orchard, there are many programs and activities which happen within the centre. Alongside this some of the state’s key arts and cultural institutions are located within the Perth Cultural Centre.         

2. Perth Town Hall 
Established in 1870, Perth Town Hall boasts a gothic-style architecture which was built by the convicts. This hall was restored and given back its old charm and aesthetics with a blend of modern amenities. Every Tuesday a free weekly community event is organised for the seniors along with other programs like music entertainment, speakers and much more. 

3. Kings Park And Botanic Garden 
This is one of the largest inner city parks all across the world which welcomes visitors of over 6 million every year. The park portrays an amazing collection of Western Australian flora and is often visited by people to enjoy a day out or attend a cultural and ceremonial event. Spread across an area of 400.6 hectares, this place showcases both cultivated gardens and untamed bushland.  

4. The Bell Tower
Known as the world’s largest musical instruments, the Bell Tower features the Swan Bells inside a 82.5 metre-high tower. This tower is located at the Barrack Square where people visit to enjoy the ringing of the bells and also ancient craft performance. There is an observation deck from where people can enjoy a 360 degree view of the Swan River and the CBD.

Other Essential Information About Elizabeth Quay

The Esplanade, Perth WA 6000, Australia

Timings: Open 24 Hours 

Entry fee: There is no entrance fee for visiting Elizabeth Quay

Distance from Perth Airport: 12.2 Kms
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People Also Ask About Elizabeth Quay

  1. Why was Elizabeth Quay built?

    Elizabeth Quay is a development project which started at the Perth central business district and was built to connect the Swan river to the city.
  2. When did Elizabeth Quay open?

    The construction of the Elizabeth Quay was completed in January 2016, just before the Perth International Arts Festival and Fringe World. The official inauguration of the Quay was done on 29th January 2016.
  3. Is there parking at Elizabeth Quay?

    Yes. There are parking facilities available at the Quay and the fee is taken during the peak periods. Alongside that there are short term parking bays which are located at the streets surrounding the inlet and also at the Barrack Street jetty.
  4. Who designed Elizabeth Quay?

    The Elizabeth Quay was designed and built by the Western Australian Government.