Arcades & Laneways

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Break into Western Australia's capital on this comprehensive walking tour that takes you off the beaten track and into the laneways and arcades of the city. This relaxed tour includes many attractions, the most important being a local tradition of great importance and cultural significance: a free drink at the pub!

Perth Tour Highlights

  • Discover why Perth is a truly unique Australian city.
  • Hear stories of the iconic Perth pioneers from a local guide.
  • See the Swan River and beautiful surrounding gardens.
  • Walk the backstreets of Perth and uncover hidden gems.
  • Grab a drink (the first one is on us!) at a local bar and chat about Perth with the locals.

Language: English

Inclusions: Local guide and a complimentary drink at a Northbridge pub

Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, tips or gratuities for guides, meals, bottled water

Walking Tour Details

  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Meeting point: Perth Town Hall, corner of Barrack and Hay streets, Perth
  • Starting time: 2 pm
  • Ending point: Rosie O’Grady’s Bar, Milligan and James streets, Northbridge
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  • Arcades & Laneways is the most comprehensive guided historical tour in Perth. Western Australia is an enormous state that takes up a third of the country – and Perth is its booming capital. Originally not of any interest to the British, it was only when French and Dutch explorers started sniffing around that the English decided there should be a colony in the West of Australia. On this Perth tour that focuses on the arcades and laneways of the city, you learn just such stories and so many more from the people who know best — the locals!

    Discover the evolving small bar scene and hidden gems on this information-packed walking tour through the heart of Perth’s lesser-known streetscapes with a friendly ‘sandgroper’ as your guide. The arcades and laneways provide interesting routes to navigate through the city centre as well as great spots to check out hip and happening events and the proliferation of street art. Together we explore the modern day secret nuggets of the Central Business District plus new developments including the Bell Tower, Elizabeth Quay, and Yagan Square.

    To really get know the city, you hear stories about the quirks of its history, heritage, culture, and architecture — a plethora of Perth highlights! Rather than get bogged down in dates and historical data, your passionate guide shows you why Perth is the way it is and what really makes this city tick.

    Your Perth tour finishes up at a local pub in Northbridge, where the first drink is on us! It’s a great afternoon out, whether you are visiting from over east, overseas, or even if you are a local West Australian who wants to dig deeper into our rich history.

    Additional information

    Dress standard: Please wear comfortable shoes and dress as you see appropriate to the weather. April – August may be cold, and it can rain, so be sure to check the weather forecast and come prepared.

    Your trip: This tour is offered on a ‘join-in’ basis. Maximum group size is 12.

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. See you at the start point! Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    Child policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you are bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: For calls made in Australia: 1800 459 388 For calls made outside Australia: +61 (0)8 7007 0492
    Email address: [email protected]

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  • Mr. Dylan C. from Australia travelled on 03 Oct 2018:

    Loved Emily as a guide and how personable she was!

    Ms. Tarsh G. from Australia travelled on 01 Aug 2018:

    What a great tour! Our leader was so knowledgeable, absolutely chock full of facts, info, and fascinating stories. I live in Perth and this was a real surprise and delight. I discovered new laneways, bars, and hole in the wall cafes I had no idea were there. I also found out the background behind some of the most iconic art in Perth, which I had no idea about!

    Ms. Jennifer R. from Australia travelled on 30 Jun 2018:

    Our guide was excellent and knew the city of Perth inside

    Ms. Julie T. from Australia travelled on 07 May 2014:

    This walking tour of central Perth was great fun and the perfect introduction to our Perth holiday. Our guide Adie clearly loves her city and was incredibly passionate and enthusiastic. Really appreciated the follow-up information to help us revisit some recommended spots. Highly recommended tour for locals and visitors alike.