Perth has no shortage of scenic photography spots, from gorgeous beaches to beautiful vineyards and flowing waterfalls, you’re certainly spoilt for choice! After 10 years of living here, I’ve compiled a selection of my favourite Perth photography locations and created this epic list of the top 21 Instagram spots in Perth.
Whether you’re a pro photographer seeking some new shooting locations or simply looking to level up your Insta-feed, there is something to suit everyone in this guide. The bonus is that most of these locations don’t require you to go out of your way just for one photo. There are so many fun things to do in each spot, you can easily turn your photoshoot into a full day of adventures!
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Perth’s Best Photography Locations – 21 Stunning Instagram Spots in Perth
Not only is Kings Park one of Perth’s top tourist attractions, it is one of the world’s largest and most scenic inner city parks. It’s also an epic spot to catch panoramic views of the city skyline and the Swan River. Kings Park has always been one of our favourite Perth picnic spots, it’s particularly stunning at sunset.
So grab your picnic mat, some cheese, a bottle of good wine and make your way to Kings Park for a magical evening. While you’re at it, check out our full list of Perth’s best picnic spots so that you don’t miss any other gems!
Blue Boat House
Not too far from Kings Park, the iconic Blue Boat House has become a very popular Perth photography location in recent years. From wedding photographers to keen Instagrammers, you’ll often find a queue forming here at any given time of day.
My suggestion? Head over there early to lock in your spot and beat the crowds. Bonus points if you can set your alarm before sunrise to snap a pretty sky while you’re at it!
If you’re new to Perth or just visiting on holiday, you’ll want to make sure that Elizabeth Quay has a spot on your Perth Itinerary. This lovely waterfront complex offers some great photography opportunities. Besides the picturesque scenery, there are plenty of reasons to stay a little longer at Elizabeth Quay.
There are many popular restaurants and waterfront bars with great views. The Reveley is a personal favourite, their rooftop bar overlooks the river making it the perfect spot for some relaxed afternoon cocktails.
Just 30 minutes by ferry from Perth, Rottnest Island is full of spectacular beaches providing you with an endless choice of Instagram worthy locations. Taking a day trip to Rottnest from Perth is an absolute must if you’re spending some time in the city during summer.
One of the best things to do on Rottnest is hire a bike and cycle around the island, stopping at the best beaches and bays as you go. Don’t forget to grab a Quokka selfie while your there!
If you have the extra time, it’s always a good idea to stay a bit longer on the island. Browse all of Rottnest Island’s accommodation options here.
Located near Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour, Esplanade Park is a large green space separating the waterfront from the city. It’s home to one of Fremantle’s most iconic landmarks, the Skyview Ferris Wheel.
For $12 per person, you can take a ride in one of the red gondola’s for sweeping views over Fremantle and Rottnest Island. Before you leave, don’t forget to capture it for the gram!
If you’re heading to Fremantle for the day, you’ll be pleased to know that there is a large concentration of photo-worthy spots. There are so many, that I only included two of them in this list. Check out my complete guide on the best things to do in Fremantle to find more great shooting locations.
The Insta-famous rainbow containers located on the side of the Canning Highway might just be my favourite Fremantle photography spot. Colourful photos always do well on Instagram and what better what better way to achieve this than with a giant-sized rainbow!? Add a splash of colour into your feed by posing in front of this vibrant and unique art installation.
South Perth Foreshore
Nothing beats the South Perth Foreshore when it comes to a sunset picnic. Besides being one of the most Instagrammable places in Perth, this is a very popular place for locals to come for a walk or a cycle.
Day or night, sunrise or sunset, this view of the city is truly unbeatable and is pretty much guaranteed to perform well on the gram!
Lake Clifton Thrombolites
These fascinating rock formations are located near the city of Mandurah, just over a hour’s drive from Perth. The Lake Clifton Thrombolites are much more than just a pretty picture. Dating back nearly 2,000 years, they are only found in a small number of places in the world!
Take a stroll over the boardwalk to admire and learn about these amazing structures. This is a particularly nice spot to fly a drone if you have one. The shape of the boardwalk can make for an interesting photo, bonus points if you can time your visit for sunset!
Tie in your visit to the Thrombolites by taking a weekend getaway from Perth to Mandurah. There are many other great things to see and do in the area, find our complete guide to planning your visit here.
Perth Street Art
Street art always makes for an eye-catching backdrop on the gram and Perth definitely has no shortage of it! There are many cool murals to see around the city, check out this article for some more inspiration.
Of all the street art in Perth, here are a few of my absolute favourites with their locations:
- The pink and grey galahs on the side of the Mint Street Deli in Victoria Park.
- The koala and kangaroos in the Forest Square carpark in Subiaco.
- The lady with the pink hair near the Ria Malay Kitchen in Leederville.
Come for the wine and stay for the stunning scenery. Located on the outskirts of the city near the historic town of Jarrahdale, Millbrook Winery may be one of the most beautiful hidden gems of Perth. The wine is delicious and the views are outstanding, what more could you want in a Perth photography location?
The best part about this winery is that you can either bring your own picnic basket or book a pre-made basket online. As long as you buy a bottle of their wine, they don’t mind if you set up a picnic on their grounds. Alternatively, you could dine in their award winning restaurant and just snap a photo on the way in.
A visit to the historic Swan Valley is one of the most popular day trips from Perth. It’s an easy 25 minutes from the CBD and is home to over 40 beautiful wineries and 11 breweries. What can be more picturesque than rows upon rows of vines growing grapes for delicious wine?!
The Swan Valley easily makes the list as one of my favourite Perth Instagram spots because you can end the photo shoot with a wine tasting. The most popular way to visit is by booking a river cruise from Perth.
Board the boat near Perth’s CBD and enjoy a scenic ride along the Swan River. Once you reach the Swan Valley, you will be picked up by a coach that brings you to a number of wineries and breweries for tastings. The tour lasts for 8 hours and includes all wine and beer samples as well as a cheese board and chocolate tasting.
It’s easily one of the most popular beaches in Perth and for good reason. Cottesloe Beach is not only beautiful, it’s been a Perth icon for decades. It’s the local’s go-to favourite spot for swimming, sun bathing and snorkelling. When it comes to Perth Instagram spots, Cottesloe Beach is certainly worthy of a place on your list.
The best time to visit? Pack up a picnic basket and make your way to Cottesloe for a beautiful Indian Ocean sunset. Alternatively, stop in at one of the popular fish n’ chip shops nearby and enjoy a relaxed dinner on the green space near the beach.
The brilliant turquoise water and white sand of Yanchep Lagoon have made it one of my top choices when it comes to stunning beaches near Perth. It’s so nice, I even had to include it in my list of best beaches in Western Australia! The clear, calm water and amazing coral reef make this an excellent swimming and snorkelling spot.
If you have a drone, this is the place to get it out. The top down view of Yanchep Lagoon is pretty hard to beat and makes for a great addition to your Instagram feed.
While you’re in the area, make sure to pop over to Yanchep National Park. This is a lovely park where you’ll get to see koalas, kangaroos, lots of birds, and even a cave which is open for daily tours. I always love having lunch at the Yanchep Inn, it’s located in a beautiful spot near a lake, surrounded by greenery and plenty of wildlife.
With pristine white sand and crystal clear water, Coogee Beach is not only the perfect Perth photography location, it’s an awesome place to spend a hot summer’s day. Only 30 minutes south of Perth, but not far from Fremantle, you’ll want to pack your snorkel and beach bag for the ultimate beach day.
One of the best features of Coogee Beach is the Omeo Shipwreck, located close to the shore. Not only has this become a very popular Instagram spot in recent years, it provides excellent snorkelling and diving opportunities.
See this website for a detailed map of the snorkelling/diving trail. Don’t forget to bring your drone!
The unique design of this pedestrian bridge always makes for a fascinating photo opportunity, especially when lit up at night or during sunset. This is a relatively new addition to Perth and was opened to the public in 2018.
Crossing over the Swan River, it allows easy access between the suburbs of Burswood and East Perth for pedestrians and cyclists.
If you’re attending an event at Optus Stadium, you’ll see the Matagarup Bridge right out the front. Pop in for dinner and drinks at the nearby Camfield Bar before making your way across the bridge for a sunset shoot.
The picturesque Serpentine Falls is located an hour from Perth near the small town of Jarrahdale. This popular swimming spot is a great place to cool off on a hot day and enjoy a picnic in the nearby park where you’ll often find kangaroos relaxing in the shade.
If you’re into bush walking, there are some lovely trails in this area. The trails are particularly nice during spring when the wildflowers are in full bloom and the temperatures are cooler. Check out our blog post on the best hikes in Perth to help you plan your next bush walk.
Applecross Jacaranda Trees
From mid October to mid November, Jacaranda trees are in full bloom around Perth. While there are many great locations to see them, one of the most popular suburbs for Instagram photos is Applecross.
Make your way over to Nisbet Road in Applecross to capture the magnificent scene of these vibrant trees framing the street. Insider’s Tip: time your visit first thing in the morning if you want to avoid a steady stream of cars and a queue of other keen Instagrammers getting in your way!
John Forrest National Park
John Forrest National Park is located in the Perth Hills, only 30 minutes from the CBD. The park is full of native wildlife, scenic walking trails, and a tavern with a nice outdoor beer garden. This is my favourite national park in Perth and the perfect spot to get up close to Australian wildlife without visiting a zoo.
You’ll find plenty of kangaroos and birds surrounding the John Forrest Tavern at any time during the day. The best part is that they don’t seem to mind if you get up close to snap a photo for the gram!
Lancelin Sand Dunes
A visit to the seaside town of Lancelin makes for an awesome day trip from Perth. It’s a 1.5 hour drive north of the city and there are plenty of fun things to see and do to make your trip worthwhile.
The biggest draw to this little fishing town is the largest set of sand dunes in Western Australia. The crisp white dunes against a bright blue sky results in the ultimate Instagram shot.
Aside from the great photo opportunities in Lancelin, you can try your hand at sandboarding, rent buggys to cruise around the dunes, hit the beach, and watch an epic sunset from WA’s best beer garden. If you’re visiting Perth on holiday, check out the popular Lancelin day tour below.
The city centre of Perth is home to many awesome photoshoot locations. From colourful street art to quirky alleyways and rooftop bars with epic views, there is an endless choice of Instagram spots in Perth’s CBD!
Explore the city’s streets at your own pace and you’ll be sure to stumble upon a number of great photo spots along the way. Some of my favourite Insta-worthy rooftop bars are: The Aviary, Prince Lane, Mechanic’s Institute, The Reveley.
Caversham Wildlife Park
If you have your heart set on posing for photos with koalas, kangaroos, wombats and many more Aussie icons then you’ll need to make a trip to Caversham Wildlife Park.
This massive park is home to all of Australia’s native animals and you’ll find them all separated into sections that represent each state. You’ll get the chance to feed kangaroos, cuddle koalas, and sit next to a wombat as well as watch a number of different animal feedings. Find more info and plan your visit to Caversham here.
I hope you are feeling inspired and ready to head out and create your very own Instagram magic! Feel free to follow us on the gram to get inspired and join us on our travels 🙂 Happy gramming, friends!
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