A picturesque setting on the Swan River makes Applecross one of the most coveted suburbs in Perth. Relax in riverfront parks, explore the lively café strip and enjoy uninterrupted views of the Perth skyline. When you’ve ticked off local attractions, use Applecross as a base to sightsee in Perth City. Visit the world-class zoo, climb the Swan Bell Tower and sunbathe on postcard-perfect Cottesloe Beach.
Things to do in Applecross
From Italian-style espresso to French pastries, you’ll find excellent cafes in Applecross. You’ll find some of the best establishments along pedestrian-friendly Ardross Street. The iconic Raffles Hotel overlooks the Swan River and serves pub classics with a contemporary twist. Sip cocktails on the breezy riverside terrace or enjoy a meal in the Art Deco-style dining room.
The pirate-themed playground in Heathcote Reserve is one of the best in Perth. Kids love to explore the tunnels, climbing walls and swings. Claim a wooden picnic table and fire up one of the public barbecues. Look for bottlenose dolphins cruising past.
Walk to the end of Applecross Jetty and watch locals toss fish to the pelicans. Cast a line for the chance to reel in river species like flathead, yellowfin whiting and silver bream. The views of the Perth skyline are fantastic.
Meet more than 160 species from around the world at Perth Zoo. The 17-hectare zoological park is home to African lions, Asian elephants and Sumatran orangutans. Don’t miss the Australian enclosures, where you can see iconic animals like kangaroos, numbats, bilbies and dingoes.
Getting around Applecross
Applecross is compact and easy to get around on foot, while rental cars offer the freedom to explore Perth at your own pace. Applecross is a 20-minute drive from the Perth CBD and five minutes from Canning Bridge Train Station on the Mandurah Line. Perth Airport is a 30-minute drive away.