Elizabeth Quay

The river. The city. Together again.

Where is Elizabeth Quay?

If you’re already in Perth, you’ll find us on the waterfront in the city between Barrack Street and William Street.

If you’re further afield and learning more about Western Australia’s capital city Perth , Elizabeth Quay is located between Perth’s central business district and the Swan River.

How do I get to Elizabeth Quay?

You can easily get to Elizabeth Quay on foot, bike, train, bus, ferry or the free CAT bus. You can also drive or come by boat and use one of the moorings for a short stay.

Taxis drop off and pick up from Barrack Street Jetty.

Visit our Find Us page for more detailed information including timetables and where to park.

What are the opening hours?

You can visit Elizabeth Quay 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Some amenities and attractions have specific opening times, including the BHP Water Park, the Bell Tower and restaurants and cafes.

Visit our list of Elizabeth Quay attractions for full details.

What public transport options are available?

It’s easy to catch public transport to Elizabeth Quay. You can either:

  • Catch a train or bus to Elizabeth Quay Train Station and Busport
  • Hop on the Transperth Ferry which runs between Mends Street Jetty in South Perth and Elizabeth Quay
  • Catch the free Blue CAT bus if you’re already in the city

You can find more details by visiting the Transperth website for train, bus and ferry routes and timetables.

I'm driving to Elizabeth Quay. What do I need to know?

You can reach Elizabeth Quay by car from Riverside Drive, Barrack Street, The Esplanade or William Street. It’s important to know that:

  • The William Street exit for Geoffrey Bolton Avenue is southbound only.
  • Please stick to the 40km/h speed limit on all internal roads.
  • Internal roads at the quay are often closed for major events so please check our notices ahead of time if you need to.

 

Can I cycle around the quay?

You sure can. Just ride slowly around the promenades and pathways, and over the bridge, because there are lots of people around.

If you want to stay for a while, you’ll find bike racks along the promenades, on the island and at Barrack Street Jetty.

If you’re in a hurry to get through the city, it’s best to skip the quay and use the dedicated bike lanes along Barrack Street and the shared paths on William Street and The Esplanade.

Can I cycle around the quay?

You sure can. Just ride slowly around the promenades and pathways, and over the bridge, because there are lots of people around.

If you want to stay for a while, you’ll find bike racks along the promenades, on the island and at Barrack Street Jetty.

If you’re in a hurry to get through the city, it’s best to skip the quay and use the dedicated bike lanes along Barrack Street and the shared paths on William Street and The Esplanade.

Is there parking at Elizabeth Quay?

Yes, some parking is available at the quay and a fee is payable during peak periods. There are short term parking bays on surrounding streets and at Barrack Street Jetty.

If you need an ACROD parking bay, please look for these on Geoffrey Bolton Avenue, Riverside Drive and The Esplanade.

You’ll find longer term parking options just a short distance away.

The easiest way to get to Elizabeth Quay, especially during busy times and major events, is by catching public transport.

Where can I park my bus or limousine?

The best place for buses and limousines to park near the quay is the south side of Riverside Drive before turning into Barrack Street Jetty. There’s three bays marked ‘Reserved for charter vehicles’, available Monday – Sunday, 6.30am – 6pm.

You’ll need to be travelling west on Riverside Drive to access the turn off.

Buses are also able to stop for 15 minutes just off Geoffrey Bolton Avenue in line with Spanda when the internal roads at the quay aren’t closed.

Phone City of Perth on 9461 3800 for further information on bus parking in the city.

Where are the toilets?

You’ll find accessible public toilets located throughout Elizabeth Quay.

Look for facilities at:

  • The island next to the playground Corner of William Street and The Esplanade
  • Barrack Street Jetty across from Riverside Café
  • Barrack Street Jetty at the rear of Café Paz
  • Next to BHP Billiton Water Park including Changing Places Facility and Showers
  • Elizabeth Quay Train Station – where toilets are open 24 hours a day

Many onsite cafes and restaurants also have toilets available for you to use if you’re a customer.

Download our map for all toilet and change room locations.

Where is the Changing Places facility?

A Changing Places toilet and changing facility is located near our water park to help people with profound disabilities enjoy the quay with friends, family and carers.

Facilities include a toilet, adult-size change table, hoist and space for assistants. It’s free to use but a swipe system is being introduced to give people with disabilities exclusive access.

You can find out more from the Disability Services Commission.

Where is the ATM?

You’ll find the nearest cashpoint or ATM in The Lucky Shag Waterfront Bar at Barrack Street Jetty.

All food and beverage outlets around Elizabeth Quay have EFTPOS facilities or you can walk up to St Georges Terrace to find a range of ATMs.

What can I eat and drink at the quay?

Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, an ice-cream for the kids or somewhere to meet friends for dinner and drinks, you’ll find a range of options around Elizabeth Quay and Barrack Street Jetty.

Take a look at our See & Do page for the full list of cafes, restaurant, bars and pop-up vendors with opening times and contact details. You can see them on our amenities map too.

You’ll also find a number of areas where you can bring your own food and refreshments to enjoy a picnic or a lunch break from the office.

We have laws against public drinking in WA. This means you can only drink alcohol in licensed areas when you’re at Elizabeth Quay.

What is there for children to do?

We’ve found that kids visiting Elizabeth Quay love to:

  • Play at the island’s maritime-themed playground
  • Splash around at BHP Water Park
  • See the view of the water from up on the iconic suspension bridge
  • Snap a selfie near one of our artworks
  • Enjoy an ice-cream, burger or other snacks and meals
  • Nature-watch, spotting birds on the swan ramp near the island
  • Go up The Bell Tower at Barrack Street Jetty

We also host regular events for families – check our list of things to See and Do at Elizabeth Quay.

Can I take a boat into Elizabeth Quay?

The short answer is yes.

Now, here’s the longer answer…

To enter the inlet, your boat needs to pass under the bridge, which provides a clearance of 4.5 metres. This allows most 12 metre and 10 metre boats with a flybridge into the inlet regardless of the tide.

If you have a larger vessel or yacht with a draft of less than two metres, you can access the inlet if you can lower your mast as required to pass under the Narrows Bridge.

Here are some important details about moorings:

  • If your boat is up to 12 metres, you can dock within the east side of the quay inlet at one of our 20 short-stay moorings.
  • With a larger boats (12 metres+), you can use one of the 10 swing moorings located just outside the inlet, near the bridge.
  • You can’t dock any sized boat overnight inside the inlet but you can dock on these swing moorings overnight from 7pm to 7am. During the day there is a 4 hour time limit.
    If you’re staying for three hours or less, our moorings are free on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • You’ll find power and water available at the moorings and need to insert a gold coin to activate these. Rates are $1 per kilowatt of power and $1 per 50 litres of water.

Just like car parking, it’s often harder to find a short-stay berth during special events. It’s a good idea to check our Elizabeth Quay event schedule to plan your trip.

Visit Department of Transport's website for other details on boating in Perth.

Can I swim or kayak in the inlet?

You can’t swim in the quay because of all the ferries, boats and other vessels – but you’re welcome to visit in a kayak, canoe or on a stand up paddleboard (SUP).

Can I take my dog to the quay?

Yes, friendly dogs are welcome at Elizabeth Quay. Please keep your dog on a leash at all times and pick up anything they leave behind.

Are tours available?

You can explore the quay on a tour by bike, boat, foot and even motorised Segway.

Find a tour online to suit your schedule, budget and how you like to get around.

How can I report a security problem, lost property, graffiti or complaint?

We’re here to help everybody enjoy a safe, secure and enjoyable experience at our places.

To let us know about any graffiti, security issues or complaints you can either:

Phone (08) 9320 0000
After hours 0401 105 897
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How do I book an event at the quay?

You might be interested in hiring one of seven public spaces in Elizabeth Quay if you’re organising a large scale event.

We can’t take bookings for wedding ceremonies or receptions in the public areas but you’re welcome to visit Elizabeth Quay for your wedding photos. There might be events and other activities happening on the day, so please keep this in mind.

Find out more about how to organise an event at Elizabeth Quay.

How can I have my food truck at an Elizabeth Quay event?

These days, an amazing array of food trucks seem to be part of every great outdoor event. If you’re interested in bringing your food truck to an Elizabeth Quay event you’ll need:

  • A licence from us at MRA
  • A current City of Perth permit
  • To comply with all relevant health requirements

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. a completed application form to take the first step towards bringing your food truck to an event at Elizabeth Quay.

Can I film/photograph for commercial reasons at your venues?

You'll need to complete and submit an event application form if you would like to use the public spaces at Elizabeth Quay for commercial filming purposes.

Please contact us via:

Phone (08) 9320 0000
After hours 0401 105 897
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Who runs Elizabeth Quay?

We are responsible for event, facilities and property management at Elizabeth Quay. We handle event scheduling and licensing, security, cleaning, repairs, maintenance, rubbish collection and utilities.

Is Elizabeth Quay accessible for people with disability?

Of course. Accessibility features at Elizabeth Quay include:

  • Ramped, interconnecting pathways which link the promenades, boardwalks and ferry terminal
  • Colour contrast pavements
  • Accessible wayfinding and signage to help people navigate the area
  • Handrails at stairs and minimum grade ramps
  • ACROD parking bays on Geoffrey Bolton Avenue, Riverside Drive and The Esplanade
  • Accessible toilet facilities, including Perth’s first Changing Places toilet for people with profound disabilities

Universal access is a key principal behind the Elizabeth Quay design. Download our map for help to find our accessible facilities.

What trees have been planted at Elizabeth Quay?

Around 65 of the large trees that were in the area before construction began were either transplanted to somewhere else or are still in place. These include:

  • A 15metre tall Moreton Bay Fig tree which was relocated next to the Perth Arena - watch the video
  • Canary Island Date Palms which were transplanted at St James Anglican School in Alkimos

While some large trees needed to be removed, others were left in place. Around 400 new trees have been added to the site, including gum and eucalyptus trees, London Planes and Moreton Bay Figs. This mean there are now 50% more trees in the space than before the quay was built.

You’ll find a wide range of plants indigenous to South-West Western Australia if you visit the island. These were planted to share and celebrate our region’s amazing floral diversity.