Who We Are

Up Close & Local Tours are not your average tour operator! We offer personalised, boutique experiences for local food and wine-lovers and travellers looking for an authentic experience in perth.

Owned and operated by Paul and Shannon, a local Perth couple who are third generation Perth-ites, we uncover some of Perth’s hidden secrets that visitors (and even fellow locals) would never otherwise find or be able to get to. Forget lining up, getting lost and fighting with your GPS!

Up Close and Local Tours was created from our own love of travelling. We understand that visitors want a genuine and authentic experience, which is why we will only ever take our guests to our favourite local places. As locals, we also want to show fellow locals some of the fabulous hidden treasures that are right on their doorstep.

With no more than 12 people per tour you can get ‘up close’ to the best boutique places that Perth has to offer. Small group sizes mean that we can access places that can’t accommodate the larger tour groups, and you don’t get lost in the crowd.

Offering a unique, memorable and personal experience for both tourists and fellow locals, you will get the chance to go behind the scenes to hear and learn from the people who make the food, produce the wine and run the business. You will also get to participate in experiences that are not available to the general public.

We hope that everyone on our tours walks away knowing something they didn’t know yesterday.


meet Your Local Tour Guide

At Up Close and Local, you don’t simply get a bus driver that will drop you off.

You get a real local that will take you to places that we have specially hand-selected. We have spent days, weeks and even years scouring Perth to find you the best local experiences (it’s a tough job – but someone has to do it!).

Paul is one of the owners of Up Close and Local Tours and he will personally guide every group on their Up Close and Local adventure. Having lived in Perth his entire life, he knows a thing or two!

After travelling the globe, we know how easy it is to get caught in ‘tourist traps’ and be misled by guidebooks that are out-dated or have ‘tips’ that are essentially paid ads. You miss out on seeing the best that place has to offer, and leave feeling underwhelmed by the experience. We don’t want that to be you!

When you take a tour with us make sure you have a chat to Paul for some locals tips near your hotel or accommodation – where to grab the best morning coffee, a rooftop bar for a pre-dinner drink, or even where to take the perfect holiday photo. He will be more than happy to point you in the right direction to ensure your visit to Perth is the best it can be.

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Who are our Tours for?

Our tours are designed for people who have a passion – be it a passion for food and wine, a passion to learn, or a passion to understand and appreciate the local culture – whilst meeting new and interesting people with a common interest.

We want you to really get to know the best of our City – all the places that the locals go to and probably wish we didn’t tell you about!

Perth has something unique to offer everyone – even locals will enjoy our tours as much as visitors will. And while getting a ‘taste’ of what Perth has to offer plays a big part in our tour itineraries, we also want to show you the natural and architectural beauty that surrounds our City.

In the last few years Perth has really come into its own – buzzing with fantastic new restaurants, bars, cafés, wineries and unique shopping precincts that have hit the scene. These exciting additions, together with some time-honoured stalwarts, dedicated craftsman and innovators have created a multi-cultural City that embraces every corner of the globe.

Anyone who says that Perth doesn’t compete with some of the biggest and best Cities in the world – we are here to prove you wrong!


If you have a question about any of our tours, you can contact Paul directly at enquiries@upcloseandlocaltours.com.au or complete the form below.