Quokka is to Perth what Opera House is to Sydney

Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky posing with a quokka on their visit to WA.

Perth’s best bet to lure international visitors is a small furry animal only found on the nearby island Rottnest.

That’s the advice of Tourism Australian general manager John O’Sullivan, who maintains that tourism icons do not need to be man-made.

“For me icons don’t have to be built infrastructure, icons can be anything now,” he told The West Australian.

“In the quokka, I think you have something no other part of Australia can lay claim to.”

He also added the newly build Optus Stadium and Matagarup bridge which connects the city to the list.

Describing Perth as a new capital city, he lauded the significant investment in its infrastructure and hotel sector as major factors in luring overseas visitors.

“What has changed from 2012 and today is you have this completely brand new capital city: hotel infrastructure to stay in, the aviation access, all of these things have lined up,” he said. “It is going to be the growth story of international inbound into Australia in the next five years.”