Now that Western Australian borders are finally open for international travel, here are six best day trips to take — from iconic selfies with adorable quokkas in Rottnest Island, to indulging in the ocean’s freshest catch at Fremantle, there’s something for everyone.
Perth is undoubtedly one of the prettiest and most liveable cities in the world. Throughout the Western Australia capital, you’ll find rooftop bars, fashionable restaurants, record stores, and cosy cafes. The semi-new 60,000-seater Optus stadium, glistening Elizabeth Quay, as well as Yagan square, have all contributed to Perth’s buzzy new image. The best part of Perth, however, is definitely in its access to nature. We’re talking gorgeous beaches, world-famous wineries, incredible sand dunes, as well as beautiful rock formations. With so many compelling destinations just outside the city, look to this guide for inspiration on the best Western Australia day trips to take from Perth. Btw, before you begin, be sure to first acquaint yourself with Western Australia’s road safety rules before hitting the road for your epic outback road trip here.
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Best Western Australia Day Trips
Located in Perth’s outer southern suburbs, Rockingham is a city filled with spectacular marine life. From swimming with wild dolphins and playing with penguins, the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park allows you to embark on all kinds of snorkelling adventures and magical marine experiences! If you prefer to stay out of the water, there are also boat tours available to provide an equally captivating experience.
2. Rottnest Island
Escape the bustle of the city life at Rottnest Island that’s just one ferry ride away! 🦘 With a myriad of beautiful beaches and bays, Rottnest Island is definitely home to some of Australia’s most awe-inspiring swimming and snorkelling spots. On land, you’ll also find the happiest little marsupials in the world, the ever selfie-ready quokkas!
Mandurah is a dreamy coastal city sitting on the southwest coast of Western Australia. Just about an hour’s drive away from Perth, the Peel-Harvey estuary is a must-visit in Mandurah known for its sparkling emerald waters, picturesque beaches, and rich wildlife.
Teeming with history and culture, Fremantle is a port city that’s just a 30-minute drive from Perth! Here, you will be transported back in time to the 19th century and whisked away to a world thriving with arts, music and festivals. 🦘 Filled with artisanal delicacies, handcrafted beers and coffee, Fremantle also hides many indie gems in the west end waiting to be discovered!
5. The Pinnacles
Take a day to experience one of Western Australia’s most unique landscapes—the Pinnacles Desert. You can take on exhilarating activities like sandboarding and interact with kangaroos or even simply just kicking back and indulge in Cervantes’ famous western Rock Lobster. During springtime, the landscapes also take on another form of beauty as wildflowers bloom all around!
6. Swan Valley & Perth Hills
Surround yourself with some of Western Australia’s oldest and finest vineyards and wineries at Swan Valley just a 25-minute drive away from Perth — from alfresco dining to romantic picnics, every experience will be truly unforgettable with some of Swan Valley’s most exquisite gourmet goodies and wine! You can also opt to extend your day trip to the rustic Perth Hills. Here, you can have a taste of more varieties of local wine and cider at the Armadale wine trails and also marvel at the beautiful gardens and greenery of the Araluen Botanical Park.
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And there you go, you’re all set for your next Western Australia day trips! We’re staying cautiously optimistic about the VTL reopening as VTL flights resume. However, let’s do our part to help curb the spread of the virus by masking up and adhering to safety practices while we await the resumption of travel. As always, whenever you make your travel bookings online or spend overseas, be sure to use your YouTrip card to skip out on those pesky bank fees and make full use of our great currency exchange rates!
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