From taking selfies with adorable quokkas to indulging in the ocean’s freshest catch, here are 6 best day trips from Perth you’re bound to love!
Perth is undoubtedly one of the world’s prettiest and most liveable cities. Throughout the Western Australia capital, you’ll find rooftop bars, fashionable fine dining restaurants, and hidden laneways coloured with street art that lead to basement bars and street cafes. The rise of the 60,000 seat Optus stadium, the glistening Elizabeth Quay, and several new public spaces such as Yagan square, have constantly transformed Perth too.
In addition to what the vibrant city has to offer, there are many compelling destinations just outside Perth as well. Don’t believe me? The idyllic Rottnest Island and a coast of Indian Ocean beaches just within arm’s reach, and you’ll regret not checking them out! 🦘
Follow this list of the most stunning places you must visit for the best day trips from Perth:
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 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 indulging 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 varities of local wine and cider at the Armadale wine trails and also marvel at the beautiful gardens and greenery of the Araluen Botanical Park!
Where to stay in Western Australia?
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How to drive in Western Australia?
Acquaint yourself with Western Australia’s road safety rules before hitting the road for your epic outback road trip. Read our Western Australia Driving Guide here.
If you’re looking for other exciting Western Australia itineraries…
For those who want to experience the canyons, deserts, and wildflowers:
🏜 Outback’s Wool Wagon Pathway Itinerary Guide
For those who appreciate the finest nature, wines, and flavours in life:
🍷 Southwest Nature & Wine Drive Itinerary Guide
For those who want to be mesmerised by amazing landscapes like pink lake and tall ancient wave rocks:
⛰ The Great Southwest Edge Drive Itinerary Guide
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