Our top 5 locations around Perth for day trips to begin or extend your West Australian journey.
Throughout Perth, you’ll find rooftop bars, fashionable fine dining restaurants and hidden laneways coloured with street art that lead to basement bars and hip cafes. The glistening Elizabeth Quay, 60,000 seat Optus Stadium, and public spaces like Yagan Square have transformed the city in recent times. Add the expansive Kings Park and a coast full of beaches it’s not surprising that Perth is seen as one of the world’s prettiest and most liveable cities.
∼ 47.8 kms | 40 minutes from Perth
Heading 40 minutes south of Perth takes you to the pristine islands and reefs of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. Discover an incredible array of marine encounters, from penguins and dolphins to dive wrecks and snorkel trails. With pods of dolphins regularly visiting these coastal waters, it’s a great opportunity to swim with wild dolphins. If you’d prefer to stay dry, you can watch these playful creatures from a boat tour as they ride the bow beneath your feet.
Mandurah and beyond
∼ 72.1 kms | 54 minutes from Perth
For those who love being on, in or near the water, Mandurah is a dream destination just 55 minutes’ drive south of Perth. There you’ll find some of Australia’s most spectacular waterways, including the Peel-Harvey estuary, which is twice the size of Sydney Harbour and blessed with abundant wildlife, pristine beaches, beautiful blue-green waters and a buzzing foreshore area.
Drive 42kms inland from Mandurah and discover the Dwellingup State Forest, home to local wineries, cider farms and quaint campgrounds beside the Murray River.
∼ 19.2 kms | 31 minutes from Perth
Against a backdrop of the best preserved 19th century port streetscape in the world, a day out in Fremantle is an eclectic and eccentric blend of fabulous artisanal food, handcrafted beer, great coffee, quirky boutiques and a lively music, arts and festival scene. Duck into the Little Creatures brewery, or explore one of the hidden pockets of restaurants and bars in the west end.
Rockingham, Mandurah and Fremantle are perfect destinations to begin a journey to Australia’s magnificent South West region. For a walk through the Boranup Forest or a centuries old cave in Yallingup, whale watching near Busselton, chocolate and toffee factories in Denmark and Esperance’s sanding beaches and friendly kangaroos lazing nearby at Lucky Bay.
Add our South West journey to your next Western Australian, 4WD road trip!
∼ 191 kms | 2 hours 17 minutes from Perth
Take a day trip from Perth to the other-worldly landscape of the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park. Following the Indian Ocean Drive, you can stop to meet friendly kangaroos, try sand boarding and taste Cervantes’ famous seafood delicacy – The western Rock Lobster. If you’re travelling between July and October you’ll see Western Australia in full colour, as the coastal landscapes are filled with the blooms of spring wildflowers.
Heading north towards the Pinnacles from Perth is a fantastic start to our Perth to Brome journey including Karijini National Park where you can explore Fortescue Falls, Circular and Fern Pool, and stay at the Karijini Eco Retreat or Dales Campsite.
Swan Valley & Perth Hills
∼ 28.5 kms | 35 minutes from Perth
Take a 25-minute drive from the city and you’ll find yourself surrounded by some of Western Australia’s oldest vineyards, and award-winning wineries and microbreweries. Many of the wineries offer al fresco dining, or you can opt to fill a basket with gourmet goodies and head for a picnic, In and around Guildford or besides Bells Rapids are popular spots.
Extent your drive from the Swan Valley to the Perth Hills, taking in towns of Kalamunda and Armadale, gateways to the Araluen Botanical Park, wineries of the Bickley Valley and the Bibbulmun Track walk.