With so many great ways to spend a day in Perth and surrounds, we’ve put together some of our favourites to help you discover the natural beauty and fantastic experiences on offer.
1 ~ Perth City
Start your day with a visit to Kings Park and marvel at the awesome city and river views. Spend some time shopping and taking in the city’s great attractions, galleries and museums. Make sure you also enjoy the fabulous Swan River by taking a river cruise or by setting off on one of the walkways and cycleways that follow the river’s beautiful foreshore. To see all the city sights, hop on the tourist tram or sightseeing bus.
2 ~ Fremantle
Catch a train, join a cruise or drive to the colourful port city of Fremantle. Browse the quirky shops, grab a coffee and bask in the atmosphere of the Cappuccino Strip. For Lunch, feast on delicious local seafood at the Fremantle Fishing Boat harbour. Spend the after exploring a multitude of attractions and historic buildings that make Fremantle so special. In the evening be sure to check out the great micro breweries and vibrant restaurants.
3 ~ Rottnest Island
Famous for its tranquil waters and secluded bays Rottnest Island is a perfect day out. Catch a ferry from Perth, Fremantle or Hillarys and on arrival hire a bike to explore the island at your leisure. Enjoy lunch at one of the cafes and restaurants, most offering spectacular ocean views then spend the afternoon enjoying the beautiful crystal bays.
4 ~ The Magnificent Coast
Just 20 minutes west of the city centre you’ll find the stunning stretch of coastline for which Perth is famed. Along the Sunset Coast discover 19 white sand beaches where swimming, surfing and snorkeling are all popular pursuits. There are some great restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy lunch by the sea or end your day while witnessing a magnificent west coast sunset. Further north travel to Lancelin, where you can tackle the mighty sand dunes on a sand-board or go canoeing, windsurfing and fishing.
5 ~ The Swan Valley
Head inland on a short drive to the Swan Valley and enjoy the 32km food and wine trail where there are plenty of places to stop and savour the local produce. There’s an endless choice for lunch with many wineries and restaurants offering a delectable array of beautifully presented food. After lunch enjoy some wine tasting and visit the local micro breweries for some boutique beers.
6 ~ Perth Hills
Head 45 minutes inland from Perth and you’ll discover the scenic Perth Hills. There are some national parks to explore and many walking trails t enjoy especially in spring when the wildflowers come out. You can stop for some wine tasting at one of the hill’s many wineries or head to Kalamunda and spend time pottering around the quaint village shops.
7 ~ Armadale
Travel 40 minutes southeast of the city and explore scenic Armadale. Call into the visitor centre for maps and the Bert Tyler Vintage Machinery Museum, great for history enthusiasts. Be sure to visit the nearby Araluen Botanic Park, famous for its gorgeous gardens. There are some great walks in the area and many art galleries to discover which are tucked off the beaten track.
8 ~ Rockingham
Travel 45 minutes south of Perth to the seaside city of Rockingham where you can can visit the beautiful Shoalwater Marine Park, famous for its marine life. You can swim with the wild dolphins here or join a cruise to Seal Island and Penguin Island to see the fascinating Australian sea lions and little penguins. Rockingham’s famous forshore offers a beautiful setting for picnics or lunch at the waterfront cafe.
9 ~ Mandurah
Journey south by car, catch the train or join a tour to Mandurah only one hour from Perth. Start the day with a cruise along the beautiful canal lined with opulent houses and picturesque estuary, home to many migratory birds and bottlenose Dolphins. There are some great cafes along the foreshore for lunch and you can spend the rest of your day at Mandurah Ocean Marina where many million dollar boats are moored.
10 ~ Avon Valley
East of Perth, the picturesque Avon Valley is a patchwork of green, rolling hills, historic villages and country charm. It is perfect for a self drive exploring quaint village streets and pottering through craft shops and museums. The countryside is scattered with cafes and colonial homesteads offering home-style cooking for lunch or afternoon tea. Be sure to also visit New Norcia which is Australia’s only monastic town.