The time we spent in Perth has been the highlight of our travels. It is a beautiful city which is often overshadowed by Sydney and Melbourne but it has a charm all of its own. Within easy travelling distance you’ll find a wide selection of varying landscapes, stunning beaches and more animals than you can shake a stick at. Australia is an amazing country with so much to see and do. It is an isolated city but that doesn’t mean you can’t still experience a variety of weird and wonderful things. We spent two weeks there and we only just scratched the surface of what there is to do, so in this post we’ll cover just a few of our favourites. Without further ado these are the day trips from Perth we recommend.
Day trips from Perth
1 Rottnest Island
Rottnest can be accessed via a 25-minute ferry ride from Fremantle, 45 minutes from Hillarys Harbour or 90 minutes from Perth’s Barrack Street Jetty. Many tourists go just for the one day and you straight away get a sense of its laid-back rhythm.
Fill the day exploring Rottnest’s 60-odd beaches by bike, diving into the their bright blue seas, snorkeling or trying to get a sight of the happiest animal on earth, the Quokka a wallaby like animal native to the area.
The beaches are really something to behold and if diving is your thing you’ll get a sight of the areas 100,000 year old coral reef. This beautiful place is well worth a visit.
2 The Swan Valley
Swan Valley is one of the areas’s more famous destinations as it is home to their wine growing region. It is also home to some amazing food. Just 14km from Perth you can get there by a beautiful ferry ride up the swan river. Make sure to sample some of the region’s foodie delights particularly their fresh and artisan produce. You’ll also find a vast selection of galleries and antique stores. But most important of all is exploring the wineries. Be warned these aren’t easily accessible so you’ll likely need some kind of transport. Guildford is the valley’s main central hub but this destination is quite far from the wineries. You will find in Guildford beautiful architecture and plenty of spots for food and drink.
You also can’t miss its iconic architecture. Fremantle is full of fine buildings with intricately designed details. Fremantle prison is also worth a visit, there’s a lot of history in that place and it was originally built by convicts. Do not miss Fremantle market it has been in operation for well over a hundred years and has a great selection of things to eat and see. Whilst we were there I had my hands done with henna by a very talented artist. Fremantle really is a heavenly place with so much to see and do and I can’t wait for the day that I return to this amazing place.
4 Pinnacles Desert
Pinnacles desert is just three hours from Perth and is located at Namburg National Park. It really is a sight to behold. This vast site contains thousands of limestone pillars which make a striking sight. The pillars are varied in size with the tallest around 3.5m. The site is also home to kangaroos and if you are there early enough you may see them appearing from behind the pillars. It is also home to other animals and reptiles including cockatoos, emus ad carpet pythons. The best time to visit this site is between the months of August and October.
5 The Margaret River
Margaret River is a town in Western Australia, located in the valley of the Margaret River, 170 miles south of Perth. Margaret River’s coastline is famous for its surfing with many world famous surfing locations in the area.
Margaret river is one of the biggest wine regions in Southern Australia. Its vineyards span 55 square kilometres and it includes over 130 wineries mostly by small producers. The area produces around 3% of Australia’s total grape production and makes up a fifth of the Australian wine market.
In the Margaret river area you’ll find hundreds of caves. You’ll find them all within the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park but only around 5 or 6 of them are open to the general public. One worth visiting is the Mammoth Cave which lies 21 km south of Margaret River and contains a variety of fossils that originated over 30,000 years ago and is open to the public. Some of the other caves can be accessed if you are an experienced caver and you request a permit.
6 Wave Rock
Wave rock is a natural rock formation that is shaped like a wave hence the name. It stands about 15 m high and comes in at around 110 m wide. It can be found approximately 185 miles away from Perth with Hyden National Park.
There’s so much to do in this area. If animals are your thing then a visit to the wildlife park would be worthwhile. The park is home to a variety of animals including koalas, wombats and kangaroos. Don’t forget to spend time in Hyden – it is a picture perfect town, which is embedded in the Salmon Gums. Browse the local shops and admire the street art.
7 Dolphin Watching, Hillarys Boat Harbour
There is nothing quite like being sat in a boat sailing the calm waves while dolphins swim by your boat, leaping into the air with happy looks on their faces. We ventured out to Hillarys Harbour and took a boat trip. The weather was beautiful, the waters were calm and sitting there while the dolphins swam by is something we’ll never forget. Hillarys Harbour itself is a beautiful location surrounded by little cafes and small independent shops, you could easily while away an afternoon here.
Address: 86 Southside Drive, Hillarys Boat Harbour
Official site: http://hillarysboatharbour.com.au/
Which day trips from Perth would you recommend?