There are so many great ways to spend a day in Perth and surrounds. We've put together some of our favorites to help you discover
the natural beauty and fantastic experiences on offer.
Start your day in Perth City 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.
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
afternoon exploring a multitude of attractions
and historic buildings that make Fremantle so
special. In the evening be sure to check out
the great microbreweries, vibrant
restaurants and bustling live mnusic scene.
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.
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 snorkelling 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.
Also try canoeing, windsurfing and fishing.
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.
Head 45 minutes inland from Perth and you’ll
discover the scenic Perth Hills. There are
some beautiful national parks
to explore and many walking trails to 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.
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
Travel 45 minutes south of Perth to the
seaside city of Rockingham where you 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 foreshore offers a
beautiful setting for picnics or lunch at a
MANDURAH AND PEEL
Journey south by car, catch the train or
join a tour to Mandurah and Peel only one hour
from Perth. Start the day with a cruise
along the beautiful canals lined with opulent
houses and the picturesque estuary, home to
many migratory birds and friendly Bottlenose
Dolphins and go crabbing from November to April. There are some great cafes along
the foreshore for lunch and you can spend the
rest of your day at the Mandurah Ocean Marina
where many million dollar boats are moored.
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