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Great ways to spend a day in Perth

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.


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 beaten track.


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 waterfront cafe.


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 monastic town.

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