The 10 Day Trips from Perth You Can’t Miss

The 10 Day Trips from Perth You Can’t Miss

Time is such a bizarre thing isn’t it!

It literally feels like we just entered Western Australia, yet as I sit down to write this post, I’m shocked to discover it’s actually almost a year since we stepped across the border from the Northern Territory as part of 4wd Budget Road Trip Around Australia!

A year!

Yet even crazier than this, is that fact that we’ve now been Perth based for almost ¾ of that time. Yes, it’s 9 months since we started calling Perth (well, Fremantle) home!

And although in that time work has been crazy busy, and we’ve travelled overseas as well, we’ve still found the time to explore the beautiful area around Perth too … and aren’t we glad.

From quaint country towns to spellbinding national parks, there’s a whole heap of great stuff around Perth just waiting to be discovered!

So don’t be put off by the fact that Perth is known as the most remote city in the world – there really is a whole world out here just waiting to be explored … and here’s our pick of the bunch.


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#1 Serpentine National Park

Australia, Serpentine National Park, Swimming Hole

A firm hit with the locals, Serpentine National Park is about an hour’s drive south of the city, but that doesn’t stop it being packed on a summer weekend!

Yes the secret is well and truly out when it comes to this great swimming spot, but don’t let the crowds put you off and instead head here on a weekday.

With some great hiking opps and stunning country to see around, this national park is most renowned however for its awesome swimming holes.

Jumping into the refreshing water and swimming right up under the cascades really is hard to beat here on a glorious Perth summer’s day.

 

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#2 The Pinnacles

Australia, Pinnacles

Part of Nambung National Park, this otherworldly, and quite frankly bizarre landscape, really has to be seen to be believed.

A few hours drive north of the city, many combine a day trip to The Pinnacles with exploring the beautiful seaside town of Cervantes and Jurien Bay – where there is overnight accommodation if you feel like extending the holiday.

Best visited during the months of August – October, when the days are mild and the wildflowers begin to bloom, I do recommend trying to time your visit to The Pinnacles with the setting of the sun.

The colours of this desert landscape and its sandy monoliths, which seem to stretch almost to the ocean, are truly spectacular at this time of day.

 

#3 Fremantle

Fremantle Markets

If urban day trips are more your thing than nature escapes, then a trip to the city of Fremantle from Perth is a must.

Located south of the Swan River, it’s an easy half an hour train ride from Perth direct to Fremantle, from where you can easily explore the vintage shops, trendy galleries, quirky cafes and great street art of this alternative little enclave on foot.

Situated right on the Indian Ocean, this historic port city also boasts some delightfully old buildings, along with iconic shipping cranes that wonderfully capture the essence of industry and independence found in this trendy spot.

Just one thing is for sure – bring your camera … and your wallet!

 

#4 Rottnest Island

Standing Quokka

And right from Fremantle, you can catch the Express Ferry to the beautiful island of Rottnest.

Most famous for its cute resident Quokkas – known to be the happiest animals on earth! – Rottnest Island is the perfect peaceful getaway destination.

Largely without motorised vehicles (much like the Channel Island of Sark) the best way to explore Rottnest is definitely via bicycle.

Exploring the hidden coves, lighthouses and stunning views of this small island makes for the perfect Perth day trip and certainly shouldn’t be missed.

Fast Ferries to Rottnest also depart from Hilary’s Boat Harbour north of Perth if this is more convenient for you and both ferry companies offer packages inclusive of bike hire and snorkelling gear if required.

FYI, getting a Quokka selfie is a must!

 

#5 Yanchep National Park

Australia, Yanchep National Park, Kangaroo

If seeing a quokka on Rottnest has got you excited about Australian wildlife, then heading to Yanchep National Park is another great Perth day trip when it comes to spotting some native creatures.

With an abundant population of kangaroos, heading to Yanchep will almost guarantee you a sighting of these iconic animals.

Not only that, but Yanchep also has some resident koalas – although sadly they weren’t feeling too sociable when we were there!

With some lovely walking trails, Yanchep is one Western Australia’s oldest and most established national parks and heading here from Perth is a must.

 

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#6 New Norcia

For something totally different when it comes to Perth day trips, why not take a drive to the inland town of New Norcia.

132km north of Perth, this community was established by Benedictine Monks and is Australia’s only Monastic Town.

Even if the Catholic Church isn’t your thing, then it’s hard to deny the uniqueness of New Norcia, which is well worth checking out just for the magnificent buildings and gorgeous scenery.

With a fascinating museum and art gallery too, there’s more than enough to do in this town to occupy you for a day.

 

#7 Lake Clifton

Australia, Lake Clifton, Thrombolites

Set within the Peel Region south of Perth, you can easily tie in a trip to Lake Clifton with exploring the nearby towns of Mandurah and Bunbury too.

The reason I’ve chosen Lake Clifton as the centrepiece here however, is because it’s home to some of the world’s oldest living organisms.

Yes thrombolites are tiny micro-organisms believed to resemble the earliest forms of life on Earth and are very similar to the stromatolites in Shark Bay, Western Australia.

One of only a few places on earth they can be seen, a lovely boardwalk will take you up and above these creatures, which weirdly look like smooth rocks, despite the fact that they are alive!

 

#8 Perth Hills

Australia, Perth Hills, View

Another beautiful natural area that makes the perfect day trip from Perth are the hills that lie behind the city.

With some great walking tracks, national parks and viewpoints, the Perth Hills cover quite a wide area, so choosing a specific part of this region and making a beeline for it, is probably the best way to enjoy things up here.

The lovely town of Kalamunda is a good place to start with its weekly market and community atmosphere.

Otherwise, the Mundaring Weir has some great photo opps and a lovely pub.

 

#9 The Beach

Coogee Beach, Perth

If all of this sounds like a bit too much driving and exercising and you’d rather just flop at the beach for the day, then Perth has that sorted too!

Set right on the Indian Ocean, the white sand and turquoise waters here are famous and in the summer at least, there’s few better day trips from Perth to make.

Cottesloe beach, a short drive from the city, is a perennial favourite, otherwise, City Beach and Scarborough are popular too, especially for surfers.

A little further south Woodmans Point is a great spot with a beautiful reserve behind it  – perfect for picnics and great fishing opportunities if that’s your thing.

 

#10 Swan Valley

Australia, Swan Valley, Sign

And finally, the last entry on my list of the 10 best day trips from Perth you can’t miss, is the Swan Valley.

This famous wine region is now also becoming known for its boutique food production, including cheese and chocolate, making a trip here a real treat!

With loads of cellar door tastings and some gorgeous countryside to enjoy too, even just a leisurely drive here is worthwhile.

If you do head out to the Swan Valley, then make sure you stop in the town of Guildford too, which has some great heritage walking trails to undertake.

This very-English looking town made me feel right at home with its great pub, local eateries and friendly atmosphere!

There’s also Whiteman Park nearby too, which shouldn’t be missed with its range of arty shops and small museums.

 

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So that’s my list of the 10 best day trips from Perth you can’t miss.

Have you explored the surrounds of this great city much?

If so, what was your favourite spot?

I’d love to hear in the comments box below.

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  1. Kathy says:

    Great selection! Serpentine National Park is certainly one of my personal favourites for day trips in Perth.

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