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The 6 Best Day Trips From Perth

There is plenty to do and see in Perth, Western Australia. Famous for its sunny weather, Perth has a wide variety of things to do and see for everyone.

If you are staying in Perth, WA, why not take a day trip or two and see everything Perth has to offer. This article is your comprehensive guide for Perth day trips and tours for people of all ages, group sizes, and interests.

From family friendly activities to adults-only outings, Perth has something for everyone. No matter what your preferences, you are sure to find a few great day trips from Perth to suit your interests and budget.

Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island is a beautiful, relaxing destination near Perth, WA. Just a 25 minute ferry ride away from Fremantle, WA or a 45 minute ride from Hillarys boat harbour, you’ll still have most of your day to spend on the island.

Rottnest Island

The island is family friendly and has a plethora of activities to keep everyone busy. Relax on one of the 63 beaches, go for a swim, see marine life while snorkelling. Getting around the 19 square kilometres of the island is easy: hire a bike or bring your own to tour the island, or get a ticket for the hop-on, hop-off bus.


Rottnest Island is one of the only places Quokkas live, so keep your eyes peeled for the happy, furry animals.

If you’re looking for something more to do, Rottnest also offers a 9-hole golf course, day spa, and guided tours.

Swan Valley/Perth Hills

Sunrise Swan Valley


If you’re looking for a day trip away from the city, the Swan Valley is a great option! The Swan Valley is Western Australia’s oldest wine region and is only a 25-30 minute drive from the city.

A relaxing tour around the valley’s 40 wineries and breweries is a great way to see everything the Swan Valley has to offer. There is no shortage of food options: the area has everything from pub-style dining to upscale fine-dining restaurants.

If wineries aren’t for you, check out a national park, art gallery, nature trail, or take a self-driven tour of the Perth Hills.




If you enjoy getting away to nature, you’ll likely enjoy the Pinnacles. Located 2 hours and 30 minutes from Perth, the Pinnacles are set in Nambung National Park and are a unique sight to see.

Nearby are national parks, nature trails and other scenic overlooks. Test your skills fishing in nearby waters and see a diverse range of wildlife at the neighbouring marine parks. Go for a snorkel in Jurien Bay and get a closer look at the flora and fauna underwater including sea lions, fish, giant manta rays.



Rockingham is a great coastal city, 45 minutes south of Perth. Known as “Perth’s marine playground,” Rockingham offers plenty of activities to fill your day.

The Shoalwater Islands Marine Park is home to over 150 bottle-nosed dolphins, 600 pairs of little penguins, and many sea lions.

You can also swim with dolphins, see penguin feedings, take a cruise on a glass bottom boat, go for a paddle on a sea kayak and learn to kite board at Penguin Island.

Once you’ve seen wildlife and gotten your fix of water sports, have a picnic near the beach. Relax on a cruise along the coast on a catamaran, try your luck at fishing, or just take in the beautiful coastal views.

Caversham Wildlife Park



Caversham Wildlife Park is home to 39 types of iconic Australian birds, mammals, marsupials, and reptiles. Koalas, kangaroos, wombats, wallabies, emus, dingos, snakes, and more call Caversham Wildlife Park their home.

The park houses Western Australia’s largest private collection of native wildlife and is located within Whiteman Park, a 45 minute drive from Perth. In addition to viewing this extensive assortment of animals, the park also offers kangaroo feeding, wombat and koala meeting, and farm shows.




Named one of the best places to travel in 2016 by Lonely Planet, Fremantle, Western Australia is a port city with a rich history. Located only 30 minutes from Perth’s CBD, Fremantle has a lot to offer its visitors.

If you’re looking to get a lesson in the city’s history, check out the Fremantle Prison, an eerie prison that was in operation until 1991. You can tour the jail daily, or check out the underground tunnels tour or night-time torchlight tour.

For those interested in the arts, Fremantle Arts Centre is a must see. Featured here are exhibitions, events, courses, and live music, all within the walls of a historical, convict-built building.

If you’re after some shopping or food, check out Fremantle’s extensive “Cappucino Strip,” where you can feast on food from around the world and find unique gifts and goods. Fremantle’s streets are lined with shops of all kinds: from bookstores to jewellery stores, and everything in between.

The Fremantle Markets are a favourite of both locals and tourists alike and offer a variety of handcrafted goods, food stalls, produce stands, and freshly made snacks.

What’s Next?

With everything there is to do around Perth, you are sure to find something enjoyable for everyone. Now that you’ve planned your day trips around Perth, check out Budget Apartments for affordable, convenient accommodation in Perth.

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