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I was surprised by how many amazing day trips from Perth you can do when you visit this laidback city in Western Australia. Think about the many wineries of the Swan Valley region you can visit, cycling around Rottnest Island, or spotting koalas in Yanchep National Park.
There are just so many things to do outside the city center and with this article, I want to share some of the best day trips you can do from Perth including extra tips and how to book.
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10 amazing day trips from Perth
Take a selfie with a Quokka on Rottnest Island
Distance from Perth: 35km – 25-90min.
Rottnest Island, located just over 20km away from Fremantle Port, is the perfect destination for nature and animal lovers. The island is famous for the happiest animal on our planet, the Quokkas and it offers amazing views like no other place in Australia.
The fresh air will also be good to clear your mind after long hours exploring Perth. You can go snorkeling or join a guided tour around the island. It is recommended to bring your own snorkel equipment as well as a waterproof camera to capture the best moments.
When you explore the Rottnest Island, visit the Settlement where you definitely can find some Quokkas or watch out while you cycle around and make that insta famous Quokka selfie along the way.
Explore the wineries in the Swan Valley region
Distance from Perth: 18km – 25min.
About 25 minutes from the Perth CBD you can find the wineries of the Swan Valley region with over 200 wineries, tasting rooms, cafes and restaurants, however, there are also many breweries in Swan Valley to keep foodie lovers occupied for a weekend of wine tasting.
I went to a few wineries in Swan Valley such as Lancaster Estate, Olive Farm Winery and Garbin Estate Wines.
Other amazing things to do in the Swan Valley region are visiting the Swan Valley Settlers Market or enjoying a floating Spa session.
Visit the city of Fremantle
Distance from Perth: 23km – 25min.
Fremantle is one of the popular areas around Perth. You will feel like you go back in time when you walk through Fremantle. Everything is laidback and relaxed.
The city of Fremantle is known for its great indoor market with many food stalls and vintage shops but also for the many bars, restaurants, amazing beaches, and beautiful street art.
With the Fremantle line Tram, you are in Perth CBD within 40 min.
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Pick your own fruits in the Perth Hills
Distance from Perth: 35km – 35min.
Perhaps this is one of my favorite day trips from Perth as it is relaxing and who doesn’t love some fresh own picked fruits during a hot summer day?
In the Perth Hills are many orchards and gardens that you can visit, whether it is with kids or just on your own. Some orchards allow you to pick your own fruit, while others allow you to wander around their beautiful gardens.
At the S&R Orchard (owned by the Italian couple Salvatore and Rosa = S&R), you can pick your own nectarines, peaches, apricots, and plum for only AU$ 10 per person and up to 2,5kg.
The Raeburn Orchard is a bit further away but it has an incredible garden to wander around for only AU$ 5 and afterward, you can have a smoothie made with fresh fruits from the orchard
Another great place that you definitely have to visit in the Perth hills is the Carmel Cider Co. as you can taste some amazing ciders made from the fresh grapes. However this is not the best place for fruit picking in Perth, you can stay overnight with your camper. for only AU$ 20
Spot kangaroos and koalas in Yanchep National Park
Distance from Perth: 52km – 40min.
Yanchep National Park is just under an hour away from the city center and it offers plenty of opportunities for bushwalking, cycling, wildlife spotting, and picnics.
It is very famous for the number of kangaroos that are roaming in the Park and the koalas sleeping in the trees. The best place to spot these cute fellas is at the Koala Boardwalk, where you can probably spot a few while they are resting in the treetops.
There are also self-guided trails that allow you to explore the park at your own pace.
Have fun in Mandurah
Distance from Perth: 75km – 55min.
Mandurah is known for the canals and a bit for the ‘rich and famous-lifestyle’. Many residents here are retired, business owners, or just wealthy people with big houses, boats, and probably some jet-skis as well.
My previous employer invited me and my partner to visit them for a few days and explore Mandurah by boat. I mean, … going to lunch with a boat, for dinner with the boat, and during the day, we paddled or jetskied between the canals.
Let’s say that Mandurah is the perfect getaway for some watersports, fun, and great food.
Quad-biking or sandboarding in Lancelin
Distance from Perth: 130km – 1h 30min.
Only 1h 30 from Perth are the beautiful white sand dunes of Lancelin. In this small coastal town is not much to do except for some awesome experiences, sandboarding, or quad-biking in the dunes.
Sliding down from a 40m high sand dune or driving through at 50km/h over the sand dunes is just boosting your adrenaline.
Admire the stunning rock formations in The Pinnacles
Distance from Perth: 195km – 2h 15min.
Be amazed by the landscape in the Pinnacles Desert, which looks like you wander on another planet. The Pinnacles are a unique place in Australia if not in the whole Southern Hemisphere, so this should be definitely on your itinerary.
The Pinnacles is located in the Nambung National Park, which means you need to obtain a national park pass or pay the entrance fee. Once you pass the entrance gate, you can follow the loop around the Pinnacles site.
I highly recommend visiting the Pinnacles during sunrise, sunset, or with the new moon to watch the most incredible milky way.
Taste the best wines in the Margaret River Region
Distance from Perth: 275km – 3h
Margaret River is known for being some of the best wineries in the world and even if it is a bit further, it is definitely worth visiting Margaret River as a day trip from Perth.
The trip to Margaret River is also rewarding as you will pass amazing coastal views, beautiful forest drives, and stunning vineyards.
Discover Wave Rock in the outback of Hyden
Distance from Perth: 340km – 3h 50min.
It is known that Australia has some rare and unique places all over the country and Wave Rock in Hyden belongs to that list. The natural Wave-shaped Rock is the perfect place to make some incredible photos.
You can visit Wave Rock as a day trip from Perth but during winter this is also a nice place to stay for the night and watch the stars in the sky.
Honestly, I was surprised there are so many amazing day trips from Perth that you can do. And I am pretty sure there are even more great things to do.
However, this article can help you with planning your city trip to the capital of Western Australia, and feel free to share your tips in the comments.
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The camera gear I used for this trip
I never go out without my camera and many people ask me which gear I use. So to make it quite easy, I listed all the gear I used for this trip below.
Most of the time, I travel with the Sony A7III and the Sony 24-105mm/f4 as my primary lens but depending on the location, I change to another setup. However, I love the Tamron 17-28 to shoot in the big cities.