Updated: December 2022
Ten top reasons to stay another day in Perth.
Heading to Perth? Let us tempt you with 10 reasons to stay another day in WA. Discover adventurous day trips, epic foodie trails, VIP poolside experiences and everything you need to create extra special memories in sunshine-filled Perth.
1. Day trip to Lancelin
Located just 90 minutes north of Perth is adventure-lovers Lancelin - one of Perth’s best-kept holiday secrets. Lancelin is a charming coastal village famous for surfing, diving, fishing, iconic sand dunes and much more. First, hit the dunes by buggy, quad or dirt bike with Perth Quad Lancelin. After the adrenaline rush, kick back at the beachside Endeavour Tavern with a cold drink and classic pub feed in WA’s best beer garden. Tempted to stay a little longer? Discover our ultimate list of the best places to stay, play and dine in Lancelin.
2. Discover the Giants of Mandurah
Discover the magical world of leading recycle artist, Thomas Dambo with Giants of Mandurah. In this special exhibition, Dambo shares his insights into recycling, sustainability and imagination. To help inspire people to get out into nature, he creates larger-than-life sculptures from recycled wood and places them all over the world. This is the first time Dambo’s Giants have appeared in Australia. Find out more about the Giants of Mandurah.
3. Capture the perfect quokka selfie
Embark on the speedy journey by ferry to WA’s favourite island paradise. Rottnest Island is perfect day trip material, offering unrivalled natural landscapes with white sand beaches, underwater adventures, cycling, skydiving and of course, cheeky quokkas. Score the perfect quokka selfie by getting down to their level. These cute marsupials are naturally curious, so wait until they come to you (remember to respect personal space!). Wait for the perfect moment when they look up towards the camera and photograph away! Hint: the easiest place to get a selfie is in the main settlement in the early morning or just before sunset. If you’re up for a thrill, skydive onto one of the island’s beaches with an exhilarating heli-skydive. The experience has you launching out of a chopper at 10,000ft for an epic tandem freefall.
4. Embark on the Bickley Valley Wine Trail
Rolling hills, gentle valleys, lush forests and a well-established wine scene, all just 35 minutes from Perth. Say hello to one of Perth’s best-kept secrets: Bickley Valley. Discover ancient vineyards and charming, locally owned cellars with progressive winemaking, sweeping stone fruit orchards and award-winning restaurants on the Bickley Valley Wine Trail. The trail can be self-driven or sit back and relax on a guided tour with the experts at Up Close and Local Tours or Best of Perth Tours.
5. Visit the home of Little Creatures
Anyone who has ever savoured a Little Creatures craft beer needs to see where it all began. Head to the iconic Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and explore the home of WA's most famous microbrewery. Join a guided tour with one of the resident hop heads to learn more about the Litte Creatures story and all things brewing. Finish with a guided tasting of the full range of delicious beers. Tours start from $25 per person and run at 11:30am and 3pm daily.
6. Dine at one of Perth's hottest restaurants
Perched on the water's edge of Perth’s Elizabeth Quay, with the breathtaking Ritz-Carlton Hotel Perth, Hearth Restaurant and Lounge offers diners an unforgettable Western Australian local food and wine experience. Hearth celebrates local producers from Western Australia’s Kimberley to the Great Southern region, paired with an exclusive wine list.
7. Taste Australia's best handmade Vodka and Gin
Meet the craft brewers on the Cider and Ale Trail in the idyllic Swan Valley. There are nine contemporary breweries along the trail, expertly showcasing the best of WA’s handcrafted sparkling ciders and boutique ales. Be sure to stop at WA's youngest gin and vodka distillery, Old Young's Distillery. Every single one of their impressive vodkas and gins have received international awards!
8. Stay in one of the world's best hotels
Enjoy a luxe overnight stay at the contemporary COMO The Treasury. Housed in the historic 1870s State Buildings, this elegantly reimagined hotel is the ideal base to discover Perth’s own hub of vibrant restaurants, retail collectives, wellness facilities and luxury accommodation.
9. Drive through the Pinnacles by sunset
A visit to the Pinnacles Desert is a must when in WA. Located at the southern gateway to Australia's Coral Coast, the Pinnacles Desert of Nambung National Park is one of the major natural attractions in the region and are WA’s most visited attractions. The Pinnacles are incredible natural limestone structures, formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago. For the best experience, explore the world renowned Pinnacle Desert at the most magical time in the evening with Australian Pinnacle Tours.
10. Throw a pool party beside Optus Stadium
Go out in style with a poolside wind down at Crown Towers Perth, neighbouring Optus Stadium. The multi-tiered pool area offers a truly unforgettable resort experience with heated lagoon pools and plush daybeds, complimented by poolside dining and attentive hosts. Afterwards, nip up to the Crystal Club lounge for an eyeful of the mesmerising Swan River and Perth City skyline. This is the real VIP experience!
Be tempted to stay another day in WA with the hottest things to see and do in Perth and surrounds.