On the hunt for your next day trip destination? We've compiled some of our top spots to explore this springtime!
Taste your way through the Bickley Valley. Swim at world-class beaches. Lose yourself in the historic town of York. Wander among wildflowers. Whether you’re dreaming of eclectic Fremantle or Mandurah’s pristine waterways, some of WA’s most unforgettable experiences are just a day trip from Perth.
WA's iconic landscapes and natural beauty can be explored by car on a day trip or over a few days (or more!). Line up your playlist and get adventure-ready with our guide to 12 of Perth's most epic day trips.
First, let's head south of Perth. Expect dramatic coastlines scattered with seaside eateries, walking trails and island adventures.
A short-but-sweet drive from Perth (around 30 minutes) lies historic Fremantle. A blend of old and new, this little port town is laid-back, effortlessly cool and a must-do day trip. First, wander the cappuccino strip and explore the famous Fremantle Markets. Then head to the Fremantle Visitor Centre to hire a bike, find a walking trail, pick up a map or find out what's new in Freo. With world-class attractions (the heritage site of Fremantle Prison is a must-see!), microbreweries, waterside eateries, quaint bars and pubs with live music and boutique shopping, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Fremantle.
2. Rottnest Island
From Fremantle, swap your car for the ferry to visit Perth's beloved island paradise, Rottnest Island. Just a short ferry ride with SeaLink or Rottnest Express, but an entire world away, Rotto blends picturesque scenery, secluded bays, uncrowded beaches and cheerful quokkas together to create the ultimate day trip. Visit Pedal and Flipper to hire a bike and snorkel, then spend a few hours exploring the island before visiting one of the beachfront bars to wine and dine the afternoon away.
3. Shoalwater Island Marine Park, Rockingham
Jump in the car and cruise down the freeway for just 45 minutes to rediscover Rockingham. Enjoy the scenic highlights of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park and keep a look out for the wildlife with Perth Wildlife Encounters! Their 60 minute Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Cruise takes place in the ruggedly spectacular coastlines of Penguin, Seal & Bird Islands and takes advantage of the best wildlife spotting opportunities of the day. Wild dolphins, rare Australian sea lions, pelican rookeries, and birds of prey are regularly sighted and our friendly crew will get you right amongst the action!
Known for its stunning waterways and relaxed holiday vibe, Mandurah is the ideal day trip destination from Perth. For those who enjoy being on the water, a trip to Mandurah wouldn't be complete without a canal cruise with Mandurah Cruises. Be sure to keep an eye out for the friendly locals: bottlenose dolphins. Boasting endless stretches of pretty coastline, tree lined walkways, grassed picnic and BBQ areas (you can even devour your snags from the water with Eco BBQ Boats), plenty of attractions and safe swimming beaches, Mandurah is a perfect road trip destination for the whole family.
The Shire of Waroona stretches from Preston Beach to inland farmlands, incorporating the township of Waroona as well as Hamel and Lake Clifton. Visit the pristine waters of Waroona Dam, where thrill-seekers come from far and wide to water-ski, power boat and freshwater fish (throw in a line or net for a good chance of catching trout, perch or marron). The surrounding forest provides beautiful displays of wildflowers when in season. Bushwalking is a highlight for many visitors - part of the old Bibbulmun Track is still in existence and has been reopened for public use as part of the Munda Biddi Trail.
The charming town of Dwellingup is located just over an hour from Perth. Dwellingup is brimming with natural landscapes and towering forests - creating a haven for the outdoorsy types with countless bushwalks, kayak and mountain biking trails. There’s a nature-based adventure around every corner. On arrival, visit the award-winning Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre to discover interactive trail maps, digital displays with historical information, along with all the local intel you’ll need for an unbeatable day out.
7. Serpentine Falls
Just a 55km drive southeast of Perth, you'll discover Jarrahdale and Serpentine Falls. The falls are the star attraction of the Serpentine Falls National Park and are the ideal spot for swimming, bushwalks and picnics. The best time of year to visit Serpentine Falls is late autumn to mid-spring (August to October) when the waterfall cascades over a huge granite rock face and wildflowers are in full bloom. Serpentine Falls National Park is open every day from 8.30am to 5pm. Our advice? Get there early (no later than 10am)! This much-loved park fills up quickly and closes to new visitors once it reaches capacity.
Heading north now, where the rugged coastline, mighty sand dunes, limestone caves and marine wonders await.
The small beachside town of Lancelin is an iconic day trip location situated an hour and a half north of Perth. Here, you can tackle the pristine white sand dunes on a sandboard or by 4WD, buggy or quad bike (check out Perth Quad for a thrilling off road adventure). Then, take to the crystal-clear waters and windsurf, fish, surf and dive ‘til your heart's content.
9. Yanchep National Park
Close to Perth but away from the hustle and bustle is Yanchep National Park. There's plenty of wildlife and nature to explore here, from limestone caves to walking trails among woodlands and wetlands. Take a picnic and play spot the kangaroo or stroll through the koala boardwalk and learn about this cute Aussie icon. Looking for something unique? Spend hours of fun navigating the tall tuarts on a series of high ropes and zipline courses with Treetops Adventure or take in the beauty of the park from the sky on a scenic helicopter flight.
Out east, immerse yourself in historic country charm, taste your way through wine regions or journey through seasonal wildflower fields.
Ready for a day filled with iconic WA history and picturesque hikes? Plug York into your GPS and hit the road for an epic day trip. York is the oldest inland town in WA, renowned for its rich heritage, colonial architecture and natural beauty. Kick off your adventure at the York Visitor Centre then meander along Avon Terrace and encounter heritage buildings that encapsulate 19th century Victorian and Edwardian architecture. During spring, York enjoys a stunning display of wildflowers. Discover them with the Wildflowers of York brochure.
11. Bickley Valley Wine Region
Discover the delights of the Bickley Valley Wine Region. Boutique wineries and cideries are scattered throughout the Bickley Valley. On this special drive, uncover vistas of vineyards, orchards and the forest beyond. The Bickley Valley is characterised by charming wineries and cellar doors owned and operated by local families, with many progressive winemakers passionate about creating vibrant, award-winning wines and ciders. Head to The Packing Shed for a light lunch, gin and wines, then spend the afternoon sipping on refreshing cider at Core Cider (just be sure to assign a designated driver for this one!).
12. Whiteman Park, Swan Valley
Located on the doorstep of the Swan Valley is Whiteman Park. Whiteman Park is a unique conservation and recreation reserve located just 25 minutes from Perth. Explore the best of the park, starting with a visit to Caversham Wildlife Park and spy koalas, kangaroos and wombats. Afterwards, jump aboard the Whiteman Explorer bus, vintage train or tram to further immerse yourself in the park. Then, wander through the Village Mall and browse local handcrafted products, art and of course, lolly shops!
Line up your playlist and plan an epic day trip adventure with Destination Perth – your guide to everything travel in the Perth region.