Turn the phone off this weekend!

No more deadlines, no more meetings, just two days of some good old-fashioned R&R. You don't need to go far for new and exciting ways to relax with the weekend getaways Perth has on offer. Pack the car up and get out on the open road for an adventure right at your doorstep. Below is a list of the top 5 areas you can visit this weekend.

Avon Valley

The Avon Valley is known for its delightful scenic landscapes and the towns spotted around the valley are ideal for browsing small shops selling locally made delicacies, spanning in variety from olives to chocolates.

In nearly every town of the Avon Valley, you will find a historical pub with a story to tell. You can also visit the local cafes and enjoy a takeaway coffee on the banks of the Avon River in any number of towns on the river fringe. If you're a morning person and you visit during the winter months, you will love taking a hot air balloon ride at dawn in Northam. Visit the Avon Valley this weekend and take advantage of this lively rural area today!

New Norcia

Are you the type of person who has to see every obscure landmark and tourist attraction when they go travelling? Or do you prefer to travel for the fine local food and drink? Either way, New Norcia is the place for you!

This fascinating hamlet is Australia's only monastic town. Marvel at the stunning architecture or quietly observe the Benedictine Monks as they move to their next prayer spot. History buffs will be engrossed by the town's story as they learn how the land tells the story of the local Aboriginal people and the pioneering European settlers.

New Norcia is also famous for its bakery, with breads baked in the original wood-fired oven at the monastery (installed in 1886) to produce authentic artisan breads. Bread baked in the monasteries wood-fire oven is for sale at the New Norcia Museum & Art Gallery and the Roadhouse. New Norcia is 130km north east of Perth and makes for a fascinating getaway.

Moore River Region and Gingin Region

Get your windsurfing board or diving equipment out of the shed and head over to the Moore River and Gingin region. This area is famous for the exciting activities it gives you access to. There are plenty of fun activities to enjoy in the crystal clear Moore River, including fishing, swimming, kayaking and much more! For those who don’t like to get wet, Lancelin's dunes are ideal for sand-boarding, and you can sample all of the local wines and delicacies around Gingin.

Perth Hills

You'll also want to consider a visit to the Perth Hills if you are searching for that warming country hospitality. The Perth Hills is an idyllic group of townships that offer views of stunning scenery, peaceful bushwalks and everything you could need for rest and relaxation.

Has your rough week at work left you in need of a good pampering? The food and wine trail in this area is well established and perfect for forgetting about your troubles for a couple of days. Visit one of the private luxury hideaways or spa retreats on offer, perfect for when a glass of wine just won't do the trick. The Perth Hills are only a 45-minute drive from Perth, meaning you have no excuse not to take full advantage of this beautiful region.


Armadale is ideal for those looking for an easy-access Perth weekend getaway that offers great outdoor activities, beautiful scenery and fascinating culture. It is only a 40-minute drive from Perth and there are also many excellent public transport facilities available.

If the season is right, there are many opportunities to purchase local produce and fresh produce or you can sample wine and cheese from the various vineyards and factories in the area. There are also some interesting landmarks such as the Serpentine Monastery and the Bert Tyler Vintage Machinery Museum. A walk in Araluen Botanic Park is a nice relaxing way to finish off your day. Armadale is perfect for a day trip, but those looking to stay a little longer can also find cosy bed and breakfast facilities.

We get it, watching TV and eating junk food can be a perfect way to spend your weekend. But when the weather is this good, it would be silly to not take advantage of the weekend getaways Perth has on offer. Find out more about these destinations today!