Last Updated on August 27, 2020 by Travels with Kids
Perth weekend getaways are so varied and, and so wonderful you will find it difficult in which direction to head. We’ve included six of our favorite weekend getaways from Perth, as well as some that we have planned for the future.
There are so many things to do in Perth, that sometimes we forget there are many amazing Perth getaways to be explored. Whether you are looking for a day trip or a an actual weekend getaway from Perth, these are our recommendations.
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Great Weekend Getaways From Perth
A weekend getaway is great because it can provide that circuit breaker from our everyday lives. Sometimes we get bogged down in routine or work and the weekends pass during chores around the house or weekend sport. These short breaks from Perth provide a chance to disconnect, reconnect with family, and discover what a rich variety there is to see in the local area.
New Norcia: Best Perth Getaways
New Norcia is an easy 2-hour drive for Perth making it the perfect place for a weekend escape from Perth. It is a fascinating visit for lovers of history and beauty. Without a doubt, the New Norcia buildings are one of the architectural wonders of Western Australia.
For this excursion with kids, we’d head to Gingin, check out the wonders of space through a fully retractable roof at the Gingin Observatory, then head next door to the Gravity Discovery Centre for a solar-system walk.
If your family enjoys playing mini-golf, a stop at Caladenia Mini Golf Park is in order. Besides an 18-hole mini-golf course, there are animal feedings and a great restaurant on-site.
From Gingin to New Norcia is a short 1-hour drive through picturesque farmland.
Located on the banks of the Moore River, New Norcia was founded by Benedictine monks in 1847. Today the Benedictine monks still own and operate the settlement. The town is gorgeous and peaceful with olive trees and plenty of historic buildings. Take a stroll along the river walk, eat at the local establishments, and visit the missions interpretive center and gift shop. Not to be missed is the Museum & Art Gallery which houses religious art from Europe as well as memorabilia from the mission and monastery.
On the way back to Perth from Norcia, travel via the abundant Chittering Valley. For lunch, enjoy country food at the popular Bindoon Bakehaus. Or, f you would like to be seated and enjoy a leisurely lunch, take a look at Stringybark Winery & Restaurant.
In spring the orchards are full of blossoms, or in harvest time there is a great range of fruits that are ripe for the picking. This is the perfect way to savor your Perth weekend getaway when you get home.
If you are traveling from late July through to November (depending on the season of course) keep in mind that around New Norcia and Chittering there will be displays of wildflowers. Why not plan your Perth weekend getaways so that you are in the area during the wildflower season?
Where To Stay In New Norcia
Sadly the famous New Norcia Hotel closed in 2020, ending an area. You can still choose to stay in the Benedictine community for a different experience or why not take a look at the Bindoon Valley Escape or Orchard Glory Farm Resort. Both give you the option of enjoying the fresh air on your weekend escapes Perth.
Dwellingup: Best Weekend Escapes From Perth
We had one of the best weekend trips from Perth when we visited Dwellingup with our cousins! We planned to go on one of the weekends that the Hotham Valley Railway was running. If you have any mini mechanics or big boys in your group, you will want to do this too. Check out our post A Day On The Hotham Valley Railway about the Hotham Valley Railway.
We spent the Saturday of our Perth weekend getaway at the Hotham Valley Railway, and then at the markets that were operating around the rail station. This was followed by a superb hearty lunch at the Dwellingup Pub.
As an old mill town, Dwellingup really sums up what ‘charming country town’ is all about. Not far from the town are a number of fantastic national parks to explore, including the Lane Poole Reserve. Take a look at our Things To Do In Dwellingup Western Australia With Kids!
Trees Adventure Dwellingup is for families who love adventure. If you want to go flying amongst the trees on a zip line, the Dwellingup Treetop Adventure Park is for adventurers of all ages. Our kids loved it and we believe it is one of the best Perth getaways for families. You can read our review here, Trees Adventure Dwellingup With Kids.
If you are heading back to Perth on a Sunday, don’t forget to stop at family-friendly Caraholly Orchard which is open on Sundays. There is a fresh produce market, food trucks, and sometimes live music.
Where To Stay In Dwellingup
Ferguson Valley – Best Of The Perth Getaways
Seriously, when it comes to weekend getaways from Perth, the Ferguson Valley is a well-kept secret. This gorgeous valley is filled with rolling green hills, vines, wineries, and even a King – Jarrah tree that is. Oh, and the very best thing to visit in the Ferguson Valley is a crazy collection of garden gnomes that make up Gnomesville.
The Ferguson Valley is located 2 hours from Perth and is 30 minutes inland from the port city of Bunbury.
On many of our Perth weekend getaways, food features highly on the agenda, and the Ferguson Valley is no exception! Amongst the rolling hills, there are wineries, cafes, and restaurants.
The other major attraction in the Ferguson Valley is the beautiful and tranquil Wellington National Park, filled with beautiful forests and chances for relaxation. Don’t miss a visit to romantically named Honeymoon Pool.
For a full review of the Things To Do In Ferguson Valley check here. Ferguson Valley is one of the best Perth weekend getaways.
Where To Stay In The Ferguson Valley
For families, our favorite place to stay is the Ferguson Farmstay which offers kids farm activities galore. For the parents, there are stunning views and a wonderful feeling of serenity.
Bunbury – Short Breaks From Perth
Seriously, Bunbury is great for short breaks Perth and shouldn’t be overlooked in preference for the more famous destinations to the south! Yes, I am looking at you Margaret River!
In our suggestion for this short itinerary, we definitely recommend stopping at the Thrombolites.
Bunbury city has a number of really gorgeous murals. We spent an enjoyable couple of hours wandering the small quiet streets finding them, before heading back to our hotel, the Quality Hotel Lighthouse to watch the sunset, and walk around the dunes near the lighthouse that the hotel was named for. Also, this hotel gets a rave review for its indoor swimming pool. It was featured in our post Accommodation in South West WA: Best Indoor Pools For A Winter Family Escape.
Other places for families to visit in Bunbury are the recently redeveloped Dolphin Discovery Centre which has some great new exhibits for people to understand dolphins. There is also a wild dolphin interaction area that is dependent on the dolphins themselves, so a dolphin sighting is not guaranteed.
Another really enjoyable way to experience Bunbury is by taking a walk (or the kids on bikes if you prefer) along the Mangrove Walk around an inlet. The mangroves are the most southern mangroves in Western Australia.
On our next Perth weekend getaway, we have two items on the agenda. One is to visit the Wardandi Boodja; a five-and-half-meter steel bust sculpture representing a Noongar face created by local artists. The other is to spend some time at the Bunbury Wildlife Park. It’s described as a small park but very relaxing and friendly. It sounds like the kangaroos are chilled out and the birds friendly. Plus, there is a play area for kids and a café on site.
Before you go home, stock up on fresh produce from Bunbury’s Farmer’s Markets.
Jurien Bay & The Pinnacles
We’ve also listed The Pinnacles, in Nambung National Park as a great one day trip from Perth, but honestly, if you have more time is better. Without a doubt, this is one of the most awesome Perth weekend getaways.
One of the advantages of staying overnight in either Jurien Bay or Cervantes is that you can see the Pinnacles at sunrise or sunset. Many people say that sunrise has better light and fewer people which makes it a better option. The light on the Pinnacles at sunset is stunning, and many tour groups get the best spots and then take people on a stargazing tour.
Don’t miss a stargazing tour while in this area – it really is beautiful.
In the middle of the summer, you can enjoy the ocean at either Jurien Bay or Cervantes, while a “must do” on either the way north or south from Perth is to stop at the Lancelin Sand Dunes! These are a great place for Insta beautiful photos as well as adrenalin as you shoot down the hills at speed.
Where To Stay At The Pinnacles
York Western Australia
If cute country chic is more your style, historic York is a better option for weekend getaways from Perth. Located in the absolutely gorgeous Avon Valley, we recommend a visit in late winter and spring when the canola fields are in full bloom. For motor enthusiasts, you won’t want to miss the York Motor Museum. For history buffs, definitely check out the Residency Museum which covers the Western Australian agricultural history.
Shoppers will want to wander the main street of York visiting antique shops, or sitting back and watching the world go by in the gorgeous little cafes.
Places To Stay In York Western Australia
Faversham House is a gorgeous historical mansion on 5-acres if Heritage parkland. All the rooms in the main house are air-conditioned and have views of Mount Brown. For some a bit different, they also have rooms in the old servant’s quarts which are separate from the main house.
Another great York accommodation option in Lavendale Farmstay and Cottages. This is a working farm. The kids will enjoy feeding the animals and running around in the open space. Each unit is self-contained for families would like to be able to self-cater.
Rottnest Island is another place that we listed on our best day trips from Perth but really is just as well deserved on this list. Honestly, in many ways, Rottnest is top on the list of ultimate weekend getaways from Perth. In summer, you can spend your days lounging on the beach, snorkeling and then spend your evening sipping cocktails looking over the beautify bays, with their turquoise water and white sands. With a little bit of imagination, it feels like you are in Greece!
Don’t rule Rottnest out as a winter weekend getaway either! To start with, you can get some excellent accommodation deals that are so cheap you might want to extend your stay on Rotto to a week. I don’t know if it’s true, but I’ve read in a few places that because of the Leeuwin Current the water temperate is only a few degrees cooler in the winter. If so, that makes Rottnest Island one of the great weekend getaways from Perth, even in the winter.
With no cars on the island, Rottnest is super fun for cycling around, and in winter you escape the hot summer sun… Don’t miss climbing Wadjemup Lighthouse for the ultimate views across the whole island.
Where To Stay On Rottnest Island
Accommodations on Rottnest Island vary. You can choose anything from camping to a luxury villa with stunning ocean views. We recommend either Karma Rottnest or Discover Parks Glamping. There truly is something for every preference and budget.
Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River – Awesome Weekend Getaways From Perth
Honestly, when you say ‘weekend getaway from Perth’ I think most Western Australians would immediately think of their beloved “Margs’. In recent years, in addition to Margaret River, Busselton and Dunsborough are also popular places for weekend escapes.
Just 3 to 3.5 hours from Perth, this area has stunning beaches, beautiful countryside, world-class wineries, and the best luxury accommodation in Western Australia. There is so much to love about the Margaret River region for a weekend getaway.
We’ve comprehensively covered what to do in our post From Perth To Margaret River Road Trip.
Margaret River and Busselton are really the home of some amazing places to stay. Truly the perfect Perth weekend escape and luxurious getaway.
Where To Stay Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River
We have several reviews on Busselton accommodations:
If you are looking to stay in Margaret River three are so many different accommodations that cater to every budget. For a list of Margaret River accommodations and to compare prices, look here.
The Verdict – The Best Perth Weekend Getaways
As you can see, there are so many different Perth weekend getaways. Short breaks from Perth are not hard to come by. Whether you are on a couples weekend or weekend getaway from Perth with the entire family, there is something on the list for everyone. Often the destinations that are great for kids have activities and sights to keep adults entertained as well.
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