Here are our top 5 day trips from Perth, Western Australia. All of these stunning escapes from the city can be done as a long day trip (say 8-12 hours) or better still as an overnight stay. These rank as our favorite weekend getaways Western Australia.
If you are based in Perth, and planning to do these day trips from Perth, check out our Perth family accommodation recommendations. Alternatively, we’ve popped in some of our fave places to stay as a weekend getaway.
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Day Trips From Perth
The Pinnacles & Lancelin Sand dunes
The Pinnacles are about 3 hours drive north of Perth, and an out of world sight. Located in Nambung National Park only warrant an hour visit. You can make this a great day trips from Perth by visiting Yanchep National Park on route or the great sand dunes in Lancelin.
As their name suggests, the Pinnacles are curious sandstone pointed rock formations. They are extremely unique! Without a doubt this day trip from Perth gives you landscapes you are unlikely to see anywhere else in the world.
Penguin Island And Rockingham
Of the day trips from Perth that you can do, a trip to Penguin Island and the Shoalwater Marine Park is among one of our favorites. Why? For a family with little kids, the amount of driving is pretty low. Also, the cost not quite as high as a visit to Rottnest.
On our last visit we drove for just over 2 hours. We spent a total of $85 on entry fees to the site. As we’d packed our own lunch, it was not an overly expensive day. You can spend more if you wish to do one of the extra cruises. For more information on the penguin and sea lion cruise, check out our post “A Day Visit To Penguin Island Western Australia”.
It can’t be denied that of the day trips from Perth that we would recommend Rottnest Island certainly packs some punch! White sand beaches, turquoise waters, and a no car policy where everyone gets around on bikes! Let’s not forget meeting the fluffy little local Quokkas!
However, be prepared to pay! A day trip to Rottnest Island will cost in the vicinity of a minimum of a couple hundred dollars for a family of 4, due to the cost of the ferry tickets. Throw in meals and bike hire, and it is a hefty day trip. If you have the time, Rottnest Island is also top on our list of weekend getaways Western Australia, so spend the night if you can!
For weekend getaways from Perth we’d choose to stay at the Karma Rottnest. It offers different rooms and apartments, something for everyone’s tastes. Check here for current rates to stay at the Karma Rottnest Resort.
The Perth Hills, Including Serpentine National Park And Araluen
We love the Perth Hills for a bush experience that is very little driving while you can sample what makes Australia so special. We like the Serpentine National Park, and the Serpentine falls or Lake Leschenaultia. Both offer spots for picnics or to cool down in the shade.
While in the Perth Hills we love Araluen Botanic Park for a fun family outing, especially during spring. Take a look at our recommendations to visit Araluen here.
For weekend getaways we’d choose to stay at Avocados Accommodation. Avocados has 20 chalet like rooms all located right on the Canning River. Check here for current rates at Avocados Accommodation.
The Swan Valley
With really limited driving, you can get a wonderful taste of Australia in the Swan Valley, which is why it hits our list of top day trips from Perth. While you could potentially spend half a day and see some native animals, plus have a superb lunch with local wine, we say, why not spend the whole day.
One of the warmest grape growing areas in Australia, it is also one of the oldest. There are some excellent wines to be sampled. For families there is a lot to do definitely a visit to Caversham Wildlife Park.
In addition, there are popular places like the Maze and Outback Splash, and not to mention the Cuddly animal farm!
We would love to sample these recommended Family friendly wineries in the Swan Valley. Check them out here in So Perth’s article Best Family Friendly Swan Valley Wineries or Buggy Buddys post Family Friendly Wineries in Swan Valley.
When To Visit Perth
A note on timing. Each one of these places is a fantastic day trip from Perth or a weekend getaways Western Australia. If at all possible we would avoid visiting during the peak Christmas and New Year period – accommodation is full, and the things that make these places such special places to visit are less attractive!
One of the best seasons to visit Perth is the Wildflower Season, which is Spring in the southern hemisphere. while it depends on the season (and factors such as rain) the best month to visit the wildflowers is late August, September and early October.
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