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A Day at a Time: Top Day Trips from Perth

If you're staying in Perth and looking for a day trip, there are plenty of extraordinary options all within short reach of the city. Go wine tasting in Swan Valley, discover the history of Fremantle or head to Rottnest Island to meet the friendly quokka.

In partnership with Tourism Western Australia.

1. Quokka spotting at Rottnest Island

The happiest animal on Earth can be found on Rottnest Island, an island paradise just 19km off the coast of Perth. These cute little marsupials have risen to fame as the stars of the #QuokkaSelfie social media trend – head to Rottnest Island for it’s laid-back atmosphere, pristine bays and white sandy beaches, but don’t leave without getting a quokka selfie!

Quokka

Rottnest Island, Tourism Western Australia

2. Wine tasting in the Swan Valley

The Swan Valley is just 25 minutes from the centre of Perth, and wineries are peppered around the countryside. Check out some award-winning wines at Olive Tree Wines before settling down to a tasting platter from The Cheese Barrel (their in-house cafe, conveniently selling nibbles that complement the wines on site!).

Wine Tasting

Swan Valley, Tourism Western Australia

3. Stroll down the historic jetty at Busselton

Busselton Jetty is the longest jetty in the world, measuring two kilometres and located just a couple of hours south of Perth. You can dine, observe and play on the jetty with an underwater observatory, train journeys out to sea, underwater helmet diving and mermaid tours.

Busselton Jetty

Busselton Jetty, Tourism Western Australia

4. Sandboarding at Lancelin

Western Australia’s got a secret. It is home to Australia’s whitest sand at stunning Lucky Bay, but even close to Perth you’ll find jaw-dropping white sands. The dunes at Lancelin make it a premier sand boarding destination 90 minutes outside of Perth, and you can rent a board for as little as $12!

Lancelin Sands

Lancelin, Tourism Western Australia

5. See the moonscape of The Pinnacles Desert

This is a true heaven for photographers and Instagrammers. Two hours outside of Perth, you’ll find the Pinnacles Desert, a moonlike landscape speared with yellow rocks. Experts still don’t know exactly how these limestone towers formed but we do know they were born inside sand dunes and that at sunrise or sunset, visiting them is totally out of this world.

Pinnacles - Perth day trip

The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park, Tourism Western Australia

6. Enjoy a day in ‘Freo’

Fremantle is Perth’s bohemian port, popular for its craft breweries and colonial architecture. The Markets are on from Friday to Sunday, which always have the best local and seasonal produce as well as artisan crafts and local brands.

Fremantle

Fremantle, Tourism Western Australia

7. Seaplane down to Margaret River

Margaret River is 3 hours drive south of Perth and as famous for its waves as its wineries. You can now get a taste of this stunning area in a day on a seaplane trip. Soar over the stunning Indian Ocean coastline before landing to sample fine wine amongst the lush vines.

Cape to Cape track: Margaret River

Cape to Cape Track, Tourism Western Australia

8. Stay in Perth and explore the city

Perth has been voted one of the best places to live in the world, so why not stay and see why? Find your perfect curve of sand amongst the city’s 19 city beaches. Check out the bars and restaurants in trendy Northbridge or see how Elizabeth Quay has transformed the foreshore into a free playground for all ages.

Perth - City

Perth, Tourism Western Australia

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