7 Day Trips From Perth

Posted November 25, 2013 by Charli Moore in Travel Lists

Australia is a vast continent, there’s just no getting away from that fact. So how do you make the most of a short visit?

Rent a campervan and spend the entire time driving the huge distances between iconic locations?

Join a guided tour and hop on and off a crowded bus?

Here at WildJunket we’re all about off the beaten path adventures so we recommend that you forge ahead and plan your itinerary from a central base such as Perth.

An eclectic mix of city living and natural wilderness Perth offers visitors a unique blend of Western Australian charm. So when you’ve explore within the city limits why not rent a car and head out further afield?

Rottnest Island

Distance From Perth – 18km

Just a short ferry ride from the coast of Perth is a little piece of paradise, so why not visit Rottnest Island for the day.

It’s white sandy shores, breathtaking natural beauty and bountiful marine life make it an ideal day trip from the city. Come face to face with Rottnest’s most famous inhabitant the Quokka, snorkel in the shallows of one of the island’s 20 natural bays or rent a bicycle and explore at your leisure.

Rottnest IslandFlickr image by Malcolm Browne


Distance From Perth – 246km

Just over 2.5 hours drive south of Perth you’ll find the quiet coves, sandy beaches, lush national parks, nature reserves and scenic walking trails of Dunsborough.

Those with a keen sense of adventure can dive the wreck of the HMAS Swan which is laid to rest in the waters off Meelup Beach. If overland is more your style, climb to the top of Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and soak in stunning views of the rugged coastline.

The Pinnacles

Distance From Perth – 230km

Nambung National Park is a little under 3 hours from Perth and is home to one of the region’s most alluring displays of natural design.

Limestone formations towering high above the earth The Pinnacles provide an alien landscape for visiting earthlings to explore. At their most striking when the long shadows of sunrise and sunset fall across the surrounding desert these stark forms are a natural anomaly well worth escaping the city to see.

The PinnaclesFlickr image by Mark Ireland

Fremantle Prison

Distance From Perth – 20km

Believed to be the most haunted location in the state of Western Australia Fremantle’s colonial history and numerous old buildings are a hot bed for spooky sightings.

Take a tour of the Fremantle Prison by torchlight and learn of the ghastly, the rotten, the wretched and the inhumane experiences and events in the prison’s history. Hear tales of those unfortunate souls who found themselves incarcerated here long ago and watch out for some spooky surprises along the way.

Margaret River

Distance From Perth – 280km

Known for its lush coastal environment and sumptuous home grown and hand made produce, the region of Margaret River is bursting with flavor.

Renowned for the world class surf its beaches play host to those keen to test their nerve along with others who fancy a more sedate afternoon relaxing by the shore. Famed also for its superb vineyards and network of underground caves this is one region that provides entertainment for all.

Margaret RiverFlickr image by Jennyv0

Honeymoon Pool

Distance From Perth – 213km

For many years this idyllic spot has been known as the Honeymoon Pool thanks to the numerous enlisted soldiers who utilized the beauty of the spot to court their girlfriends during leave.

A short drive from Perth to the regional city and port of Bunbury and you too can experience the crystal waters of this tranquil setting. While the kids will enjoying splashing about in the pool, exploring the nearby rapids and making a rope swing, adults can relax by the water or take a stroll along the neighboring Brennan Track.

Jurien Bay

Distance From Perth – 220km

In the heart of Australia’s Coral Coast sits Jurien Bay. Home to an endearing population of sea lions and long stretches of pristine sand the area is a firm favorite amongst families.

Offering fantastic fishing from the jetty or the limestone groynes, clear shallow waters in which to swim and snorkel, and adventure activities such as wind surfing and sky diving to entertain those looking for a thrill, there’s something for everyone in this little piece of paradise.

Jurien Bay
Flickr image by Ian Sanderson

Have you visited Perth? Perhaps you can suggest another great day trip for those visiting Perth? Share your comments with us below.

About the Author

Charli Moore

Travel writer and blogger Charli is a digital nomad currently travelling the world with her other half Ben. Whether backpacking through Central America or road tripping around Australia they embrace each and every opportunity for adventure. Read more about their insatiable wanderlust on their blog, Wanderlusters.

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