8 easy day trips close to Perth

8 easy day trips close to Perth

Perth is famously known as the world’s most remote city. So, you’d be forgiven for thinking that getting anywhere means a long drive in a car.

Whilst long car trips are something us West Aussies take in our stride; the good news is that you can go on an amazing day trip without spending too much time getting there.

If you don’t have your own wheels, rent a car and spend a great day out at any of these places:

Swan Valley

8 easy day trips close to Perth

A short drive away from Perth city will get you to the beautiful Swan Valley. The Swan Valley is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions and makes for an indulgent day out without the hassle of a long drive to get there.

Meander along the 32km long Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail and sample the many wineries, breweries, cafes, gourmet shops and galleries along this scenic loop.

Tip: It’s best to choose a cooler day to explore the Swan Valley as it’s always hotter than along the coast and try to avoid going on a Monday as many things are shut.


Usually classed as the gateway to the Swan Valley, the historic town of Guildford definitely deserves its own day out.

Best known for its antique and vintage shops, the quaint town that was one of the first settlements along the Swan River still holds an old school appeal with its many colonial and heritage buildings. Think cottage craft, vintage shops, cosy cafes and high tea.

Tip: Visit the historic precinct behind the visitors centre and don’t miss having a drink at the Crown and Rose Hotel- WA’s oldest pub.

 Serpentine Falls National Park

8 easy day trips close to  Perth

You know those hot days when you want to cool down but just don’t feel like going to the beach –  too sandy, too sunny, too many waves? That’s exactly when Serpentine Falls is the perfect place to go for a cool down. This is a great natural attraction with a waterfall and two rock-pools that are perfect for swimming.

If it’s not too hot, take the 16km Kitty’s Gorge walk trail in Serpentine National Park and visit the historic town of Jarrahdale on your way home.

Tip: Plan to arrive before 11am on weekends and public holidays as the rangers frequently close the park to new visitors after this time during the busy seasons.

Yanchep National Park

8 easy day trips close to Perth

If you’re looking for a place near Perth to see Kangaroos and Koalas other than the zoo, then Yanchep national park is a great place to come face to face with these cute marsupials.

Although not native to West Australia, you can get a close up view of Koalas along the 240 metre Koala Boardwalk. There’s also no shortage of western grey kangaroos who are guaranteed visitors at dawn and dusk.

Bring a picnic and walking shoes and make a use to the picnic spots and walk trails. There are also caves to explore, historic buildings and  you can learn more about the local Noongar culture at the Wangi Mia Meeting Place.

Tip: Go for a swim at  nearby Yanchep lagoon in the morning – one of perth’s most beautiful beaches.

Lake Leschenaultia

8 easy day trips close to Perth

Along with Serpentine Falls, this is another great spot for a cool down on a hot summer day. Lake Leschenaultia has plenty of shaded areas for a picnic and enough to keep both young and old active all day. Rent a canoe, swim to the pontoon or walk or cycle around the lake.

Bring a picnic and make the most of the picturesque surroundings.

Tip: Have a drink and dinner at nearby Parkville Tavern for a great end to your day out.

Bickley Valley

8 easy day trips close to Perth

Lesser known that the more famous Swan Valley, the Bickley Valley makes for a fantastic day out that even local’s are yet to discover.

Set among rolling hills and winding roads behind the township of Kalamunda, the Bickley Valley is home to a growing number of boutique wineries, fruit orchards, quaint eateries and the Core Cider House.  You’ll definitely feel like you’re much further than the 30 minute drive from Perth city.

Tip: Leave this one for the weekend, as many places are only open Saturday and Sunday.


The historic port city of Fremantle is an eclectic mix of old and new.  Discover why it’s one of the worlds best preserved 19th century ports as you wander around the historic west end precinct. Visit West Australia’s oldest public building the Round House and watch the world go by at any of the many cool and hip cafes.

Tip: Visit on a Friday, when the Fremantle Markets are open in the evening and not as busy as on a weekend.

Rockingham and Shoalwater Marine Park

Located south of Perth, Rockingham and the surrounding Shoalwater Island Marine park is a haven for outdoor lovers. The marine park is home to an abundance of marine life. You can swim with dolphins, paddle board or kayak with seals or visit Penguin Island to see the worlds smallest penguins.

There’s also excellent diving and snorkelling as well as an array of sheltered swimming beaches.

Tip: End the day at Rockingham foreshore and have a meal anywhere along Syren Street.

8 easy day trips close to Perth

There you have it! 8 easy ideas for a great day trip that’s not too far from Perth. Have you got any favourites that you’d add to the list?

Disclaimer: This post was written in partnership with Webjet. West Australian Explorer loves inspiring travel to Western Australia for both locals and visitors, all views and opinions are always our own. 

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10 thoughts on “8 easy day trips close to Perth

    1. You’ll love it, well worth the trip. Check out the Core Cider House and there are plenty of boutique wineries where you’ll want to stay for a glass or two. Let me know where you went.

  1. I haven’t been to Bickley Valley or Guildford, so will definitely check these out next time I’m over. It feels like it’s been ages since I’ve been to WA!

    P.s – I’m not getting post updates in my inbox, just newsletters :)

    1. Thanks Izzy, me too. I don’t get to either place enough but both a great spots, especially on a nice summer’s day when you need a swim. The beaches around Rockingham are beautiful.

  2. Love it! Bickley is really good in spring, or a sunny day in winter when everything is green. There’s a couple of good restaurants there as well.

    1. I love the Bickley Valley and there are plenty of places that I still haven’t been too. One of the winery owners told me that the prettiest month in the Bickley Valley is November.

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