Best Day Trips from Perth

Feeling a little tired of the concrete jungle city life in Perth. Lucky for you there are heaps of wide open spaces filled with natural wonders just a short drive out of town. So pack a little picnic lunch, put on your best road trip playlist and hop in the car. It is the perfect time for a little city escape and we have a list of some stunning destinations for you that are just a short 1.5 hour drive or less from the city centre.

Penguin Island

Just an hour drive south of Perth near the town of Rockingham lies the gateway to Penguin Island and some truly unforgettable animal encounters. One of the few places in Australia where you can actually swim with wild dolphins is on Perth’s doorstep. From Rockingham you can book a tour with Rockingham Wild Encounters. Once you have had your fill of underwater dolphin cuteness the tour will then take you over to Penguin Island for a chance to spot some of the smallest wild penguins around. You can also simply hop on one of the many daily 10 minute ferry rides to Penguin Island and do some exploring for yourself. Once on the island enjoy a relaxing swim in the crystal clear bay and if you are lucky you can catch one of the daily penguin feedings or spot some wild sea lions.

Serpentine Falls

Perhaps the great city of Perth has spoilt you with too many white sandy beach days and you are ready to trade your turquoise blue waters for some forest and waterfall adventures. Serpentine Falls is one of the most popular waterfall destinations near Perth. Just a short one hour drive from the CBD will transport you to a forest and swimming wonderland. Pack a picnic and your bathers. In summer this is the perfect spot for a relaxing swim to cool off after one of the two bush walks in the park. Be sure to arrive early on weekends or during school holidays. The park has a strict capacity and you might get turned away if you arrive too late in the day and find the park already full.

Best Day Trips from Perth

Rottnest Island

Now this is undoubtedly the most popular holiday destination close to Perth. Whether you have one day or one week free you will find many Perthians flocking to this holiday island to soak up the sun, relax, and unwind. The island is just a short ferry ride from the city and once there all you need is a push bike and you are set. Explore one of the 63 beaches and 20 bays where you are bound to find the perfect spot for a swim, surf, snorkel, or whatever your heart desires at the time. And of course no trip to Rotto is complete without trying to get the perfect selfie with one of WA’s most famous animals. The little quokka might not look like much when you first spot it but once get down on their level for a selfie you will catch one of their infectious smiles. Round off your trip with a cold frothy pint at Hotel Rottnest while watching the sunset.

Swan Valley

The best alternative to Margaret River if you are after a day filled with food, wine and beer. Perhaps Margs is too busy or simply too far of a drive then consider heading out to the Swan Valley. Here you will find heaps of boutique wineries, breweries, restaurants, and more, all with the stunning backdrop of rolling hills and farmlands. The Food and Wine trail here is a simple 32 kilometer scenic loop drive that passes through more than 150 attractions. Be sure to stop in at the visitor center in Guilford to pick up a map and assign a designated driver then let the wine and good times follow as you explore the states oldest wine growing region and foodie haven.


So some may say that this spot isn’t technically out of the city of Perth however give us a chance to explain to you why it deserves a spot on our list of best day trips from Perth. Located only 60 kilometers North of the city center Yanchep lies on the border of the most northern suburbs of the city. However once here you will instantly feel far away from the hustle and bustle. If you are after a relaxing beach day then your first stop should be the picturesque Yanchep Lagoon. Here you can find heaps of rock pools and calm waters to swim and explore. Be sure to get the perfect picture or drone shot while here. Next head on over to Yanchep National Park where you will be able to go on a nice bush walk and see more kangaroos than you can imagine. But most importantly here you can see Koalas in the wild!!! This is a very special phenomenon because Koalas are not native to Western Australia but here in the national park a small population has been introduced and they are thriving. If you are feeling more adventurous you can also go to the Crystal Caves or Golf the 9-hole course in the national park.