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If you’re interested in finding the best day trips from Perth you’ve come to the right spot. There are a ton of attractions and activities to do around Perth, many which can be done independently or as part of a tour.
Read on to find out the absolute best day trips from Perth.
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The Pinnacle Desert
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Discover the world famous Pinnacle Desert, an incredible moon-like landscape, at the most magical time in the evening. You will arrive here late in the afternoon avoiding the heat and the crowds, and just in time to catch the spectacular sunset.
Witness the exchange of light as the sun descends, making way for a starry night sky without light pollution. On your way to the desert, you will make a quick stop which will enable you to see koalas and kangaroos. From here, you will proceed up the coast towards the enchanting Pinnacle Desert to see the mystical limestone rock formations.
After dark, you will head over to the fishing town of Cervantes for dinner at a traditional tavern to absorb a real Australian atmosphere.
How to get there: You can do this day tour as a self drive, or use public transport from different areas of the city.
For an easier option, join a day tour: See prices and more information here for a day trip from Perth to the Pinnacle Desert.
How to see Wildflowers in Perth?
Enjoy a relaxing day soaking up the sights and smells of spring wildflowers on a seasonal tour between September and early November.
The soils, slopes and ancient granite outcrops of Darling Escarpment are traditionally the best location for viewing wildflowers, although this is dependent on sunshine. Kings Park is also famous for its wildflowers, as well as Wireless Park, Toodyay and Gingin which showcase colorful displays at various times.
How to get there independently: Since there isn’t one particular spot that is best to visit at any given time, if you have a rental car you can search for the flowers independently.
Take a day trip from Perth to see the Wildflowers: Follow a botanical guide to different locations on the outskirts of Perth in search of fine wildflowers to see and smell. Your guide will help you identify delicate and rare wildflowers including orchids, everlastings, banksias, bottle brush, and green and red kangaroo paw. There will be plenty of opportunities to photograph the flowers and included is a complimentary booklet on Western Australia’s unique wildflowers. See prices here.
Swim with Dolphins in Perth (Wild Dolphins)
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Enjoy an unforgettable adventure as you go swimming with wild dolphins at Rockingham, which can be reached via a 45 minute drive south of Perth. To arrive at this exhilarating wildlife encounter, visitors can either self-drive or enjoy optional round-trip transfers via coach from Perth.
At Rockingham, get on board a custom-built dolphin swim boat designed to make it easy to access the waters. Cruise the islands and sheltered bays of Rockingham in search of any of the more than 200 local dolphins. Your friendly boating crew will provide introductory snorkeling lessons, before you jump into the water and make the most of your encounter with wild dolphins.
After your experience, you can enjoy refreshments on board your boat before returning to Rockingham, to conclude your day with a drive back to Perth.
Swim with Dolphins in Perth: Find more information here.
Whale Watching in Perth
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Witness the annual migration of humpback whales on a scenic two hour whale watching cruise from Hillarys Boat Harbor to the north of Perth. Enjoy complimentary pickup from select locations by bus, or alternatively make your own way to the harbor where you will board the catamaran.
Get up close with the magnificent marine animals aboard your air conditioned boat, and save precious viewing time over slower vessels. Make use of 3 viewing spots to enjoy spectacular views of the mammals on their migration during the months of September through to November.
Take photos from the large open-air deck as you listen to live commentary about whales by a certified guide from The Aquarium of Western Australia. Relax knowing that even if you don’t see any whales, you can go on another whale watching cruise the next day without any extra charge.
Best day tour to watch whales: See prices and more information here.
Exploring Rottnest Island & Skydiving
Upon arrival at Rottnest Island for your tandem skydive, your experience will kick off with a warm welcome at the Rottnest Island Terminal Building. After getting harnessed up, you will receive a safety briefing before heading to the plane to start your amazing adventure.
Soak up the marvelous views from the plane as it climbs to the chosen altitude before free-falling with your instructor at 200km per hour. At 5,000 feet, your instructor will deploy your parachute after which you can enjoy a stunning parachute ride before landing safely at the beach.
Upon landing, enjoy a free celebratory drink at Thomsons while overlooking the ocean, and maybe purchase high-definition video and photos of your unforgettable day. After your skydiving experience, you will be free to explore Rottnest Island until your ferry departs back to Perth from the Barack Street Jetty.
How to get there independently without the skydiving tour: You can catch a ferry over to Rottnest from Perth City, North Fremantle, Fremantle and Hillarys Boat Harbour through one of the three major ferry companies.
Rottnest Island day tour and skydive: See the latest prices here.
Freemantle Day Trip with Cruise
Enjoy a round-trip cruise from Perth to Fremantle with plenty of time to leisurely explore the city on your own. Tour the Fishing Boat Harbor, the Cappuccino Strip, and much more on this one-day activity. Cruise from the Barrack Street Jetty in Perth and take in sights that can only be seen from Swan River, while your captain provides commentary.
Get off at Fremantle to explore the historic port city at your own leisurely pace. Hop back on board for the return cruise at O’Conner Landing. If you’re set to return at the 3.45pm time slot, you will be able to enjoy complimentary wine tasting on board.
Day trip to Freemantle: See more details about the cruise and organised transport here.
Get there on your own: It’s approximately 30 minutes from Perth by either car or public transport from Murdoch or Bull Creek Station. You can also catch the bus from other areas around the city.
4WD in the Pinnacles Desert
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Climb aboard a 4WD vehicle headed for the spectacular Pinnacles Desert in the Nambung National Park of Western Australia. Drive through a scenic landscape of giant sky plains, massive sand dunes and emerald waters bordering pristine white sandy beaches.
As you get close, be dazzled by the sight of the dramatic Pinnacles Desert – vast, arid and seemingly lifeless – looming up through the sand. This thrilling adventure of 4WD driving at the Lancelin Sand Dunes is a unique means of discovering the amazing environment.
Visitors can watch the play of light and colors on the curious limestone formations or try your hand at sand boarding on the dunes. At the coastal town of Cervantes, you will stop for a picnic lunch and observe cray fishing in Lancelin port on the Indian Ocean.
Pinnacle Desert 4WD tour: Find out more information about this tour here.
Rottness Island Scenic Flight and Day Trip
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Discover Rottnest Island by air and sea: fly one-way via helicopter flight and return on the ferry, thereby experiencing the best of both worlds. Depart from Hillarys Boat Harbor soaking up the amazing views of the island on a private helicopter flight.
You will be provided with a headset to enable you to talk with your pilot and other passengers during the flight. Explore the island at your own leisurely pace with some biking or snorkeling and then enjoy lunch at one of the numerous island cafes.
Once you’ve had your fill, climb on board the fast moving ferry for your return journey back to Perth. If you plan to stay overnight on the island, simply inform on the day you wish to return by ferry while booking.
Scenic Flight over Rottnest Island: See the latest prices here.
Margaret River Wine Tasting
Experience the natural beauty of the Margaret River wine region on a day trip by bus from Perth. If you have a sober driver you can drive through to the wineries yourself, otherwise you’ll want to hop onto a day tour.
You could tour one of the oldest breweries in the area for samplings of craft beer and cider, or hit as many wineries as you can fit into your day. Additionally, if you have time you can explore the natural wonders of Margaret River including the spectacular limestone formations at Mammoth Cave.
You can also go on a drive through the Boranup Forest to Australia’s most southwesterly point where you will find the intriguing Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.
Independently: If you’re sober you can do this as a selfdrive activity.
Prefer to get tipsy and eat cheese? There are a ton of winery hopping day tours to choose from: See your options and see prices here.
Snorkel inside an Aquariam at AQWA
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Plunge into AQWA’s shipwreck aquarium to swim with stingrays, sharks and tons of colourful fish. The shipwreck aquarium has 3-million litre of water so there’s a ton to explore with your guide.
There are 7 different species of shark, turtles, kingfish, trevally, many schools of fish, and the largest stingrays in the world inside the aquarium.
Want to swim with a ton of fish?: See prices here.
How to get here: Ofcourse it depends on where you’re coming from but the 423 is the bus that stops at AQWA aquarium.