‘Cott’ is Perth’s most famous beach. It’s got everything you need; parking right behind the beach; fish and chip shops; grassy terraces to relax on and also a lovely view of the beautiful Indian Ocean sunsets. Oh and the OBH, near the beach is a legendary spot for a Sunday session. Cott was also the birthplace of surfing and lifesaving in WA way back in 1909, making it a pretty special spot for generations of Perthonians.
Public Transport: Take the Fremantle train to Cottesloe Station, and then get the Bus 102 to Cottesloe Beach. For times and to check routes – TransPerth Planner
You could borrow one of our bikes and try cycling – its 13.7km and has a few hills (but they are Perth hills so nothing too dramatic).
‘Freo’ is a lovely place to visit, with art, culture and good coffee at every turn. The small streets that were filled with old dockworker cottages have been transformed into artisanal shops and creative coffee shops. The large empty warehouses have become flourishing markets which are extremely popular with locals and tourists alike.
For those who have a love of the sea, the Maritime Museum is really fascinating. They even have the original Australia II on display inside. The Fremantle Prison is also a must do, with various tours to choose from, there is something for everyone. The Tunnels Tour is definitely one for the adventurous types.
Once you’ve had enough of sightseeing, head to South Beach (there is a free Cat bus to get you there), and relax with the sand between your toes.
Check out Visit Fremantle
Public Transport: Trains take around 25 mins and run from Perth Central Station on a regular basis on both weekdays and weekends. Check Transperth Route Planner for times. You can always take a bus which will take longer or grab a taxi.
‘Margs’ is a pretty popular region, for a multitude of reasons. It’s got everything; beautiful jarrah forests; magnificent caves; decadent food; enchanting wine; artisanal crafters of every kind and world class waves to ride. Have we mentioned the beaches? No? Well they are pretty special too. There is almost always a festival or a local market going on, which adds a nice, red cherry to the top of a pretty perfect pie.
Check out their website for more info.
Margs is 270 km south of Perth – a 3 hour drive from the CBD on a good day.
As the name suggests, this island is home to penguins, WA’s largest colony of Little Penguins to be exact. There are 1,200 feathered of the little birds, which are the smallest species of penguins in the world. And yes they are irresistably cute.
Located only 45 minutes south of Perth and just a five minute ferry ride across the beautiful Shoalwater Bay, Penguin Island is a great day trip. You can watch one of the feeding sessions, get up close and personal with the little fuzz buckets at the Discovery Centre or get your hair wet and have a nosey at the other wildlife under the water that zoom amongst the coral reefs. There are wild dolphins, sea lions, stingrays, and over 50 species of sea birds, so there is always something to spot.
Due to nesting seasons, the island closed from early June to mid-September every year but they do have a wildlife cruise on during that time.
Public Transport: Train to Rockingham Station, then Bus to Gloucester Cr before Penguin Road – see TransPerth Planner for times.
Drive yourself down the Freeway to: 153 Arcadia Drive (corner of Penguin Rd), Shoalwater WA 6169
Check out their website for all the cruise options and prices: Penguin Island 08 9591 1333
The ‘Stone Pillars of Nambung’ sounds like something from Lord of the Rings, doesn’t it? They aren’t in Tolkien’s mythical world though, and they aren’t called that. They are in Western Australia, and they are actually called the Pinnacles. Having said that, they are still out of this world: limestone pillars, thousands of them, reaching for the sky in a barren desert. Top tip: sunset or sunrise times are the most atmospheric times to visit (and mean you avoid the large bus trips that pile through).
Drive yourself: 2 hours 15 mins (200km) north of Perth on the Indian Ocean Drive.
Tours: Check out Tours with a Twist
For more info: Western Australia Attractions: Pinnacles
Want to get off the Mainland? Good news, ‘Rotto’ (as locals call it) is just a short ferry ride away and the best thing about the island? Its only permanent residents are of the friendly, Quokka variety. With over 60 beaches to choose from with some great snorkelling, it’s a lovely getaway from the big city. The best way to explore the 19km2 island is under your own steam, so rent a bike or put on your walking shoes. If one day isn’t enough to satisfy your craving then you can always stay overnight. Check out their website for more info.
There are ferries (1300 467 688) that leave from Barrack Street and takes 90mins to get to Rotto. Barrack Street is a 20 minute walk from Alex or hop on the Blue Cat Bus to Barrack Square. Come see us at reception and we can help you book your ferry tickets and tours with a discounted rate through our friends at Rottnest Express.
Alternatively you can take the ferry from:
Did you know Perth one of the few Australian capitals with a wine growing region right on its doorstep? Great if you love a good bit of vino, like we do. It’s only a 25 minute drive and it’s not just wine out there. There are great microbreweries selling their own batch beer, over 70 mouth-watering restaurants and artisan crafters of all shapes and sizes, selling anything from cheese to chocolate. There is even an asparagus masterclass!
Check out the Swan Valley Visitor Centre for lots of tips and tricks for making the most of your Swan Valley exploration and they have some great ideas for keeping the kids entertained.
Have a nosey at the Experience Perth website too for lots of info about the region, including walking trails to blow off the cobwebs.
For wine tours, Claude’s friendly team at Out and About Wine Tours, have got the wine tour business down to a fine art. Check their website for a list of all their tours.