Discover Perth Surrounds


Spend a day (or a weekend) at Rottnest Island, located 19km off the coast of Perth.

Things to do and see

Rottnest island is a popular tourist destination, with its primary claim to fame being the adorable native quokkas.

There are a range of activities available, including segway and bicycle hire, glass bottom kayaks, skydiving, surfing, fishing, scuba diving, whale watching, and the famous ‘quokka selfie’.

For a slower pace, there are more than 60 beaches and bays to choose from.

Places to eat and drink

The island has a range of options available. 

For fine dining and cocktails, visit Isola Bar E Cibo or Lontara. 

To take in some sunset views, try Geordie Bay café or Pinky’s Bar & Restaurant.

For a quick bite between adventures, visit one of the restored caravans (Frankie’s, Lexi’s, and Kalli’s), or the local bakery.

Getting there

Ferries depart from the Barrack Street Jetty in the Perth CBD.  The ferry takes approximately 90 minutes to reach the island.

There are also ferries regularly departing from Fremantle (South of Perth) and Hillary’s Boat Harbour (North of Perth).

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Take a day trip from the CBD to Fremantle. 

Things to do and see

Visit the Fremantle markets and then move to the café strip to explore the many stores along the way.

Explore Fremantle Prison and take one of the many tours (including torchlight, tunnel tours, and in October, special ghost tours).

Visit the WA Maritime Museum and the WA Shipwrecks Museum, both just a walk away from the Fremantle city centre.

See some local art at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

Visit the Roundhouse, and then take a short walk to Bathers Beach House.

Places to eat and drink

Enjoy a cocktail with a view of the sunset at Bathers Beach House.

Have a beer at Little Creatures Brewery or Gage Roads Brewery.

Grab a meal at Tonic and Ginger, with before/after dinner drinks nearby at L’Chaim, Mr Chapple, or (for the young at heart) the Arbor.

If you are near the markets, stop by Emily Taylor or Sailing for Oranges.

Getting there

For those staying in the Perth CBD, Fremantle can be accessed by car or train:

  1. Take a 20 minute drive - South on Kwinana Freeway, then exit towards the coast onto Canning or Leach Highway, which will take you all the way to the Fremantle city centre.  Paid parking is available at various spots in the city centre; or
  2. Take a 30 minute train ride from Perth Station to Fremantle Station.

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Mettam’s pool is a picturesque natural swimming spot located in Trigg, Western Australia. 

Situated on the city's coastline, it offers a serene and secluded environment for visitors seeking a tranquil beach experience.  Mettam's Pool is renowned for its crystal-clear waters, which are protected by a natural reef, providing a calm swimming area perfect for families and snorkelers. 

Surrounded by scenic coastal landscapes, the pool is a popular destination for both locals and tourists looking to escape the crowds and enjoy a peaceful day by the ocean. 

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If you are coming to Perth to experience a sunset in the West, then Perth's iconic Cottesloe Beach needs to be on your list. 

Things to do and see

Cottesloe Beach is one of the Perth’s most popular spots for swimming, snorkelling, surfing and enjoying ocean sunset views over a glass of wine, a refreshing beer or a relaxed dinner.

Places to eat and drink

You can enjoy the sunset from the sand, the raised grass areas shaded by trees, or from the restaurants along the coast. For sunset dining, try Il Lido (Italian and European dining), or for something more relaxed, Fish and Chips at Cott & Co. Fish Bar

Getting there

A short walk from Cottesloe Train Station after a short 15-minute train ride from the City.

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Hillary’s Boat Harbour is situated right on the water, and is perfect for day and night time activities. 

Things to do and see

There’s a range of boutique stores, delicious dining destinations and awesome adventure experiences.

There’s also WA’s stunning Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) and for something more relaxed, you can of course enjoy the sunset from the sand or one of the many restaurants.

Places to eat and drink

Places to eat and drink include the Breakwater, Batter Up Fish & Chips and Alleycats Espresso. 

Getting there

It’s 40 minutes by public transport from Perth CBD, or about 30 minutes by car. We recommend planning a half or full day.

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Perth and its surrounds offer a variety of parks and natural attractions for those looking to embrace nature and get some fresh air.

Caversham Wildlife Park, North of Perth, is a popular destination for nature enthusiasts and animal lovers.  With over 200 species of native animals, visitors can observe and interact with kangaroos, koalas, wombats, and more.  The park offers educational presentations and wildlife encounters, providing a unique opportunity to learn about our wildlife.

John Forrest National Park is a scenic park that offers a range of outdoor activities.  It features picturesque walking trails, picnic areas, and waterfalls, providing a tranquil setting for relaxation and exploration. The park is home to various bird species and native fauna, making it an ideal spot for birdwatching and wildlife spotting.

Serpentine National Park, located in the Peel region, is renowned for its natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities. The park is characterised by its stunning waterfalls, including the iconic Serpentine Falls, which cascade into serene pools.  Visitors can enjoy bushwalking, swimming, and picnicking amidst the lush surroundings.  The park also offers camping facilities, allowing visitors to enjoy an extended stay.

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