Weekend getaway series: Perth
While Perth is seen by the rest of the country as being isolated over on the west coast, what it lacks in proximity to other capital cities it makes up for in easy access to some of the country’s most beautiful natural sights.
Many of these small towns, beaches and national parks are within a few hours drive of Perth, making them perfect for weekend trips.
Here are some of our favourite spots if you feel like a small getaway that gives you a hit of nature and culture served with plenty of good quality local food and drink.
If you like to spend your weekends away on the banks of a river with a drink in your hand, the historic Avon Valley area is made for you. Located just an hour’s drive from Perth, its signature patchwork of gently rolling hills and meandering streams provides plenty of photo-worthy moments.
Grab a coffee from one of the quaint local cafes and settle yourself on the edge of the Avon River to enjoy the serenity before heading in for some grub at one of the many historical pubs in the area.
Take yourself on a local food tour of the area by visiting the numerous small shops selling various locally made delicacies, including everything from chocolates to olives to artisan breads. And don’t forget the many museums and historic homesteads.
For anyone after a real thrill and a birds eye view of the valley, a hot air balloon ride at dawn in the town of Northam is worth investigating!
Are you after some action to take away the stress of your long working week? Get your adrenaline fix at Lancelin, a beachside fishing town with plenty of outdoor and sporting adventures for you and the kids alike.
The main attraction here is the huge network of sand dunes on the northern edge of town that can be tackled with a 4WD, an off-road bike or sand board – these can provide hours of entertainment for all ages.
If you prefer water to sand, you can go wind surfing, kite surfing, boating, or swimming – the best beaches are north and south of the main bay, which can be a bit seagrassy.
As Australia’s only monastic town, New Norcia has much to offer visitors – marvel at the beautiful architecture, watch the Benedictine Monks moving between prayer spots and enjoy the fresh bread baked in the original wood-fired oven at the 18th century monastery.
Beer and wine lovers should head to the New Norcia Hotel, a favourite pub of the locals, where you can try the famous Abbey Ale and Blanc de Blanc drinks, while history buffs can investigate the local history of European settlement as told by the Aboriginal people.
New Norcia is only 130km north east of Perth, making it a fantastic option for anyone looking for an easy but unique getaway with a partner or the entire family.
An island escape on your doorstep – what could be better?
Rottnest Island is famous for having some of the most beautiful beaches, bays and surf breaks in the country, making it the perfect setting for a romantic getaway as well as family vacations. The extremely active and vibrant nocturnal native wildlife is a major attraction for visitors to the island, so make sure you check out the unique wildlife – like cute quokkas! – on your night walks.
Ride bikes, bushwalk or join a Segway tour around the island to soak in the incredible scenery, and watch the lights from the numerous lighthouses dart across the darkening sky in the warm evenings.
Full of fun for the everyone of all ages, this is one weekend trip that may turn into a week long holiday!
History, nature and culture collide when you take a trip to the Darling Range and Wheat Belt areas of Western Australia.
Located in the Perth hills, just 24km east of the city centre, the Bibbulmun Track Northern Terminus in Kalamunda is the starting point for bushwalkers heading south.
Go wine tasting in the town of Wandering before heading to the region’s highlight – the Dryandra Woodland.
Spot native flora and fauna in the Dryandra Woodland, many of which are endangered species that can only be spotted at night (note that access to this nature reserve is only granted with a tour group).
Wonder at the historic buildings and natural beauty of the small towns of Narrogin, William, Wikepin and Wagin, all within a hundred kilometres of each other – a great idea for those needing lots of stimulation in the form of new sights, smells and tastes.
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