Hop in the car and enjoy a country day trip from Perth! Somewhere new to explore, spending the day discovering new sights and attractions. Pack a picnic or enjoy a tasty café or cosy country pub for lunch. These lovely spots are all within around two hours’ drive of the Perth CBD:
Day Trips South of Perth
The Serpentine National Park is home to bush-walking tracks galore to explore, plus picture perfect waterfalls and picnic spots aplenty. Fire up a BBQ (in seasons) or enjoy a bite to eat amongst friendly native birds at Café on the Dam. The nearby Jarrahdale Tavern has a welcoming country feel too.
You will know that you have arrived in Waroon when you spot the colourful totem poles at the Visitors Centre! This is a good point of call to find out more about the area, as well as enjoy local art. Close to town, Drakesbrook Weir is a pretty place for a picnic (and a swim in summer). Waroona dam, otherwise known as Lake Navarino, is also a popular spot for water sports and picnicking.
Harvey has lots to see and do. Take a walk along the dam, enjoy a bite at the Stirling Cottage café, take a stroll around it’s beautiful gardens, and be sure to see the May Gibbs gum nut baby exhibition at the tourist information centre. The big orange, Harvey Cheese and Louge Broom Dam are all worth a visit.
Many of our country towns have picture-perfect lakes and Collie is no exception. The popular Stockton Lake is a buzz with water sport enthusiasts, while Black Diamond Lake is a popular swimming spot – just check the water quality first, before taking a dip. Find more things to do and see in Collie here.
Mandurah has so much to do – you may need more than one day to pack it all in! The Foreshore is a lovely spot for a stroll, you may even spot a dolphin! There’s lots of picnic facilities, as well as eateries by the water. Take a Mandurah Cruises boat to explore the estuary and canals further. A short walk from the foreshore is Dolphin Quay where you’ll find markets, cafes and more. While a short drive out of town will bring you to the fabulous Amaze Miniature Park.
Day Trips North of Perth
#WanderOutYonder and experience the other-worldly landscape of the Pinnacles. You can take the self-drive road through the Pinnacles Dessert. There are parking bays to pull over, and walk around the limestone formations, which are like something out of another planet. Feeling hungry? Stop for a seafood lunch at the Lobster Shack at the nearby seaside town of Cervantes.
Take a drive to the sleepy seaside hamlet of Moore River, where the river meets the ocean. This spot is perfect for people that love getting active in the great outdoors. There’s swimming, fishing, boating, plus canoe, pedalo and paddle boat hire is available during weekends, school holidays and public holidays too. Want to linger longer? The caravan park is very popular.
GinGin’s central park is perfect for a picnic by the brook. There’s a café overlooking the park and a new playground here for the grandkids too. A short drive out of town is the fascinating Gravity Discovery Centre. The interactive museum about space and gravity has a 222-step “Leaning Tower” with spectacular views from the top of the structure!
Bindoon & Chittering Valley
If you love a country bakery, you can’t go past the popular Bindoon Bakehaus! Bindoon, a pleasant hours’ drive north of Perth, is also home to a heritage museum, as well as an interesting arts and craft centre. The Orchard, is also a popular spot for a tractor ride amongst the citrus trees, fresh produce and a visit to their cafe.
Day Trips East of Perth
The country town is home to the quirky Coca Cola café, as well as an equally quirky year-round Christmas Shop, and a popular bakery. Visiting with grandchildren, they will love the Toodyay miniature railway (which runs every other Sunday) and Hoddywell archery too.
Visit in late winter/early spring for wildflowers and the Noble Falls, which are located close to Gidgegannup’s centre. A picnic area is found across the road from the Noble Falls Tavern, where you may even spot a kangaroo! Drop by to The Nobel Falls Estate – home to a winery, soap factory and the Wild Goose café.
The historic town of York is home to many beautiful heritage buildings, including the town hall and courthouse complex.. Plus there is a Motor Museum to explore beautiful vintage cars and motorbikes, as well as cafes and pubs to enjoy a meal.
Northam has a rich indigenous history, which can be discovered at the Bilya Koort Boodja Cultural Centre. Cross the suspension bridge at Bernard Park which features two fully fenced play areas, a water playground, sculptures, amphitheater, picnic and BBQ facilities – great for family days out. The town is also a popular place to visit in late winter, as the Avon Descent race begins here. Find more thigs to see and do in Northam here.
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