Perth is a wonderful city to explore by car.
The roads are excellent and having a vehicle gives you total freedom to go where you want, when you want. However, many visitors miss out on seeing the best Perth has to offer, or end up paying more to do it, because they don’t have the use of a vehicle.
Car hire in Perth is a great way for visitors to get more out of their trip. Relying on public transport in an unfamiliar city uses up valuable time and restricts where and when you travel. With a vehicle at your disposal you can just jump in and go, where you like, when you like.
Picking a rental car up from the airport is also a good idea. Ace Rent a Car offers car hire from Perth Airport, which means travellers can have the convenience of a vehicle of their own from the minute they land. No more expensive taxis or crowded shuttle buses.
Once you’re settled in at your hotel, it’s time to head out and explore. Here are five of the best self-drive day trips from Perth.
Catch a coastal sunset
Nowhere in Australia does sunsets quite like Perth, and the city’s magnificent Sunset Coast beaches offer plenty of sandy spots to watch the orange sun gently slipping into the Indian Ocean. The farthest point of the Sunset Coast is about 60 minutes’ drive north from the city centre. Take your pick of Hillarys Boat Harbour with its cafés and restaurants, or perhaps Scarborough or City Beach. Cottesloe is always a firm favourite and you’ll find great options here for fresh fish and chips for dinner.
Head for historic Fremantle
The historic port city of Fremantle is roughly 30 minutes’ drive south of Perth. There’s plenty to see and do and you’ll need a whole day to explore. Highlights include the Fremantle Markets (open Fridays and Saturdays), the Round House and the Western Australian Maritime Museum.
Cruise the Swan Valley
The picturesque Swan Valley wine region is just a 25-minute drive northeast of the city centre. Here you’ll find 150 wine and gourmet food producers, so give yourself plenty of time to stop and explore along the way.
See the best of Beverley
Beverley is a small heritage town on the Avon River and makes a perfect self-drive day trip from Perth. The drive will take around two hours, passing through magnificent countryside. Beverley is one of the state’s oldest farming communities and you’ll find a wealth of period architecture, along with parklands on the Avon River that are perfect for a picnic. There are a number of local museums to enjoy and the Avondale Discovery Farm, which is open selected weekends throughout the year.
Make for Margaret River
Margaret River is located three hours’ drive south of Perth. It’s a world-renowned wine producing region and also offers a huge range of gourmet food experiences. You could easily spend two or three days here. Explore the stunning coastline, take a surfing lesson, head underground to explore cave systems or walk the magnificent coastal Cape to Cape Track. The local Farmers’ Markets are also a highlight.
The next time you travel to the Western Australia capital, hire a car and explore the region at your own pace.
This post was provided by Ace Rent a Car and edited by The Big Bus tour and travel guide.