While there’s no shortage of activities to keep you occupied in the Perth CBD, there are also plenty of amazing day trip destinations within easy reach of the city.
Start with these three relaxed self-drive day trips from Perth and take in the best of the surrounding region at your own pace.
1. Explore Kings Park and Fremantle
Head off from your city hotel towards Kings Park. It’s one of the largest inner-city parks in the world and home to a big variety of flora and fauna. There are nature trails to enjoy, and you can stroll across the popular Federation Walkway treetop walk. The park also offers magnificent views of the city skyline.
From there, head over the Swan River to South Perth and soak up the beauty of the expansive riverfront. Continue heading south to the port city of Fremantle and spend some time exploring the historic city centre on foot. The bustling Fremantle Markets are a must-see.
The award-winning Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail is a 32-kilometre route that winds its way around the picturesque Swan Valley wine region — just 25 minutes’ drive northeast of the Perth city centre. Choose from 150 wine and gourmet food producers to visit along the trail. You’ll need to nominate a designated driver!
3. Drive the Sunset Coast
Perth’s sunsets are legendary and there are long stretches of pristine coastline from which to view them. Make a day of it by starting at Hillarys Boat Harbour with its cafés and restaurants for a late breakfast, then head south to the golden sandy beaches of Scarborough and City Beach.
Make your final destination Cottesloe and the famous Indiana Tea House, which takes on a rich caramel colour in the light of a good sunset. Enjoy fresh fish and chips as the sun slides gently into the shimmering Indian Ocean.
What to do in the event of a car breakdown
It’s important for all drivers to have a plan in place about what to do in the event of a car breakdown or accident. Researching the name and number of a towing company before setting off on a road trip is a good idea. Store the number in your phone, so you can contact them easily if the need arises.
To ensure everyone’s safety during a breakdown, including other road users, here are the top dos and don’ts:
Don’t leave the vehicle by stepping out into the traffic.
Do climb over to the side of the vehicle facing away from the traffic and leave the car that way (if it is safe to do so).
Don’t stay in the car if it is on a major or dangerous road. Move a safe distance away.
Don’t try to fix the vehicle yourself on a busy road.
Do put the hazard lights on and wait for the engine to cool down before looking under the bonnet (if it is safe to do so).
Don’t call a friend for help.
Do call a company that specialises in car towing in Perth (or wherever the breakdown occurs) to get professional assistance.