Top self-drive day trips in and around Perth
Perth is a beautiful city and offers a great variety of self-drive day trip options.
They’re an easy way for residents and visitors to discover everything the city and surrounding regions have to offer. Here are some suggested itineraries from the team at Executive Towing Services, who will be there to help with car towing in Perth should the need arise.
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 the popular Federation Walkway treetop walk. Plus of course the magnificent views of the city skyline.
From there, head across the Swan River to South Perth, where there are lots of river activities on offer, including a variety of great cruises. Continue heading south to the historic port city of Fremantle. Explore on foot, and make sure you include the Fremantle Market.
Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail
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!
Sunset Coast coastal drive
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 literally glows a deep caramel in the light of a good sunset. Fresh fish and chips make the perfect accompaniment to nature’s own spectacular light show.
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.
Executive Towing Services in Perth can be contacted in the event of a vehicle breakdown or accident.
Enjoy your time on the road in and round the amazing Western Australia capital.
This post was provided by Executive Towing Services and edited by The Big Bus tour and travel guide.