Self-drive day trips in and around Perth
Perth is a beautiful city and offers a great variety of self-drive day trips.
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 32km self-drive itinerary that winds its way around the picturesque Swan Valley wine region, located just 25-minutes’ drive northeast of the Perth city centre. Choose from 150 wine and gourmet food producers to visit along the trail.
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.
Car breakdown? Here are the dos and don’ts
It’s important for all drivers to have a plan in place about what to do in the event of a car breakdown.
One thing that all drivers need to do before heading out on any journey is to prepare their vehicle for an emergency, which includes putting things like blankets, a first aid kit and bottles of water in the boot. It’s a good idea to always have an ‘old-school’ map or street directory on hand and it’s vital to keep your mobile phone charged in the event you need to call for help.
Researching a towing company before going on a journey is also a good idea. Store the number for a local company offering car towing in Perth in your phone to make it easy to contact them when needed.
It’s also important to know what to do during a breakdown to ensure everyone’s safety, including other road users.
Let’s take a look at the top do’s and don’ts:
- Don’t get out from the driver’s side into traffic
- Do climb over to the passenger’s side to get out (if safe)
- Don’t stay with the car if it is on a fast or dangerous road
- Do stay as close to the car as is safe
- Don’t try to fix a car on a busy road like a motorway
- Do put hazard lights on, wait for the engine to cool down and have a look under the bonnet if the car is safely in a car park or off the road
- 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 help.
In remote areas, companies offering car towing in Perth (or elsewhere in the country) will need to be contacted as soon as possible. Waiting for help may take some time, which is why it’s so important to be prepared.
Executive Towing Services in Perth is an example of the type of towing company that can be contacted in the event of a breakdown. Sometimes it isn’t safe to leave a vehicle (such as in a tunnel) and it may be best to wait in the car for help. At other times, get out of the vehicle and wait for help away from traffic. Common sense will always help determine the best course of action.
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.