While a visit to Perth and Fremantle has lots of interesting places to see, there is so much more to discover in Western Australia – the Pilbara, Broome, Monkey – Mia, Kalgoorlie and many other places.
Here we are focussed on SHORT TRIPS and OVERNIGHT TRIPS FROM PERTH – but NOTE you can also stay longer!
SWAN VALLEY – close to Perth
Also take a drive to Abingdon Miniature Village (24 Husband Rd, Barragup, near Mandurah Tel: (08) 9534 9079). Here you will find a beautifully designed garden with miniature historic village of houses (most around a metre high) with tea rooms to sit and enjoy the atmosphere.
NORTH OF PERTH –
Many people coming to Perth will have heard of the Pilbara, the Kimberly region, Monkey Mia and Broome – and these are all places that you want to see. Distances are big in Western Australia – and to cover these big distances, many people choose to take a flight rather than drive.
To give you an idea of distances from Perth – Monkey Mia is 866 kilometres away, the Pilbara 1480 kilometres and Broome 2240 Kilometres away – but if you take the drive in stages, it can be the trip of a lifetime, and of course you can always fly or take a tour bus.
Close to Perth – heading North –
Yanchep National Park – is just 56 kilometres from Perth and this is where you can see Koalas in their natural habitat – sleeping in the branches of the trees above the boardwalk. Here in the Park there are also some 400 caves, with Crystal Cave, Adventure Cave and Cabernet Cave open to see. The area is home to the Whadjuk and Yued Aboriginal people – and if you are lucky you may be able to see and hear some of their dreamtime stories. Loch McNess is also worth seeing, though there is no Loch Ness Monster to be found here. Yanchep town itself is on the coast and has a great beach. The town grew from the 1970’s when Alan Bond set out to develop it into a Sun City, and it is now almost a suburb of Perth. Close by at Bullsbrook, there is also ‘The Maze’ – a water park with mini-golf, native animals and other attractions too (1635 Neaves Rd, Bullsbrook Tel: (08) 9571 1375).
Gingin – (93kilometres from Perth ) is a small town a little further north, and this is where you will find the Gingin Observatory where you can see stars (www.ginginobservatory.com 1098 Military Rd, Muckenburra Tel: (08) 9575 7740). Close by is the Gravity Discovery Centre
( www.gravitycentre.com.au Tel: (08) 9575 7577 located at 109 Military Rd, Muckenburra) where there are interesting scientific presentations and attractions all related to the power of gravity including a large tower.
Lancelin – 130 kilometres north of Perth is a beautiful coastal town with a great beach, lots of accommodation, even a YHA youth Hostel, and nice places to eat. There is a reef offshore, and surfing at Back beach, wind surfing, kayaking, and other water sports as well as fishing to enjoy.
Cervantes – 200 kilometres from Perth following the Coast Road is close to Nambung National Park where the Pinnacles are located. The Pinnacles are an amazing sight – 100’s of Limestone pinnacles of rock from a metre up to three metres in height, standing like anthills poking out of the orange-red sands of the desert. A rough road allows you to drive around the Pinnacles, or you can walk and take photos. You could well tell your friends when they see your photos that you were walking on the surface of the moon!
TO READ MORE – about places North of Cervantes – see “Heading North to Broome and beyond.”