Each year tourists from overseas and within Australia come to Perth to experience the beauty of Western Australia. When planning a trip to Perth many people underestimate the size of WA, and the length of time required to reach some of the state’s well known tourist attractions. With this in mind, here are a few spots that are manageable day trips from Perth, which are well worth the drive.
Situated in the Namburg National Park, The Pinnacles are natural limestone structures that jut out of the landscape creating an unusual landscape. The structures, some standing as high as five meters tall, were formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago as the sea receded, leaving deposits of sea shells. Over time the wind has eroded the structures into the peaks as they are today. Early in the morning or later in the evening is a great time to visit the Pinnacles, as the sun low on the horizon makes for excellent photos. While in the region, there are several other locations worth visiting including: the town of Cervantes, Jurien Bay, Green Head, Leeman and Dongara.
At 1.841 kilometers long, Busselton Jetty is the longest timber jetty in the southern hemisphere. Construction of the jetty began in 1865 with several extensions made over the next 100 years, the latest makeover of the jetty completed in 2011 when a $27 million refurbishment of the jetty was completed. Stroll along this iconic WA landmark, get up close with marine life in the underwater observatory which stands at the end of the jetty, or enjoy fish and chips on the foreshore. Busselton offers plenty of sights for tourists to enjoy; visit the Old Courthouse Art Complex, explore the regions caves, wineries, restaurants, coastal lookouts and picturesque beaches the region is famous for.
White Rocks Dairy Farm & Museum
Step back in time at White Rocks, a dairy farm situated in the Brunswick area. Established in 1887, this picturesque, operational farm allows visitors to experience how farming was undertaken in pioneering times, as well as in modern times. White Rocks is one of the farms that forms a part of the “Working Life Heritage Trail” which takes tourists throughout the south-west of WA exploring farming and regional towns from a historical perspective. Discover how settlers shaped and grew this region, establishing farms, businesses and towns.
The Swan Valley
A short 25 minute drive from the centre of Perth, The Swan Valley provides easy access to amazing wineries, breweries and restaurants. Visit the beautiful, historic town of Guildford and see colonial buildings, as one of only two towns in Perth on the National Trust register, the town maintains a quaint village feel. Wine enthusiasts will find no short supply of wineries to explore in this region, the warm dry climate producing some exceptional Chenin Blanc, Verdelho, Shiraz and Petit Verdot varieties. Alternatively, there are several local breweries and distilleries. Many of the boutique businesses also offer food, making one of the most difficult choices of the day where to stop for lunch. No visit to the Swan Valley is complete without a trip to the Margaret River Chocolate Company, with an extensive range of truffles, deserts, and sauces – and free samples.
Visitors have an abundance of options when it comes to day trips from Perth. Casey Australia Tours offer day tours throughout the year, taking advantage of some of the most interesting locations within easy reach. To view our range of day tours visit: http://www.caseytours.com.au/day-tours/