Perth - Further Afield
Freemantle is a lovely beachfront community - with a string of colourful cafes along its historic promenade. The WA Maritime Museum is worth a look, as are the town’s craft markets and stalls, and lively pubs. There are also art galleries and heritage buildings, such as the Roundhouse and the old Prison. A laid-back enclave of converted dockworker’s cottages, trendy boutiques and bistros, Freemantle is a must visit.
Mundaring is a pleasant tiny town, deep in the verdant foothills of the Darling mountain range. Mundaring has a selection of tourist attractions worth visiting. The Neerabup National Park contains ancient dune systems with stately Tuart gum trees, breezy coastal walks and heath vegetation.
Swan Valley is located to the northeast of Perth the Swan River meanders gracefully through gorgeous countryside. You can catch a ferry from Barrack Square Jetty for a day trip. The Walyunga National Park has a series of river-carved granite ponds, perfect for a summer's afternoon swim, surrounded by thick eucalyptus forest. Here, too, is the largest Aboriginal settlement area around Perth, occupied up until the late 19th century.
The Wave on Hyden Rock is one of Australia's most famous geological formations - looking exactly like a giant roller, but actually a sculptured hunk of granite over 2,700 million years old. You can enjoy swimming and canoeing at nearby Lake Magic. It's a hefty day's drive from Perth though, at around 340 kilometres.
The wineries along the banks of Margaret River (known as the Margaret River Wine Region) are tremendous – visit for wine tours with tastings galore. The forests here contain some of the Earth’s tallest trees and incredibly deep caves. Margaret River town is a charming place, with good restaurants, and easy access to the smashing beaches of Gracetown, Yallingup and Dunsborough.
Rottnest Island is a sublime beach-lined island. Rottnest is a car-free island - home to the quokka, a small kangaroo-like marsupial, excellent beach resorts, water sports and hiking opportunities galore. You can catch a ferry from Freemantle.