8 Perth Getaways to Cure The Winter Blues

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8 Perth Getaways to Cure The Winter Blues

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It’s that time of year. The days are getting shorter and you’re leaving the office in the dark. Although winter generally calls for a Netflix binge-session and takeaway in bed, getting out of Perth may just be your perfect adventure to cure those winter blues. From some of the most prestigious wineries in Margaret River to scoring a beautiful winters day at Rottnest, our take on the top 10 Perth getaways has something for everyone. The best part? We can help get you and your group there.

Dunsborough / Margaret River Region

Margaret River is generally at the top of the list for most weekenders and for good reason. Our state treasure showcases some of the very best in local produce, beaches, forests and wine. Even if the weather can turn relatively quickly, it’s best to pack for any temperature. For a totally unique experience, we recommend a lunch degustation at Rustico before heading back to the iconic Pullman Resort Bunker Bay to catch the sunset over one of the most picturesque beaches on the cape.

HOW LONG IS THE DRIVE?

3-4 hours from Perth

The sun rising over a winery in Margaret River

Lancelin/ Ledge Point

A combination of long stretches of coastline and epic sand dunes, Lancelin is perfect for the adrenaline-fueled family trip. If you can get your hands on a 4W drive, take to the back beach and experience sand boarding or try your hands at windsurfing. Ohh and the bakery. We can’t forget this not so hidden gem. Make sure you get a chance to savour pastries made by the locals over a coffee or choc milk for the kids. If you are looking to get a large group of friends and family up to Lancelin, our transport options are a great place to start!

HOW LONG IS THE DRIVE?

1.5 hours from Perth

Jurien Bay

If you are on route to visit the lunar-like Pinnacles – Jurien Bay and Cervantes are a logical next stop. While in town, a visit to the marina will provide an opportunity for you and the family or special someone to get up close and personal with Australian sea lions. In the afternoon we recommend a fish from the beach or jump on board a large number of crayfish boats to see how the pros do it.

HOW LONG IS THE DRIVE?

2 hours from Perth

Swan Valley

On the outskirts of Perth – the Swan Valley region is perfect for either a Perth getaway for the weekend or day trip. For those looking for a boozy lunch with top beer and wine, look no further than Elmars. If you manage to time your run right, you may even catch the Hot Dub Wine Machine festival. Check out last year’s wrap up and how we helped transport hundreds of festival-goers on the day. Non-alcohol related activities include walking the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail, KEP Track or Bibbulmun Track while dropping into one of the region’s many art centres.

HOW LONG IS THE DRIVE?

45 minutes from Perth

Rottnest

Only a short 45-minute ferry ride from Perth, Rottnest Island has it all. From the white sand that sweeps Parakeet Bay to the snorkelling and surfing on offer at the Basin, this bite-sized island is a perfect getaway to escape the winter grind. If you manage to forecast a great sunny weekend the team at Discovery Parks have just launched the first low-impact glamping experience.

HOT TIP: book early. These tents are in super high demand almost all year-round and waitlists can be long.

HOW LONG IS THE DRIVE?

45 minutes from Perth

Rottnest Island beach shot from above

Bridgetown

Bridgetown has always been labelled a winter getaway destination mainly because of its green bush walks and cozy vibe. Offering a huge array of homestays, this region hosts the remarkable 3 day Bridgetown Blues Festival. Previous years saw the likes of Kingswood, Beautiful Girls and Ash Grunwald and is an event with a strong focus on sustainability and local produce, too. As with all festivals in-and-around Perth, we can help get you and your friends down to Bridgetown for the event with our festival transport options.

HOW LONG IS THE DRIVE?

3 hours from Perth

Augusta

Augusta is a quaint town and is the start and finish of the almighty Cape to Cape walk. For those dedicated walkers, Augusta is the perfect spot to either pack your backpacks and get prepared or rest those weary legs for a few days after completing the hike. Things not to miss include whale watching in Flinders Bay from June to August, exploring Boranup Forest and a walk along the iconic Hamelin Bay.

HOW LONG IS THE DRIVE?

3 hours from Perth

A birds eye shot of the coastline in Augusta

Esperance

A hefty, yet rewarding weekend trip – Esperance is that little bit further than the rest on the list but is perfect if you manage to wrangle Friday off from the office. Boasting some of the best beaches in the state coupled with amazing coffee from the local brew-bar at Downtown, this is our personal favourite because of the lack of crowds and the friendly locals.

HOW LONG IS THE DRIVE?

7 hours from Perth

A weekend Perth getaway is perfect not only to recharge but see more of what our amazing state has to offer. If you need help planning group transport to any of the destinations above, our team at Horizons West is happy to help. Let’s chat today!

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