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Seniors Special: Top Perth Activities Perfect For Our Golden Oldies

Seniors Special: Top Perth Activities Perfect For Our Golden Oldies 640 640 James Turner

Perth, the vibrant capital of Western Australia, is a haven for seniors seeking leisure and excitement. With its picturesque landscapes, rich cultural experiences, and accessible facilities, Perth offers an array of elderly-friendly activities. Whether you’re a local senior looking for new adventures or a visitor exploring the city, here are the top 12 activities to make your time in Perth unforgettable!

Kings Park and Botanic Garden

Kings Park provides a peaceful and serene environment, perfect for seniors looking to relax and enjoy nature’s beauty. The well-maintained paths and accessible facilities ensure a comfortable experience with a neverending list of tracks and bird-watching locations. Our tip is to drop past the visitors centre to grab maps for the best vantage points and take a stroll through the botanic gardens to score a pretty special view along the Lotterywest Federation Walkway. 

Perth Cultural Centre

The Perth Cultural Centre offers enriching experiences for seniors interested in art, history, and culture. It’s an opportunity to connect with the city’s heritage and indulge in some of the best art installations in the state. We recommend exploring the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum, where fascinating exhibitions and artifacts await. Post visiting these great museums, we recommend dropping past Pica Bar for a well-earned drink or snack! 

Perth Zoo

Perth Zoo provides a fun and educational outing, allowing seniors to appreciate wildlife and reconnect with their love for animals. Enjoying leisurely walks through the beautifully designed exhibits, attending informative animal talks, and interacting with some of the friendly creatures is just the beginning! This year marks the introduction of the Close Encounters Program, where for different parts of the day, visitors can experience their favourite animals up close and personal with a behind-the-scenes look into their day. Animals include everything from the sleepy sun bear all the way through to the red panda.

Fremantle Markets

Fremantle Markets (especially on a Sunday) offer a bustling and vibrant atmosphere, perfect for seniors who love to shop, explore, and savour local flavours. Discover a diverse array of crafts, vintage items, and locally produced goods at the market stalls. Our top tip is to take the time to get to know the local food vendors and pick up some top-notch produce for your day. It does get busy on weekends, so it’s sometimes best to head down early to beat the crowds. 

Swan River Cruise

A relaxing cruise along the Swan River offers seniors a unique perspective of Perth’s beauty, where you can capture both the skyline from South Perth and Kings Park in the background. There are a number of cruise companies offering half-day and full-day trips that include meals, drinks packages and decks perfect for viewing. These cruise companies operate from Barrack Street Jetty and other locations along the river, with easy access from the city centre. Our favourite is Captain Cook’s Gourmet Wine Tour which includes wine tasting on board and lunch at Sandalford Vinyard. 

Cottesloe Beach

Cottesloe Beach offers a laid-back coastal experience, perfect for seniors who love the sun, sand, and sea. Take a leisurely walk along the shoreline, enjoy a refreshing swim in the gentle waters, or simply relax on the sandy beach. The breathtaking sunsets are an added bonus, especially with a coffee or drink in hand at the Cottesloe Hotel or Indiana Tea Rooms. Cottesloe Beach is accessible by train and bus, with parking facilities available for those travelling by car.

The Bell Tower

The Bell Tower, also known as the Swan Bells, offers a blend of history and spectacular views. It’s an accessible attraction that showcases Perth’s heritage. Discover the fascinating history of the bells, watch the bell ringers in action and explore the surrounding grounds. The Bell Tower is conveniently located near the Barrack Street Jetty and can be reached easily by public transport. It’s actually a great starting point before jumping on board a Swan River cruise. 

Perth Mint

Delve into Perth’s golden past at the Perth Mint – a historic site that offers a glimpse into the city’s rich gold mining heritage. While visiting, take a guided tour to learn about gold production, witness a gold pour, and explore the museum’s intriguing exhibits. We also recommend spending some time in the memorabilia store to grab a few souvenirs. The Perth Mint is situated in East Perth and is easily accessible by public transport or car.

AQWA – The Aquarium of Western Australia

AQWA is an underwater paradise that allows seniors to marvel at marine life without getting wet! Stroll through underwater tunnels, witness fascinating sea creatures up close, and enjoy interactive displays. We recommend reserving a spot in the Dine Beneath the Sea for dinner, where you’ll enjoy a 3-course meal in the underwater tunnel! AQWA is located in Hillarys Boat Harbour, accessible by public transport or car, with ample parking available.

Perth Concert Hall

Music lovers will find joy at the Perth Concert Hall, which hosts a variety of concerts and performances, including The Best of the Bee Gees with The George Ellis Orchestra. Here, you can witness a variety of theatre; depending on the schedule, the Perth Concert Hall may organise workshops and masterclasses led by renowned artists and musicians. If you’re interested in honing your artistic skills or simply curious about the creative process, consider attending one of these sessions.

Yanchep National Park

For those seeking a slow adventure amid nature, Yanchep National Park is the perfect destination. It’s a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Embark on nature walks, spot kangaroos and koalas, explore the Crystal Caves, and have a delightful picnic. Also, while you are there, explore the historical McNess House, which serves as a visitor centre with displays about the park’s history and ecology. Yanchep National Park is about an hour’s drive from Perth’s city centre, making it a pleasant day trip accessible by car.

Whiteman Park Perth

Located 40 minutes from the Perth CBD, Whiteman Park offers a huge list of slow-paced activities for our golden oldies. Take a leisurely ride on the vintage train or hop on the tractor tour to explore the park’s scenic landscapes. These nostalgic rides offer a charming and relaxed way to see the park. For motorcar enthusiasts, you can visit the Motor Museum of Western Australia to admire an impressive collection of vintage cars, motorcycles, and other historical vehicles. It truly is a trip down memory lane!

Perth, with its diverse array of activities, caters to the interests of senior citizens looking for leisure, great experiences and outdoor adventures. From scenic parks and cultural experiences to wildlife encounters and incredible views, this city has something special for everyone. We also forgot to mention that we actually specialise in organising transport for large groups of seniors and can customise bus sizes to suit all parties. Each bus is equipped with wheelchair access. 

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Unlocking the Secrets of Kununurra: Best Things to See, Do & Eat

Unlocking the Secrets of Kununurra: Best Things to See, Do & Eat 640 427 James Turner

If a more intrepid approach is planned for this year, look no further than Kununurra! This small town is nestled in the heart of the Kimberley region and offers stunning natural beauty, unique wildlife, and a relaxed atmosphere. You’ll be blessed for your efforts with smaller crowds, open landscapes and a real connection with nature. To help you plan, here’s everything you need to know about getting there, what to see, where to stay, and where to eat.

How to Get to Kununurra

Kununurra is located in the northernmost part of Western Australia, about 800km east of Broome and 3,200km north of Perth. While it may seem far away, getting there is actually quite easy. If you’re flying, you can take a direct flight from Perth, Darwin, or Broome. The Kununurra Airport is located just outside of town, and there are plenty of car rental companies to choose from if you need transportation.

If you’re driving, you can take the Great Northern Highway from Perth, which will take about 32 hours. The highway is well-maintained, and there are plenty of stops along the way to rest and refuel. We’d recommend getting a solid vehicle, possibly a 4WD that is able to go a little off-road. 

What to see in Kununurra

Kununurra is known for its stunning natural beauty, unique wildlife, and rich cultural history. Here are some of the top sights to see during your visit:

Lake Argyle

This massive freshwater lake is located just outside of town and is the largest man-made lake in Australia. It’s a popular spot for swimming, fishing, boating, and camping. Take a sunset cruise to see the colours of the sky reflect off the water, or hike to the top of nearby Elephant Rock for stunning views of the lake and surrounding countryside.

Bungle Bungle Range

These unique rock formations are located in Purnululu National Park, about 250km south of Kununurra. The range is made up of beehive-shaped domes that were formed over millions of years by erosion and weathering. Take a guided tour to learn about the history and significance of the area to the local First Nations communities, or hike through the narrow gorges and valleys to see the vibrant colours and textures up close.

The park itself is home to a variety of hiking trails that cater to all skill levels, from easy strolls to challenging treks. The Cathedral Gorge and Piccaninny Creek trails are particularly popular, offering breathtaking views of the park’s famous orange and black striped domes.

Mirima National Park

Located just outside of town, this park features unique rock formations and is home to a variety of wildlife, including wallabies, goannas, and a variety of birds. Take a hike to see the area’s stunning views, or stop by the visitor centre to learn more about the area’s geology, flora, and fauna. The park is home to a variety of bushwalking trails that offer stunning views of the park’s rugged landscape and geological formations. The short and easy Hidden Valley Trail is particularly popular, offering a scenic walk through the park’s sandstone formations.

Ord River

The Ord River is one of the most significant waterways in the Kimberley region, and it’s a great place to spot a variety of wildlife, including freshwater crocodiles, turtles, and a wide range of bird species. Take a scenic cruise down the river to see the area’s unique vegetation and landscapes, or try your hand at fishing for barramundi, the area’s most famous sportfish. The calm waters of the Ord River make it a great spot for canoeing and kayaking. Paddle through the river’s picturesque gorges and enjoy the stunning scenery and wildlife.

Where to stay in Kununurra

Kununurra has a variety of accommodation options to choose from, whether you’re looking for something budget-friendly or a luxurious retreat. Here are some of the top picks:

  • The Kimberley Grande: this hotel offers spacious rooms, a pool, and an on-site restaurant. It’s located just a few minutes drive from the town centre and offers easy access to a variety of attractions.
  • Discovery Parks – Lake Kununurra: this caravan park offers cabins and campsites, as well as a pool and a playground. It’s located right on the shore of Lake Kununurra and is a great option for families and groups.
  • Kununurra Country Club Resort: this resort offers a variety of room options, as well as a pool, tennis courts, and an on-site restaurant. It’s located just a few minutes drive from the town centre and offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Where to Eat in Kununurra

Kununurra may be a small town, but it has plenty of delicious dining options to choose from, whether you’re in the mood for a casual meal or a fancy dinner. Here are some of the top picks:

  • The Pumphouse: This restaurant and bar is located right on the shore of Lake Kununurra and offers stunning views of the water and surrounding countryside. They specialise in local seafood and Australian cuisine, and their beer selection is top-notch.
  • Zebra Rock Cafe: This charming cafe is located just outside of town and features a unique menu that focuses on locally sourced ingredients. They’re known for their homemade ice cream, as well as their coffee and tea selection.
  • The Sandalwood Cafe: This cafe is located in the town centre and offers a variety of breakfast and lunch options, as well as coffee and pastries. They also have a small gift shop where you can purchase local products, such as sandalwood oil.
  • The Hoochery Distillery: This distillery and cafe is located just outside of town and is a great spot to try some of the local spirits. They offer tastings, tours, and a variety of lunch options, including burgers and sandwiches.

No matter where you choose to eat, be sure to try some of the local specialties, such as barramundi, kangaroo, or crocodile. And don’t forget to pair your meal with a local beer or wine to immerse yourself in the flavours of the region truly.

Overall, Kununurra is a unique and stunning destination that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re interested in exploring the natural beauty of the area, learning about the local culture and history, or simply relaxing and enjoying some delicious food and drink, you’ll find plenty to love about this hidden gem in Western Australia. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today and get ready to experience the beauty and wonder of Kununurra for yourself! Oh, and finally, if you are in need of transport or have a large group, give us a shout. We can help customise transport solutions for almost any group!

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Karijini National Park Explained: How to Visit in 2023

Karijini National Park Explained: How to Visit in 2023 640 427 James Turner

Located in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia, Karijini National Park is our pride and joy. Our natural wonder which remains relatively undiscovered by tourists. With its stunning gorges, waterfalls, and pristine natural landscapes, Karijini is a true oasis in the middle of the Australian outback. If visiting Karrijini is on the cards for 2023, we thought we’d get a list together about how to get there, what to pack and, more importantly – the best gorges to visit!

How to Get to Karijini

Karijini National Park is located about 1400km north of Perth. The easiest way to get there is by flying into Paraburdoo Airport, which is about a 45-minute drive from the park or Tom Price/ Newman, which is about a 2-hour drive away. If flying is your chosen means of transport, you’ll have to hire a suitable car which you can do from most domestic airports.

If you’re driving, the park is accessible via the Great Northern Highway. The road is sealed all the way to the park entrance, and the journey from Perth takes about 15 hours. However, it’s important to note that the roads in this region, once further north, can be dangerous, especially during the wet season, so it’s best to check the conditions before setting off.

Top Gorges to See at Karijini

One of the main attractions of Karijini National Park is its incredible gorges, which are carved into the red rocks by millions of years of erosion. Here are some of the top gorges we’d recommend once you’ve made it up there:

  • Dales Gorge: This is one of the most popular gorges in the park (and for good reason)! With a series of waterfalls, swimming holes, and walking trails, there is a seemingly neverending list of vantage points and views on offer. The most famous feature of the gorge is the famous Fortescue Falls, a stunning 20m waterfall that plunges into a deep swimming pool. 
  • Weano Gorge: Weano Gorge is another awesome option for Karrijini first-timers! This narrow, winding gorge features spectacular red rock walls, breathtaking waterfalls, and clear pools for swimming. The trail to Weano Gorge is a moderate hike, with some steep sections, but the views are well worth the effort. The contrast between the water and the endless desert here is pretty epic!
  • Hamersley Gorge: Hamersley Gorge is another must-visit spot in Karijini National Park. This wide, open gorge is surrounded by towering rock formations and features a series of cascading waterfalls and clear swimming holes. The trail to Hamersley Gorge is a bit longer than some other hikes in the park, but the scenery is seriously worth it! Just make sure you pack a heap of water and food, as this could be an all-day thing. 
  • Hancock Gorge: Hancock Gorge is a more challenging hike than some other gorges in Karijini National Park, but it’s also one of the most rewarding. This narrow gorge features steep walls, deep pools, and stunning waterfalls. The trail to Hancock Gorge involves some climbing and scrambling, so it’s best suited to experienced hikers.
  • Mount Bruce: Mount Bruce is the highest peak in Western Australian, and offers stunning views across Karijini National Park and the surrounding landscape. The summit can be reached via a challenging hike that takes around 6-8 hours to return, but the views from the top are truly unforgettable. It’s sparse, secluded and well worth the effort. 

Where to Stay Near Karijini

There are a number of accommodation options in and around Karijini National Park, ranging from basic campsites to luxurious eco-resorts. Here are some of the best options, in our opinion:

  • Karijini Eco Retreat: This eco-resort is located within the park, and offers a range of accommodation options, from safari tents to deluxe eco villas. The retreat also has a restaurant and bar, and offers a range of tours and activities that pay respect to the local indigenous owners of the land. 
  • Dales Gorge Campground: This campground is located in the heart of Dales Gorge, and offers basic camping facilities, including toilets, showers and running water. There are also picnic tables and BBQs, and the campground is within walking distance of Fortescue Falls.
  • Tom Price Tourist Park: This caravan park is located in the nearby town of Tom Price, and offers a range of accommodation options, from powered sites to cabins. The park has a swimming pool, BBQ facilities, and a camp kitchen (basically everything you need).

Where to Eat Near Karijini

There are a number of dining options in and around Karijini National Park, most are geared towards casual dining due to the sheer remoteness. Here are some of the best options:

  • Karijini Eco Retreat Restaurant: This restaurant is located within the Karijini Eco Retreat, and offers a range of locally sourced and sustainable meals, focusing on fresh, seasonal produce. The menu features a mix of Australian and international cuisine, and there are vegetarian and gluten-free options available.
  • Tom Price Tavern: This casual pub-style restaurant is located in the nearby town of Tom Price, and offers a range of classic Australian pub food, including burgers, steaks, and seafood. The restaurant also has a bar and is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.

What to Pack for Karijini

If you’re planning a trip to Karijini National Park, it’s important to pack carefully to ensure you’re prepared for the unique challenges and conditions of the Australian outback. Here are some of the essential items to bring with you:

  1. Water bottles: Staying hydrated is crucial when visiting Karijini National Park, especially during the hotter months. Ensure you bring plenty of water bottles and refill them regularly to avoid dehydration.
  2. Sunscreen: The Australian sun can be harsh, even in the cooler months, so it’s important to protect your skin with sunscreen. Choose a water-resistant high-SPF sunscreen and apply it regularly throughout the day.
  3. Insect repellent: Mosquitoes and other insects can be a problem in Karijini National Park, especially around dusk and dawn. Bring a good quality insect repellent and apply it liberally to avoid being bitten.
  4. Comfortable and sturdy footwear: The hiking trails in Karijini National Park can be rocky and uneven, so it’s important to wear comfortable and sturdy footwear. Choose shoes that provide good support and grip, and make sure you break them in before your trip.
  5. Hat: A wide-brimmed hat is essential for protecting your face and neck from the sun’s rays. Choose a hat that’s lightweight and breathable, and has a chin strap to keep it in place on windy days. Also, you could even opt for a net attached to your hat! Some months attract some serious flies, so you’d want to be prepared for that, too. 
  6. Lightweight clothing: Karrinjiji can be hot and dry, so it’s important to wear lightweight, breathable clothing that will keep you cool and comfortable. Choose clothes made from natural fibers, such as cotton or linen, and avoid dark colours that will absorb heat.
  7. Warm clothing: While the days in Karijini National Park can be hot, the nights can be chilly, especially during the cooler months. Bring warm clothing, such as a jacket or sweater, to wear in the evenings.
  8. First aid kit: Accidents can happen, even on well-marked hiking trails. Bring a small first aid kit with you that includes bandages, antiseptic, and any prescription medications you may need.

Karijini National Park is a true gem of Western Australia, offering stunning natural landscapes and unique cultural experiences. With its incredible gorges, pristine wilderness, and range of accommodation and dining options, Karijini is a must-visit destination for anyone travelling to this part of Australia. So pack your bags, put on your hiking boots, and get ready to explore one of the most beautiful and unspoilt regions of the country.

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Your Guide To Mandurah: Top Things to See and Do

Your Guide To Mandurah: Top Things to See and Do 640 426 James Turner

Only a short stones-throw from Perth lies Mandurah. What started as a small holiday region with the quintessential corner deli has now transformed into a well-developed oasis with endless restaurants, a fantastic foreshore and a bunch of activities that will keep the entire family sorted. Mandurah, in all its glory after receiving WA’s 2022 Top Tourism Town, now sits firmly as a holiday destination that offers up some new-age attractions. These include the new Giants of Mandurah outdoor exhibition, dolphin cruises and Peel Markets – for some of the freshest fish and produce in our state. This list is to give you a hand when planning your next trip south to Mandurah.

Giants of Mandurah

Starting the list of strong is the newest open-air exhibition featuring giant ‘human-like’ wooden structures scattered throughout the region. Installed by world-renowned Danish artist –  Thomas Dambo, each sculpture celebrates the importance of the natural world, where the wooden giants blend seamlessly into the natural landscape. Each is handcrafted using recycled and locally sourced materials and is a fantastic treasure hunt exploration for the whole family. The team at Visit Mandurah has put together a guide and trail to follow to experience them all. Using the information at each installation, symbols are collected. Once they have all been obtained, we recommend visiting the code machine in central Mandurah to reveal the final secret spot. This interactive element adds a great dimension of mystery and is perfect for the kiddos. 

Hire E-Scooters – Mandurah Foreshore

After a recent development; the Mandurah foreshore is a seriously impressive space with huge open walkways, restaurants a plenty and a beautiful inlet. E-scooters have now been introduced for hire. The Bike Kiosk located opposite Ciccerellos is the place to go. Here you’ll be able to secure bikes or e-scooters depending on the plans for your day. They also have several excellent tracks, trails and routes that you can take for great photo opportunities.

Mandurah Instagram Trial

Carrying on with the photo opportunities, Visit Mandurah also created an Instagram Trail that can be visited via e-scooter. This custom trail offers up the best spots to snap some winning images. Each spot along the trail promotes local artists and their impressive murals and installations, and are all at an excellent distance from one another. The best bit is it requires a walk along the foreshore – hitting two birds with one stone.

Peel Produce Markets

Held every Saturday, this product market brings together all the best local traders under one roof. We’re talking bakers, the best fruit and veg in town, fish and poultry, and not to mention organic produce such as cheeses, spices and coffee. It’s got it all and is one of the top things to do in Mandurah, especially if visiting on the weekend. Hot tip, aim to come when it opens around 7 am as it can get super busy mid-morning, where parking also becomes hot real estate. Finally, if you have kids and considering visiting, some Saturdays feature a patting zoo with ponies to keep them entertained while you secure coffee. 

Dolphin Cruise 

Mandurah was initially put on the map due to the sheer volume of dolphins that reside in the bays and inlets. It was almost sure that if you made the trip, you’d see them interacting in their natural habitat. Schools are generally found close to the opening of the harbour and also close to the shore on the surrounding beaches. The team at Mandurah Cruises has Dolphin spotting tours on offer, where the guide will take you to all the top spots and cruise beside them as they swim along our famous coastline. The best part about hiring an expert for this one is they are always aware of where the pods of dolphins are each day, so can help significantly if you have time constraints!

Falcon Bay

Located a short 10-minute drive from Mandurah along the coast, is Falcon. A small community with shacks and quintessential holiday homes that represent old Mandurah. Emulating a true holiday feel, Falcon Bay has a fantastic family-run corner cafe and newly renovated bay complete with BBQ equipment, a nature playground and a grassed area. This is an awesome spot to take some produce from the Peel Produce Market and enjoy a sunset with heaps of space for the kiddos to run. 

Play Golf at the Cut

For golf enthusiasts, The Cut is a short two-minute drive from Falcon and offers some spectacular coastal views and manicured greens. A day here isn’t going to break the bank but can be customised with club and buggy hire. Finish the day strong with a cold beverage in their club rooms and restaurant. 

Scenic Flight With Royal Aero Club of WA 

For those with a little extra cash to splash, the team at the WA Aero Club of WA offers scenic flights of the fantastic Mandurah coastline and surrounding inlets. Witness a kaleidoscope of blue water and white sand whirlpools from above in your very own plane. These guys take safety very seriously, so you’ll be well briefed, and the pilots are also very good at pointing out the best photo opportunities. You’ll feel on top of the world with the activity. 

Kwillena Gabi Pool

This one is perfect for younger kids or adults who are big kids at heart. The Kwillena Gabi Pool is in the protected waters of Mandurah and includes floating pontoons arranged in a circular formation perfect for bouncing and jumping off. The floating pontoons don’t have a net attached which means there is a free flow of wildlife that you might get the chance to swim with. This includes a possible pod of dolphins!

Wild Seafood Experience

Finishing the list off strong is a pretty deluxe 60-ft boat experience. You’ll undertake a thrilling adventure catching the famous lobsters and find out about all the conservation used to support these famous crayfish. Following this, you’ll get stuck into a 7-course degustation showcasing all local ingredients prepared by your private chef. Accompanying this will be top-notch wines from the Margaret River wine region while you sit back and watch local dolphins and pelicans in the canals. If this interests you, we recommend reserving your boat earlier rather than later, as it’s a pretty popular experience and books out fast!
Starting as a sleepy holiday region – Mandurah has transformed into a top WA tourist destination with a serious list of impressive activities to keep everyone entertained. Everything from dolphins to artisan weekend markets – Mandurah is our pick for your next summer break from Perth. If you are also organising a larger group and need transport, we can help you out. We have bus sizes to suit all parties. Chat with our sales team today.

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Your Guide to Northbridge: Everything You Need to Know

Your Guide to Northbridge: Everything You Need to Know 640 353 James Turner

For those chasing a little extra culture in their day, look no further than Northbridge – our small inner-city gem featuring some of Perth’s best up-and-coming restaurants, boutiques and street art. It’s seriously perfect for a later afternoon stroll down William Street and China Town before getting stuck into seasonal menus and well-deserved beverages at one of the many emerging restaurants. Northbridge is also home to the state’s newest prized possession – the WA Museum Boola Bardip and is currently going through a pretty big cultural gentrification moment with the Roe St connection to the city well underway. This area is our pick for an awesome afternoon and is a must-visit if you are coming to the wild west.

What to See and Do

Northbridge Piazza

Hosting almost-weekly events, live music and cultural activities, the Northbridge Piazza is the beating heart of the area. Here you’ll find large screens to watch performances or even sports, while the kiddos have space to run around. We recommend checking out the Northbridge Piazza schedule to see what’s coming up. All that’s left to do is secure a spot on the grass and watch the world go by for a couple of hours. 

WA Museum Boola Bardip

Our newest and greatest addition – the WA Museum Boola Bardip is a very swish, beautifully designed space that really leans into the Northbridge energy. Featuring a neverending list of new displays, installations and artwork from our First Nations People, this is a must-do when visiting the area. We recommend a couple of hours for this one so you can truly take in the artistic prowess and the architecturally designed building. 

Shop along William Street

Home to Perth’s best local designers and boutiques – a stroll down William Street is a quintessential addition to any Northbridge experience. There is a neverending list of great designers, such as William Top, Periscope Clothing, and Oli. If reclaimed and vintage clothing is more your thing, make sure you check out Retro Boutique, which has taken all of the hard work out of thrifting, where all the pieces are unique and one of a kind.

Planet Books

Planet books, originally located up the road on Beaufort Street, has opened down on William Street and is worth a look for all of your literature needs. Loaded with local and international authors, you can literally spend hours here browsing the shelves and discovering new ideas and concepts. If you are also chasing a unique gift for a loved one, Planet Books is your answer with great one-of-a-kind gifts and cards. 

Palace Arcade

Gamers and big kids look no further than Palace Arcade – a labyrinth of arcade machines from the 80s and 90s and not to mention top-notch pizza and gin. This place can get jam-packed, so we recommend booking where possible. If you time your run right on a Sunday, they also offer a Bloody Mary special for $10 to cure the Sunday blues. 

Northbridge Art Walk 

As we know, with any inner-city gentrification project comes an array of murals and public art. Northbridge is no different, with some of the best street art to be seen throughout our state. They are easy to spot, such as the lifesize mural on the side of the TAFE building on Aberdeen Street. But, for a complete list, a Perth local has created a walk for you to follow. Make sure you add this one to your Northbridge itinerary to truly sink your teeth into the area. 

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Where to Eat

La Cholita

Specialising in all things Mexican and tequila – La Cholita is a Northbridge institution with a heap of authentic options and an awesome space to match. On the corner of Aberdeen and William St – La Cholita serves up all your classics, such as tacos, quesadillas, corn on the cob and, not to mention – a spicy margs. This place is ALWAYS packed, so we recommend booking in or coming down early. If you are also a small party, sometimes you can jag a spot at the bar, too. 

Ruin Bar

A crowd favourite and also a new addition to the area – Ruin Bar is a must-do. Serving unique drinks from distillers all across the country, the venue itself is a pretty great photo opportunity. The best bit? It has excellent aircon (perfect for Perth’s scorching days), and you can order pizza from next door and eat it on the premises (a double win if you ask us). 

Chico Gelato

Chico Gelato, as the name suggests, specializes in our favourite dessert – gelato. The perfect addition to post-dinner and drinks, Chico is your one-stop shop specialising in unique and crowd-favourite flavours. We couldn’t go past lavender and honeycomb and the salted caramel! If there is a line, do not fret; it moves fast, and the reward is worth it!

How to Get to Northbridge

Located so close to the city, means it’s a hop, skip, and jump from Perth Train Station and can be accessed by all major train lines. There are also options for Uber and buses which run down Roe Street or William Street for those coming North. Finally, we can also help with transport, especially if you don’t want to designate a driver. We can organise you, and your friends with custom pick-up and drop-off locations, a minibus and dedicated drivers. Chat with one of our sales team today, who can build an itinerary!

And there we have it! The perfect Northbridge itinerary with the very best things to do, eat and see! Go forth and conquer. 

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The Very Best Parks to Host Your Next Picnic in Perth

The Very Best Parks to Host Your Next Picnic in Perth 640 427 James Turner

See, the thing is, Perth has some of the most consecutive sunny days on record across the globe. We also don’t really have a very long winter (a couple of weeks) and an impressive number of open spaces to take advantage of. The best bit about our leafy parks are they are immaculately kept, feature some of the best flora and fauna and, best of all, their free. With summer well and truly here, we thought we’d put together our take on the best public parks to host your next group event or picnic in Perth.

Hyde Park – Highgate

Starting the list off strong is Hyde Park. Located on the fringe of the CBD and Northbridge, Hyde Park has a well-developed tree line, a path for walking, two huge lakes and an endless amount of green grass. Nooks can be found across the park with private and more open spaces for picnics. If you have kids, you’ll also be able to keep them entertained with the nature playground and the water park. Finally, for those needing an espresso hit, a new coffee window has opened just opposite the park. Our top spot for a picnic is on the side opposite Chu Bakery!

Kings Park – Perth

Next on the list is the creme-de-le-creme of parks, with an endless list of picnic spots up for grabs. Kings Park & the Surrounding Botanical Gardens has something for everyone. Down the main entrance for Kings Park resides some of the best views and manicured lawns in Perth. It’s got a massive list of playgrounds for the kids and some protected spaces further down. If you’d like to combine a little hike with a picnic, take the path alongside the viewpoints and across the suspension bridge! Overall, a not-to-miss park option for your next Perth picnic!

Mardalup Park – East Perth

Located in East Perth – Mardalup Park is situated right on the banks of the Swan River with extensive open grassed areas and natural trees. Vantage points of the new Perth Optus Stadium and Matagarup Bridge can also be seen. We recommend taking a walk first through the East Perth promenade (starting at the Royal Bar and Bistro) before finding yourself at Mardulup Park. The best part about this is it’s a very protected area where the wind isn’t too strong, which means we won’t be seeing too many flying picnic utensils. 

South Perth Foreshore

For a pretty spectacular skyline city view, South Perth Foreshore is your answer. From this side of the river, views are pretty much unobstructed, with plenty of green grass on offer. Parking is sometimes tricky, but you can always park close to the shops on Coode St and walk down. Also, if you’ve forgotten something for your picnic, the area is well-resourced with convenience stores stocked with produce and utensils. Finally, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, the guys at Fun Kats watersports have kayaks and paddle boards for hourly hire. 

Clarko Reserve – Trigg

At Trigg Beach, Clarko Reserve is an excellent and protected spot to catch a sunset picnic. Complete with cooking facilities such as BBQ and water outlets. This park generally avoids the strong sea breeze that cools down Perth due to its sunken slope. Super popular over the summer months, we recommend getting down early before the sun starts setting, mainly if you aim to have a BBQ. 

John Forrest National Park

Located a short 30-minute drive from Perth is John Forrest – Perth’s oldest national park. Here you’ll be graced with wildlife, incredible wildflowers and two waterfalls that run in winter and spring. There are so many spots within John Forest that is perfect for picnics, so much so that it’s best we just direct you to the experts. When visiting, make sure you check out the Swan Valley Tunnel for an eerie experience.

Harold Boas Gardens – West Perth

If you are close to the city, this small and tucked-away garden might be your answer to a picnic with some privacy. Located in West Perth, Harold Boas Garden comes complete with a small rock waterfall, a winding lake, secret gardens and a bridge crossing. It’s a great hidden gem that most don’t know too much about. Please note, though, that sometimes wedding ceremonies are reserved close to the waterfall area. There is still plenty of spots to sit in the surrounding shade, though!

Cottesloe Civic Centre Area

A quintessential Perth beauty – Cottesloe Civic Centre, makes its way onto most tourism magazines promoting Perth (and for good reason). Not only is this building a beautiful backdrop for a picnic, but Perth’s position means we can capitalise on a sunset over the ocean. When it comes to securing a spot, try and aim for one of the grassed-tiered areas right of the Civic Centre if you are facing the ocean. If you are feeling like you want to continue the picnic party, you can always head across to the Cottesloe Beach Hotel or Il Lido for more wine. 

Sunset Hill – Scarborough

Rounding off the list strong is Sunset Hill – the newly developed grass mound in Scarborough. Being so elevated, you’ll feel on top of the world with panoramic ocean views while you snack away. Hot tip is to pick an afternoon so you can secure the sunset with no wind. Also, if packing a full-blown picnic is not your thing, you can head to the Scarborough Beach Markets on Thursdays and grab some snacks before wandering over to the hill. 

And there we have it – a list of parks that traverses everything Perth has to offer. From incredible sunset views all the way to unobstructed views of the city, Perth has got its fair share of perfect picnic spots. If you have a large group or would not like to allocate a dedicated driver, we can help you with your transport. Talk to one of our sales teams today.


10 Down South Kid-Friendly Activities To Keep The Little Ones Busy

10 Down South Kid-Friendly Activities To Keep The Little Ones Busy 640 427 James Turner

Every Christmas and New Years’ school holidays, the down south region in WA becomes a mecca for families looking to escape the city life. Boasting a plethora of top-notch beaches and wineries, there is enough to keep the adults entertained for weeks. However, if you are travelling as a family, you’ll need some ideas up your sleeve to keep the little ones occupied. To help you along the way, we’ve rounded up the best kid-friendly activities. Hot tip: due to the popularity of these activities, we recommend booking ahead of time, especially if you know what dates you’ll be visiting.

Busselton Jetty

Starting the list off strong is Busselton Jetty – the pride of joy of all Busselton locals. This 154-year-old jetty stretches across a sizable 1,941 meters. You can choose to walk the jetty or take a solar-powered train. The best part about this jetty is at the end features the Underwater Observatory, where the kids can immerse themselves and see first-hand the coral and natural habitat 8 meters below the surface. We reckon this will become even more popular across the 2022 holiday period when the Underwater Discovery Center finishes its fresh upgrade. From here, you can always take a stroll along the boulevard and pick up ice cream. 

Discover Deadly

While in Busselton, a trip to the Discover Deadly Centre to safely get up close and personal with some creepy crawlies may be a pretty eye-opening experience for the kids. The team here feature a list of snakes, pythons, geckos, turtles and more and is super experienced and passionate about educating the little ones. With guided tours, their jam-packed summer programs include learning, workshops and live demonstrations. This is a very popular addition to any trip to Busselton and will no doubt be a talking point with the kiddos for the whole week.   

Next Level Monkey Business 

Located on the outskirts of Dunsborough, Next Level Monkey Business, as the name suggests, offers up an outdoor adventure centre featuring ziplining, rope courses and bouldering. These guys have something for everyone, including the adults, with a larger, more exhilarating mega ropes course and zip line. If you want a break from the kids, too, you can sign them up for passes that include an instructor who will take them through safety first before leading them through each activity. Finally, if you do have big groups or larger families, you can book in as a larger group and secure discounts and your own home base for snacks and water breaks. 

Jet Adventures

Also located in the family-friendly Dunsborough – Jet Adventures is for thrill seekers and may be more appropriate for families with teenagers. Here you’ll hit top speeds in Geograph Bay as you launch through twists and turns on a speedboat. Perfect for adrenaline junkies, these jetboat rides include 270-degree turns and lightning-fast doughnuts. They also offer tandem parasailing with a mate, where you’ll experience breathtaking views of the bay from above. 

A Maze’n

A short drive from the Margaret River Township is A Maze’n – the only hedge maze in the region and is situated on 5 hectares of stunning gardens. Get lost in the maze as you find clues to get you out. While on-site, we also recommend the 18-hole mini golf course for some healthy family competition. Also, if you are looking for a full day of family fun, you can use the BBQ facilities to ensure everyone is kept fueled. 

Cape Naturalist Lighthouse

A quick 10-minute drive from Dunsborough is the Cape Naturalist Lighthouse – perched proudly on the Geograph Bay coastline. This location is the start of some pretty special short walks along the breathtaking coast that can easily be done with the family if the weather is great. At the lighthouse, it’s very easy to make your way to the top with only 60 steps, and it offers bang for your buck with pretty incredible views. You can also take a guided tour which operates hourly, on the hour by a local guide where groups are maxed out at 10, so it’s nice and small. 

Ngilgi Caves

The crown and glory of the southwest – the Ngilgi Caves, are a pretty spectacular collection of caves featuring stunning stalactites and stalagmites. The extensive boardwalk will lead you through the epic chambers of this underground oasis, where you’ll learn all about how the cave was naturally formed. This one is a must-see for the little ones, and a hot tip is to bring along a jumper, as it can get a little cold the further into the cave you go. If you opt for a tour, it’s a nice short 1-hour journey from the information centre to the end and back. This is also another attraction we would recommend booking ahead of time as it gets super popular in the summer months.

Mountain Biking

The mountain biking trails around Margaret River are a very fun morning out in the sun, especially if you have teenagers who are comfortable (and confident) with a bit of downhill adventure. The scenic forests also present a pretty spectacular backdrop, and there is a large mix of tracks to suit all levels and experiences. For those looking for a lighter cruise, the flat surfaces of the Wadandi track are a good place to start. However, if you are looking for more of a challenge with jumps and logs, look no further than the High Horse track.

Movies in the Garden – Caves Road

Taking a slightly more chilled and relaxed approach, another great activity for the whole family is catching a film at the Caves Road Movies in the Garden. This stunning venue set amongst the natural foliage is a really unique experience. Bring along your own dinner and picnic rug, or you could opt for pizza from the local food trucks. 

Primal Archery

Rounding the list off strong is the team at Primal Archery. Here you can test your accuracy on various targets to hit the illusive bullseye. A perfect day for those with some healthy family competition, you can showcase your skills in a round-robin competition format. 

For those that are planning your upcoming summer holidays, the above list should hopefully help if you are doing it with the whole family. We always recommend booking things early, too, as it’s such a popular time of year. If you are chasing transport down to the South West region or a larger group, we can help you organise this all. Chat with one of our sales team today.

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Lancelin Explorer: Top Things to Do and See

Lancelin Explorer: Top Things to Do and See 640 480 James Turner

Located on a peninsular, a short 1-hour hop, skip and jump from Perth, lies Lancelin. Famous for its back beach, sand dunes, surf, and not to mention a top-notch pub – Lancelin is a hidden gem that has something for everyone. It’s certainly worth its weight in gold, especially if you are looking to escape Perth for the weekend or on route further up north. We thought we’d put together a list of the top things to do and see in Lancelin to help you plan your experience this summer. Our hot tip, though, is if you are planning on staying a few nights, get in quick, as accommodation here is somewhat limited which really adds to the secluded feel that Lancelin provides. 

Sandboarding Lancelin Sand Dunes

Located a couple of kilometres from the town centre is Lancelin’s pride and joy – the Lancelin sand dunes. Every year, thousands flock to this off-road area to explore the dunes on 4WDs. Some of the sand dunes exceed 40m and are perfect for those chasing an exhilarating sandboarding experience. A number of local providers are on deck who can help with sandboard tours and hire. We recommend using those listed on the Lancelin Tourism website. All in all, these dunes will offer up a whole day of adventure and is our top thing to do in Lancelin.

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Quad Bike Tours

If you are keen to up the ante at the sand dunes, another way to experience them is via quad bike or buggies. An experienced driver will whip you around the undulating mounds and quick drops for 90 minutes. These guys have been doing it for a number of years now, so they know all the best areas and spots. The vehicles are also tested frequently for safety! Buggies of all sizes are available, and you can even combine a quad bike tour with sandboarding to truly make a day of it. We recommend the guys at Adventure Tours organise your quad bike experience and always aim to book a day in advance. 

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Tours

The Lancelin back beach in the mornings provides calm bay-like conditions that are primed for stand-up paddle boarding. Perfect for a subtle core workout, SUPs are a great way to see schools of fish gather near the closeby reef. These can be hired directly from the water’s edge by the hour and are a cheap and affordable activity for the whole family.   

Learn How to Surf at Lancelin Back Beach

Thanks to its prime location – the back beach at Lancelin is a super long stretch of white sand and turquoise water that produces some good swell year-round. Renowned for its calm morning surf breaks, Lancelin back beach is the perfect spot to learn how to surf. There is a heap of surf schools to pick from who can use either offer boards for hire or lessons to get you up and surfing in no time. A word of warning – the afternoons at the back beach can be a little windy, so we recommend learning to surf in the mornings.

Pinnacles Desert Sunset Stargazing

Located on the outskirts of Lancelin are the Pinnacles – a collection of limestone formations within Naumburg National Park. Dating back over 30,000 years ago, the Pinnacles are well-posted and can be accessed by car. When you arrive, the trail will take about half an hour, but most people take 1-2 hours to allow time to get out of the car and have a close-up look at the Pinnacles and take photos. If you are looking to elevate the experience, you could opt for a nighttime star-gazing tour. Under the open sky, the stars can provide the perfect backdrop for some serious photo opportunities.  

Lancelin Island

Accessed by a short 5-minute boat ride is Lancelin Island – a mini oasis with a beautiful untouched beach and heaps of local watching to knock your socks off. There is no fishing allowed on the island but what is possible is to experience all the underwater coral and fish with a snorkelling set. A trip out to Lancelin Island is highly recommended and is a must-do, especially for those that enjoy diving and snorkelling.

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Fishing and Boating 

For those looking to catch some fresh produce for their dinner, look no further than the Lancelin Jetty. Here you can drop a line and hope to score fresh Whiting, Squid and Tailor. For those looking for a more serious deep-sea fishing expedition, you can head out on a chartered boat in the hope of securing big ticket items such as Snapper, Dhufish or Baldchin Groper. 

Kitesurfing & Windsurfing

Once the afternoon breeze hits Lancelin’s back beach, it turns quickly into a kitesurfing haven. Popular during December and January – most of the action takes place at the south point of the beach and can be accessed via Grace Darling Park. Even if this activity is not for you, it’s a pretty incredible spectacle to watch from the lookout areas as kitesurfers descend into the water to take advantage of the reliable conditions. 

Endeavour Tavern 

What better way to finish a full-throttle day of fun at the dunes and the back beach than a cold drink? The Endeavour Tavern is somewhat of a Lancelin institution and offers up a heap of beers on tap, great pub food and an ocean view. Try your luck at securing an outside table and watch the sunset while you discuss the day that was.
From the back beach to the sand dunes and everything in between – Lancelin is an underrated action-packed destination very close to Perth. It’s a fantastic family location and will provide that classic beach town energy without the big hotels and restaurants. Its low key but also well-resourced! If you are also looking for transport for a bigger group, we also can help you out with our minibus hire. Chat with one of our sales team today.

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10 of Western Australia’s Most Iconic Instagrammable locations

10 of Western Australia’s Most Iconic Instagrammable locations 640 427 James Turner

Western Australia is graced with some seriously impressive natural wonders. Each holds something super special, including contrasting blue waters against red rocks, natural gorges, and not to mention some of the best coral reefs on the planet. There really is picture perfect spots across our state that stretch as far as the deep south of WA all the way through to the Gibb River Road. An Instagrammers dream – our natural wonders certainly are untouched and uncrowded and will mean you’ll be able to secure the perfect shot without the hoards of tourists cramping your style. To help you plan your next shoot, we thought we’d put together a list of the top 10 most iconic locations across our state.

Horizontal Falls

Starting things off strong is Horizontal Falls. Located in the far north of Western Australia in the Kimberley Region – Horizontal Falls is a natural wonder where fast-moving tidal currents squeeze through two massive gorges forming 3 distinct lakes. Accessed via Cape Leveque, it’s possible to experience this natural phenomenon via sea or plane. Both will offer up some top-notch camera locations. You’ll be able to capture the experience first-hand as you traverse each lake. The contrast between the surrounding red gorges and the blue water creates a very exciting prospect for that Instagram feed!

Cape to Cape

Located between Augusta and Dunsborough, the Cape to Cape walk is a very popular multi-day hike that makes its way through spectacular bush lines and coastal lookouts. Some sections of the walk also take place straight on the beach. Offering up some of the best fauna and fauna in our state, the Cape to Cape walk will not disappoint in the photo opportunity department! Our favourite section is the path from Cape Naturaliste to Yallingup, which takes in some incredible ocean views!

Ningaloo Reef

Recognised as a very important reef structure and, more importantly, a key nesting ground for the green and loggerhead turtles – Ningaloo Reef is a very untouched area that hasn’t been overrun by tourists. While you are here, you can also even swim with the Whale Sharks, which will produce some of the best Instagram moments! We recommend for any Whale Shark tour, actually hire a photographer (there is plenty available) so you can truly immerse in the experience of swimming with one of the largest mammals on the planet. HOT TIP: time your run right between November and March, and you might be lucky enough to document the birth of baby turtles on the shoreline.

Karijini National Park

One of Western Australia’s prime locations – Karijini features some of the best waterholes, gorges, vast stretch red dirt roads and a quintessential ‘outback Australia’ feel. The dramatic views of and lookouts are seriously an Instagram dream, with breathtaking locations such as Oxer Lookout, where you can capture 100+ meter cliffs with clear pools. Resembling the ‘centre of the Earth’, Oxer lookout is our favourite. A close second is Fern Pool which is a swimming spot close to Fortesque Falls. We recommend a solid week in Karijini, and we guarantee you’ll spend time scraping your jaw off the floor in awe of the natural beauty. 

Rottnest Island

Located a quick 45-minute ferry off the coast of Perth is Rottnest Island, which is resident of not only the Quokka but some of the bluest waters in our state. There is a neverending list of small secluded bays perfect for you to capture the perfect shot. Some of our favourites include Little Parakeet Bay and Salmon Bay on the west coast. Start the day intense at the bakery before hiring a bike and exploring the island! Photos are plenty, especially with the local Quokka (hello, Roger Federer). But, please, respect the local residents as sometimes they are overwhelmed by the volume of tourists trying to snap the perfect shot. If you are looking for a full-blown itinerary for the day – you can check out ours.

Elephant Rocks

Elephant Rocks is a sheltered bay located very close to Greens Pool and a short 15kms from Denmark. Smack bang in the middle of the William Bay National Park – Green Pool offers a heap of ‘perfect picture’ moments thanks to the vast cracked oval boulders sitting proudly in the ocean. If you have a drone up your sleeve and send it up, you’ll be able to really understand the reference to Elephant Rocks, as the boulders form a neat line of rocks resembling a herd of elephants. 

Nature’s Window – Kalbarri

Already very popular with Instagram kids – Nature’s Window is an iconic rock formation that can be found along the 9km loop trail on the outskirts of Kalbarri. Sometimes attracting a bit of a line, this exceptional lookout offers a look into the surrounding gorges through a ‘window’ or gap in the rock. The rippled rock surrounding the gap was formed during ancient times by waves moving over the tidal flats. Hot tip with this – aim to arrive early before it’s too hot or choose to witness this prized location at sunset to capture some unique colours as the sun sets on the red rocks.

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The Bungle Bungles

Located within the Purnululu National Park, the World Heritage-listed Bungle Bungle range has been photographed for decades – and for a good reason! Giant rock domes rise quickly from the dusty Australian plain and resemble beehive-like formations. Perhaps one of Australia’s most surreal landscapes, this region resembles what it would look like to be on Mars. If you can afford a scenic flight, do it! If you are viewing this from the ground, we recommend getting your hands on a drone to truly capture the waved rocks. This one is our pick of the list for a remarkable Instagram moment for the prized feed. 

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Borenup Forest

Featuring towering karri trees above 60m in height, Borenup Forest is an Instagrammer delight. On most afternoons, it’s common to see sunlight streaming between the canopy and reflecting perfectly off the green shrubs below. Offering some perspective, the towering trees are only a 25-minute drive from Margaret River, and we recommend driving through Boranup Drive, where we guarantee you’ll be stopping for photos every 100m. Make sure you also check out Borenup Lookout, which takes in the sheer size of the forest and some peek-a-boo snippets of Hamelin Bay. 

Perth Beaches

Rounding off the list is a homegrown Perth favourite – our beaches! Offering up arguably some of the best coastlines in the world, some of our local beaches offer endless photo opportunities. On a good day, we recommend visiting Cottesloe and securing some drone photography before heading up the coast to secluded bays close to Sorrento. Wanting to know which beach to visit? Check out our guide to the top Perth beaches to help you plan your route.

As we can see, Western Australia is a vast state with a neverending list of Instagrammable spots. We really do have something for everyone, with gorges a plenty, top beaches and exceptional drone locations with minimal tourists. We know planning a trip for you and your friends to some of these locations can be tricky. We can help with our dedicated mini-buses and drivers. Chat with our sales team today.

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Transform Your Summer: 10 Best Beaches In and Around Perth

Transform Your Summer: 10 Best Beaches In and Around Perth 640 427 James Turner

Perth knows a thing or two about how to showcase some pretty special beaches. Blessed with an untouched coastline, endless sunsets, small coves and wide stretches of white sand – our beaches in Western Australia are amongst some of the best you’ll find across the globe. We know that is a pretty big statement, but those that have done their fair share of travel would agree. For the most part, the coast in Perth is never overcrowded, so there’s no need to secure a paid day bed – essentially, there is just plenty of coast to go round. To ensure you can immerse yourself in one of Perth’s best assets this summer, we thought we’d pull together the best beaches in and around Perth.

Scarborough Beach

Perfect for: people watching, surfers and young people

Starting the list off strong, Scarborough Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Perth (and for good reason). Lined with restaurants, bars and kiosks – Scorabrough Beach is perfect if you want to combine the beach with either lunch or dinner and drinks. Famous for the Night Markets, once sunset is finished, a variety of food trucks line up to keep the festivities going. This beach is also very popular with tourists, with a number of hostels and hotels to pick from. On the sand, this beach has been blessed with all key elements, including wide set sand stretches, surf, turquoise water and lifeguards to keep you swimming between the flags.

City Beach

Perfect for: sundowners, BBQ’s and families

City Beach is the crowning glory of Perth’s northern suburb beaches. It’s situated relatively close to the heart of Perth and has some of the whitest sand possible. This beach is perfect for an afternoon BBQ with wide open grass spaces that are elevated from the sand offering up some seriously impressive sunset viewing locations. BBQs are provided and if that is not your jam, Clancy’s Fish Bar is on deck to ensure you don’t go hungry. 

Trigg Beach

Perfect for: surfers 

Trigg Beach is a super popular beach with surfers, thanks to Trigg Point – a perfect surf break that produces some serious swell in the winter months. During summer, the break is a little more subdued, which means it’s also a great spot for a day in the sun. You’ll be well fueled by the famous Canteen Cafe just opposite the car park which produces some top quality fish, chips, drinks and coffee. Sometimes it’s a challenge to secure a car park here so you may be looking at parking in the surrounding streets, however, the beach is very much worth it! On the sand, it’s pretty special and we’d recommend swimming between the flags here as they are a few rocks around and rips can pick up once the breeze comes in!

Mullaloo Beach

Perfect for: long sand stretches, undisturbed turquoise water

A very underrated stretch of sand – Mullaloo is a big contender for Perth’s widest and whitest stretch of beach. On a good day when the breeze hasn’t set in and the tide is out, you can walk upwards of 100m off the coast and wade in the calm waters. Here, parking is also a little easier, you’ll comfortably find a spot for yourself away from the rest and in the evening sometimes you’ll see dogs off the lead. It’s a very suburban, family-orientated gem which we certainly rate.

Cottesloe Beach

Perfect for: tourists, day trippers

The iconic Cottesloe Beach seems to be the one that makes its way to the front of the Perth travel guides and is a very popular number with tourists. Thanks to the manmade rock structure, the beach is kept safe and calm most of the time. Furthermore, there is a famous landmark that floats just off the coast that people enjoy swimming out to. You’ll be able to find a spot on the amphitheatre-style grassed area too which is a nice change to the sand. Finally, if you time your run right, you’ll be able to experience Sculptures by the Sea – which brings together domestic and international artists who specialise in installations. 

South Beach

Perfect for: larger groups

Popular amongst south of the river Perthians – South Beach is you guessed it, slightly south of Fremantle. It’s a great stretch of sand with clear blue waters and a very even sand bar. You’ll be able to walk easily out with no issues. The best bit? It’s located close to our favourite Mexican restaurant in Perth called La Cubana. Check it out amongst other big hitters on our 48 guide to Fremantle.

Rottnest Island

Perfect for: day trippers, tourists and small private coves

Rottnest Island in our opinion presents the best beaches in close proximity to one another across Western Australia. This island truly has something for everyone – from famous snorkelling to quiet and cosy coves all the way up to busy stretches complete with beach bars. Only a short 45-minute ferry from the mainland, the best beaches to check out are certainly Little Salmon Bay, Parakeet Bay and Thomson Bay. If you are considering staying overnight, we highly recommend booking ahead of time because, in the summer months, this island is the place to be and is super popular with locals and visitors.

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Mettams Pool

Perfect for: young families and snorkelling

If you are looking for a calming, safe and secure beach where the kids can run a mock, then Mettams Pool is your answer. Located just north of Trigg, Mettams Pool is protected from the wind and great for snorkelling. Hot tip? Get down here early to secure a spot. Due to the size of the small bay, it means the sand is a hot commodity. After you finish up, we also recommend a quick visit to Yelo for their famous banana bread. 

Port Beach

Perfect for: groups and families

Port Beach is the south side version of Scarborough beach, minus the surf. Located in North Fremantle, here you’ll be graced with a huge stretch of sand and very blue water. One hot tip about Port beach – when it gets hot there isn’t a lot of shade on offer so we recommend bringing along some umbrellas and sun protection. 

Coogee Beach and Omeo Wreck

Perfect for: snorkelling and diving

Rounding off the list strong is Coogee Beach which is also located south of the river. Here you’ll be graced with not only white sand but also the Omeo Wreck. This is Perth’s premium shortline shipwreck and can be explored by confident swimmers with a set of snorkels and flippers. Submerged 25m off the beach, you’ll be able to see the wildlife in its natural habitat, too. It’s very common to see schools of fish, small stingrays and the occasional dolphin swimming past. 

And there we have it, a fairly comprehensive display of Perth’s best beach assets. As always, if you were part of a larger group and had events close to or at one of the beaches above, we can assist in sorting out your transport. Chat to one of our sales team members today who can quote you up in no time.