Day 3 – Your choice day
Option 1 – South of Perth – Margaret River
Margaret River Wine Region is situated on the traditional lands of the Wardandi people, and during the day you also travel the lands of the Pinjarup and Kaniyang peoples. The Margaret River region is renowned throughout Australia for its wine, with some of the most famous labels in the country coming from here. Whether you drive yourself or buy an organised tour, we would recommend the following:
Try wine tasting at least two wineries (one big one small to get the contrast)
Visit Busselton Jetty, the longest timber jetty in the southern hemisphere at just over 1.8km
Explore the Mammoth cave system (over 100 caves), Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and one of the local beer breweries.
Option 2 – North from Perth – The Pinnacles – Nambung National Park
The Pinnacles in Nambung National Park are on the land of traditional owners the Yuat people.
The Pinnacles are one of those rare formations that are quite unique in the world, to the point that we still don’t know exactly how they were formed. Regardless, it is a fascinating place to visit. If you can be there at either the beginning or end of day you may also see some of the local wildlife, kangaroos!
There are great day tours from Perth to see the Pinnacles that also include a visit to Caversham Wildlife Park, the Cervantes Lobster Shack (lobster lunch additional cost), and sandboarding on the dunes. These companies use special 4WD vehicles that carry around 26/28 people. You can self drive this tour and visit all these places and you can even rent a sandboard at the Lancelin dunes.
Option 3 –Rottnest Island
One of the most famous attractions near Perth is Rottnest Island, which is best visited over a whole day. You need to go and return by ferry, and we recommend it is best to buy a package tour, as they will package the cruise, lunch, a tour of the island and transfers from and to many major hotels.
The island was first inhabited by the Noongar people who abandoned it some 7,000 years ago when sea levels rose. More recently, it was sighted repeatedly from the early 17th century by Dutch explorers, eventually explored extensively by Richard de Vlamingh who named it Rottnest (rat’s nest), mistaking the quokkas for large rats. In fact the quokkas, one of the smallest members of the macropod family, are a major attraction of a visit to the Island.
Once on the island, the main mode of transportation is by bicycle, and you can visit the beaches, go snorkelling, dive one of the wrecks offshore, explore the fort and historic buildings, meet the quokkas (of course!), and relax at one of the restaurants.
You can find package tours to the Island with Rottnest Express and also with Sealink.
Option 4 – Stay in Perth centre and use our app to visit famous landmarks, gardens or just shopping!