This article is to help you understand what to do in Perth and what are the best Perth tours you should join when visiting.
Have you ever experienced the challenge of fitting all the sightseeing that you want to do into your tight vacation schedule? This is something all of us face every time we take a vacation, it always seems like there is not enough time, especially when it comes to the state of Western Australia and Australia’s sunniest capital city – Perth.
Best tours in Perth and its surroundings
Perth is a city that has it all, including ocean sunsets, great beaches, wineries, deserts, bushlands and wildlife. The best time to come to Perth is from September to March, so that you are in time to enjoy great beach weather, wildflowers blooming, and festivals. The most efficient way to maximise your time in Perth and make sure you don’t miss any of the important sights in and around the city is to take a tour.
Perth City tours
Perth city has changed a lot throughout the history. These days it is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with a good balance of nature and places to get away from the city hustle. Even if you get to spend a whole month here, you will never struggle with a decision what to do in Perth.
If this is your first time in the Perth, go city sightseeing and step back in the history to learn about the city and people who live here:
Tours to Fremantle
Fremantle. Sounds beautiful, doesn’t it? Besides cruises from Perth that depart daily, there are other ways to experience this wonderful port city. Whenever you wonder what to do in Perth on a weekend, Fremantle is never a bad idea. It is a perfect spot for foodies, romantic couples, families with kids, and even artists that seek some inspiration.
Some great tours to join from Perth to Fremantle:
Perth to Margaret River
Margaret River will take you on a gastronomic adventure that will have something to offer for everyone. Quite a long journey away from Perth is definitely worth your time if you can afford it. Drop by amazing coastal towns on your way to and from Margaret River.
These are our Perth to Margaret River tours recommendations:
Swan Valley tours
But no worries, if you want to experience wine, cheese and chocolate tastings not going far away from Perth, Swan Valley, the oldest wine region in Western Australia, is the place to go.
Swan Valley Wine Cruise from Perth
Private Swan Valley Tours by Luxury Vehicle from Perth
Pinnacles and Swan Valley Day Trip Including Caversham Wildlife Park, Vineyard Lunch, Pinnacles and Sandboarding
If you run out of ideas on what to do in Perth and its surroundings, Rottnest Island is a nice get-away from the city hustle and is just and hour and a half away from Perth City. Rottnest Island is a nature’s treasure with white sand beaches, wildlife and many activities available. Spend at least a day here; however, for beach and island lovers even a couple of days may not be enough.
Unusual Perth tours
What to do in Perth if you want to go a little bit off the radar? Here are some unusual Perth tours that will become once-in-a-lifetime experiences:
Perth Beaches and Fremantle Coast Helicopter Tour
Wave Rock, York, Wildflowers and Aboriginal Cultural Tour from Perth
Deep Sea Fishing Charter from Perth
Penguin and Seal Island Kayak Tour
Whale-Watching Perth tours
Explore Western Australia
What to do in Perth if you have seen everything and still have time? Why not explore other parts of Western Australia? Here is the list of where you should go and which Perth tours to join:
Tours to the South West
The South West is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world with a great marine life and impressive landscapes. It is easy to get around here; you can jump from a great surfing beach to a world-class winery quickly. Make sure you visit Albany – the town where European settlers stepped first onto Western Australia. You might have guessed that there are plenty of historical places and museums. But not only that!
Here you can find some amazing spots for hiking, fishing, sailing, whale watching and diving. In Margaret River, you can spice up your journey with other activities like mountain climbing, wine tasting, visiting ancient caves and surfing at the stunning beaches. Bunbury is a cosmopolitan city, where you can enjoy spectacular views, giant forest groves, swimming at the nicest beaches and having magic encounters with bottlenose dolphins.
Join one of the following Perth tours to the South West and enjoy the experience:
3-Day Margaret River Tour and Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk from Perth
4-Day Tour from Perth Including Margaret River, Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk and Albany
3-Day South West Tour from Perth Including Margaret River, Busselton and Albany
Valley of the Giants and Tree Top Walk Day Tour from Perth
Tours along the Coral Coast
Perth tours along the Coral Coast is the kind of experience you will cherish for the rest of your life. Just a few hours away from Perth, you can find yourself in a completely different world – the lunar-like Pinnacles desert. Extend your trip by a few more hours to check out World Heritage sites – Shark Bay and Ningaloo.
Ningaloo should be on your bucket list if you are enthusiastic about snorkeling with more than 500 fish species and 300 varieties of coral reef, swimming with whale sharks, turtles, watching humpback whales and connecting with the nature. If you prefer staying dry, just join a glass bottom boat tour. In the Cape Range National Park, you can take fun hikes or four-wheeler rides in the canyons and become a part of the wildlife.
Coral Bay and Exmouth are great spots to stop overnight for camping or even “glamping” (glamourous camping). Another must-see in the region is called Shark Bay, the beach formed by tiny white shells. Do not forget to see the Hamelin Pool close by, it will give you an idea how Earth looked like 3,500 million years ago. One of the biggest attractions and an excellent stop for families is Monkey Mia, where you can meet and interact with wild dolphins.
Here are the best Perth tours to cover everything along the Coral Coast:
14-Day Perth to Perth tour via Broome Including Karijini, Ningaloo Reef and Exmouth
4-Day Monkey Mia Tour Including Wild Dolphin Encounter, The Pinnacles and Kalbarri
3-Day Monkey Mia Dolphins, Pinnacles Desert and Kalbarri National Park Tour from Perth
Tours to the North West
The North West gives you a genuine wilderness experience and is the only place on Earth that has a Staircase to the Moon and Horizontal Waterfalls.
To get there, you can take a 2.5-hour flight from Perth to Broome, or go on a longer adventure along the coast. Broome and Kununurra are the gateways to the best of the North West. It is worth spending some time there before you embrace the beauty of the unique Bungle Bungle Range (a.k.a. Purnululu National Park) and breathtaking gorges of Karijini National Park.
At these national parks, you can have a special experience of hiking through massive gorges, swimming in crystal clear rock pools and waterfalls, settling for a picnic or camping at a spectacular viewpoint. If you are not a big fan of hiking, there is also an easy access to magnificent sceneries. It is the best to explore Purnululu National Park from above in a scenic flight.
Check out our recommended tours in the North West:
7-Day Kimberley Outback Tour from Broome Including the Bungle Bungles, Bell Gorge and the Tableland Track
10-Day Kimberley Camping Tour from Broome Including Windjana Gorge and the Bungle Bungles
Bungle Bungle Scenic Flight Including Ground Tour of the Argyle Diamond Mine
There are so many options when deciding what to do in Perth. A great selection of tours full of amazing places to visit and once-in-a-lifetime experiences to collect is available to choose from. Depending on how much time and money you can afford for travelling, try at least some of the abovementioned Perth tours, and you will definitely long to return here.
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