Perth Surrounds

A Vast Stretch of Pristine Coastline

Perth's string of fabulous beaches and coastal townships help inspire the outdoors lifestyle the city is renowned for. Start with a trip to laid-back Fremantle, Located just 20 minutes away. Freo boasts a multicultural charm, world-famous heritage architecture, a compelling and maritime convict history, and a lively arts scene that can be easily appreciated at the renowned Fremantle Markets. Shoppers should hit High Street and partygoers can enjoy a vibrant nightlife and choice of annual festivals.

Take the short ferry ride to Rottnest Island and discover superb bays and unique flora and fauna, including the famous Quokka, a small marsupial similar to a kangaroo. Tranquil 'Rotto' is a car-free island, its secret surf spots and isolated beaches are best explored by bicycle. Uncover the island's indigenous and colonial histories on a guided tour or hop-on hop-off bus.

Impressive waves at Scarborough Beach make it popular with surfers and swimmers, while kite and wind surfers usually arrive as the afternoon breeze sets in. The foreshore here is lined with restaurants and cafes, and an outdoor amphitheater hosts all kinds of summer events. An excellent choice for families is Sorrento Beach, with safe swimming in turquoise waters, grassy picnic areas and a surf life saving club. Nearby is Hillarys Boat Harbour, home to myriad dining options and the Aquarium of Western Australia. Just north sits trendy Mullaloo Beach, where you can enjoy alfresco dining.

Insider's Tips

  1. Discover Rottnest Island by Bike: With no cars on the island, the best way to really discover Rottnest is by bike.
  2. Go Surfing in Scarborough: See bronzed bodies and brilliant blue water, just 20 minutes drive from Perth.
  3. Visit Hillarys Boat Harbour: Enjoy a relaxing lunch as you watch all the boats go by.
  4. Have a beer in Fremantle: Enjoy a refreshing beer at the Little Creatures Brewery - a Freo institution.

More Information

For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Perth Surrounds chapter in our online Western Australia brochure. Click here.

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