Perth – Sample driving tour of the area

Fancy a tour of the Western Territory of Australia? A great place to start is Perth, the capital of the region. And the best way to explore the area is from behind the wheel!

Perth is the capital city of the Western Region, and the 4th largest city in Australia. Known as the “City of Light” (in the 1960′s all residents lit their house lights and streetlights to shine brightly as NASA space astronauts orbited the earth and travelled over the city), it’s the ideal spot to base yourself. All you need is a car!

Perth was founded in 1829 by Captain James Sterling as the capital of the Swan River Colony, a settlement of the new European inhabitants in the area. With a population of over 1.5 million, the city is located in the south west of the continent, between the Indian Ocean and the Darling Range.

Perth is actually one of the most isolated cities in the world. The closest city to Perth, with a population of over 1 million, is Adelaide, which is nearly 2,000km away. It’s positioned closer to the islands of Indonesia and East Timor than most of the cities in Australia!

Today, Perth stands as an important financial and public sector hub for the Western Territory. The Parliament of Western Australia is located in the city, and the main financial sectors are located along the banks of the Swan River. Other important industries are mining and the service industry – of which the tourism industry plays a major part.

Find out more about Perth.

What to see and do in Perth…

There’s so much to do and see within the city itself before you even hire your car and explore the surrounding area. With plenty of sandy beaches in Perth, and aspects of marine life to enjoy at the neighbouring port of Fremantle, the following are some of the main cultural and places of historical importance that you can discover:

Western Australia Maritime Museum

The main museum for the state of Western Australia. You can learn more about Aboriginal culture as well as the flora and fauna of the area.

The Perth Cultural Centre

The Perth Cultural Centre Amalgamates the Museums, Art Galleries, State Libraries, State records offices, and the Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts. If you are interested in learning about the culture of the area, this is the place to go!

The Perth Concert Hall

The Perth Zoo

Perth Zoo is home to many endangered and protected species, this is well worth a visit.

Adventure World

A great day guaranteed for all the family! With plenty of rides and amusements, this will keep the little ones happy!

Kings Park

Kings Park is home to beautiful botanic gardens, and walks. There’s something here in the peace and tranquillity for everyone!

Rottnest Island

Take a trip to the Island, by ferry and explore one of Western Australia’s fastest growing tourist destinations!

Cohunu Koala Park

Cohunu Koala Park has plenty for the family to enjoy, including Australia’s native animals such as koala bears, dingoes, kangaroos, emus and wallabies.

What to see and do in the Perth region…

Perth is easily accessed from Australia’s other major cities. It has two airports, Perth International Airport (book car hire Perth Airport) to the northeast of the city, and Jandakot Airport in the south of the city which serves smaller craft.

From Adelaide to Perth, the main roads to take are the A1, the National 1 and then the National Route 94 to Perth. From Darwin, the route to take is the National 1 Route and then the National Route 95 to Perth. There are many scenic drives you can take in the area, and here are some of the most popular:

Avon Ascent Drive

The Avon Ascent gives you a marvellous introduction to the heartland of Perth, with stunning scenery. Driving from Perth to the historic town of York and Balladong Farm will take you about an hour and a half. If you travel south, for 10km from here, you will reach Gwambygine Park and you can enjoy the wildlife and scenic river walks here.

The next stop is the Avondale Discovery Farm, which is 23 km further up river near Beverley on the Great Southern Highway. If you’re interested in rural tourism, and the development of an open farm, organic farming, and the development of alternative crop practices, there’s plenty to see and do.

Perth – Mandurah

Another popular driving tour that you could take is the Perth to Dunsborough and then on to Mandurah, in what is known as a scenic drive of the wine country of Western Australia.

The drive from Perth to Dunsborough will take approximately 3 hours and is over 250 km. From Perth, take the South West Highway to Dunsborough. Travel through Bunbury and Busselton.

You can enjoy time exploring the Wine Country of Mandurah! Travel to many wine farms and sample the beautiful wines of varying vintages, at Busselton, Margeret River and Yallingup. Here, you can browse through the many art galleries, look at local craft shops and explore the limestone caves that litter the area.

You may decide to overnight at Mandurah. You can enjoy the scenic beaches in the area, plenty of watersports, and cruising and visit the Peel Discovery Centre before you head on the final leg of this Self-drive tour from Perth to Mandurah, a driving time of 75km.

Alternatively, you can travel back to Perth through Fremantle, and spend some time at this port city, and sample the atmosphere of the city, with its historical buildings and many art galleries.

Find out more about Mandurah.

Alternatively, the drive from Perth to Margaret River and onto Bunbury is a good way of getting to know the local area. This again, is the heart of wine country – but with a difference as at the marvellous Prevelly, you will see the wild coastline and majestic forests. At Bunbury, you savour some time at the Dolphin Discovery Centre.
All in all, there’s much for you to discover in the Perth Region, and the best way to explore the area is by hiring a car.

It’s a good idea to organise your car hire before you travel. Book car hire Perth.

If you have any travel tips for touring the Perth area, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.