Perth lies on the stunning Western Australian coastline, near the mouth of the Swan River, with the Perth Hills to the east. The city has evolved with respect for the natural environment, encompassing numerous green spaces, including one of the world's largest inner city parks - the 400 hectare Kings Park & Botanic Garden.
Kings Park is worth exploring for its vast areas of natural bushland and cultivated gardens. There are a number of walk and bike trails for all fitness levels, and great views over the city too. Look out for the outdoor concerts and movies.
Just south of the city is Araluen Botanic Gardens - a must-see if you enjoy strolling through varieties of plants in a beautifully cared for environment. During spring, travel a little way north of the city to see the performance put on for us by the endless varieties and colours of tiny, remarkably resilient wildflowers. The monastic town of New Norcia is worth including in your trip.
Summer is the time when Perth's famous beaches come into their own. Never crowded, the beaches attract people of all ages to swim, surf and chill out on the vast stretches of white sand. Locals often head over to our favourite holiday island in summer too. Rottnest Island is a short ferry ride from Fremantle, and a haven from the city buzz - a place where everyone walks or cycles, visiting crystal clear bays for snorkelling and boating.
Our port city of Fremantle is another must. Steeped in history, influenced by Italian culture, and popular with artists and musicians, Fremantle has quite a different vibe to neighbouring Perth. There are countless cafes, restaurants, art galleries and boutique stores, all nestled close to the harbour - you'll easily fill a day or more here.
Needless to say, with our strong Asian and European influences, great food and coffee are everywhere in Perth and Fremantle. Wine lovers will definitely want to visit the Swan Valley wineries, ideally by boat and bus! This is a great way to enjoy the freedom of wine tasting - enjoy a relaxing trip up the Swan River and let someone else do the driving. The valley is known for its local produce too, including olives, honey and grapes.
The Perth Hills
Our Perth & Surrounds tours focus mainly on the Perth Hills and foothills as the area closest to the city that offers fantastic walking, hiking and beautiful fresh air. We like to follow the Darling Scarp Zig Zag Scenic Drive, and explore several of the national parks and walk trails, with their pretty scenery, waterfalls and wildlife, including John Forrest National Park, Railway Reserves Heritage Trail, Serpentine National Park, Lesmurdie Falls Bush Walk, and of course the famous Bibbulmun Track.
The Bibbulmun is one of the world's great walk trails, starting at Kalamunda in the Perth Hills and meandering for almost 1,000km to Albany on the south coast. Cyclists enjoy getting up into the hills too, with the Munda Biddi Trail beaten just for them. This world class, off-road track is as long as the Bibbulmun, stretching from Mundaring to Albany, and the longest of its kind in the world.
Mundaring is a great place to visit and get your bearings. There are lots of picnic spots and walk trails around, as well as scenic Mundaring Weir and the Perth Hills Discovery Centre. Another 15 minutes' drive from Mundaring is a popular 'swimming hole', Lake Leschenaultia - a former railway damn that has been developed into a recreational lake.
Getting to and around Perth
- Perth Airport is 20 km east of the city.
- Taxis are available from both the domestic and international terminals. A taxi trip from the airport terminals to Perth city centre will take 20 to 30 minutes.
- Perth and Fremantle are serviced by public transport and a free shuttle service, the Central Area Transit - CAT. Fremantle is 20 km from Perth city or 20 minutes by car.
- Perth’s beaches are 15 to 20 minutes by car from the city.
To find out more about Perth & Surrounds, go to Experience Perth.
Experiences in Perth & Surrounds
Admire the views of Lesmurdie Falls, Get up close with native animals at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Enjoy a forest Camel ride at Calamunnda Camel Farm and learn about food on a Bushtucker Tour, Pick your own fruit and veg on a working orchard and walk through Araluen Botanic Gardens.
Visit some of Perths most beautiful waterfalls. Explore National Park Falls, Hovea Falls, Lesmurdie Falls, Sixty Foot Falls and Serpentine Falls. See Native Australian animals in their natural setting and view a large variety of Wildflowers some of which are endemic to Perth Hills.
18th November 2017
This 11km trail in Walyunga National Park follows the Avon River before ascending steeply to the western side of the river. It passes through marri and wandoo woodland, currently with a thick understorey of regrowth after fire, before offering views of the Avon Valley from Woodsome Hill.
16th December 2017
An easy 5km beginners trail around a former man-made railway dam that supplied water to steam trains for almost 50 years. It is now a recreational lake for locals, interstate and overseas visitors. In 2005, Lake Leshenaultia gained a heritage listing based on the railway history, recreational significance and other factors.
27th October 2017
A family friendly night hike on a 2.5km trail exploring the nocturnal creatures that awaken in the night within Korung National Park. We invite you to grab a flashlight join our guides and let’s head out into the dark woods to see what we can find! Suitable for ages 4+.
New Moon 19 Oct 2017 | Full Moon 4 Nov 2017
This is a fairly easy 2 km night hike on the unused Zig Zag railway offering amazing views of the Perth City nightlights. We invite you to join our guide, come howl at the moon or walk beneath the stars, exploring our trails after dark and fall in love with…
13th January 2018
This 3.2km hike explores the Bickley Brook Reservoir area of the Darling Scarp, originally constructed in 1920-21 to supplement Perth’s water supply. It’s a moderately difficult walk, upstream of the Reservoir with some steep climbs and descents, and is abundant with wildlife.
17th November 2017
A 2km loop exploring the nocturnal creatures that awaken in the dark of the night within Kalamunda National Park. A family friendly hike, suitable for ages 4+. We invite you to grab a flashlight join our guides and head out into the dark woods to see what we can find!
New Moon 18 Nov 2017 | Full Moon 3 Dec 2017
This is a 3 kilometre walk within the Upper Lesmurdie Falls National Park and is of a very high standard that most people will find an easy and very rewarding walk. We invite you to join our guide, come howl at the moon or walk beneath the stars, exploring our…
7th April 2018
A leisurely 9km hike combing two beautiful trails within Mundy Regional Park. Be awe inspired by the sounds of the flowing creeks and sights of impressive granite outcrops and remnants of a 1960’s home as well as taking in views of the Swan Coastal Plain, with the city of Perth…
17th February 2018
This 6km hike located in Serpentine National Park will see you climbing Baldwins Bluff passing through Jarrah, Marri and Wandoo woodlands, over exposed granite where you eventually summit and are rewarded with beautiful views of the Swan Coastal Plain and the valley below.
19th May 2018
A 16km half day hike throughout the Darling Range section of the Bibbulmun Track. Departing from the Perth Hills Discovery Centre we travel up to the Golden View Lookout, offering stunning views of Mundaring Weir and Lake O’Oconnor. We then explore the track passing through a mix of jarrah, marri…
16th June 2018
We combine both the Mason and Bird Heritage Trail and Victoria Reservoir Loop and immerse ourselves in an 13km hike through the heart of the Perth Hills. We trace part of the route of the old Mason and Bird Timber Company’s tramway which linked their mill in Kalamunda to the…
14th July 2018
Discover the natural and cultural history of the wilderness areas in Yanchep National Park, the sights and sounds of the pristine wetlands and the historic remains of the ‘Ghost House’. There’s plenty of interest and variety as the trail passes through tuart forest, banksia woodlands and coastal heath.
4th August 2018
The 16 kilometre return Kitty’s Gorge Walk Trail is a beautiful walk following the Serpentine River and Gooralong Brook throughout the Serpentine National Park passing through Jarrah Forest, granite outcrops and the Brook’s many waterfalls.
8th September 2018
The Railway Reserves Trail has so many beautiful points of interest, from artwork structures that acknowledge the history and importance that the railway line played in connecting people to travel, to the hidden gems of the waterfalls, creeks and quarries.
13th October 2018
This 14km trail rewards hikers with amazing views. You will need a good level of fitness as it has some steep ups and downs & we need to scale both Mt Vincent and Mt Cuthbert which are two of the highest points on the Swan Coastal plain at over 500m.
17th November 2018
Eagle View Walk trail offers great views across the Swan Coastal Plain to Perth city and the ocean in the distance. The trail is a bushwalker’s delight, covering a variety of relatively pristine habitats, passing beautiful waterfalls and boasting spectacular wildflower displays in spring.
Wyld Womyn Hikes
9 Dec 2017
This 14km trail is challenging, but the spectacular views make it worthwhile. There are some steep ups and downs and we need to scale both Mt Vincent and Mt Cuthbert (over 500m). This is not a loop trail, which means 2 lots of mountains to tackle.
15 July 2017
Eagle View Walk trail is a bushwalker’s delight, covering a variety of relatively pristine habitats, passing beautiful waterfalls and boasting spectacular wildflower displays in spring. It offers great views across the Swan Coastal Plain to Perth and the ocean in the distance.
11 Nov 2017
The Ghost House Trail takes you through the natural and cultural history of Yanchep National Park. You’ll encounter the sights and sounds of the pristine wetlands and discover the historic remains of the ‘Ghost House’’, passing through tuart forest, banksia woodlands and coastal heath.
28 Oct 2017
Kitty’s Gorge Trail is a beautiful walk following the Serpentine River and Gooralong Brook. Along the way, it passes impressive granite outcrops and the Brook’s many waterfalls.
9 Sept 2017
The south section of this trail, from Mt Helena to Bellevue, is really beautiful. There are many points of interest, from artwork structures acknowledging the part played by the railway in connecting people, to the hidden gems of the waterfalls, creeks and quarries.