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PLAN YOUR TRIP
We hope that you make the most of our trip over to the Perth for the 2023 Australian Rowing Championships by making the most of everything beautiful WA has to offer. Whether you are a nature lover, a sun-seeker, adventure nut, a wine-drinker or a foodie, WA has everything you could want and more.
Whether you have a day spare, or plan a holiday around your trip to Australian Rowing Championships, be sure to read on to see how you can make your trip across a memorable one.
WHAT’S ON IN PERTH
Perth is home to the Swan Valley, the only wine region within an Australian capital city — just one of the effortless day trips to enjoy within an hour of the city. You can also explore Perth’s historic and bohemian port city of Fremantle / Walyalup, swim with playful wild dolphins in Rockingham, or cruise to Rottnest Island to meet plenty of quokkas, the world’s happiest animal.
FREMANTLE: An eclectic port city with spirit and soul
Just a 30-minute drive or train from Perth city, it’s bursting with vibrancy, colour and quirky culture. It’s not just art galleries, pubs and cafés that are sprinkled throughout this bohemian town — the bustling Fremantle Markets and one of Australia’s first micro-breweries are there too. Savour fresh seafood harbourside, fine fare in historic buildings or sip a refreshing drink on the beach as you watch an Indian Ocean sunset.
MARGARET RIVER REGION: Where adventure and indulgence meet
Journey through more than 150 wine producers and 100 cellar doors, where the forest meets the ocean and where friendly, passionate locals welcome you in — and it’s all just 2.5-hours’ drive south of Perth / Boorloo. Winemakers, farmers, surfers and creatives have congregated here on Wardandi Noongar Country, inspired by nature’s beauty.
SWAN RIVER: The only wine region within an Australian capital city
A relaxed day trip from Perth/Boorloo, take a short drive or board a river cruise—it’s the only wine region that you can cruise to from an Australian capital city. Taste your way through artisan providores, with olives, cheese, chocolate, nuts, honey, nougat and ice cream among the local gourmet delights. There’s a host of other adventures to enjoy too – including horse riding, cycling, hiking, golf, wildlife, art galleries and Aboriginal cultural experiences.
ROTTNEST ISLAND: Perth’s / Boorloo’s relaxed island playground
Getting to this car-free, protected nature reserve is easy: take a short ferry ride from the mainland or arrive in style by helicopter or airplane. You’ll be greeted by 63 stunning beaches, 20 beautiful bays, an abundance of spectacular marine life, and the world’s happiest animal, the adorable quokka. Discover Rottnest Island’s cultural significance and history on an Aboriginal guided tour, then enjoy an ocean boat cruise dining on sumptuous local seafood.
NINGALOO REEF AND THE CORAL COAST: Wildlife, wilderness and the world’s largest fringing coral reef
Walk straight off the beach and into a marine wonderland of over 500 species of fish, 200 species of coral, and the 300-km-long World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef / Nyinggulu. Become part of one of the most biologically diverse ocean environments on Earth.
DAY TRIPS FROM PERTH
Taste your way through Swan Valley, Western Australia’s oldest wine region. Meet Rottnest Island’s cheerful quokkas. Lose yourself in the lunar-like landscapes of the Pinnacles. Whether you’re dreaming of historic Fremantle or Mandurah’s pristine beaches, some of Western Australia’s most unforgettable experiences are just a day trip from Perth.
3-7 DAY ITINERARIES
Whether your destination is the turquoise sea or the golden outback, a weekend- or week-long trip offers ample rewards. Feast your way along the South West Nature and Wine Drive, dive into the Coral Coast on the Indian Ocean Drive, or discover epic natural treasures on the West Kimberley Crossing.
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