Itinerary: Perth and surrounds (1 week)


Below is our itinerary of our trip to Western Australia earlier this month. Folks planning a similar route might find it useful. Most of it is DIY using public transportation — they have very good infrastructure which includes free CAT (Central Area Transit) buses — but for some far-flung sights like the must-see Pinnacles Desert, we had some relatives there who were gracious enough to show us around.

Perth, Western Australia

View of Perth City from Kings Park

Day 1

  • Fly in to Perth
  • Drive to Swan Valley


Day 2

  • Self-guided walking tour
    • Stirling Gardens
    • Supreme Court of Western Australia
    • Supreme Court Gardens
    • The Bell Tower
    • Barrack Street Jetty
  • Western Australian Museum
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia


  • Murray Street Mall
  • Hay Street Mall
  • London Court
  • Kings Park
Fremantle Prison, Fremantle, Western Australia

Fremantle Prison (UNESCO World Heritage site)

Day 3

  • Whale watching cruise
  • Dock at Fremantle


  • Self-guided tour
    • E-Shed Markets
    • Fremantle Prison (UNESCO World Heritage site)
    • Fremantle Oval
    • Fremantle Markets
    • Fremantle Town Hall
    • St John’s Anglican Church
  • Train ride to Perth

We cruised along the Swan River from Barrack Street Jetty to Fremantle Ports aboard the Rottnest Express. We then transferred to a smaller boat, which took us to the Indian Ocean to watch for whales. This boat returns to Fremantle around lunchtime, so we spent the afternoon exploring the city at our leisure.

Tip: Upon getting off the plane at the airport, you will be greeted by someone offering a free tourist booklet. Grab one, as it has discount coupons for a lot of tours. We got 20% off on our whale watching cruise and Rottnest Island ferry tickets this way.
Pinnacles Desert, Nambung National Park, Western Australia

Pinnacles Desert

Day 4

  • Drive to Guilderton
    • Moore River Estuary
  • Drive to Nambung National Park
    • Pinnacles Desert


  • Drive to Jurien Bay
    • Jurien Bay Jetty
  • Drive to Mandurah
    • Eastern Foreshore


  • Drive to Perth
Farm Show, Caversham Wildlife Park, Whiteman, Western Australia

Kids feeding baby sheep at Caversham Wildlife Park

Day 5

  • Travel to Whiteman
    • Caversham Wildlife Park


  • Whiteman Park
  • Travel to Perth


  • Train ride to Burswood
    • Crown Perth
  • Drive to Perth

We took the train and then the bus to Caversham Wildlife Park, which is actually inside Whiteman Park. We went back to Perth the same way. After a quick shower and change, we took another train to Crown Perth, the only casino in Western Australia.

Cape Vlamingh, Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Rottnest Island

Day 6

  • Boat ride to Rottnest Island
    • Thomson Bay


  • Coach tour
    • Parker Point
    • Wadjemup Lighthouse
    • Cape Vlamingh
  • Boat ride to Perth

Same as before, we boarded the Rottnest Express at Barrack Street Jetty. We spent the morning exploring the main settlement area near Thomson Bay. My travel companion can’t ride a bike, so we took a bus tour, also with Rottnest Express, that goes around the whole island and stops at the abovementioned spots.

Day 7

  • Fly out

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