There lots of fascinating places to visit within a couple of hours of Perth City centre. Many if these places have museums, shops and cafes and would make a perfect day trip.
Araluen Botanic Garden is a beautiful garden in the Perth Hills, about 35km from the city. The gardens are open daily from 9am to 6pm. In the spring Araluen has the most magnificent displays of tulips and spring flowers. The perfect place for a family picnic.
Armadale has a number of interesting heritage attractions including the History House museum which is located within the Minnawarra Historic Precinct.
Bassendean Pensioner Guard Cottage was built in the mid 1800's to house the pensioner guards who were employed to the guard the convicts on their journey from Britain.
Beverley is one of Western Australia's oldest towns and is located 130km east of Perth. The town has many attractions including the Avondale Discovery Farm, the Station Gallery, Dead Finish and the Aeronautical Museum. The town also has many beautiful buildings and it is well work taking a stroll down Vincent Street.
Buckingham House, Wanneroo built between 1880 and 1890, was home to John and Emily Amelia Buckingham and their seven children. As graziers, their home was well situated close to Lake Joondalup to access water for their cattle and vegetable gardens. The house is open for school excursions and to the public during special events throughout the year
Claremont Museum is housed in in old school building, built in 1862 and now houses exhibits and artefacts related to the history of Claremont. The museum is open Monday to Friday 12 noon to 4pm.
Claremont Trail guides you through historic Claremont and highlights some of the town's most important heritage buildings.
Cockman House, Wanneroo is the oldest remaining house in Wanneroo and provides a unique opportunity for visitors to encounter what life was like in the past, and learn about the families that lived in the house over a 130 year period. The house is open to the public on Sundays between 2pm-5pm.
Guildford is one of the three towns established in Western Australia in 1829, the year Western Australia was settled. The town is rich in history and has a number of interesting heritage buildings that can be explored. There are also a number of heritage trails and the town has a number of antique and second hand shops, a must for the treasure hunter.
Kalamunda has a number of natural and cultural attractions including the history village, Stirk Cottage and the perth observatory. There are also a number of interesting heritage trails and the town has some fine character pubs and cafes. There are regular craft and produce markets in the town centre on weekends.
Mandurah was settled in the 1830's and continues to be one of the most popular regions of the state. The city boasts a sailing museum and and the Mandurah city museum which is housed in an 1898 schoolroom. Mandurah has also long been a significant place for the local Aboriginal people and the Winjan Aboriginal corporation provide an insight into Aboriginal culture.
Midland Railway Workshops are being developed to provide a focus for economic and cultural activity in Midland. The area has some significant heritage stories to tell and has used public art to engage visitors.
Munda Biddi Trail is a long distance off road, cycling trail which starts in the Perth Hills at Mundaring and currently goes to Nannup in the state's south west. Ultimately the trail will extend all the way to Albany on the southern coast of Western Australia and will extend over 900km. The trail passes through some spectacular country and links to many heritage and cultural sites. Contact the Munda Biddi Foundation to find out the best way to experience the trail.
Mundaring provides a number of natural activities for visitors. The perfect spot for a day trip Mundaring has monthly markets, world class walk and cycling trails with both the Munda Biddi and Bibbulmun Trails starting here and a rich colonial history.
Mundaring, No.1 Pump Station is the start of the Golden Pipeline which follows the route of the water pipeline built by CY O'Connor to take water from Perth to Kalgoorlie to allow the massive deposits of gold to be exploited.
Mundaring Weir Hotel was built in 1898 to service the men building the Mundaring Weir reservoir. This is a great day trip destination with plenty to explore.
New Norcia is a Monastic town built by Benedictine monks about 130km north of Perth. The town has an excellent museum and a fine collection of art as well as some fine buildings strongly influenced by Spanish architecture.
Northam is situated in the Avon Valley 90 km north east of Perth. There is plenty to see and do here including hot air ballooning and paddling down the Avon river. The town has many heritage buildings that can b explored via the town's heritage trail.
Pinjarra is about an hour south of Perth and has a number of excellent heritage and cultural experiences to offer the visitor.
Rockingham was first settled in the mid 1850's and has a number of heritage trails and there is a local history museum. Rockingham is also a great place to swim with dolphins.
Rottnest Island has played a significant role in the history of Western Australia. It was one of the first places visited by Dutch explorers in the 17th century and since then it has been an Aboriginal Prison, a Governor's holiday residence and a popular family holiday destination. In addition to the beautiful beaches the island has a strong Aboriginal and European history and some not to be missed experiences.
Subiaco Museum tells the story of Subiaco and is open Tuesday to Sunday 2pm to 5pm.
Subiaco Trails cover much of the Suburb of Subiaco and offer an insight into the areas significant buildings and their stories.
Swan Valley has a number of excellent visitor experiences including heritage, food and wine and aboriginal art and culture, a great day trip from Perth. The area also has some excellent Walking and Rail Trails
Toodyay is in the Avon Valley about an hour north of Perth. It was established in the 1830's and was used as a convict Hiring depot. The town has an excellent museum in Connors mill and a newly refurbished gaol.
Wanneroo Regional Museum showcases the City's rich cultural heritage with exciting displays that celebrate the stories of the area. With more than 550 objects and photographs on permanent display, the museum is able to share stories about Wanneroo’s natural, cultural and Aboriginal heritage. The museum is open Monday-Saturday from 10-4pm and hosts behind the scenes tours on the last Friday of each month at 2pm.
Wanneroo's Community History Centre is located in the Wanneroo Regional Museum, with an extensive collection about the history and heritage of Wanneroo For those interested in tracing their family history, the Centre offers free access to Ancestry Library Edition and Find My Past. There are also free Family History Mornings on Mondays from 10am to 1pm.
Wanneroo's Old Schoolhouse was built in 1899 when John Buckingham donated five acres of land and £5 to the Education Department for a school to be built in the area. It was relocated next to Buckingham house in 2009. The school is open for school excursions and to the public during special events throughout the year
Whiteman Park was originally a farm but now provides a great visitor experience with extensive picnic areas, very popular with families, as well as a number of significant collections relating to transport, including the revolutions museum. Train and Tram rides are also available, check the website for details.
Woodbridge House was built in the 1880's as a home for Charles Harper and his family. The house is managed by the National Trust who should be contacted to confirm when the house is open to the public.
Yarloop Rail Workshops were originally a milling operation. The mill operated from 1901 until 1978 when the mill closed down after Cyclone Alby caused severe damage to the buildings. The site is virtually as it was when the men left on the day cyclone Alby came through, it has many original artefacts as well as a significant collection of refurbished steam locomotives.
York is one of the oldest towns in Western Australia and was established in 1836. The town is part of the Avon Valley and offers a significant amount of activities and heritage places for visitors to experience.
York Motor Museum can be found on the main street of the town and has a fine collection of veteran, vintage, classic and racing cars.
York Residency Museum is located near the old York Hospital and was originally part of the convict hiring depot. The museum has a number of fascinating exhibits and activities telling the story of the settlement of York.