Short breaks and weekend getaways from Perth

The city skyline lights up at night in Perth.

With its prime position on the banks of the Swan River, enviable climate, and relaxing lifestyle, Perth is packed with appeal.

And do you know what makes the Western Australian capital even better? It’s within easy reach of a host of alluring destinations that are ideal for a short break.

Whether you’re a Perthian or just visiting the city, look a bit further afield and enjoy a quick getaway from Perth. There’s so much on offer.

Take a tour of the World-Heritage listed Fremantle Prison while in the area.

BIG4 parks less than an hour from Perth (all times approximate)


While it’s technically a suburb of Perth, in reality Fremantle is a destination all of its own. This maritime city exudes a completely different vibe to that of Perth and has a bucket-load of appeal with its cluster of top-drawer attractions and experiences.

Best outdoor attraction: Tough choice. It’s either Little Creatures with a beer in hand or South Beach for toes dipped in sand.

Best rainy day attraction: Don’t let the rain cage you in – a tour of World Heritage-listed Fremantle Prison is sure to enthrall.

Underrated attraction: Witness great chunks of Western Australia’s astounding scenery within the walls of the Monk Art Photography Gallery.

Budget tip: The Western Australian Museum – Shipwreck Galleries has a substantial collection that you can admire without the hefty price tag.

The Pinnacles, in the Nambung National Park (an hour out of Ledge Point), are a unique sight.

BIG4 parks 1-1.5 hours from Perth (all times approximate)

Ledge Point

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life at Ledge Point. This small cray-fishing township, part of the Coral Coast region, presents the perfect opportunity to unwind with its coastal location and relaxing vibe. And it’s a great base to explore nearby treasure.

Best outdoor attraction: Take the hour drive further north to Nambung National Park to witness the magnificent sight of the Pinnacles. This collection of limestone formations looks as though it belongs on another planet.

Best rainy day attraction: Wait for the showers to pass with a meal and a drink at the welcoming Ledge Point Country Club.

Underrated attraction: Be sure to stop at Yanchep National Park on the way to or from Ledge Point. It combines koalas, caves, kangaroos, and more.

Budget tip: Hire a sand board and enjoy endless fun at the nearby Lancelin sand dunes.

Stay at: BIG4 Ledge Point Holiday Park.

Interact with friendly dolphins while staying in Bunbury.

BIG4 parks 1.5-2 hours from Perth (all times approximate)


If you love water, you’ll love a short break in Bunbury. This inviting city occupies a perfect coastal positioning that overlooks Koombana Bay and Leschenault Inlet. As you would expect, water-based recreation dominates, but there’s plenty to keep you entertained on land, too.

Best outdoor attraction: Interact with wild dolphins as part of a visit to the outstanding Dolphin Discovery Centre.

Best rainy day attraction: There’s plenty to see within the striking, pink building that houses Bunbury Regional Art Galleries.

Underrated attraction: As strange as it sounds, the ease of access to so much water – and such a wide range of leisure activities – deserves more credit than it receives.

Budget tip: Although the views from prime vantage points Marlston Hill Lookout Tower and Bunbury Lighthouse Lookout are sparkling, they won’t cost you the price of diamonds.

There are plenty of glittering coastal views to be enjoyed around Busselton.

BIG4 parks 2-2.5 hours from Perth (all times approximate)


One of Western Australia’s favourite coastal holiday destinations, Busselton has a truck-load of appeal. This inviting city is perched on the shores of Geographe Bay and has a series of top-notch attractions to keep you occupied on a weekend getaway.

Best outdoor attraction: Strolling along the 1.8km-long Busselton Jetty is a must. Don’t forget to visit the Underwater Observatory at the jetty’s far end.

Best rainy day attraction: Forget the showers for a couple of hours with a wander through the Busselton Museum.

Underrated attraction: The ArtGeo Cultural Complex blends history with art and makes for a compelling visit.

Budget tip: Roll or stroll along the Busselton-Dunsborough Bike & Walk Path and enjoy a series of glittering coastal views.

Stay at: BIG4 Beachlands Holiday Park or RAC Busselton Holiday Park.

While famous for its spectacular wines, Margaret River is also home to many other highlights, including spectacular caves.

BIG4 parks 2.5-3 hours from Perth (all times approximate)

Margaret River

Think Margaret River, think premium wine region. However, there is so much more to this alluring South West WA area than delicious reds and whites. Sparkling beaches, incredible caves, and a thriving artistic thread highlight that Margaret River is the ideal short break destination from Perth.

Best outdoor attraction: Perth has brilliant beaches and so too does the Margaret River region. Hamelin Bay, Yallingup, and Gnarabup and Smiths Beach are among the highlights.

Best rainy day attraction: You won’t be worrying about the weather when you’re marvelling at the spectacular caves underneath Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge.

Underrated attraction: Be captivated by birds of prey at the Eagles Heritage wildlife centre.

Budget tip: Follow a section of Caves Road and admire the gorgeous scenery that blends the likes of forests, vineyards, and pastures.

Stay at: BIG4 Taunton Farm Margaret River.

Take a self-guided walk and soak up the stunning scenery while staying in Dongara.

Credit: Tourism Western Australia

BIG4 parks 3.5-4 hours from Perth (all times approximate)


The sight of Moreton Bay fig trees greets you upon your arrival at Dongara and well and truly reminds you that you’re on a short break. Spotted at a point where the river meets the ocean, Dongara combines with its twin township Port Denison to offer a memorable stay.

Best outdoor attraction: Tackle the Thungara Trails, a series of six walking paths of differing lengths that afford pleasant vistas.

Best rainy day attraction: Transport yourself to the past at the fascinating Irwin District Museum.

Underrated attraction: Archery and mini-golf are among the fun and games at Dongara Activity Park, and all for a reasonable fee.

Budget tip: Take a self-guided heritage walk. Grab a brochure from the Dongara-Port Denison Visitors Centre for less than the price of a small coffee.

Stay at: BIG4 Dongara Denison Beach Holiday Park

There are a multitude of things to see and do both in and around Perth.

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