Short breaks and weekend getaways from Perth

Pretty Perth is the perfect platform for wider adventures.

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 WA capital even better? It’s within easy reach of several alluring destinations that are ideal for a short break.

Whether you’re a Perthian or just visiting, look further afield and enjoy a memorable BIG4-inspired getaway.

A short break in new surrounds has the power to instantly relax you. Location: Margaret River.

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.

Book now: BIG4 Ledge Point Holiday Park.

The Pinnacles are a unique, quirky, and incredible sight.

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

Busselton

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 from Perth.

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

Underrated attraction: Wonky Windmill Farm & Eco Park. Kids will love interacting with a wide variety of animals.

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

Book now: BIG4 Beachlands Holiday Park.

Busselton Jetty is an icon, and its mini-train can save you a long walk if you wish.

Credit: Tourism Western Australia

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, towering trees, 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. The big tip is to time visits with the twice daily flight displays.

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

Book now: BIG4 Taunton Farm Margaret River.

Margaret River is loaded with striking, contrasting landscapes.

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

Dongara

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 variable walking paths that affords pleasant vistas.

Best rainy-day attraction: Transport yourself to the past at the fascinating Irwin District Museum. Or stop by the Illegal Tender Rum Co - distillery tours are available.

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. Or take to nearby sand dunes for epic adventures.

Book now: BIG4 Dongara Denison Beach Holiday Park

Huge sand dunes near Dongara make an instant playground.

Credit: Australia's Coral Coast

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1 comment on “Short breaks and weekend getaways from Perth”

  1. Keith Wilson

    16 September 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Great Send more of these just what we are looking for .With our Caravan.

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