Top Day Trip Destinations for Students in Perth

What sets Perth apart from any city? It’s close proximity to amazing destinations to tour. From it’s beautiful coastline at Rottnest Island to the Pinnacle Desert. We’ve listed the best places that students like to visit with friends, that are cheap and easy enough to see in a weekend or study break.

Explore the Margaret River Region

The Southwest of Western Australia is one of the country’s most beautiful regions. Margaret River is a perfect place to start and has so much to do. It’s only 3 hours south of Perth and is students favourite place to go if they want a short, cheap getaway over the study break or weekend. Sights students like to check out include the many beaches, caves and forests. Check out their website for a full list of Margaret River attractions.

How to Get There?

The best option is to rent a car so, you have complete freedom of what you can visit. However, some attractions offer private tours which take you there directly. For list of tours check out their website for more information.

If heights don't scare you, check out The Valley of The Giants Tree Top walk!


Cool off at Injidup Natural Spa

Location: End of Wyadup Road, Yallingup

One of Western Australia’s best kept secrets, Injidup Natural Spa is a rock pool with crystal clear blue water. It’s not just any rock pool, the rocks shelter the pool from large waves, creating spa like bubbles. Best place to come if you need to de-stress from your exams or just want a relaxing weekend with friends. You can come for a day, or stay a few nights and explore the area. Indjidup Spa was not even known to most locals until it was made famous due to its picturesque image on Instagram. There’s no natural path, so you’ll have to climb some rocks to get there, but trust us, it’s well worth it.

How to get there?

To get here, it takes 2 hours by car. It is best to share a car with a group of friends to see this one!

Day trip to Injidup


Take a trip out to the Pinnacle Desert

Location: Pinnacles Drive, Cervantes

When in Perth city, it’s easy to forget that Australia is a large desert. Take a trip up to Cervantes to experience The Pinnacles. It’s a unique spot near the some pretty nice beaches, definitely worth the trip! International students love coming here to take a break from the busy and vibrant city life. The best time to go is between August and September, which is when the wild flowers bloom!

How to get there?

You can grab a group of friends together and share a car. If you don’t have access to a car and just want a day trip to see the Pinnacles, it’s best to go through a tour company that operate day trips. This website has a variety of tours to suit your needs.

Escape the city to explore the Pinnacle Desert


Go taste testing in the Swan Valley

While there are many great restaurants in Perth, Swan Valley is also home to many wineries and gourmet foods outlets. This is the place to go if you can’t make your way to the beautiful south west region. Be sure to check out the Swan Valley’s Margaret River Chocolate Factory where you can sample different types of chocolate for free! Also indulge on some delicious food and good wine at one of the many wineries. The Swan Valley is a great alternative to Perth’s southwest for International Students, as you can easily get there by taking public transport.

How to get there?

Take the Midland line from Perth station and from there buses will take you to the destination you’re after. Tasting tours are a great way to explore this region whether it be for coffee, chocolate, cheese or wine. Read more about the tours available in Swan Valley online.

Sandalford Wines, Swan Valley


Explore Rottnest Island

As mentioned in our Top 10 Best Things To Do In Perth blog, Rottnest Island or Rotto, is a must do! You can easily spend anywhere between a day and week there exploring the beautiful island and its history. Remember to take your bike as no cars allowed! If you don’t have a bike you can always rent one once you arrive from the largest bike hire facility in the southern hemisphere! It’s enjoyable at all times of the year but summer is definitely the best! During the Winter Months University Students head there for ‘Mid-Year Rotto’, proving there is always things to do when the weather is cooler. Rottnest is populated by the native Quokka’s and you won’t get to see them anywhere else in the world! They are super friendly, so make sure you try get a selfie with one!

How to get there?

The Rottnest Express Ferry from Rous Head (Fremantle) is the fastest option and takes 25 minutes. You can also take the ferry from various other ports, check out the Rottnest Express website for more information on Ferry ports and times. When buying your tickets, make sure you get your student discount!

Tennis superstar Rodger Federer getting his Quokka Selfie!


Relax by Black Diamond Lake

Location: LOT 85 Ferguson Rd, Allanson

Located near the town of Collie, only 2 hours from Perth is Black Diamond Lake. What makes this place so unique is the bright blue water. People come here to kayak, swim and to stand up paddle board. Treat yourself to a break from study, to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the clear water. Remember to pack your sunscreen as there’s not a lot of shade around the lake. Once you’ve cooled down you can drive into Collie township for a meal.

How to get there?

There’s no direct transport, so, your best option is to get a group of friends together and share a car.

Yes, these giant inflatable pool toys are very popular here!



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If you’re looking for more daytime activities, find out where to shop in Perth. And if you’re in need of some money to fund these trips, read about what student jobs are available in Perth and how to get them.

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