Local Escapes

The Best Road Trips To Take Within 2 Hours Of Perth

By Anna Franklyn
25th Apr 2023

View over North Beach on a sunny day.

We're pretty blessed with incredible camping, fishing and picnicking spots dotted around our great state, and luckily for us, there’s plenty to explore without straying too far from home.

Here are 6 road trips you can take, all within two hours of Perth.

The Perth Hills

Just 35kms from Perth, the Mundaring Weir to Kalamunda drive is the perfect weekend drive.

Start by getting your walk on through the bushland along the Mundaring Dam, before hopping back into your car and continuing your journey via Bickley-Carmel Valley.

While you can’t stop in for lunch at the wineries, orchards or cideries right now, Core Cider House has just re-opened for takeaway ciders so you can fill up your growler before finding somewhere shady for a picnic.  Once you've had your fun for the day, return to Perth via Zigzag Road, you won't regret it.

Sunset Coast

If you don’t have much time but you really want to go for a spin, head to West Coast Highway and take in as many as 19 of Perth’s pristine beaches.

Simple and straight-forward, the toughest decision you’ll have to make is which oceanfront cafe you’ll stop at to get your takeaway coffee on the 11-kilometre route.

You might even want to take a detour to Reabold Hill in City Beach for sweeping views of Perth city from the highest natural point along the coast.

Preston Beach

If that’s not far enough for you but you can’t fathom the idea of leaving the coast, then get some road trip beats sorted and enjoy the drive to Preston Beach. Head to Yalgorup National Park to check out the Lake Clifton Thrombolites and take in the scenery, then throw your towel down at the beach with a book. Ultimate relaxation.


Jurien Bay and Lancelin might be off the cards for now, but you can still get to Yanchep for a little road trip. Stretch your legs on one of the nine trails in Yanchep National Park and then settle in for a picnic.


A charming little country town, Dwellingup is worth the drive. Walk part of the Bibbulman Track, break out your fishing gear or set up the tent and crack open a book.

Kitty’s Gorge Walk

Serpentine Falls might be closed, but you can still head out that way for a nice long bushwalk on the Kitty’s Gorge Walk Track. The 16km trail will have you puffing and panting and feeling oh-so-smug when you finish. Pack plenty of water and snacks so you can have a makeshift picnic when you’re done.

If you don't want to drive too far, check out the best picnic spots in Perth.

Image credit: Kat Wray, Jordan Bebek

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