If you only had a day in Perth, what would you do?
The answer depends on how well you know the region already, but if you're new to it, or you have friends and family staying, an organised Perth day trip could be just what you need.
This article picks out some top day tours, with three suggested tour operators for each destination. There are many more Perth day tours, but these five destinations are popular for good reasons.
Rottnest Island is a fabulous place for a short stay, but did you now there are ways to pop over for the best part of the day and be home in time for dinner? Check our day tours from Fremantle or Perth by air and sea.
The Perth region is well known for local produce, artisan food products, world class wine and craft beer - treat yourselves to a day trip to Perth Hills or Swan Valley to indulge without having to drive.
Another top day tour gets you out and about with some of the region's adorable and fascinating wildlife, coming back refreshed and relaxed from connecting with so many gentle creatures.
There aren't many beaches in the world where you can feel the thrill of sandboarding. Lancelin is one of them, becoming an iconic day trip from Perth for those wanting a bit of action - and you can take in the famous Pinnacles on the way.
Fremantle is Perth's historic port city, steeped in history with a relaxed bohemian atmosphere and excellent seafood and beer. Take in all the key spots in a day tour of Fremantle, followed by sundowners by the ocean or a cruise back to Perth.
Rottnest for Lunch
Swan River Seaplanes "Rottnest Day Tour"
Fly to Rottnest Island in a comfy Cessna turbo-prop seaplane! Not only do you get there in just 15 minutes, but you can enjoy a breathtaking birds-eye view of the Perth city skyline and Rottnest's sparkling bays.
Safely landed, you'll be guided around the island to discover its fascinating history and best beaches, with lots of time to relax, swim and snorkel. This top day tour includes morning tea and an indulgent lunch at Hotel Rottnest overlooking the ocean.
Kookaburra Air "Rottnest Island for Lunch"
Kookaburra Air will fly you to Rottnest on a chartered flight, to spend a few hours doing whatever takes your fancy.
Rottnest island has a lot more than beautiful bays. Hire a bike and enjoy a car-free cycle around the island, take a dive to explore the shipwreck trail, follow a walk trail, or have a hilarious time at the Just 4 Fun Aqua Park.
Alternatively just kick back over a long lazy lunch and enjoy meeting the island's famous little quokkas on this unique day trip from Perth.
Rottnest Express "Adventure Rottnest"
Prefer to ride the ocean waves? Hop onto the Eco Express, a high-powered boat that takes you on an adrenalin-fuelled ride around Rottnest Island. You'll get a different perspective on the beautiful bays, see the less visited sections of coastline and meet the seals at Cathedral Rocks. The experienced crew will point out the sights, sea creatures and bird life so you won't miss anything on this whirlwind ride.
The "Adventure Rottnest" day tour from Fremantle or Perth includes ferry transfers, the 90-minute adventure boat ride, and optional lunch on the island.
Food & Wine Indulgence
Captain Cook Cruises "Homestead Lunch & Cruise"
The classic way to visit the Swan Valley for food and wine is by boat along the tranquil Swan River. Captain Cook Cruises takes you on a relaxed day trip from Perth upstream to Mandoon Estate. This is a lovely winery experience, including lunch at the estate's Homestead Brewery with wine or craft beer.
The cruise itself is a big part of the day, bringing you Swan Valley roasted coffee, fresh baked muffins, premium wine tasting with cheese, cash bar and live entertainment.
Out & About Wine Tours "River Cruise & Vineyard Experience"
This Perth day tour moves at a faster pace to fit more in. You still have the easygoing float up the river with wine tasting, cheese and morning tea, but then you're taken by coach for a tour of Swan Valley wineries, with a chance to taste local cheeses, relishes and chocolate.
Lunch is at Sittella or Edgecombe Wines, and after a day of indulgence and exploration, you can sit back with a craft beer or two before returning to Perth.
Up Close & Local Tours "Sparkling Queen: A Bubbles Masterclass"
Up Close & Local offers some more unusual day tours to Perth's wine region that will immerse you in tastes and stories. They will take you to the lesser known areas such as the Bickley Valley, and know all about cider and whiskey as well as the area's classiest wines.
For those who love bubbly, the "Sparkling Queen" tour combines tastings at a selection of Bickley Valley wineries, a vineyard lunch and a masterclass with experienced wine-makers, who will guide you in making six bottles of your own sparkling blend. Relax after your hard work with a cheese platter overlooking the vineyard.
Perth Platinum Tours "Penguin Island, Boat Cruise & Caversham Wildlife Park"
If you're wild about wildlife, a trip to the Shoalwater Marine Reserve is a top day tour for your itinerary.
This day trip with Perth Platinum Tours is a real treat. They will transport you in luxury from your hotel doorstep and really take care of you, showing you the best of WA marine and bush life in one day.
Cruise around Penguin Island and Seal Island to meet their fascinating inhabitants, plus a penguin feeding session at the discovery centre and lunch on the island. There's a chance you'll spot dolphins too, along with an array of birdlife.
In the afternoon, you're back on the mainland for a trip to Caversham Wildlife Park to feed kangaroos and get up close with koalas and wombats.
GPS Adventure Tours "Seal & Penguin Island Kayak & Paddle Board"
A more adventurous way to explore the islands is by pedal powered kayak or stand-up paddle board with GPS Adventure Tours, who will transfer you to and from your accommodation in Perth.
On this trip, you start by pedalling across to Seal Island to visit the rare sea lions and pelicans, then across to Penguin Island to meet the adorable fairy penguins. The water here is protected, and the kayaks and boards are easy enough for children to manage.
This top day tour includes the penguin feeding session at the discovery centre, with picnics for morning tea on the island and lunch on the Rockingham foreshore. The picnic lunch is a chance to sample a range of WA produce, adding a tasty touch to the day before you head back to Perth.
Rockingham Wild Encounters "Swim with Wild Dolphins"
For this award winning experience, start your day tour in Fremantle and drive down to Rockingham, or hop on the train from Perth. From there, you're taken out by boat to spot the bottlenose dolphins, which usually takes an hour or less.
The tour provides a wetsuit, mask and snorkel, and floating amongst the dolphins is easy with the aqua scooters that help you move around with ease. Swimming with dolphins is said to be calming and even healing, and is certainly exhilarating. Wild dolphins choose to play around people, which makes you feel both privileged and thrilled.
Adams Pinnacle Tours "Pinnacle Desert Explorer with Lancelin Sandboarding"
Sandboarding on the massive, soft dunes of Lancelin has become the focus of an iconic Perth day tour. Adams transports you via Hillarys Boat Harbour, with time to explore the gift and clothes shops, and the famous Pinnacles limestone formations for photo opportunities.
Lancelin, you get to experience the thrill of sandboarding before cooling off in the ocean and returning to Perth.
Explore Tours "The Pinnacles, National Park, Lobster Shack & Sandboarding"
This day tour from Perth also ends up with Lancelin sandboarding, taking in the koalas and kangaroos of Yanchep National Park, a crayfish factory tour at the Lobster Shack in Cervantes, and the spooky Pinnacles.
Lunch is a treat - fish and chips, lobster or a bucket of prawns at the Lobster Shack.
Westside Tours "Pinnacles, National Park Lancelin 4WD Sandboarding & Koalas"
This top day tour is a reverse of the Explore tour, and a little more adventurous. Heading straight to Lancelin, Westside takes you to the best sandboarding dunes, which are only accessible by 4WD.
On the way back, you stop in the fishing town of Cervantes to try the fish or lobster lunch at the Lobster Shack and take the factory tour. Next up is the Pinnacles Desert, following by a visit to Yanchep National Park to meet the wildlife.
Luxury Outback Tours "Perth & Fremantle Highlights"
Why not treat yourselves to a luxurious day tour to both Perth and Fremantle? This tour escorts you to the historic sites of Perth, stops off for a masterclass at Willie Creek Pearls on Elizabeth Quay, tours Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and visits famous Cottesloe Beach for lunch at Indiana.
In the afternoon, you get to explore the delights and sights of Fremantle, visiting the historic buildings of convict settlement days, and getting a taste of the easygoing lifestyle along the cappuccino strip and Fishing Boat Harbour.
End the day with a relaxing, picturesque Swan River cruise from Fremantle back to Perth.
Perth Luxury Tours "Fremantle"
This Fremantle day tour is truly luxurious, transporting you by sedan, SUV, minibus or limousine on a tour of historic Fremantle.
Your driver is your guide to the port city and all its key attractions, as well as recommendations for where you might go and things to do when you return independently, making this an ideal starter for new visitors.
Tours can also be customised to visit the places you know you want to see.
Adams Pinnacle Tours "Grand Perth & Fremantle Tour with Tram & Cruise"
More independent-minded travellers might prefer this self-guided day tour of Perth and Fremantle, with a tram ride and Swan River cruise built into the itinerary. You'll have time in Fremantle to mooch around soaking up the atmosphere, visiting shops, galleries and cafes, or just sipping on a craft beer while gazing out to sea.