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From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry and Bus Tour

1. From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry and Bus Tour

Explore the stunning beauty of Rottnest Island on a day trip with return ferry transfers from Fremantle or Perth. While there, enjoy an included 1-hour 45-minute bus tour in air-conditioned comfort and listen to live commentary as you discover the island's flora, fauna, and must-see locations. When booking, select your departure location from either Perth or Fremantle. If you depart from Perth, enjoy a Swan River scenic cruise past Fremantle and onward to Rottnest Island. Alternatively, board the ferry in Fremantle and enjoy the 35-minute journey to Rottnest Island. Upon arrival on the island, hop on board your bus tour. Take in Rottnest's amazing flora and fauna, including beaches, woodlands, and salt lakes. Learn about the island's colonial and maritime history from the live commentary, too. The bus tour covers all of Rottnest’s must-see locations, including the Wadjemup Lighthouse, Henrietta Rocks, the majestic lookout point at the rugged Cathedral Rocks, and Cape Vlamingh. Afterward, have free time to explore the island at your own leisure, before boarding your return ferry.

Perth: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

2. Perth: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

Enjoy bird's-eye views of Kings Park and Perth's many other attractions. Take photos from the open top deck-viewing platform. Jump on the bus at any of the 12 conveniently located stops around the city. Your 24 or 48-hour ticket also includes a tour around Kings Park. A complete circuit takes 2 hours. Buses run every hour. There’s shade on the top deck and air-conditioning downstairs, so you’ll be comfortable regardless of the weather. Tour Highlights: • Kings Park and Botanic Gardens • Northbridge • Crown Perth • Elizabeth Quay • The WACA • The Bell Tower • The Perth Mint • The Swan River • Museum & Art Gallery of WA • Perth Town Hall • Water Town Discount Shopping Complex • Perth City Shopping Malls

From Perth: Wave Rock and York Cultural Tour with a Guide

3. From Perth: Wave Rock and York Cultural Tour with a Guide

Journey through Western Australia’s Wheatbelt to Hyden – home of Wave Rock, truly one of Australia’s most incredible natural landforms.  Leaving Perth head through the Perth Hills and escarpment and enter farming country. Heading east, purchase a morning tea at historic York, the first township founded in the Avon Valley. From there travel the Wheatbelt Highway through the agricultural towns of Corrigin and Kondinin, through outback farming country. Get a glimpse of Australian country life by passing the infamous Dog Cemetery, a shrine to man’s best friend and an integral part of farming life. Then visit Hippo’s Yawn, a rock formation that resembles a hippo yawning. Break for an Aussie country-style lunch at the Wildflower Shop. While here, visit a Wildlife Park, view a unique Antique Lace Collection – even featuring lace from Lady Diana, or visit the amazing Toy Soldier Museum. Then move on to see the spectacular prehistoric rock formation of Wave Rock and sacred Aboriginal sites. Leaving Wave Rock, head next to Mulka’s Cave. Return to Perth with a comfort stop on the way, arriving back in Perth in the evening.

Perth: Swan River Dinner Cruise with Beverages & Live Music

4. Perth: Swan River Dinner Cruise with Beverages & Live Music

Join an evening dinner cruise on the Swan River to see the impressive Perth city skyline after sunset. Your evening begins in Central Perth, where you’ll board your boat for your journey down the Swan River. Enjoy a glass of wine, beer or soft drink provided throughout your cruise, and marvel at the twilight views of the city. Dinner includes a buffet of hot and cold dishes. Salads, bread, dessert, coffee and tea accompany your meal. Enjoy live entertainment on board the boat. Surprise entertainment may also be in store! Cocktails can be purchased from the full bar. After a delightful evening experience, the cruise returns you to Perth at 10:00 PM. Sample menu  (subject to change):   Turkish bread with olive oil  Cold dishes  • King prawns with cocktail sauce  • Selection of gourmet salads with side dressings  • Leg ham and continental meat selection served with assorted chutneys and mustards  • Assorted fresh dinner rolls  Hot dishes  • Rosemary and garlic-infused roast beef with red wine jus  • Thai-style chicken curry with steamed jasmine rice  • Baked vegetarian lasagna  • Roasted herb potatoes served with sour cream  • Medley of vegetables  Dessert  • Sliced seasonal fruit  • Assorted gateaux

Full-Day Swan Valley Wineries with Lunch and River Cruise

5. Full-Day Swan Valley Wineries with Lunch and River Cruise

This full-day tour through Perth’s gorgeous “Valley of Tastes” offers an extravaganza of fine wines and delicious food. After meeting your friendly driver at the Wellington street tourist stand in downtown Perth, drive through Western Australia’s Swan Valley. Known for its exceptional cuisine and beautiful wines, in just 30 minutes you will be a world away, in the beautiful Swan Valley.  On the way you will tour through the pretty heritage listed town of Guildford to visit 3 boutique wineries, the Margaret River Chocolate Company and Providore. The leisurely tour provides experienced, friendly tour guides who will look after all aspects of the day. Whether your preferred choice of is red or white, you can purchase some samples to enjoy later or ship back home. You will also get to taste some exquisite cheeses. The tour includes a set lunch with a glass of wine, beer or cider. It also allows for a visit to a chocolate factory, where you will sample a delicious chocolate truffle. Then it is time for the serene boat cruise back to Perth on board a luxurious, single-level cruiser. Sit back and relax with wine and entertainment as it glides gently back to Wellington street tourist stand in plenty of time for your own evening arrangements. Groups are kept small for a more personalized service, providing the chance to make new friends along the way.

From Perth: Rottnest Island Ferry & Bus Tour

6. From Perth: Rottnest Island Ferry & Bus Tour

Enjoy a full-day adventure to Rottnest Island with ferry transfers from Perth or Fremantle, a 1.5-hour discovery bus tour, and free time to explore.  When booking, select your ferry departure location, either Perth or Fremantle. From Perth, you’ll enjoy a scenic 1-hour cruise with live commentary along the Swan River to Fremantle before heading to the island. Alternatively, join the ferry at Fremantle for a 25-minute ride to Rottnest Island.  Then embark on a 1.5-hour discovery bus tour where you will circumnavigate the whole Island and see all of its great sites and views. Relax on the air-conditioned bus and enjoy the beauty and splendor of Rottnest Island's natural landscape. The passionate and knowledgeable guides will share with you all the best stories about the Island. It has a rich cultural and social history and you will get their expert interpretation.  After your tour, you have free time on the island to explore independently. You could perhaps rent a bike (at your own cost) or go swimming off one of the white-sand beaches before catching the return ferry back to Perth or Fremantle.

Swan Valley Full-Day Winery Experience with Lunch from Perth

7. Swan Valley Full-Day Winery Experience with Lunch from Perth

Discover Swan Valley’s wonderfully unique and world class wineries on a full-day tour from Perth with an exceptional local guide. Be treated as a long lost friend at cellar doors offering premium wines, remarkable characters and priceless ambience. Feast on an a la carte lunch, cheese boards, beers and heart-stopping chocolates and truffles. Join the tour at the meeting point for your journey to Swan Valley, only 25 minutes from the Perth CBD. Visit family run vineyards, where the owners are happy to share their winemaking techniques, through to the large well-known wineries. Your guide will give you interesting and informative commentary along the way.  Sample a gourmet cheese board with local cheeses at Lancaster Wines whilst sitting amongst the vines enjoying their extensive selection of premium wines and fortifies. Order a delicious main meal off the set menu at a delight boutique winery with a glass of wine or beer. At the end of the day relax with a beer at one of the boutique breweries in the Swan Valley with a glass of beer or wine. Indulge in handmade chocolates and truffles at the Chocolate Company and browse chutneys and jams at Providore before returning to Perth.

From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Explorer Segway Tour

8. From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Explorer Segway Tour

The experience includes your ferry transfer from either Perth or Fremantle, depending on the option chosen. Arrive at Rottnest Island and immediately feel immersed in the relaxed, holiday vibe of this idyllic location. Meet your friendly guide and get kitted out with the necessary gear for your Segway tour, then embark on a 1-hour island adventure. Glide along the spectacular Thomson Bay, admiring the boats and bathers, before reaching the iconic Rottnest Pub. Listen to stories about the island’s Colonial settlement, which dates back to the early 1800s. Leave the settlement and follow the coastal path, visiting popular bays and beaches along the way. The tour concludes at Kingstown Barracks, after which you can spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. Why not cool off from the heat and dive into the pristine island waters, or go in search of cute quokkas.

Swan Valley: VIP Wine Tour with Cheeseboard and Lunch

9. Swan Valley: VIP Wine Tour with Cheeseboard and Lunch

This is an all-inclusive tour, meaning that there are no other expenses on the day. Just a short drive from Perth's CBD and with historical commentary from your expert Tour Guide, your day begins with a very special visit to the Swan Valley's oldest winery for an exclusive behind-the-scenes winery tour to learn about the art of wine-making and discover the journey of wine from the vine to the bottle. You are then treated to an extensive private wine tasting session at the cellar door which is accompanied by a delicious artisan cheeseboard produced in the Swan Valley for morning tea. The second venue for the day is one of the most respected and historic wineries in the region where you can indulge yourself in a gourmet main course lunch prepared by an award-winning chef. Instead of a shared platter, you will have a choice of a variety of main course options with something to satisfy every taste (vegetarian and gluten free options available). Your lunch will also be accompanied by a glass of wine of your choice from a private cellar door tasting of the estates exclusive small batch wines only available at the cellar door. Following your delicious lunch, enjoy the afternoon with additional private wine tasting sessions at some of the regions most respected small producing wineries, (which have been run by the same family over multiple generations, preserving and developing their own respective wine making styles and traditions). Each winery has been carefully selected to showcase the best styles of wines the region has to offer and is known for. Your perfect day in the Swan Valley is capped off with a final stop at one of "Australia’s Top 100 Gourmet Experiences" to enjoy some decadent chocolate and gourmet food sampling and a chance to purchase some treats to take home.

Perth: Art, History, and Culture 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

10. Perth: Art, History, and Culture 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Enjoy a leisurely walk on this small group tour and discover everything that is special about Perth city, including hidden gems you would never find on your own! This 2.5-hour guided walking tour is fun and informative, covering everything from history and architecture to contemporary culture and public artwork. Your guide will be a friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic Perth local who is excited to share their lovely city with you! Everything you need to know has been bundled into an entertaining package, with many quirky stories and fun facts shared along the way. On the tour, visit the key landmarks of Perth including Yagan Square, London Court, The State Buildings, Stirling Gardens, Elizabeth Quay and more! Also discover Perth's malls, laneways, arcades, street art and sculptures. Discover where the best food and drink can be found with tips from your local guide as to the best cafes, bars and restaurants to visit during your stay.

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4.5 / 5

based on 475 reviews

Good: Tour Guide Mr Claude. He really looks after everyone very well. Full of knowledge abt the valley. Bad: Tour finishes by 4 PM. It would be good if an extra hr or 2 can be added which can provide patrons free and easy time at one of the vineyards. Overall wonderful experience.

Wonderful day!! Lots of Quokkas to see including babies, so cute!!! Such a beautiful place to visit, the scenery is great from one end of the island to the other. Make a booking, you won't be disappointed!!

The tour we did was well organised and very informative. The lunch was tasty and fresh.

Well worth the money Lovely food and plenty of drink Great views from the Swan river

It was a lovely day from morning until sunset. We all had a great time. thanks