Perth in 2-3 days
You don’t have much time so you’re going to have to get cracking.
Head straight to the Scarborough beach for a swim, a lazy spot of sunbaking and a stroll along the sand. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a surfing or kite surfing lesson for some extra thrills and spills.
At night, head into Subiaco and sit down to a meal at one of many fine restaurants (see the Food and Drink section).
Explore more of Perth with a trip into the CBD via the Swan River, then make a beeline for Fremantle with its cosmopolitan vibe, funky bars and restored dock precinct. Little Creatures brewery is hard to beat for nosh and drinks.
After dark, head into the city or dip a toe in the thriving after-dark scene in neighbouring Northbridge.
Pack the car, get an early start and head ‘down south’. Mandurah is a charming marina town and, further south, the beaches and wineries of Dunsborough, Busselton, Yallingup and Margaret River are simply stunning.
In one week
You have a little more time and there is plenty to see in a week.
Spend your time exploring Perth, as sugested above, but with an extra trip to the Perth Hills or north to Jurien Bay.
Head south and spend a your days exploring the beaches and wineries of Dunsborough, Busselton, Yallingup and Margaret River. If you want to cram, drive all the way down to Cape Leeuwin and the historic saw milling town of Albany via the south-west’s stunning Karrie forests.
Head back to Perth and cap off your stay with a last swim at the beach, a cold pint at the Ocean Beach Hotel and a final meal in lively Leederville or West Perth.