So Perth just got named the world’s 6th most liveable city. And it’s not hard to see why.
Whether it’s the white sprawling beaches or the world’s best coffee (arguably), there are endless reasons to take a drive around this fabulous city.
Throw some towels in the boot, it’s time to explore the best scenic drives Perth has to offer.
Coogee to Cottesloe
Start in the morning, and plunge into the ocean at the Woodman Point jetty or go for a walk around the reserve. With plenty of parking, even the busy weekends are easy to navigate for those bringing the whole family. Oh, and bring the dogs too, they’re welcome everywhere we’re going.
If you’re still craving a breakfast or brunch, drive north to south Freo and pull over anywhere on South Terrace for a bite to eat. This entire strip is loaded with some of the best cafes Perth has to offer.
It’s worth visiting some of the historical sites in Central Fremantle, such as the Roundhouse, Markets (Friday-Sunday) and, if you have the time, the old Fremantle Prison has tours starting almost every hour.
Heading north, cross the bridge and take the coastal route up past Leighton. Stop anywhere along Curtin Avenue for a quick dip, and swing left onto Marine Parade to reach Cottesloe beach. Finish off the day by grabbing fish and chips and watching the sunset from your perch on the grass overlooking the water. Delicious.
John Forrest National Park to Gooseberry Hill
John Forrest National Park is the ideal place to drive to – anytime, any day. Pack a picnic and maybe a camera. From wildlife watching to learning about indigenous culture, there are countless activities for families and couples all the way to school groups.
When leaving Perth, you want to jump onto the Great Eastern Highway and get a good park close to where you want to go. Some must-see spots once you arrive are the National Park falls, Rocky Pool, and the Eagle View Lookout – all of which are located within walking distance of the main parking area – which also houses the John Forrest Tavern.
This is an ideal spot for lunch, or you can search for a secluded spot to spread out a picnic and enjoy the sound of birds and unique Perth hills fauna. From here, 20 minutes drive south and you’ll be in for a treat.
Gooseberry Hill is situated on the outskirts of Perth and offers some of the best views of the city. Access the lookout via Zig Zag Scenic Drive – Perth’s genuine attempt at an alpine road, offering you the chance to test your cornering skills.
If you make it up for the evening, this is the perfect vantage point to watch the sun sink over the ocean, bathing the city in light.
Heathcoat to Blackwall Reach
No time for a long trip outside the city?
The Swan River offers some of Perth’s most scenic drives, only 15 minutes from the city centre. When plugging in this route, take Melville Beach Road and Burke Drive to stick to the River’s edge.
Enjoy a coffee at one of the many cafes along the route, and take advantage of the multiple parks to stretch your legs or walk your dog.
If you’ve got time, jump over Canning Highway and conquer Wireless Hill Reserve. Parking up top shouldn’t be an issue, and there are good facilities there too. This is the perfect place to snatch some of the best 360-degree views of the whole city.
If you’ve got a day (or three), Moore River is a must-see. Nestled in at the mouth of the Moore River is the sleepy town of Guilderton. Whether you find an Airbnb, or simply go for a day trip, this road trip is only about an hour’s drive north, and there are some pretty great sights on the way.
On the way: stop in Gingin, one of WA’s oldest rural towns, for a bite to eat and to visit the Gravity Discovery Centre and Observatory.
From here, you’re only a 30 minute drive from Guilderton, where the Moore River meets the sea. Park up and dive into the ocean or cast a line for some of Western Australia’s best Black Bream.
Perth to Myalup Beach
Situated just over an hour south of Perth, Myalup Beach is the ideal chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a relaxing day fishing, boating, or even getting your wheels sandy on a sunset beach drive.
Pass through Rockingham and Baldivis for a meal or coffee and then settle down for a drive through the native forest.
Once you’re there, it’s time to unwind and make the most of the relaxed atmosphere. If you’re beach driving, remember to let some air out of your tyres for better grip and, if you’re lucky, catch some dolphins frolicking in the pristine waters.
Perth to Dwellingup
One of Western Australia’s hidden gems is located deep in the State Forest just southeast of the city. Only an hour and a half drive away, Dwellingup has something for everyone.
To get there: follow the freeway south, turn left on Pinjarra Road and follow the signs to Dwellingup.
Hike along countless walk trails that take you deep into Western Australia’s stunning forests and get acquainted with the local wildlife. There are plenty of camping spots for overnight stays. Otherwise, pack a hearty lunch and see where your adventure takes you!
Wait up. What’s the best car for the job?
Whether you’re on a road trip to Myalup Beach or trotting around the Swan River, the Subaru Forester is the ideal car for your Perth city scenic drives. With the perfect ride height, fuel efficiency, and clearance for those sunset beach drives, drop into Perth City Subaru to test drive the all-new Subaru Forester today.