Perth Travel Info: Before Getting to Perth
Getting Around Perth and Where to Stay in Perth.
Perth Itinerary Day 1: Perth City
Perth Itinerary Day 2: Rottnest Island
Perth Itinerary Day 3: Fremantle
Suggested Day Trips from Perth City
Perth Itinerary Day 4: Swan Valley (Option A – One Day) OR Margaret River (Option B – Two Days)
Perth Itinerary Day 5: Margaret River (Option B continued)
In an ideal world, you should spend 2 days: half a day touring factories, drive for 40 minutes, reach the Jetty at about 3pm, spend the rest of the day at the splendid beach, check in to a hotel, and then on the next day, molest the koalas before you take the flight out. But since we don’t live in an ideal world, this was my 1-day schedule:
7.50-8.35pm: Breakfast at Margaret River Bakery (89 Bussell Hwy Margaret River WA 6285; +61 8 9757 2755; M-Sat 7am-4pm). This is an ORDER! This is the BEST cafe chiobu and I have ever been. Rustic like a farmhouse. The food was fantastic! Everything from pancakes to seasalt caramel donut was divine. We four spent A$60 for brunch food and were so satisfied that we bought another A$36 worth of viennoiserie and sandwiches and pies. We spent almost A$100. Totally worth it! Here are some photos:
There was no coffee art in all three cafes we went, so just order iced drinks if you feel like it.
9-11am: Reach the factories at 9am. I’ve listed a few factories and farms in order, with the ones nearest Margaret River Town to the ones up north, the direction we will be traveling. Just a note: these factories are like individual stores, so don’t be disappointed if they are the size of a room. Tip: pick two or three, you won’t be able to visit them all. We only went to the Dairy Company, Chocolate Company and Providore.
From Margaret River to North:
Margaret River Fudge Factory (152 Bussell Highway, Margaret River, WA 6285; +61 8 9758 8881; 10am-5pm daily). Within Margaret River Town.
The Good Olive (97 Bussell Highway, Margaret River WA 6285; +61 8 9758 7877; M-F 9.30am-5pm, Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm) sells olives and olive oils, jams and jellies, chutneys and pickles, vinegars and chilli sauces, fruit cakes, blended teas and roasted coffees. Behind Margaret River Bakery.
Margaret River Farmers’ Market (The Old Hospital, Community Resource Centre, Cnr Tunbridge & Farrelly Streets, Margaret River, every sat 8am-12pm).
Candy Cow (Cnr of Bottrill St & Bussell Hwy, Cowaramup, WA 6284; +61 8 9755 9155; 10am-5pm daily). Fudge, honeycomb, nougat, candy and chocolate. Demo of candy-making at 11am daily.
Margaret River Dairy Company: Cheese & Yogurt (Bussell Hwy, Cowaramup, WA 6284; +61 8 9755 7588; 9.30am-5pm daily). No exact address but it’s on your right en route to Margaret River Chocolate Company. You can’t miss it.
Margaret River Nougat Company (Corner of Tom Cullity Drive & Miamup Rd, Cowaramup WA 6284; +61 8 97 555 539; 10am-5pm daily). Don’t know why Singaporeans associate Australia with nougats, but here you go.
Margaret River Chocolate Company (Cnr Harman’s Mill Road and Tom Cullity Dr, Metricup WA 6280; +61 8 9755 6555; 9am-5pm daily). The famous chocolate factory, packed with tourists. If your Singaporean friend has been to Perth, you’re likely to receive chocolates from here. When we were there, we were excited! Chocolate really brings out the kid in us. Located along the same road as Silk Road, and Nuts & Cereal (see below). Some photos of the chocolate:
Margaret River Silk Road (307 Harmans Mill Road, Metricup WA 6280, +61 8 9755 6401; 10am-5pm daily). See silkworms and how silk is made. Sale of mulberry products, including jam, tea and syrup.
Margaret River Nuts & Cereal (Harmans Mill Road, Metricup WA 6280, +61 8 9755 6770). Beside the famous chocolate factory.
Cape Lavender (4 Carter Road, Perth WA 6280, Australia; +61 8 9755 7552; 10am-5pm daily) 90 varieties of lavender, including lavender products such as jam, aromatherapy, scones, etc.
11.40am-1pm: From Margaret River, take a 40-min drive to Busselton Jetty, the longest jetty in Australia, spanning up to 1841m (that’s 3.7km to and back). You don’t have to walk as there is an hourly tram but it gets booked quickly. At the end of the jetty, there is an 8m underwater observatory. If you want to, you can jump off the jetty into the clear blue sea. Bring your swimming costumes. The beach is gorgeous, and you can laze here the entire day and there is a small town nearby. There is also a Simmo’s Ice Cream outlet and a floating playground at sea for kids.
3.30pm: Leave at 1pm, drive for 2.5 hours and reach Cohunu Koala Park (Lot 103, Nettleton Rd, Byford, WA 6122; +61 8 9526 2966; A$15 [adults], A$5 [child], additional A$25 to take photos with koala; 10am-5pm daily [last photos at 4pm]), one of three places in the world that allows you to cuddle a koala. You can also hand-feed kangaroos, and emus. It was fun! I love animals, but my mother didn’t appreciate it and was impatient to leave.
After this, you can drive to Perth city for a quick dinner before driving to the airport to go home. For food recommendations in Perth city, see Perth City itinerary.
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.