We spent 2.5 weeks house sitting two great dogs near Perth. While we were there we took several day trips. We would have liked to do more, but it was just too hot most days. Here are some of our highlights from the area:
Pinnacles-Our first day trip was 2.5 hours up to Nambung National Park. The park contains thousands of pinnacle shaped rock formations. We were expecting them to be bigger, although most were under 5 feet and many just a couple of feet tall. If you are passing through it’s a nice stop and has a pretty good visitor center, however it’s a bit far for a day trip.
Fremantle Prison-On a very hot day (over 115F) we decided to head underground and visit the Fremantle Prison on a tunnels tour. The Tunnels Tour took us underground over 60 feet for about 3 hours. After gearing up in boots, jumpsuits, life vests, and hard hats we descended the small ladder all the way to the bottom. The temp underground was much cooler! Half the tour we spent on foot, learning about the tunnels and the 2nd half was spent paddling through the underground waterways in small 2 person boats. The tunnels were hand carved by convicts in the 1800’s as a source for water for the prison and eventually for the town of Fremantle. The prison itself was also built by the convicts using limestone and was a working prison until the 1990’s.
We spent several days in Fremantle wandering the streets, eating at the restaurants and even going to the movies. The town seemed to have some great restaurants although most where either Italian or Seafood. We were lucky enough to hit the town on a Friday when the indoor markets were happening. We only ventured into the fruit and veggie area, although there were also souvenirs, crafts and food stalls. The produce was great and quite cheap. We visited 2 very good breweries in town, The Monk and Little Creatures. Both had really good beer and decent food. All in all Fremantle would be a great place to base yourself for a few days to see the Perth area.
Swan Valley-Another day trip took us east of Perth into the Swan Valley, a great wine region if you can’t make it down south to Margaret River. We spent the day enjoying wineries and breweries as well as sampling ice cream, nuts and chocolates along the 32km loop. Our favorite that day turned out to be the Feral Brewing company, where we were so excited about the beer that we forgot to take any pictures! The vibe reminded us of Lagunitas, one of our favorite places back home.