Visitors to Perth often either stay close to the city/Fremantle area, or they venture further afield to places like Margaret River or the Pinnacles. However, there are many places to visit within easy reach of the city .
The distance from Perth to Toodyay is 81 km. Toodyay, known as Newcastle between 1860 and 1910, is a town on the Avon River in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, 85 kilometres north-east of Perth on Ballardong Nyoongar land. The first European settlement occurred in the area in 1836.
Things to do in Toodyay
History lovers will enjoy Toodyay as there are about three museums including the Newcastle Gaol Museum, Connor’s Mill Museum and the Toodyay miniature train museum. In addition you can also visit the Duidgee park and garden before heading to Northam.
Northam is a town in the state of Western Australia, situated at the confluence of the Avon and Mortlock Rivers, about 97 kilometres east-northeast of Perth in the Avon Valley. At the 2016 census, Northam had a population of 6,548. Northam is the largest town in the Avon region.
Things to do in Northam
You can visit the Bernard park and Garden, Morby Cottage which is a tourist attraction, Old Northam Railway station museum as well as the Glenfield Homestead Historical landmark.
York is one of the small towns in the countryside east of Perth dating from the earliest years of white settlement. The historic town is just under 100 km from Central Perth via Highway 94 and the Great Southern Highway. The journey is around one and a half hours depending on traffic.
From suburbs south of Perth, travel by Kalamunda past the Mundaring Weir. Stop for a look around the site and weir and join Highway 94 to York at Mundaring.
Things to do in York
Check out the heritage buildings dating from the mid 1800s, including the Castle Hotel, built in 1853.
Cross the Suspension Bridge over the Avon River, just round the corner from the Post Office in Avon Terrace,
Have a picnic in the park and perhaps cool off later with a drink at the Castle Hotel. You’ll find it on the corner of South St and Avon Terrace.
York has lots of lovely little shops selling souvenirs and handicrafts. Many of these can be found in various historical buildings.
Fremantle is 30 minutes by car (via the Stirling Highway or Kwinana Freeway and Canning Highway) or 30 minutes by train from Perth city.
On arrival, grab a sidewalk table on Fremantle’s bustling ‘Cappuccino Strip’, ponder the long list of coffee options and do some people watching. Or go in search of some of Fremantle’s delectable baked goods for breakfast or brunch.
With its free-spirited ‘anything goes’ attitude, ‘Freo’ (as it’s commonly referred to by locals) is also a mecca for artists from the worlds of music, performing arts, painting, Aboriginal art and sculpture. Explore the local galleries, check out the annual festivals and see what’s on at the Fremantle Arts Centre.
If you’re in Fremantle on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday (or even Monday if it’s a public holiday), step into the iconic Fremantle Markets. For over 100 years, its hall has been filled with exotic aromas, fresh produce, fashion, live music, performance art, crafts and Aboriginal art.
Fishing Boat Harbour and Micro-Breweries
Freo is the home of handcrafted beer in Western Australia. In fact, many of the local brews have gained a dedicated following in the eastern states too. These brew houses also offer some great beery bites and a lively, family-friendly atmosphere for a long lunch.
You can join the history trail to Victoria Quay. The modern architecturally-designed Western Australian Maritime Museum creates a striking setting for some of the most awe-inspiring vessels in maritime history. Here, you can step inside an Oberon-class submarine and see the yachting icons Australia II and Parry Endeavour suspended from the ceiling.
Another option is the Roundhouse, Western Australia’s oldest public building, and the World Heritage listed Fremantle Prison. After 136 years of continuous use, the prison opened its imposing gates to the public in 1992 to share its gripping stories. Choose from day tours, haunting night tours, or adventurous tunnel tours.
If the beach is your love take your pick from Fremantle’s four hotspots. The local favorites are Port Beach and Leighton Beach – much-loved for their white sand, swimming and snorkeling spots. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are also popular when the afternoon breeze gets up.
Make the 30-minute journey back to Perth via the Fremantle train line or by car on the Canning and Kwinana route.
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