The Best Under-The-Radar Destinations 3 Hours From Perth
The coastal pilgrimages to Perth’s north and south are a crowd favourite for good reason, but when it’s a bit too cold and windy to go coast side – WA’s interior is the unmissable experience you’ve been looking for. With a landmass three times the size of Texas, WA has a serious wealth of under-the-radar destinations that you’ve probably never heard about! We’ve done some of the hard work for you and compiled a list of low-key locals you will love.
Dwellingup > Waroona
Why visit: Lane Poole Reserve, world class camping, the heritage steam powered train, mountain bike & 4WD trails, white water rafting, Waroona Dam and some of the most spectacular forests in WA.
Marradong Country (Williams > Wandering > Boddington)
Why visit: Numbats, historic country pubs, conservational woodlands, sensational hiking trails (including Mt Cooke – the highest summit in the Darling Ranges), historic museums, vineyards and cellar doors. Make the most of the Hotham River by cycling kayaking or fishing, or soak in the spectacular countryside panoramas.
Donnybrook > Nannup > Bridgetown
Why visit: Pick your own fruit at one of the many orchards, visit the local vineyards or Bridgetown’s charming cidery. Mosey down Nannup’s quaint main street visiting the many cafes, art galleries bakeries and watering holes. Visit a local cheese producer, hunt for antiques along the Harvest Highway or paddle down the Blackwood river.
Harvey > Collie
Why Visit: Harvey is the incredibly picturesque dairy capital of WA. Think rolling hills, farm-stays and cheese factories. Between the Harvey Dam, Lake Brockman and Logue Brook Dam you will find canoeing access, water-skiing and seasonal Marron and Trout fishing. Collie also has an impressive number of stunning lakes such as Black Diamond Lake, Stockton Lake and Glen Mervyn to name a few.
Northam > York
Why Visit: Hot Air Balloon above the Avon Valley in Northam, get your adventure on in a rally car or flying lesson. If food and arts is more your thing, head on over to York to visit the antique stores (York is WA’s first inland settlement), walk the Mount Brown Lookout Trail, visit the Residency Museum or mark one of their many events in your calendar.