Western Australia is Australia’s largest state, covering a vast 2,57,013 square kilometres. Even with the borders shut tight, there’s no shortage of space for Western Australians to explore.
Start in the capital and discover Perth’s glories.
Kings Park, at the heart of the city, has been named the world’s largest inner city park. Filled with native wildflowers and ancient trees including a 750-year-old boab, endless lawns and views over the Swan River, you can spend entire days lost in its beauty.
30 minutes from Perth city lies popular Fremantle. Eclectic shopping, trendy cafes and live music characterise this vibrant spot. Discover ‘Cappuccino Strip’ where lively cafes offer the best coffee around.
Come on a weekend to make the most of the markets. Fremantle Markets open on Fridays for music, art, fresh produce and seafood. Saturday evenings are all about the South Beach Sunset Market for waterfront food and wine. On Sunday, head to Freo Farmers’ Market for a plastic-free shopping experience that supports local business.
With a coastline that stretches 128 kilometres across nineteen metropolitan beaches, Perth is also perfect for a beach holiday. Explore City Beach, popular with surfers and families and home to some of Perth’s most magnificent holiday homes. Nearby Cottesloe is the place to go for oceanside fine dining or an indulgent brunch, while snorkelers will love the crystal clear waters off the reefs.
This popular tourist attraction is best known for its native quokkas, one of Australia’s most adorable animals. Known as the ‘happiest animal on earth’, here you can observe them in their only remaining natural habitat.
As you’d expect from an island, Rottnest is all about the beaches. Over 63 beaches and 20 secluded bays mean you’re spoiled for choice. Snorkel at Little Salmon Bay, enjoy ocean views at The Basin or let the kids explore the sheltered waters at Thomas Bay.
If it’s indulgence you’re after, Rottnest has you covered. Enjoy aromatherapy massages at Karma Spa, followed by a gourmet dinner at Riva Restaurant.
3.5 hours south of Perth lies Margaret River, famed for its glorious food and wine. Explore a working vineyard at Brown Hill Estate, or craft beer at kid-friendly Bootleg Brewery. Losari Retreat offers luxurious villas for a relaxing stay, with some of Australia’s finest wineries and restaurants surrounding it.
Margaret River also has stunning natural caves that are well worth a visit. Over 100 highly decorated limestone caves, bejewelled with crystal formations, lie under the Leeuwin Naturalise Ridge. A tranquil lake inside Lake Cave reflects the glittering crystals and awe-inspiring ‘suspended table’ formation. Discover Jewel Cave, aptly named for its many corals, pendulites and stalagmites that make it the biggest show case in Western Australia.
Head up north to Broome, the pearling capital of Australia. The 1800s ‘pearl rush’ saw Broome become a multicultural town with Japanese, Malay and Filipino influences that are still very strong today. The Yawuru are the native title holders of Broome and the surrounding area, and there are plenty of indigenous cultural tours and events to discover the rich history of this beautiful place.
Explore the pearl showrooms of Chinatown or discover Willie Creek Pearl Farm, offering the complete pearling experience.
This stunning region can best be appreciated from the air, so make sure you book a scenic flight over the Kimberly Coast. Go Horizontal Falls Tours will take you over the famous Horizontal Falls,
From stunning natural coastline to sweeping deserts, jaw dropping caves to lush green vineyards, Western Australia truly has something for everyone.