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Western Australia: Every Holiday Option Under the Sun
From rugged gorges to goldmines, crystal waters to vineyards, it would take a lifetime to discover every corner of Western Australia. This is the country’s largest state, covering a third of its landmass.
Holiday options in WA include beach breaks along the Coral Coast, outback adventures and trekking through lush national parks. Perth, the state capital, proudly showcases local and national heritage and towns like Albany and Broome offer glimpse into European settlement and Aboriginal heritage.
When it comes to holiday rentals in Western Australia, the sky’s the limit. Opt for beach cottages, modern apartments, outback ranches or even country houses overlooking wineries.
Perth, Western Australia’s Capital
Perth has several claims to fame. First of all, the city receives more than 3000 hours of yearly sunshine, making it one of the sunniest destinations on the planet. Secondly, the green space capital of Australia, Perth is home to endless parks, including the oldest gardens in the state.
A short distance from the CBD, you will find 19 beaches, appealing to different crowds. Surf, swim or sunbathe on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. There are quieter stretches of sand, like North Cottesloe Beach, for those seeking a little break from the action, and bustling beachfronts, such as Cottesloe or Scarborough, for people watching, partying and surfing.
While in Perth, go strolling or jogging along Swan River to take in the skyline - this path affords some of the best views of the city. Wander through Stirling Gardens to view unique sculptures, visit the Old Course House Law Museum or snap some shots of the Supreme Court.
Finally, relive history by heading to Swan Bell Tower. These 14th century church bells, brought over from London’s Trafalgar Saint Martin in the Field Church, still chime on the hour.
The South West
One of the most visited parts of Western Australia is the South West. It encompasses world-famous wine regions, stunning beaches and natural attractions of ginormous proportions. This is also the spot to go to learn all about about local Aboriginal traditions.
The Margaret River Wine Region is populated by vineyards producing mostly whites, and notably Chardonnay and Cabernet. Daily wine tours depart from nearby towns, including Busselton, Dunsborough and Yallingup. The Margaret River area, which lines the coast, also harbours around 40 surf beaches, such as Surfers Point, which hosts the the Margaret River Pro each year.
The South West boasts natural wonders such as the Valley of the Giants in Walpole Wilderness National Park. Walk amidst 40m high tingle trees, discover sites entrenched in Aboriginal culture and learn all about the unique ecosystem.
Stop in South West towns, such as Albany, for numerous museums and galleries sharing indigenous and European history with visitors.
The North West
The North West of Western Australia is a natural playground, with endless opportunities to trek through national parks, underneath some of the tallest waterfalls on the planet and along pristine white sandy beaches.
Amidst kilometres of wilderness, you will find Karijini National Park with its age-old gorges, ridges, lagoons and desert landscapes. Go bushwalking to take it all in, or stop to swim in quiet natural pools.
At the tip of the Kimberley region, to the North East, the mighty King George Falls dominate the landscape. Experience the falls by signing up for a boat cruise or helicopter ride. After the wet season, you can also swim in the pool around this 50 m waterfall.
Right on the coast, Broome awaits, ready to share the area’s pearling history with you. While you’re here, hit the beach for swims in turquoise waters and the family-friendly option of waterfront camel rides.
The Coral Coast
Holidays along Western Australia’s Coral Coast involve pristine beaches, snorkelling through vibrant reefs and waterfront dinners in small fishing villages. There are many opportunities to get up close and personal with local wildlife, both on and off shore.
Exmouth is the gateway to the Ningaloo Reef, where daily tours depart to explore the coral formations. During your excursions, you will be able to see sea turtles, whales and even docile whale sharks. Further inland, head to Charles Knife Canyon for a day of bushwalking, coastal views from towering lookouts and the chance to spot some wallabies.
For more bushwalking opportunities, consider holidays close to Kalbarri National Park. This Coral Coast reserve has wildflowers at every turn, rugged red ridges overlooking the Murchison River and numerous walking trails leading to scenic lookouts.
Western Australia’s Outback is where the State’s gold rush of the last century took place. It is currently one of the world’s premier mining destinations. All the same, there are ample activities for visitors.
Immerse yourself in the Australian “Wild West” when you visit Kalgoorlie, the city built for gold miners in the 1880s. As you stroll down the wide streets, you’ll go past historical buildings, including iconic pubs. A short drive from town, you will be able to tour a prospector’s campsite and an operational gold mine.
Adventure seekers can go on excursions to the region’s deserts and forests. As the largest part of Western Australia, the Outback has Eucalyptus Forests, dried out lake beds and even a ghost town, Gwalia.
Getting around Western Australia
With a number of regional airports and an extensive network of public transport (comprising both trains and buses), Western Australia may be the largest state in the country, but it is easy to get around. Of course, given the distance between towns and attractions in a same region, the quickest way to travel an area can be by car.