When visiting the Land Down Under, your itinerary will surely be filled to the brim. However, one state that you should not skip while on the continent is definitely Western Australia. This gem is often overlooked even though it is full of amazing spots that you will simply love exploring and making lifelong memories. Here are some incredible places in Australia’s largest state.
Discover every corner of Perth
For starters, you will probably begin your journey in the capital. Perth is a marvelous city that offers a wide array of sights and activities that you can enjoy. As one of the largest inner-city parks in the world, you must take a stroll through the Kings Park and Botanic Garden and perhaps even have a picnic there. No matter if you’re traveling alone, with your significant other, or with your whole family, this spot is perfect for everyone. Then, if you’d like to go on a day trip, consider cruising the Swan River and visiting Swan Valley – the oldest grape-growing region of Western Australia. What is more, Perth also has many beaches like City Beach, Port Beach, Cottesloe, Rockingham Beach, and Scarborough, where you can go swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, and surfing. The state’s largest city is also home to some amazing restaurants that offer all sorts of delicious dishes, including fresh seafood and handmade pasta. From museums to zoos, this city truly has it all.
Explore Fremantle’s history
The town of Fremantle is often visited on a day trip from Perth. However, if you have the time, you should dedicate a bigger part of your itinerary to it. This port town is home to one of Western Australia’s four UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Fremantle Prison. The available tours of the prison will give you a riveting look into the history of the country. In case you’re up for something spooky, you can even go on a torchlight tour. Moreover, you can look through the Fremantle Markets to see if you can find something to eat or take back home as a souvenir. Art and history lovers will also find the selection of museums interesting, with the WA Maritime Museum, WA Shipwreck Museum, and Fremantle Arts Centre all located in the town.
Take a selfie with a quokka on Rottnest Island
Both from Perth and from Fremantle, you can reach Rottnest Island by ferry. This is an amazing spot to visit if you’re traveling with kids as there are no cars on the island. You can easily rent bikes or go on foot to explore every last corner of the place. In addition to the island being very safe, you might also appreciate the fact that Rottnest is home to quokkas. These animals don’t feel threatened by humans and are often willing to take a selfie with visitors. While there, you can also go swimming and snorkeling as well as visit the Rottnest Museum.
See whales in Bremer Marine Park
Western Australia is also a great place to see many marine animals. While Ningaloo Reef is one of the most visited spots in the state, make sure you don’t overlook Bremer Marine Park. Near the town of Bremer Bay, located on the south coast of the state, this marine park is the only spot in Australia where you can see killer whales. Hop aboard the Whale Watch Western Australia, the largest whale watching vessel in WA, and learn more about orcas. In addition to these apex predators, you can also spot sperm whales, pilot whales, and many other interesting creatures. Furthermore, you can also relax on the stunning beaches of Bremer Bay.
Enjoy the delicious wines from the Margaret River region
While Swan Valley is the oldest grape-growing region, Western Australia has much more to offer when it comes to wine. As a matter of fact, the Margaret River region is home to over 200 vineyards. Although you won’t have time to go to every single one, make sure a few of them find a place on your itinerary. For instance, Vasse Felix, Blind Corner, and Cape Mentelle are just some that you want to visit. Additionally, you can also find gourmet restaurants to complete the breathtaking experience. Just three and a half hours away from the capital, a weekend getaway will surely not be enough to explore all vineyards, restaurants, galleries, and surfing spots that this region boasts.
Go to the Karijini National Park
Western Australia has many national parks and you want to visit at least a few. One to consider is the Karijini National Park. The breathtaking 100-meter-deep gorges that you can see here have been formed thanks to millions of years of erosion. You can also see slot canyons, waterfalls, and water holes. Plus, if you don’t mind the cold water, you can even go for a swim. Don’t be surprised if you encounter red kangaroos, bats, pythons, legless lizards, and geckos. Other national parks that you can take a trip to include the Nambung National Park (where you can see the Pinnacles) and the Purnululu National Park (to see the Bungle Bungle hills).
Witness the breathtaking Horizontal Falls
The Purnululu National Park is located in the Kimberley region which is home to so many other interesting sights. In addition to Emma’s Gorge and Broome’s Cable Beach, you can also see the stunning Horizontal Falls. Keep in mind that you can only approach this natural phenomenon on an organized tour by seaplane and/or jet boat. Here, you can see powerful tides—as high as 11 meters—do their best to squeeze through two very narrow openings. The scene that the spectacle creates resembles a waterfall, thus the name of this marvelous attraction.
Marvel at the Wave Rock
Something else that you can see is the Wave Rock. While there is not much you can do there, the sight of a 15-meter-high banded-granite rock formation is sure to leave you breathless. In case you go there by car, visiting the nearby Gnamma Hole, Hippo’s Yawn, Humps, and King Rocks should not be a problem either.
If you’re traveling to Western Australia, keep in mind that there is a lot to see. Plan carefully to be able to see as many of these amazing spots as possible.