Your ultimate guide to

Western Australia

You’ll discover more than just another day in WA with our ultimate guide to your next Western Australian getaway. Perth may be the most isolated capital city in the world but it combines heritage and high times with a side of beautiful beaches and the cutest marsupials, the quokka on Rottnest Island. Escape to the regions and discover award-winning wine in the Margaret River, spectacular scenery in The Kimberley or outback adventure in The Pilbara. There is so much to see and do in Western Australia.

Getting to Western Australia

Western Australia is easily accessible by land, sea and air. Perth is well serviced by transport carriers, with all major domestic airlines running services from most Australian major cities to Perth. Escape to the regions with self-drive itineraries to Margaret River and the South West or Outback WA.

Top Things to Do in Western Australia

Wine Tasting

Western Australia is home to nine wine regions, each with their own unique qualities and characteristics, including the world-renowned Margaret River and the state’s oldest wine growing region the Swan Valley. The Swan Valley is easily accessible from Perth; in just 25 minutes you’ll find yourself in wine country. Meanwhile, Margaret River is a triple threat of fine dining, award-winning wine and sensational surf beaches all while retaining its country town charm. Whichever region you choose for a tasting tour of the cellar doors, you’ll find delicious restaurants and cafes serving regional produce and a growing number of boutique breweries and distilleries.

Hikes & Treks

There’s no better way to experience the unique landscape of this beautiful state than by getting out there on foot. Whether your pace is slow or fast, gentle or challenging, there’s a walk to suit you. The Cape to Cape runs from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin spanning 110km, it’s one of the most spectacular coastal walks for your bucket list.

Beachside Breaks

Western Australia is blessed with beautiful beachside breaks stretching right along the magnificent mainland coastline. Perth is spoilt with a number of sparkling beaches including the iconic Cottesloe Beach, a popular spot for swimming, snorkelling and surfing. Further north, travellers flock to Cable Beach for the world-famous Indian Ocean sunsets and beach camel rides. Head to Esperance to marvel at Australia’s whitest beach, Lucky Bay or seek out the perfect surf break at one of Margaret River’s beaches.

 

Best Places to Visit in Western Australia

Margaret River

From Perth, it’s an easy 3-hour drive down the coast to Margaret River, Western Australia’s premium wine growing region. Blessed with spectacular coastal scenery, exceptional surf breaks and abundant food and wine, Margaret River is the ultimate getaway for foodies. Here’s our essential guide for where to eat, sleep and play in Margaret River.

Fremantle

With its rich maritime, convict and colonial history, there is plenty to see and do in Fremantle for an enriching cultural experience. Fremantle or ‘Freo’ is just 30 minutes drive from Perth’s CBD where you’ll find a port town bursting with lively bars, portside Breweries, cool cafes and buzzing markets. Hit the heritage trail and visit the Western Australian Maritime Museum, World Heritage listed Fremantle Prison and Western Australia’s oldest public building, the Roundhouse.

Broome

With a rich and colourful history, Broome has a welcome and laid-back feel, paired with a tropical vibe. Bordered by the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean and the creeks and mangroves of Roebuck Bay, Broome’s beaches, sand dunes and camel rides on Cable Beach continue to attract visitors to its shores. There is much to see and do in Broome from checking out historic sites like Gantheaume Point where you can marvel at dinosaur footprints visible at low tide to fishing charters or learn about Broome’s pearling history and celebrate the annual Shinju Matsuri festival.

Where to Stay in Western Australia

Camping & Caravans

Wake to the sound of the ocean, surrounded by wildflowers and pre-historic scenery in Western Australia. Caravan and camping is a great way to explore and see the vast landscape of Western Australia from pitching a tent in a national park to 5 star caravan parks, there’s something for everyone in WA. In our list of Australia’s most beautiful secluded campsites, we nominated WA’s Lucky Bay and Kurrajong in the Kimberley’s Purnululu National Park as amongst the nation’s best camping and caravan spots.

Luxury Hotels

Perth has seen a rush of new luxury hotels hit the CBD such as The Westin, QT, and Ritz Carlton however if you’re looking for that extra bit of indulgence, COMO The Treasury in the heart of Perth’s historic centre might just be for you. If you’re keen to stay in Fremantle, you can’t go past Tradewinds Hotel for a modern update on a beloved old Fremantle watering hole. Venture to the Swan Valley for wine tasting and check in to The Colony at Mandoon Estate for some luxury amongst the vines. Likewise for a wine weekend in Margaret River, escape to Injidup Spa Retreat on the coast for some pampering and indulgence.

Where to Eat in Western Australia

From white linen dining to quirky neighbourhood restaurants, there are plenty of options for where to eat in Perth. For something high-end, head to Wildflower, a contemporary rooftop space with a native concept led menu. If you’re after Perth restaurants with a sea view, here are 6 of the best, perfect for a celebration or special occasion.

 

For fine dining in the Margaret River, you can’t beat dining at the wineries at Vasse Felix or Voyager Estate or for some laid-back café vibes, check out this list of Margaret River’s coolest cafes.

Tours & Packages Western Australia

There are many tours and packages to make the most of your stay in WA. Make Perth your base and take day tours to surrounding regions such as the Swan Valley, Rottnest Island or Margaret River. For an unforgettable Kimberley experience, book a Bungle Bungle Guided Tour in the World Heritage Purnululu National Park for the most incredible tour of this magical site.