Western Australia has it all – a striking coastline, amazing natural scenery, some of the country’s premier wine growing regions and, of course, the Australian outback, a place like no other on earth. Whether you’re here for a few days or a few weeks, the following destinations are among the most popular to travel to from the beautiful City of Perth.
The Swan Valley, located in the upper reaches of the river of the same name between Guildford and Bells Rapids, is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Perth. Just 25 minutes’ drive from the Perth CBD and less than ten minutes from the domestic airport, the Swan Valley is sure to seduce all visitors with its stunning scenery, gorgeous wines and amazing gastronomy. Caversham Wildlife Park, located in Whiteman Park at the entrance to the Swan Valley, is great for visitors of all ages and showcases the largest private collection of native wildlife in WA.
Considered one of the most beautiful city parks and botanic gardens in the world, Kings Park is 400 hectares of natural heaven located on the edge of the Perth CBD. Displaying over 3,000 species of unique Western Australian flora, it’s a great destination for visitors of all ages and is very child-friendly. Don’t miss the sweeping views of the Perth skyline, the Darling Ranges and the Canning and Swan Rivers, especially at sunset when the views are at their most striking.
Mandurah and the Peel region lie a short distance from Perth and make for a wonderful day outing. With a stunning coastline characterised by white sand beaches and blue waters, wineries, national parks, and more, there’s so much to see and do on an outing to this beautiful part of the world handily located right on Perth’s doorstep. Don’t miss the Mandurah dolphins, the boardwalk and the Jarrah forests, not to mention the exciting wining and dining scene!
Despite its unsettling history Rottnest Island is now a very popular destination with its pristine sandy beaches, amazing marine species, and clear, calm waters that have made it a favourite snorkelling and diving destination. Rottnest Island lies 18 kilometres off the Fremantle coast and is best reached by charter boat or by joining a tour. There’s a wide variety of accommodation options on offer if you’re planning to stay longer, including bungalows, chalets and hotels.
Known to many as ‘Perth’s marine playground’, Rockingham has something to offer everyone, from pristine beaches and national parks to a wide variety of water sports and even skydiving. Just 45 minutes’ drive from Perth, it offers visitors the opportunity to see some amazing marine life, including dolphins, penguins and sea lions. Kayaking is a great way to experience the wonders of Shoalwater Islands Marine Park and there are some lovely parks here for picnicking.
One of Australia’s premier wine producing regions and the top draw in territory, the Margaret River wine region is a must-experience destination for all visitors to Western Australia. Boasting well over 200 wineries producing a number of internationally renowned wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Chardonnay, whatever your palate prefers you’ll find it here. Plan to stay at least a few days as you won’t want to leave.
Untouched, pristine beaches, friendly locals and seasonal humpback whale populations have helped to make Busselton and Dunsborough two of the most popular destinations in Western Australia. In fact, Busselton was voted Western Australia’s Top Tourism Town twice and both are considered among the most tranquil and unspoilt places on earth. Located on Geographe Bay, these coastal towns are a short distance from the Margaret River and in addition to Busselton’s Underwater Observatory which lies at the end of a two-kilometre jetty, there are plenty of activities to interest all visitors.
Leeuwin Lighthouse draws sightseers the world over and is located on the most south-westerly point of the Australian mainland on a spectacular peninsula where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet. It has the honour of being the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia and boasts a café where visitors can enjoy hot drinks and light meals. Many visitors take a day trip here from Margaret River, though there’s a wide range of accommodations available for those who want to stay a little longer. And with such spectacular scenery, it’s well-worth doing so.
A 4 ½ hour drive south of Perth, Albany has plenty to offer, from the spectacular views from the summits of Mount Clarence and Mount Melville which overlook Princess Royal Harbour to the pristine beaches at Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve, which also offers excellent camping facilities and the opportunity to witness some of the state’s most endangered animal species.
At approximately 720 kilometres east-southeast of Perth, Esperance is quite a distance to travel but the destination is more than worth the journey involved, which is actually nothing shy of amazing considering the sights along the way. Located on the exquisite Southern Ocean coastline, it’s a top destination for beach and nature lovers with its colour-drenched wildflower country panoramas surrounding untouched beaches that lead to heavenly turquoise waters and unspoilt islands.
One of Western Australia’s most amazing natural attractions, the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park demands to be experienced first-hand. These limestone formations located near to the town of Cervantes attract more than 250,000 visitors a year, but you needn’t worry about the crowds. For those who don’t fancy walking, the Pinnacles Loop enables you to drive around some of the major sights on an unsealed road which is suitable for normal cars and open all year-round. A great variety of accommodations are found in the town of Cervantes.
485 kilometres north of Perth, the Kalabarri National Park is one of the state’s top attractions with its picturesque gorges winding their way through the iconic and dreamy red and white banded sandstone. The coastline and its steep, soaring cliffs that plunge over 100 metres to the sea are another reason why so many visitors make their way here, so if you’re looking for an amazing remote, natural experience, Kalabarri National Park is the destination for you.
Located in the Kimberley region 2,240 kilometres north of Perth, Broome is a pretty coastal town boasting iconic scenery, a rich pearling past and one of the most historic Chinatowns in Australia. Cable Beach with its 22 kilometre stretch of gorgeous white sand is one of the most iconic sights of Western Australia and has been made famous with the sunset camel rides that are understandably popular among visitors. And from pretty Roebuck Bay with its myriad of shorebird species, you can take a cruise to the local pearl farms that still operate to this day.
904 kilometres north of Perth lies the tropical paradise of Carnarvon, home to the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum and a wealth of other attractions, including the Kennedy Range National Park with its spectacular rock formations that are an amazing sight to behold as the sun sets. Carnarvon is a great place from which to travel to the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef, one of the world’s most remarkable diving destinations, and the seafood here is fantastic.
The Monkey Mia dolphins have made this heavenly destination 900 kilometres north of Perth one of the most famous dolphin experiences in the world, but there’s so much more this charming place than the opportunity to frolic in the clearest, most heavenly waters with these amazing mammals. Boasting 320 days of sunshine a year, those looking for a leisurely beachside holiday in delightfully blissful surrounds will find themselves in heaven and the snorkelling here is also a major drawcard for nature lovers. Prepare to be amazed at the natural beauty.
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