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Western Australia

Western Australia is a state of wide open skies, dramatic landscapes, ancient culture, excellent wining & dining, outdoor activity, tourist attractions and friendly locals. From the deep reds of ancient rock formations of the north–west to the sparkling blue of the Indian Ocean off the mid-north coast, to the lush greenery of the stunning south-west filled with sprawling vineyards and tall-tree forests, this is truly a unique holiday destination.

Perth

Cosmopolitan Perth and the neighboring city of Fremantle enjoy a fabulously laid-back atmosphere, the result of a great year-round climate and many picturesque beaches and parks. Nestled on the banks of the Swan River, Kings Park and Botanic Gardens is one of the worlds’ largest inner-city parks and has spectacular views of the city as well as a fascinating indigenous walking tour.

Things to do in Perth:

  • Time your visit with one of the local markets either in Perth or Fremantle, many have great free entertainment and it also gives you a chance to taste the local fare
  • Visit Rottnest Island, a 30 minute ferry ride from Fremantle, for the day and explore its shimmering water from one of its 63 secluded beaches
  • Don’t miss its mighty 750 year old boab tree, which was transplanted from The Kimberley a few years ago

 

Margaret River and the south-west region

Blessed with a perfect Mediterranean climate, the Margaret River area of Western Australia is an enviable mix of rolling hills, glorious coastline and towering forests. A wine lovers’ paradise, it’s home to more than 220 grape growers and over 100 cellar doors, all serving tastings in a relaxed atmosphere and beautiful surrounds. The region’s also renowned for its powder-white beaches and great surf. Explore the towering karri forests and wildflower carpets of the hinterland or romance your sweetheart with a basketful of local treats on a beach at sunset.

Things to do in Margaret River:

  • Remember to collect the business cards from the wine cellar doors as many of them can arrange to post your favourite wines directly to your door
  • Tuck yourself away in one of the many charming accommodation options, from luxury retreat to hip hotel to charming B&Bs
  • Visit towering untouched forests near Pemberton

 

Coral Coast

Named after the spectacular coral beds that comprise Ningaloo Reef, the Coral Coast is one of the few places on earth where you can swim with the biggest fish in the world – the whale shark (which can grow up to 18 metres in length), or watch frolicking whales, meet graceful manta rays, swim alongside ancient sea turtles and witness rare dugongs feed on seagrass. Protected by the Ningaloo Marine Park, the tropical waters here beckon . The Coral Coast is a magical place.

Things to do in Coral Coast:

  • Hand feed the dolphins at Monkey Mia
  • Snorkel or diver with thousands of flitting tropical fish and colourful coral cays mere metres from shore
  • Stay in a spacious, luxury tents within Cape Range National Park - this is a luxury adventure to be remembered

 

Broome

An exquisite combination of colours – the blue of Roebuck Bay, the white of Cable Beach’s sands and the red from the pindan (rust-coloured dirt) – make Broome truly memorable. This, along with its weather, rich history and cultural diversity, gives Broome a wonderful atmosphere and vitality that has enticed adventurers, entrepreneurs, artists and travellers to stay. The result is a cosmopolitan town with a vibrant culture, great cuisine and fine art. Established in the 1880s as a pearling centre, by Japanese entrepreneurs, Broome maintains its rich pearling heritage.

Things to do in Broome:

  • Visit Wille Creek Pearl Farm for a chance to design your own necklace
  • Explore Chinatown, Broome’s oldest district
  • Enjoy the thrill of a hovercraft ride across Roebuck Bay
  • Witness a true natural phenomenon – the Staircase to the Moon (May to October)
  • Don’t leave without taking a camel ride along Cable Beach at sunset

 

Kununurra and the Kimberley region

Spanning nearly 423,000 square kilometres, this vast region is an outback wonderland of hidden gorges, ancient outcrops, plunging waterfalls and freshwater pools. Laid-back Kununurra is your base for exploring the World Heritage-listed Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park, itself a treasure trove of gorges and spectacular scenery.

Things to do in Kununurra:

  • Book yourself a flight over the orange and black domes and tumbling water and you’ll be ever thankful
  • Join a 4WD safari and explore the wild heart of Kimberley country
  • Use Kununurra as a base for an East Kimberley adventure including a visit to Lake Argyle and Purnululu National Park