Visiting Western Australia


Experience Perth

  • Kings Park & Botanic Gardens in Perth, Western Australia, is one of the largest inner-city parks in the southern hemisphere - at more than 400 hectares (988 acres) it is larger than New York’s Central Park. Showcasing some of the world’s most unique flora, here you will find towering trees, natural bushland, lakes, grand lookouts and sculpted botanical gardens.
  • The vibrant port city of Fremantle, Western Australia, boasts the best preserved example of a 19th century port streetscape in the world, with its world-famous heritage buildings and a fascinating maritime and convict history. Soak up the laidback ambience, chill-out in a street café, enjoy fish and chips fresh off the boat at the Fishing Boat Harbour; or a cleansing pale-ale at an award winning microbrewery.
  • Perth is the only capital city in Australia where you can chose to either explore a word-class wine region, picnic in one of Australia’s oldest conservation areas or watch the sunset over the ocean, all with in 30 minutes from the city. And with more hours of sunshine than any other capital city in Australia, whichever activity you choose, chances are that there will be a blue sky overhead. It’s no wonder Perth has been voted as one of the world’s most liveable cities.
  • Rottnest Island boasts some of the world’s finest beaches and bays, as well as unique animal and plant life. A short ferry ride from Western Australia’s capital city Perth, Rottnest is a car free zone and home to the world famous quokka, a unique marsupial that is only found in Western Australia.
  • Perth, Western Australia, has plenty to tempt shoppers with over 900 specialty shops that can be enjoyed seven days a week. Fashion lovers should head to the King Street precinct housing leading fashion houses including Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. There are also unique opportunities to purchase jewellery items made from gold nuggets, Argyle diamonds, Australian opals and Broome pearls.
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Australia's South West

  • Western Australia grows more black truffles, one of the most expensive food items sold in the world, than the rest of Australia put together. Each year, from June to August, you can buy fresh truffles or enjoy truffles at one of WA’s fine restaurants.
  • The South West region of Western Australia has been named one of the world’s Top 10 Regions in Lonely Planet’s BEST IN TRAVEL 2010, and is famous for its internationally renowned forests, beaches and wineries.
  • Margaret River Wine Region is the only wine region in Australia where you can experience stunning beaches, tall-timber forests, premium wineries, world-class surfing and caves all in the one place. The Margaret River Wine Region is one of the largest and most diverse wine regions in Australia.
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Australia's North West

  • Karijini National Park, in Western Australia, is home to some of the oldest rock formations in the world, dating back two billion years. One of Australia’s largest and most spectacular national parks - amazing gorges and waterfalls are easily accessible.
  • The Kimberley region and its coastline are regarded as one of the world’s ‘last true wilderness areas’, more than 20 million years in the making. This is the only place in the world where you can ride the unique Horizontal Waterfalls, marvel at the beehive like formations of the Bungle Bungle Range in World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park and cruise on Lake Argyle, the largest freshwater lake in the Southern Hemisphere and more than 20 times the size of Sydney Harbour.
  • Cable Beach, located in Broome in the North West of Western Australia, is the only place in the world where you can take a sunset camel ride on 22 kilometres (14 miles) of pristine white beach sands that fringe the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
  • The Bungle Bungle range in the World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park, Western Australia, is the most unique range in the world, 350-million-years in the making. The Bungle Bungle range is by far the most outstanding example of cone karst in sandstones anywhere in the world! Flying over or camping in the range is an exhilarating experience.
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Australia's Coral Coast

  • Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, is one of the best places in the world for swimming with the largest fish in the sea, the gentle Whale Shark which grows up to 16 metres (52.5 feet) long. Ningaloo is one of very few regions in the world where Whale Sharks gather regularly in coastal waters and are easily accessible to visitors.
  • Monkey Mia, Western Australia, is renowned for its amazing 40 year wildlife ritual, where wild dolphins have a daily ritual of coming close to the shore, to the delight of visitors. It is one of the best and most reliable places for dolphin interaction in the world – the dolphins visit almost daily, not just seasonally.
  • The Pinnacles, Western Australia, is regarded as one of Australia’s most unique landscapes. You can walk amongst these incredible limestone spires that rise eerily out of the sand, some several metres tall. It’s the only place in Australia like it.
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Australia's Golden Outback

  • Located near Esperance in Western Australia, Lucky Bay is Australia’s whitest beach and rated one of Australia’s best beaches for its pure white sand, clear turquoise water and perfect swimming conditions.
  • Western Australia produces 75% of the country’s gold and has approximately two-thirds of Australia’s gold resources. In Kalgoorlie, the site of one of Australia’s biggest gold rushes, you can visit the biggest open-pit gold mine in Australia and Australia’s only Mining Hall of Fame.
  • “Inside Australia” is Australia’s largest world class sculpture exhibit, showcasing 51 statues and covering an area of 10 square kilometres (3.8 square miles). Located on the flat salt lake of Lake Ballard in Western Australia’s outback and created by the world famous artist, visitors can walk amongst the Antony Gormley statues, which represent residents from the nearby town of Menzies.
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Last Reviewed 27 July 2011