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Travel & Holiday Tips Western Australia


From the tropical north, down through the Great Sandy Desert to the southwest's forests and wineries, Western Australia is a land of beautiful contrasts.

This state stands in stark contrast to its eastern cousins; development has not occurred along the coast at the same furious pace as it has on the eastern seaboard. This is an ancient land and a huge one, covering one-third of the country.

Find boutique wineries, gourmet produce and world-class surfing in the southwest – known for its forests of karri trees – and escape the crowds and float amongst tropical sealife on Ningaloo Reef. Broome, with beautiful Cable Beach, is the gateway to the ancient and spectacular landscapes of the Kimberley Region, while Perth, regarded as being 'the most isolated city on the planet', is sparkling clean, and blessed with surrounding pristine beaches, hills and leafy woodland areas.

Places of Interest


Perth is sunny all year but pleasant owing to temperate breezes. Modern skyscrapers overshadow colonial buildings such as the Town Hall and Perth Mint. The Swan River winds through the city, and a cruise upriver to the vineyards is very popular with tourists. A futuristic tower resembling a giant swan, the Swan Bells, houses the old bells from St Martin-in-the-Fields, London and is open daily for viewing. Kings Park, a beautiful park overlooking the town, the Art Gallery of Western Australia in James Street and the historic His Majesty’s Theatre are also worth seeing. The most popular beach destinations are Sorrento, Cottesloe, City, Scarborough and the nude bathing beach at Swanbourne. 17 km (11 miles) north of the city centre, AQWA – The Aquarium of Western Australia at Hillary’s Boat Harbour, showcases over 4,000 sea creatures in their natural environments. South of Perth is Cable’s Water Ski Park with thrilling water rides and Adventure World, a favourite family entertainment complex on Bibra Lake, with thrill rides, native animals, parkland and waterways in beautiful surroundings. Fremantle, 19 km (12 miles) from the city, is a port full of historic houses and buildings such as the Court House, all of which have been superbly restored. 'Freo', as it is known, can be reached either by a one-hour boat trip or a 20-minute drive from Perth. The excellent Western Australian Maritime Museum and Fishing Boat Harbour, with its many outdoor seafood restaurants, are its other attractions.

Outside Perth

Rottnest Island lies 20 km (12.5 miles) offshore. This haven for watersports enthusiasts is connected to Fremantle by ferry services. The marsupial quokka is unique to the car-free island. Well to the east of Perth is the thriving gold-mining town of Kalgoorlie with its Museum of the Goldfields, and towns which were once the centre of Western Australia’s gold rush, such as Coolgardie.

Also interesting is Wave Rock, a 2700-million-year-old formation resembling a tidal wave, close to Hyden. The Darling Ranges, behind Perth, are popular with visitors and contain several national parks. The Avon Valley, a 90-minute drive from Perth, is an agricultural area. In this region can be found the town of York, where the York Motor Museum and the Residency Museum are worth seeing. Nanbung National Park, 240 km (150 miles) north of Perth, is well-known for its amazing limestone pillars, The Pinnacles.

At Monkey Mia, on the mid-western coast, there are wild bottlenose dolphins that come into the shallows to greet visitors. Also in the north of the State, The Kimberley, a wild semi-desert region rich in Aboriginal legends, has become a thriving diamond-mining centre in recent years.

The city of Broome, on the north coast, is the pearl capital of the world. At the opposite end of the state is Albany, founded in 1827 and the first European settlement in Western Australia; it is noted for its blowholes and winter whale watching. Augusta, to the west, is also visited by several species of whale.





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