Making up one-third of the Australian continent in size, Western Australia is such a big draw for travellers, thanks to its beautiful coastline, a host of natural wonders and landscapes, unique wildlife and the world’s oldest minerals.
From Broome in the north, through Perth – Australia’s sunniest capital – to Lucky Bay in the south, the different regions provide one exciting adventure after another.
Here, we take a look at what Western Australia has to offer.
City verve: In and around Perth
The city offers new discoveries for first-time and returning visitors alike. Cool eateries, exciting entertainment spots and cosy cafes – new ones pop up all the time. Each time you visit, you will be met with a fresh adventure.
At the heart of the buzz is Elizabeth Quay. This energetic waterfront precinct, which constantly undergoes a transformation, is where the action is – with its festivals, ferries and food.
You can take the ferry to East Perth, where you can explore the culture and history of the Whadjuk people of Derbal Yerrigan (Swan River).
For some Instagram-worthy city views, head over to the South Perth foreshore. This is also where the Perth Zoo is located.
Perth has 19 pristine beaches where you can enjoy a picnic and take in the sunset. Just ask any Perth resident to point you to the beaches.
About an hour away from Perth are day-trip destinations such as Rottnest Island, where you can take selfies with the quokka; Rockingham, for a swim with the dolphins; Mandurah, where you can cruise canals; and Fremantle, where you can discover its maritime history and a World Heritage-listed prison.
Checking out hip eateries near Elizabeth Quay, visiting the excellent zoo – with its native Australian and nocturnal animals, and more – enjoying the day trips out of Perth, and then coming back to watch the sunset on a city beach, it’s just another day in Western Australia’s capital city.
Water, land and tree-top adventures: The South West
Surfing is something you must try here, as it is well-known for its impressive surf and swimming beaches.
At Prevelly, you can watch some of the world’s best surfers at Surfers Point– or jump in and ride the waves yourself.
For more tranquil conditions, head to Dunsborough, Denmark and Albany. Either witness the wonders beneath the water through shipwreck-diving or, if you prefer to stay dry, visit the Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory.
Not a beach person? Be humbled by nature in the Valley of the Giants, near Walpole. See the enormous red tingle trees, which grow up to 40m in height. You can even walk among them via the Tree Top Walk.
More adventures await, such as hiking along the Cape To Cape Track, and off-road biking on the Munda Biddi Trail. Or head to underground caves – such as Ngilgi, Mammoth, Lake and Jewel – to explore mesmerising labyrinths with limestone crystal formations.
Getting in touch with nature: Coral Coast
Western Australia is teeming with native floral and fauna, many of which you can encounter up-close.
Want to meet wild dolphins? Make your way to Monkey Mia in the Coral Coast. This is where curious bottlenose dolphins come to shore. If you are lucky, you may get to pet some as they visit the beach during feeding times.
Travel inland to see magnificent wildflower country, especially in November, when the blooms are simply superb. At Hutt Lagoon near Port Gregory, the waters appear as red, bubble-gum pink or lilac, depending on the conditions.
Discover the ancient desert sculptures of the Pinnacles, along an idyllic stretch of coastline. They are scattered across the desert in their thousands, creating an almost alien-like landscape.
Rugged trail: Golden Outback
Waking up to clear skies and beautiful landscapes all around is just another day in the Golden Outback.
Here, you’ll find Australia’s whitest beach, Lucky Bay, set against a stunning seascape of 110 islands of the Recherche Archipelago. It is said even the kangaroos can’t resist lounging here!
Also, stop by Lake Ballard. This is an odd but amazing place, where 51 steel sculptures are scattered across the salt lake bed as part of artist Antony Gormley’s installation “Inside Australia”.
Off the beaten path: The North West
Often referred to as the pearl of the North West, Broome is Western Australia’s coastal gateway to the magnificent wilderness of the Kimberley. Here, you can experience vast gorges, ancient rock art sites and massive waterfalls.
A sunset camel ride on Broome’s Cable Beach is really something else. Relish the experience while you bask in the warm glow of a west Kimberley sunset.
At Karijini National Park, in the Pilbara region, you will find ancient rocks that have been shaped into massive mountains and escarpments, breathtaking gorges and tree-lined watercourses.
The World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park in the East Kimberley is home to a striking geological feature: the Bungle Bungle Range. These rock formations look like beehives that have sprouted up out of the landscape.
Seems like a lot of choices to fit into your travel schedule? These are only some of the diverse locations and fun activities you can expect from Australia’s western state.
Perth awaits you! So, make your next trip to Western Australia extraordinary by visiting Perth, as it will surprise you with an unexpected experience. Western Australia is waiting to be discovered, and Tourism Western Australia (www.westernaustralia.com) will be happy to show you the way. Speak to its representatives at the upcoming Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) Fair, Booth 1M29, from Sept 8 to 10.