Western Australia Guide
Commanding a third of the entire country, describing Western Australia as diverse would be an understatement. To give you some perspective, the state is larger than Western Europe! With one of the most isolated capital cities in the world and a sparse population density, there is a lot of land to cover if you're keen on exploring Australia's western frontier.
Travelling down the western coast you will find capital city Perth, perched on the banks of the Swan River. Famous for its chilled out coastal character, a holiday in Perth is often set in the great outdoors with a visit to the sprawling Kings Park a must. If you've ever wished you could have all of the conveniences of the big city with the atmosphere of a country town, Perth delivers just that.
Nearly 20 sun soaked beaches are within the city's boundaries – quite literally, Perth is the sunniest capital – most notably surfing hot spots Cottesloe and Scarborough. Enjoy a lazy lunch along the esplanade and hang around until the sun slinks away to enjoy the vibrant seaside nightlife. Neighbouring Fremantle is where you will find the arty crowd sipping cappuccinos on the strip and stocking up on their organic produce at the weekend markets.
Catch a West Coast Eagles home game in Subiaco, where the restaurants, bars and clubs fill up when it comes time to support their team. After an evening of revelling, slow things down with a day trip to Rottnest Island. Only 18 kilometres offshore from Perth, Rotto is chock-a-block with secluded bays, coral reef and shipwrecks perfect for snorkelling and diving. Jump on your bicycle and enjoy the fresh sea breeze as you navigate the limits of the land.
Straying away from Perth, but not too far, Margaret River in the south west is the weekend playground for city dwellers and it's easy to see why. Hire your own set of wheels and make the journey to this surfie town turned premier wine region for top-quality tastings with a side of big wave boarding.
Tick a handful of experiences off your bucket list with whale watching in Albany, swimming with dolphins in Monkey Mia and camelback beach treks against a roaring red sunset in Broome. At the doorstep of the Kimberley region, Broome is a great launching pad to explore the chasms, gorges, monoliths and billabongs that make this vast wilderness unmissable.