Equally blessed with ample natural beauty, state-of-the modern architecture and vibrant wildlife, Western Australia is a travel enthusiast’s dream destination. Whether it be the calm of the beach or the smile of the world’s happiest animal, gear up for the vacation of a lifetime in Western Australia.
1. Capture a #quokkaselfie at Rottnest Island
Sitting pretty amidst the vast blue expanse, Rottnest Island is a 30-minute ferry ride away from Perth. Home to the smiling quokkas, this island is best explored on a bicycle.
Tour the well-preserved nature reserve and soak in the tranquil environs, take a selfie with a quokka, visit the Wadjemup and Bathurst lighthouses and relax by the many pristine beaches here.
2. Discover the Historic Charm of Fremantle
A must-visit for culture enthusiasts and history lovers, Fremantle is a famous port city in Western Australia.
Walk around the artistically crafted Victorian and Edwardian buildings, navigate the 19th-century streetscape, and embark on the heritage trail for exploring the famous Western Australian Maritime Museum, the Fremantle Prison – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Roundhouse – Western Australia’s oldest public building.
Tired of too much history? Unwind with a drink and enjoy memorable cabaret performances at the renowned Cappuccino Strip – the town’s pulsating nightlife hub. You can also explore the local markets and stock up on handpicked souvenirs.
3. Swing it right with a tour of the fab Perth Stadium
Mecca for cricket lovers all over the world, the Perth Stadium is an absolute treat with its award-winning architecture, history of hosting famous matches and surrounding natural wonderlands.
Tour the mega stadium, sneak a peek into the players’ dressing rooms and balconies, walk around the Stadium Park, and raise a toast to Australia’s spellbinding beauty while dining by the nearby Swan River later.
4. Admire the Otherworldly Landscape of the Pinnacles Desert
Ideal for quick road trips and short drive-cations, the Pinnacles Desert is about two hours away from Perth. Boasting a curious landscape reminiscent of sci-fi movies (many movies have been shot here in reality), this stretch of desert is an iconic tourist site in Western Australia.
You will love navigating through the needle shaped pinnacles jutting out of the earth, clicking your pictures by the mushroom-shaped pinnacles dotting the landscape, waving to marsupials at the nearby animal enclosure and star-gazing at night here.
5. Get Awestruck by the World’s Largest Coin at the Perth Mint
Did you know that the world’s largest coin is on display at the Perth Mint in Western Australia? Known as the Australian Kangaroo, you will be left speechless by this one-tonne gold wonder – said to be valued at a staggering AUD50 million. And wait, that’s not all. The Perth Mint also offers a guided heritage tour, the Perth Mint Exhibition and a free virtual gold trail for an immersive experience. You can also catch up on some liquid gold pouring and the techniques of coin making here.
6. Float Amidst Bottlenose Dolphins at Rockingham
Known to be one of the friendliest animals on earth, dolphins have forever been Rockingham’s main attraction, just a 40-minute drive from Perth.
You will love putting on your snorkelling gear and diving amidst the dolphins and even capturing memorable pictures too. September to May is the best time to visit Rockingham for experiencing a chance meet with the dolphins while swimming.
What’s more? The nearby Penguin Island is home to more than a 1000 fairy penguins. Make sure to swing by if you’re a wildlife enthusiast looking for an immersive experience.
7. Unwind Amidst Green Vineyards and Blue Waters at the Margaret River Region
Be it the bottles of wine waiting to tantalize your taste-buds or the clear blue waves of the Indian Ocean inviting you for surfing, the Margaret River Region, a little more than three hours from Perth, is a super-relaxing all-inclusive getaway in Western Australia.
Having the distinction of being named the number one destination on its ‘Best in Asia Pacific’ list by Lonely Planet, this slice of Western Australia is an absolutely dreamy. Spend your mornings sunbathing by the sea, enjoy the thrill of surfing through the vast blue waters, explore the secrets of the Giant Karri Forest and have fun whale watching, mountain biking, rock climbing and abseiling. Oh! And do not forget to sample some of the local wines here – they’re as delicious as they are gorgeous!
8. Spend a Day with Nature at the Kings Park and Botanic Garden
A refreshing stretch of green in the heart of Perth’s business houses, the Kings Park and Botanic Gardenis a welcome break from the urban life.
Discover over 3000 unique florae at the Western Australian Botanic Garden, embark on an adventurous hike across the Bushland, follow the footprints of dinosaurs and visit the State War Memorial for paying your respects to the fallen heroes of the country. And, if you’re up for it, challenge yourself to climb the DNA Tower and feast your eyes on the panoramic views of the Swan River and even the Rottnest Island!
9. Enjoy a Train Ride along Southern Hemisphere’s Longest Jetty in Busselton
If snaking along the Indian Ocean is on your bucket-list, then this is a definite try in Busselton – known as the gateway to the Margaret River Region.
You will love the 1.8 km train ride on a timber-piled 150-year-old jetty, with gorgeous views on either side. Have fun at the wow underwater observatory and get a chance to gulp down delicious barbecue dishes at the Foreshore later.
10. Steal Some Romantic Moments at the Swan Valley
Nothing spells romantic as vividly as a serene backdrop of picturesque vineyards and glasses of sparkling wine waiting to be relished! And that is exactly what the Swan valley in Western Australia offers!
Known to be producing 30 million bottles of wine per year, the Swan Valley located less than 30 minutes from Perth, is home to some of Australia’s most sought-after wines. Splurge on wine-tasting tours, dine at amazing restaurants-with-a-view, play with the kangaroos at the Caversham Wildlife Park and have fun sampling fresh-from-the-hive honey at Windarra Honey. You can also stock up on fresh homemade chocolates and nougats here, and definitely sign up for an idyllic cruise on the Swan River.
Can’t wait to experience all of this and more?