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Holidays to Regional Western Australia

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Western Australia beyond Perth

Western Australia is the largest Australian state, covering almost a third of the entire country. Plan a holiday here and you’ll be able to explore Margaret River wine country and some of the Australia’s loveliest beaches. Discover Ningaloo – Australia’s second-biggest World Heritage reef – and explore towns and villages all over the state.  

But first, your Western Australia trip will kick off in Perth. Australia’s sunniest capital is impossible to resist, with its dramatic Elizabeth Quay skyscrapers and huge Kings Park. But Perth is also known for beach-lined neighbourhoods, great restaurant districts, and historic laneways lined with small bars and indie shops. 

Head south into regional Western Australia and you’ll reach Margaret River. This wine country produces several of Australia’s most exclusive vintages. You can visit wineries and sample a tipple or two, straight from the cellar door. After an indulgent day, trek the Cape to Cape Walk and see miraculous Injidup Beach and the mighty Willyabrup Sea Cliffs. Then make for Walpole and wander through impressive Southern Forests. 

The Coral Coast, north of Perth, is where to spend time on Ningaloo Reef. It’s the best place on earth to swim with whale sharks but, if that’s not your thing, the seas are equally captivating by boat. If you feel like a drive, head along Gibb River Road in far northern Kimberley and get an eyeful of gorges and waterfalls. Travel to Broome and ride camels on enormous Cable Beach. And fit in Lake Ballard for the ethereal Anthony Gormley sculptures spread across its dry salt pan.  

A holiday to Western Australia also offers astonishing natural phenomena. Visit Francois Peron National Park to see red sand dunes merge with bone white beaches. And the rocky arch of Nature’s Window is reason alone to put Kalbarri National Park on your to-do list. Wrap up the day by watching the sunset over the ancient Pinnacles in Nambung National Park, just two hours north of Perth. 

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Western Australia is enormous but brilliantly well connected, so it’s easy to pack a lot in to your holiday. South of Perth you will find Margaret River a town not only famed for its incredible wine but also its stunning beaches. You'll find the longest timber jetty in the Southern Hemisphere in the small town of Busselton. In Cape Le Grand National Park you will find Lucky Bay where kangaroos spend their days lazing on the sandy beach. Bremer Bay is also the best spot in WA to see killer whales. 

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Up north, you can go spot Snubfin Dolphins at Roebuck Bay near Broome, or dive with whale sharks off the coast of Exmouth. Back on dry land, the Echidna Chasm in East Kimberley is a fascinating hike in the company of Aboriginal guides. Explore Kalbarri National Park and witness the incredible 'Natures Window'. See dolphins swim to the shores each morning at Monkey Mia, and witness the incredible rock formations of the Pinnacles Dessert in Nambung National Park.

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The historic pearl port of Broome is home to Cable Beach. Considered to be one of the loveliest in Australia, the shimmering white sands stretch for over 20 kilometres. If you really want to do them justice, book a sunset camel ride. Swimming with whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef is another ‘only in Western Australia’ experience – although the reef’s just as stunning on a glass bottom boat trip. 

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If you go hiking in spectacular Kalbarri National Park, consider taking a helicopter flight along the west coast for a bird’s-eye view of the Abrolhos Islands. Kalbarri is also where you’ll encounter parrots at Rainbow Jungle, and you can take twilight cruises down the scenic Murchison River. For picturesque scenery, try to catch colourful wildflower displays in the Southern Forests during spring. Or, for something completely different, take an eerie night-time tour of Fremantle Prison, just outside Perth. 

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Best activities

On holiday to Western Australia, you can swim with sharks and climb 60-metre tall trees – but there are also plenty of less dramatic, but equally rewarding, activities. Catch a ferry from Perth to car-free Rottnest Island, where you can cycle around in search of secret coves, go snorkelling, and snap photos with cute quokkas. Or take the miniature train down Busselton Jetty and visit the marvellous Underwater Observatory, eight metres down in the Indian Ocean.

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If you love rummaging through a market, make tracks for Margaret River Town on a Saturday. Subiaco in Perth is another weekend market hotspot or head for much loved Fremantle Markets any day of the week.

And when you want to soar high in the trees – without actually climbing – stroll along the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk in the Southern Forests, near Walpole. Or stay at ground level and trek the Ancient Empire Walk through the Southern Forests’ gigantic native Karri and Tingle trees. 

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Best time to visit regional Western Australia

They say it’s always summer somewhere in Western Australia, and they’re not wrong. But this vast state varies between temperate and sub-tropical climates, all along the Indian Ocean coastline. 

Visit sunny Perth and the surrounding area in spring or summer – September to February – for blue skies, sunshine and temperatures between 23 and 30°C. Margaret River and the south west of the state, meanwhile, have a Mediterranean climate. So this sunny area is also great to visit in spring or summer, when temperatures range from 25 to 35°C. 

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The Coral Coast – which runs north from Cervantes to Exmouth, including Ningaloo Reef – has warm weather all year. The sunniest seasons are spring and summer, so if you visit between September and February, you can expect temperatures to rise to 35°C. But Broome and the north west of the state are best visited in the dry season, from April to September, when the days are long and sunny, there’s very little rain and temperatures reach up to 30°C.   

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Things to do

Things to do

Western Australia is enormous but brilliantly well connected, so it’s easy to pack a lot in to your holiday. South of Perth you will find Margaret River a town not only famed for its incredible wine but also its stunning beaches. You'll find the longest timber jetty in the Southern Hemisphere in the small town of Busselton. In Cape Le Grand National Park you will find Lucky Bay where kangaroos spend their days lazing on the sandy beach. Bremer Bay is also the best spot in WA to see killer whales. 

Show More
Show Less

Up north, you can go spot Snubfin Dolphins at Roebuck Bay near Broome, or dive with whale sharks off the coast of Exmouth. Back on dry land, the Echidna Chasm in East Kimberley is a fascinating hike in the company of Aboriginal guides. Explore Kalbarri National Park and witness the incredible 'Natures Window'. See dolphins swim to the shores each morning at Monkey Mia, and witness the incredible rock formations of the Pinnacles Dessert in Nambung National Park.

Show More
Show Less

Experiences

Best experiences

The historic pearl port of Broome is home to Cable Beach. Considered to be one of the loveliest in Australia, the shimmering white sands stretch for over 20 kilometres. If you really want to do them justice, book a sunset camel ride. Swimming with whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef is another ‘only in Western Australia’ experience – although the reef’s just as stunning on a glass bottom boat trip. 

Show More
Show Less

If you go hiking in spectacular Kalbarri National Park, consider taking a helicopter flight along the west coast for a bird’s-eye view of the Abrolhos Islands. Kalbarri is also where you’ll encounter parrots at Rainbow Jungle, and you can take twilight cruises down the scenic Murchison River. For picturesque scenery, try to catch colourful wildflower displays in the Southern Forests during spring. Or, for something completely different, take an eerie night-time tour of Fremantle Prison, just outside Perth. 

Show More
Show Less

Activities

Best activities

On holiday to Western Australia, you can swim with sharks and climb 60-metre tall trees – but there are also plenty of less dramatic, but equally rewarding, activities. Catch a ferry from Perth to car-free Rottnest Island, where you can cycle around in search of secret coves, go snorkelling, and snap photos with cute quokkas. Or take the miniature train down Busselton Jetty and visit the marvellous Underwater Observatory, eight metres down in the Indian Ocean.

Show More
Show Less

If you love rummaging through a market, make tracks for Margaret River Town on a Saturday. Subiaco in Perth is another weekend market hotspot or head for much loved Fremantle Markets any day of the week.

And when you want to soar high in the trees – without actually climbing – stroll along the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk in the Southern Forests, near Walpole. Or stay at ground level and trek the Ancient Empire Walk through the Southern Forests’ gigantic native Karri and Tingle trees. 

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit regional Western Australia

They say it’s always summer somewhere in Western Australia, and they’re not wrong. But this vast state varies between temperate and sub-tropical climates, all along the Indian Ocean coastline. 

Visit sunny Perth and the surrounding area in spring or summer – September to February – for blue skies, sunshine and temperatures between 23 and 30°C. Margaret River and the south west of the state, meanwhile, have a Mediterranean climate. So this sunny area is also great to visit in spring or summer, when temperatures range from 25 to 35°C. 

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Show Less

The Coral Coast – which runs north from Cervantes to Exmouth, including Ningaloo Reef – has warm weather all year. The sunniest seasons are spring and summer, so if you visit between September and February, you can expect temperatures to rise to 35°C. But Broome and the north west of the state are best visited in the dry season, from April to September, when the days are long and sunny, there’s very little rain and temperatures reach up to 30°C.   

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