This is a guest post by Irene Seah.
The Land Down Under is among the top travel destinations on everyone’s bucket list. Both holidaymakers and world nomads wish they could make at least one trip here. No wonder! Australia is an amazing travel playground for experienced and not really, big city lovers and adventurers seeking to explore the Outback, first-time visitors and those who live in this country.
But what many people do not realize is that Australia is much more than just Sydney, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. To open a whole new dimension of Australia, we have compiled the list of must-see destinations in the West.
Western Australia Destinations – an experience not to be missed
The state of Western Australia is taking up the western third of Australia’s territory, which means it is even larger than western Europe altogether. Therefore, it would be strange if there was nothing special for this region to offer.
Western Australia is home to some of the most spectacular nature’s creations in Australia, including Karijini National Park, Rottnest Island, Greens Pool, Ningaloo Reef, Lancelin Sand Dunes, Monkey Mia, Shark Bay and many more.
Besides breathtaking beaches and incredible wildlife, Western Australia offers a fascinating mixture of cosmopolitan perks and a laid-back lifestyle at the same time. Interested to learn more? Let’s dive into the main destinations to visit in Western Australia.
Perth, the capital of Western Australia, is considered to be one of the most liveable cities in the world. With so many things to do in Perth, it is not possible to have just an ordinary day here. The bar and restaurant scene in Perth is vibrant, with new places and events coming up all the time.
Only a 30-minute drive from the city center will take you to the most incredible places that cater to everyone’s taste. Rottnest Island with more than 80 beaches and bays is a must-see when visiting this area. If you are looking for an eco-adventure, head to the Perth Hills that have some of the best trails in Western Australia and wildflowers blooming in spring. Have some energy for more fun? Visit the lunar-like Pinnacles Desert and go sandboarding afterward.
The Margaret River region is only a 3-hour drive from Perth and should be your first stop when traveling in the South West of Australia. A paradise for food lovers, Margaret River frequently holds food and music festivals and offers premium Western Australia wine tasting experiences.
Margaret River was also blessed with stunning beaches, here you can choose from activities like snorkeling, swimming, surfing, diving, boating, paddle boarding and more. For a surreal experience, check out the breathtaking magnitude of the Jewel Cave. On your way to Margaret River, make sure to stop by the Busselton Jetty and Bunbury for a fabulous view.
If you are looking for incredible beaches and aquatic adventures in Western Australia, visiting Exmouth should be on the top of your list. The best way to explore the Coral Coast is taking a road trip from Perth to Exmouth and stop by remarkable places along the way.
In the Shark Bay area, you just have to visit Monkey Mia, Shell Beach, and Hamelin Pool. Encounter playful dolphins in their natural habitat in Monkey Mia, step on the unique Shell beach and see how the Earth looked like million years ago at the Hamelin Pool. Continue further to the Ningaloo Marine Park and experience swimming with whale sharks or watching humpback whales depending on the season. Jump on one of those bottom-glass boats if not feeling like getting into the water!
The Kimberley region welcomes you in the North West, and Broome is a spot you simply cannot miss when visiting the region. Known for the Cable Beach sunsets and pearl farms, Broome is much more than just that. The city is rich in the Aboriginal heritage and offers multiple cultural and theme tours that take you 40,000 years back in the history.
Another fascinating thing to do in Broome is observing the Staircase to the Moon that appears above the Indian Ocean as the sun goes down. For a unique experience, head to the Horizontal Waterfalls and embrace the beauty of nature.
Bungle Bungle Range, also known as the Bungle Bungles, is a part of the Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park. Being formed from orange and black sandstones, this magnificent site looks like a maze of giant beehives. Some of the must-sees in the area are Cathedral Gorge, Lake Argyle, El Questro, the Ord River Irrigation Area, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, and Piccaninny Trail.
Want to experience something special? Try glamping or camping at the Bungle Bungles and take in the beauty of this spiritual place. Aboriginal people have been living here for thousands of years, so joining one of the Aboriginal tours is a good idea if you want to learn the Bungle Bungles’ secrets.
Travel Tips for Western Australia
- Travel a little bit out of the high season
This one is true for most places. During the peak season, Australia gets super expensive and the variety of hotel/restaurants/tour options become a subject to availability. To get a better flight deal, book well in advance, shop around and track the prices.
- Get yourself a SIM card
Being connected to the Internet makes everything so much easier when you are traveling. Must-sees, where to stay, best restaurants, etc…all these make our trip complete. If you are lucky to be able to spend a few weeks or months traveling in Western Australia, get a SIM card! Best providers are Optus, Telstra, and Vodafone.
- Research about Free Things to Do
From free entry museums to Christmas festivals, there are so many opportunities to have a great day without spending much. Google it up and check local websites to see what’s happening in the city you are traveling to.
- Look for vehicles to use for free
Often vehicle rental companies need help to relocate their cars and campervans from one city to another. To save money, they publish the availability of vehicles that need to be relocated online, hoping that someone is heading the same direction. This way, you can rent a car for free or for super cheap!
- Obtain an Australia Sightseeing Pass
If you are planning to travel a lot, it might be a good idea to get a tourist pass for discounted sightseeing tickets or transportation. Inquire about it at the local tourist and visitor centers.
- Go on an Australia Working Holiday
There is no better way to travel and integrate into the Australia community than going on a Working holiday. Choose from a range of different jobs, this is definitely a great opportunity to settle in Australia for a while and travel along the way.
If you are lucky to be able to travel to Western Australia for a month or longer, make sure to check out all the places above! If not, better choose one of the directions – the Coral Coast, North West or South West, and save the rest for your next trip to Western Australia. It always feels better to focus on a specific journey and embrace it than do the hop-on & hop-off!
What other Western Australian destinations can you recommend?
About the Author: Irene Seah has been traveling non-stop for the past three years. Two of her biggest passions include inspiring others to travel and visiting new places during the off-season.
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