Experience the best of Western Australia

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The vast Western Australia is also an enclave of great travel experiences. Endowed with tropical northern and temperate southern climates, the region has flourished to provide thousands of native plants and animals, sprawling green fields, and natural rock formations. Fine weather is an everyday treat, and the bordering Indian Ocean offers close encounters with the biggest sea creatures on the planet. There is so much to see in Western Australia, and tourists can spice up their itinerary more by including the following places:

Western Australia: Best secret spots revealed
The capital

The sunny capital of Perth is an image of towering buildings located at the banks of the snaking Swan River. Fremantle, the heart of the city, holds maritime treasures from various eras in the Western Australian Maritime Museum as well as an artillery barracks in the Army Museum of Western Australia. Old buildings like the Round House, the Old Mill, and the Old Court House are also found in the bustling CBD. But for an engrossing experience of the region’s culture, the Perth Cultural Centre has several museums, galleries and libraries to satisfy cravings for history and arts.

Perth also provides leisure attractions for adult and young travellers. Shoppers have Murray Street and Hay Street to scour for products from major brands, with more available in Harbour Town and Joondalup. Perth Zoo and the Aquarium of Western Australia are two sanctuaries for native and exotic animals. But for some peace and quiet within the centre of the city, head to Kings Park where the famous DNA Tower and Jacob’s Ladder are located. There is also Hyde Park two kilometres from the CBD that provides the best place for afternoon strolls amidst healthy trees and grasses and beside two groundwater lakes.

The coast

From March to July each year, the thousand-kilometre shores of Coral Coast in Western Australia delight both locals and tourists with whale sharks, wild dolphins, dugongs, and many other fun-to-watch marine animals. Ningaloo Reef on the north (part of the Ningaloo Marine Park) has a large fringing coral reef, which is a perfect breeding ground for loggerhead, hawksbill, and green turtles. It is also home to 600 species of molluscs, 500 species of fish, and 300 species of corals. Another rich area is the Shark Bay, a World Heritage-listed site that fosters the largest area of seagrass and a culture of living fossils called stromatolites. Even a few kilometres off-coast lies an incredible natural creation: the Pinnacles, a landscape in the coastal town of Cervantes where million-year limestone spires jut out of the yellow desert sands of Nambung National Park.

The outback

A travel to Australia is incomplete without memories of the country’s Golden Outback. A guided tour includes a visit to the Super Pit, an open-cut mine that produces 900,000 ounces of gold every year. Travellers can also drive across the desert and stop by three famous locations: Wave Rock, a 15-metre-high, 100-metre-long natural wave formation on land; Wooleen Station for a fantastic display of colours and scents of wildflowers; and Lake Ballard where 500-meter-apart sculptures of natives create an outdoor exhibit.

The wilderness

The Horizontal Waterfalls, Aboriginal rock paintings, and the Staircase to the Moon—these are only three attractions to expect in Western Australia’s northern wilderness. Ride on the thrilling waters of the Horizontal Waterfalls at Talbot Bay, discern ancient rock art paintings in the Kimberley region, or time the emergence of the full moon as it creates an illusory staircase down the exposed mudflats of the Roebuck Bay. Tourists can also watch pearl harvests in Broome, join a camel train at Cable Beach, or ride a helicopter for a captivating view of the multi-dome Bungle Bungle Range.

The wine region

Margaret River at the southwestern tip of Western Australia is a top location for wine connoisseurs for its rolling vineyards that produce grapes for some of the country’s finest wines. Apart from this elegant beverage, the region also delights taste buds with cheeses and chocolates. But what better way to indulge a glass of wine than be surrounded by shores and forests—the region has over 40 surf spots for beginners and experts as well as towering hardwood trees supporting the Tree Top Walk activity in Walpole. Of course, there are abseiling, mountain biking, canoeing and other nature-based adventures for the adrenaline-seekers.

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