Perth is Australia’s only capital city where you can enjoy the beach lifestyle, relax in natural bushland, sample world-class local wines and watch an ocean sunset within just 30 minutes of the city. It’s also the sunniest state capital, averaging 3,000 hours of sunshine per year and boasting a string of 19 beautifully clean and uncrowded beaches.
Skyscrapers are home to the state’s movers and shakers while city laneways have given way to an explosive new dining and small bar scene. The city is lined with pedestrian malls jam-packed with a wide variety shops from inventive boutiques to national and global flagship stores where you can stock up on stylish fashions, buy some Aboriginal art or simply sit at a café and watch the parades of people passing by.
Things to Do in Perth
- Get back to nature at Kings Park – home to Western Australian Botanic Garden
- Indulge in some city arts and culture at a theatre, museum or art gallery
- Head to the shopping and entertainment hot spots beyond the CBD
- Dine out at one of the many small bars, restaurants and cafes
- Go shopping at the wide range of boutique stores and international brands
- Visit Heirisson Island – the home of a colony of Western Grey Kangaroos
Located just 25 minutes from Perth, The Swan Valley is WA’s oldest wine growing region home to an ever-growing list of restaurants and cafes, wineries, breweries and artisan wares. It is packed with fresh seasonal produce, with countless restaurants and cafes offering everything from fine dining to salt-of-the-earth pub grub to traditional high tea.
There’s a bursting list of gourmet goods, from extra virgin olive oils, specialty cheese, marinated olives, tapenades, dried fruits, pickles and preserves to handmade chocolate, fudge, truffles, nuts and nougat. Of course, the Swan Valley is also home to some of the oldest vines in the state and iconic wineries such as Sandalford, Houghtons and Mandoon Estate, as well as a burgeoning number of breweries and distilleries.
Things to Do in the Swan Valley
- Explore the 32km Food and Wine Trail – try the Verdelho, Shiraz and fortified wines.
- Watch out for free tastings of local preserves dried fruit and nuts.
- Pick up a free Guildford Heritage Walk Trail brochure from the Visitor Centre.
- Take a wander around Guildford’s historic shopping precincts.
- Visit the many art and craft galleries and artist’s studios.
- Enjoy the great outdoors on the cycle trails.
Recently named as a Lonely Planet Top 10 City in the World, the bustling, dynamic port city of Fremantle has long been renowned for its eclectic mix of arty and alternative types, just 30 minutes from Perth.
Fremantle’s streets buzz with the song of buskers, the sidewalks fill with a wild collection of art and music floats out from trendy cafés and bars. Spend a night or two with an excellent selection of accommodation options ranging from friendly backpackers to luxurious hotels.
Things to Do in Fremantle
- Enjoy a coffee along the ‘Cappuccino Strip’ or trendy Wray Ave, South Tce and High St.
- Potter through the Fremantle Markets.
- Enjoy street food at one of the outdoor food markets or food trucks.
- Go underground on the fascinating Fremantle Prison Tunnel tour.
- Visit the WA Maritime Museum and Fremantle Arts Centre.
- Feast on the local flavours and indie vibe at the many restaurants and cafés.
Located just 45 minutes south of Perth, Perth’s marine playground offers beautiful expanses of safe beaches, water sports, beach skydiving and environmental parks.
The Shoalwater Islands Marine Park is located a mere 500 metres offshore and plays host to one of the finest displays of wild sealife and birdlife to be found anywhere in the world.
Enjoy wine, a beachside stay or cruise the waterways, the choice is yours when you visit Rockingham.
Things to Do in Rockingham
- Enjoy an incredible eco-tourism experience – swimming with wild dolphins
- Kayak around the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park to see the little penguins and sea lions.
- Experience excellent scuba diving at the West Coast Dive Park.
- Picnic at Bell and Churchill Park next to the beach.
- Get adventurous – go snorkelling, kitesurfing and SUP, jet skiing, wakeboarding and jet packing.
- Skydive over the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park and land right on the beach.
Mandurah and Peel
The Mandurah and Peel region is the ideal day trip or short break from Perth – it’s just a short train ride or hours’ drive down the Kwinana Freeway.
Stretching from the white sands and blue waters of the coast to the rugged terrain of the Darling Scarp, Mandurah and Peel offers a wide range of activities from exploring vast waterways and national parks, to visiting wineries and bush walking along trails through the Jarrah Forests.
Things to Do In Mandurah and Peel
- Visit Dolphin Quay at the Mandurah Ocean Marina and The Mandurah Boardwalk.
- Take a cruise around the canals and estuary – keep an eye out for dolphins!
- Explore the beautiful state forests and national parks in the Peel region.
- Take a paddle by canoe or kayak along the winding Murray River.
- Follow a section of the Bibbulmun Track or Munda Biddi Bike Trail.
- Visit Yalgorup National Park to see the amazing Thrombolite living fossils.
Just 19 km off the coast of Perth, but an entire world away, lies the sunny holiday island of Rottnest – Western Australia’s very own island paradise.
Rottnest Island is blessed with a casual atmosphere, picturesque scenery, dazzling marine life and some of the world’s finest beaches and pristine bays.
Rottnest Island is only a short ferry ride from Fremantle or Perth with Rottnest Express and from Hillarys Boat Harbour with Rottnest Fast Ferries. Or fly over with Kookaburra Air, Rottnest Air Taxi, Air Charter West, Rotorvation Helicopters or Ozwest Aviation.
Things to Do on Rottnest Island
- Join one of the many free guided walking tours of the Island.
- Swim and relax by the stunning waters – you have 63 beaches and 20 bays to choose from
- Discover the underwater snorkel trails at Little Salmon Bay and Parker Point.
- Learn about the island’s history at the Rottnest Island Museum, Lomas Cottage, Pilot Boat House, Vincent Way and Salt Store.
- Climb the Wadjemup Lighthouse for the ultimate views across the whole island.
- Ride the train to view the maze of tunnels beneath the WWII gun emplacement on Oliver Hill.
Top quality wine, world-class surf and international events have put the Margaret River Region on the map, but it’s the rest of the offering which keeps both Australian and overseas visitors coming back.
The Mediterranean climate which makes the region ideal for growing grapes and fine wine is also well suited to growing other produce too. The region in overflowing with locally-grown fruit and vegetables, meat, seafood and a whole host of providores selling anything from fudge and homemade ice cream to olive oil, tapenades and chutneys.
All of this is fringed by some of the most pristine coastline in the world. Head to one of the region’s beaches and you may find you’re the only person on it. The picture-perfect, calm waters of Geographe Bay entice families and sunbathers, while the dramatic west facing coastline between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin attracts surfers, kite boarders and those who love some action on the water.
Top that off with an extensive underground cave network, migrating whales, stunning wildflowers and it becomes visible why this region really does have so much to offer.
Things to Do in Margaret River
- Stock up on fresh local produce at the Farmers Markets on a Saturday morning
- Watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean at Surfer’s Point in Prevelly – only 10 minutes’ drive away
- Do a cellar door hop and taste the region’s premium produce on a winery or brewery tour
- Head underground on an adventure tour of the magical caves systems.
- Taste yummy stuff – there are heaps of cellar doors, winery restaurants, breweries and providores nearby
- Walk the gorgeous National and State forest trails which are super close to town
The life of the city is fuelled by the 1.8 kilometre long Busselton Jetty and the amazing waterfront precinct which has developed around it.
With the jetty as a focal point, the waterfront is brimming with activity. Seaside cafes, kiosks, bars and restaurants give way to bike paths, large shady grassed areas and a calm tranquil white sandy beach. Take a walk or train ride to the end of the Busselton Jetty, which is one of the main Busselton attractions, to the Underwater Observatory where you can see amazing marine life.
The bustling main street has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with superb alfresco restaurants, cafes and pubs and boutique shops. The allure doesn’t stop there with an events calendar bursting with sporting and cultural events.
As one of Western Australia’s favourite tourism towns and as the gateway to Your Margaret River’s premium wine region, tourism is at the heart of this seaside town. There’re so many things to do in Busselton and plenty of accommodation options ranging from absolute beachfront five star resorts, private villas, family fun holiday parks, bed and breakfasts and everything in between.
Things to Do in Busselton
- Take the train or a leisurely stroll out on the 1.8km Busselton Jetty jetty to the Underwater Observatory aquarium
- Take a boat out from Port Geographe Marina for some whale watching
- Hit the beach – the calm waters are perfect for swimming, fishing, paddling and snorkelling
- Enjoy a picnic by day or take the spectacular nocturnal possum walk at night at the only pure tuart forest in the world
- Cycle the awesome beachside bike paths – you can even go all the way to Dunsborough.
The cosmopolitan city of Bunbury is renowned for its wild but friendly bottlenose dolphins which you can meet at the shoreline or out in the bay aboard a dolphin watching and swimming tour. Situated on a peninsula, Bunbury is known as the City of Three Waters and is an aquatic playground. It’s also the setting of many maritime legends and the northern gateway to Australia’s South West – one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, where world-class wine, pristine beaches and forests of timber giants can all be enjoyed in a single day.
Things to Do in Bunbury
- Swim with wild bottlenose dolphins at Dolphin Discovery Centre
- Walk on the Mangrove Cove Boardwalk winding through the heart of mangroves, home to over 60 species of water birds
- Catch a live show at Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, a cultural hub featuring the works of renowned Australian contemporary artists
- Savour a veritable feast of award-winning wines and fresh produce at Ferguson Valley
- See dazzling spring wildflowers, beautiful tuart forests and native wildlife at Maiden’s Reserve
The breathtaking beauty of Albany’s rugged coastline creates a fitting backdrop to a dramatic whaling, convict and settler history and a sensational south coast adventure.
With breathtaking island and ocean views from Mount Clarence and Mount Melville, visitors can also spot dolphins and seals frolicking in the waters and whales on their annual migration. With stretches of beautiful landscape and alluring white sandy beaches it’s easy to find your own piece of paradise. This port city was Western Australia’s first European settlement.
This charming city marks the spot where the first European settlers set foot in Western Australia and much of their legacy remains today with around 50 colonial buildings standing proudly as museums, galleries and restaurants. From convict prisons, whaling ships and taverns to quaint cottages and grand National Trust residences, you can take in almost two centuries of history on a 30-minute self-guided walk, following the Amity Trail.
Albany’s King George Sound also marks the spot where the first convoy of ANZACs departed for the battlegrounds of the First World War.
One of the most scenic areas for whale spotting and cliff-top walks is Torndirrup National Park. Here, the Southern Ocean has sculpted the granite coastline into striking formations known as The Gap and Natural Bridge.
Things to Do in Albany
- Marvel at the spectacular granite formations at Torndirrup National Park, carved by powerful waves of the Great Southern Ocean
- See Historic Whaling Station at Discovery Bay, the only museum of its kind to be housed in a former whaling station
- Visit the iconic Albany Farmers’ Markets. No imports here, just fresh and fabulous, locally-grown flavours
- Be awed by the beauty of 12 wind turbines perched high on the spectacularly rugged coastline at Albany Wind Farm
- Drive past Middleton Beach, which offers panoramic views over King George Sound with vistas of Michaelmas and Breaksea islands
Travel through thousands of years of history and 1,100 kilometres of stunning coastline. Discover uninterrupted stretches of white sandy beaches, untouched coral reefs just metres from the shore, breathtaking gorges and brilliant carpets of colourful wildflowers. Along the way, you’ll also find some of the best known and loved holiday destinations and attractions on Western Australia’s Coral Coast.
Things to Do in Coral Coast
- Pinnacles of Nambung National Park
A visit to Australia’s Nambung National Park and the Pinnacles is a must. These amazing natural limestone structures, some standing as high as five metres, were formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago, after the sea receded and left deposits of sea shells. Over time, coastal winds removed the surrounding sand, leaving the pillars exposed to the elements.
- Snorkel the Ningaloo Reef
If you’re visiting Exmouth, Coral Bay or the oceanside stations north of Carnarvon, this is an absolute must do. Australia’s Ningaloo Reef is regarded as one of the last great ocean paradises on Earth, and you can access this watery wonderland by simply stepping off the beach and into the sea. Read more about snorkelling the Ningaloo Reef.
- Swim with whale sharks
Join a whale shark watching or snorkelling tour from Exmouth or Coral Bay and experience the ultimate wildlife encounter – swimming with the largest fish in world, the gentle whale shark. It’s right up there with some of the top things to do in Australia. If this is a must-do for you, you’ll need to time your Western Australia trip to coincide with their visit to the Ningaloo Reef, between mid March and mid July. Read more about swimming with whale sharks.
- Meet the Monkey Mia dolphins
The friendly wild bottlenose dolphins have been swimming to Monkey Mia’s shores to interact with humans for over 45 years. They often visit up to three times a day – no wonder it’s renowned as one of the best and most reliable places for dolphin interaction in the world. Read more about the Monkey Mia dolphins.
- Follow a Wildflower Trail
The wildflower trails of Australia’s Coral Coast lead you through some of the WA’s most breathtaking wildflower country. Blooms can be found all year round, but displays are at their best between July and November when inland areas are blanketed in the brilliant colours of thousands of varieties. Read more about the must-do wildflower trails of Australia’s Coral Coast.
Western Australia’s Golden Outback is a vast and surprisingly diverse region of outback Australia. Covering 54 per cent of WA, it stretches from the rugged red earth of Mt Augustus in the north of the Gascoyne-Murchison region to the sweeping snow-white beaches of Esperance and the South Coast.
At the very heart of Western Australia’s Golden Outback lies the modern mining hub of Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields, offering fascinating insights into the history and heritage of the wild gold rush days. And in the Wheatbelt to the west, picturesque rolling farmland is dotted with colourful rural townships.
Things to Do in Golden Outback
- Gormley Sculptures
The Antony Gormley sculptures at Lake Ballard form Australia’s largest world-class art site and are a must-see attraction for visitors to Western Australia’s Golden Outback. The world renowned British artist, Antony Gormley, has fused nature and art in a striking display of 51 stark black steel sculptures scattered across seven square kilometres of the vast, flat salt lake. As you approach, the sculptures appear ghostlike on the horizon, shimmering like mirages in the heat.The sculptures are located one and a half hours’ drive north of Kalgoorlie, and 55 kilometres from the outback town of Menzies. You can also reach the site by following the Golden Quest Discovery Trail and trace the history of some of Australia’s greatest explorers along the way.
- Wave Rock and rock formations
One of Australia’s biggest waves is also the furthest from any ocean – Wave Rock rises 15 metres above the outback plain. Over 2,700 million years in the making, today it’s a popular tourist destination and the most famous of rock formations in Western Australia’s Golden Outback.Located near the Wheatbelt town of Hyden, this 110-metre long multi-coloured granite cliff is shaped remarkably like a huge wave about to crash onto the bush. Pose on the rock face and surf the giant wave or see it from a different perspective by following the walk trails around the base and over the top.
- Mt Augustus National Park
Looming 750 metres above its surrounding landscape in Mount Augustus National Park, Mount Augustus is visible from a distance of more than 160 kilometres. Estimated to be 1750 million years old and rising 1106 metres above sea level, it is twice the size of Uluru (Ayers Rock), making it the largest rock monolith in the world. Known by the local Wadjari Indigenous people as Burringurrah, it is also the site of fascinating Indigenous rock art. Head out to Emu Hill Lookout at sunset for spectacular photo opportunities or drive the 49 kilometre scenic trail.
- Lucky Bay
Australia’s whitest beach, Lucky Bay, is also one of Western Australia’s most idyllic; the biggest jewel in a string of stunning beaches along the coast of Cape Le Grand National Park and Esperance. Its squeaky-clean sand, turquoise water, perfect swimming conditions and breathtaking views of the Recherche Archipelago regularly put it at the top of Australia’s best beach list. Even the kangaroos can’t resist lazing on the sand here.
The bay stretches for five kilometres, and with no crowds to battle you’re guaranteed to find your own slice of paradise to relax or cast a fishing line.
- Golden Quest Discovery Trail
Unearth another side of the landscape and embark on the road trip of a lifetime by hiring a four-wheel drive and hitting the red dirt highways. Drive yourself along the Golden Quest Discovery Trail for a unique off-road adventure through our Goldfields. As you travel from Coolgardie through to Laverton you’ll get a taste of outback life. For a surreal evening, set up camp out under the stars—you’ll witness impressive formations you’ve never seen before.
A wilderness billions of years in the making, Australia’s North West is home to the ancient gorges of Karijini National Park and the world’s only Staircase to the Moon and Horizontal Waterfalls. It’s also where you’ll find one of the best kept secrets on Earth – the Bungle Bungle Range
The pearling capital of Australia and western gateway to the Kimberley wilderness, Broome is home to world-famous Cable Beach sunsets, some of the largest, most coveted cultured pearls in the world, and the natural phenomenon of the Staircase to the Moon.
Kununurra puts you at the heart of the East Kimberley action. Take a flight over one of the world’s most unique ranges – the Bungle Bungle Range. Cruise the wildlife-rich waters of a manmade lake so huge it’s classed as an inland sea. Or hit the legendary Gibb River Road.