We’ve almost crossed the continent of a country that is Australia. Last time we were in South Australia, previously having taken a look around Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales as well, and after crossing the vast Nullarbor Plain, we have now arrived in Western Australia, by far the largest Australian State. It is, in fact, the second-largest country subdivision in the entire world, second only to Russia’s Sakha Republic.
Often skipped by tourists, mostly due to its remote location, Western Australia offers people that do visit a trip of a lifetime. There is no place quite like this state anywhere else in the world. It’s a state of enormous deserts, absolutely spectacular coastlines, magnificent national parks and quaint historic towns. And Perth, of course, blessed with probably the best climate on the planet.
Top 10 Western Australia Attractions
Western Australia’s capital city, Perth is one of the greatest cities in Australia. Highlights of the city are its great museums, nightlife and – especially – Kings Park and its panoramic views.
The Pinnacles are possibly the most well-known attraction in Western Australia – it’s a much-photographed place. These otherworldly limestone pillars rise up out of the desert floor of Nambung National Park, only a two-hour drive north of Perth.
Broome’s one major attraction is unquestionably the world-famous Cable Beach. This 22-kilometer stretch of white sand, the bluest of water and gorgeous sunsets is a true must-do when visiting Western Australia. Sunset camel rides on Cable Beach are the most popular thing to do there.
Cape Leeuwin is the southwesternmost point of the Australian mainland. The region is home to the excellent Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. A very popular attraction is the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, at the point where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean.
Perth’s port town, Fremantle is a vibrant seaside town a short drive outside of Perth. It makes for a great weekend trip. Make sure not to miss the Fremantle markets and the fascinating Fremantle Prison. There are plenty of bars and restaurants as well.
The UNESCO World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef lays on the northwestern coast of the state and, 260 kilometers long, is the country’s largest fringing coral reef. It lays so close to the beach that you can simply walk into the ocean and start snorkeling. This is one of the best places on earth to swim with whales sharks and go diving – even despite these incredible features, it’s a fairly quiet region.
Kalbarri National Park
A gorgeous piece of outback wilderness, Kalbarri National Park includes the Murchison River Gorge, beautiful coastlines, world-class hiking and a few spectacular lookouts.
Shark Bay is a region that encompasses Francois Peron National Park and Monkey Mia. It’s a fabulous place for swimming, sea kayaking, diving, wildlife watching, off-road driving, fishing and sunbathing.
Purnululu National Park
Home to the exquisitely unique Bungle Bungle Range, Purnululu National Park in the northwestern Kimberley region is one of Australia’s most magnificent national parks. 350 million years old and hidden from the outside world until as late as 1938, the park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Valley of the Giants
The Valley of the Giants lays in the south of the state around the towns of Denmark and Walpole. Home to some of the world’s tallest trees, the area’s most popular attraction is the fun Tree Top Walk.
There are more than just these top 10 Western Australia attractions. Additionally, you might also want to consider visiting Karijini National Park, Rottnest Island, Wave Rock, Margaret River and the ghost town of Gwalia.
As is the case everywhere in Australia, the best way to get around in Western Australia is by rental car or motorhome hire.