Epic away-from-the-crowds Australian experiences
Vast and diverse, far away from the East Coast crowds, Australia’s largest state holds the key to a glorious adventure. The flora and fauna here is wonderful – from the rare quokka found on Rottnest Island to spectacular marine life including whale sharks, and dolphins that visit the shoreline almost daily.
Natural landscapes vary from secluded hideaway beaches and epic coral reefs rivalling those of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef, to beautiful vineyards and stunning rock formations so unique it is hard to believe they were formed by nature.
- Vast and diverse, far away from the East Coast crowds, but easily accessible with direct flights from March 2018
- Perth experiences more days of sunshine than any other state capital and is home to pristine beaches, parklands and a great array of bars, restaurants and shops
- Walk through the treetops of ancient forests, sleep beneath a canopy of stars in the desert and explore the beehive-like rock formations of the Bungle Bungles alongside an Aboriginal guide
- Venture north of Broome to the secluded paradise of Cape Leveque with its rugged red cliffs and white sands
- Distances between attractions can be huge, but this is epic self-drive territory where the journey is all part of the adventure
Best time to visit Perth & Western Australia
Perth has a Mediterranean climate. Summer, from December to February, is warm, sunny and dry, whilst winter, June to August, can be wet but mild. Spring and autumn are fresh, which makes it a perfect time to travel to this part of Australia. The south of the state is cooler and wetter. To the north it is hotter and drier. The far north experiences monsoon rains from November to April.
Perth & Western Australia holiday highlights
Laid-back and yet packed full with options for dining, shopping and entertainment, Western Australia's capital has the best of both worlds. See Perth's skyline from one of the largest inner-city parks, Kings Park, or take a cruise down the Swan River. Wander through the treetops at the Botanic Garden on the Lotterywest Federation Walkway. There are over 20 well-maintained beaches within easy reach of Perth, and some lovely beachside suburbs.
11 miles offshore from Perth, Rottnest Island – affectionately known as ‘Rotto’ – is Western Australia’s island getaway. Popular with travellers and locals, the island has 63 beaches and the rare quokka – an adorable marsupial that looks like a pint-sized kangaroo.
At Ningaloo Reef on the Coral Coast, you can walk from the shoreline straight to the reef and see the hundreds of coral species and fish under the water. The vast Kimberley region is home to grand mountain ranges, gorges and waterfalls. The 4x4 Gibb River Road that runs from Broome/ Derby to Kununurra/Wyndham is the perfect near-off-road road trip.
In the South West, you can look out for kangaroos hanging out on the super white sands of Lucky Bay; walk alongside giant karri trees in the Valley of the Giants; drink fine wine in the Margaret River region; and go whale watching for new mothers and their babies in Albany and Busselton.
Or get way off the beaten track and far away from the crowds in The Kimberley in the North West, a region omountains, waterfalls and dirt roads.