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.
GMT +8 hours
Perth 18½ hours
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