5 must-see destinations in Western Australia
When travellers visit Australia, they mostly head to the East Coast of Australia, and perhaps the Red Centre. It’s rare to hear of someone venturing further west – dare we say the West is the best? It’s a matter of opinion, but it is hard to deny that Western Australia offers the most spectacular beaches in Australia (and the world), incredible gorges and waterfalls, and good food and wine.
Here are our must visit destinations in Western Australia:
1. Ningaloo Reef
The Great Barrier Reef gets all the horn tooting for natural underwater world wonders in Australia, but Ningaloo is right at your footsteps and equally as good, and possibly more pristine. Take a short walk from shore and begin drift snorkelling over colourful coral, huge fish and sometimes turtles. During the right season, you can also swim with manta rays and whale sharks.
Cape Range National Park is where you’ll find gorges, ancient rivers and the jaw-dropping Sand Bay and Turquoise Bay, and Coral Bay further south has the beautiful Bills Bay and a small town relaxed coastal vibe. It’s the place to pull up a tent and stay awhile for some reef magic.
2. Karijini National Park
Karijini, with its unique collection of gorges to explore, is quite unknown, yet one of Australia’s best national parks. Each gorge trail varies from easy to challenging with exciting features like spider walking walls and handrail pools. The kids will love Karijini.
Most walks finish with a refreshing swim in cool waterholes, some of which are surrounded by ferns and fairy like in appearance. You do have to walk back out when you’ve finished, though! There are adventurous tours you can do through the gorges that include abseiling and rock climbing. At night, you’ll be blessed with the Milky Way and campfire stories.
3. Elephant Rocks, Denmark
Only about a 6-hour drive from Perth, which is short for WA standards, is the stunning Denmark region, in particular, Elephant Rocks. Named so for the round cracked granite boulders that look like a herd of elephants padding in the shallow waters. It has a serene sacred feel and is said to be once an Aboriginal birthing home.
Don’t be surprised if you have the beach to yourself. The water is still and crystal clear and perfect for snorkelling. There’s a short coastal walk that links Elephant Rocks with Green Pools, another spectacular beach to visit. It’s a little busier, as its closer to the car park. Denmark is a pretty town that sits on Wilsons Inlet, is surrounded by a few notable wineries and close to the Valley of the Giants where you can walk high above the tree tops along the canopy forest.
Lastly, my favourite town in Australia. Broome is at the northwestern corner of Australia within the Kimberly region – an ancient area of rugged coastline, gorges, waterfalls, boab trees, endless space and the odd crocodile (okay maybe more than the odd).
It’s exotic, adventurous, laid-back and unlike anywhere else in Australia, not just in vibe, but in the colours of the deep red pindan, turquoise ocean, bright green shrub and blue skies. Cable Beach is where the action is, especially at dusk where you’ll witness one of Australia’s best sunsets. With its Indigenous heritage, pearling history, and Chinese and Japanese influence, Broome is a town rich in stories.
5. Margaret River
Margaret River has it all. Towering karri forests for scenic drives, hikes, mountain biking, and limestone caves. An endless choice of incredible beaches – like lose your mind incredible. Gourmet food. Craft beer. Some of Australia’s best wines. It’s a region that is hard to beat in the entire country. Kids and parents alike will love it. We have mad love for Margaret River.