The Top Ten Western Australian Holiday Destinations

Perth

The capital of Western Australia is known for its surfing culture, its pristine white beaches and the beautiful location on the banks of the Swan River. With nineteen beaches making up its metropolitan shoreline, sunbaskers and beach bums really are spoiled for choice! The Swan flows sedately through the city, and there are plenty of spots along its grassy banks where you can enjoy a barbeque or a picnic, or take a jog or a cycle next to the flowing waters. Perth is a friendly and multi-cultural city that you just wont want to leave!

Rottnest Island

Just a short ferry ride off the coast from Fremantle, Rottnest Island is a favourite holiday destination for all visitors to Western Australia. Beauty and tranquillity await you in WA's own island getaway, where the underwater attractions are as stunning as the beaches and bays that make up it shoreline. Home to numerous varieties of wildlife including the unique marsupial the Quokka, Rottnest is a relaxing place to forget about it all and soak up some sun. Enjoy fishing, snorkelling and sight seeing as you leave your life behind and soak up Rottnest Island.

Margaret River

Surfers cant get enough of the famous swell at Margaret River, an indulgent holiday destination about 3 hours south of Perth, in the fertile South West region. On your visit here expect to taste some of the finest wines in Australia, as this is one of the countries chief wine regions, so call in at the cellar doors of the wineries you drive past and experience some culinary and vinaceous delights. Thick forests are a favourite amongst bushwalkers, and natural attractions such as caves and lookouts provide you with plenty to explore.

Broome

High on the northern coast of Western Australia lies Broome, the gateway to the Kimberleys and self contained holiday destination in its own right! Broomes rich history and its amazing natural attractions are exciting and enthralling. It is home to the infamous Cable Beach, renowned worldwide for its pure sands and deep blue waters (and for the ever popular camel rides you can take on it!). For a secluded time away you cannot beat Broome- although it is a popular tourist city, its isolated nature means that the nearby natural attractions you visit will often be visited alone.

Fremantle

This port city just south of Perth is a funky and laid back destination with an electric and creative vibe. Its rich history as a port means there is plenty of heritage architecture, and a number of museums and historical attractions attest to its colourful past. Talented artists, tasty seafood and beautiful beaches await you on your visit to Fremantle, a place that will leave you inspired and refreshed. Its just 20 minutes by rental car from Perth.

Monkey Mia

The bottle nosed dolphins of Monkey Mia are the stuff of legend. This tourist resort on the coastline at Denham is not only a beautiful spot to visit, you also get to experience the daily visits of a group of dolphins that dome into the shore and play with the tourists swimming there. Beautiful beaches, lots of sunshine and a summery, holiday atmosphere make this a special place to visit all year round. There is plenty of tourist accommodation in Denham if you do not stay at the Monkey Mia Resort.

Esperance

One of Australias best kept secrets, this holiday town sits on the shores of Esperance Bay. With the Recherche Archipelago of islands on your doorstep and a remote coastline to enjoy some peace and quiet this destination is every bit worth the nine hour drive from Perth. The drive itself takes you through some of the prettiest regions of the state, past rugged coast and through rolling countryside. Close to Esperance you have a number of National Parks with spectacular scenery to visit, and the Pink Lake is always a favourite too.

Albany

Exploring the scenery around Albany is like entering another world. Ten minutes away lies the majestic Torndirrup National Park, where you can explore a number of geological formations such as the 'Natural Bridge'and the 'Gap', all the while appreciating the rugged coastline. The beaches of Albany are stunning, with Middleton Beach being a favourite because of the scenic drive out to it. Ellen Cove is a popular swimming beach to. Albany Cove is overflowing with friendly places to stay- you wont want to leave!

SwanValley

The Swan Valley is the perfect region for a weekend getaway from Perth. The oldest wine growing region in the state is the place to go for a fantastic food and wine experience. The historic town of Guildford is the gateway to the Valley, and a place where you can visit antique stores, art galleries and museums. A tour on the Swan River with a drink in hand is not to be missed either.

Ningaloo Reef and Exmouth

Exmouth is the gateway to the Ningaloo Reef, the vast underwater treasure that stretches for 260 kilometres up the Western Australian Coral Coast. The colourful delights of this reef are within swimming distance of the shore in many places, making it easily accessible to all age groups. Its the best spot in the world for viewing the awe inspiring whale sharks too, and the fishing is second to none. All in all a great holiday spot!

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