Introducing Western Australia
With its immense dimensions, meagre population and Perth’s distinction as the world’s most isolated capital city, Western Australia (WA) could be considered Australia's final frontier. It certainly makes a spectacular finale to what the country has to offer. ‘Up north’, you’ll encounter all manner of photogenic landscapes. There's stunning gorges and waterfalls at Karijini National Park, and flaming red sunsets on Cable Beach near the enigmatic pearling town of Broome. Meanwhile, tiny Coral Bay gives you protected white sand beaches and a reef full of marine life. The Southwest offers some equally impressive beaches, expanses of wildflowers and lush green forests teeming with life. At Margaret River, surfers carve world-class waves while vignerons craft world-class wines, complemented by the gourmet grub of the town’s restaurants.
Wherever you go, wildlife-watching opportunities are extraordinary. Spot the migrating whale pods off the coast of Albany, interact with dolphins at Monkey Mia, or simply enjoy the one-of-a-kind fauna that rules the russet-red outback. However, its not all fauna and flora. Perth and neighbouring Fremantle are both cosmopolitan cities, yet retain a languorously laid-back feel, perhaps inspired by having so many fantastic beaches and parks on their doorstep.
And, to top it off, WA is big enough to really get lost in. The driving distances are mind-boggling, the terrain can be challenging and the elements often unforgiving. The rewards, however, are obvious – jump in and see it before everyone else does.
Best places to stay in Western Australia
Australia - Perth & Western Australia (Chapter)
Western Australia’s south is a playground of white-sand beaches, lush green forests and world-class wineries. Perth and Fremantle are cosmopolitan cities with a languorously laid-back feel, and the Kimberley, up north, hides striking gorges,...
Wild about WA: eye-popping animal encounters in Western Australia
Whether you're saying g'day to the whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef, watching humpback whales breach from a live-aboard catamaran, or throwing yourself down a waterfall or up two-billion-year-old rocks in Karijini National Park, big, in-your-face wilderness is everywhere you look in WA. Turquoise Bay in Cape Range National Park...
Western Australia destination guides
Living on the edge: the wildlife of southwestern Australia
Many of Australia’s mammals share a somewhat inconvenient trait for wildlife watchers - they’re nocturnal. So three cheers for the endangered numbat: it’s one of few that’s out and about during daylight hours, if you know where to look...
10 Day Perth to Broome
Australia's west coast boasts some of the world's best beaches that are relatively untouched by tourism and set against a backdrop of rugged outback terrain. This unique Perth to Broome tour brings you face-to-face with the region's natural wonders and exposes you to a rich and colourful culture.
Uluru Camel Express, Sunrise or Sunset Tours
Contemplate how the outback pioneers traveled across regions of Australia on a camel tour with an expert guide. Choose from sunrise, sunset or express camel rides against the backdrop of Ayers Rock (Uluru) and Kata Tjuta. Watch the desert come to life in the early morning, or choose a later ride to see the changing colors of Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta at dusk.
Western Australia's Buccaneer Archipelago
On a nautical chart, the thousand or so islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago, Western Australia, look shredded from the continent and strewn across the turquoise Timor Sea. At sea level – from a six-metre open boat on a perfect, windless day - the perspective seems benign...