Must-see attractions in Western Australia

  • Warri & Yatungka

    Western Australia

    Near the southern entrance to Wiluna, this statue pays tribute to the 'Last of the Nomads'. Warri and Yatungka of the Mandildjara tribe fell in love, but…

  • Ardyaloon (One Arm Point)

    Broome & The Kimberley

    The neat Aboriginal community of Ardyaloon (One Arm Point) has a well-stocked shop (open 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday), 24-hour fuel, great fishing and…

  • Oliver Hill Battery

    Rottnest Island

    Oliver Hill Battery was built in the 1930s and played a major role in the WWII defence of the WA coastline and Fremantle harbour. The guns here, however,…

  • Old Gaol Museum

    West Coast Australia

    The old gaol (built in 1886 in cruciform shape) houses the museum, which includes a courtyard minerals display and some harrowing details of Aboriginal…

  • Guildford Gaol

    West Coast Australia

    This interesting red-brick heritage building is next door to the old Guildford Courthouse – both are part of the Guildford Heritage Precinct. The jail…

  • Morby Cottage

    West Coast Australia

    On the outskirts of town, this mud-brick and hessian-sacking cottage was built in 1836 to house John Morrell, the first white fella to arrive in Northam…

  • Schoolhouse

    West Coast Australia

    Across the street from the main Edenvale Homestead, Pinjarra's original red-brick schoolhouse (1860) is now a quilting workshop. It operated as a school…

  • Lake Leschenaultia

    West Coast Australia

    Around 15km northeast of Mundaring near Chidlow, freshwater Lake Leschenaultia is a picturesque former railway dam created in 1897, and now boasting…

  • Woodbridge House

    West Coast Australia

    This glorious red-brick 1885 mansion overlooks the river a short drive east of town. Wrapped in wrought-iron verandahs and glowing russet-red in the WA…

  • Taylor's Cottage

    West Coast Australia

    This two-room, sawn-timber cottage is in the grounds of the Guildford Courthouse, and is actually the oldest part of the Guildford Heritage Precinct (1863…

  • Westways Wildflower Farm

    West Coast Australia

    To see WA wildflowers being dried and shipped around the country, visit the commercial Westways Wildflower Farm, 19km north of Moora in Coomberdale…

  • Stokes National Park

    Southern WA

    Most of this park's 107 sq km is covered in scrub and coastal heath, sheltering kangaroos and birds. You might also spot seals. Stokes Inlet is a popular…

  • Calgardup Cave

    West Coast Australia

    This self-guided cave is managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW), which provides helmets and torches. Calgardup Cave has a seasonal…

  • York Courthouse Complex

    West Coast Australia

    York's imposing red-brick-and-stone courthouse has hosted plenty of nefarious characters since it started presiding over the town's moral standards in…

  • Bathurst Lighthouse

    Rottnest Island

    Historic landmark out on the point near Pinky Beach. It was built in 1900 after the wreck of the City of York nearby in 1899, just shy of Fremantle after…

  • Lake Warden Wetland System

    Southern WA

    Esperance is surrounded by extensive wetlands, which include seven large lakes and over 90 smaller ones. The 3.6km Kepwari Wetland Trail takes in Lake…

  • Kalamunda History Village

    West Coast Australia

    WA's biggest folk museum is a collection of transplanted historical buildings on the site of the old Upper Darling Range Railway Station, built in the…

  • Connor's Mill

    West Coast Australia

    Start at the top of this stately stone flour mill (1870) on the main street and descend through three floors of fantastical chugging machinery and…

  • Peron Heritage Precinct

    West Coast Australia

    Some 7km from the main road and the only place in Francois Peron National Park accessible via 2WD, the old Peron Homestead houses museum displays about…

  • Kira Kiro Arts Centre

    Broome & The Kimberley

    Kira Kiro is the local name for the Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) rock-art figures found around Kalumburu. Kira Kiro artists depict saltwater (coastal) life,…

  • Coffee Pot Train

    West Coast Australia

    This quirky train has a locomotive smokestack that looks like a coffee pot, hence its name. It used to run the length of the One Mile Jetty, but it's…

  • St John's Church

    West Coast Australia

    St John's Church (1861–63), built from mud bricks, sits beside a heritage rose garden and a hushed, shady cemetery. Fremantle convicts worked on the…

  • Old Gaol

    Albany

    The 1851 Old Gaol was originally a hiring depot for ticket-of-leave convicts, and a civil gaol from 1872. Experience the 'black hole' isolation cell,…

  • Trigg Beach

    Perth

    Good surf, with a hardcore group of locals who come out when the surf's up; dangerous when rough and prone to rips – always swim between the flags. Middle…

  • Goldfields Museum & Visitor Centre

    Western Australia

    Inside the visitor centre, you can bone up on the 1892 Coolgardie gold rush, marvel at the size of the Golden Eagle nugget, peruse ye olde apothecary…

  • Swimming Beach

    West Coast Australia

    If you're not keen on the surf or have little kids in tow, there's a designated, boat-free swimming beach near the footbridge across from Ocean Marina…

  • Old Post Office

    West Coast Australia

    Jarrahdale's old white weatherboard post office was built in 1896, and now houses a small local history museum with some amazing old images (jumbo jarrah!…

  • Stirk Cottage

    West Coast Australia

    An architectural isolate between the bowls club and the road, this smartly maintained heritage cottage was built of mud, saplings, compacted earth and…

  • Bunbury Wildlife Park

    West Coast Australia

    A simple wildlife park to introduce the kids to Australian wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, possums, parrots, owls and emus with some hands-on…

  • Serpentine National Park

    West Coast Australia

    Densely forested, often steep area with walking tracks and picnic areas. The wildflowers strut their stuff between July and November; this is also when…

  • Rockingham Museum

    West Coast Australia

    Run by the local historical society, Rockingham's dinky little art-deco museum (a former library, built in 1947) has plenty of old photos, maps and rusty…

  • Telegraph Station

    West Coast Australia

    At the tiny Hamelin Pool Caravan Park, this old telegraph station dates from 1884 and houses historical exhibits and possibly the only living…

  • Tractor Museum of Western Australia

    West Coast Australia

    Burning passion for vintage tractors? Live out your agrarian fantasies at this temple of traction in Whiteman Park. If you happen to be here on the second…

  • Mundaring Arts Centre

    West Coast Australia

    Exhibits and sells the work of local artists (of which there are many): ceramics, textiles, photographs, paintings and drawings all feature. In a…

  • Guildford Courthouse

    West Coast Australia

    Guildford's old courthouse (1866) operated until 1969, and now houses the visitor centre and some interesting historical displays. Oddly, the Aboriginal…

  • Memorial to HMAS Sydney

    West Coast Australia

    Some 8km north of the T-junction at the end of Blowholes Rd, this lonely little cairn commemorates the 1941 naval battle between the German Kormoran and…

  • Pearl Luggers

    Broome

    This compact museum provides an insight into Broome's tragic pearling past, evoking the diver experience with genuine artefacts. You can also wander over…

  • Church of St Stephen

    West Coast Australia

    Tinged with Gothic influences, this rather austere red-brick church opened to all souls in 1862. The old timber floorboards and pews are original – as is…

  • Historic Chapel

    Rottnest Island

    Push open the door and enter this hushed, simple chapel near the old prison, built in 1858 and with creaky floorboards, a driftwood crucifix and a single…

  • Old Farm at Strawberry Hill

    Albany

    National Trust–owned Strawberry Hill is one of the oldest farms in WA, established in 1827 as the town's government farm. The homestead (1836) features…