Must-see attractions in Western Australia

  • Northam Heritage Centre

    West Coast Australia

    Housed in Northam's National Trust–registered train station which operated from 1886 to 1966, this low-key museum showcases railway memorabilia, including…

  • Foreshore

    West Coast Australia

    In town, the river foreshore is lovely for a stroll or cycle – it has children's playgrounds (behind the town beach and by the jetty), picnic tables,…

  • Point Moore Lighthouse

    West Coast Australia

    At the westernmost point of the city stands this 34m-high, candy-striped red-and-white lighthouse. You can't visit the interior, but it's a photogenic…

  • Waychinicup National Park

    Southern WA

    Canoeing and fishing is popular at this beautiful spot by the Waychinicup Inlet, where Gilbert's potoroos and scrub birds are often seen. Basic camping …

  • Kangaroo Point

    West Coast Australia

    Low-key, beachy picnic spot near Nambung National Park, with tables, toilets and and BBQs. The turnoff is 4km north of the Pinnacles Dr/Indian Ocean Dr…

  • Holy Trinity Church

    West Coast Australia

    Across the Avon River from the town centre, this castellated red-brick church was completed in 1854. Inside are stained-glass windows designed by WA…

  • Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage Museum

    West Coast Australia

    This tiny house museum, scenically overlooking the jetty in Carnarvon's Heritage Precinct and occupied by a succession of lighthouse keepers until 1980,…

  • Radio Hill Lookout

    West Coast Australia

    Take Radio Hill Dr (off Newman Dr, west of the visitor centre) to the top of the hill for a fine 360-degree lookout over the town and its sunburnt…

  • Railway Station Museum

    West Coast Australia

    Part of the Heritage Precinct, this museum houses an old steam train, plus info about sheep-shearing in the area. Some old steam engines and rickety…

  • Eagles Heritage

    West Coast Australia

    Housing Australia's largest collection of raptors, this centre, 5km south of Margaret River, rehabilitates many birds of prey each year. There are free…

  • Hall's Cottage

    West Coast Australia

    Tiny by modern Mandurah standards (check out the McMansions around this part of town), this whitewashed stone, shingle-roofed cottage was one of the first…

  • Crown Perth Casino

    Perth

    This is Perth's only casino and it's the only place in the state where you'll find gaming machines. It's typically glitzy, in that flashing lights and…

  • Argyle Homestead

    Broome & The Kimberley

    Relocated when the waters rose, this former home of the pioneering Durack pastoral family (who at one time controlled over 15,000 sq km of the East…

  • Coorinja

    West Coast Australia

    Operating continuously since the 1870s, this trad winery zeroes-in on sticky fortified wines: port, sherry, muscat and Marsala. It's 6km out of town, on…

  • Mangrove Bay Bird Hide

    West Coast Australia

    Spot migratory birds among the mangroves, or just wander out along the tidal flats. Bring insect repellent. The turn-off is about 6km south of the park…

  • Patrick Taylor Cottage

    Albany

    Believed to be the oldest colonial dwelling in WA, this 1832 wattle-and-daub cottage is packed with antiques, freaky mannequins and displays on its former…

  • Doddi's Beach

    West Coast Australia

    West of the mouth of the estuary is family-friendly Doddi's Beach, facing the ocean. It's far enough from the main town to sidestep the glitz and cultural…

  • Pietro Porcelli Statue

    Fremantle

    Renowned Italian sculptor Pietro Porcelli (1872–1943) is responsible for many works around WA. This piece by fellow sculptor Greg James depicts him making…

  • Foreshore

    West Coast Australia

    The Denham foreshore is a lovely place for a barbecue, picnic, stroll or swim. Opposite the visitor centre is a ship-themed playground that children will…

  • Jeannies Lookout

    Rottnest Island

    Lookout on the island's south coast, with glorious coastal views and access to Jeannies Pools, a series of prime rock-pool snorkelling spots.

  • Ngurra Arts

    Broome & The Kimberley

    Close to Mimbi Caves, this small centre hosts Walmajarri and Wankajunga artists producing colourful acrylics as well as traditional dyed crafts and…

  • Fishermens Lookout

    West Coast Australia

    Commonly referred to as 'the Obelisk' by locals, this monument just southwest of the Port Denison marina has excellent views, especially at sunset.

  • Japanese Cemetery

    Broome

    A number of cemeteries testify to Broome's multicultural past. The most striking is the Japanese Cemetery with 919 graves (mostly pearl divers).

  • Chinese Cemetery

    Broome

    Located next to the Japanese Cemetery is a Chinese burial ground with more than 90 graves and monuments.

  • SS Mildura Wreck

    West Coast Australia

    Follow the signpost from Yardie Creek Rd to find the 1907 cattle steamer shipwreck that ran aground on the reef. It's visible from the shore.

  • Mt Barker Police Station Museum

    Southern WA

    Mt Barker has been settled by Europeans since the 1830s and the convict-built 1868 police station and gaol have been preserved as a museum.

  • Warden Finnerty's Residence

    Western Australia

    Step back in time to 1895 inside the residence of Coolgardie's first mining warden and magistrate, full of period furniture and trappings.

  • School of Mines Mineral Museum

    Western Australia

    If you love geology, the display of over 3000 rock specimens and replicas of big gold nuggets discovered locally is not to be missed.

  • Old Derby Gaol

    Broome & The Kimberley

    Along with the Boab Prison Tree (7km south), this old gaol is a sad reminder of man's inhumanity to man.

  • Pioneer Cemetery

    West Coast Australia

    The Japanese section of this tiny cemetery (separate from the European section) bears witness to Cossack's pearling past.

  • Cannery Arts Centre

    Southern WA

    Interesting contemporary art exhibitions by local artists and a shop selling locally made ceramics and other crafts.

  • Kalumburu Mission Museum

    Broome & The Kimberley

    Small museum located in the mission grounds. Ask at the mission office or store for the latest opening times.

  • Norseman Historical Museum

    Western Australia

    Walk through the gold-mining history of the the town, and check out the beautifully restored horse wagon.

  • Don Rhodes Mining Museum

    West Coast Australia

    The rusted trains, engines and mining machinery of this open-air museum make for an interesting wander.

  • Pioneer Cemetery

    Broome

    The small Pioneer Cemetery overlooks Roebuck Bay at Town Beach.

  • St Mark's (Old Picton) Church

    West Coast Australia

    Built in 1842 using wattle and daub construction, this is Western Australia's second-oldest church.

  • Boranup Gallery

    West Coast Australia

    Local arts and crafts, 22km south of Margaret River, with a wide selection of jarrah furniture.

  • John Curtin Statue

    Fremantle

    Statue of former member for Fremantle and WWII Labor prime minister of Australia, John Curtin.

  • Customs House

    Fremantle

    Built in 1908 in Georgian style, this heritage-listed building is home to artist studios.