Must-see attractions in Western Australia

  • Two Peoples Bay

    Southern WA

    Around 25km east of Albany, Two Peoples Bay is a scenic 46-sq-km nature reserve with a good swimming beach and a seafront heritage trail.

  • Mt Herbert

    West Coast Australia

    A 10-minute climb from the car park (arrowed off the road to Roebourne) reveals a fantastic panorama of the ragged Chichester Range.

  • Mauritius Beach

    West Coast Australia

    This appealing, long and narrow strip of white sand near Vlamingh Head Lighthouse is clothing-optional. It's 21km from Exmouth.

  • China Wall

    Broome & The Kimberley

    Amateur geologists will marvel at this vein of white quartzite sticking out of the red dirt and spinifex, 6km from Halls Creek.

  • Lily Creek Lagoon

    Broome & The Kimberley

    Across the highway from the township, Lily Creek Lagoon is a mini-wetlands with amazing birdlife, boating and freshwater crocs.

  • Margaret River Chocolate Company

    West Coast Australia

    The original factory of this local maker opened here in 1999. Watch chocolate truffles being made and sample the flavours.

  • Stella Bella

    Margaret River

    Excellent wines at a pretty cellar door (BYO picnic). This outfit boasts the more interesting label designs in the region.

  • Big Brook Arboretum

    West Coast Australia

    A showcase of big trees from all around the world. Pick up a Karri Forest Explorer map from the Pemberton visitor centre.

  • Reader Head Lookout

    West Coast Australia

    At the road-end, Reader Head Lookout has great views over the rivermouth, Settlers Beach and Staircase to the Moon.

  • Water Tank Lookout

    West Coast Australia

    Take the unpaved and steep road up to the water tank for a panoramic view of the town and the parched countryside.

  • Canal Rocks

    West Coast Australia

    Photo opportunities abound with the new bridge across the natural canal here. The Wardandi called it Winjee Sam.

  • Zebedee Springs

    Broome & The Kimberley

    A short walk (750m) through beautiful Livistona palms brings you to these shady, soothing hot pools.

  • Port

    Broome

    Has a pleasant sandy beach and good fishing from the jetty. You might even see whales, turtles or dolphins.

  • Lake Kununurra

    Broome & The Kimberley

    Lake Kununurra has pleasant picnic spots, a swimming beach at the end of Millington Dr, and great fishing.

  • Salmon Beach

    Southern WA

    Small, fairly sheltered white-sand beach, with rock slabs for sunbathing. Beware the strong currents.

  • Leighton Beach

    Fremantle

    Flat, white-sand beach with tiny waves and no current, just north of Fremantle. Loved by families.

  • El Questro Gorge

    Broome & The Kimberley

    Hot walk to a lovely shady gorge with permanent, spring-fed pools. It's about 2.5km one way.

  • Ashbrook

    West Coast Australia

    Ashbrook grows all of its grapes on-site. Its award-winning rieslings are rightly lauded.

  • Samson Beach

    West Coast Australia

    Appealing sweep of white sand, lapped at by tranquil cerulean waters. Great for swimming.

  • Yarliyil Gallery

    Broome & The Kimberley

    Halls Creek gallery showcasing talented local artists as well as some Ringer Soak mob.

  • Thompson Estate

    West Coast Australia

    A small-scale producer with an architectural-award-winning tastings and barrel room.

  • Settlers Beach

    West Coast Australia

    Usually empty, this gorgeous crescent of sand with calm waters is great for a dip.

  • Lennard River Gorge

    Broome & The Kimberley

    Shady 3km (return) walk to a thin gorge on the Lennard River.

  • Seaspray Beach

    West Coast Australia

    Crescent of white sand, backed by dunes.

  • Western Australian Museum

    Western Australian Museum – Perth

    Perth

    The state's museum is a six-headed beast, with branches in Albany, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie as well as two in Fremantle. This main branch in Northbridge…

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    Streeter's Jetty

    Broome

    The original pearl luggers' jetty at the entrance to Dampier Creek dates from the 1880s and has been rebuilt a number of times. The thin rickety wooden…

  • Shannon National Park

    West Coast Australia

    The 535-sq-km Shannon National Park is on the South Western Hwy, 53km south of Manjimup. Until 1968 Shannon was the site of Western Australia's biggest…

  • Avon Valley National Park

    West Coast Australia

    Featuring granite outcrops, forests and bountiful fauna, the Avon Valley's eponymous national park is most easily accessed vie Toodyay on Morangup Rd,…

  • Walyunga National Park

    West Coast Australia

    The Avon River cuts a narrow gorge through the Perth Hills at the 18-sq-km Walyunga National Park, before it morphs into the Swan River as it continues…

  • Beelu National Park

    West Coast Australia

    Immediately south of Mundaring is Beelu National Park, part of a continuous swath of forest that includes Kalamunda National Park. There's a handy…

  • Quod

    Rottnest Island

    Built in 1864, this hefty octagonal building with a central courtyard was once the Aboriginal prison block. During its time as a prison several men would…

  • Edenvale Homestead

    West Coast Australia

    The lovely russet-red Edenvale Homestead, built in 1888, now sustains a a tearoom in the main house (snacks $3 to $13), plus art-and-craft galleries and a…

  • Willie Creek Pearl Farm

    Broome & The Kimberley

    Willie Creek Pearl Farm occupies a stunning coastal location and the 7.5km drive in from Manari Rd feels like a real adventure as the sandy track skirts…

  • Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground

    Rottnest Island

    Adjacent to the Quod is a hushed, shady woodland area where hundreds of Aboriginal prisoners were buried in unmarked graves. Until relatively recently,…

  • Lane Pool Reserve

    West Coast Australia

    The vast Lane Poole Reserve, on the jarrah-lined banks of the Murray River, is an ace place to stop for a barbecue, a picnic, bushwalk or (in summer, when…

  • Araluen Botanic Park

    West Coast Australia

    South of Kalamunda, just off Brookton Hwy, is Araluen Botanic Park. Constructed in the 1920s by the Young Australia League (YAL) as a bush retreat for…

  • Bathers Beach

    Fremantle

    In late 2016 Bathers became the first beach in WA to be granted an alcohol licence – you can drink cocktails on the sand if you're in a deckchair in front…

  • Yakanarra

    Broome & The Kimberley

    This tiny Walmajarri community is located 130km from Fitzroy Crossing in the foothills of the mysterious St George Ranges. There are simple, unpowered…