Western Australia Locality Guide
"It's very vast and the variety of geography and colours staggering"
From the Tropics and the Red Kimberleys to the Great Southern Coastline
Salmon Holes South Coast Albany
City of Perth; view from Kings Park
Geike Gorge Fitzroy River near Fitzroy Crossing, Kimberley
Tree Top Walk Valley of the Giants Walpole
Elephant Rocks Denmark
Bibbulmun Track: Perth to Albany
Western Australian Wildflowers; Kalbarri Gorge
Now, this is what you call a big state! Western Australia covers just on one third of Australia and has over 12000 kilometres of the world's prettiest Indian Ocean coastline. Places to visit? Well where do we start? The outback desert or secluded, white sandy beaches, Ningaloo Reef, the dolphins of Monkey Mia, The Bungle Bungle Ranges, or the soaring to the ski, karri forests, the wine country or the Pilbara. Buy pearls at Broome. Wherever you go in Western Australia will be enlightening.
Perth - The capital city of Western Australia
Perth the capital city sits on the glorious Swan River just waiting to be discovered. At the 'West End' there's fashion, jewellery, clothes, leather goods stores and art galleries. You will discover many great restaurants, nightclubs and bars at Northbridge. The amazing 17 hectares of botanical gardens, Kings Park, Queens Park and the museums and art galleries. Take a ferry ride across the river to Perth Zoo. On the jetty you will find many outdoor cafes to sit and enjoy. The magnificent, beautiful beaches will entice you to swim, sail, snorkel, canoe or fish and much more, come on over and spend some time, Perth is just terrific.
Things to Do and Places to See in WA
Explore the WA Outback and Wildflowers
The wildflower season starts in the northern Pilbara regions circa June and July and go to the end of October in the south around Margaret River and the Plantagenet Shire of Mount Barker including the Stirling Ranges.
The best place is at Lake Indoon situated west of Eneabba towards the Indian Ocean, which becomes a panorama of colour during September. Perth Botannical Gardens come alive at its during September.
Distance from Perth City: Lake Indoon 310kms
Enjoy Perths Beaches
And not just Perths beaches. Most of the Western Australian coastline features great inlets and sandy bays. In many towns along the coast fish and chips are fresh and tasty while you watch the sun setting at Cottesloe, Scarborough or one of Perth and WA's other beautiful sandy white beaches.
Distance from Perth City: Scarborough Beach 15kms
Distance from Perth City: Mandurah 70kms
Distance from Perth City: Busselton 223kms
Distance from Perth City: Yanchep 57kms
Distance from Perth City: Lancelin 127kms
Distance from Perth City: Geraldton 416kms
Visit Rottnest Island
Photograph the quirky Quokkas, stay a day or a week and cycle round the island. There are great accommodation options on the island to suit all budgets and lifestyles and you can take your own bile over on the ferry.
Distance from Perth City:
There are various Rottnest Island ferries. They take approximately 25 minutes from Fremantle, 45 minutes from Hillarys Boat Harbour on the northern beaches, or 90 minutes from Perth City from the Barrack Street Jetty.
For a real adventure take a serious walk along the Bibbulmun Track, well part of it at least. One of the worlds longest walking routes it stretches over one thousand kilometres from the Perth suburb of Kalamunda to the old whaling town of Albany.
Distance from Perth City: 28kms to 450kms
Valley of the Giants and Tree Top Walk
The walk along a specially constructed timber pathway forty metres up in the tree-tops of the 'tingle tree forest' provides an exciting view of the scenery as well as the opportunity to get up close to some of the wildlife and see these majestic trees from above.
Distance from Perth City: 432kms
As the Murchison River winds through the Sandstone cliffs on its way to the Indian Ocean on the West Coast the mighty Kalbarri Gorge is well worth thr drive to get there.
Distance from Perth City: 580kms to Kalbarri plus 35kms to Kalbarri Gorge
Explore the Pilbara and Kimberley Regions
Distance from Perth City: Broome 2240kms
Distance from Perth City: Kununurra / Lake Argyle 3280kms
Visit the Pinnacles at Cervantes
Distance from Perth City: 195kms
Surf Margaret River
Distance from Perth City: 270kms
Follow the Wineries and Produce Trails
The south west is famous for it rural based produce; wine, cheese, truffles, marron and chocolate as well as 'surf and turf'; the great seafood and meat products.
Distance from Perth City: Margaret River 270kms
Distance from Perth City: Mount Barker / Plantagenet Shire Wine Region 400kms
Distance from Perth City: Albany / Denmark 450kms
Photos: Salmon Holes near Albany, Cheynes Beach, Busselton Pier, Bibbulmun Track, Wildflowers: Lyle Stacpoole; City of Perth, Elephant Rocks Denmark: Scott Phillipe; Kalbarri Gorge: Glenn Budd; Geikie Gorge Fitzroy Crossing: Frank Pittorino; Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk: Gary Roberts
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