big, bold, bountiful land of Western Australia has a remarkable
range of top shelf holiday destinations for the traveller. You
can choose from; vast wilderness areas, towering forests,
bewildering landforms, arid saltbush deserts, pristine coral
coasts and colourful cities.
The best place to start your exciting adventure is the beautiful
state capital of Perth. A visitor feels very welcome here. Take a
leisurely stroll through Kings Park and view the city skyline.
Wander through Hay Street Mall and London Court and enjoy the
hustle and bustle of the superb shopping precincts. Dont
miss the Cultural Centre, and the Perth Mint. Balmy evenings in
the City of Lights are delightful. Here you can wine
and dine while viewing a kaleidoscope of neon reflections on the
sparkling waters of the Swan River.
When dawn breaks on yet another warm, sunny day, take a cruise
down to Fremantle, which is virtually a suburb of Perth. The
friendly charm of this vibrant port city is most evident at the
famous Fremantle Markets, which are full of tempting trinkets and
colourful crafts. Catch the ferry to Rottnest Island, which is a
jewel in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Quokka
spotting is popular here. As you take the bus, cycle or walk
around the car-free island you will see this quaint little
critter hopping happily around.
From Perth, the eastern highway takes you
into the vast desert expanse of the Nullarbor Plain, where the
fascinating Kalgoorlie goldfields still yield precious metals to
avid fossickers. Take the highway south to explore the delights
of the Margaret River region - majestic karri and jarrah forests,
underground caverns and surfing beaches. Further on is the
picturesque port of Albany and magnificent national parks along
the coast to Esperance.
The northern coastal highway opens up a
whole world of new experiences. The vast fields of wildflowers in
spring will surprise you, as will the bewildering landforms of
Wave Rock and the Pinnacles Desert. The World Heritage ecotourism
gem, Shark Bay, is home to sharks, dugongs and turtles. Friendly
dolphins love to frolic at Monkey Mia, and giant whale sharks can
be seen playing at Ningaloo Reef.
The premier adventure in this big state is the far north
wilderness of the Kimberley Region, regarded as Australia's last
frontier. This area has huge cattle stations, spectacular gorges
and fascinating Aboriginal culture, plus surreal beehive domes
called the Bungle Bungles, which defy logic. Broome is the
southern gateway to the Kimberley. Here you can see the finest
sea pearls in the world.
Wonderful Western Australia has many scenic and ecological
treasures. From Outback grandeur to glorious coral coasts, the
biggest state offers a larger than life travel experience.