If you are in search of wide open spaces, Western Australia has the room you seek. Despite occupying the one-third of the entire Australian continent, it is home to only 10% of the country’s population. While the area may be short on people, Western Australia has a tremendous amount of places to visit. Let’s take a look at some of the most memorable destinations in this gigantic Australian state.
Of the 2.2 million people who live in Western Australia, 1.6 million of those people live in the city of Perth. Founded in the 1820s on the Swan River, Perth has big city appeal with a small town feel. To get good eats and visit trendy bars, head to Northbridge. Shopping and fine dining can be found in Leederville and Subiaco, while outdoor activities are boundless in Cottesloe. Kings Park and Botanic Garden is a must-see attraction in the center of Perth. Best of all, the people of Perth of friendly and always willing to lend a helping hand.
Walpole-Nornalup National Park
Regarded by many as one of the most breathtaking locations on the planet, Valley of the Giants is located in Walpole-Nornalup National Park. About 355 km south of the city of Perth, Valley of the Giants is home to amazingly tall Tingle and Karri trees. Go on the Tree Top Walk bridge and look down more than 40 meters to the ground. Bibbulmun Track, also in the area, is a popular walking trail that is nearly 100 km long.
The region around the Margaret River is mostly known for its brimming wine industry. Tours to visit the local wineries are plentiful — and well worth your time! In addition to the wine, the Margaret River region has amazing limestone caves and sparkling white beaches that are perfect for surfing. The Dolphin Discovery Centre allows you to get nose to nose with bottle-nosed dolphins.
Located on the Indian Ocean, the Kimberley is the northern region of Western Australia. Purnululu National Park has sandstone domes that are famous around the world for their grey and orange bands. Darngku is a gorge in Geikie Gorge National Park that has walls that are 30 meters high and exciring wildlife such as stingrays, sawfish and crocodiles. The city of Broome is a pearling town with a fantastic beach (Cable Beach) that is very popular with tourists.
While Western Australia struggled to attract people through much of its history, the Yilgarn-Goldfields gold rush of 1893 brought many to the area looking for riches. As a result of the gold rush, Kalgoorlie was born. If you visit the city, you owe it to yourself to stay at one of the more than two dozen historic hotels. You’ll enjoy Australia’s version of the “Wild West” that is unmatched anywhere else in the country.