This state is the largest of all the states in Australia and because of its vastness it has more climatic regions and differences than any other.
The south-west, where most of the population live, has a Mediterranean climate of hot summers and wet winters; the Kimberley and the north-west are monsoonal and tropical with a hot sticky wet season. In between is the huge, harsh, desolate and almost rainless centre, in which the Great Sandy Desert, the Gibson Desert and the Great Victorian Desert meld into one. A few old towns remain, struggling to stay alive due to temporary rivers and its arid land which makes it mostly unsuitable for farming requiring vast areas to support grazing. This in turn protects a myriad of native plants that give Western Australia its title, the Wildflower State. More than 7,000 native species blossom in the spring and the land is renowned for its countryside of magnificent colour.
The rich south-west region has adequate rainfall which supports grazing land for dairying, sheep farming and crops of wheat. Also this area is home to the giant karri and jarrah forests which supply the timber industry. The coastline is dotted with fishing ports and holiday resorts which attracts thousands of seasonal holiday-goers.
North of Perth the towns of any size is Geraldton, Carnarvon, Derby and Broome.
The north-west region contains a rugged plateau known as the Kimberleys. This area is a land of savage beauty with deep gorges naturally carved over millions of years.
The state’s capital, Perth, has a relaxed outdoorsy atmosphere with beautiful, clean beaches, high vibe markets, inner city parks and a myriad of outdoor dining options. Visit Cottesloe Beach Hotel which overlooks a superb beach and terraced lawns into the Indian Ocean, particularly magnificent at sunset. Every weekend the bustling Fremantle Markets is a favourite destination for fresh produce as well as arts and crafts. Hungry? Try one of the international cuisines at an alfresco restaurant in Northbridge.
Remember to visit Kings Park & Botanical Gardens for a stunning view of the city & the Swan River. A perfect place for a picnic.
Margaret River Region & Busselton
The Margaret River Region is a popular self-drive area due to its close proximity to Perth. Filled with vineyards, natural attractions including Mammoth Cave, heritage & culture, restaurants & cafes and also a wide variety of activities, this special place is sure to please all types of travellers. The nearby town of Busselton features the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere and is a delight to stroll along as if walking out into the ocean.
The Pinnacles & Namburg National Park
These natural limestone formations contained within Nambung National Park, just outside the little fishing town of Cervantes, are a spectacular phenomenon created over thousands of years. To gain access to The Pinnacles area there is a 100 metre walking track from the car park. The Little Painted Desert and an unusual white dune area can also be viewed from the Pinnacles Lookout. The Pinnacles are best viewed and photographed either early morning or late afternoon when the sunlight casts shadows from the amazing formations.
The driving distance from Perth is approximately three hours.
Travelling 4 or 5 hours from Perth to Hyden, through the wheatbelt farmlands, there is a giant surf wave of multicoloured granite otherwise known as Wave Rock. Just under 15 metres high it is one of Australia’s most recognised landforms. Discover the rock and also enjoy the abundant wildlife & wildflowers in the area. Stop at Mulka’s Cave, just a short drive away, that illustrates Aboriginal cave paintings. Once in the cave, wait a while for your eyes to adjust and the works of art will appear.
The large goldfields town of Kalgoorlie, is famed for its fascinating gold rush history, fabulous old buildings and old gold miners’ ghost towns.The big attraction at Kalgoorlie is Australia’s largest open mine, The Super Pit, which mines about 800,000 ounces of gold each year. Embark on the popular History & Heritage & Mining Hall of Fame Tour to discover it all.
Broome, orginally populated with pearl divers from Japan, Phillipines & Malaysia who were seeking their fortune, continues with its multicultural mix and pearl farming. The South Sea Pearl is one of the most sought after throughout the world and are on display in showrooms along the main street. Natural attractions include the gorgeous Cable Beach with 22 kms of white sand and pristine water, Staircase to the Moon & Gantheaume Point. The laid back lifestyle and colourful landscape has made Broome a perfect destination for artists, writers and musicians.
The Kimberley Region
This remote wilderness region covers over 423,517 square kilometres of the northern western part of the state, stretching from Broome to Kununurra. Broome is considered to be the gateway to the Kimberley Region, which in parts are only accessible by 4WD along unsealed roads, cruise ships along the water or aerial views from a scenic flight.
Some of the amazing highlights include the Bungle Bungles, Horizontal Waterfalls, Geikie Gorge, The Gibb River Road, Cape Leveque & Mitchell Falls.