Special, spectacular, and secluded would just about sum up Western Australia.
Many customers have relatives or holiday visa-ing offspring living in Perth, and want to know if there are enough things in WA to fill a full holiday. In fact, there’s enough for a lifetime of blue skies, deserted beaches and adventure.
After all, you can’t spell ‘awe’ without W.A.
Here are five great things about Western Australia.
1. The cities
is the most remote state capital city in the world, but has the charming European vibe of a Mediterranean city, renowned for its sailing, seafood and sunny weather. We do mean sunny – Perth has 3000 hours of sunshine a year, more than any other Aussie city, and twice as much as Ireland (sorry). Not surprisingly, the people of Perth play outdoors a lot; dining by the harbour, going to the beach and visiting nature and wildlife in parks and zoos.
Fremantle is the port city to Perth further down the Swan river. It has a different vibe, with lots of hippies and artists and performers calling it home. Come for the fantastic museums and Victorian and Edwardian architecture, and stay for the live music and coffee culture.
2. The idyllic coastline
The Coral Coast is two little words, but a massive stretch of coastal paradise 1,100 km long. To put that number in perspective, Ireland has 1,448km of coastline total.
Starting just north of Perth, it stretches from Cervantes and the moonscape Pinnacles Desert to Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef further north. Along it, you’ll pass gorges, cliffs, winding rivers and white beaches, with the bluest ocean you have ever seen.
3. The reefs
Ningaloo Reef could be more accurately known as the Great Insular Reef. It rivals the Great Barrier in the beauty stakes, but its wonders are easily accessible, refreshingly uncrowded and World Heritage-listed.
It’s billed as “the world’s largest fringing reef, reached by the world’s shortest swim”, and that about sums it up. Shallow lagoons mean you can start snorkelling once you step into the water. You’ll be joined by dolphins, mantra rays, humpback whales and turtles. One of best parts is the ability to swim alongside the docile whale sharks. The very best part? There’ll be a fraction of the crowds at other, more grandly-titled, reefs.
4. The wine
Notice how many of your favourite wines have Blackwood Valley or Margaret River on the label? You’re not the first to book flights on the strength of a fruity palette, and in fact it’s how some of the best holidays have begun.
Swan Valley is Western Australia’s oldest and most-visited wine growing region, as it’s just north of Perth. A wine tour means scenic vineyards, produce farms, and art galleries, and there are also fortified wines on offer.
The Margaret River wine region south of Perth is well known, drawing Merlot fans in particular, while Geographe will have something for white wine drinkers.
That’s barely scratching the surface of WA wine regions. Just like a good Shiraz, let your nose guide you.
5. The National Parks
Don’t pick up the glass quite yet – there are must-sees out there that require some foraying into National Parks. You have to witness the eerie moonscape of the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park on the Coral Coast. The ‘moonscape’ is thousands of natural limestone pillars, some as tall as five metres, making the most unique natural scenes on Earth.
A few hours north from Namburg is the Kalbarri National Park; another WA blockbuster. Imagine rugged red sandstone gorges and dazzling wildflowers against the Indian Ocean. Walk, cruise, canoe, abseil or sand board your way through this incredible landscape.
We can’t forget Stirling Range National Park; a mountainous landscape home to Bluff Knoll, the highest peak in the South West. How high? Well this is also one of the few places in WA that gets snow fall.
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