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Perth is Australia's only capital city where you can enjoy the beach lifestyle, relax in natural bushland, sample world-class local wines and watch an ocean sunset within just 30 minutes of the city. It's also the sunniest state capital, averaging 3,000 hours of sunshine per year and boasting a string of 19 beautifully clean and uncrowded beaches, from iconic Cottesloe to the surf hotspot of Scarborough.
Situated beside the Swan River, Perth is a living picture postcard, with the best views of all from Kings Park and Botanic Garden - one of the biggest inner-city parks in the world. Larger than New York's Central Park, there are so many ways to enjoy its 400-plus hectares of sculpted gardens and natural bushland. Stroll the treetop walk, take an Indigenous cultural tour, picnic among the gum trees and in Spring, see the wildflowers in bloom.
Disused heritage buildings and laneways are now home to bustling bars and street art; and there are bars specialising in whiskey, gin, craft beers and wine. Most are also priding themselves on offering quality food, with share plates and locally sourced produce becoming a popular trend. Perth’s restaurant scene has also received a significant expansion – and locals are spoilt for choice.
And it’s not just restaurants and bars that are pleasing Perth locals and visitors; food trucks have also started appearing on the streets, signalling another new trend for the city. Their presence is so popular, it prompted a local foodie and entrepreneur to start what is anticipated to be an annual affair – the Food Truck Rumble. A gathering of some of the city’s best ‘street food’ trucks in the one place; the event has so far proven itself to so far be one of the city’s favourite food events.
Then there are the night markets and other food events which have popped up in the central business district (CBD) and urban villages – including the City of Perth’s Twilight Hawkers Markets, Perth City Farm Markets, Homegrown in the City, Beaufort Street Markets and events such as Eat Drink Perth and Taste of Perth.
Retail options have also increased across Perth. King Street, traditionally known for attracting high-end designer brands such as Tiffany’s, Chanel, and Gucci, has been joined by a breed of energetic retailers who are keen on re-establishing the area as an affordable and hip area to shop; global brands Zara and Topshop are now open on Murray Street; city shopping precincts enex100 and one40william continue to grow; and there are plans to overhaul one of the CBD’s main meeting spots, Forrest Place.
Perth has also seen a significant increase in street art, thanks to FORM – an independent, non-profit cultural organisation that aims to culturally enrich WA. Through FORM’s PUBLIC program, more than 80 walls across the CBD and into urban areas such as Northbridge, Leederville, Fremantle and Victoria Park have become a canvas for local, interstate and international artists.
And all of that is just the tip of the iceberg. There are several major infrastructure projects changing the physical structure of the city, all of which will add more retail, wining, dining and public spaces.
In the next few years Perth will be home to a brand new billion-dollar waterfront development, underground train line, sports stadium, transformed Perth Airport, a new museum, outdoor community spaces and several new hotels.
Rottnest is just a short ferry ride from the mainland and a world away from city life which is why it's known as Perth's idyllic island playground. This car-free and carefree Class A reserve packs a lot of pleasure into a day.
The locals call it 'Rotto' and getting there is a breeze. Just 19 kilometres off the coast, ferries depart regularly from Fremantle, Perth's Barrack Street Jetty and Hillarys Marina. You can opt to arrive in style by helicopter or air taxi, or even cruise across in your own boat.
When on the island you will find 63 stunning beaches, 20 beautiful bays and many coral reefs and wrecks invite you to enjoy some of Australia's finest swimming spots, snorkel trails and surf breaks. And on dry land, you'll meet the cutest mini marsupial, found only in Western Australia, the world famous quokka, as well as many unique plant and animal species.
Bike riding is the best way to get around and you can hire at the ferry terminals or if you prefer you can hop on and off the Bayseeker Bus which regularly runs around the island, dropping you off at some of the more secluded beaches and surf breaks.
More family fun in the form of golf, tennis, shopping and guided tours can be found in Thomson Bay, as well as cafes, restaurants and takeaway options. Want to stay longer? The grand buildings and holiday cottages commissioned by Perth's Governor in the 19th century are favourites among holidaymakers so check out the restored Hotel Rottnest and beachside villas. Or for another option try the old barracks for camping and backpacking.
The vibrant city of Fremantle blends the old with the new, creating an enriching cultural experience. Maritime, convict and colonial history can be explored in one of the best preserved examples of a 19th century port streetscape on Earth, while buzzing markets, lively bars and casual street cafés give you a taste of 21st century life with the locals.
As Perth's neighbouring port town, Fremantle (or Freo as it's affectionately known) is just a 30-minute drive or train ride from the city. Or, you can hop on the ferry from Barrack Street for a leisurely cruise down the Swan River.
- If you're hitting the heritage trail, be sure to include a visit to the Western Australian Maritime Museum, World Heritage listed Fremantle Prison and Western Australia's oldest public building, the Roundhouse.
- You can even take in some classic colonial architecture as you sip your coffee on the Cappuccino Strip or a cool beer at one of many heritage pubs. And if you venture into the Fremantle Markets, you'll experience the exotic aromas, sights and sounds of an icon that's been bustling for more than 100 years.
- At its shores, the redeveloped Fishing Boat Harbour that has been in operation since the early 1900s is still the best place to sample fresh local seafood, only today you can wash it down with a locally-brewed ale or premium West Australian wine.
- For shopaholics, the pickings are just as rich, from high street fashion to local designers, homewares to curios and a range of galleries, including Aboriginal art. And after sundown, you'll see the street cafes, bars and clubs crank up the pace to create a buzzing night scene
Exmouth in Australia’s Coral Coast
Awesome marine life, endless white sand beaches and warm, turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean await you on Australia’s Coral Coast. Exotic marine life, national reserves and the bluest ocean you’ll see anywhere in the world, can all be found in Australia's Coral Coast.
This coastline region commence at Cervantes, where you’ll find the unique rock formations of the Pinnacles and stretches as far north as Exmouth. This is the home of the internationally renowned World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef, this underwater wonderland is right off the beach and is an amazing area for diving and fishing all year round with a variety of spectacular reefs and marine life, white sandy beaches and warm turquoise waters.
The Coral Coast is one of the few places in the world where you can swim with the world’s largest fish – the whale shark. This gentle giant is just one of the many amazing marine life experiences in the region, which is also known for dugongs, manta rays, rich coral environment, sea lions, humpback whales and interaction with the dolphins of Monkey Mia. Inland is just as exciting, as carpets of wildflowers burst into colour during the wildflower season giving us the biggest flower show on earth.
QantasLink operates services between Perth and Exmouth (Learmonth) twice daily on weekdays and daily on weekends. You can save with the Qantas Walkabout Pass. Use our multi-city booking engine to book your Qantas trans Tasman flights from New Zealand and add up to six domestic flights within Australia (including Learmonth) with Qantas or partner airlines. Find out more about the Qantas Walkabout Pass
An easy self-drive from Perth, at just two and a half hours south is Australia’s South West, and this region offers a destination of diversity. It’s a place where the wine, surfing and good West Aussie life-style blend with the solitude of ancient forests and a captivating coastline.
The diverse landscape of the region changes from mountain ranges boasting unique flora and fauna, and unforgettable wildflower displays in season to majestic karri forests. The coastline is a mix of pristine white sandy beaches that stretch forever and rugged cliffs that drop away into the ocean. Whales (in season) and dolphins can be spotted from many coastal vantage points around the region.
It’s home to the internationally acclaimed Margaret River Wine Region, as well as many leading wineries in the Great Southern, Geographe, Blackwood Valley, Pemberton and Manjimup wine regions. The region is packed with fresh and indulgent cuisine waiting to be savoured with the finest wines that pay tribute to spectacular surroundings.
Australia’s South-West Top Things to Do
Take advantage of the seasonal fresh produce and purchase local Pink Lady apples, avocados, truffles, seafood and more straight from the farm gate or farmer’s markets.
- Walk in the ancient tree-top canopy at the Tree Top Walk near Walpole or climb to the top of a 75-metre high karri tree and be rewarded with 360 degree views.
- Do a cellar door hop and taste the region’s premium produce, stopping to enjoy a few hours of indulgence over a long lunch at a winery restaurant – there’s six distinct wine regions within the south west to choose from.
- Walk a section of the Cape to Cape track (130kms) or the Bibbulmun Track (1000kms), taking in areas of the south west inaccessible by car.
- Enjoy a day at one of the beautiful beaches in the south west – there’s over 1000 kilometres of coastline to choose from!
- Hike one of Western Australia’s highest peaks at Bluff Knoll, for spectacular views or take on the sky-high walkway lookout at the Granite Skywalk, Porongurup Range.
- Discover the south west’s indigenous heritage with a guided tour by Koomal Dreaming, or visit Kodja Place.
- Meet the friendly wildlife - Wade, cruise or swim with the wild bottlenose dolphins in Koombana Bay or view migrating humpback whales from June to December annually.
- Visit the inland towns of the Blackwood River Valley in August to see the blazing colour of thousands of tulips during their Flower and Garden Festival, or explore the region’s open gardens.
- Take the kids for a weekend break to one of the area’s farmstays, complete with baby animals and native wildlife.
Wilderness and wildflowers
Australia’s South West makes up part of Australia’s only biodiversity hotspot – and one of just 34 biodiversity hotspots around the world. Almost 80 percent of the plant species in the South West Australia bio diverse province are found nowhere else on earth. The diverse range of wildflowers, forests and native animals found in Australia’s South West all contribute to the rare and unique nature of the region.
The south west’s thousand kilometres coastline varies from tranquil bays and bright blue lagoons to limestone cliffs and rugged granite headlands. Best of all, the region is lucky enough to have a Mediterranean climate with plenty of sunny days to truly enjoy a day at the beach. If you’re in search of the bustling atmosphere of the European seaside, head to the local town beaches where ice-cream vans and colourful umbrellas await. If you want to search out your little slice of private heaven, it’s never too far away.
Here’s our pick of the best swimming beaches:
- Back Beach, Bunbury: easy access, good for a swim after a day of shopping!
- Geographe Bay, Busselton: close to Busselton Jetty, cafés and picnic facilities.
- Meelup Beach and Bunker Bay, Dunsborough: picture-perfect, with brilliant white sand.
- Gnarabup Beach, Margaret River: tucked in a protected bay with a café on site.
- Hamelin Bay, near Augusta: Secluded camp spot, great for families who love the outdoors.
- Peaceful Bay: Great family holiday spot during summer.
- Greens Pool, Denmark: A shallow cove, beautiful for photos and a spot of snorkelling.
- Little Beach, near Albany: Squeaky white sand, beautiful coastal scenery.
- Middleton Beach, Albany: Calm waters with areas for BBQs and picnics.
Busselton is best known for its 1.8 kilometre long, wooden-piled jetty which has survived cyclone, storm and fire to retain its status as the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere. An interpretive centre at the start of the jetty gives visitors an insight into the history. Visitors can stroll along the 148 year old jetty, or take the jetty train to reach the Underwater Observatory at the end. Described as one of Australia’s most unique ecotourism sites, and its best artificial reef, the marine life under the jetty is gaining worldwide recognition.
Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse
Take a drive to the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, just 13 kilometres from Dunsborough. There is an opportunity to take a tour of the lighthouse and view the stunning nearby beaches from above. Several walking trails (including guided tours) start from the lighthouse, including the Cape to Cape Track, which runs south to Cape Leeuwin, near Augusta. These trails are excellent for viewing wildflowers in Spring.
The Great Southern is the largest and most diverse region within Australia’s South West. It varies from unspoilt coastline, and idyllic seaside towns to sprawling agricultural lands and national parks harbouring some of the world’s rarest species. Along the south coast, the sheer force of the Southern Ocean has sculptured a raw, dramatic coastline, creating some remarkable coastal scenery. The history of the region is equally as impressive, and for many reasons. King George Sound near Albany was the first European settlement in Western Australia, settled before the Swan River Colony in Perth. In addition, the area has significant ties to World War 1, with Albany being the departure point for the majority of ANZAC troops leaving for Europe.
Pay your respects to the fallen soldiers of WW1 at The National Anzac Centre - Australia's foremost museum honouring the Anzac legend. Set within Albany Heritage Park, the Centre offers visitors a deeply personal connection with the Anzac experience. Personal stories unfold through interactive, multimedia displays and audio commentary, as visitors witness the First World War through the eyes and stories of their Anzac.
Denmark is a charming country town, located on the banks of a river and central to the nearby wine region, beaches and pretty farmland. Nearby, William Bay National Park is home to the stunning Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks, which are a must-see for anyone travelling this way. The standard of fresh, gourmet food and quality wine offered throughout the region is exceptional, and sampling them is a must on any visit.
Albany is Western Australia’s oldest town, settled several years before the Swan River Colony in Perth. The beautiful King Gorge Sound provides a safe, stunning backdrop to the Albany townsite, which is perched on hills angling down to the sea. The beautifully-preserved buildings of the main streets are a nod to the town’s age. The new National Anzac Centre depicts the history of the Anzac troops who departed from Albany’s shores 100 years ago. Discovery Bay (formally Whale World) is located at Albany’s old whaling station. In addition to reflecting on Albany’s whaling history, Discovery Bay has been transformed into a botanic garden and wildflife park, with over 100 native animals. It is not uncommon to see whales breaching and playing close to shore in front of Discovery Bay.
Broome and The Kimberley
The pearling capital of Australia, Broome is home to world famous Cable Beach sunsets, the natural phenomenon of the Staircase to the Moon and is the gateway to the wilderness of The Kimberly.
Broome, just a two and a half hour flight from Perth transports you to this tropical oasis of striking contrasts in colour and culture, where the vibe is very relaxed but there's so much to engage the senses.
The seaside town forms the southern gateway to this spectacular region and offers up breath taking Cable Beach - a 22km stretch of soft white sand and warm turquoise waters. From Broome, venture into red-earth country and experience an authentic Aussie outback adventure by four wheel drive, take a scenic flight over extraordinary rock formations and magnificent waterfalls, or cruise through the inland waterways that permeate the region.
Affectionately known as the 'pearl of the north', Broome is the home of South Sea pearls - among the largest and most coveted commercially harvested cultured pearls in the world. Their discovery in the 1800s fuelled a mass migration almost as epic as the gold rush. Japanese, Filipino and Malay pearl divers arrived in droves seeking their fortune, creating a melting pot of cultures that makes Broome the multicultural town it is today.
You can witness first-hand how Broome pearls are cultured on a cruise to a local pearl farm, then immerse yourself in the romantic tales of the original pearl luggers, or pick up a memento of your trip in the dazzling pearl showrooms of Chinatown.
Australia's North West is one of the world's last true wilderness areas and home to the Kimberley.
A land of breathtaking contrasts covering billions of years in history and over one million square kilometres, this is a journey of discovery you will never forget. Be as indulgent or laidback as you wish as you explore this extraordinary outback.
Find adventure in the ancient gorges of Karijini National Park, take a flight over the curious Bungle Bungle Range or a jet boat alongside horozontal waterfalls. Tackle the legendary Gibb River Road, be awe-struck by some of the oldest indigenous artworks on Earth.
The must See and Do’s
- Stroll along the pristine white sand and swim in the clear water of Cable Beach.
- Visit picturesque Gantheaume Point - home of the 130 million year old dinosaur footprints and the remains of Anastasia’s Pool.
- Go for a leisurely camel ride along Cable Beach.
- See the remains of the Catalinas - Dutch Flying Boats bombed during World War II.
- Jump on board a fishing boat or go whale watching.
- Share stories of history and contemporary lifestyle with local Aboriginal guides
- Settle into a comfortable safari tent and enjoy the view overlooking the Indian Ocean
- Visit the Lombadina Mission ruins
- Spot whales, turtles or dugongs off the beach
- Go mud crabbing with a local guide and enjoy feasting on your catch
- Enjoy a freshly-caught dinner of fish, mud crabs, or oysters on board your Kimberley cruise vessel
- Land at the Horizontal Waterfalls in a float plane and experience this incredible natural phenomenon
- Learn from an Aboriginal guide as they provide an insight into the amazing rock art of the region.
- Take a helicopter ride over the towering King George Falls
- View the massive Montgomery Reef as it is exposed at low tide, creating a series of waterfalls as the ocean cascades off the expanse.
- Take a scenic flight, fishing trip or sea safari to the Buccaneer Archipelago
- Follow the Derby Pastoral Trail from One Mile Camp Boab Dinner Tree to the Derby Wharf
- Take a leisurely stroll along the Joonjoo Botanical Trail and learn about the local bush and how it was used by the Nyikina people
- Enjoy the sunset from the jetty or take an evening walk on the tidal flats
- Take a day tour to Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek National Parks
- Four-wheel drive adventure of a lifetime
- Hike through spectacular gorge country
- Spot unique flora and fauna of the Kimberley
- Swim in fresh water rock pool and lagoons
- Stay at outback retreats for cattle mustering, helifishing and unique indigenous cultural experience
Qantas and QantasLink operates services between Perth and Broome. You can save with the Qantas Walkabout Pass. Use our multi-city booking engine to book your Qantas trans Tasman flights from New Zealand and add up to six domestic flights within Australia (including Broome) with Qantas or partner airlines. Find out more about the Qantas Walkabout Pass.
Western Australia’s Golden Outback is a vast and surprisingly diverse region of outback Australia. Covering 54 per cent of WA, it stretches from the rugged red earth of Mt Augustus in the north of the Gascoyne-Murchison region to the sweeping white beaches of Esperance and the South Coast.
At the very heart of Western Australia’s Golden Outback lies the modern mining hub of Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields, offering fascinating insights into the history and heritage of the wild gold rush days. And in the Wheatbelt to the west, picturesque rolling farmland is dotted with colourful rural townships.
Australia's Golden Outback region provides diverse outback tourism opportunities and holiday destinations. The natural landscape is a dazzling display of outback plains, huge deserts and salt lakes, rugged rocky outcrops, wild woodland and some of the whitest beaches in the world. Spring time transforms the region with a rainbow of blooming Western Australian wildflowers. Australia's Golden Outback is home to the famous Wave Rock formations.
Embark on a self drive itinerary of the top gold rush trails and take your time to explore this fascinating region offering interpreted sites, classic old pubs, outback ghost towns and changing natural landscapes.