Western Australia Travel Guide

Western Australia Travel Guide

Basic information about Western Australia

Population: 2.76 million
People per square km: 0.89
Cows & sheep per square km:  9.8
Number of islands: 3747
Longest river: Gascoyne River – 760km
Most challenging road: Gibb River Road
Famous pub: Palace Hotel, Kalgoorlie
Highest mountain: Mt Meharry – 1253m
Most remote Town: Warbuton
Strangest place name: Walkaway
Number of wildflowers: 12500 species
Best beach: Cable Beach, Broome

Western Australia covers one-third of the Australian continent. It is an ancient land of rugged ranges and dramatic gorges, inland deserts, and a world pristine coastline. 

People can experience the tropical humidity of the north, and the dryness of the desert to the Mediterranean climate of the South-West. 

Hit the road to experience the state’s vastness. 

Western Australia has many natural wonders including the 350 million-year-old Bungle Bungles ranges, the limestone moonscape of the Pinnacles, but also extraordinary marine life of Ningaloo Reef, friendly dolphins of Monkey Mia, and Rottnest Ilans’s famous quokkas. 

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Learn about the first European settlements with its historical buildings of Perth and its nearby port of Fremantle. 

Finally, travel inland to discover remnants of great gold discoveries around Kalgoorlie – the world’s great producers of gold.

This Western Australia travel guide lists all interesting places that are worth visiting, but if you are short of time plan your holiday at least to see the best places in WA.

The Kimberley Region

The Kimberley – ancient landscape of mighty ranges, spectacular gorges, and arid deserts.

Travel Guide - time to visit

The best time to visit the Kimberley region and its surroundings is during the dry season, from May to October.  The Winter season is generally the best time to travel, safest, and most comfortable. Ninety percent of Kimberley’s rainfalls occur from December to March. The wet season often brings cyclones and floods and can cut some areas for months. The Kimberley has two types of climate, a coastal – hot and moist. And inland with a dry, hot climate.

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Western Australia Travel Guide - Get to Kimberley
  • By air – daily flights arrive from domestic and international destinations.  You can fly to Broome or Kununurra.
  • By coach – Integrity Coach line from Perth, and Greyhound Australia from Darwin.
  • By car – Victoria Highway from NT; Great Northern Highway if you come from South Western Australia; Tanami Rd if you come from Alice Springs via the Tanami Desert.
  • By boat – The Port of Broome is the largest deep-water access port servicing the Kimberley region. 

Holidaymakers can fly to Broome to relax in many resorts, many can choose to charter a boat and experience great fishing. 

4WD enthusiasts come to the Kimberley to tackle remote Gibb River Rd, visit Mitchell Falls and ancient and isolated gorge country.

Must see the Kimberley attractions

Western Australia Travel Guide - What to do Kimberley
Western Australia Travel Guide - Gibb River Rd
Western Australia Travel Guide – Gibb River Rd

The best spots on a Gibb River Road

Iconic Gibb River Rd is located between Derby and Kununurra. This 660 km of rugged gravel road was used to transfer cattle from outback stations to Derby and Wyndham.

Western Australia Travel Guide - Around Gibb River Rd

Top Events in the Kimberley

Broome

Broome is known for its pearling history, cosmopolitan character, amazing white beaches, and great fishing all year-round. 

Western Australia Travel Guide - Broome
Western Australia Travel Guide – Broome
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11 must see attractions around Broome

Western Australia Travel Guide - Around Broome
Western Australia Travel Guide - WA fishing

Accommodation

Apart from Broome, Kimberley is quite an isolated region in Australia where accommodation is limited to a few hotels and resorts. The best way to explore it is by a 4WD or an organised tour.

Hotels

Beaches of Broome, 4 Sanctuary Road, Cable Beach, Broome

The Pearle of Cable Beach, 14 Millington Road, Cable Beach, Broome

Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat, 323 Yardoogarra, 6725 Broome

Kimberley Sands Resort, 10 Murray Road, Cable Beach, Broome

The Billi Resort, 23 Coucal Street, Cable Beach, Broome

The Kimberley Grande Hotel, 20 Victoria Highway, Kununurra

Tourist Parks

RAC Cable Beach Holiday Park, Cnr Cable Beach and Murray Roads, Broome

The Station at El Questro, Gibb River Rd via Kununurra

Emma Gorge Resort, Emma Gorge, El Questro Wilderness Park, Kununurra

Top Events in Broome

Pilbara Region

Pilbara region is located in the north of Western Australia, over 1200 km from Perth. 

The major towns of the region are Port Hedland and Karratha. Pilbara has very hot summers, mild winters, and small rainfall. The name Pilbara comes from the Aboriginal word ‘bilybara’ and means ‘dry’. This region is characterised by rust-red landscapes and vast tidal flats broken by mangroves.

Western Australia Travel Guide - Karijni National Park
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Top attractions of Pilbara

Accommodation

The main towns of Pilbara are Port Headland and Karratha. Both towns major industry is mining, but they both offer some interesting tourist attractions. Make sure you stop for a day or two before heading further to Karijini National Park or north to Broome.

Hotels

The Landing Port Headland, 945 Great Northern Hwy, Port Headland

Karratha International Hotel, Corner of Hillview and Millstream Roads, Karratha

Tourist Parks

Port Headland Discovery Park, 2 Taylor Street, Port Headland

Karratha Discovery Park, Rosemary Road, Karratha

Karijini Eco Retreat, Weano Road, 6751 Karijini

Top Events in Pilbara

Gascoyne Region

This vast area is known for the richness and rarity of its natural features, from the colourful Ningaloo Reef to the eroded cliffs and gorges of Kalbarri National Park.

Western Australia Travel Guide - Gascoyne Region

Top attractions of Gascoyne Region

Peron Peninsula

Peron Peninsula is known for its contrasting red cliffs, blue waters, and white beaches. These features contribute to Shark Bay’s listing as a World Heritage Area.

Shell Beach is the only place in Australia where you walk on white shells.

Western Australia Travel Guide - Peron Peninsula
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7 must-see attractions at Peron Peninsula

Western Australia Travel Guide - Peron Peninsula

Accommodation

The two main towns where you find accommodation in Peron Peninsula are Monkey Mia and Denham. We recommend staying in one of the resorts or if you have a caravan or camper trailer, in a caravan park.

Resorts

RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, 1 Monkey Mia Road, Shark Bay

Heritage Resort Shark Bay, 73-75 Knight Terrace, Denham

Tourist Parks

Denham Seaside Caravan Park, 1 Stella Rowley Drive, Denham

Perth and around

Perth is the most isolated capital city in the world. 

Its nearest neighbour – Adelaide is 2700 km away. Claimed to be the sunniest state capital in Australia. Climate is Mediterranean – hot and dry in summer and wet in winter. 

Perth is a growing city with a population of over 2 million. Because of its location, it is a flight gateway to Australia bringing new visitors, residents and exciting opportunities every year.

The City of Perth is located beautifully at the northern banks of the  Swan River and the suburbs stretch in all directions to the Darling Ranges.

Western Australia Travel Guide - Perth and around
Western Australia Travel Guide – Perth and around
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How to get to Perth

Western Australia Travel Guide - How to get to Perth
  • By air – Fly to Perth Airport. There are domestic flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, and Darwin.
  • By car – Perth is far away from any other big city. However, it is possible to get there by car. Take National Highway coming from South Australia, Great Central Road coming from Alice Springs, or North West Coastal Highway if you arrive from the north.
  • By train. The Indian Pacific train runs regularly between Sydney and Perth. 

What to do in and around Perth

Western Australia Travel Guide - What to do around Perth

Day tours

  • Rottnest Island – located 19km off the coast of Perth. This is a perfect place to see quokkas.
  • Swan Valley – A premier wine-growing area, with vineyards along the scenic Swan River.
  • Yanchep National Park – see an indigenous dance performance, or visit Crystal Cave where stalactites hang above waters of an underground pool.
  • Pinnacles – Thousands of limestone pillars, the eroded remnants of what was once a bed of limestone. 

Accommodation

Perth is the capital of Western Australia. It is a big, multicultural city with a population of around 2 million. There is plenty to see in and around Perth. Choose your accommodation close to the attractions you want to visit to get the most out of it. We list only a few, our favourite hotels and resort. Search for more below.

Hotels

Quest Mounts Bay Road, 130 Mounts Bay Road, Perth CBD

Four Points by Sheraton Perth, 707 Wellington St, Perth CBD

Quest Kings Park, 54 Kings Park Road, West Perth

Resorts

Karrinyup Waters Resorts, 467 North Beach Road, Perth

Joondalup Resort, Country Club Boulevard, Perth

Tourist Parks

Central Caravan Park, 34 Central Avenue, Ascot, Perth

Discovery Parks – Perth Airport, 186 Hale Road, Perth

Banksia Tourist Park, 219 Midland Road, Perth

Top Events around Perth

Goldfields region

Gold is still mined in the Gold Fields region, while the sheep stations with the size of small countries produce fine wool. The area offers an excellent opportunity to dig into its fascinating heritage.

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What to do around Goldfields region

Western Australia Travel Guide - Around Gold Fields Region
Western Australia Travel Guide - Around Gold Fields Region - Gold fields

Accommodation

Kalgoorlie-Boulder is the main town of the Goldfields region where you can find a big range of accommodation including hotels and caravan parks. Other towns are much smaller, but they are worth visiting especially when you drive Eyre Highway through Nullarbor.

Hotels

Rydges, Kalgoorlie, 21 Davidson Street, Kalgoorlie

The Plaza Hotel, 45 Egan Street, Kalgoorlie

Albion Hotel, 60 Burt Street, Kalgoorlie

Tourist Parks

Acclaim Goldminer Tourist Caravan Park, 11 Atbara St, Kalgoorlie

Esperance Bay Holiday Park, 162 Dempster St, Esperance

Wavecrest Village & Tourist Park, 279 Hopetown-Ravensthorpe Rd, Hopetown

Top Events around Around Gold Fields Region

Feb Car Rally
Mar Norseman Cup
May -June Lenora Golden Gift and Festival
Sept Races at Kalgoorlie-Boulder
Oct Balzano Barrow Race – Kanowna to Kalgoorlie-Boulder
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Western Australia Travel Guide – Summary

I hope you find this travel guide as a good information source that you can use for your Western Australia trip.

Please let us know if you know of an event or attraction that we have not listed here. Feel free to drop a comment below.

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