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Western Australia Travel Guide

Western Australia Travel Guide

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. 

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.

The Kimberley Region

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

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

Northern Territory Travel Guide - Darwin

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.

Halls Creek Average Temperatures and Rainfall

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

37

36

36

34

30

27

27

30

34

37

38

38

Max temp

24

24

23

20

17

14

13

15

19

23

25

25

Min temp

153

137

74

22

13

5

6

2

4

17

37

77

Rain mm

13

13

8

3

2

1

1

1

1

3

6

11

Rain days

  • 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. 
Western Australia Travel Guide - Get to Kimberley

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

Recommended 4WD equipment for Wunnamurra Gorge

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
Broome Average Temperatures and Rainfall

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

33

33

34

34

31

28

28

30

31

33

34

34

Max temp

26

26

25

22

18

15

14

15

18

22

25

26

Min temp

158

144

101

30

21

23

4

2

1

1

13

77

Rain mm

10

9

7

2

2

2

1

0

0

0

1

5

Rain days

11 must see attractions around Broome

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

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
Western Australia Travel Guide - Karijni National Park
Wiluna Average Temperatures and Rainfall

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

38

37

34

29

24

20

20

22

26

20

34

37

Max temp

23

22

20

15

10

7

5

7

10

14

18

21

Min temp

35

38

36

29

26

25

15

10

4

7

10

20

Rain mm

4

4

5

4

4

5

4

3

2

2

3

3

Rain days

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
Western Australia Travel Guide - Peron Peninsula
Peron Peninsula Average Temperatures and Rainfall

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

30

33

32

28

26

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

Max temp

22

24

23

21

17

14

14

16

17

20

22

23

Min temp

7

15

14

14

39

55

41

22

8

6

3

1

Rain mm

1

1

1

2

5

7

7

6

3

2

1

1

Rain days

7 must-see attractions at Peron Peninsula

Western Australia Travel Guide - Peron Peninsula

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
Perth Average Temperatures and Rainfall

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

31

31

29

24

20

18

17

17

19

21

25

27

Max temp

18

18

17

14

11

9

9

9

10

11

14

16

Min temp

10

10

10

40

70

140

130

110

80

30

20

10

Rain mm

5

3

5

7

12

15

17

15

15

9

7

4

Rain days

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. 

Top Events around Perth

Gold Fields region

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

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Average Temperatures and Rainfall

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

34

32

30

25

20

18

17

18

22

26

29

32

Max temp

18

18

16

12

8

6

5

5

8

11

14

17

Min temp

22

28

19

19

28

31

26

20

15

16

18

15

Rain mm

3

4

4

5

7

8

9

7

5

4

4

3

Rain days

What to do around Gold Fields region

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

Top Events around Around Gold Fields Region

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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