Best places to visit in Western Australia

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If you're after adventure, picture-perfect views and serene landscapes, Western Australia is a must-see. Its coastline stretches longer than any other state, with each part adorned with its own unique features and sights. To make your holiday planning a whole lot easier, we've put together the places we don't think you'll want to miss in one easy guide.

Where to go in Western Australia

Kangaroo at Lucky Bay in the Cape Le Grand National Park near Esperance, Western Australia, Australia.

1. Cape Le Grand

Located at the Southern Coast, Le Grand is a great little spot for travellers after a bit of adventure. Spend your days exploring nature's finest work, including the Cape Le Grand National Park and infinite beach bays. You're sure to get your steps in with a hike up to Frenchman Peak and be sure to visit the Pink Lake at Esperance.

  • Best for: Solo travellers
  • Where is it? South Coast of Western Australia
  • Top 5 things to see and do: Lucky Bay, Frenchman Peak, Lake Hillier, Hellfire Bay, Thistle Cove.
  • How long do I need? 3-4 days
  • Recommended tour: Get the whole experience with a 6-day Esperance Adventure Tour. Starting out in Perth you'll go through Fitzgerald River, Cape Le Grand and Esperance.

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A beautiful sunrise over a vineyard in south western Australia.

2. Margaret River

If it's a weekend escape with your significant other that you're after, look no further than the Margaret River region. Picture yourself spending the weekend (or week) sipping on the finest wine and gourmet lunches on offer. There's also no shortage of non-wine related activities including cave exploration and picturesque beaches.

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Downtown Perth city skyline at twilight in Western Australia, Australia.

3. Perth

The capital of Western Australia is home to exciting outdoor activities, shopping, nightlife, restaurants and bars. One of the highlights of the city is the abundance of nature, which varies from Swan River and the Botanic Gardens to walking tracks, national parks, beaches and lakes.

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Broome, Australia

3. Broome

Situated in the northern part of Western Australia, Broome is known for its picture-perfect beach scenery. Surrounded by coast, you can spend your days exploring Roebuck Bay and the local markets. If it's relaxation that you're after then you're sorted with Entrance Point, Riddell beach and Minyirr Park. There's no shortage of walking trails and tours to make the most of in Broome.

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Sleepy Turtle

4. Exmouth

For a ton of family fun, Exmouth is a beach resort town that is perfect for water activities. The action really is endless with a bunch of snorkelling options, swimming amongst some of the world's biggest sea creatures, jet skiing and exploration tours. With plenty of beaches as well, you can sit back and relax.

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Sunrise at Wave Rock (Hyden Rock), Hyden, Western Australia

6. Hyden

Hyden is home to one of Australia's famous landmarks, which makes it a must-see on your Western Australia visit. Here you'll find an array of rock formations including Wave Rock and the Humps. Visiting in the spring will increase your chances of seeing the local flora and fauna flourish.

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Rottnest Island beaches and walkways near Perth, Australia

7. Rottnest Island

Take off from Perth to one of Western Australia's hidden gems, Rottnest Island. The very family-friendly island is home to gorgeous coastline and beaches, as well as landmarks. Rottnest also has the Wadjemup Lighthouse, Bathurst Lighthouse, Oliver Hill Battery and the local museum that are worth a stopover.

  • Best for: Families
  • Where is it? South West Coast of Western Australia
  • Top 5 things to see and do: Little Salmon Bay, The Basin, Henrietta Rocks, Segway Island Tour, Adrenaline
  • How long do I need? 2-3 days
  • Recommended tour: See everything on offer on the Island with a Bayseeker tour. You'll be stopping by Kingstown Barracks, Cape Vlamingh, Cathedral Rocks, the Salt Lakes and Henrietta Rocks.

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Best beaches in Western Australia

These are the best spots across the Western state where you can have some fun in the sun:

  • Middleton Beach, Albany: With beautiful white sand, Middleton is a great place to spend the day with the kids. The beach features a barbeque and playground.
  • Little Salmon Bay, Rottnest Island: The calm waters and pristine water of Salmon Bay have made it a favourite amongst visitors to the island. Family-friendly and shallow waters make it ideal for relaxing in the sun.
  • Scarborough Beach, Scarborough: Swim and surf with peace of mind on one of Perth's top patrolled beaches. Just over 15 minutes from Perth, spend the day on the sand or pop into one of the many cafes for lunch.
  • Duke of Orleans Bay, Southern Coast: If a packed beach isn't your style then Duke of Orleans Bay is the perfect getaway. Known for its quiet population, you can enjoy an array of water activities with the water all to yourself.
  • Mullaloo Beach: White sand, crystal clear waters and a coastline stretching further than the eye can see? Need we say more as to why Mullaloo Beach is on our list of top picks on the western coast.
  • Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand: Situated on the south coast of Western Australia, Lucky Bay is a great spot to sit back and relax. What makes it extra special is that you'll probably be sharing the sand with the local kangaroos.
  • Gnaraloo Bay, Gnaraloo: Get some air in your hair with the coastline of Gnaraloo. The winds make it perfect for experienced surfers, kitesurfing and windsurfing.
  • Cottesloe Beach, Perth: The lack of big waves makes Cottesloe a safe beach for the entire family. Easily reached by public transport, bring your picnic and some drinks for that breath-taking sunset.
  • Burns Beach, Perth: Don't forget your body boards! You might even get lucky with local wildlife sightings. Keep your eye out for the dolphins and seabirds who populate the area.
  • Eighty Mile Beach: This one is just as the name suggests, a sandy coastline that seems to never end. Eighty Mile Beach offers pristine waters and great fishing spots.
  • Turquoise Bay, Cape Range National Park: We recommend double checking that your snorkels are on route with you for this one. Turquoise Bay is a part of the Ningaloo reef region and offers impeccable views.
  • Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth: As one of the largest coral reefs in the world, Ningaloo offers a range of once in a lifetime experiences (think swimming with gentle giants).
  • Riddell Beach, Broome: The remoteness of Riddell Beach is just one of the perks of checking it out. For one, the red rocks that line the shore are a sight to see and the waters are perfect for lounging in a floating flamingo.

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