Explore a vivid landscape of natural wonders, where cities and towns gather alongside white-sand beaches and rolling vineyards, and the rugged plains of the Outback are right nextdoor. Enjoy a luxury holiday in Western Australia and swim with whale sharks, hike the gorge trails, dine by the seaside, sunbathe on the beaches, and fall in love with this remarkable state.
Travel to a land filled with rich experiences and unusual natural attractions, like the pink waters of Lake Hillier and the tremendous comber-shaped rock, aptly dubbed Wave Rock. In the cosmopolitan city of Perth, contemporary comforts come with easy access to the extraordinary native beauty of this state. Visit iconic stretches of sand, like Cottesloe Beach, see the lush landscape of the Swan Valley wine regions, and trek through the stunning terrain of nearby Helena National Park.
If you want strike out into the wild heart of Australia, then the town of Broome and the nearby Kimberley region is where you can realise your Outback dreams during the day, but rest up for the night in five-star resorts. Here, hidden hot springs and red stone gorges mix with verdant grasslands, vast desert plains and cascading waterfalls, like Amaroo Falls.
On the northwest cape, you'll find world-famous beaches with the clear, turquoise waters alongside the undulating dunes of the Cape Range National Park. Tour the park's canyons, deep river gorges and encounter the exotic birds and wildlife. However, a trip to the northwest is not complete without a swim in the Ningaloo coast, home to one of the longest near-shore reefs in the world, this UNESCO-listed site is a paradise for snorkellers and scuba divers.
Because of how vast it is, the weather in Western Australia varies from north to south. Typically the north has a tropical climate, whilst the south has a Mediterranean-style climate, with slightly cooler temperatures. In the summer, both regions have beach-weather temperatures that hover 30 degrees celsius.
Spring brings temperate days, and short, infrequent showers that liven the landscape with riotous wildflowers. Autumn and winter are slightly cooler, but are ideal for exploring the city and the Outback. This season is also the best for swimming with whale sharks.
Enjoy fine dining in Perth in swanky downtown restaurants, or hip beach-side cafes, or head into the Outback and dine in the wilds with some 'bush tucker' under a vast sea of stars. Grilled seafood, juicy steaks, local game meat, and international fusion cuisine are the name of the game in Western Australia.
As home to the vaunted Swan Valley and Margaret River wine regions, there are opportunities to really get to know Australian wines in this state. Try the local Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays.