Western Australia is more than 2.5 million km² – making it Australia’s largest state. Explore one of the most remote capital cities on Earth as you venture into Perth, then meet the world’s happiest animal on Rottnest Island. Travel south of Perth to indulge in the delectable wine of the Margaret River Region and go north of the capital to experience the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef.
Welcome to the most remote capital city in the world
Perth is also the sunniest capital city in the world – so rest assured you can enjoy at least 8 hours of sunshine per day throughout the year. And there’s no better way to celebrate the sunshine than by soaking it up on a gorgeous sandy beach. Luckily, Perth has plenty of these to choose from.
City Beach is easily accessible on public transport from Perth’s CBD and provides striking sunset views over the Indian ocean. The abundance of nearby restaurants and cafés also means that you can feast both your eyes and your stomach. Further south, you’ll find that Cottesloe’s main beach is a keen favourite for swimming or a perfect fit if you’re into walks on the beach. The North Beach provides opportunities for snorkelling and if you’re very fortunate, you might even see a rare leafy sea dragon. These are fragile little creatures, so avoid handling or touching them as you explore the waters. Do you love a touch of art? Then don’t miss Sculpture by the Sea hosted on Cottesloe Beach every March.
Move over Central Park! Kings Park in Perth is one of the largest inner-city parks in the world, with sweeping views of the Swan and Canning Rivers, as well as the city skyline. Don’t miss out on the Kings Park Festival that takes place in September each year. It’s been running every year since 1964 – making it one of the longest running festivals in Australia. What is it celebrating, you ask? The colourful wildflowers that are native to Western Australia, of course!
Visit Rottnest Island, Western Australia’s island playground
And a trip to Perth just isn’t complete without visiting Rottnest Island to meet the world’s happiest animal, the quokka. Getting there is easy – just hop on a ferry or go by plane. Remember that Rottnest Island is car free, so you’ll need to hire a bicycle when you get there. Since this blissful island is only 19kms off the coast of Perth, you can easily visit for a day trip, or there are various accommodation options available on the island if you’re keen to stay a little longer.
We bet you’re wondering where the best place to set up camp (or caravan!) is in Perth. Our recommendation is Perth Central Caravan Park, which is conveniently located so that you can easily explore this sunny city. It’s close to the banks of the Swan River, too – so you’re guaranteed some lovely riverside walks.
How about a glass (or two) of wine?
Once you’ve soaked up the sun, it’s well worth your while to head south of Perth to Western Australia’s Margaret River Region. Sample cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay from the region’s first vineyard, Vasse Felix. Prefer a pint? Then head to Shelter Brewing, Wild Hop Brewing or Cheeky Monkey to get your fill.
But don’t forget to explore what’s beneath the surface! You might be surprised to learn that there are more than 100 limestone caves below the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge, 4 of which are open to the public. Depending on your preference for a guided tour or a self-guided tour (and of course how many steps you’re willing to climb), you can choose between Ngilgi Cave, Lake Cave, Mammoth Cave and Jewel Cave and then head underground. Looking for a place to rest your head after a day out in the vineyards? Riverview Tourist Park offers a great base to explore the region in a green riverfront setting.
If you love dolphins (who doesn’t?) then make sure you stop in Bunbury on your way to the Margaret River Region. The Dolphin Discovery Centre has set up an Interaction Zone under strict licence from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions where visitors can get knee-deep in the water and meet the friendly pod of dolphins that frequents Koombana Bay. You can also enjoy an Eco Cruise, or if you’re very adventurous, then you can arrange to swim with these genial mammals.
Experience the Coral Coast’s wildflower wonders
Have you ever dreamt of seeing rolling carpets of breathtaking wildflowers? Then you’ll want to travel north of Perth between July and October to the inland towns of Dandaragan, Badgingarra, Eneabba, Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs, Mingenew and Mullewa. Download the Wildflower Tracker App to help you find the best wildflower displays. Make sure you book in at Western Flora Caravan Park (located in the North Eneabba Sand Plains) so that you can benefit from their seasonal guided wildflower walks. But before you embark on your flower-filled adventures, take time to discover the Pinnacles Desert of Nambung National Park. The Pinnacles are at the southern end of Western Australia’s Coral Coast – and around an hour’s drive from Dandaragan. Marvel at these mysterious limestone formations, all standing at different heights and dimensions.
Swim with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef
Now that you’ve seen the landscape coloured with nature’s brush, you’ve probably been missing the warm water of the Indian ocean. It’s time to stop in the seaside city of Geraldton and relax on some of their beautiful beaches. Try Champion Beach with its white sand and convenient city location. Ready to move on to rugged gorges and seaside cliffs? Then drive about 2 hours north of Geraldton to the town of Kalbarri. We recommend taking a stroll on the Skywalk in Kalbarri National Park for sweeping views over the Murchison River Gorge. You must be exhausted! No worries – just make your way to Kalbarri Anchorage Holiday Village to get some much-needed rest.
And just when you thought Western Australia couldn’t possibly have any more spectacular displays from nature, the UNESCO Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area provides a tantalising slice of paradise. Stretching from Carnarvon to Exmouth, the Ningaloo Reef is visited by one of the biggest groups of whale sharks in the world each year. Although whale sharks are the showstoppers, the reef is also home to humpback whales on their migratory route as well as dolphins, manta rays, dugongs, orcas, sharks, turtles and large fish. So, slip on your flippers and join a whale shark tour to swim with one of these gentle giants! Remember that tours usually run from mid-March to the end of June in Coral Bay, and from April to the end of July in Exmouth.
Take your travels to the next level with ENGLAON
Although staring at the stars after a long day of adventures is irrefutably magical, we’re here to entertain you when your eyes want some variety. Do yourself a favour and peruse our great range of 12V Caravan TVs such as our 32″ SMART TV – we’ll ensure your trip never has a dull moment.