A few years ago I came very close to heading to Western Australia for a vacation, but due to some unforeseen circumstances, that plan got axed, and I eventually went to Melbourne a couple times a year after that. The experience at Melbourne was very positive, a first rate place where people are friendly, food are good, and places are beautiful.
After a bit of research and going through westernaustralia.com, I now believe that the trips to Australia would have been quite a bit more awesome if I had gone to WA instead.
There’s simply just so much more that’s on offer. Especially for someone who loves both the allure of city as well as the great outdoor.
the city of Perth
The city of Perth is a beautiful city and is often marked by its friendly and laid back environment that visitors like. After all, vacations that are hectic never appeal to me. If I want to have a hectic lifestyle, I can just stay put.
For those who love a dose of good retail therapy, this Western Australian city does not disappoint. Gucci, Prada, LV, Tiffany & Co are all on King Street. For bargain hunters, there’re also the Harbourtown Factory outlets in the city.
making friends with the quokka on Rottnest Island
the Greenhouse, Fremantle prison tour
Perth is full of quirky surprises too, a prime example is the Greenhouse located at busy St Georges Terrace right in the city. The exterior of the wall is lined wild strawyberry plants. I’d love to be there when the plants start to fruit. What a sight that will be.
The port of Fremantle is a lively fishing boat habor and one of the best preserved 19th century portscapes in the world. The historic Fremantle Prison, Maritime Museum, and Round House are among the tourist attractions.
Of course, never miss the chance to meet Australian creatures when you’re in Western Australia. Rottnest Island is one of the very few places where quokkas can be found. These little marsupials are the size of house cats and look a bit like a cross between rodent and kangaroo, too cute.
Coral Coast, and yes that’s a dolphin
A couple hours north of Perth is a scenic stretch of coastline by the name of Coral Coast. If sand surfing, wind surfing, four-wheel driving, or feeding dolphins are your thing, this is the place to go.
Near by there’s also Lobster Shack, a popular tourist attraction in Cervantes where visitors get to tour the lobster farming facility (and order some to go, of course)
At the top of the picture collage above is the famous Pinnacle desert that is formed over million of years. At spring time (August to October), the weather is milder and there are wild flowers blooming at the moon-scape like terrain, a uniquely beautiful place.
whale shark at Ningaloo Reef
For me though, the one thing that I would cherish most is probably the chance to dive with whale shark at Ningaloo Reef. These magnificent creatures usually visit the reef between April and July each year. They’re only the largest fish in the ocean, and the number one marine creature I want to dive with right now.
I dive with manta rays & mola-mola in Bali, but whale sharks? That’s a whole different category altogether.
wine and dine at Margaret River
Just 3.5 hours away from Perth is Margaret River, often considered as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Western Australia’s gourmet offering, definitely the place for people who loves good food.
The area is perfect for growing grapes, and accounts for 30% of Australia’s premium wine production. This is a result of its Mediterranean climate and pristine environment.
Winery hopping, anyone?
Australian delicacies at Margaret River
The restaurant in premier Margaret River boutique hotel Cape Lodge is placed in the top 10 hotel restaurants in the world by respected travel magazines. Now that’s a place I want to visit. They also offer cooking classes as well, very tempting.
festival and events at Western Australia
For those who loves festivals and events, here’s the list of what’s happening at the region in 2012, do take advantage of the events and plan your trip accordingly.
- Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 1 to 19 March
- Telstra Drug Aware Pro Margaret River 19 to 26 March, Margaret River
- Fremantle Street Arts Festival 7 to 9 April, Fremantle
- Margaret River Wine Region Festival 13-16 April, Margaret River
- Busselton Festival of Triathlon 4 to 6 May, Busselton
- Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival 25 to 27 May, Exmouth
- Truffle Kerfuffle – Southern Forests Food Festival, 16 June, Manjimup
- Picasso to Warhol: Twelve Modern Masters 16 June to 3 December, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
This post illustrates but a very small sample of what Western Australia has to offer, visit westernaustralia.com for everything that you need to know for the very promising vacation destination.
Visitors who purchase Perth/Western Australia Package at the MATTA Fair from 16-18th March will receive an Extraordinary Deals booklet worth up to AUD 2,000 in savings and a Western Australian gift pack. Be sure to check out those deals at MATTA Fair.
There is also information on http://www.facebook.com/ExtraordinaryWesternAustralia for the facebook generation, and for those who uses smartphones, you’re in for a treat:
Western Australia apps are available!
For Android: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.westernaustralia.experiencewa
For IOS: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/experience-wa/id466238480
This post is brought to you by Tourism Western Australia.