Western Australia is worth the trip for great wine regions, some of Australia’s best snorkelling and diving, historic towns, magnificent if scattered natural scenery, untouched wilderness, and a chance to really go “Outback”.
Perth and neighbouring Fremantle are cosmopolitan cities, yet both retain a languorously laid-back feel. The Southwest corner of the state, below Perth, is the prettiest part. Vineyards and pastures sit between stands of hardwood forest, the surf is world-class, and there are sparkling limestone caverns. The Margaret River region has some of Australia’s most acclaimed wines, and many top-notch eateries. Going north from Perth you reach the Outback. Red sand, scrubby trees, and Spinifex grass are all you’ll see for hundreds of miles. About 855km (534 miles) north of Perth, wild dolphins make daily visits to the shores of Monkey Mia. Even further north is Exmouth, entry point to one of Australia’s best-kept secrets, the 300km (187 miles) fringing Ningaloo coral reef, where you can swim with enormous whale sharks. The rugged northern portion of Western Australia is known as The Kimberley. It’s Australia’s last frontier, a vast area of cattle ranches, Aboriginal settlements, and the exotic coastal town of Broome.