With a population of nearly 2.5 million people, the picturesque state of Western Australia is famous for its beautiful beaches and West Coast sunsets plus long days of sunshine — indeed, its capital, Perth, actually boasts more sunny days each year than any other capital city in the nation. WA also occupies roughly one-third of Australia’s total landmass, meaning it provides travellers with a plethora of different regions and attractions to visit. With the immense size of the state, a road trip around WA is a popular holiday choice and gives visitors the ability to stop and spend time at all the great spots they like around the state. If you’re ready to spend some time in this western part of the country, then read on for information on three of the top regions to visit: Perth, the Margaret River and Ningaloo Reef.
If you’re on a budget, then you won’t need to look far to find a variety of free natural attractions to enjoy in Perth. Head to popular Kings Park in the city for a picnic, and while you’re there explore its 400 hectares, or alternatively, spend some time enjoying the spectacular WA sunsets at pretty Cottesloe Beach. If you’re a nature lover then don’t leave WA without having journeyed to nearby Rottnest Island. Set just off the coast of Perth, “Rottie”, as it is affectionately called, is famous for its snorkelling, diving, swimming and animal attractions. You can easily catch a ferry to the island from Perth and spend a leisurely day enjoying the beauty of this picturesque spot. If history is more your thing then you might like to visit the Perth Mint. The oldest Australian mint still in operation, this Perth business was established back in 1899 and nowadays produces coins for collectors and investors. It provides visitors with the opportunity to catch sight of the largest collection of natural gold nuggets in Australia.
The Perth Bell Tower is another popular Perth landmark not to miss. It is home to the 12 historic bells from the Trafalgar Square church St. Martin-in-the-Fields — one of only a limited number of royal bell sets and the only one to leave England. Historians and architecture fans will also enjoy a visit to the Old Mill, one of Perth’s most well-known and historic landmarks. Located on Mill Point and built in 1835, the Mill has, in the past, been everything from a hotel and a private residence to a wine saloon and a poultry farm. However the landmark is now protected by the National Trust and a popular site for tourists visiting Perth.
Animal lovers who have always dreamed of swimming with whale sharks should ensure they take the time to visit Ningaloo Reef on their next trip to Western Australia. Off the coast of WA, the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef is one of the only places on Earth where you can swim with these great creatures, the world’s largest fish species. The best time of year to visit the Reef for whale shark encounters is between March and July when the sea creatures come close to the shore for the coral spawning. Visitors to Ningaloo can also enjoy other water activities such as swimming, snorkelling, boating, surfing and fishing.