For an extraordinary holiday, you need to go to an extraordinary destination. So if you’re looking to step into a world of awe-inspiring beauty and discover experiences found nowhere else on earth, Western Australia is the place for you.
Bordered by the Indian Ocean, Western Australia is one of the oldest lands on Earth with a living Aboriginal history dating back more than 40,000 years. The first recorded European visitors in WA’s history were the Dutch in the 1600s, but European settlement didn’t officially take place in WA until 1826, when the southern port of Albany was settled as a military outpost. However, the colonial headquarters were moved to the current capital of Perth.
Travelers to the Coral Coast can dive with the world's largest fish - the whale shark, snorkel with manta rays, see wild dolphins at play, and explore Ningaloo Reef—the world’s largest fringing reef. Australia’s Golden Outback, the Gold Rush country of the 1890’s, offers the ideal blend of history and heritage. Travelers can explore mines and museums, pan for gold, or visit one of Kalgoorlie’s historic pubs. In spring, travelers to Australia’s Golden Outback can see the largest collection of wildflowers on earth in bloom. Locals enjoy a relaxed outdoors lifestyle, as does the neighboring port city of Fremantle, at the mouth of the Swan River. From Perth you’re within easy driving distance of Western Australia’s world-renowned Margaret River wine region, home to sprawling vineyards, breathtaking natural scenery and tantalizing restaurants serving fine local produce.
Western Australia’s capital city, Perth, and the surrounding region is a microcosm of the whole state, boasting vineyards, fantastic restaurants, a lively and original music and arts scene, and stylish accommodation. Perth is also home to Kings Park, the world’s largest inner city park. Featuring beautiful white sandy beaches, tall tree forests, and award winning wineries, the South West is also home to the Margaret River region, which produces 25% of Australia’s premium wine. With over 220 wine producers in the region, travelers can explore more than 100 cellar doors, which are open to the public. And with 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and just as many ways to enjoy it, Perth is Western Australia’s gateway to the state. No wonder it's been voted one of the world's most live-able cities.