Western Australia Travel Tips
Collected by Kirsten Alana , AFAR Local Expert
Western Australia is an area of the continent often underestimated. From the award-winning wine and food found in Margaret River to the incredible beaches in the towns of Cottesloe and Fremantle to the vehicle-free island of Rottnest just outside of Perth -- it's a great state and it shouldn't be left off of any Australian itinerary. Here, some of my favorite things I experienced during my trip and the things I'd recommend other visitors not skip.
Caves Rd & Quininup Rd, Yallingup WA 6282, Australia
Gabriel Chocolate in the Margaret River Wine Region of Western Australia isn't unusual for being a chocolatier in wine country. There are always a great number of them in any region renown for wine. What makes Gabriel special is the way they treat...
Rottnest Island WA 6161, Australia
There's not too much to do on Rottnest Island, just off the coast of Perth in Western Australia, unless you want there to be! Since there aren't cars on the island, excepting the off maintenance vehicle and one bus, visitors use their two feet or...
237 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000, Australia
The [incredibly luxurious] Terrace Hotel might seem almost like a black sheep, located as it is in the downtown heart of the steel-and-glass CBD of Perth in Western Australia. Don't be fooled! The hotel is more like a spotless, white sheep, my...
32 Richardson St, West Perth WA 6005, Australia
The Richardson Hotel and Spa is not central to the CBD in Perth, nor does it have a view of the river as so many properties do in the city. However, the Richardson is a luxury property in all its details. From the way in which all employees treat...
Caves Rd & Tom Cullity Drive, Margaret River WA 6284, Australia
Vasse Felix is the original, and oldest, of the Margaret River wineries. However, it isn't just the wine which should propel you to meander up the long, tree-lined drive to the main building to spend an afternoon enjoying the fruit of Founder Tom...
Caves Rd, Yallingup WA 6282, Australia
Tony Howell might be the nicest Chef in Australia. Cooking primarily food that's locally sourced or grown in the garden just outside his kitchen, this Margaret River Chef begins most days by surfing. A family man who seems to have all his...
104 Marine Parade, Cottesloe WA 6011, Australia
Whenever I need to calm myself, I close my eyes, and in my head I go to Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia, where I can feel the warm sun on my back and see the beauty of the Indian Ocean in front of me. There is a beautiful pavilion, as you can...
South Terrace &, Henderson St, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia
The mangos I bought at the Fremantle Markets were the stuff food dreams are made of...fresh, sweet and juicy, I ate one for breakfast almost every morning I was in Western Australia. The markets were a bustling place to mingle with locals and...
Fremantle WA, Australia
Visiting Perth in Western Australia isn't complete without roaming the eclectic streets of the adored port city of Fremantle – or Freo as it’s called locally. Located 20km south of the Perth city, Fremantle is an iconic and uber relaxed town where...
40 Mews Rd, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia
I knew instantaneously when I walked into Little Creatures Brewery that I was going to love it. With its true Aussie roots evident in the smiles on everyone's faces and yet a clear nod to American Northwest brewery culture evident in small...
Level 10/225 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Before my visit to the beautiful Saracen Estates, I was far from being a fan of most types of Chardonnay, particularly any with much oak. However, while tasting at the Cellar Door in this Margaret River Winery -- known to be one of the best in the...
18 Yallingup Beach Rd, Yallingup WA 6282, Australia
At one time, the Caves House Hotel in Yallingup was the premier resort in Western Australia's wine country. Art Deco elements still remain in common rooms like the dining area and bar, which make it easy to imagine its heyday, helped by black and...
Caves Rd & Conto Road, Forest Grove WA 6286, Australia
There are many caves, of varying sizes and features, within Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park in Western Australia. It's an area known for its cave network, drawing tourists year after year. All are supported by a terrific museum network and...
3L Queen St, Busselton WA 6280, Australia
The Busselton Jetty is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere and it reaches out over the protected waters of Geographe Bay to the tune of 1.8 kilometres. Heritage-listed and well loved by residents and visitors alike, it's more...
161 Commonage Rd, Quindalup WA 6281, Australia
I'm somewhat of an ice cream connoisseur. Having grown up in the state that produced Ben & Jerry's (and having actually known them as a kid), my bar has been set high since I was very young. But I search out the best in every country I visit...
1267 Cape Naturaliste Rd, Naturaliste WA 6281, Australia
Starting from Cape Leeuwin in the south, the 84-mile Cape to Cape Track weaves through technicolor heathlands, dense karri (eucalyptus) forests, and lonely beaches to Cape Naturaliste in the north. For a scenic day trip, hike the coastal segment...
20 Auger Way, Margaret River WA 6285, Australia
Learn about the indigenous Wardandi people on guide Josh Whiteland’s Koomal Dreaming bush walk. It ends with a didgeridoo performance inside Ngilgi Cave. Bushtucker Tours leads canoe trips that focus on native foods (shown), fauna, and medicinal...
31 Cape Clairault Rd, Yallingup WA 6282, Australia
Pick one of 10 villas at Injidup Spa Retreat to be your Aussie beach pad. Each features a jarrah-wood deck and private pool as well as a kitchen stocked with organic Busselton eggs and a bottle of Lamont’s Quartet white wine. Draw back the...
7 Marrinup Dr, Yallingup WA 6282, Australia
The Studio Gallery and Bistro, inspired by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion, showcases the country’s rich arts and crafts culture. Many of the works draw inspiration from nature. Vessels from Pippin Drysdale’s “Tanami Mapping”...
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