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We arrived in Perth on a very hot day at the end of December in 2008. Just the four of us, and four suitcases.
There were no friends or family to greet us, because it was just us, and we had left South Africa arriving without fanfare in Australia in search of a new life.
Apart from a little internet research, which back in 2008 amounted to a few photos and rather scratchy information about Bunbury, where we were headed, we knew very little about the great state of Western Australia.
And I set out on a voyage of discovery. What a fabulous 8.5 years it’s been. In that time we’ve been lucky to discover so much, see so much, eat so much, taste a lot of wine and make a whole heap of lovely friends in what we’ve found to be a welcoming and very beautiful state.
So without further ado, and if you are new to WA, or even if you aren’t, I hope you’re going to enjoy these 13 ridiculously useful posts about some of the top things to do in Western Australia.
- Make sure you hover over and then click on the titles below to take you to the full posts.
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The Kimberley is vast and more varied than you might imagine. It’s larger than both Tasmania and Victoria put together. “It’s even larger than the UK or Germany and contains 725,000 registered cows, and only about 50,000 people live here,” Greg our tour guide with Adenture Wild told us. Expect vast open plains, enormous gorges and waterfalls and amidst the outback golds and browns many dots of tropical green. Read this post and find out more about the variety of The Kimberley region.
Wineries, restaurants and places to stay – here are 5 of the best the Margaret River region has to offer. (Don’t forget to hover and click on the title above for the full post.)
We lived in Bunbury for just over 7 years, and loved it. It’s surrounded by the sea, and an inlet and an estuary. If you travel inland you’ll come to the beautiful Geographe Region and The Ferguson Valley … click on the title for things to do.
Ahh Broome, the tropical northwest town which will have you spellbound. It’s not just about a beautiful beach and camels at sunset (honest) … click on the title above to find out 15 things that I loved, and you probably will too.
So many things for families to do in the beautiful south western pocket of Australia. In this post you’ll find out about the dolphins, the circus, and a wonderful underwater observatory at the end of the longest timber jetty in the southern hemisphere.
Busselton has traditionally been a holiday destination, and in the past people from Perth would skip past Bunbury bound for Busso as it’s fondly known. There’s tons to do and see – it was hard sticking to just 13 things in this post.
I think we have some of the best beaches in the world in South Western Australia. Here are some of our faves to tickle your fancy 🙂
I’ve lived in Perth for 2 years, and I know it’s not the sleepy city, that the buzzy East Coast of Australia cities believes it is. You’ll find a hip, hop and happening place that’s still easy to get around, but which offers so much to see and do. #loveperth! There are some fabulous hotels in Perth – you might like to check out Booking.Com for some great deals. If you’re travelling with kids, here’s a great post about what to do in Perth with kids: Perth; Western Australia.
Luxury is synonymous with some of our gorgeous lodges and resorts in Western Australia. Here are 5 of my favourite getaways which I hope you’ll enjoy too.
Fremantle feels like Perth’s older sister, in a way, because you feel like you’re stepping back in time – for its buildings have been well preserved and history surrounds you. But there’s a modern side to Freo too, a fabulous harbour and a boardwalk trail around gorgeous seafood restaurants, a quirky market, and much much more. Read the post to find out what to do on a long weekend.
We always said we’d retire to Denmark one day – and many people do the tree change to this dreamy part of the State. It’s a seriously pretty town set in amongst rolling green hills. Check out some of the places to stay in Denmark.
Join Toastmaster Rick as he escorts us to his favourite places around the State. Rick, from England, won a competition and landed a coveted dream job – the role of Taste Master of Western Australia in conjunction with Tourism Australias Best Jobs In The World campaign. In short he said, “I’m a lucky bugger!”
Don’t expect a metropolis because although Albany is the regional centre for other smaller townships in the southern region, it is still easily navigable with a quaint main street that leads down to the sea. Interesting Heritage Trails wind around the town centre. You’ll find old cottages dating back to the early 1800’s including the Patrick Taylor Cottage, a Wattle and Daub home, apparently the oldest surviving intact dwelling in WA, built in 1832 and much more, including scenery to make your heart melt.
What are you favourite spaces and places in Western Australia? Please share with us in the comments.
Looking for somewhere fabulous to stay in Western Australia? We often use Booking.com for our hotel bookings in Australia and elsewhere in the world. Why not check out the prices for Perth, Margaret River, Denmark, Bunbury, Albany or Busselton and book your next getaway in WA?