West Australia, flowers, by Jo Castro

Before you plan your trip to Western Australia, tie up your shoelaces properly.

Western Australia down south in wintertime, could be muddy by Jo Castro
Western Australia, down south in wintertime could be muddy

But I’m not wearing lace-up shoes, I hear you say as you wonder if I’ve lost the plot.

Hold on a minute, bear with me … think a little … are you getting there?

OK good.

Inspiration Wednesday

As this is inspiration Wednesday, I’m including a little inspiring here. So I’m talking about beginnings, and the need to get the essentials seen to first  in order for  your travels in Western Australia to be successful.

A West Australian Spring Morning

Let me take you on a little journey into my own life. This morning I walked into our garden. It was a lovely sunny West Australian morning. A bright green parrot flashed overhead, and a Kookaburra cackled from a top branch of a huge Tuart tree across the road. The sun was shining, not too hot, not too cold, and not a fly in sight.

Perfect. A  beautiful time to be in the South West.

Kookaburra, Parrot, Western Australia by Jo Castro

The Frangipani trees in our garden are beginning to bud and I can’t wait for them to begin flowering in December.

Frangipani, Western Australia by Jo CAstro

There are annuals and lavender blooming in a riot of bold colour. Yes, it’s a great time to be in South West Australia.

West Australia, flowers, by Jo Castro

That doesn’t mean it’s the best time to be in the north of Western Australia. Each region is so different, and if you don’t plan, and if you have limited time to visit, you could get it horribly wrong.

If I hadn’t planted the flowers in my garden with care and tended to the soil to make it fertile, they wouldn’t be flowering in abundance. Had I stuck them in the sandy soil with a ‘that will do’ attitude, I can bet my cotton socks that only half of them would have made it through the seedling stage, and they wouldn’t look so pretty.

I had a plan that was implemented. I did up my shoelaces.

Do them up properly and take care over doing them up. It’s a metaphor for focusing on the beginning. If they are laced-up properly your feet will be comfortable all day, if you don’t you’ll get blisters or possibly sprain an ankle … a tip that’s as equally important for the lovely hikes and walks in the South West, as it is a metaphor for planning your overall trip.

If you need help in the planning – just ask me.

West Australia, flowers, by Jo CAstro

Whatever steps you need to make your travel plans, carry them out with due diligence. Take care over the setting up. Write a list, plan your trip, think it through – make sure your laces are tight and evenly done up before you visit Western Australia.

Because if you pay attention to the beginning, the middle and the end will take care of itself, and you’ll go away loving this State as I do.

When to visit Western Australia

There are lots of wonderful places to visit in Western Australia, but it’s a huge state. So depending on your interests, plan your trip wisely to make the most of the attractions and the seasons. It’s not advisable to visit the North West and the Kimberley’s in summer when it’s super hot – plan to go in wintertime and after the rains when the temperatures are pleasant and the gorges are filled with water. Down south, remember it’s cold in winter with squally showers, but spring and summer are gorgeous times to visit.

The Kimberley – visit from May to September, after the rains, when the waterfalls are flowing and it’s not too hot.

Margaret River Region – visit all year round; winter to snuggle up with a good bottle of wine in front of a roaring log fire, in summertime to make the most of the glorious beaches,  in springtime, October – November to make the most of the spring flowers, and in Autumn for the peace and golden colours.

Denmark, Albany and the South – visit in summer for the gorgeous beaches when the weather is hot, springtime for the wildflowers, or in winter wrap up warm, walk and bike ride and cosy up in a log cabin with a wood fire.

Perth – visit all year round, but to see King’s Park in all it’s splendour, then go in springtime.

Esperance – summertime, and laze on the whitest sand in the world.

Coral Coast – From July through to November (depending on the earlier rains),  the inland areas are carpeted with wild flowers and the coastal towns are at a lovely temperature.

Flies – if you can’t stand flies, then you’ll want to keep close to the beach in summertime. From about November to January we do get pesky flies in Western Australia, and the comical cartoon of someone wearing a hat with swinging corks is not so far from the truth. If I’m hiking, I’ll often pack a fly net in my backpack to pop over my peak in late spring and summer.

Need help planning your itinerary? Ask me to help you draw up a plan with recommended times and places to wine, dine, recline and have a great time. Why not drop me a note in the comment box below 🙂

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  1. Western Australia has a region for all seasons that’s for sure! How lucky we are to live in such a huge state. But being a BIG state forward planning and research needs to be done to make the best use of your time. Even in winter as you say, snuggling up with a bottle of wine in front of a fire after walking on a windswept beach is certainly on the must do list! Happy tripping!
    Your readers might like to check out my 52 week tour of Western Australia Jo –

  2. You’re right Red! Is it a third or half of Aus, I know it’s the size of India.

  3. Thanks Jill, totally agree. Thanks for the link to more WA info too.

  4. We hope to go back to W.A. in a few years when B.H. retires. The area south of Perth, Margaret River and Pemberton are two of our favourites. But the whole area is great. Your garden sounds delightful. I have encountered the flies at Dunsborough before – they did make eating a challenge.

  5. Hi Jan, hope to see you over this way then one of these days 🙂 Yes, the whole area is wonderful at different times of the year, flies in December not withstanding! Thanks, our little garden has been a work in progress on a sand dune!!

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