Wondering how to embrace winter in Western Australia?
Read on for some top tips and great getaways around Western Australia by local resident Jayde Ferguson.
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Winter in Western Australia. Plan your next getaway.
It’s easy to embrace winter in Western Australia. In fact, WA’s winter holidays can still offer sunshine, along with adventure and stunning natural sceneries.
If you’re looking to stay warmer, there are plenty of winter ‘sun’ holiday destinations, such as Broome and the Kimberley to explore. Or, snuggle up around a campfire and book a holiday unit at a caravan park in WA’s south.
Whether you want to hibernate or have fun, here are the top places to travel to in WA to cure those winter blues.
Stay Warm in Albany and Esperance
Albany is built for winter.
Winter temperatures sit between 9° and 18° and even in the colder months, you can still find plenty to do. The town is renowned for its coffee shops, white beaches and picturesque views.
Things To do
- Take the kids for an education trip to Whale world, with life-size skeletons of whales
- Explore history and visit the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial, a replica of the one in Egypt’s Port Said
- The Albany Heritage Park for a scenic mountain drive
- The Old Marron Farm for an out-of-town family getaway, with farm animals, tours and off road Segway experiences
- Torndirrup National Park which now offers a viewing platform to see the 24 metre drop to the water below at the Gap and the Natural Bridge
Head further along to Esperance and camp around a fire, or stay at the local holiday park for caravan parks and self-contained units. Road trip along Great Ocean Drive and detour to the Stokes Inlet National Park.
Escape the Cold along Coral Bay Coast
If chasing the sun is your way to embrace WA’s winter, then follow the Coral Bay Coast north which has scenery straight from a postcard.
Depending on how long and adventurous your road trip is, the best stop overs for a warm winter climate include:
- Horrocks Beach: Swim the warm sheltered beach or ride the 4WD tracks to Little Bay
- Kalbarri: Visit the Karijini National Park and stay by the beach for fishing adventures, whale watching or outback tours
- Coral Bay: Swim with the whale sharks and mantra rays, snorkel warmer waters or explore Cape Range National Park
- Exmouth: An obvious destination for sun seekers, but it never fails to impress with its Ningaloo reef, Turquoise Bay, swimming spots and tours, and plenty of accommodation options
Soak Up Dwellingup’s Cottage Charm
Not much more than an hours drive from Perth is the timbertown of Dwellingup – a great winter escape in Western Australi.
Lined with tall tree tops, jarrah forests and water reserves, Dwellingup is ideal for camping, charming cottages, coffee shops and pub lunches.
Things To do around Dwellingup
- Visit Lane Poole Reserve and watch the Murray River tumble through it. Feeling adventurous? Hire a kayak and tackle the Murray River
- Taste your way through boutique wineries and restaurants
- Go to Caraholly Orchard, three kilometres from the city centre, and pick your own fruit, picnic or explore
- Take the kids to Trees Adventure for an obstacle course in the forest
Avoid the Tourist Rush at Rottnest Island
Winter can be one of the best times to go to Rottnest because accommodation is cheaper and the island is much quieter.
Wrap up warm and don’t count on going swimming (unless you brave the cold). The winter sun can still heat to 20° and there’s plenty of activities that make Rotto an ideal winter getaway.
Things To Do on Rottnest Island
- Hire a bicycle and tour around the island. Stop over at one of the limestone-rimmed white-sand bays for a picnic lunch
- Surf scene. If you love to surf, winter is the best time for Rotto swells. Surfboards and wetsuits are available to hire on the island as well.
- Take the plunge and skydive over the island. For something a little more laid back, there are scenic flights to enjoy
- Walking trails, the Wadjemup Walk Trail peaks in winter with vibrant colours, flora and fauna. Start at West End through to Bickley and add Lakes Walk to the route
Explore Broome the Heart of the Kimberley
Looking for a warm winter in Western Australia? Broome and the Kimberley are the best picks for many locals and tourists.
Temperatures will hit about 30°, with the coolest nights around 14°. Broome is a laidback outback coastal town and the gateway to the Kimberley region – one of Australia’s most diverse and untouched natural beauties.
Things To Do in Broome
- Camel ride along Cable Beach
- Explore gorges and waterfalls
- Go on a Willie Creek pearl farm tour
- 4WD the Gibb River Road
- Extend the trip to Kununura and visit the Bungle Bungles (direct flights connect from Broome), where winter temperatures get to 34° and the outback is diverse, rugged and beautiful
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This article was written by Jayde Walker (Ferguson), a local Senior Content Creator in the travel, business and music industries. Catch Jayde on LinkedIn.