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Looking for the best places to visit in Western Australia? Western Australia is home to some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the world and it only takes one visit to fall in love with this stunning Australian state!
From pristine beaches to rugged outback landscapes, Australia’s largest state has it all. Whether you’re seeking thrilling outdoor activities or a relaxing getaway, this incredible region has something for everyone.
And it’s easily one of our favourite places in Australia!
This guide will help you plan the ultimate Western Australia itinerary, sharing the best places to go in Western Australia and a few hidden gems you might not have heard of too!
It’s no secret that Western Australia is one of our favourite places in Australia. It only took 2 weeks to fall in love with this gorgeous Aussie state and picture ourselves settling here one day.
Well… aside from the wind. They call it the windy west for a reason!
Here are the best places to go in Western Australia:
Western Australia’s capital city centre Perth is easily one of the prettiest capital cities in Australia. Perth has a more laid-back vibe compared to some of the bigger Aussie cities, and plenty of epic day trips on its doorstep!
You don’t have to venture too far from Perth to find the nearest beach with Cottesloe Beach being a favourite summer destination to soak in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean.
Kings Park is a perfect place to spend the day outdoors, with playgrounds, cafes and green spaces galore.
Perth has a vibrant food and drinks scene with plenty of craft breweries popping up and of course, local wines and fresh produce too.
There are wonderful parks and bike tracks along the Swan River, or culture and history with museums and art galleries to explore.
Located on the south coast of Western Australia, Esperance is home to some of the best beaches in Western Australia. The crystal clear water and pure white sand are the major drawcards of this small, remote town.
To make the most of beach-hopping and exploring the coastline around Esperance, 3-4 days is recommended. The best time to visit Esperance is during the warmer months from November to March.
You’ll need a car to get around Esperance. Spend at least one day exploring the Great Ocean Drive on the west side of Esperance, stopping at places like Blue Haven Beach, Twilight Beach and Pink Lake Lookout.
On the east side of Esperance, you’ll find the iconic Cape Le Grand National Park about an hour’s drive from town.
It is here that Lucky Bay and its famous kangaroo residents can be found. Other spots to add to your list include hiking Frenchman’s Peak and visiting beautiful Hellfire Bay.
After a long day of exploring, enjoy a local hand-crafted beer and pizza at Lucky Bay Brewing.
Fremantle is easily one of the best places to visit in WA with kids, with plenty of fun things to do and see.
This historic port city has a unique charm that sets it apart from other Western Australian cities, with beautiful beaches, plenty of lively places to eat and drink and loads of maritime history!
If visiting in Summer, Bathers Beach is right in the heart of town and there is a bar on the sand where you can relax on a sun lounge and enjoy a cocktail as the sun sets over the water. Or just to take a stroll along the soft sand.
History buffs will love visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fremantle Prison.
You can take one of several different tours through the historic buildings of the prison and learn the history of the inmates and the buildings that took place between 1850 and 1991 when it operated.
It has been well preserved and we enjoyed doing the Behind Bars tour during our visit.
Bremer Bay is a beautiful coastal town located on the south coast of Western Australia, approximately a five-hour drive from Perth.
It has many stunning white sandy beaches – plus it is one of the best places in the world to see killer whales!
Go on a boat trip and see the incredible Bremer Bay killer whales in their natural environment between January and mid-April – it’s what the town is most famous for!
Visitors to Bremer Bay must also check out Short Beach, Blossoms Beach and Native Dog Beach. With crystal clear turquoise water, soft white sand and picturesque backdrops, these beaches make an incredible place to relax for the day, go surfing or swim.
Make sure to also explore the nearby Fitzgerald River National Park, known for its incredible biodiversity. Hike through the park’s rugged landscape, spot native wildlife and enjoy stunning coastal views.
Bremer Bay is a great destination for those seeking natural beauty, outdoor activities, wildlife and a peaceful escape from the city. To fully enjoy all it has to offer visitors should spend at least three days in the area. Accommodation is limited so make sure to book in advance!
One of the places at the top of our must-visit destinations in Western Australia was Kalbarri and it did not disappoint.
Kalbarri is situated in central WA, around 6 hours north of Perth and makes a great road trip route if you’ve only got a few days to spare and don’t have time to head the whole way up the coast.
The main attraction is Kalbarri National Park, which is a beautiful place to explore the natural scenery of Western Australia. Here you will find walking trails to suit all difficulty levels and the contrast between the rugged red cliffs and the stunning blue ocean.
Kalbarri Skywalk gives epic views over the Murchison River gorge and the surrounding landscape. The two viewing platforms sit 100m above the gorge.
Nature’s Window is another favourite spot within the national park and just a short 30-minute return walk from the car park.
Our other favourite short walk was Pot Alley, which takes you down a short 300m track to a secluded rugged beach with some of the most massive rock formations. While I wouldn’t risk swimming there, it would be a great spot to watch the sun go down or to have a beach picnic!
We visited in the summer, which was crazy hot! You might instead want to time your visit with the wildflower season between July and October.
Don’t miss your chance to visit the Pink Lake on your way to Kalbarri! It’s just 45 minutes south in Port Gregory and makes for some epic photo opportunities, especially on a clear day!
The Broome of the past was home to a hearty bunch of sun-toughened adventurers who were eager to leave their comfortable city life to make their fortune diving for pearls along the picturesque Kimberley coastal region.
Today you can explore Broome’s illustrious past when you visit Broome Museum. Here you will learn about the glory days of Broome’s pearling industry and discover the tragedy of the bombing of Broome during World War II.
Admire the white sands and crystal blue waters of Cable Beach or go hunting for dinosaur tracks at Gantheaume Point. Of an evening, watch the sunset with a glass of bubbles at Zanders restaurant or take a camel ride along Cable Beach.
Be enthralled by the speed and camouflage skills of crocodiles at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park – a conservation park that rehabilitates injured crocodiles.
Go shopping for pearls in the pearl boutiques of Chinatown or shop for local souvenirs and cuisine at Broome Courthouse Markets which are held each weekend from April to October.
To get a real feel for the Kimberley region take a tour to the breathtaking scenery of the Horizontal Falls or immerse yourself in the pearling industry on a visit to a family-run pearl farm.
There is so much more to see and do in Broome, if you are visiting Western Australia make sure to put the town on your list of places to visit.
Located about 2.5 hours north of Perth, this charming coastal town is a surprising gem!
One of the main reasons people flock to this small town is the chance to encounter adorable sea lions in the wild. There are daily tours that take you out to see the sea lions in Jurien Bay Marine Park, which is also an impressive dive and snorkelling site.
We didn’t do our research so well before we visited Jurian Bay so we missed the chance to do a sea lion tour, but have seen so many incredible photos and videos from fellow travellers who have done the experience to know we won’t miss out next time!
The town itself is a beautiful place to visit during the summer, with lovely beaches, walking tracks and a huge playground that our kids loved!
There are also tours to see humpback whales and dolphins as well as other marine life too.
Located in the North West Cape region of Western Australia, the small town of Exmouth is home to spectacular natural scenery and the UNESCO listed Ningaloo Reef.
Exmouth is an ocean lover’s paradise with world-class snorkelling and scuba diving conditions.
One of the best things to do in Exmouth is being able to swim alongside whale sharks. Between the months of March – July, visitors flock to Exmouth to experience this bucket-list activity for themselves.
In addition to whale sharks, you can also enjoy snorkelling or scuba diving with manta rays, sea turtles and more unique marine life. The beauty of Exmouth extends past the reef including other natural attractions such as rugged gorges and canyons.
Take a drive into Charles Knife Canyon Gorge for a dramatic view of the gorge toward the coast. Admire the awe-inspiring scenery from a boat cruise through the impressive Yardie Creek Gorge in Cape Range National Park.
Don’t miss out on a laid-back beach day on the soft white sands of Turquoise Bay.
With warm and sunny weather year-round, Exmouth makes an ideal escape from the winter down south. Spending five days to one week is a good amount of time to see the highlights of the area.
If you love sampling world-class wines, then you certainly can’t come all the way to Western Australia and not visit the famous Margaret River wine region! While we are still working our way around the different Australian wine regions, it is definitely one of our favourites!
Our 2 favourites were Swings And Roundabouts and Happs Winery.
But there’s also a chocolate factory, breweries and plenty of foodie stops too.
Not fussed about food and wine? That’s okay because the region is also home to some of the best beaches in Western Australia too, with white-sand beaches and turquoise water.
There are also limestone caves to tour, including Ngilgi Cave, Mammoth Cave, Lake Cave & Giants Cave, walking trails and lighthouses to visit!
Western Australia is a great place to visit because there are beautiful beaches and really cool playgrounds. My favourite memory of Western Australia is visiting the chocolate factory and swimming at the beaches. – Lily, age 10
And if you’re visiting Margaret River, you should most definitely stop in Busselton! Busselton is situated right next to the Margaret River wine region and it’s a good place to stay if you have your own transport, as there are more accommodation options here.
But the main attraction in Busselton – the jetty!
The Busselton Jetty is a 1.841km long timber piled jetty and also happens to be the longest in the southern hemisphere. You can walk the length of the jetty, or catch the train that will take you to the other end.
There is an underwater observatory along the jetty, plus a museum (at the start in those iconic blue boat sheds) and cafes as well. It does cost to access the jetty – $4 for walking access, or train fees if you decide to ride. This helps keep the jetty maintained.
The Underwater Observatory Exclusion Zone and Marine Sanctuary towards the end of the jetty is also one of the best places to go diving or snorkelling.
Otherwise, there are some great breweries and restaurants in town, a huge adventure playground for the kids and an awesome cycling track along the Busselton foreshore.
Did you know that the bustling port city of Albany on the south coast of WA actually pre-dates both Perth and Fremantle in terms of British settlement?
With a rich local history and an abundance of beautiful beaches, nature reserves, animal encounters, farm fresh food, and more wineries, breweries, and distilleries than you could imagine, it’s the perfect formula for a Western Australia family holiday destination.
Set around King George Sound, a visit to Albany must include a stop at Mt Clarence and the National ANZAC Centre. The smaller local Museum of Great Southern is also great for young kids, along with a visit to the Brig Amity. Close to the city, Middle Beach and Emu Point are great for families for a chilled day on the beach with safe waters.
Spare plenty of time to explore deeper into the Vancouver Peninsula and Torndirrup National Park.
Although there are a few quiet corners suitable for swimming, this coastline is most famous for its spectacular waves and dramatic cliffs, including the Gap and the Natural Bridge.
Do note, in the school holidays, you’ll want to book your accommodation well in advance. There are plentiful options from holiday parks and camping through to vacation homes, motels, and farm stays in Albany, but they book up fast at popular times of the year.
To get the most out of Albany and the surrounding area of Great Southern, you really need to spend 1 to 2 weeks as there are so many small coves to explore, paths to hike as well as half-day trips to allow for sampling the local food and wine scene, spread through to Denmark to the west and north to Mount Barker and the Porongurups.
If you are including Albany just as a stopping point on a WA road trip, we’d still budget in at least 3 to 4 days based here as it’s the largest regional centre on the south coast you’ll want to stock up on supplies, as well as enjoy the beautiful surrounds.
Kids will love the latter, a rock pool under a waterfall. Look up to the sky and trees, to see dozens of flying foxes hanging and flying around.
Experienced hikers with older kids will love wading through waterways on a guided hike from Hancock Gorge to Kermits Pool.
When deciding on where to stay you can base yourselves at Tom Price. For longer stays it’s better to stay in Karijini NP at either Dales Campground or Karijini Eco Retreat.
When planning on visiting Karijini NP as a part of a family road trip through Western Australia and the Northern Territory, visit Sas Crossing Countries and read the Ultimate Perth to Darwin road trip guide.
Rottnest Island, located off the coast of Perth in Western Australia, is a stunning and unique destination that is a must-visit for anyone travelling to the region.
The island is only accessible by ferry, which adds to the adventure, making it perfect for a Perth day trip. The tiny town on the island is small and quaint, with a relaxed atmosphere that is perfect for a getaway.
There are many reasons why Rottnest Island is a great place to visit. One of the main attractions is the island’s stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters.
Visitors can spend their days swimming, snorkelling, and sunbathing on the island’s many beaches, including the famous Salmon Bay and The Basin.
The other big drawcard for many is the chance to see the adorable quokkas that call Rottnest Island their home. They are often referred to as the happiest animals alive with their smiling faces.
Aside from the beaches, Rottnest Island has a rich history and culture that visitors can explore. The island was once a colony and has a fascinating history that can be discovered at the Rottnest Island Museum.
There are also several walking and cycling trails that offer breathtaking views of the island’s natural beauty.
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to visit the moon, I reckon The Pinnacles feels pretty close! Okay, maybe not but that’s the first thought we had when we visited Nambung National Park in Cervantes!
The Pinnacles Desert is home to thousands of limestone pillars jutting out of the yellow sand. Some are up to 3.5 metres tall, in every shape you can imagine.
There is a walking track to follow through the desert area that gives you some great views and it’s an easy walk, even with the kids. Except on a 37-degree summer day, when they might complain a little…
If you get lucky, you might even see emus! We tried but only found loads of footprints instead. We did spot a kangaroo though.
Our favourite part of visiting was to identify and follow the different animal tracks in the sand. The kids thought this was great fun and it made the whole experience memorable (along with a quick round of hide and seek).
Monkey Mia, located in Western Australia’s Shark Bay, is most well known for its wild dolphin encounters! Visitors to the beach have the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these friendly and playful bottlenose dolphins, as they swim up to the shore.
Aside from the dolphins, Monkey Mia is a beautiful place to enjoy the beaches and water activities, such as swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and playing in the sand!
For those interested in the area’s natural history, there are several nearby attractions to explore, including the nearby red sand dunes of Francois Peron National Park and the Shark Bay World Heritage Area.
If you are doing a list of the best places to visit in WA then the seaside town of Coral Bay should be near the top. Located on the Coral Coast 1100km north of Perth, Coral Bay is paradise by the sea and the perfect place to explore the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park.
Just metres from the white sandy shores you can spot everything from turtles and colourful fish to rays and curious reef sharks.
The coral gardens and marine life are spectacular whether you do the drift snorkel along Paradise Beach or snorkel off the beach at Bills Bay. Manta rays, whale shark and turtle watching tours are all available from Coral Bay.
There are two caravan parks in Coral Bay, a small shopping centre and not a lot else so if you like a place that is all about the water, Coral Bay is it. You could snorkel everyday day and see something different but 3 – 5 days are enough time to snorkel, explore and relax here.
During peak season (June to September) Coral Bay accommodation and tours book out early so plan well ahead if you want to visit then.
Hamelin Bay is nestled between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in the breathtaking Margaret River region of Western Australia. It’s a must-visit destination for nature-loving travellers seeking tranquillity, coastal beauty, and unforgettable experiences.
This picturesque coastal haven offers a perfect blend of pristine white sandy beaches, bright crystal-clear turquoise waters, and unique marine life.
One of the top attractions in Hamelin Bay is the opportunity to interact with the friendly stingrays that call the shoreline home. These gentle creatures often glide gracefully close to the beach, allowing visitors to get up close and personal.
Hamelin Bay beach is also the perfect spot to take a leisurely beach and take in a stunning sunset over the sea.
Other popular activities in Hamelin Bay include snorkelling, fishing, and exploring the nearby Boranup Karri Forest, home to majestic Karri trees that tower above the landscape and the perfect place for a bushwalk and picnic.
For wine enthusiasts, a visit to the world-class Margaret River wineries is a must, they’re just a short drive away from Hamelin Bay and wine tasting is the perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon.
Two days is the perfect amount of time to spend in Hamelin Bay. You’ll get the chance to fully immerse yourself in its natural beauty, meet the local stingrays and make the most of the surrounding attractions.
Hamelin Bay is a hidden gem in Western Australia, perfect for a relaxing weekend getaway, offering visitors an unparalleled combination of natural beauty, pristine beaches, and unforgettable wildlife encounters.
Contributed by Nadia Cuthbertson from Perth Weekend
Things To Do In Hamelin Bay
Explore Boranup Karri Forest
Day trip to Margaret River wine region
18. Lancelin Sand Dunes
There are some impressive sand dunes in Australia but by far one of the most impressive sand dune areas are those in Lancelin!
Located around 1.5 hours north of Perth, finding yourself atop the sand dunes will make you feel like you’ve ventured into the middle of a literal desert! They are enormous and this is a pretty great way to get some extra exercise…
The sand dunes are popular for sandboarding or doing quad and buggy rides. If you don’t have your own sandboard, you can hire one from almost any store in town. We hired one from a service station for 2 hours but were pretty wrecked after the first hour.
So much fun though, even if we were terrible at it! Even just walking up the top of the dunes is worth the visit though. White sand in every single direction with a tiny peep of ocean along the horizon.
Western Australia is a massive state! To help you picture exactly how large it is, here are some interesting stats:
The state of WA is the second-largest country subdivision in the world, surpassed only by Russia’s Sakha Republic.
Western Australia is approximately the size of Western Europe. It is also approximately ⅓ the size of the entire United States. So yes, it’s big!
Unless you’ve got months to spare, you likely won’t see everything you want to see in Western Australia in a single visit, so these shorter itineraries can help you make the most of some of the regions:
What is the most popular attraction in Western Australia?
There are several attractions in Western Australia that draw big crowds each year. Some of the most popular include Ningaloo Reef, Fremantle Prison, The Pinnacles Desert, Cable Beach and the Margaret River region.
Western Australia is an incredibly diverse and beautiful region of the world that has a little something for everyone! By far, if you love the great outdoors, this is a place you won’t want to miss. Whether you’re interested in wildlife, outdoor adventures or seeing some of the most breathtaking and contrasting scenery, we have no doubt you will fall in love with these beautiful places to visit in Western Australia just like we did!
Are there other Western Australia hidden gems that deserve a spot on this list of most beautiful places?