Perth is a beautiful, friendly city with plenty to see and do, but if you’re heading to Western Australia then you should also consider spending some time in regions outside of the capital city. From iconic wine destinations to breathtaking natural scenery and idyllic islands, there is something in the surrounds of Perth to suit every age and taste. Read on for five of the best spots outside the city to discover on your next holiday to Western Australia.
Margaret River Wine Region
Located a 3.5-hour drive from Perth, Margaret River was once a small, laid-back surf town but is now the base for throngs of tourists who head to the region every year to enjoy the area’s spectacular scenery and impressive wines. The area produces more than 15 per cent of Australia’s premium wine and is home to over 100 different wineries. Visitors can enjoy top-notch tastings at a variety of award-winning vineyards that sit against an idyllic backdrop of ocean or forest; as well as sample fine produce and meals from local suppliers and restaurants. The region is full of boutique breweries, art galleries, annual food and wine festivals, hardwood timber forests, limestone caves and world-class surf breaks. The area is home to at least 40 great surf spots and known around the world as one of the most impressive big-wave surfing locations. Many adventure lovers who enjoy rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking or abseiling are also drawn to the area, as are whale-watching enthusiasts. If you’re looking for a holiday destination that really does have it all, select a hotel in the Margaret River wine region and enjoy all that the area has to offer.
Located 19 kilometers off the Western Australia coast, just near Perth, Rottnest Island is one of the most popular island getaways in the state and attracts hordes of visitors (more than half a million) every year. Known for its picturesque scenery, top-class beaches and bays and indigenous flora and fauna, the island is just 11 kilometers long and 4.5 kilometers at its widest point but undoubtedly immeasurably beautiful. Tourists reach this idyllic destination by ferry and once there, can choose to relax at one of the many beaches, explore the area’s fascinating history, cycle around the island or spend time admiring the array of birds, reptiles, marsupials and marine life that call the area home.
Bunbury, a port city in Western Australia, is the third-largest in the state and located 175 kilometers south of Perth. The regional city provides a diverse array of holiday experiences for visitors to enjoy and is known as the “City of Three Waters” — it’s situated on a peninsula and has the Indian Ocean, Koombana Bay and Leschenault Inlet as aquatic playgrounds. Tourists can enjoy a range of water-based activities when in Bunbury, such as a swim-with-dolphins tour, snorkeling or diving near a shipwreck or swimming in the nearby ocean or lakes. Other visitor attractions include the Dolphin Discovery Centre, the Mangrove Cove boardwalk trail, a number of historical buildings, the local Regional Art Gallery and the Maiden’s Reserve.
Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park
Located near the town of Cervantes and around 2.5 hours’ drive from Perth, “The Pinnacles” are limestone formations (some as tall as five meters) situated within Nambung National Park. This desert area contains thousands of huge limestone pillars covering approximately 190 hectares and is accessible either by car or by tour bus. Tourists should allow at least two hours out of their day to explore the four-kilometer viewing trail and lookout. The Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre is a good place to spend time — travelers can visit the Interpretive Centre and retail gallery to learn more about the region and its history.
Rockingham is located just under 50 kilometers south of Perth and is known for its beautiful, safe beaches, laid-back atmosphere, environmental parks and local wine trail. Visitors to the region tend to flock to the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park in particular. Situated 500 meters offshore, the park is the perfect place to swim with dolphins, marvel at the incredible diversity of sea creatures and bird life, skydive, kayak or swim. The Rockingham Regional Environment Centre is also popular with visitors. It is the first purpose-built centre of its kind in the state and was established as an educational facility and animal rehabilitation facility.
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