Ah, Western Australia. Often overlooked for its prime rival the East Coast, the state is perhaps the most underrated one in Australia. What most people don’t know is that this gloriously sunny state offers its own charm that would make every traveller fall in love with it on the spot! 😍

Fun fact: Did you know its capital city Perth was voted as one of the world’s liveable cities in 2017? 😏

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As one of the largest states in the world, Western Australia has plenty to offer! From pristine beaches to rolling green hills and native wildlife, you’ll find it all in this strikingly vibrant region.

Still not convinced? These 10 reasons will make sure Western Australia is on your 2018 travel bucket list! 😎

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1. Get up close with the happiest animal on Earth – Quokkas (Rottnest Island)  

Best for: Families, Photographers, Nature lovers 

Known as the happiest animal on earth and perhaps the most photographed animal in the world, the Quokka is native to Rottnest Island. In fact, it is the only place where you can get up close and take selfies with these marsupials! 😍

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Nestled 19 kilometres off the coast of Perth, it only takes a short 35-minute boat ride to the island and before you know it, you arrive in a coastal paradise. You’ll even witness the stunning view of the great wide ocean on your way there! 🏞

As the island is car-free, the best way to get around is by hiring a bike. It’s part of what makes your experience in Rottnest Island unique! Besides, it’s only 11km long and 4.5km wide, so you’ll have lots of fun cycling around! There are a few slopes but don’t worry, that’s good exercise 😜

Of course, don’t leave without taking a Quokka selfie! 🙂 But, as cute as Quokkas can be, they are still wild animals so visitors are not allowed to touch or feed them as there is a risk of being bitten so do be careful ☹️

Rottnest Island has so much more to offer besides Quokkas! With the diverse marine life off the Island, you’ll want to add snorkelling and fishing to your list too. Plus, we won’t deny the fact that this island is perfect for your Instagram feed 😉

#HHWT Tip: The best way to get here is by Rottnest Express! This boat departs daily from Fremantle to Rottnest Island. You can also rent bicycles and snorkelling gear from them too so that’s pretty convenient!

2. Immerse in Western Australia’s vibrant culture at Fremantle Market

Best for: Foodies, Families

No trip to Western Australia would be complete without a visit to the Fremantle Markets in the heart of Perth. Step inside the weekend market and experience Western Australia’s 100 years of vibrant culture and heritage like never before. 😮

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Freo, as the locals would call it, is only a 20-minute drive from the CBD and closer to the coastline. You’ll find a whopping 150 stalls in this Victorian-style market! From fresh produce, local treats, souvenirs, home wares, fashion to coffee, there’s definitely something for everyone.

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If you’re hitting the food trail, dive headfirst into the popular honey cakes inspired by a traditional Czech dessert! This sumptuous cake is a unique combination of light, honey-flavoured layers, caramel filling and fresh ground walnuts. 😋

#HHWT Tip: Do note that you’ll have to pre-order at least 3 days (we recommend 5 days) in advance for alcohol-free cakes and a full cake order has to be placed.

Or cool down with delicious iced tea made from organic bush plant at Roogenic!

3. Take a picture at Perth’s iconic Blue Boathouse

Best for: Families, Photographers

For many travellers, they say you haven’t truly visited Western Australia till you visit the iconic Crawley Edge Boatshed, or the Little Blue house.

While it is essentially just a boatshed, it’s got an interesting history as well. This little landmark is thought to have been originally constructed in the 1930s and went through multiple changes before finally being refurbished in the early 2000s! Ever since its launch, the boatshed became popular amongst foreigners and even locals. 😱

Just a mere 12-minute drive from the CBD, it’s no surprise that this highly photographed site is on every visitor’s Instagram list due to its secluded location and a stunning back drop of the Swan River. 😍

Of course, there is no limit to the type of photos you can take but we definitely recommend jump shots or just sitting on the bridge with the boatshed in the background, like we did! 😄 Be careful not to have any loose items around as it sure is windy!

#HHWT Tip: As it is located on Swan River, diving and swimming in the river is strictly prohibited as you might get stung by a swarm of stinger jellyfish that is infesting the lower reaches of the river. It’s best to come early too as the queue to get that perfect photo can be quite long!

4. Unwind and enjoy halal food at Twilight Hawker Market

Best for: Foodies, Photographers

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One of the best experiences that you can have in Perth city besides visiting its shopping malls is to explore the food markets! 🤤

Contrary to popular belief that the CBD of Perth is usually dead after 5pm, Friday nights in the city are very much alive and teeming with things to do and see for everyone, like Twilight Hawkers Market!

Unlike Fremantle Markets, Twilight Hawkers Market is strictly foodie heaven and houses more than 20 food stalls situated in the middle of Forrest Place. Immerse yourself in Perth’s largest street market and enjoy food from around the world, including Paella, satays and Polish hot donuts!

It’s not just the food that you’ll fall in love, there’s also live music performances by talented buskers. A meal and music – it’s the perfect way to end your week! 😌

#HHWT Tip: Twilight Hawkers Market usually operates from October – April every year. For 2018, the market ends on 23 March.Do check out their Facebook page for more updates on the dates!

5. Get up close and personal with the dolphins at Monkey Mia

Best for: Adventure seekers, Nature lovers, Families

Now you may think this place is home to a troop of monkeys, but let us clear that misconception. Monkey Mia is actually one of the best places to meet dolphins! 🦈

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If you’re from a tropical country like me, dolphins are pretty much a rare sight. We don’t see them in our ocean, and we pretty much have to travel out to see one. So don’t miss out on this rare opportunity in Monkey Mia! 🤗

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Situated in the heart of Shark Bay (about 8-hours of drive from Perth), it is the only place in Australia where bottlenose dolphins visit daily so you can expect a pod all year round. If you’re lucky, you can even spot other marine animals too, like turtles!

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As Shark Bay is the traditional place of three Aboriginal groups: Malgana, Nhanda and Yingkarta, why not learn about their history and culture through the Aboriginal Cultural Tour? Just opt for a day tour of walking and kayaking, or a night tour with a local Malgana guide!

Where else can you explore the many enriching and immersive Aboriginal experiences if not in Australia? 😌

6. Indulge in the sweetest treats and local produce in Swan Valley and Margaret River

Best for: Foodies, Nature lovers and families

Although it is popularly known as Western Australia’s old wine growing region, Muslim travellers can still have a wonderful experience at Swan Valley and Margaret River!

#HHWT tip: If you prefer a shorter drive, Swan Valley is a 25-minute drive from the city while Margaret River is a 3 hour drive away!

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First up in Swan Valley – House of Honey, where you can learn more about this delicious Sunnah food! 🍯

With the business centred around beekeeping, House of Honey specialises in raw and unpasteurised honey, making it one of the most-visited places in Swan Valley. You can even do a free tasting of the different variations of honey available! We loved it so much, we each brought home a bottle 😄

#HHWT Tip: Do note that some honeys contain alcohol so be sure to check with the staff before purchasing!

If you’re up for a hearty, but guilt-free meal, fuel up at Swan Valley Vegetarian Café – a vegetarian restaurant along the stretch of Swan Valley road! 😋

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For fresh markets and scenic views, consider taking a trip down to Margaret River. This region is said to have one of the world’s greatest climates to grow fresh produce. Yes, vegetables, seafood, native foods, organic dairy, artisan cheese and chocolates! You’ll find all of that in the town markets that run almost every weekend.

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If the markets aren’t really your thing, you can hop over to Margaret River Chocolate Factory because who doesn’t love chocolates? 😛 This award-winning store offers a wide selection of gooey, chocolatey products and the best part? They’re alcohol free! 😌

7. Feast your eyes on the mystical Pinnacles at Nambung National Park

Best for: Adventure seekers, Nature lovers

If you don’t already know, Australia is home to more than 500 national parks around – all of which provide amazing landscape views! If you love taking photographs and always up for an adventure, you’ll love the magnificent scenery at The Pinnacles Desert.

It may be a 2-hour drive from the CBD, but the mystical yet stunning Pinnacles Desert will make you feel like you’ve stepped into the Stone Age as you walk among unusual limestone pillars. 😮

If you’re feeling a little adventurous, the best way to conquer the fascinating desert is by walking along the Desert View Trail. Don’t forget to put on a pair of comfy shoes!

Fun fact: These intriguing figures are made of shells that are said to retain the remnants of yesteryear when the wide sand was beneath the ocean.

Photographs are best taken during sunset or sunrise (if you’re a morning person, of course).  Once you’re done exploring, end your adventure at the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre for a short interactive lesson on the park!

#HHWT Tip: Do note that it is a 45-min walk around the desert. As it can get pretty hot, it’s essential that you wear sunscreen, long sleeves, put a hat on and bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated!

8. Dive into the majestic Ningaloo Reef alongside marine animals

Best for: Nature lovers, Adventure seekers, Families

You can’t miss out on the quintessential beach experience at the incredible Ningaloo Reef, situated in the north west coastal region of Western Australia. It may be a tad bit further than Perth (9 hours of drive) but this is THE place every thrill seeker shouldn’t miss out on! 😍

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Regarded as the last great ocean paradise by World Heritage Committee, Ningaloo Reef is also the largest fringing reef in Australia where you can swim with majestic whale sharks! 🐋

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Simply step off the sandy white beaches and enter an underwater wonderland filled with diverse array of colourful corals, and more than 500 species of marine life including dugongs, turtles and manta rays.

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9. Immerse yourself in Perth’s buzzing art scene

Best for: Art enthusiasts, photographers, culture buffs

If you think Perth is a boring city, you might want to take that back 😜 You’ll be amazed by the buzzing art scene which you’ll find at almost every corner of the city! Whether you enjoy viewing the art from a National Gallery or even in the streets, there is something for all types of enthusiast. 🎨

From graffiti to abstract paintings and street art, allow yourself to be embraced by the creativity, innovation and diversity showcased by talented local artists and even international ones too! 💯

To maximise your search of stunning artwork, opt for a walking tour with Oh Hey! WA where the tour guide, Adie Chapman will take you around the streets and alleys of Perth CBD to soak up the vibrant art scene.

#HHWT Tip: Consider having a break at halal-certified Chee Tayeb Restaurant that’s just 2-minute away from the CBD by walking. The Lebanese pizza is to die for! 🤤

Check out the latest project as part of Western Australia’s redevelopment – the newly-developed Yagan Square located within arm’s length of Horseshoe Bridge and just above the Perth Railway Station!

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Known as the city’s new heart, Yagan Square was named after a Noongar warrior from the Whadjuk people and it’s a fun place where culture meets urban development! Established as an entertainment hub, patrons can hop over and enjoy a wide range of activities like hanging out at cafes, catching the creative lighting displays from the iconic Digital Tower, and shopping 😉

#HHWT Tip: You can also find affordable accommodations in the heart of Perth! Consider staying at ibis (from AUD112/night), Tribe (from AUD98/night) or Adina (from AUD122/night). If you prefer serviced apartments where you can enjoy the convenience of your own private kitchen, opt for Citadines (from AUD122/night), Perth City Executive Apartments (from AUD123/night), or Parkline Apartments (from AUD101/night). Do note that the prices are based on our search from 27 April to 1 May. How about an upcoming long weekend trip in Western Australia? 😏

10. Take a trip down to The Great Southern and explore the diverse region

Best for: Nature lovers, adventure seekers, photographers

Let’s be honest, many of us would rather stay around the city or at least endure a short drive away for a little escape. But in Western Australia, taking a trip to the Great Southern is something every traveller shouldn’t miss out on.

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For adventure seekers, the best place to start is at Gloucester Park in Pemberton! Known as the Green Jewel of Australia, this park is home to Western Australia’s famous Karri trees. 🍃

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This small town is popular among hikers as it offers many trails that meander through the magnificent Karri forest. Don’t forget to bring your own water bottle!

Walpole

If you’re not into hiking, drive over to Walpole where you can witness the world-renowned Valley of the Giants!

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For nature lovers as well as thrill seekers, traversing on the stunning 40-metre-high suspension bridge in the magnificent tingle forest will surely pump up the adrenaline! Back on the ground, you’ll enter the Ancient Empire Walk where you’ll see the Giant Tingle Trees 😮

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Denmark

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If time permits, drop by Denmark which is an-hour away from Walpole to check out the famous Denmark Maze. Families with kids will definitely enjoy wandering through the bush maze together.

Or you can even spend some time at the Berry Farm where you can pick fresh berries like raspberries, blackberries and all the berries that are hard to find in tropical countries. You can even bring home some ice-creams and jams! 😉

Albany

When you think of stargazing, Western Australia is hardly ever on the list. But let’s change that, shall we? The Great Southern has its fair share of stargazing spots too, especially in Albany. ✨

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This part of Western Australia’s southern coast gives you that opportunity to witness a colourful display of the Southern Lights!

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This quaint little city is also home to one of the most unique natural granites in the world! Consider a visit to Dog Rock – a large piece of granite that sticks out of the ground in the shape of a dog’s head 😮🐶

There you have it! We could go on forever about why Western Australia should be your next travel destination. With all its unique blend of Aboriginal culture, local produce, white sandy beaches, coral reefs and amazing wildlife, we can’t wait to return to Western Australia. Are you convinced yet? 😌 Look out for more upcoming articles on this stunning region! 🤗

This article was brought to you by Tourism Western Australia.

 

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