Perth is the capital and the largest city of Western Australia with a population of almost two million people.
The city is situated on the beautiful Swan River and surrounded by the Swan Valley home to some of the most popular vineyards in the country. Western Australia has an astounding 20,781 kilometres of pristine coastline. Perth alone has 19 stunning beaches just waiting to be discovered and explored. Perth is a diverse cultural city with deep historical roots.
Hillarys Boat Harbour
Just a short drive away from the Indian Ocean Hotel is Hillarys Boat Harbour. Here you will find great retail stores, amazing restaurants and a relaxing beach area. It’s a perfect place to bring the whole family with plenty of things to keep the kids busy including the Leisurezone and the Great Escape with mini golf, trampolines and a huge waterside. Hillarys Boat Harbour is also the home to the AQWA Aquarium, one of the most diverse aquariums in Western Australia. You can plan a trip to Rottnest Island or sign up for an eco-discovery tour which leave daily from the harbour.
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Take a trip to one of the most beautiful and unique islands Western Australia has to offer. It’s just a short boat ride away, located only 18kms west of Fremantle. Here you will find a wide variety of activities and things to do. Famous for its limestone and coral reefs scuba diving and snorkelling will bring you face to face with the diverse population of marine life. If you choose to stay dry book a glass bottom boat tour or explore the island by bike. The list of things to do is endless. Spend some down time in the pub or dine in the restaurants. Swimming, fishing, surfing, sailing, cycling and golf is just a short list of activities for you to enjoy. Rottnest is home to a wide range of species like sea lions, fur seals, bottlenose dolphins, and many types of birds and docile reptiles. But of course we can’t forget to mention the most unique and cutest resident of Rottnest Island… the Quokka! These small friendly marsupials are inquisitive and aren’t afraid to come up and say hello (featured photos above).
Kings Park is one of the world’s largest and most beautiful inner city parks. It is rich in Aboriginal and European history, and contemporary culture. Kings Park is home to the spectacular Western Australian Botanic Garden, which displays over 3,000 species of the State’s unique flora. Two thirds of the 400 hectare park is protected as bushland and provides a haven for native biological diversity. Visitors can enjoy sweeping views of the Swan and Canning Rivers, the city skyline and the Darling Ranges to the east. Bushland walk trails, immaculate gardens and a variety of children’s discovery play areas can all be found in Kings Park. The Visitor Information Centre, free daily guided walks, Aspects of Kings Park gallery shop, cafes and public transport are easily accessible. Here you will see spectacular views or Perth, wander around the park and it is a great place for a picnic lunch (featured photo above).
Locally known as Freo, Fremantle is a major port city that has something to offer everyone. It was first settled by the Swan River colony in 1829 and is rich with historical land marks. Take night tours of the Fremantle Prison; explore the Army Museum, Maritime Museum and the ports Round House. Freo has a countless number of restaurants, cafes and pubs for you to discover. The Fremantle markets are open on the weekends where you will find fresh local produce, unique store shops and delicious food. Relax and watch the world pass by while enjoying some of the best coffee in WA on the famous Cappuccino Strip.
The Swan Valley is Western Australia’s most awarded wine producing region. Some of the renowned wineries include Houghton’s, Sandalford, Sittella, and Caversham. Book a wine tour or indulge yourself with exquisite delicacies offered by some of the best restaurants in the area.
Only 3 hours south of Perth you will find Margaret River. Known for its amazing surf break it is a popular destination for surfers all over the world. The Margaret River Masters is the biggest surfing event held in WA. It is also famous for its wineries. This small region is packed with over 150 wine producers. Bootleg Brewery is available for those who choose beer over wine and the Chocolate Factory is there for your dessert needs. After you have had enough (if possible) of wine, relaxing on the beaches and enjoying the crystal clear waters go explore the spectacular ancient caves in the area including Mammoth Cave (featured photo above).
Valley of the Giants
Valley of the Giants is an ancient forest of giant tingle trees located in Denmark, WA about 4 hours south. Walk among the giants canopy on the 40 metre high suspension bridge. Then explore the forest on the Ancient Empire boardwalk. Make sure you head back into town for lunch and try the award winning pies at the Denmark Bakery.
The Gloucester Tree is a giant karri tree standing at 72 metres high. Test your bravery by scaling the tree and take in the remarkable views. It is located in Gloucester National Park in Pemberton, WA and only 4 hours away.
Whale Sharks in Exmouth
Make all of your dreams come true by swimming with these gentle giants. Whale shark season is between June and August. Don’t miss out on this unbelievable experience.
A protected reserve located north-east of Denham is famous for its bottlenose dolphin populations. Get your feet wet and swim with the friendly locals!
Take a tour through the outback and visit Hyden, WA where you will find the spectacular natural wonder of a rock resembling a giant wave. It is hard to describe its beauty so it is a must see attraction (featured photo above).
The Pinnacles is another natural wonder of Western Australia. The limestone formations look as if they erupted from the ground. The site will take your breath away and is only two and a half hours away in the Nambung National Park near the town of Cervantes (featured photo above).