Western Australia, a region of natural beauty, makes a great destination for those who want to spend their vacation outdoors. This is particularly evident in the north where the landscapes, gorges, and waterfalls all form a magnetic attraction. Impressive beaches and lush forests also await in the southwest, making it a haven for tourists interested in nature and rigorous activities.
Such a flourishing environment, however, has its drawbacks as the landscape is remarkably infertile. Farmers working the land had to use excessive amounts of fertiliser to encourage the growth of crops. This threatened the local flora and fauna, making Western Australian a biodiversity hotspot. Efforts to promote the welfare of the environment against further damage were then upheld in 1986, when the Environmental Protection Act was enacted.
What to see & do
The capital of Western Australia makes an excellent introduction to the state. It is sophisticated yet laidback, allowing tourists to enjoy big-city attractions in informal surroundings. One can start with the Western Australian Museum in the city centre, which includes displays on dinosaurs, mammals, butterflies, and birds. The highlights here are the Megamouth, a strange shark species with a soft and rounded head, as well as the colonial history exhibits. Those looking for more discoveries can check out the other galleries in the state museum's other branches across the region. From here, tourists can visit the outdoor spaces of the city such as Lake Monger. It makes a lovely sight in spring, when the black swans and other birdlife plod about the grounds. One can go on a picnic here, with the shops just nearby.
Fremantle, a stone's throw away from Perth, makes a nice stop before heading out to the countryside. One can visit here the Fremantle Prison, which used to hold convicts starting from 1855 to 1991. The pale limestone building offers guided tours through its premises, from the men's cells to the gallows. From here, tourists can move to the Shipwreck Galleries branch of the state museum where one can view the hull section of the Dutch ship Batavia. There are also relics from the first voyage to Australia by Dirk Hartog in 1616 to see, which can be fascinating to behold for its historic significance.
After exploring these two cities, one can go all the way to Broome and the Kimberley region. Its nearby surroundings can make one revel in their beauty, which one can see in the World Heritage Purnululu National Park. Craggy sandstone mountains look as if they were chiselled in their present form, which makes it entrancing to look at especially when the sun is at a particular angle. Those going here will find a rich wildlife and breathtaking panoramic views from the Kungkalahayi Lookout.
The Mitchell Falls are also a major attraction to look forward to. The easy trail will take one through woodlands and gorge country, with various rock art sites scattered with the fascinating species taking cover here. The falls can be stunning to behold, but one cannot swim in the lower pools, as they are culturally significant to the Wunambal people. Those looking for beaches will find a splendid option in Cable Beach, where one can enjoy the waters and white sand or explore the red dunes in the nearby Minyirr Park.
How to get around
Western Australia, despite its breadth and size, makes an excellent public transport system. Travellers going across the region from Perth to Broome can take the buses operated by Greyhound Australia. The Perth-Goldfields Express, on the other hand, makes stops from Perth to Laverton via Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Various other coach lines handle the rest of the routes. Those out to buy tickets can opt for the passes, which makes a reasonable alternative.
When looking for alternatives to buses, one can ride the train that runs between Perth and Kalgoorlie, as well as Northam and Bunbury. Travellers heading for the countryside, on the other hand, will better hire a 4WD and prepare it with enough safety supplies. Doing so is important, as population can be sparse in the area between Perth and Broome.
How to get there
Travellers visiting Western Australia can book connecting flights to Perth Airport. Airlines serving here include AirAsia X, Air Mauritius, Air New Zealand, Airnorth, Alliance Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines, Cobham, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Maroomba Airlines, Network Aviation, Qantas, QantasLink, Qatar Airways, Scoot, Singapore Airlines, Skippers Aviation, South African Airways, Thai Airways, Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia, and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines.