Calling all road trippers. Covering one-third of Australia's total landmass, Western Australia's expanse is one of stark contrast, from rugged red deserts to white sandy beaches, and peculiar wildlife.
The world's most isolated capital city, Perth sits on the banks of the Swan River, famous for its jet-black swans. Port town Fremantle is the city's historic (for Australia) center, sharing a glimpse into the 19th century with heritage buildings mismatched against modern microbreweries, nightclubs, and fish-and-chip shops. Perth is a popular base for visits to Rottnest Island for immaculate beaches and adorable furry quokkas, and road trips to otherworldly landscapes like the Pinnacles and Bungle Bungles.
Travel north to ride camels along Cable Beach in Broome, snorkel at Ningaloo Reef, or swim with dolphins at Monkey Mia. The state's cool and verdant south is boldly distinguished from the red-hot north with thriving wine regions, world-class surfing beaches at Margaret River, and giant Tingle Trees in Walpole.
WA's humble population is dotted along the 10,000km-long coastline, leaving the central red desert sparsely inhabited by Aboriginal communities and remote mining towns. Fearless travelers who explore the far-flung desert roads are rewarded with burnt-orange cliff landscapes against turquoise pools by day and unpolluted starry skies by night.
Experienced hikers and campers trek south along the 1,000km-long Bibbulmun Track from Perth's hills to Albany to witness rare wildflowers and animals, including kookaburras, emus, koalas, and kangaroos.
Top Sights & Attractions In Western Australia
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