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Swan Valley

On the northern side of Perth and the Swan river lies the beautiful Swan Valley. It is the oldest wine region of Western Australia. The Swine Valley food and wine trail is a wonderful location to explore some of the best cuisine and bag some fine bottle of wines. There are many breweries, winery cafes and fresh produce stalls which can be explored to know the real essence of the city. One can visit the national Park and even do cycling in the Swan Valley Heritage trail. Village Guildford is based at the gateway of Swan Valley.

One can shop a lot of antique goods or work of art here and explore the local shops. Horse riding tours are also quite popular in Swan Valley. In fact it is an ideal location to have a full day trip with many entertaining activities that helps in spending good time with friends and family. One can get close to koalas in Caversham or enjoy the visual treat of crocodiles in Henley Brook.
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Fremantle Prison

Being the largest convict built prison this is Western Australia’s World Heritage Building which has been used for the last 140 years as a place for incarnation. With 5m high walls this is one of the dominating places of Fremantle. The tour consists of visit to kitchen, men’s cells, and solitary confinement cells. One can visit the women prison and take the underground boat ride through the tunnels. Once entering the gate house one can visit Prison gallery, gift shops and the Convict Cafe which is absolutely free. The first convicts were made to build the same including others as time passes by. Stretching from 1855 to 1991, over 3, 50,000 have been incarcerated here. This is one of the prominent sightseeing spots of the city and a must visit for all who wants to explore the historical places of the city.

Location: 1, The Terrace, Fremantle, Perth

Timings: 9am to 5pm 
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Cottesloe Beach

Pretty as a picture, the Cottesloe Beach is the perfect place to enjoy various water sports like surfing, snorkelling, and swimming in the crystal clear waters. It is a perfect relaxing space where one can enjoy long hours hearing the gushing waters and the scenic beauty beyond with family and friends over a refreshing drink.

The place can be easily reached by taking a ride with the Transperth busses or take a train ride and then hop off to enjoy a 600 m walk to the lovely Cottesloe Beach. The white sandy beaches and the lovely beachside food is the best way to get entertained as well as spend quality time with the near and dear ones. A lazy afternoon with good is what is promised by the beachside. 
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Hillary's Boat Harbour

Hillary's Boat Harbour is one of the best recreational places to visit in Perth. The harbour was opened in 1988 and since then it has been providing matchless experience to both the tourists and locals alike. A perfect getaway for families, the Harbour has some of the best attractions to spend a day full of adventure.

Highlights: The Hillary’s Boat Harbour is home to the famous AQWA – the largest aquarium in Australia – which takes you to the incredible journey of discovering the varied marine life of Western Australia’s coastal areas. Other major attractions are The Great Escape – a leisure park and Sorrento Quay Boardwalk – a retail hub for shopping enthusiasts. You can also visit the Rottenest Island from the Harbour.

Location: The Hillary’s Boat Harbour is located on the north of Perth, in Hillary, a coastal suburb of the city. It is 25 minutes drive away from Perth CBD. 
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Aviation Heritage Museum

The Aviation Heritage Museum of Perth offers you a one of its kind experience. The museum includes the display of civilian and military aviations, with thirty aircrafts and a number of other artefacts. The museum was opened to the public in 1983, but it has a rich history that goes back to the year 1929, when the RAAF association was found.



Highlights: You can book a special Lancaster tour, which gives you the actual experience of what it is to sit inside the Lancaster Bomber, a unit that was acquired by the museum in 1962, and which served in World War II. There are other guided tours that are available on request.

Location: The museum is located in Bull Creek.

Timing: 10.00am to 4.00pm every day.

Price: Entry fee is $10 for adults over 16 years and $5 for children. The price for Inside Lancaster Tour is $100 per person.

Location: The museum is located in Bull Creek.

Timing: 10.00am to 4.00pm every day. 
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Shoalwater Islands Marine Park

The Shoalwater Islands Marine Park is the best place to enjoy pristine islands, ship wrecks, coral reefs and not to forget exciting sports like snorkelling, diving and marine life watching. At the beautiful Penguin Island one can come close to the beautiful penguins and sea gulls and then feed them and play with them. Various other kinds of fish species can also be viewed from here. The bottlenose dolphins are a sight to watch and with abundant availability this is truly the best. One should also not miss the exotic sea lions of Australia available majorly at the seal Island. Saxon Ranger which is actually a 400 tonne fishing vessel which was used earlier is now based here. The marine park is well accessible from Rockingham which is based on the southern part of Perith. For the entire water sports lover it must be known that necessary permits should be taken for diving here.

Location: 135 Arcadia Drive , Rockingham, Perth 
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Scarborough Beach

The long stretch of white sand and the impressive surf breaks makes it an ideal spot for the teen and surfers, swimmers and even the body boarders. Wind surfing and kite surfing are also popular games being played here especially when the afternoon sea breeze flows. The nightlife here is equally interesting with a lot of cafes and restaurants being based here. One can also pack a picnic and enjoy family time on the stretched grasslands located closeby.

Beach cricket is also played here especially in organised events in this location. There are also facilities to be accommodated in any of the nearby hotels so that people can stay here and enjoy a lovely summer holiday. The Scarborough Beach is located in the north western side of Perth and takes about a decent 20 minutes drive from the city centre to reach here. Regular buses are also available to reach the spot. 
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The Pinnacles

The Pinnacles are one of the wonders of Mother Nature. Thousands of these spires like limestone formations are scattered all over the desert area in Nambung National Park. Millions of year old, these intriguing structures are one of the most fascinating places of attraction in Western Australia. Some of them are more than three and a half meter high.

Highlight: The view of the landscape is magnificent during the sunset. There are some secluded and pristine beaches in the park where you can enjoy swimming and snorkelling. A number of idyllic beaches can be found in the beautiful coastal town of Cervantes. Visit the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre, located in the park, from where you can learn more about the formation of these natural sculptures and the habitant wildlife.

Location: The Pinnacles are found in Nambung National Park, which is located roughly two hundred kilometres from Perth. 

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What You Should Know More About Western Australia

  • Travel Advice

    • Do not entertain the beggars.

    • Keep touts at bay.

    • Drink only bottled mineral water.

    • Buy a mineral water from the brand you recognize.

    • Do not buy a water bottle that does not have a seal intact.

    • Do not let anyone mislead you.

    • Always gather enough information about the place before you visit it.

    • Do not go to bars or nightclubs alone especially if you are a local.

    • Do not book taxis without negotiating the fare. If possible, opt for the prepaid taxis or cabs.

    • Carry with you at least one ID proof.

    • Do not leave any of your important documents such as the passport, licenses or other identification documents back in the hotel room.

    • Enquire about the room safe before booking a hotel.

    • Do not get a hotel in a secluded region.

    • If you suffer from a medical condition, carry with you the medication that you may possibly need.

    • Nudity is prohibited.

    • Adhere to the local laws.

    • Do not flaunt your cash and valuables in the public. If you are going to a place that is crowded, it is advisable that you only carry with you the cash that you need for the night.

    • Do not go to any new or secluded area without a company.

    • Do not get over friendly with your hotel staff or the guide.


  • Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking in Western Australia is 18 years.

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    Perth

    There is probably no Australian capital which has changed so much in the recent decades as Perth, the capital of Western Australia. Given the boom in the mining sector, Perth today is the largest city of Australia. It is surrounded on the west by the Indian Ocean and the foothills of the Darling Range on the east while Perth is nestled aside the windy Swan River. Water sports here are a part of routine life. Some prominent activities cherished by the locals and the visitors include swimming, surfing and sailing. These are carried out at few of the city’s most prominent beaches like Peppermint Grove, Cottesloe, Rockingham and Scarborough. The city boasts of its wealth in its unique potpourri of gourmet restaurants, galleries, high-rise office blocks and glitzy boutiques. Some of the most prominent tourist attractions here include Kings Park and Botanic Garden. It is home to the Kings' Park War Memorial. Locals and tourists who visit this attraction can admire over 1200 species of the native plants along with the vivid display of the wildflowers especially in the spring season.  


    Margaret River

    Margaret River is a home to several gourmet restaurants and galleries. It is one of the most loved holiday resort and a playground for the surfers. This beautiful town is situated just a 3.5 hour drive south of Perth making it one of the best tourist attraction especially during the weekends. Surfers swamp the place in large number as it is known to have over 40 surf spots sprinkled along the coast along with the stable big-wave breaks.  Tourists also admire the beautiful scenery of the place that is embellished with the white sand beaches and the tall timber forests. The region is also famous for its impressive limestone caves like the Mammoth Cave, Lake Cave and Jewel cave. Other prominent adventure activities in the region include whale watching, kayaking, rock climbing, biking and fishing.   


    Broome and the Kimberley

    The pearling capital of Australia, Broome today is a burgeoning tourist town located south of the Kimberley region. One of the striking attractions of the town include its Cable Beach. This beach has an impressive strand stretch for 22 km and is backed by the alluring red cliffs, sweeping white sands and azure waters. Visitors can enjoy camel rides here post sunset. Broome Historical Museum projects a story of pearl fishing as well as the several Malay, Japanese and Filipino divers who settled here to make a fortune. Other places to see include the Sun Pictures, Malcolm Douglas Wilderness Wildlife Park, Staircase to the Moon, local pearl farms, outdoor cinema, and more. Broome is also the hub of the Kimberley adventures such as the Mitchell Falls, Cape Leveque, Purnululu (Bungle Bungle) National Park, Horizontal Waterfall and Gibb River Road.   


    Purnululu (Bungle Bungle) National Park

    One of the best preserved secret of the planet since past many years is the spectacular rock formation of this park in Kimberley which was concealed from the public eye until the year 1983. However, today this park graces not only the National Lists but has also found a place for itself in the UNESCO World Heritage lists. Visitors who come here can explore the key sites here by undertaking the walking tours which maybe of varying difficulty. Some of the key attractions here include the Echidna Chasm, Cathedral Gorge and Piccaninny Gorge. Taking sightseeing flights is another significant way to appreciate the magnificent structures.


    Ningaloo Reef Marine Park

    Ningaloo Reef Marine Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is also the world’s largest fringing reef and is also one of the few places where the visitors can swim with the whale sharks. The park extends south to some 260 km from the Amherst Point and to Exmouth Gulf’s Bundegi in the north. From there on, it envelopes the Cape Range National Park’s coastal area. You can come across a vivid array of marine beings here including the humpback whales, manta rays, turtles, whale sharks, dugongs along with 300 species of coral and 500 species of fish.


    Rottnest Island

    Take a ferry ride from Fremantle or Perth to reach the Rottnest Island. The island is a car-free nature reserve and a prominent spot for those seeking a break from the city life. There are a number of reasons for you to visit this island. Phenomenal opportunities for water sports like snorkelling and swimming, sparkling bays, coral reefs and white-sand beaches are few of the many reasons that will lure you to the island. Some fascinating places to see here include the Vlamingh Lookout, Rottnest Museum and Parker Point Marine Trail. You also have a number of things to do here including boating, taking walk tours, bicycling and enjoying a game of golf, tennis or bowing.


    Karijini National Park

    Karijini National Park is one of the most beautiful and the largest national parks of the Western Australia. There is a lot to see in this national park that you’ll just not regret taking a trip to the place.


    Shark Bay

    Shark Bay is a site listed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is the world’s biggest and the richest sea grass beds and is prominently known for its population of mats of algae, dugongs and stromatolites.  Enveloped by the beautiful beaches, Denham is certainly the most vital town of the Shark Bay. However, the most attractive tourist attraction in the Shark bay is the Dolphins of the Monkey Mia. Monkey Mia is situated some 25 km from Denham. Besides dolphin watching, visitors can also enjoy other activities like kayaking, diving, camel rides, Aboriginal cultural tours, fishing and swimming.  


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    Coral reefs

    You simply cannot go under without taking an advantage of water sports like diving and snorkeling opportunities on the country’s coral reefs. While most tourists will be flocking the Great Barrier Reef in the east, the West Australia’s Coral Coast has some show stopper reefs of its own. Right from Coral Reef, you can take a swim to the Ningaloo Reef which is also the world’s largest fringing reef. You can experience fascinating marine life here all round the year. During the months of April to June, the whale sharks frequent the reef. On the other hand, if you make a visit during the months of June to November, humpback whale can be a great site. Finally, in the months of January to March which is the hatching season a large population of flat back turtles and hawksbill call WA’s reef their home.


    Horizontal Waterfalls

    Be it anywhere in the world, waterfalls are a sight to behold. However, there are no falls as unique as the Kimberley’s Horizontal Falls. The incredible power of the Kimberley tides builds up pretty quickly and thereafter squeeze through a minor canyon gap within the McLarty Range. These striking landmarks of the Kimberley coast can be reached just by a day excursion tour from Derby or Broome. 

      

    Jewel Cave

    Augusta, the sleepy town is the home to the largest cave show, Jewel Cave in the Western Australia. You can venture into the three magnificent chambers to explore the vivid network of caves as well as the intricate vine-like helictites and stalactites. The Jewel Cave also has one of the longer tubular stalactites of the world. You can take a guided tour to fully understand the history and the meticulous work here.  


    Abundant Sunshine

    Perth is the sunniest city of Australia. Head to one of the Perth beaches and you can enjoy a relaxing day sunbathing with the backdrop of the magnificent beaches fringed with palm trees.


    Wine and dining

    Despite the fact that there are a number of adventure and activities to be enjoyed in Western Australia, you still will find time for romance and relaxation. If you are out on a vacation with your partner, you can head to the Swan Valley wine region where the two of you can eat, drink and shop while exploring the history of the area. Post that you can indulge in the lip smacking food at one of the nearby restaurants.


    Panoramic beaches

    Your trip to the Western Australia is incomplete without relaxing on the magnificent beaches here. The beaches are scenic and the azure turquoise waters here offer a sight to behold. You can swim or carry out the humongous water sports here. Once done you can simply sit by the beach and unwind in the glory of the sun. 

     

    Outback adventures

    Western Australia is known to possess the largest area of outback in the country. This makes it an ideal spot for the adventure seekers who come here seeking some thrill and adventure. Kalgoorlie that lies east of Perth offers a mix of colonial architecture with the 19th century mines. You can also marvel at the Kalgoorlie's Super Pit Mine that produces over 800,000 ounces of gold on annual basis. Those who wish to experience the wild west of Australia can take a road trip down the Gibb River Road.


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