Can You ‘Catch ‘Em All’? Where to Find Pokémon in Western Australia
In just a few weeks, Pokémon GO has become one of the greatest crazes in recent history.
However, to become the ultimate Pokémon Master, you’ll have to travel far-and-wide.
To help you get there, I’ve created the ultimate Pokémon Go travel guide – you’ll get to catch ‘em all and discover extraordinary Western Australia. It’s #JustAnotherDayinWA, really.
So, with the help of our friends from the local Pokémon social media community, some mapping tools and good old-fashioned walking, I’ve discovered some of the world’s rarest Pokémon across Western Australia.
From Perth to Bunbury, Geographe Bay to Margaret River, Albany and Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, the Coral Coast and as far north as Broome; There are a number of rare Pokémon to collect, Gyms and PokeStops to discover.
So, where can you Catch Em All in Western Australia? Load up on those Pokéballs, let’s get ready to travel.
One of the world’s largest inner-city parks, Kings Park is now a major hub of Pokémon hunting in Western Australia. An obvious first stop for a would-be Pokémon Master.
Players have been seduced to Kings Park, most commonly in the evenings. We’re told that some nights (if you’re lucky) from around 9 – 11pm, a Dragonite may appear in the park.
Drop a lure at a PokeStop, or a set a potion, and take a walk through the beautiful reserves. You’ll find dozens of Pokémon and hundreds of fellow players.
Venture into Perth City and find dozens of Pokestops for Pokeballs, Potions and Eggs, Gyms and non-stop activity.
There’s no point on searching for Pokémon on an empty stomach. Stop off at Trackside Bakery at Perth Train Station for some Pokémon themed baked goods, before you venture off.
Queens Gardens is a perfect spot to train, with eight PokeStops in the park and more in the immediate area. Meanwhile, not too far away at Claisebrook Cove in East Perth you’ll find Pokestops at landmarks every 30 to 50 meters.
Next, head for the Murray Street Mall, where players are reporting a Muk is hiding amongst shoppers.
A rare Kangaskhan is also known to be found in the CBD, one of the few places in Western Australia where you can find this Pokémon. A rare Tauros was reported in the city recently, this Pokémon so far isn’t seen in the wild outside of North America, a big find if true.
A walk around the Swan River is a must; take to the bridges from the Narrows Bridge across South Perth, to Burswood – where you may find an Ekan – and back to East Perth. This 15 kilometer walk will be highly rewarding, with at least 7 gyms in the area and more Pokestops at key landmarks than you’ll ever need.
Elsewhere in the suburbs of Perth, you may find some fairly uncommon Pokémon.
At Herdsman Lake, Osbourne Park, one player stumbled on a very rare Poliwrath. A Venusaur was spotted recently on the Swan River at Nedlands. A Wigglytuff was discovered at Bibra Lake in Perth’s southern suburbs, the only one seen in Perth that we know of so far.
The elusive Kangaskhan has been seen in Malaga, Morley and Landsdale, that’s according to Pokémon GO Perth group members.
Take a walk around historic Fremantle, stop for a coffee and find a Venusaur on the ‘Cappuccino Strip’; Watch the sunset while catching Goldeen and Oddish at Bathers Beach; Tuck into some fish and chips at the Fishing Boat Harbour, where you’ll find a Dodo.
Take a day trip to wine country, to the Swan Valley, just outside of Perth. While you make your way through some of Australia’s best wineries, micro-breweries and restaurants, discover hard-to-find Pokémon in the region, including a Tangela, a Voltorb and a Vapereon.
On the Palm Beach foreshore in Rockingham, you’ll find very rare water based Pokémon spawning. We found a Dragonair, one of only a few reported in Western Australia, a Meowth, a Seel and a Magnemite, all while walking along the beach at Mangles Bay. Just a few kilometers away, at the main car park at Point Perron, discover about a dozen common Pokémon for your catchment.
A short ferry-ride off the Perth coast, you can find many Pokémon and PokeStops in between Quokka Selfies, as you cycle around the Island. People who’ve recently visited Rottnest said they found Dragonair, Hypno, Electrode, Raichu, Magnamite, Rhydon and Arbok.
In Hillarys, a hard-to-find Charizard can be found near Mawsons Park. Down at the Hillarys Boat Harbour, you can find an Onyx near the Yacht Club, a Tentacruel at the Breakwater Tavern, and a Exeggcute near the Marina Beach. We’re told a Vaporeon spawns at Burns Beach in the late afternoon and early evenings.
North to Yanchep, a Primeape has been spotted on the coast, only a few have these have been seen in Western Australia so far.
Players in Mandurah have indicated there are a lot of Pokémon around the foreshore areas. Typical water spawning Pokémon are all-over. We found our first Golduck on the foreshore of Mandurah.
In the Bunbury CBD and toward the waterfront, you can find a variety of Pokémon and Pokestops to fuel up. A Poregon and a Voltorb have been seen in the area.
Stay refreshed between hunts at Barbados Restaurant and Bar in Bunbury, the team have created a unique Pokémon food and cocktail menu.
The stretch from Eagle Bay to Dunsborough and Busselton is extremely rewarding for any player. You’ll find a huge array of rare and hard-to-get Pokémon – Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander, Poliwhirl, Onix, Tentacool, Pinsir, Magmar, Mankey have all been seen around the town and on the beach at Geographe Bay.
Take a walk down the iconic heritage listed Busselton Jetty to the Underwater Observatory, our friends at Tweet Busselton caught a Poliwag there, out in the early afternoon sun.
In Western Australia’s famous south-west wine region, you can find plenty PokeStops and Pokémon around town and spawning at nearby vineyards. We’re told a sleepy Snorlax has been seen having a lazy afternoon outside the Margaret River Chocolate Factory.
In Mount Barker, another Snorlax has been spotted close to town center, while in Albany a number of rare water Pokémon are seen spawning by King George Sound.
Take a stroll along Esperance Bay and Lucky Bay, on the south coast. The Pokémon love to squeaky-clean sands of the area, you’ll find an array of land and sea Pokémon around town.
Ashley from Esperance told me she’s caught three Parasect spawning by the beach; she also caught a Snorlax and an Kagaskhan, an Onix, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan and Porygon.
In Western Australia’s famed Goldfields, players are reporting a lot of land spawning Pokémon. In Australia’s largest Outback City of Kalgoorlie, a Parasect and a highly sort after Pikachu has been netted in town. Many common Pokémon were found near the Super Pit goldmine.
At Geraldton, 4-hours drive north of Perth, a very rare Vaporeon was found near the coast.
Reports on social media said an Onyx has appeared during the daytime in the town. Lisa from Pokémon WA community says she found Jolteon, Magmar, Charmander, Graveler, Ponyta and Rhyhorn around town.
North of Geraldton, in the same Midwest region of Western Australia, a rare Wigglytuff has been seen near Kalbarri on the estuary beach.
From Monkey Mia through to Exmouth, Coral Bay and Denham are Pokémon hotspot and there are multiple PokeStops across the region; If you’ve got time between incredible whale shark, turtle, dolphin and coral encounters, that is.
This mining port of Port Hedland in the Pilbara is home to two of the world’s rarest Pokémon. A Omastar was found nearby, one of the few sightings in Western Australia. A very rare Charmeleon has also been found just outside of town.
Take a stroll along beautiful Cable Beach, while you have time before sunset, you might spot a few water spawning Pokémon. There are quite a few local PokeStops and gyms to battle in.
Visit WesternAustralia.com to plan your next trip in Western Australia.
While you play, remember to stay safe and aware of your surroundings at all times. Happy Pokémon hunting travels in Western Australia, I hope you catch ’em all.
This post was created in collaboration with Tourism Western Australia. Head to WesternAustralia.com for help planning your journey across Western Australia. Happy Pokémon hunting!
Information thanks to user generated sighting information on Poke Radar