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WA is massive, no doubt about that. Just like pondering over a menu, it can sometimes be overwhelming choosing where to take off from Perth and venture out into the open road because there are so many good options to choose from.
To make the decision process easier for you, we have created a snackable list – a WA Travel Guide of our top WA regional spots on where to holiday next.
The south’s largest seaside city Albany is one of pure natural beauty and historical significance, just five hours drive south of Perth.
What was initially earmarked to be WA’s capital has a lot going for it; scenic hikes over Princess Royal Harbour and King George Sound, larger-than-life street art, quirky independent outlets and a living museum into Australia’s wartime past.
Pay your respects at the National ANZAC Centre. Engage with deeply personal experiences of the First World War with audio commentary and historical artefacts provided in the centre. Make sure you immerse yourself with Albany’s stunning surroundings too with a visit to Natural Bridge at The Gap or take a casual stroll around Mount Clarence.
Need more Albany inspiration? Head to Australia’s South West to discover more.
Coral Bay is WA’s favourite tiny coastal paradise and a World Heritage-listed site.
This one-strip town is a playground for beach enthusiasts and avid snorkelers keen to explore the thriving marine sanctuary and stunning coral gardens just metres from shore. The area attracts whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and over 500 varieties of fish, making it one place for epic wildlife viewing.
There are many adventurous tours to take part in to make the most of your coastal visit. Take part in a manta ray tour and see the ocean’s friendly giant dance, hop on a quad bike and ride the dunes, cast a reel in to land yourself a catch of the day or dive the depths of the bay.
Need more Coral Bay inspiration? Head to Australia’s Coral Coast to discover more.
WA’s winter-summery paradise Broome is one colourful spot in the Top End, both culturally and naturally. It’s where burnt red cliffs meet the big ocean blue, with green mangrove trees dotting the waterways, making one extraordinary backdrop. Broome is also a cultural melting pot of Aboriginal, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Malay and European cultures as a result of the pearling industry that continues to thrive today.
A way to experience Broome’s unique culture all in one place is a visit to the Broome Courthouse Markets. The markets run every Saturday and is a place to discover local artworks, see live music, find affordable jewellery and buy Broome-ready attire. Other ways to enjoy the best of Broome include an Old Town Broome walking tour, checking out dinosaur footprints at low-tide at Gantheaume Point and of course, catching a sunset (and train of camels!) at the iconic Cable Beach. If you get your timings right too, you will be treated to Earth’s grandest stairway, Staircase to the Moon – a natural phenomenon that occurs when the full moon rises over the tidal flats of Roebuck Bay.
Need more Broome inspiration? Head to Australia’s North West to discover more.