If you’ve never been to WA, you’re missing out. There’s a reason (many, actually) that Perth and Western Australia are featuring on prestigious travel lists around the world (think Lonely Planet and New York Times). Here are the top 10 reasons to visit Western Australia and see what all the fuss is about.
Easy Stuff to Love About WA
1. Meet a quokka
Native to Rottnest Island, these little marsupials were once mistaken for giants rats, hence the name Rottnest (rat’s nest in Dutch, apparently). They’ve become quite famous over the past few years thanks to some clever bloke who snapped a hilarious pic of himself with a smiling quokka. Now everyone’s doing it.
2. Watch a gorgeous sunset
The sun does set in the west, which means Western Australia has some incredibly beautiful sunsets. Visit Broome, Busselton and Fremantle for some of the best.
3. Wine lovers paradise
With 8 wine regions in Western Australia, wine drinkers may never want to leave. Of course, the Margaret River region is among the top, but don’t forget about the Swan Valley and the Great Southern regions. Singlefile Wines near Denmark is a humdinger.
4. Feel the sunshine
Perth is Australia’s sunniest capital with about 8 hours of sun a day making it a mighty fine reason to visit Western Australia. The summers (December – February inclusive) can get hot! It’s not uncommon for the mercury to reach 40 Celcius in the city. And when the days get shorter and the temps fall, just head north to Broome and beyond for an endless summer.
5. Crack a cold one
If you’re a beer drinker, get prepared to be happy. Western Australia producing some exceptional craft beer, starting at the birthplace of craft beer, Fremantle. I’m a huge fan of Little Creatures and I can highly recommend their brewery tour and tasting session. When down south, do check out Wild Hop Brewing Co on Wildwood Road and the crew at Darleen’s in Busselton for some of the brews by Rocky Ridge.
6. Get art smart
A couple of years ago, the City of Perth decided to make the city pretty by commissioning artists to paint the town red. And blue, green, yellow – all colours! Now, you’ll spy art at every head turn as you walk the streets and see the sights. Another fine art initiative that’s a must-see is the Public Silo Trail by FORM WA. There are 7 rural towns with large-scale murals painted on the sides of grain silos. And they are amazing! Plan a 3 or 4-day road-trip and travel to Albany to see them all.
7. Beaches galore
For sun-worshippers and water babies, the beaches are big reasons to visit Western Australia in the summertime. Even if you don’t venture far from Perth, you’ll still find plenty of sand-and-sun spots. Think Cottesloe Beach, City Beach and Trigg Beach in Perth. And if you are travelling further afield, Yallingup Beach and Smiths Beach down south and Cable Beach in Broome are worth the kilometres.
8. Varied history
Indigenous Australians have lived in Western Australia for 50,000+ years. By the early 1600s, the first European landed after being blown off his course while trying to make land in Batavia (now called Jakarta). But it took another 200 years before more Europeans came and set up shop known as the Swan River Colony. The best way to get a vivid and interesting history lesson about Perth and Western Australia is with a walking tour. Try the award-winning team at Two Feet and a Heartbeat or the wonderful folk at Oh Hey WA and you’ll learn all the best bits of history.
9. Proud culture
Aboriginal culture is alive and well, and a great reason to visit Western Australia. Travel to rural WA and visit cultural centres – Northam has a new one – and see and read the plight of the original owners and custodians of this beautiful land. The best way to really understand and experience the culture is with a tour. In Denmark, Joey Williams of Poornarti Aboriginal Tours is not only a tour guide through Noongar Country, but he’s also a very talented artist too.
10. Hidden gems
Of course, there are many reasons to visit Western Australia and there’s no way I could fit them all into one blog post. The beauty of WA is that there are many things to discover as you explore, talk to people, eat the regional foods, attend the festivals, and generally experience all that this great state has to offer its residents and visitors.
More Reasons to Visit Western Australia
- Fremantle Markets
- The Kimberely
- Camels on beaches
- Kings Park in Perth
- Boutique bars
- Gourmet foods and top chefs
- Skydiving over Rottnest Island