Spanning 1,490 miles from north to south, Western Australia covers a third of the continent and is the largest state you can visit Down Under. Here, you can experience Australia's sunniest capital city, whitest beach and largest expanse of outback; discover one of the oldest living cultures on earth and UNESCO World Heritage reef and rock formations; enjoy fantastic surf, premium wines, abundant wildlife and sill have lots of reasons to return.
With its five diverse regions, Western Australia is an inspirational travel destination. From sub-tropical wilderness in the north west, to one of the planet's largest fringing reefs on the Coral Coast; from an arid desert landscape in the Golden Outback to Australia's sunniest capital as its hub, and one of the world's biodiversity hotspots in the south west.
In Perth you can enjoy the beach lifestyle, relax in natural bushland, sample world-class local wines and watch an ocean sunset all within just 30 minutes of the city. Averaging 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, it's also the sunniest state capital and boasts a string of 19 beautifully clean and uncrowded beaches, from iconic Cottesloe to the surf mecca of Scarborough. Situated beside the Swan River, the best city views are found from Kings Park and Botanic Garden where you can stroll the treetop walk or picnic among the gum trees.
Known as 'Freo' by the Aussies, Fremantle lies on the coast just south of Perth. It's a vibrant port city which blends the old with new creating an enriching cultural experience. Just half an hour from Fremantle by ferry is Rottnest Island, the only place to see quokkas – a cross between a rabbit and a kangaroo!
Around three hours drive south of Perth is the quaint bustling town of Margaret River, and the only wine region in Australia where you can hop from award-wining wineries and restaurants to stunning beaches, tall-timber forests, world-class surf breaks and ancient caves.
If you have time to explore more we highly recommend Busselton, which lies on a calm turquoise bay and is home to the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere; or, the rugged coastline of Albany is breathtakingly beautiful and a fitting backdrop to a dramatic whaling, convict and settler history. The Coral Coast is a stunning region home to beaches, exotic marine life, national reserves and the bluest ocean you'll see anywhere in the world. The North West is one of the world's last true wilderness areas and the place to go for an authentic Aussie outback adventure, while in Kalgoorlie you'll find a mix of gold rush history, grand colonial buildings and immense mining operations.
GMT +8 hours.
Perth is approximately 17 hours from the UK (including a stopover).
As the second largest state in the world, Western Australia is very much a year-round destination with a Mediterranean climate in the south, desert in the east and tropical conditions in the north.
British Passport Holders require a visa to enter Australia. This is called an eVisitor and is an authority to visit Australia for tourism purposes for a maximum of 3 months. eVisitor can only be processed online.Find out more