The spectacle and majesty of Sydney is all well and good, as is the uber-hip multicultural hub that is Melbourne, but while many British tourists flock to these more obvious destinations they neglect the equally diverse treasures of Western Australia. The great thing about the western provinces is their ability to combine spectacular natural beauty with an unaffected urban cool.
Like the US and Canada, Australia’s sheer vastness can be daunting to Brits and other Europeans for whom geographical limitations are never more than a passing concern (Geordies in particular are accustomed to crossing from one city-Newcastle into another-Gateshead via a single bridge that takes about 10 minutes to traverse). Australia is well and truly massive and seeing all that it has to offer can be all-but impossible to those who don’t have a lot of time and / or money to donate to the cause. Western Australia, however, offers a truly diverse experience that encapsulates everything you’d want from an Australian holiday in one place.
Perth is one of Australia’s coolest cities, offering the same super cool range of bars and clubs as its more celebrated counterparts like Sydney and Melbourne but with an effortless quality that makes one feel far more at home straight off the plane. It also has a recently revivified arts scene to rival its Melburnian cousin. For all its diversity, Perth is relatively easy to traverse with most areas easily and affordably accessible by a car from Burswood Car Rentals in Perth. Whether you’re looking to shop till you drop, eat till you pop, grow your mind in galleries or dance the night away (or all of the above), you can find it in Perth.
When you think about it, it’s a miracle Australians make it to adulthood at all. The continent is fraught with danger, and vast swathes of it are completely uninhabitable due to a combination of inhospitable terrain and aggressively venomous wildlife. As such, over time civilisations built up along the coast. Thus, gorgeous sandy beaches became a quintessential part of the Australian holiday experience, and the beaches in and around Perth do not disappoint. City Beach has a Sydney-harbour-esque quality with its high class waterside restaurants and impressive new amphitheatre, whereas Bathers Beach in Fremantle can rival anything you’d find in Bondi.
Just a short ferry ride away the nature reserve of Rottnest Island is not only dazzlingly beautiful but a host to some of the most intriguing wildlife you’ll find anywhere in Australia. The little island haven is home to the world’s largest concentration of Quokka, the super cute and gratifyingly friendly native marsupials that look like the delightful hybrid of a koala and a guinea pig.
The coral coast
The western coral coast is beyond doubt the crown jewel of the region, with pristine white beaches, azure waters and extremely diverse marine habitats. Check out the World Heritage-listed Shark Bay and Ningaloo Reef where you can swim with the largest fish in the sea, the gentle (and completely harmless) whale shark.