Western Australia – The Top 21 Hot Spots to Visit Part One

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1. Perth

Western Australia's capital is known for its pristine beaches, parks and rivers. Located next to the Swan River, Perth is a fantastic spot to visit with many attractions stretching in every direction. Close to the city, Kings Park is a great place to picnic and enjoy the river views. Further inland, visit the Swan Valley with peaceful wineries, art galleries and festivals throughout the year, and the Hills district. With Fremantle and Rottnest Island on the coast, and coastal towns dotted in either direction, Perth is a fantastic holiday destination.

2. Fremantle

Fremantle is a trendy, port city located south from Perth. It is a must for a day trip or longer stay, with heritage buildings, markets, art galleries and fishing boat harbor all great for a wander and shopping spree. The Maritime Museum will give you a perspective on the region's history, as well as the convict jail and Fremantle prison. You will love this attractive and interesting region and it is suggested you stay for at least a few days, if not more.

3. Rottnest Island

Located west of Perth, this is one of the most visited
attractions in the region. Your experience at Rottnest Island will never be forgotten, with coral reefs, white sandy beaches and cycling some of the drawcards. A unique marsupial called the Quokker also makes its home on the island, and there is plenty of underwater marine life for
everyone. There are daily ferries from Fremantle and plenty of accommodation on the island if you want to stay longer. Make sure you visit Rottnest if you can.

4. Mandurah

Mandurah is a tranquil, cultural city set on Mandjar Bay, where many of the locals and tourists flock to enjoy the views and waterfront café's and restaurants. The Mandurah Ocean Marina is an experience, with incredible fishing vessels and parklands suitable for a great family outing. Located just south of Perth in the Peel region, it is perfect for a day trip with beautiful scenery along the way. Further out into the Peel inlet you might see some of the many dolphins, pelicans and water birds which frequent the area. There are plenty of water activities to choose from.

5. Swan Valley

Perfect for a getaway, Swan Valley has vineyards, bushwalks and fantastic restaurants to attract visitors from all directions. There are plenty of art galleries, and panoramic views of the valley which will make your trip worthwhile. You can also visit the valley on a cruise up the Swan River, head head into Guildford and take a horse drawn wagon, or jump on a horse to explore the region at a slower pace. The Darling Range is located further inland, with beautiful John Forrest National Park offering plenty of bushwalks, camping and canoeing activities.

6. Coral Bay

This seaside town is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the ideal coastal surroundings. Two hours flight from Perth, Coral Bay sits next to the Ningaloo Reef which is just off
the beach. Fantastic for keen snorkellers and scuba divers, there is an abundance of marine life here, with humpback whales, turtles, manta rays, dugongs and the impressive whale shark. As you would expect, fishing is a favorite past-time here, with coral trout, blue marlin and sailfish hooked regularly. You will always be glad you came to visit.

7. Broome

Known as the gateway to the Kimberley, Broome has an incredible history and spectacular beaches. The popular Cable Beach is the place to stay with resorts and long stretches of white sand and crystal blue waters inviting visitors worldwide. The waters are also home to South Sea Pearls, which can be seen mostly in Chinatown. Another natural attraction is the Staircase to the Moon, an illusion during full moon on the silver mudflats which lasts for most of the year. Located in Western Australia's far north, Broome is a worthy two and a half hours flight from Perth, and a cultural, diverse and memorable place to visit.

8. Kalgoolie

One of Western Australia's largest and prosperous cities, and an hour's flight east from Perth, Kalgoolie is a fascinating place to visit. Being one of the world's most important mining regions there are plenty of attractions and smaller ghost towns which make an interesting day trip. It also features the state's largest indoor pool, great to escape the heat. September brings the Boulder and Kalgoolie Cup, a horse race with a difference! There is every type of accommodation available if you want to stay longer and enjoy all this top city has to offer.

9. Monkey Mia

Home to the bottlenosed dophin, and located on the world heritage coastline, Monkey Mia has to be on your 'to see' list. It is located 30 minutes north from Denham, and has a large number of animals and bird life which make it a haven for nature lovers. What makes it most attractive is the unique ritual performed by the wild bottlenosed dolphins. Every day they swim into the shallows of the bay to interact with thrilled humans, bringing tourists from all over the world to experience something so special. Denham also offers great accommodation and activities which will make your stay here an unforgettable experience.

10. Kalbarri

Two hours drive from Geraldton, Kalbarri is one of the prettiest holiday destinations, with an abundance of wildflowers and perfect climate for most of the year. In Kalbarri National Park you will find most of the State's wildflower bushland, with over 800 species blooming. There are spectacular cliffs, still blue waters, plenty of fishing spots and friendly dolphins and whales close to the coastline. The parrot breeding center is a must see, and the daily pelican feeding is always great to watch. Visit he offshore Abrolhos Islands for a fun filled day trip. Located on the Murchison River, Kalbarri is recommended as one of the favorite top spots. Rent a car and experience this beautiful town.

Source by Jenny Brewer