Australia’s biggest state presents travellers with an overwhelming amount of choice as to how they spend their holiday. Go down south for Margaret River’s famous wineries and beaches? Take a camel ride on Broome’s Cable Beach at sunset? Or maybe enjoy a city stay in cosmopolitan Perth? Sometimes, choice is, well, overwhelming. That’s why Journey Beyond has narrowed down four of the finest ways to get a taste of what Western Australia has to offer.
1. Arrive in style
Skip the airport’s taxi line and arrive in Perth on board the Indian Pacific. It will get you right into east Perth and from there, the city (and the state) is your oyster. An all-inclusive Indian Pacific journey features Off Train Experiences and premium food and wine, much of it inspired by Western Australia’s coast, paddocks and vineyards.
2. Go horizontal
When David Attenborough refers to something as one of the world’s great natural wonders, you know it’s going to be good. Out west, the waterfalls flow horizontally and that’s what you’ll see with Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures. With day (and overnight) tours, you’ll fly low over the astounding falls before getting up close in a speed boat where you really get an appreciation for the power and magnitude of water rushing through two narrow gorges of the McLarty Ranges.
3. Get off the grid
The Ningaloo Coast is home to one of the world’s longest fringing reefs and when you step from your eco-tent at Sal Salis onto the sand dunes, you’ll be just a few quick strokes from an underwater paradise. There’s also the chance to swim with whale sharks and humpback whales, which really puts things in perspective. But there’s plenty of beauty on land too with Mandu Mandu and Yardie Creek Gorges home to impressive views, black footed wallabies and thousands of years of history.
4. Head overseas
Sitting pretty just a little more than 20 kilometres off the coast of Perth is Rottnest Island, or ‘Rotto’ to the locals. A quick ferry ride from Fremantle or Perth’s Barrack Street, will have you on a car-free island with 63 pristine beaches to explore, turquoise water, both premium and rustic accommodation and fluffy, friendly, photographic marsupials that go by the name of quokkas. Hire a bike or board the Rottnest Express Adventure Boat or Discovery Bus to make the most of the island paradise with Rottnest Express.
Been inspired by one of the above unique experiences but not sure how to make it happen? Journey Beyond has put together three spectacular itineraries on sale this September and for travel from March through to November 2022. Combining at least two of the above remarkable experiences, these curated itineraries are designed to take care of the planning, so all you need to do is pack your suitcase and anticipate what’s set to be a holiday of epic proportions.
Visit the Journey Beyond website and make 2022 the year of Western Australian wonders.