First Class Experiences: Western Australia

Western Australia is known for many things, including natural beauty and with the news it is opening its borders on 3rd March for fully vaccinated travellers. Meera, our Head of Marketing, showcases the best places to visit in Western Australia.

"As a first-timer to Australia, you naturally think of those iconic landmarks, Sydney, Uluru, Great Barrier Reef, which are no doubt beautiful places. Back in 2010, I spent a year living in Australia with the intention of moving to the east coast, but after seeing Western Australia, I ended up staying there for most of my time - this region draws you in and makes you want to go back over and over again; the natural beauty that you will not find anywhere else, the untouched coastlines, not to mention the unique wildlife, vineyards, incredible experiences and so much more. I returned in 2020 and will no doubt be going back in the future!"

1. See the quokkas in Rottnest Island
A small island off the coast of Perth, the beauty of Rottnest Island is second to none. Only accessible by boat or plane from the mainland, there is an incredible variety of things to do from cycling around the island to discovering incredible landscapes on a leisurely stroll. The highlight of this island is Quokka spotting! The quokkas are easy to find and approachable, keep a close eye on bushes and more remote areas by the side of the roads away from the busy parts. They don’t recommend feeding or touching the animals, but you are still able to get quite close.

2. Go wine tasting in Margaret River
Margaret River’s rolling vineyards are set against a backdrop of breathtaking and forest scenery. This wine region boasts over 215 vineyards and 180 wineries for you to sample. Approximately 3 hours south of Perth by road, you will find pristine beaches, award-winning wines, bright sunny days, and remarkable food. Spend some time getting to know the wine makers, sample their wines and then pair your chosen wine with a stunning view and great company. Find out why the Margaret River region is known globally for its wine and beaches on this 3 day self-drive adventure from Perth. 

3. See incredible sunsets and dinosaur footprints in Broome
“Picture perfect” is the only way to describe the sunsets at Broome’s Cable Beach and an iconic camel ride across the beach is a must. Stretching over 22km, the untouched white sand and crystal clear waters are Indian Ocean-facing so no wonder this coastline is a must see. Also known as the Dinosaur Coast, Broome’s coastline is dotted with perfectly preserved dinosaur footprints dating back over 130 million years. Only discovered in 2011, the footprints range in size from 20cm to a whopping 1.5m. 

Broome collage Meera

4. Get up close and personal with stingrays in Hamelin Bay
Famous for the abundance of stingrays which frequent the bay, snorkel around the bay, and let these friendly creatures swim beneath you. Certain times of day see the stingrays come closer to shore to feed on the fishermen’s scraps left in this old fishing port. Just remember that they are wild animals and can be aggressive if they feel threatened. Please note, feeding any wildlife in Western Australia is illegal.

5. Visit Western Australia’s iconic city, Perth
From the world’s largest inner city park to the white sandy beaches on the outskirts of the city. Perth has it all. Nicknamed Australia’s sunniest state, this diverse city has a multitude of activities right on its fingertips. Just a 20 minute drive away you’ll find many attractions including the Freemantle markets, the pretty beach town of Scarborough or cruise on Swan River and sample the regions great wines. 

6. Stop at Busselton Jetty, the longest pier in the southern hemisphere
Just a two and a half hour drive south of Perth, the Busselton Jetty can be found in the seaside resort town of Busselton. Extending 1.84km long over the waters of Geographe Bay, a must see for any tourist in the area. Home to one of only six underwater observatories in the world, why not experience the marine life beneath the jetty for yourself: snorkel, scuba dive or take part in a SeaTREK® undersea walk through the pylons and marine life of the 150 year old jetty. 

7. Hit the road on a Western Australia adventure
Full of scenic landscapes, lush forests, vineyards, and bustling cities to contrast. The Western regions make for a perfect self-driving holiday, especially if you’re keen to witness unique marine fauna.  Whether it’s the delights of Margaret River or a spectacular drive to Monkey Mia, famous for its dolphins, a laid back self-drive holiday will grant you an experience of a lifetime!

8. Fly to Australia with Qantas
Flying direct from London to Perth with Qantas means that Australia is now more accessible from the UK than ever before! Famous for its sunshine and pristine beaches, Western Australia boasts a diversity of landscapes and experiences waiting for you to discover. The Qantas Dreamliner is one of the most advanced long-haul aircraft and the passenger comfort onboard is out of this world. 

Meera Qantas

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