From the stunning beaches of Esperance, forests of the Margaret River Wine Region, aquatic wonderland that is Australia’s Coral Coast, through to the iconic North West, which includes attractions such as Karijini National Park, Bungle Bungles and the Kimberley region - Western Australia is unique, amazing & unforgettable.
Here are is a taste of the awesome places you can visit in Western Australia!
Australia's South West
Beautifully diverse yet easily accessible. It's not often these words are found so close together when describing a destination, but luckily (for travellers!) this is the case in Australia's South West.
Located in the South West corner of Western Australia and starting just two hours drive south of Perth, Australia's South West really does fit the cliché of offering something for everyone, all just a short drive from main roads and highways, making it the perfect self-drive destination.
The breathtaking coastal scenery, towering forests and immense bio-diversity of Australia's South West is best enjoyed when you can spend the most time immersed in it. So staying overnight in the great outdoors is one of the greatest ways to experience the region. Campers can choose from well-equipped caravan and holiday parks, or secluded camp spots in the regions many national parks, however we suggest a mix of both. A warm shower and a friendly chat with your camp neighbours in a caravan park should be interspersed with a few days in the wilderness, parked up by a river's edge or under a canopy of ancient trees in the forest.
Top 10 things to do in Australia's South West
1. Take a guided tour of the fascinating limestone caves throughout the Margaret River Region.
2. Sit down to a delicious long lunch or food/wine pairing at one of the regions many wineries.
3. Wade, cruise or swim with the bottlenose dolphins at the Dolphin Discovery Centre in Koombana Bay, Bunbury.
4. Join one of the self-guided walking trails that take you to areas inaccessible by car, such as the coastal Cape to Cape Track, Bibbulmun Track or Western Australia's highest peak at Bluff Knoll.
5. Walk or train to the end of the 1.8 kilometre Busselton Jetty, where you can descend underwater to meet the sea-life at the Underwater Observatory.
6. After a meandering drive through the hilly countryside, enjoy a Devonshire Tea at one of the many tearooms and cafes in the Blackwood River Valley.
7. Learn how Indigenous and Immigrant history intertwined in Australia's South West with a guided tour of Kodja Place, at Kojonup Visitor Centre.
8. Head to the Albany Farmer's Markets to fill your picnic basket with fresh produce direct from the farms and providores.
9. Spot the migrating Humpback and Southern Right whales (from high vantage points along the coast, or on a tour) as they head north for winter, and return south with their young ones in spring.
10. Plan your trip around one of the not-to-be-missed events such as the Gourmet Escape (food and wine festival, November), Harvey Dickson Country Music Festival (September), Busselton Half Marathon (February) or the Nannup Flower and Garden Festival (August).
Maybe it’s the weather, or the warm people, the great food and wine, awesome experiences or just the positive vibe of the place – or a combination and more – that makes Perth a great place to visit.
Regularly ranked in the top 10 most liveable and attractive cities in the world, Perth is Australia’s only capital city where you can watch an ocean sunset from one of 19 white sand beaches, relax in one of the world’s largest inner city parks and visit world-class local wineries all within just 30 minutes’ drive from the city centre.
With 131 clear blue-sky days every year and an average of nine hours of sunshine per day, Perth is a proud, modern and sophisticated city buzzing with vibrancy and energy. Having undergone a renaissance in recent times that effortlessly blends urban cool with raw natural beauty, Perth has much more to offer than just amazing beaches and unforgettable ocean sunsets.
Rolling verdant countryside colourfully carpeted in spring with wildflowers, colonial history, national parks, quaint country towns, edgy art galleries, unforgettable wildlife encounters and a jam-packed events calendar are just some of the other elements that make Perth a great place to visit. Add an island paradise that’s just a 30 minute cruise from the coast, good transport, clean air and really good food and you’d have to admit it’s a destination that’s hard to beat.
Australia's Golden Outback
Western Australia’s Golden Outback is a vast and surprisingly diverse region of outback Australia. Covering 54 per cent of WA, it stretches from the rugged red earth of Mt Augustus in the north of the Gascoyne-Murchison region to the sweeping snow-white beaches of Esperance and the South Coast.
At the very heart of Western Australia’s Golden Outback lies the modern mining hub of Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields, offering fascinating insights into the history and heritage of the wild gold rush days. And in the Wheatbelt to the west, picturesque rolling farmland is dotted with colourful rural townships.
Outback history and culture
The wild outback history of Western Australia played a highly important role in shaping the future of the entire state. As well as a rich Indigenous history and heritage, the Golden Outback is the birth place of Western Australia’s gold rush era, and where the early pastoral pioneers laid the foundations for today’s agricultural industry.
Take an incredible journey of discovery through the outback history of Western Australia and experience the unique history and ancient cultures of the Golden Outback’s Indigenous communities.
Learn how the lure of gold brought thousands of fortune seekers to the Kalgoorlie and Murchison goldfields in the late 1800s. Many of the towns you see today began life as gold rush settlements and still retain their old-world charm. Others have long been abandoned and all that remains are eerie ghost towns and ruins.
The region’s agricultural history is just as colourful, and you can follow in the footsteps of the hardy pioneers who ventured deep into the outback and developed the untamed land for pastoral farming.
Why not visit some of the Golden Outback’s many historical sites, museums and heritage trails that offer amazing insights into the lives of the brave and courageous who shaped the outback history of Western Australia.
Indigenous history and culture
The Indigenous history and culture of Western Australia’s Golden Outback was shaped by the ancient tribes that have inhabited the region for many thousands of years. These include the Wongi people of the Western Desert and the Goldfields, the Yamatji people of the Gascoyne-Murchison region and the Noongar people from the Wheatbelt and Esperance-South Coast.
Unlike other early civilizations around the world, the Indigenous history and culture of Western Australia’s Golden Outback was not focused on building permanent structures or clearing the earth to cultivate crops. Instead, their spiritual beliefs and way of life were closely bound to the land, sea and sky.
The Dreaming is the foundation of Indigenous culture and spiritual beliefs. The ancestral Dreaming spirits, who could change their form into animals, people or any physical feature, travelled across the country shaping the natural environment and establishing religious and moral systems for Indigenous Australians. They also created the natural environment, and the humans and animal species that populated the land.
When their work was complete, the spirits transformed themselves into hills and other physical features, leaving evidence of their presence in the natural environment, where they still remain a powerful spiritual force for Indigenous Australians.
The Dreaming is not just an integral part of the Indigenous history and culture of Western Australia’s Golden Outback, it’s also an important source of information for day-to-day survival. Dreaming stories map out the location of water, places to gather food, campsites and significant landscape features, while also linking distant tribes to other Indigenous communities.
Spiritual sites and Indigenous art
Western Australia’s Golden Outback is rich in fascinating Dreamtime history. At Mulka's Cave, near Hyden, you can learn about the legend of Mulka and marvel at well preserved examples of Indigenous rock art. Throughout the Gascoyne-Murchison region, Indigenous guided tours explain how the ancient land was shaped by the ancestral Dreaming spirits. And at Mt Augustus, you can see the world’s largest rock, twice as big as Ayers Rock (Uluru), and Indigenous rock art believed to be 10,000 to 40,000 years old.
Historic Indigenous sites are valuable resources. Please help preserve these places for future generations. Avoid touching or stepping on the area, leave no rubbish behind and do not mark the site in any way. See Conservation for more details about caring for the outback environment.
Indigenous art today
Indigenous art galleries and art centres throughout the region showcase the work of local traditional and contemporary Indigenous artists. In some places, you can even watch the artists at work.
Australia's north west
A visit to Australia's North West will take you through some of the world’s most amazing untouched wilderness areas, giving you a real Australian outback experience.
Covering over one million square kilometres (four times the size of the United Kingdom), North West Australia is split into two areas of breathtaking natural beauty, the Kimberley region and the Pilbara region. The ancient landscapes of these regions are a contrast of rugged ranges, stunning gorges, pristine sandy beaches and untouched islands and reefs. They’re also home to wildlife, birdlife and plant species you won’t find anywhere else on the planet.
Cultural experiences to suit all tastes and budgets can be found in the Kimberley region and the Pilbara region. Take an authentic Indigenous tour and learn about local Indigenous history and culture, hear Dreamtime stories and try bush tucker.
Stay at the exotic seaside town of Broome in the Kimberley region and sail on an old pearl lugger at sunset or ride a camel along Broome's beautiful Cable Beach. Visit Karratha, the gateway to the beautiful Karijini National Park, and Kununurra, the gateway to the Bungle Bungle Range in the Kimberley.
Australia's North West is a truly memorable and remarkable experience and travelling the region in your RedSands Camper will make it all the more enjoyable.