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The big, bold, bountiful land of Western Australia has a remarkable range of top shelf holiday destinations for the traveller. You can choose from; vast wilderness areas, towering forests, bewildering landforms, arid saltbush deserts, pristine coral coasts and colourful cities.

The best place to start your exciting adventure is the beautiful state capital of Perth. A visitor feels very welcome here. Take a leisurely stroll through Kings Park and view the city skyline. Wander through Hay Street Mall and London Court and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the superb shopping precincts. Don’t miss the Cultural Centre, and the Perth Mint. Balmy evenings in the ‘City of Lights’ are delightful. Here you can wine and dine while viewing a kaleidoscope of neon reflections on the sparkling waters of the Swan River.

When dawn breaks on yet another warm, sunny day, take a cruise down to Fremantle, which is virtually a suburb of Perth. The friendly charm of this vibrant port city is most evident at the famous Fremantle Markets, which are full of tempting trinkets and colourful crafts. Catch the ferry to Rottnest Island, which is a jewel in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Quokka spotting is popular here. As you take the bus, cycle or walk around the car-free island you will see this quaint little critter hopping happily around.

From Perth, the eastern highway takes you into the vast desert expanse of the Nullarbor Plain, where the fascinating Kalgoorlie goldfields still yield precious metals to avid fossickers. Take the highway south to explore the delights of the Margaret River region – majestic karri and jarrah forests, underground caverns and surfing beaches. Further on is the picturesque port of Albany and magnificent national parks along the coast to Esperance.

The northern coastal highway opens up a whole world of new experiences. The vast fields of wildflowers in spring will surprise you, as will the bewildering landforms of Wave Rock and the Pinnacles Desert. The World Heritage ecotourism gem, Shark Bay, is home to sharks, dugongs and turtles. Friendly dolphins love to frolic at Monkey Mia, and giant whale sharks can be seen playing at Ningaloo Reef.

The premier adventure in this big state is the far north wilderness of the Kimberley Region, regarded as Australia’s last frontier. This area has huge cattle stations, spectacular gorges and fascinating Aboriginal culture, plus surreal beehive domes called the Bungle Bungles, which defy logic. Broome is the southern gateway to the Kimberley. Here you can see the finest sea pearls in the world.

Wonderful Western Australia has many scenic and ecological treasures. From Outback grandeur to glorious coral coasts, the biggest state offers a larger than life travel experience.