Western Australia is Australia’s largest and most rugged state, home to untouched coastlines, wine country, endless outback landscapes and desserts and some of the most remarkable national parks in the world.
If you are looking to get out of the city and experience the best nature has to offer, Western Australia will suffice.
The best way to travel around Western Australia is on a road trip. This will allow you to experience the natural state at your own pace.
If you are lucky enough to be travelling to Western Australia, this Western Australia bucket list will keep you busy for months.
Perth is Western Australia’ major city, and it is one not to miss. In my opinion, Perth is the best city in Australia, thanks to its beautiful beaches, abundant parks and thriving CBD – something for everyone if you ask me. Some of the best things to do in Perth include day tripping to Rottnest Island, exploring King Edwards Park, visiting Scarborough, Trigg and Cottesloe Beach and exploring the CBD.
Margaret River is a region in Western Australia best known for it’s surfing beaches and countless wineries, but there is so much more to do in Margaret River than just that.
You could spend weeks exploring the region. Visiting the beaches. Hiking the Cape to Cape and indulging in the food scene.
For a detailed guide to Margaret River, including things to do in the greater Margaret River region, all the way from Dunsborough to Augusta, click here.
Hamelin Bay is found in the Margaret River Region of Western Australia and is well known for its friendly locals – the stingrays. These rays come into the bay every day to say hello, and attract visitors from all over the world.
Not only is it one of the best places in Australia to get up close and personal with stingrays, but it is also home to one of the most beautiful beaches and areas to explore.
If you are passing through the Margaret River region, I would allow at least one night in Hamelin bay to experience all the region has to offer.
Rottnest Island, locally known as Rotto, is an Island approximately 18kms off the coast of Fremantle in Perth, Western Australia. The island covers 19 square kilometres in land area, and hosts a diversity of native flora and fauna, including the famous Quokka, a native Australian marsupial found only on Rottnest Island. This is a guide on things to do on Rottnest Island.
Busselton is a coastal town found in between Perth and Margaret River, best known for its jetty. The Busselton Jetty is 1.8kms long, making it the longest wooden jetty in the world. Visitors can take a walk out along the jetty, then enjoy a swim in the perfect waters below.
Esperance is a picturesque region of Western Australia, filled with stunning coastlines and beaches as far as the eye can see. It is best known for Lucky Bay, the iconic Australian beach with Kangaroos on it.
The small coastal town of Denmark is surrounded by stunning, untouched coastlines. When you visit Denmark make sure you check out:
- Elephant Rocks
- Green Pools
- William Bay National Park
- Valley of the Giants
- Conspicuous Cliffs
- Peaceful Bay
This is one the best places to stop in a Perth to Esperance road trip.
Albany is the largest town south of Perth. If you are visiting Albany don’t miss The gap and natural bridge, pictured above. The beaches surrounding Albany are also incredible.
The Pinnacle Desert
The Pinnacles Desert in Western Australia is characterised by thousands of limestone pillars that stick out from the desert floor, creating a unique landscape. The Pinnacles Desert covers 190 hectares of land and contains thousands of pinnacles, some over 5 metres high. Some are jagged, sharp-edged columns, rising to a point, while others resemble tombstones. You will notice a variation in colour due to varying soil types. A trail leads you through the million-year-old Pinnacles to a lookout. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to visit and photograph the landscapes.
This is a complete guide to visiting the Pinnacles Desert.
Lancelin Sand Dunes
The Lancelin Sand Dunes are the perfect place for adventure seekers, home to perfect 4WD, sandy buggy and sand boarding conditions. The ocean of Lancelin is also beautiful. Other than a quick stop in for an adventure through the sand dunes and a swim in the ocean, there isn’t much to do in Lancelin.
Kalbarri National Park
Kalbarri National Park is one not to miss on your trip to Western Australia. Some of the most popular destinations in Kalbarri National Park include Z bend, Natures Window (pictured), Red Bluff Lookout, Pot Alley and Mushroom Rock. To make the most of your time in Kalbarri National Park, you could spend a few nights camping under the stars.
This photo was taken from here.
Hutt Lagoon is magnificent pink salt lake found on the west coast of Australia. The lake makes for perfect and unique Instagram shots and is a great place to stop if you are road tripping between Kalbarri and Port Gregory.
Exmouth is a small resort town on Western Australia’s North West Cape. It’s a gateway to nearby Ningaloo Marine Park with its coral reefs, colourful fish and migratory whale sharks.
Nearby to Exmouth is Cape Range National Park, where you will find kangaroos, sheer cliffs and red, rocky gorges. Other attractions near Exmouth include Turquoise Bay, Sandy Bay, Coral Bay, Yardie Creek and Charles Knife Canyon. Lot’s to keep you busy!
Exmouth can be described as tropical paradise and the best part is that Exmouth won’t be crowded.
Monkey Mia is best known because of the friendly dolphins that frequent the area. The dolphins swim right into the shore to greet visitors. WARNING – It is possible that the dolphins are fed, which isn’t ideal.
Nearby to Monkey Mia is Shell Beach and Francois Peron National Park, both bucket list worthy attractions.
This image of Broome is from here.
Broome is a coastal town in Western Australia’s Kimberly region where the red land meets the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, creating a stunning and peaceful setting. Visitors love riding camels along the picturesque Cable Beach during sunset, one of the most breathtaking sunsets in the world.
Gantheaume Point is another popular destination in Broome, where you will find dinosaur tracks in the beach’s red rocks during low tide.
Other unique things to do in the Broome region include flying over horizontal falls and the bungle bungles (below).
This region is high on my Western Australia bucket list.
This photo was taken from here.
The Horizontal Falls have been described by naturalist David Attenborough as “one of the greatest wonders of the natural world”. The best way to experience them is from the sky, which means you can tick two items off the bucket list at once. A trip to Horizontal falls and a helicopter ride. You also have the option to visit by boat. Broome is the perfect Western Australia destination to do this from.
The Bungle Bungles
The Bungle Bungles are a unique formation found in the Kimberly region of Western Australia. They are found 2-3 hours from Kununurra. You can drive out here to visit or fly over them.
This photo was taken from here.
Cape Leveque is at the northernmost tip of the Dampier Peninsula in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and is a bucket list destination for those looking to get off the beaten track in Western Australia. You will find completely untouched coastlines with not a person in site.
Karijini National Park
Karijini National Park is one of the most magical places in Australia, labelled as a favourite by many who have road tripped the entire country. Some attractions within Karijini National park include Hancock Gorge, Hamersley Gorge, Knox Gorge and Dales Gorge Lookout. Karijini National Park is the 1 destination on my Western Australia bucket list.
This photo is from here.
The Kimberly is one of the most remote, rugged and raw landscapes in Australia. It’s known for large swaths of wilderness defined by rugged ranges, dramatic gorges, semi-arid savanna and largely isolated coastline. Only few people are fortunate enough to visit. If you are one of them, you won’t regret it.
Lake Argyle is Western Australia’s largest freshwater man-made reservoir, creating an incredible setting, especially at sunrise and sunset as the lake lights up with the colours of the sky.
So there you have it, the ultimate Western Australia bucket list.
Planning a trip to Australia
If you are planning a trip to Australia, this article will tell you everything you need to know about visas, flights, accommodation, travel insurance, budget and so much more. Make sure you check it out so you don’t forget anything, and download my overseas travel checklist below.
Australia Bucket List
This bucket list only highlights destinations from Western Australia. Australia has SOOO much more to offer. For a full Australia Bucket List, click here. Be warned, you will need years to get through it.
Travel Insurance for Western Australia
Travel Insurance is necessity when travelling in Australia. I recommend World Nomads. If you aren’t sure if you need insurance or not, read this.
Book Accommodation in Western Australia
When travelling around Western Australia, Airbnb is a great accommodation option. Through Airbnb, you will find affordable places to stay with everything you need, such as kitchen and laundry facilities. The other option is to stay in hotels or hostels. You can search below…
Book a tour in Western Australia
Getting around Western Australia
The best way to get around Western Australia is in a 4WD. This will allow you to travel where you ever you want, at your own pace.
If you are only in Australia for a short time, you can look into flights, tours or buses to get you across Western Australia.
Most of these destinations are very remote and hard to travel to if you are only in Australia for a short time. The ideal situation would be travelling Western Australia in a 4WD with a full camping set up for 3 – 6 months.
Safety in Australia
When travelling in Western Australia, it is a good idea to be aware of wildlife.
As I am sure you have heard, Australia is home to deadly wildlife such as snakes and spiders. You should not be scared, but you should be aware and know what to look out for, and what to do if something does happen.
In certain areas, there are different animals to be aware of. For example, in the North of Western Australia, you will find Crocodiles. Read up on this before entering new territory and if unsure, ask the visitor centre for information.
Another thing to be aware of is driving at dusk and dawn, as this is when most wildlife is hanging around the road, especially kangaroos. It is generally best to avoid driving at these times.
If you are travelling by car, it is recommended to get roadside assistance in case you break down.
And for international travellers, travel insurance is recommended.
In general, Australia is a VERY safe country. For more general tips for keeping safe while travelling, click here.
Other tips for visiting Australia
- Australia is a HUGE country. Plan to see less but do more.
- Use my Travel Budget Planner to create your Australia budget.
- If you want to stay for a long time, consider a working holiday in Australia.
- The best way to travel in Australia is by road tripping.
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