While far-flung dream destinations spoil travellers for choice, many of Western Australia’s most special, once-in-a-lifetime travel spots fly under the radar. These bucket-list destinations are felt, rather than seen; they capture the imagination and stay with you long after you’ve left.
Drive to one of Australia’s most isolated beaches: Cape Leveque, Dampier Peninsula
While the quintessential white sands and turquoise shallows of Western Australia’s more famous beaches are sublime, the raw beauty of Cape Leveque’s rust-coloured, rocky coastline possesses an incomparable allure. Find Cape Leveque hidden at the tip of the deliciously remote Dampier Peninsula, four hours’ drive north of Broome, where the ochre hues of the coastline clash with the serene emerald ocean waves.
Be haunted by a ghost town in Gwalia
When considering Western Australia’s absolute must-visit locations, Gwalia is often overlooked. This little-known spot, a two-and-a half-hour drive from the inland township of Kalgoorlie, promises an enriching and utterly immersive experience for guests willing to make the trek.
Take a scenic helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls, Kimberley
An aerial view of Mitchell Falls is something everybody should experience at some point in their life. The torrents of water tumbling from a hole gaping in the craggy, red cliffs will inspire a sense of awe in any onlooker.
Glamp under the stars in a see-through dome at Yelverton, Margaret River
Just shy of three hours’ drive south of Perth, and a 20-minute drive north of Margaret River, Mile End Glamping – ‘glamorous camping’ – in Yelverton is a divine way to disconnect from the rest of the world and sleep under Western Australia’s starry sky without sacrificing a modicum of comfort.
Befriend furry locals on Penguin Island
Lose yourself in Western Australia’s answer to the Galápagos: Penguin Island, located in the heart of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. This island, just a 45-minute ferry ride south of Perth, is a sanctuary for a diverse array of wildlife, and serves as an educational hub for visitors wanting to learn more about sea fauna.
Lose yourself in Karijini National Park
Rugged rocks, red earth, spectacular views and idyllic waterholes: there is so much to see, so much to experience, and so much to take in at Karijini National Park. Tom Price, a small town located about four hours’ drive from the turn-off on the North West Coastal Highway, is a good place to rest and restock supplies before you head into Karijini.
Admire the sunset with a camel companion in Broome
Broome is a town like no other: surrounded by the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean, crisp, white beaches and red sands, Broome is full of life, colour and variety. Its rich pearling history resulted in a multicultural society, attracting people from across the world to its turquoise waters.