The Best Holidays in Western Australia
As home to world-famous wine regions, fantastic surfing hotspots, unique patches of the outback and some the most beautiful beaches in Australia, Western Australia offers something for everyone.
While it’s, therefore, no surprise that Western Australia has been ranked by Scoopon as one of the top 10 destinations for Aussie travellers in 2016, it is surprising to discover that from the bustling metropolitan city of Perth, you can take a cheeky weekend getaway and explore an entirely new area – giving you two vacations wrapped up in one location!
Gordon Bayne, Head of Travel at Scoopon, shares his insider tips on the top Western Australia weekend getaways – where there’s an option to entice everyone.
Perfect for: Food and wine lovers; beachgoers
Where is it: Located 270km south of Perth is where you’ll find Margaret River, known around the world for being the premium wine destination on Australia’s West Coast.
What to do: If you love good food, good wine, and good people, you’ll love the Margaret River region.
“A mild climate with constant sunshine makes it impossible not to smile as you wander through the 1000+ wineries here, which produce over 15% of Australia’s premium wine,” Gordon says.
“Quality restaurants and art galleries also make up that innate quality of the Margaret River that you just can’t find anywhere else. If you’re looking to try something new, then dive into the abundant fresh produce of the region with cheese and chocolate both hot on the agenda.”
Also renowned as a top surfing destination, you’ll find over 40 surfing hotspots dotted by the coast, perfect for beginners through to more advanced surfers.
Perfect for: Family time
Where is it: Dunsborough is around 250km south of Perth and serves as a throwback to a more relaxed lifestyle. This region boasts unspoiled beauty and offers a range of activities, perfectly suited to the whole family.
What to do: Simply relax, unwind and explore! When you walk down the picturesque beachfront walkways or cycle paths of Dunsborough, you’ll find boutique shops, bustling cafes and a vibrant live music scene perfect for any urban lover.
“If you’re looking for your own sea change head out and explore the myriad of trails and hikes around Dunsborough, or the nearby Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park,” Gordon adds.
“And no trip to Dunsborough would be complete with a visit to the HMAS Swan wreckage. At 113 meters it is one of the largest accessible dive wrecks in the Southern Hemisphere.”
If you feel like staying on top of the turquoise water, then a boat tour of Geographe Bay is perfect for whale watching. Those with kids will love spending time at the beach; there are two local golf courses; and you can always slot in a visit to the Margaret River region, too, as it’s only 20km or so away.
Perfect for: Beach lovers and water sports fans
Where is it: Situated 130km north of Perth, Lancelin is famous for its wind and waves. A popular spot for windsurfing, Lancelin sets the tone for a getaway that will leave you breathless.
What to do: This small coastal town hosts Australia’s biggest windsurfing event, the Lancelin Ocean Classic, every summer, but whether you manage to catch it or not, a visit to Lancelin is the perfect chance to get out on the pristine water and give windsurfing a try!
“The popular Back Beach is perfect for body boarding or for those who prefer to explore, you can check out one of the 14 shipwrecks that dot the coast in a renowned dive trail,” Gordon says.
“The nearby reef systems also make Lancelin a hot spot for marine life so you can spend lazy days just fishing, snorkeling and taking in the view. The two-kilometer stretch of sand dunes behind Lancelin is a true highlight. Grab a board and make your way to the top to try your hand at sandboarding. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, then spin your wheels in a dune buggy and get the adrenalin pumping.”
Western Australia is truly Australia’s final frontier. From the isolated, cosmopolitan capital of Perth to the world-famous flavors of the Margaret River vineyards, there is always something to see, taste or do. So the next time you’re looking to escape the daily grind, join the growing list of Aussie travelers heading out West and see what all the fuss is about.