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Perth

Situated on the glorious Sunset Coast of Western Australia, Perth is a fascinating city of parkland and waterways.  There's something to satisfy everyone here, with great shopping, 80km of white sandy beaches, a variety of galleries and musuems, and some world-class golf courses,  Hosting a greater density of restaurants than any other Aussie city, and the nearby Swan and Margaret River wine regions, Perth is also a natural centre for foodies.  The nearby colonial-style town of Fremantle and the aquatic wonderland of Rottnest Island make good day-trips, and Perth can act as a great base to visit the Pinnacle Desert or the Ningaloo Reef.

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Margaret River

Margaret River is a gourmet's paradise of restaurants, breweries and around 50 wineries situated just three and a half hour’s drive south of Perth. Its fine cheeses, jams, freshwater crayfish, olives, and confectionery are famous throughout Australia. The region is also famous for its spectacular pristine white beaches, caves, beautiful forest, and numerous bush tracks or walking trails along the rugged coastline.  Visit the chocolate and fudge factories to see the product being made, attend a wine tasting or two, try some surfing - or you can even go whale-watching. For true oenophiles, the annual Margaret River Wine Festival is held over four days each November.


Ningaloo Reef

The Ningaloo Reef is the largest coral reef in Western Australia and attracts scuba divers and snorkellers of varying abilities from all over the world.  It is home to around 500 species of fish and 220 varieties of coral, but you don't have to be a scuba expert: Ningaloo is one of the few places on earth where you can walk straight from the beach onto coral reef. Visitors not wanting to try their hand at diving can paddle in the shallow areas of the coral and admire the tropical marine life in complete safety. The coastal towns of Exmouth and Coral Bay are the best places from which to explore Ningaloo, and a wide range of accommodation is available ranging from simple caravan stays to luxurious retreats.


Monkey Mia

Famous as a haven for dolphins, Monkey Mia has been visited for over 40 years by up to 20 wild dolphins that swim to the shallow waters at feeding time – a sight you will never forget!  It is possible to swim with these wonderful creatures under the watchful eyes of local rangers, who protect the local environment.  From the resort, you can also take a boat tour to nearby oyster beds or enjoy an hour-long cruise on a catamaran to look for dugong, the only herbivorous marine mammals in the world. If you can’t make it up to Monkey Mia to see the dolphins, the dolphins at Rockingham make a great day out as they are less than an hour south of Perth!


Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island's popularity lies in its spectacular coral fringed beaches and sparkling seas, ideal for swimming, surfing or sunbathing. You can enjoy snorkelling, diving, guided tours or bus and train tours. Public vehicles are not permitted on Rottnest, so hire a bike to see the sights. The cute and mischievous marsupials (the quokkas) that live here are another of the island's attractions. Resembling small kangaroos, they are almost unique to the island and give the place its name: De Vlamingh thought they were a kind of rat and hence named the island "Rottenest" (Dutch for "rat nest") in 1696.


Pinnacles Desert

The Pinnacles Desert is probably best described as the ‘Stonhenge of Western Australia’ and is something not to be missed. Only a couple of hours' drive north of Perth and located in the in the heart of Nambung National Park, it is a petrified forest of huge rocks jutting out of the ground for as far as the eye can see.  This is one of the focal landscapes of Australia, as well as one of its most photographed deserts.


Broome

Broome, located at the southern gateway to the Kimberley region, is one of the last great-unexplored wilderness areas on earth. This small, former pearling town where the bush meets the sea is described as a ‘postcard come to life’, and boasts a remarkable history to compliment its beauty. The turquoise blue waters, the crystal night skies and the surrounding vast wilderness areas make Broome the perfect place to relax.  Whether it's lying on a hammock on Cable Beach, delving into the pearl-fishing history, taking a camel ride or exploring the remote Bungle Bungles National Park, you'll always remember this stop.