Australia is a country that has a lot to offer… adventure, culinary delights, sunny beaches and even more! And, Western Australia has some special gems that you can’t miss if you’re heading to this open, beautiful country.
The best time to visit the stunning city of Perth would be July, August, and September, though the lowest prices are often found in January and August.
People often recommend the shopping and beaches there, and even within city limits, there are beautiful views. Kings Park and the Botanic Garden let you enjoy nature while staying close to home. Swan River is full of picnic spots, trails, and allows fishing, sailing, and kayaking. Day trips from the river to the Swan Valley (hope of the grape vineyards) are available.
Hay Street has a small collection of eclectic cafes, bars and boutiques. Oxford Street offers vintage and antique shops, while other parts of the city offer modern shopping and upscale restaurants.
This city is full of natural wonders, like the Conspicuous Cliff which sits along the beach in the D’Entrecasteaux National Park. The beach is not normally busy, and thus provides a beautiful, quiet place for reflection and enjoyment.
Shannon National Park is full of smells – like eucalyptus – and full of sun, animals, and beautiful, colorful birds. It’s perfect for a tranquil walk through the forest.
50 km north of Albany, you can see the Tree in the Rock, located in Porongurup National Park. The trail takes you through forests and past granite rocks that are millions of years old, eventually leading to the Tree in the Rock, a large tree that has grown on top of a huge boulder.
There are so many other natural sites surrounding Albany, such as Stirling National Park, Devil’s Slide, and the Torndirrup Peninsula that you won’t want to miss.
Albany itself offers historical and art events, as well as whale watching cruises, and tastings of Western Australia’s first single malt whiskey.
This area of Western Australia is full of wineries. One of the most well-known, Leeuwin Estate Winery, is home to the annual Margaret River Gourmet Escape, which attracts world famous chefs and wine experts. You can take tours any time of year in most wineries, or sign up for wine tastings or lunches.
It is also full of a plethora of unique restaurants. Forest Rise recommends a range of places to eat in Margaret River, from elegant dinners, to sushi, to breakfast. Freshly caught seafood is often the highlight of local menus, and local bars serve locally brewed beers, as well.
Handcrafted chocolates at the Margaret River Chocolate Factory can top off any meal.
But what else does Margaret River offer? Adventure flights, whale watching, and pristine beaches are all an option in Margaret River, as well. Take horseback riding lessons, or surf lessons, or head over to the farmer’s market.