If your spirit craves adventure, natural wonders and great food and wine, venture west to dreamlike Western Australia.
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Whatever type of traveller you are; a gourmand, nature lover, cultural explorer or a wannabe marine biologist, Western Australia’s dreamy landscapes and epic experiences are bound to impress. From wine tasting in the Margaret River region to swimming with whale sharks along Ningaloo Reef (Nyinggulu), discover the magic and vastness of Western Australia your way.
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Tranquil Margaret River Lodge Luxury with Chef-Hatted Restaurant, Daily Breakfast & Nightly Drinks
Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 2 outdoor swimming pools, outdoor tennis courts, and a fitness center. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless internet access, concierge services, and babysitting (surcharge). If you'd like to spend the day shopping, you can hop on the complimentary shuttle.
Pullman Bunker Bay Resort Margaret River Region
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. If you're looking for recreational opportunities, you'll find outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness center. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless internet access, concierge services, and an arcade/game room.
Treat yourself with massages, body treatments, and facials. Additional amenities at this villa include complimentary wireless internet access and barbecue grills.
Empire Spa Retreat
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless internet access, tour/ticket assistance, and a picnic area.
Take in the views from a garden and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless internet access and a picnic area.
Oaks Cable Beach Resort
Blissful Broome Oaks Escape near Famous Cable Beach
Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort
Take advantage of recreation opportunities including an outdoor pool and a fitness center. This hotel also features complimentary wireless internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
For the foodies
Perth (Boorloo) is packed to the brim with top-notch restaurants and bars. If you’re craving a classic pad Thai, don’t pass up Baan Baan. For gastro-pub meals with a side of history, sink your teeth into juicy burgers at The Royal in the heart of the city, which first opened as a hotel in 1882. Sip Margaret River pinot noir along with a charcuterie board at Pep’s wine bar in Peppermint Grove. And this is just a taster of what you can expect.
Take a three-hour drive south of Perth and arrive in the Margaret River Region, Western Australia’s food bowl, home to some of Australia’s best winemakers and boasting more than 100 cellar doors. Spend a day popping into some of your favourites and enjoy a tasting of top-notch cabernet sauvignon. Some must visit wineries include Cullen Wines, Leeuwin Estate and Vasse Felix.
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Margaret River B&B
Take in the views from a terrace and a garden and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless internet access. Additional amenities at this bed & breakfast include a fireplace in the lobby, tour/ticket assistance, and a picnic area.
Pamper yourself with onsite massages or take in the view from a terrace. This hotel also features complimentary wireless internet access and barbecue grills.
Margaret River Resort
Take advantage of recreation opportunities including an outdoor tennis court and a seasonal outdoor pool. This hotel also features complimentary wireless internet access and tour/ticket assistance.
For the nature enthusiast
Western Australia is no stranger to natural beauty. In a six-month window between June and October, more than 12,000 species of wildflowers create spectacular contrasts of colour across the dream state. Stretching from the Pilbara region down to Margaret River, you can time your visit to see the wildflower hotspots. If you’re keeping close to the city, just 45 minutes east of Perth you’ll find the Perth Hills, where a variety of walking tracks lead hikers through stunning bushland and past wildflowers and waterfalls.
For a splash of coastal appreciation, visit Rottnest Island (Wadjemup), Perth’s relaxed island playground located just a short journey from the mainland by ferry or scenic flight. The best way to experience this car-free paradise is by hiring a bicycle and pedalling across to perfect beach nooks through serene bushland and to panoramic lookouts (check out Vlamingh Lookout for 360-degree views). Along the way, spot resident quokkas, who are more than happy to pose for a cheeky selfie.
An easy day trip from Perth will take you into the mysterious moonscape of the Pinnacles in Nambung National Park. Here you’ll walk among a collection of natural limestone structures that formed over 25,000 years ago, which have since been eroded by coastal winds and sands.
For the culturally curious
There’s over 60,000 years of history shared by the oldest living culture on Earth right here on the west coast, across all corners of the state. Discover ancient traditions and gain a newfound respect for the land
when you are guided by a Traditional Custodian through sacred sites.
Listen to the soul-stirring sounds of a digeridoo being played in Ngilgi Cave in the Margaret River Region on a cave tour with Koomal Dreaming. Taste a variety of bush tucker, from quandong to native limes and honey ants, and learn about their medicinal properties on a bush tucker tasting experience.
Connect with culture on the doorstep of Perth city too, as you traverse Kings Park and Botanic Garden (Kaarta Koomba) – one of the largest inner-city parks on Earth – with an Aboriginal guide. For those
journeying to the Kimberley, marvel at chasms, gorges and beehive-like dome formations in Purnululu National Park to the sound of ancient stories told by your experienced guide.
Designer QT Perth Escape with Ultra-Cool Rooftop Bar
Mandurah Comet Bay Beachfront Apartments with Marina Views
The Ritz-Carlton, Perth
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. If you're looking for recreational opportunities, you'll find an outdoor pool, a sauna, and a 24-hour fitness center. This hotel also features complimentary wireless internet access, concierge services, and wedding services.
DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities including an outdoor pool and a fitness center. Additional features at this hotel include concierge services and a banquet hall.
Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough
Perth Scarborough Escape Moments from Beach
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges
Heritage Fremantle Esplanade Escape with Two Swimming Pools
Novotel Swan Valley Vines Resort
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. After practicing your swing on the golf course, you can dip into one of the 3 outdoor swimming pools. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and a hair salon.
East Perth Suites Hotel
Don't miss out on recreational opportunities including an outdoor pool and a fitness center. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless internet access, concierge services, and a picnic area.
For surfers, swimmers and sunseekers
With the Indian Ocean lapping at its heels, Western Australia’s ocean-bound adventures are in abundance. Ningaloo Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, is located 1,200km north of Perth, off the red shores of Cape Range National Park. It’s here you can swim alongside the world’s largest fish – the majestic whale shark – as they make their annual migration through the reef (between March and September). The rest of the year, be dazzled by a rainbow of tropical fish, manta rays, turtles, dugongs and bottlenose dolphins. If you find yourself further up the coast in Broome (Ruibi), settle in at Cable Beach (Walmanyjun) and watch the sun melt into the Indian Ocean from the back of an unhurried camel.
Further inland (just under an hour’s drive from Kununurra (Goonoonoorrang)), discover the southern hemisphere’s largest manmade lake, Lake Argyle. The lake is classified as an inland sea and at its peak holds a colossal 10.7 billion cubic metres of water. Take a boat tour, or if you’re feeling active hire a stand-up paddleboard, kayak or canoe and explore the lake at your own pace, looking out for rock wallabies.
This article was originally featured in the third issue of Dream by Luxury Escapes magazine. Get your copy here.