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Derby, Western Australia


Western Australia

Derby is the ideal destination for a coast to outback gorge country adventure in one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth. It's the western gateway to the legendary Gibb River Road - Australia's unique four wheel drive experience - and a short hop to the world's only horizontal waterfalls and the ancient canyons and caves of Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge. A three hour drive north-east of Broome leads you to Derby and the land of the boab trees. With flights direct to Broome from Perth, Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane, it's very accessible. The first town settled in the Kimberley, its residents have embraced life beside the largest tidal movements in the southern hemisphere. With a variation of over 11 metres, these extreme tides have created the most extraordinary phenomenon, the Horizontal Waterfalls of Talbot Bay. On a scenic flight, you can gaze in awe at this unique spectacle, as well as the 1,000 islands and islets of the Buccaneer Archipelago. For a closer encounter, jump aboard a sea safari or crabbing tour departing from the jetty. Heading 150 kilometres east you'll enter the Kimberley's Windjana Gorge, where you can cruise the Lennard River and marvel at the sheer 100 metre walls carved over hundreds of millions of years. Continue on to Tunnel Creek and take a torch-lit walk through Western Australia's oldest cave system, venturing 750 metres into a subterranean world of bats and freshwater crocodiles. The caves are also famous for being a hide-out for Derby's local legend - Jandamarra, the Aboriginal outlaw also known as Pigeon. Leading a resistance group against European encroachment on tribal lands, he was eventually tracked down and killed near Tunnel Creek in 1897. The Prison Boab Tree outside Derby dates back to the time of Jandamarra, when many Aboriginal prisoners were chained here en-route to the lockup. More insights can be found at Wharfinger's House Museum and the Royal Flying Doctor Base and School of the Air. Accommodation includes stati

Lucky Bay


Western Australia

A beach and nature-lover's dream, Esperance is blessed with squeaky-clean beaches, turquoise waters, untouched islands and colour-filled wildflower country. Among its most famous beauty spots is Australia's whitest beach, Lucky Bay - set against a stunning seascape of 110 islands of the Recherche Archipelago, even the kangaroos can't resist lounging here. It's a one-and-a-half-hour flight or an eight-hour drive south-east from Perth, making Esperance an ideal get-away-from-it-all holiday. Many attractions are easily accessible, with plenty of guided tour options, but a four wheel drive is a must if you want to venture off the beaten track. The calm, clear waters of Blue Haven Beach and Twilight Cove, just a short drive from town, are idyllic spots for swimming and snorkelling. Locals say the lagoon just east of West Beach is worth a snorkel too. If you're seeking waves, hit the surf at West Beach, Fourth Beach or Observatory Beach. To hook dinner, throw in a line at Tanker Jetty and keep a keen eye out for cheeky local, Sammy the seal. Back in town, the adventure continues with four wheel drive beach safaris, Indigenous cultural tours, coach tours, island cruises, diving and fishing charters, abseiling, sand boarding, canoeing, mini golf and steam train rides. Check out the arts centre and galleries, making time to drop into the museum to view what's left of the NASA Skylab after it slammed back down to Earth near Balladonia. On the way to Cape Le Grand, you'll even find a slice of ancient druid history with a full-size replica of Stonehenge. A good choice of hotels, motels, apartments, bed and breakfasts, chalets and backpackers is available in Esperance. For something a little nearer to nature, hop on a ferry to Woody Island and pitch your tent or stay in a safari hut. There's also the chance to bunk down under the stars beside the beach at Lucky Bay. The campsite has solar hot showers, camp kitchens and barbecues, and bush walking trails and spectacular coastal views

Kondinin, Western Australia


Western Australia

Kondinin is your gateway to granite country and the famous Wave Rock - one of Australia's biggest waves, more than 2,700 million years in the making. Make this historic farming town a must-stop and marvel at its natural and man-made heritage, from wildflower-filled Yeerakine Rock to proudly restored architecture of the pioneer era. Heading east from Perth via Corrigin, you can reach Kondinin in the heart of wheat and sheep farming country within four hours. From here, Wave Rock is just a leisurely 40 minute drive away and connects you to the Granite and Woodlands Discovery Trail to explore the world's largest and healthiest temperate woodland. If your visit coincides with the wildflower season, particularly the months of September and October, you'll get to witness a dazzling display that forms part of the largest collection of wildflowers on Earth. A mosaic of woodland, granite, sand plain and salt lake habitats supports an incredibly diverse array of flora, from delicate orchids to acacias and eucalypts. Local wildflower hotpots include the walk trails at Yeerakine Rock, the Kondinin Bush Walk through 50 hectares of natural woodland, and nearby Kondinin Lake - a popular bird watching, water skiing and wind surfing spot. The town also invites you to take a walk through history, following the trail of the Bush Schools or the heritage trail of J.S. Roe passing a magnificent mural depicting his epic 1848 journey, a replica well and many fine examples of the town's original architecture. Swing by the 18 hole golf course surrounding Woorkakanin Rock, enjoy a quiet moment in the Women's Suffrage gazebo and garden, or stay a while longer - Kondinin offers hotel/motel and bed and breakfast accommodation, as well as a caravan park and camping grounds.

Broome, Western Australia


Western Australia

The pearling capital of Australia, Broome is the western gateway to the Kimberley wilderness - home to world famous Cable Beach sunsets and the natural phenomenon of the Staircase to the Moon. Just a two and a half hour flight from Perth transports you to this tropical oasis of striking contrasts in colour and culture, where the vibe is very relaxed but there's so much to engage the senses. Affectionately known as the 'pearl of the north', it's the home of South Sea pearls - among the largest and most coveted commercially harvested cultured pearls in the world. Their discovery in the 1800s fuelled a mass migration almost as epic as the gold rush. Japanese, Filipino and Malay pearl divers arrived in droves seeking their fortune, creating a melting pot of cultures that makes Broome the multicultural town it is today. You can witness first-hand how Broome pearls are cultured on a cruise to a local pearl farm, then immerse yourself in the romantic tales of the original pearl luggers, or pick up a memento of your trip in the dazzling pearl showrooms of Chinatown. This is also where you'll find another of Broome's gems - Sun Pictures, the oldest operating outdoor cinema in the world. Be sure to wander into the neighbouring galleries and admire the works of some of the Kimberley's most celebrated contemporary and Aboriginal artists. Not to be upstaged, Mother Nature has blessed Broome with 22 kilometres of beautiful white sand and turquoise water at Cable Beach and striking rust-red cliffs and ancient dinosaur footprints at Gantheaume Point. What's more, on certain dates from March to October when the full moon coincides with low tide at Roebuck Bay, she performs the most awe-inspiring illusion known as the Staircase to the Moon. Accommodation-wise, there are plenty of indulgent eco retreats, up-market hotels and chic resorts. There's just as much choice for the budget traveller too, with a good selection of hostels, caravan and camping grounds. Be sure to book ahead during pea

Frankland, Western Australia


Western Australia

Against a backdrop of rolling hills, woodlands and spring wildflowers, you can indulge in the nationally renowned flavours of Frankland, from award winning wines to premium olive oils and mouth-watering marron. Sitting between Manjimup and Mount Barker, a little over four hours' drive from Perth, Frankland enjoys cool weather and plenty of sunshine - perfect for growing grapes and enjoying relaxed getaways. Design your day touring one of Australia's fastest growing wine regions by savouring its fresh and local produce. Follow the wine trail from cellar door to cellar door at picturesque wineries famous for their sweet whites and deep reds. Stop to admire the region's breathtaking peaks and valleys, and be sure to sample some gold medal olive oils. Sweeping vineyards and olive groves give way to the banks of the Frankland River, where tranquil pools create the perfect habitat for fresh marron - a favourite seasonal fishing challenge and delicious delicacy. Venture further east and spot some of Australia's most unique flora and fauna or hike Western Australia's only mountain range in Stirling Range National Park. Or, head west and gaze in awe at the karri tree giants of Manjimup - among the tallest hardwood trees in the world. To make Frankland your country escape for a night or more, take your pick from a few local treasures, including caravan park, chalet and farmstay accommodation.

Nungarin, Western Australia


Western Australia

Whether you're on the trail of pioneers or wildflowers, Nungarin packs some surprises. It's home to Western Australia's only remaining World War Two Five Base Ordnance Depot, the first stone and mud brick homestead, and vibrant blooms that form part of the largest collection of wildflowers on Earth. A three and a half hour drive east of Perth and just half an hour north of Merredin, the historic town of Nungarin makes a fascinating detour from the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail between Perth and Kalgoorlie. From 1944 to 1960, Nungarin served as a depot for Australian army personnel. Today, it invites you to discover the region's military history by stepping inside the State's only remaining World War Two Five Base Ordnance Depot at the Nungarin Heritage Machinery and Army Museum. Here, beside Tenth Light Horse military armoured vehicles, you'll find an eclectic display of military and agricultural, dolls and matchbox toys. Venture out to Mangowine Homestead and be transported back to the 1870s. Discover the story of pioneers Charles and Jane Adams, explore its 10 hectare natural bushland setting and see the first stone and mud brick homestead in its original condition, when it served as an inn for travellers heading to the Goldfields. Hit the Nungarin Heritage Trail to tour other historic buildings in the region, including McCorry's Old Hotel, the Post Office, Nungarin Hotel and the Anglican Church. If you're travelling in August or September, be sure to take the detour to Talgomine Reserve or Eaglestone Hill, when the fields are a blanket of pink and yellow everlastings and the woodlands are filled with the delicate blooms of orchids. Bird watchers, canoeists or those in search of a cooling dip will also find delight in a trip to nearby Lake Campion. Stay and soak up a little local heritage at the hotel and adjoining blacksmiths (circa 1911), enjoy some local hospitality at a guesthouse, or pull in to the local caravan park. Time your visit to coincide with the first Su

Dardanup, Western Australia


Western Australia

Dardanup and the Ferguson Valley's rolling pastures, forests, spring wildflowers and rivers form a beautiful backdrop to award winning wineries, boutique breweries, fine restaurants, country retreats and a lively arts and crafts scene. Bushwalks, cycle trails, nearer to nature experiences and wine and dine indulgences await. Just 15 minutes from the regional hub of Bunbury, or a two hour drive south of Perth, Dardanup is situated in the heart of the Ferguson Valley, making it the perfect base for exploring the undulating countryside, forests and bushland. Take your pick from the many walking trails or pretty picnic spots of Wellington Discovery Forest and Crooked Brook Forest, where you can enjoy peace and tranquillity among the jarrah, marri and karri trees. Or take two wheels for a spin on 40 kilometres of beginner and advanced mountain bike trails at Mount Lennard. Traditionally dairy country, today the Ferguson Valley is increasingly known for its burgeoning wine industry. Take a drive or tour through the rolling hills, hopping from winery to winery to indulge in tastings at cellar doors. If you're a beer lover, you'll also find boutique breweries along the way, as well as art galleries, shops, markets and eateries where you can sample fresh local produce. For a taste of the region's colourful settler history and Irish dairy farming heritage, head to Thomas Little Hall, commemorating Dardanup's earliest settler and beneficiary. Built in the early 1850s, the hall was originally the Church of Immaculate Conception - the first Catholic Church in Western Australia, outside the metropolitan area. For something a little out of the ordinary, stop by Gnomesville - a free and quirky must-see gnome village. The first of the 3,000 plus gnome inhabitants arrived in 1998. Since then, locals and visitors from around the world have added gnomes of all shapes, sizes and characters to the collection. Adding your own gnome is said to bring good luck. If you'd like to stay a while, ther

Midland, Western Australia


Western Australia

A captivating blend of old world charm and industrial heritage await you in Midland, the birthplace of Western Australia's railway workshops. It's also the commercial centre of the Swan Valley, Western Australia's oldest wine region, boasting a gastronomic list of wineries, microbreweries and award-winning restaurants. Midland's bustling city centre is a 35 minute drive east of Perth, and like the neighbouring town of Guildford, its historical buildings flaunt a unique character resplendent of its vibrant past. Visit the Town Hall with its unusual square clock tower, built in 1906, and the workshop buildings, which have emerged as major tourist attraction. An old school house is home to the Australian Opera Studio, a world-class training institution for operatic performers, while Midland's premier art gallery resides in a former bank. The town owes its existence to the construction of a railway from Perth in 1886, and the establishment of the State's railway workshops at the turn of the 20th century, which employed tens of thousands of workers in its heyday. The interpretive centre at the Midland Railway Workshops will take you on journey through its 90 year working history. Today, Midland offers a range of shopping experiences with two major shopping centres, including Midland Gate, and a city centre which features village-like shopping precincts, a cinema, pedestrian malls and boutique shops. A buzzing Sunday farmers market behind the Town Hall is a weekly mecca for shoppers seeking fresh gourmet produce, arts and crafts. The town's large Military Markets also sell a variety of produce and local crafts on Fridays, weekends and public holidays. Choose from a variety of restaurants, cafes and takeaway outlets in town, or venture into the Swan Valley where you can dine at award-winning restaurants overlooking the vineyards, or while away the afternoon hopping from cellar door to brewery, sipping premium wines, delicious fortifieds and carefully crafted beers. Pick up a

Swan Valley and Darling Range, Western Australia

Swan Valley

Western Australia

Indulge the senses with a trip to the Swan Valley and Darling Range. The vineyards of Western Australia's oldest wine region invite you to sample their fruits, feast on award-winning local produce, discover local heritage and relax in the natural bushland of the Darling Range. Just 20 minutes east of Perth, the Swan Valley and Darling Range is a world away from city life. You can reach it by road, or take the scenic route aboard a Swan River cruise from Perth's Barrack Street Jetty. You can even winery-hop in the back of a horse-drawn wagon or chauffeured classic car. Many of the vineyards are still owned by the descendants of early European settlers, who may share their story over a fruity red at the cellar door. Alongside these charming family-run wineries you'll also find some major international players, not to mention the more recent emergence of award-winning boutique breweries and talented artists. Do lunch at one of 70 restaurants and cafes, or pack a picnic and take your pick from many natural beauty spots. But be sure to leave room for some gourmet local delights, from olives, cheeses and preserves to chocolate, nougat and ice creams. Besides fine food and wine, there are many other passions you can indulge in, from horse riding, cycling, hiking and golf to wildlife, art, history and Indigenous culture. At the hub of the Swan Valley, Guildford is brimming with colonial charm. Follow the heritage trail passing historic pubs and quaint cottages, take a stroll down the antique strip, browse the boutiques and art galleries or enjoy an afternoon of live music in the beer gardens. For some family fun of the furry variety, head to Caversham Wildlife Park - home to one of Western Australia's largest collections of native Australian wildlife where close encounters with koalas, wombats, kangaroos and a whole array of farm animals can be found. In the rambling countryside of the Darling Range beyond, you can explore some of their natural habitats, walking among tall trees

Caversham, Western Australia


Western Australia

In the heart of Western Australia's oldest wine region, Caversham rests along the Swan River sharing close encounters of the cuddly kind at its wildlife park and a feast of fresh local flavours. Caversham and the Swan Valley are ideal self-drive destinations located 25 minutes by road from Perth, or 15 minutes from the airport. Or take a full or half day boat cruise from Perth's Barrack Street Jetty and wind your way inland along the Swan River. Once you arrive in the valley, an abundance of touring options and more than 150 attractions await. Whether you hit the self-drive Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail or climb aboard a shuttle bus, coach, or even horse-drawn carriage, you can spend the day sampling premium wines, gourmet produce, boutique beers, fine chocolates and other local delights. There are also plenty of walking and cycling trails through the bush and along the river's edge, so get your boots on or hire a bike and enjoy the great outdoors. For an experience with nature you'll never forget, head for Caversham Wildlife Park where you're invited to cuddle a wombat, feed the kangaroos or get friendly with a koala. Surrounded by 3,935 hectare Whiteman Park, there are also opportunities to spot flora and fauna beyond the wildlife park. On the river, you'll find Caversham House perched above the water and steeped in history. If you're arriving by boat, pull up to the private jetty and let the limestone stairs lead you past the four-storey waterfall to the terraced gardens. After you've worked up an appetite, satisfy your hunger at one of the many eateries, from fine dining restaurants to casual cafes. Why not extend your visit with a stay at a holiday park, bed and breakfast, farmstay or resort, and give yourself time to taste all the valley has to offer. If you're visiting in August, check out the dates for one of Australia's most unique sporting events - the Avon Descent. For decades this gruelling two day time trial over 133 kilometres has wowed crowds and challe

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