Cruise through Perth on the Swan River. Browse in Freemantle’s wonderful new Maritime Museum. Swim with whaleshark on the Coral Coast. Explore over 12,500 km of Western Australian beaches; or the national parks, tree top walks and fine wines of Margaret River.
When you’re planning your luxury, tailor-made holiday to Australia, factor in a drop-in on Perth on your way. It’s four hours closer to the UK than Sydney, and a whole continent away in terms of mood, pace of life and scenery. As well as being fascinating in its own right, Perth is also an interesting portal to the historic port town of Freemantle, and the beautiful little bays and immaculate beaches of Rottnest. Not that you’ll be short of choice when it comes to fine sand. Western Australia has over 12,500 km of glorious beaches – so many in fact that most of them are deserted.
So beach-worshippers are well catered for…as are wine lovers. The Perth Hills and the Swan and Avon Valleys have just the right climates for creating subtle, characterful wines, whilst the vintages of the Margaret River – away to the south west – have won awards, and international acclaim.
At Mandurah and Rockingham you can meet up with friendly dolphins. But to the north lies the fabulous Coral Coast, where you can swim with mighty whalesharks, snorkel over the outrageously beautiful Ningaloo Reef, watch sealions and visit the gorges of Kalbarri and the blow holes of Carnarvon.