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Hot Spots in Western Australia

Holidays with Kids discovers that Western Australia is hotter and hipper than ever at these family-friendly must-see destinations.

When someone says Western Australia most people would conjure up images of scorching deserts and expansive cattle stations, when in reality our west coast is all this and much more. Stunning national parks flow seamlessly into bustling metropolises and quaint seaside cities overflow with rich history and contemporary Australian culture in this state where nothing is as it seems... it’s even better.

Camel Riding in Broome

1. Broome and the Kimberley

As the western gateway to the remote and rugged Kimberley, Broome is a centre of adventure; as a beachside oasis, it’s the perfect place to recharge and relish a dose of family togetherness. Bordered by impenetrable coastline and a sea of desert, the ‘pearl of the north’ is what you and the kids make of it. With its iconic Cable Beach camel rides, vibrant Indian Ocean sunsets that fade into a ‘Staircase to the Moon’, fascinating pearling heritage and quirky Chinatown city centre, there’s plenty to keep families occupied in town, or take to the air to see fascinating phenomena like the Horizontal Falls on a scenic flight. For beachfront accommodation, look no further than the award-winning Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, which caters for every member of the family, boasting bountiful pools and playgrounds, a Chahoya Spa by L’Occitane, accommodation from studios to bungalows and suites, and premium wining and dining, all in an oasis-like setting.

Karijini Eco Retreat

2. Karijini National Park

Located roughly 4.5 hours’ drive from Karratha (and some nine hours from Broome) is one of the most beautiful national parks on Australian shores. From the deep gorges and rugged terrain reminiscent of the desert, to the stunning pools and waterfalls perfect for a cool dip, Karijini is one destination your family will never forget. The area is home to a huge range of plant and animal life; there are an estimated 800 different species of plants, from colourful wattles to spiky spinifex, and the number of animals roaming about will have your little ones giggling with delight. For an especially unique accommodation experience, opt to camp or stay at the Karijini Eco Retreat in one of its deluxe tents or eco cabins. You’ll get that sense of adventure as you explore during the day, but then retreat at night and feel right at home with all your creature comforts.

Kalbarri National Park

3. Kalbarri National Park

A favourite among holidaymakers, Kalbarri’s beautiful scenery and coastal location keep enticing families year after year. Located on WA’s Coral Coast, attractions like the beautiful beaches and abundance of swimming areas are just the beginning. Kalbarri in spring is an experience not to be missed. Over 800 species of wildflowers burst into bloom, creating dazzling displays all throughout the area as the national park comes alive with hundreds of birds dancing through the colourful expanse of flora. June to November is another special time in the region as humpback whales migrate along the coast, newborn calves in tow. The kids will love a trip on one of Reefwalker’s charter boats which take you right into the action!


4. Fremantle

This lively port city is located just 30 minutes south of Perth where the Swan River meets the Indian Ocean. Soak up the culture in an eclectic city with the intricate melodies of buskers flowing through the streets, and the scent of freshly brewed coffee permeating the air. The kids will love a visit to the Western Australian Maritime Museum where they can learn all about Fremantle’s past, present and future as a major port city, explore the gangway which brought many a migrant onto Australian soil and climb aboard a restored Swan River ferry. Don’t forget about a stroll down to Bather’s Beach where you can join the locals and take in the stunning view as the sun begins to set, and be sure to stop for brunch at Bib & Tucker to check out the resident rooftop bees.

Snorkelling at Rottnest Island

5. Rottnest Island

Just a 30-minute ferry from Fremantle, Rottnest Island lures tourists with its limestone coral reef and stunning snorkelling spots. The 19-square-kilometre isle is also home to the quokka (about 10,000 of the vulnerable cute critters in fact) and 63 picture-perfect beaches and bays. The Basin is one of the most well-known swimming spots thanks to its crystal-clear waters, soft white sand and schools of fish and energetic marine life which make it a submarine playground your kids will adore. With no cars on the island, the only way to get around is by hop-on hop-off bus or hiring a bike. If your little ones love a good cycle Rottnest Pedal & Flipper hires out all the bikes and gear you’ll need for a great day out.

Rottnest Island

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