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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.