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Western Australia is a region of endless exploration, where you can pack your itinerary with epic adventures in some of the country’s most iconic landscapes. Wildlife encounters are popular, from swimming with whale sharks to snapping selfies with quokkas, while you can also savour Australia’s best wines or kick back on a beautiful white-sand beach.

Shark Bay, Western Australia
Photo| Shark Bay, Western Australia| GETTYIMAGES – MAICO PRESENTE

With over 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve compiled a list of the best things to do and see in Western Australia. After exploring one of Australia’s most precious wilderness frontiers, retreat to a top hotel nearby with luxury perks and amenities.

Rottnest Island

The Basin Rottnest
Photo| The basin Rottnest, Western Australia| GETTYIMAGES – NEAL PRITCHARD PHOTOGRAPHY
Smiling Woman Crouching By Quokkas On Field
Photo| Woman Crouching By Quokkas, Rottnest Island| GETTYIMAGES – BENEDETTA BARBANTI – EYEEM

Famous for its cute and cuddly quokka population, Rottnest Island is considered one of the best places to visit in Australia. Just 19 kilometres off the coast of Perth City, this sun-splashed island is blessed with dazzling marine life, beautiful beaches and pristine bays. This car-free island can be explored via walking tours, snorkeling excursions and whale watching cruises.

Top Things to Do

  • Snap a selfie with a friendly quokka or get up-close to a colony of sea lions.
  • Visit one of the island’s 63 beaches and enjoy swimming, surfing and snorkeling.
  • Climb the Wadjemup Lighthouse for a birds-eye view of the island.

Where to Stay Near Rottnest Island

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – By Rydges

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - By Rydges, hotle in western australia visit
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Set in the heart of the city, Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – By Rydges has a rich history dating back to 1850. Spacious rooms boast flat-screen TVs, 24-hour room service and some feature balconies overlooking Fremantle. Need more space? Upgrade to one of the Suites, which include Jacuzzi spa tubs and large living rooms.

Make a splash in the outdoor pool or work up a sweat in the fitness room. At night, sip cocktails at the stylish Marine Lounge bar or enjoy live entertainment and whiskey at Ball & Chain.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 119 – USD 334
Guest Rating: 8
Address: Corner Essex And Marine Terrace, Fremantle, WA 6160, Australia

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Margaret River

Sunrise over Vines, best place to visit in western australia
Photo| Vineyard in South Western Australia| GETTYIMAGES – JENNIFER A SMITH
Canal Rocks, Yallingup
Photo| Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, Western Australia| GETTYIMAGES – JOCHEN SCHLENKER , ROBERT HARDING

Wine lovers shouldn’t miss a trip to Margaret River in Western Australia, which is considered one of the best places for wine tasting in the country. Not only can you sip some of Australia’s best wines, but you can also swim in crystal-clear waters at powdery white beaches and enjoy epic outdoor adventures, from thrilling seaplane tours to rock climbing.

Top Things to Do

Where to Stay in Margaret River

Eight Willows Retreat

Eight Willows Retreat, hotel for a visit in western australia
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Offering easy access to the wineries in Margaret River, Eight Willows Retreat is set amongst 30 hectares of natural bushland. Little ones will love collecting chicken eggs and sheep feeding, while the whole family can enjoy fishing for rainbow trout or taking a bush walk to see kangaroos and kookaburras.

Choose from a collection of one and two-bedroom self-contained chalets with lake, vineyard and forest views that offer luxury perks such as fireplaces, flat-screen TVs and patios with barbecues. Alternatively, families can opt for the large four-bedroom Residence with a full kitchen.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 144 – USD 346
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 266 Metricup Road, Metricup, WA 6280, Australia

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Monkey Mia

Jetty in Monkey Mia
Photo| Jetty in Monkey Mia, Western Australia| GETTYIMAGES – © CEDRIC BUFFLER
Monkey Mia, place to visit in western australia
Photo| Monkey Mia Dolphins| GETTYIMAGES – EMILY HAMLEY

Monkey Mia is an iconic destination in Western Australia for animal lovers, best known as the place where you can hand-feed bottlenose dolphins that swim into its knee-deep waters. Perfect for a leisurely getaway, this sunny destination is one of only a few sites in the world to meet all four of the national criteria for World Heritage listing. The marine wonderland also offers other memorable animal encounters, including swimming with manta rays and whale watching.

Top Things to Do

  • See spectacular marine life in the 2.2 million hectare Shark Bay World Heritage
  • Take a day trip to Shell Beach where its “sand” is billions of tiny shells.
  • Join a wildlife cruise in Dirk Hartog Island or enjoy its white sandy beaches, fishing and snorkeling.

Where to Stay Near Monkey Mia

RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, hotel for western australia visit
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RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
Photo| RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort| Provided by RAC MONKEY MIA DOLPHIN RESORT

Located within Shark Bay, RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort offers two and three-bedroom beachfront villas. These family-friendly abodes are self-contained and feature full kitchens, private verandahs and direct access to the shoreline. Budget savvy travellers can opt for dorms or rooms with shared bathrooms.

There is a range of facilities to make your stay memorable, from an on-site general store and gift shop to the beachfront Boughshed Restaurant. Guests can also take advantage of the outdoor pools, tennis court, barbecue facilities and kayak and snorkel hire.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 77 – USD 296
Guest Rating: 8
Address: Monkey Mia, Shark Bay, Monkey Mia, WA, Australia

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The Pinnacles

the pinnacles, best place to visit in western australia
Star gazing at the Pinnacles in Australia
Photo| Star gazing at the Pinnacles| GETTYIMAGES – JOHN CRUX PHOTOGRAPHY

A two-hour drive from Perth and set in Nambung National Park, The Pinnacles are one of the top natural attractions in Australia’s Coral Coast. Found along the photogenic Indian Ocean Drive near Cervantes and Jurien Bay, The Pinnacles boasts otherworldly rock formations that were created naturally about 25,000 to 30,000 years ago. Some of the limestone pillars stand as high as five metres tall.

Top Things to Do

  • Visit the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre to see interpretive displays providing insight into how these unique structures formed.
  • Take a 4WD tour through the sand dunes to see the large collection of limestone pillars.
  • Explore nearby Cervantes, a small coastal fishing town with white sandy beaches and fresh seafood.

Where to Stay Near The Pinnacles

Pinnacles Edge Resort

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A five-minute walk from Cervantes Golf Course, Pinnacles Edge Resort offers Studio Rooms, Spa Suites and Two-Bedroom Apartments. All self-contained rooms include flat-screen TVs and air conditioning, while upgraded rooms add furnished balconies with barbecues and sea views and spa baths.

Relax by the outdoor pool or keep fit in the gym, then recharge with fresh seafood and Mediterranean cuisine at the on-site restaurant. When you’re ready to explore, there are scenic walks and hikes nearby.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 112 – USD 218
Guest Rating: 7
Address: 7 Aragon Street, Cervantes, WA 6511, Australia

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Wave Rock

Wave Rock, Hyden, Western Australia
Photo| Wave Rock, Hyden, Western Australia| GETTYIMAGES – ARTIE PHOTOGRAPHY (ARTIE NG)

Wave Rock is one of the coolest natural rock formations in Western Australia, shaped like a tall breaking ocean wave. While you can’t actually surf it, the multi-coloured rock is made out of a millennia of layers of stone and appears as if it’s about to crash onto the bush below. It’s a must-see, considered one of Australia’s most treasured natural attractions.

Top Things to Do

  • Take a scenic walk around the rock or follow the Pathways to Wave Rock self-drive trail.
  • Visit other unusual rock formations, including Hippos Yawn, The Humps, Camel Peaks and Kings Rocks.
  • See incredible aboriginal rock paintings at nearby Bats Cave.

Where to Stay Near Wave Rock

Mary’s Farm Cottages

Mary's Farm Cottages, hotel for western australia visit
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Offering an authentic slice of rural Western Australia, Mary’s Farm Cottages makes you feel right at home. Family-owned and operated, the self-contained one and two-bedroom cottages embody the charm of an eco-village farm.

Enjoy perks like king-size beds and large flat-screen TVs, while peace and serenity come in the form of gorgeous farm views and sunset vistas from your private verandah. The quaint cottages back onto a large land shaded by natural trees, where you’ll find barbecue facilities and children’s play area.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 94 – USD 203
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 3645 Dumbleyung-Lake Grace Rd, Kukerin WA 6352, Australia

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Pink Lake

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Photo| Pink Lake in Esperance, Australia| GETTIMAGES – MARK FITZPARTICK – EYEEM
Pink Lake

Pack your drone for this one, as the bright-pink Lake Hillier has got to be seen to be believed. While Western Australia is home to many beguiling natural attractions, this one takes the take with its surreal landscape. Neighbouring the dark blue waters of the Indian Ocean, its striking contrast is stunning.

Top Things to Do

  • See it by boat, or take a scenic flight for a birds-eye view of the pink-hued beauty.
  • Enjoy white sandy beaches in Esperance or get up-close to kangaroos in Lucky Bay.
  • Day trip to Woody Island Nature Reserve for bushwalking, swimming and snorkeling.

Where to Stay Near Pink Lake

The Jetty Resort

The Jetty Resort, best hotel for western australia visit
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Overlooking Esperance Bay, The Jetty Resort boasts a range of accommodation options to suit all types of travellers. The family-owned hotel boasts direct beach access, an outdoor pool and barbecue facilities, as well as a playground for little ones. Also, you can hire kayaks, surfboards and fishing rods from reception.

Choose from standard-self contained rooms, family rooms or suites with Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and mini fridges, with some adding kitchens and bay views. Alternatively, luxury spa suites and ocean-view apartments add extra space with large living rooms.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 102 – USD 232
Guest Rating: 8
Address: 1 The Esplanade, Esperance, WA 6450, Australia

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Broome, places to visit in western australia
Photo| Camels at Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia| SHUTTERSTOCK – ALEX CUOTO
Aerial top view of a bright orange sandy beach
Photo| Beach in Kimberley| GETTYIMAGES – FELIX CESARE

Broome is one of Western Australia’s most fascinating towns, offering a laid-back ambience with dramatic scenery and a unique pearling history. The tropical coastal town is rich in Aboriginal, Japanese, Chinese and outback culture and is home to a famous stretch of beach, dinosaur footprints on ancient rocks and easy access to the vast Kimberley wilderness.

Top Things to Do

Where to Stay in Broome

Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa

Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, hotel for western australia visit
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One of the most romantic Broome resorts, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa is one of the region’s only hotels located directly across from the ocean. Surrounded by fragrant frangipani trees, on-site facilities include outdoor pools, multiple restaurants, mini golf and a lavish spa. Don’t miss dining at Sunset Bar & Grill, which overlooks the famous Cable Beach.

HotelsCombined visitors highly praise the chic accommodation, which includes Studios, Bungalows, Villas and Suites. Standard rooms include Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, while upgraded units turn the dial up on luxury with indoor spas, private plunge pools and ocean views.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 190 – USD 625
Guest Rating: 8
Address: 1 Cable Beach Road, Cable Beach, Cable Beach, WA 6725, Australia

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Ningaloo Reef Marine Park

Amazing sea view from the air at Exmouth.
Photo| Beach in Exmouth, Western Australia| GETTYIMAGES – SELLWELL
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Photo| Marine turtles photographed on the beautiful Ningaloo Reef| GETTYIMAGES – MIGRATION MEDIA – UNDERWATER IMAGING

If you’ve got a taste for adventure, Ningaloo Reef Marine Park is the best place on Earth to swim next to gentle whale sharks. The World Heritage-listed site harbours the world’s largest fringing reef, which is teeming with tropical fish, turtles, manta rays, humpback whales and of course, the elusive whale shark.

Top Things to Do

  • Visit from April to July to see the whale sharks up close in the water.
  • Swim with humpback whales or catch a wave at Dunes Surf Beach (best from July to October).
  • Get in the glass-clear water at Turquoise Bay to enjoy incredible coral scenery.

Where to Stay Near Ningaloo Reef Marine Park

Exmouth Escape Resort

Exmouth Escape Resort, hotel for western australia visit
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Located in Exmouth, Exmouth Escape Resort provides the ideal base for exploring the famous Ningaloo Reef. In addition to a boat wash-down area, the 4-star hotel features two outdoor pools surrounded by sun loungers. Live music and a menu of fresh, local seafood are highlights of the on-site Whalers Restaurant, which has both indoor and outdoor seating.

One and two-bedroom apartments boast furnished dining and living rooms as well as washing machines and an outdoor area with a barbecue. Accommodating large groups and families is the spacious three-bedroom Deluxe Villa, which also offers ample car and boat parking.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 112 – USD 188
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 27 Murat Road, Exmouth, WA 6707, Australia

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Karijini National Park

SPA Pool, Hamersley Gorge. Karijini National Park, Western Australia
Photo| Spa pool, Hamersley Gorge. Karijini National Par| GETTYIMAGES – FRANCESCO RICCARDO IACOMINO
Knox Gorge
Photo| Knox Gorge at Karijini National Park| GETTYIMAGES – POSNOV

Known for its spectacular rugged scenery, Karijini National Park is home to ancient geological formations that have been carved out over two billion years. Set in the Pilbara region, you can explore cavernous gorges, scale ancient rocks and marvel at cascading waterfalls. It’s a nature lovers oasis, filled with a network of walking trails and swimming holes.

Top Things to Do

  • Take a dip in the spring-fed pools at Fortescue Falls.
  • Hike to Oxer Lookout for unforgettable views over four gorges: Weano, Red, Hancock and Joffre.
  • Descend Hancock Gorge to see its multi-hued layers or soak in the natural spa pool at Hamersley Gorge.

Where to Stay Near Karijini National Park

Karijini Eco Retreat

Karijini Eco Retreat, hote for western australia visit
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A top eco-friendly resort in Australia, Karijini Eco Retreat is located in Karijini National Park. The accommodation options are all environmentally-friendly, nestled in the pristine bushland at Joffre Gorge. Choose from Deluxe Eco-Tents, Dorm Eco Cabins and campground facilities, with many featuring decked seating areas and large windows for wildlife viewing.

Want to sample traditional Australian flavours? Head to the outback-style Alfresco Restaurant, which also boasts an extensive beer and wine list. Breakfast is complimentary, as well as packed picnic lunches and snacks that are perfect for early morning adventures.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 152 – USD 319
Guest Rating: 8
Address: Weano Road, Wittenoom, WA 6751, Australia

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Nature Window at Kalbarri National Park, Western Australia
Photo| Kalbarri National Park| GETTYIMAGES – POSNOV
kalbarri national park
Photo| Rock formation and river , Kalbarri, Australia| GETTYIMAGES – C.B.

Kalbarri is a charming beachside town in Western Australia, offering access to river cruising, beach fishing, bushwalking and kayaking adventures. Kalbarri National Park is a huge highlight, home to soaring coastal cliffs, exceptional wildflower displays in spring and summer and Kalbarri Skywalk overlooking the Murchison Gorge.

Top Things to Do

  • See Nature’s Window, one of Western Australia’s most iconic natural attractions in Kalbarri National Park.
  • Take a scenic flight over the National Park, coastline and Abrolhos Islands.
  • Hop on a Murchison River Cruise or visit in wildflower season to see over 1,100 varieties blooming into a sea of colour.

Where to Stay in Kalbarri

Kalbarri Edge Resort

Kalbarri Edge Resort, hotel for western australia visit
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A tranquil retreat after exploring the picturesque coast, Kalbarri Edge Resort is ideal for family vacations, couples getaways and solo escapes. Laze in the sunshine by the outdoor pool, partake in a game of giant chess or whip up a meal on the outdoor barbecue. Alternatively, you can opt for fine dining Kalbarri-style at the on-site restaurant.

The self-contained Deluxe Studios have flat-screen TVs, mini bars and kitchenettes, while Spa Suites add Jacuzzis, living areas and private balconies. To accommodate up to five guests, you can combine the two to create a spacious Two Bedroom Spa Apartment.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 96 – USD 211
Guest Rating: 8
Address: 22 Porter Street, Kalbarri, WA 6536, Australia

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Discover the Ultimate Travel Guide to Western Australia

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Photo| Red centre roads in the Australian Outback | GETTYIMAGES – FELIX CESARE

Western Australia is an incredible destination with wildlife watching, wineries and natural habitats that are perfect for a self-guided adventure. Experience the best of Western Australia’s top attractions, then rest and recharge at one of the nearby hotels offering on-site restaurants, beachfront access and family-friendly accommodations.

What are your favourite travel destinations in Western Australia? Let us know in the comments below.

About the author

Charity De Souza Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, I have been travelling with my battered backpack full-time for over a decade. My favourite travel memories include skydiving in Switzerland, wine tasting in Portugal, road tripping through Iceland, snorkelling in Indonesia and watching a sunset in the Sahara Desert.

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