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BEST FOR THE KIDS From Perth you can take a ferry out to the car-free zone of Rottnest Island. The best way to discover some of its 63 sheltered beaches is to hire a bike, but you can also tour the island by bus or enjoy whale watching (seasonal). SPLASH OUT Head for Perth’s Cottesloe Beach, where Indiana’s restaurant almost sits in the sand. With breathtaking views from the colonial balconies, you can enjoy a hearty breakfast, afternoon tea or a glass of fine Australian wine as the sun sets across the Indian Ocean. LIVE LIKE A LOCAL Go and see a movie at the outdoor cinema in Broome, but pretend you’re a local and don’t scream and point when a plane flies directly over you. BEAUTIFUL BEACHES Everywhere you turn you’ll find delightful beaches in Western Australia, but perhaps none compare to those around Esperance and Cape Le Grand National Park - deserted white sands which you’re more likely to share with a kangaroo than a fellow human. NATURE LOVERS Every day at Monkey Mia, a pod of bottlenose dolphins swim into the clear shallows of the bay to interact with humans, delighting visitors with their intelligence and grace. This is an extraordinary show not to be missed. 135
ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE From April to July at Ningaloo Reef, follow the whale shark by boat, then jump in the ocean and snorkel just inches away. This is a truly captivating connection with one of nature’s largest mammals, friendly and harmless despite its magnificent size. WHERE TO GO FOR ADVENTURE Recharge your batteries in the seaside resort of Broome, before exploring the rugged wilderness of The Kimberley region, either independently or on a guided 4WD tour. Vast and remote, this is Australia’s last true frontier. LOCAL PRODUCE A visit to Western Australia wouldn’t be complete without tasting some of the fine wines from the Margaret River. If we had to pick just one favourite, Wise Vineyard in Dunsborough has a unique setting boasting panoramic views over the great expanse of Geographe Bay. SHOPPING King Street Precinct in Perth is the place to head for traditional ‘label’ shopping, but for a more bohemian shopping experience, head for historic Fremantle with its fine examples of 1900 to 1950’s architecture. CULTURE You can stumble across world-class art in the most unlikely places in Western Australia, not least at Lake Ballard to the north of Kalgoorlie, where there’s a collection of human stick figure sculptures created by Anthony Gormley, best-known in the UK for his Angel of the North.
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