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Why is Western Australia different from the East Coast of Australia?

You might ask, “What are the significant differences from the East and West Coast of Australia? There is a world of cultural differences in terms of States and Territories and between the East and West Coast. 81% of Australia’s population (around 20 million) live on the East Coast in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania. Occupying 37% of Australia’s total landmass.

Western Australia Land Mass

Australia On the other hand, Western Australia occupies one-third of Australia’s continent with a population of around 2.6 million, despite its grand size. The majority of Western Australia (abbreviated as WA) is a vast area of desert, hence why the population density is low. 92% of Western Australians choose to live in the South West Region near Perth, its capital city.

Western Australia contributes to more than half of Australia’s mineral and energy exports despite its vast uninhabitable area. Tourism and fishing industries play an essential part, especially in the small coastal regions of the state.

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Travel Resources | Trip Planning

Western Australia is a big state, so it pays to be informed. In this blog, I am focusing on accommodation and things to do from Broome to Augusta. I have chosen not to go into depth about the Kimberley region. That’s a whole other blog!

Having go-to travel resources that you can rely on is essential when you travel. Although I’m more inclined to go with the flow, than plan everything down to the last second – some destinations need careful planning, especially in a HUGE country like Australia. That’s why I recommend Skyscanner for flights, booking.com  for accommodation and rentalcar.com for car hire.

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Millions of travellers are taking advantage of these travel sites to book trips. They offer discounts, price guarantees and travel guides that help travellers book with confidence. Booking.com is the largest accommodation online platform in the world with more than a million guests booking a place to stay every 24 hours.

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Best West Coast Australia Itinerary

It is impossible to see the best of Western Australia unless you have the time, prepared to take a couple of domestic flights and drive many, many miles! You can easily drive for hours and see virtually nothing from one town to the next. Preparation and a well-planned itinerary are essential when visiting the West Coast of Australia.

Follow this easy to follow accommodation guide from Broome to Augusta like an itinerary and save time researching and planning your trip to Western Australia. You’ll stay in a variety of destinations, each offering a unique experience, only found on this side of Australia.

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Best West Coast Australia Itinerary

Best of Western Australia

It is impossible to see the best of Western Australia unless you have the time, prepared to take a couple of domestic flights and drive many, many miles! You can easily drive for hours and see virtually nothing from one town to the next. Preparation and a well-planned itinerary are essential when visiting the West Coast of Australia.

Follow this easy to follow accommodation guide from Broome to Augusta like an itinerary and save time researching and planning your trip to Western Australia. You’ll stay in a variety of destinations, each offering a unique experience, only found on this side of Australia.

Where is Broome?

Broome Gateway to the Kimberley’s

Broome is 2,000 kilometres north of Perth and 2,538 k from Augusta. It is distinguished by its exotic pearl history, white sandy beaches, turquoise blue waters and fertile red soil. Broome is also the western gateway to the Kimberley wilderness.

Getting to the West Coast of Australia

How to Get to Broome

Most major airlines fly to Perth Airport with many carriers co-sharing with other airlines. Access is also available through Darwin, Broome and Kalgoorlie Airport. Another travel option is to arrive by train on the Indian Pacific from Sydney via Adelaide. Cruise ships also dock at Perth (Fremantle), Geraldton, Bunbury, Albany, Exmouth and Port Hedland.

Direct Flights to Broome from East Coast of Australia

It is easy to get a domestic flight to Perth Western Australia from the other states and some international carriers also flight directly into Perth. 

Qantas offers direct flights in 2020 to Broome from the following East Coast locations:

Brisbane to Broome

  • Sundays (7 Jun – 23 Aug),
  • No services (28 June, 5 and 19 July)

Sydney to Broome

  • Tuesdays (5 May – 6 Oct)
  • Saturdays (4 Apr – 10 Oct)
  • Sundays (28 Jun – 19 Jul)

Melbourne to Broome

  • Wednesdays (6 May – 30 Sept)
  • Fridays (5 Jun – 28 Aug)
  • Saturdays (5 Jun – 29 Aug)

West Coast Australia Road Trip Itinerary

Without further ado, here are some accommodation recommendations from Broome to Augusta that you are going to love.

Broome Accommodation | Oaks Cable Beach Resort

Oaks Cable Beach Sanctuary is a short 10-minute walk from the pristine sands of Cable Beach and a 5-minute drive from the heart of Broome.

This luxury resort features modern amenities and facilities in a tropical setting. The newly refurbished Oaks Cable Beach Sanctuary Resort offers a new level of quality in their studio rooms and self-contained apartments. Nestled amongst landscaped tropical gardens and expansive lagoon-style pools, this luxury resort is the perfect base for exploring Broome and Kimberley region.

Shuttle service to Cable Beach and Broome Airport runs at regular intervals. Roebuck Bay is a 12-minute drive away and one of Broome’s most beautiful natural attractions. The resort offers internet facilities, a tour desk and a resort shop with ATM. Cables, the resort’s on-site restaurant is open daily for breakfast from 7:00am.

Oaks Cable Beach Sanctuary | Broome Accommodation

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Broome Things to Do

Camel Tours

Broome Sunset Camel tours with Broome Camel Safaris is a popular Cable Beach activity. Take the Broome Cable Beach journey along the scenic 22 kilometres of beachfront, pose for instagrammable photos and experience stunning and unforgettable Western Australian sunsets. Bookings for camel tours in advance is highly recommended.

Staircase to the Moon Phenomenon

In the evenings the sunsets over Cable beach and as the moonrise at Roebuck Bay, an illusion of a long shimmery staircase merges known as the ‘Staircase to the Moon’. The natural phenomenon occurs thrice-monthly between April and October. It is caused by the rising of a full moon reflecting on the exposed mudflats on a low tide – creating a beautiful optical illusion of a staircase reaching up to the moon. On the West Pilbara Coast, the beautiful illusion is visible from Cossack Lookout and Hearson Cove, near Karratha.  The Staircase Night Markets are held at the Town Beach Reserve on Robinson Street from May – October.

Broome Local Markets 

The Broome Courthouse Markets have become a major tourist attraction and host to over 100 creative stalls.  The markets are held in the beautiful heritage-listed gardens of the Broome Courthouse and operate between 8am -1pm every Saturday and Sundays during the dry season (April – October).

Broome’s Food Scene

Asian flavours are a reflection of Broome’s Asian ancestry and other cultural influences. Two Broome restaurants you must try are Zensai Japanese Fusion and Cichetti Club Italian restaurant.  Zensai is an intimate dining venue that seats only 28 guests, so bookings are essential.

Local Broome Brewery

Matso’s Broome Brewery is known as the most remote brewery in Australia. It is just outside of the town centre and the perfect place to sample award-winning craft beers and where you can learn more about the art of beer making on a Matso Brewery tour. Although beer and Ginger beer is their specialties, they offer a good selection of Australian wines, cocktails and boutique spirits.

The kitchen opens from breakfast to dinner (7am to 9pm) with a grazing menu outside of the main mealtimes. The menu has a large selection of local seafood, array of different meats including kangaroo and emu sausages.

Eighty Mile Beach Accommodation

Before leaving Broome, stop by the supermarket and stock up with food and drinks as there isn’t much on offer at your next stay at Eighty-Mile Beach Caravan Park. Eighty-Mile Beach is a 4-hour road-trip from Broome and half-way to Port Hedland, boasting beautiful turquoise waters and panoramic views along the coast on each side of the caravan park.

Eighty Mile Beach Accommodation | Caravans, Camping & Self-Contained Cabins

You can stay in one of the five, 2-bedroom self-contained, air-conditioned cabins with fully-equipped kitchen or plug your caravan into one of the 150 powered sites. Camping is also available. Cabin linen and towels are supplied for your convenience. The caravan park has direct beach access making it an ideal destination for water activities, boating, four-wheel driving, camping, seashell collecting, sunsets, wildlife and birdwatching. Eighty Mile Beach is one of the most important shorebird sites in Australia. Migratory shorebirds from around the world stop here to rest before flying north to the Mekong Delta (Vietnam) or south to the Antarctic.

Port Hedland Accommodation

For those looking for hotel-style accommodation, Ibis Styles Port Hedland is for you. The hotel is 2 km from the town centre and adjacent to an 18-hole golf course. It is close to excursion meeting points for activities such as whale watching and chartered fishing expeditions.

The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and a terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean. Guest rooms are comfortable, air-conditioned with a balcony. Breakfast is included, and the hotel has a bistro with outdoor dining and two bars. Free parking is available on site.

Things to Do in Port Hedland & Karratha

Port Hedland is located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia; 240 kilometres from Eighty Mile Beach. The main centre is the city of Karratha; 2.5 hours’ drive from the township of Port Hedland. Karratha is a small coastal town and the biggest town before Port Hedland. It has a unique identity and a rich multi-cultural heritage. The stunning region has an active arts and cultural community across all art forms. Matt Dann Theatre & Cinema in Port Hedland and Karratha’s major events – Cossack Art Awards (July), Red Earths Arts Festival (September) and inaugural Karijini Dinner Experience (April) are the biggest drawcards on the region’s calendar.

Dampier Archipelago Natural Beauty

Nearby Dampier township and Dampier Archipelago are a haven for snorkellers, divers, campers, boaties and beach lovers. It is made up of 42 coastal islands and islets, offering visitors the opportunity to explore coral reefs or engage in other water activities. Amazing Aboriginal rock art of kangaroos, fish, and turtles dating back over 10,000 years are visible. Hawksbill turtles and five other turtle species come here to nest on the beaches. Humpback whales, dolphins and dugongs often frolic in the turquoise waters. The Dampier Archipelago is rich in marine biodiversity, and on land, there is an abundance of wildlife from northern quolls to Rothschild rock wallabies.

Scuba Divers Delight

Delambre, Legendre, Kendrew, Rosemary and Enderby are regarded as the best dive locations off the mainland with crystal clear waters – where visibility can reach over 30 metres (100 feet).

Karratha Accommodation | Ibis Styles Karratha

Ibis Styles Karratha is an ideal base for exploring Millstream-Chichester National Park, Dampier Archipelago Islands, beaches, restaurants, shopping and nearby attractions. The modern and comfortable hotel has 47 hotel rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, BBQ area, licensed restaurant, three bars, a bottle shop and conference room facilities. Guests enjoy a peaceful retreat to relax and unwind after a long day of sightseeing. Complimentary continental breakfasts and free wi-fi are included in the hotel room rate. Karratha Ibis Styles is the perfect base for your holiday in Western Australia’s magnificent Pilbara District.

Things To Do in Coral Bay

Swim with Whale Sharks

The drive from Karratha to Coral Bay is 5.5 hours or 527 kilometres. It is impossible to visit all the wonderful attractions along the west coast of Australia. If you don’t want to spend the majority of your holiday travelling in a car, then you need to choose your west coast destinations well. You will be faced with the difficult decision of choosing between Monkey Mia and Ningaloo Reef. In this blog, I am featuring Ningaloo Reef because I believe there is more on offer there. Why pay to feed the dolphins at Monkey Mia, when you can swim with them at Ningaloo?

The town itself offers a good choice of accommodation, restaurants, cafes and shops. But book early during the peak season to secure your piece of this natural paradise.

Ningaloo Reef

After the longish drive from Karratha, be rewarded by the beauty of Ningaloo Reef, the world’s largest fringing reef. The world heritage listed 5,000 square kilometre reef is just a few steps from the white sandy beach of Coral Bay. Immerse yourself with the abundant marine life while diving, snorkelling or fishing in clear turquoise waters and near-perfect year-round weather conditions. Or stay dry and view the coral gardens from the comforts of a glass-bottom boat or take to the skies on a scenic flight and see the spectacle from above.

It’s one of the few places in the world where you can encounter the biggest fish in the ocean – the whale shark. These gentle marine giants can be found off the west coast of Australia from March to July each year. Whale watching tours run from June to November. Other marine kinds such as dugongs, manta rays and turtles can be enjoyed year-round sightings. Ningaloo is also a premier game fishing destination. Coral Bay’s fishing charters specialise in chasing quality reef fish like Spanish mackerel, emperor, bream and hard-fighting catch like tuna, marlin, and sailfish. There is lots to do or nothing to do at Coral Bay – it’s all up to you.

Coral Bay Accommodation | Ningaloo Reef Resort

Nature Wonder

Located on the beachfront, Ningaloo Reef Resort is a short stroll from the beach. The resort offers comfortable rooms with a small kitchenette, lounge/dining space, private bathroom, air conditioning and complimentary in-house movies. Each room has either stunning ocean views or both garden and pool views. Guests can swim in the outdoor swimming pool, lounge in the gardens or take a leisurely stroll at sunset on the peaceful Coral Bay beach. Dine in the casual atmosphere of Shades Café, where seafood sourced from the Coral Bay area is served. The Ningaloo Reef Resort onsite café bar also serves an excellent range of cocktails and other refreshing beverages. 

For More information, see this Ningaloo Fact Sheet

Carnarvon Things To Do

Coral Bay & Carnarvon Things To Do

Carnarvon is a coastal town 2.5 hours’ drive or 240 kilometres south of Coral Bay and approximately 900 kilometres (560 miles) north of Perth. Whether you are looking to get lost in nature or learn more about its extraordinary local history, Carnarvon has an abundance of experiences and attractions waiting for you to discover.

Carnarvon Museums & Attractions

Take a step back in time with visits to the Railway Station Museum and Western Australia’s first Shearing Hall of Fame. Learn about the Kimberley Steam Train and golden days of the shearing industry back in the 1950s. Included in the heritage trail is the original Jubilee Hall, Light House Keepers Cottage and Old Mile Jetty Centre.

The cottage was built around 1900 and used as a lighthouse keepers residence up until the 1970s. Today the restored cottage houses memorabilia from bygone days. The new One Mile Jetty Centre opened in April 2019 and home to the HMAS Sydney II / HSK Kormoran Display. In 1941, this famous Australian battle took place off the Gascoyne Coast. Now, it is remembered, and the story lives on in this purpose-built centre.

Make sure you allow enough time to visit the fascinating Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum. The museum celebrates the role Carnarvon played in the NASA manned space program of the 1960’s – 1970’s and the role of OTC Carnarvon satellite earth station. Open seven days per week. 9am – 4pm (April – Sept) 10am – 2pm (Oct – March).

The One Mile Jetty built-in 1897 is a popular WA fishing spot. Common catches include tailor, bream, mulloway and mud crabs. Blue manna crabs show up between March and July. Gnaraloo Station, 90 minutes north of Carnarvon is another all-year-round top WA fishing spot that includes tuna, trevally, pink snapper, emperor, cod and more.

Carnarvon Growers Market

The small town is best known for its fresh seafood and locally grown fruits and vegetables. Growers Markets are runs by the growers themselves every Saturday morning from May – October at the front of the Carnarvon Visitor Centre on Robinson Street. There is plenty of fresh produce available, as well as a breakfast selection and barista coffee.

Carnarvon Blowholes

75km north of Carnarvon is the magnificent Carnarvon Blowholes. A natural phenomenon, where the powerful ocean swells force water out of narrow holes in rocks, sometimes as high at 20 metres. The jets of water erupt towards the sky, creating an impressive sight. The blowholes are well worth the drive, all by bitumen road and easily accessible by two-wheel vehicles.

Just one kilometre south of the blowholes is a stunning beach and coral-filled lagoon with an abundance of fish and shells. This area is a great family picnic spot and ideal for snorkelling. It is also a fabulous camping area with an overnight fee payable to the site ranger. There are toilet facilities, but no water so go prepared. Although the coast is calm and yet rugged, care and caution must be taken at all times.

Carnarvon Accommodation

Carnarvon offers variety of accommodation including self-contained apartments, holiday homes, caravan park and camping. The accommodation at Carnarvon is perfect for families, couples, groups and self-drive holidays. A style of accommodation to suit just about every type of traveller.

Geraldton Things To Do

The road distance between Carnarvon and Geraldton is 424 km or 4.5 hours north of Perth. The large regional city is situated right on the scenic Coral Coast and the central hub of the Midwest region. Right on its doorstep are some of Western Australia’s best natural wonders – Abrolhos Islands, Pink Lake, Kalbarri Gorges, Hutt Lagoon, Leaning Tree and Coalseam Conservation Park.

Many thousands of people visit Geraldton’s Wildflower Country at the beginning or end of their wildflower adventure. The mild Geraldton winters make for an ideal environment for wildflowers including the famous ‘Geraldton Wax’, now considered a weed! Other activities worth investigating are the Museum of Geraldton, HMAS Sydney II Memorial, St Francis Xavier Cathedral and one of the five heritage walks. You’ll find plenty of great cafes, galleries and boutique shopping along the Esplanade. The kids will love the playground at the Youth Precinct on the foreshore – skywalk, slide, climbing wall and more.

With a spectacular foreshore, pristine beaches, undulating hills, breathtaking landscapes, you’ll be surprised at what you’ll discover in Geraldton. It is easy to see why Geraldton is a popular destination for adventurous travelling nomads, nature lovers, and photographers.

Geraldton Accommodation

With so many types of accommodation available today, it’s important you choose the right place to stay when booking in advance. Whether you are travelling on a budget, with a group of friends or getting away with the kids, Geraldton has a wide selection of accommodation to suit your situation and needs.

Perth Things to Do

Perth is the capital of Western Australia and fourth largest city in Australia. The metropolitan area accounts for about three-quarters of Western Australia’s population. Perth’s Elizabeth Quay and Kings Park offer sprawling views over the city centre, Swan River and distant Perth Hills. The Swan River creates a striking contract against the soaring skyline of city high-rises. Many of Perth’s popular sights and attractions are centred around the river precinct, green spaces and nearby beaches. River cruises to Perth Zoo, Rottnest Island, Fremantle and Swan Valley Wine Region depart from the jetties at Barrack Square. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and lively bars within the riverside location, where you can also capture a magnificent Western Australia sunset.

Perth Mint

Another award-winning tourist attraction, not to be missed is the Perth MintThe Perth Mint is owned by the Western Australia government and Australia’s official bullion mint. Various tours run daily and visitors can purchase an extensive range of fine jewellery, collector coins, natural gold nuggets and exclusive giftware from the Perth Mint Shop.  

Perth Hills Are Alive

Only 45 minutes east of Perth City, you’ll find the Perth Hills scattered throughout the wide ranges of the Darling Scarp. Charming townships included Armadale, Kalamunda and Mundaring offer astounding views and places to learn more about this fabulous region. Perth Hills has an impressive selection of accommodation, tours and things to do, so don’t miss it.

Perth Hills Highlights

Perth Accommodation

Here’s an assorted list of Perth accommodation options with the tick of approval from international and Australian travellers. From 5-star hotels to budget stays, there’s a style of accommodation suitable for any visitor to Perth.

Road Trip from Broome to Augusta Comes To An End!

Augusta is 3.5 hours’ drive south of Perth or 320 kilometres. This west coast of Australia roadtrip comes to an end in Augusta. You may decide to drive on further to Adelaide in South Australia or return to Perth to fly home. But, before you leave Western Australia, there are a number of interesting places to visit along the way from Perth to Augusta. You will be captivated by the stunning beauty of the beaches, vineyards and landscape that this region is most appreciated for.

Bunbury Things To Do

Bunbury is the fourth largest city by population in Western Australia. The Bunbury waterfront precinct is the perfect place to stop for lunch before spending the afternoon swimming with wild dolphins at Koombana Bay. If you don’t want to get wet, then join a wildlife cruise or get up close and personal with the wild dolphins in the interaction area at the shoreline. Mash Brewhouse is also located on Bunbury’s waterfront. You can watch the day float by and sample Bunbury’s impressive premier craft beers off the tap. Open 7 days a week from 11:00am and the kitchen is open every day.

Busselton Western Australia

Just 40 minutes from Bunbury is the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. The 1.8-kilometre Busselton Jetty is the main drawcard to this vibrant coastal town. You can choose to walk the jetty by foot or take the Stocker Preston petit train for stunning 360-degree views across the Indian Ocean. At the end of the jetty and 8-metres below the ocean’s surface is an Underwater Observatory. This natural wonder lies beneath the jetty, where the piles create an artificial reef which plays host to tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates. Busselton also offers excellent beach walks or take a scroll on the destinated paths along the shoreline.

Ngili Cave

The magnificent Ngili Cave near Yallingup is just 30 minutes from Busselton. This cave is embellished with stunning stalactites, stalagmites and helictites. Semi-guided cave tours run for approximately one-hour and begin with an introductory talk while being led down into the first chamber or Amphitheatre. Visitors can explore the cave at their own pace and there is a guide on hand to provide more information and answer questions. The ‘Adventure Tour’ gives thrill-seekers the opportunity to venture off the boardwalks and explore the cave in more depth.

Busselton Accommodation

You can choose to stay in either Bunbury or Busselton on your road trip to Augusta. Although, Bunbury is a lovely port town, Busselton and Dunsborough are more pleasant holiday destinations.

Augusta Accommodation

After long days travelling the West Coast of Australia, it is time to rest and unwind in Augusta Western Australia. Augusta Sheoak Chalets is the perfect place to do just that! Located 3 km from the Augusta town centre, Sheoak Chalets is on a hill and surrounded by the native trees of Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park. Each chalet has a private patio to view the surrounding countryside and a cosy log fireplace to roll up beside in the cooler months. Chalets have a fully equipped kitchen and separate living room with a TV as well as laundry facilities, BBQ and covered car parking.

Augusta Accommodation

There is not a large selection of accommodation available in Augusta so here’s a short list of the best.

Things to Do in Augusta

Before heading back to Perth airport or continuing your journey south, take time to visit the many wonderful attractions in and around Augusta in Western Australia. In this article I haven’t included the Margaret River Wine region as that’s an entirely other blog! However, I will say, you are a stone’s through away from some of the best Australian wineries and wines. So, do yourself a favour and allow enough time to spend at least a few days sampling some of Australia’s best wines and local produce.

Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin Walk

The Cape to Cape Track between Cape Naturaliste in Dunsborough and Cape Leeuwin in Augusta offers walkers breathtaking scenery and varied landscape. Each year between June and December, you get the chance to spot thousands of migrating humpback whales from the Western Australian coast. Cape Leeuwin headland and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse are popular destinations for photographers looking to capture nature’s beauty from spectacular sunrises to stunning sunsets. Granny’s Pool is the perfect swimming spot for kids, and they will love throwing a fishing line from Ellis St Jetty.

Jewel Cave Augusta | Margaret River Region

10-minutes north of Augusta is Jewel Cave, the biggest show cave in Western Australia. Jewel Cave has three massive chambers encrusted with crystals of incredible beauty to explore. See one of the longest straw stalactites found in any tourist cave in Australia. One-hour fully guided tours showcase the breathtaking magnitude of Jewel Cave. Be spellbound by the towering crystal creations that have taken thousands of years to form. Intricate decorations stretch and are suspended across the ceiling of the cave like vines and dancing cobwebs. Above ground enjoy lunch at the Jewel Cave cafe and take the self-guided forest tour through the giant Karri trees.

Augusta Whale Watching

One of the best places to whale watch in Western Australia is in the Margaret River Region. From late May to end of August, Humpbacks and Southern Right Whales make the epic migration journey. The largest population of Humpbacks in the world leave Antarctica and begin their long migration to warmer, northern waters to reach important calving grounds. Flinders Bay in Augusta is their first port of call with the best time to see them during June and August.

End of West Coast Road Trip

Well, I hope you found this lengthy West Coast of Australia article useful and encouraged to visit some of the less known areas of Western Australia. No matter which season of the year you choose to visit the west coast of Australia, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Weather in Western Australia

Western Australia’s northern and southern parts have completely contrasting climates. The north is tropical and experiences more rainfall than its southern counterparts. Regional coastal towns in the south are the most popular places to live and attract visitors looking for a more Mediterranean climate. February is the hottest month in Perth with the average daily temperature being 31.7°C (89.1°F) and 18.4°C (65.1°F) overnight. The sea temperature is also the warmest in February 22°C (72°F) and June is the wettest month with an average rainfall of 140mm.

Western Australia’s Fremantle Doctor 

Life can become rather uncomfortable during WA’s hot summers. However, Western Australia’s low humidity and lovely afternoon sea breeze known as the ‘Fremantle Doctor’, help to make the weather more bearable. People often refer to W.A. as “Windy As” because Perth is the third windiest capital city in the world, and this is mainly due to the frequency of the Fremantle Doctor. WA beaches are also very popular for wind and kite surfers.

Road Safety Advice & Tips

Drivers Beware

Be on the lookout for wildlife and animals wandering on Australian roads especially between dusk and dawn. It is not unusual to see kangaroos, cattle, sheep, horses and other animals grazing by the roadside. Swerving to avoid hitting something on the road can have disastrous consequences!

Before any road trip in Australia, it is essential that your vehicle is in good mechanical order and that you carry spare tyres, towing ropes, a toolkit and first aid kit. You must know how much fuel is required to reach your next petrol station. Don’t forget to pack sufficient food supplies and more water than you think you need, should you have a break-down as help will certainly take much longer to arrive.

Road Safety First

Driving is the most dangerous thing we do every day. Click here for the maps that pinpoint locations of all crashes in which a person was killed or seriously injured between 2013 and 2017 in Western Australia. Educate yourself about the ‘Black Spots” and danger zones, an Australian Government road safety initiative.

Australia Black Spot Program
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