Australia immediately conjures images of the Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, big-wave surfing, miles of Outback and a rather strange, and endearing, assortment of animals. While the country’s main cities offer charm, glamour, unique festivals, a well-preserved historical heritage, fabulous beaches and fun events, it’s also a land of immense contrast and captivating nature. The nation offers something for just about everyone – from water lovers, desert wanderers and canyon climbers, to arts and culture buffs, historians, and foodies. The country’s vast size makes it almost impossible to take it all in during a single visit, but you can pick and choose a perfect holiday according to your personal preferences.
Days 1 - 2
Perth is Western Australia’s star attraction. Hailed as the country’s ‘sunniest' capital – and blessed by the lapping waters of the Swan River as well as miles of coastline – it attracts foodies, fashionistas and fun lovers alike. Visit Kings Park and Botanic Garden; the city’s splendid cultural precinct where you’ll find art galleries, the Western Australian Museum, and the State Ballet and Opera; head down to the beach to swim with dolphins; saunter down the King Street precinct for a taste of Gucci, Louis Vuitton and company; and if you’re into anything vintage, visit Guildford for some retro retail therapy.
Days 2 - 5
Yallingup is found on the southwestern coast of Australia. This popular destination within the Margaret River Region has plenty on offer, from sunny beaches to fantastic natural reserves and cultural activities. The white-sand beaches of Yallingup, Smiths, Three Bears and Injidup are home to excellent surfing, snorkelling and swimming opportunities, and are linked together by the wonderful Cape to Cape Track. The Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, meanwhile, is home to two must-see attractions: a fantastic over-water boardwalk at Canal Rocks, and the incredible Ngilgi Cave, which boasts karst formations that can be explored on Adventure Tours. For culture lovers, there are numerous vineyards in the region offering tours and tastings (such as Wills Domain), and Yallingup is also known for its burgeoning Arts Precinct, with dozens of galleries to check out on Caves Road.