Western Australia is vast – it covers a third of the entire country – yet its population is disproportionately small. Unsurprising for a state of this size, the landscape is incredibly diverse – Western Australia has everything from vibrant cities and quaint vineyards to epic coastline and vast, open plains.

Sitting next to Australia’s Top End is the Kimberley region, an epic wilderness often described as Australia’s last frontier. Deep gorges cut through the landscape, waterfalls cascade from towering cliffs and freshwater swimming holes provide welcomes relief from the heat of the outback. Exploring an area this beautiful comes with its obvious rewards, but visitors to Kimberley can also marvel at incredible Aboriginal rock art from one of the world’s oldest surviving cultures.

In the east of Kimberley are the Bungle Bungles, equally bizarre in name and nature. These red and black striped domes in Purnululu National Park are one of the world’s most fascinating geological landmarks and the best way to appreciate them is to explore the many chasms and gorges that cut through these beguiling bumps.

With over 12,000km of coastline, Western Australia is not short on beautiful beaches. Follow the coast from Broome in the north all the way down the west of Australia and you’ll not suffer for lack of scenic spots to simply sit and marvel at mother nature. Those visiting this part of the world should make time to explore the pristine underwater world of Ningaloo Reef, the world’s largest fringing reef. The waters here are home to whale sharks, turtles, reef sharks and rays, and the snorkelling here is some of the best in the world.

And of course, we cannot forget the state capital Perth. Enjoy everything this vibrant city has to offer, then head south and enjoy the beautiful beaches and fine wines that Margaret River have to offer.

Western Australia travel guides