About Western Australia

Climate
Perth’s mean maximum temperature during July is 18.4 Degrees Celsius and the mean minimum temperature during July is 7.8 Degrees Celsius.

Perth/Fremantle
There’s a lot to do in the Perth/Fremantle region.  For a start you can explore Fremantle.  This historical port city has the best preserved example of a 19th century port streetscape in the world, with world-famous heritage buildings.  There’s also a vibrant culture, with local arts & crafts, jewellery and food available in the Fremantle Markets, or trendy High Street fashion from local designers, art galleries and Aboriginal crafts and homewares.  The WA Maritime Museum and Fremantle Prison are also well worth a visit.  Or you can simply chill out in a street cafe; enjoy fish and chips at Fishing Boat Harbour; or enjoy a pale ale at an award winning microbrewery.  Once you’ve finished enjoying the relaxed ambience during the day, watch the town transform at night when the street cafes, bars and nightclubs crank up.

Further afield, you can go on a river cruise up the Swan River, a whale-watching cruise offshore, go for a walk around the beautiful Kings Park botanical gardens overlooking Perth, or get some serious retail therapy in King Street or the Hay Street and Murray Street malls.  Northbridge and nearby Subiaco have buzzing nightlife, or try beachside Cottesloe or Scarborough for a more laid-back surfie vibe.  The Swan Valley vineyards are also must for wine lovers.

All of Perth’s beaches are beautiful, but a little extra effort to get to Rottnest Island is well worth it.  Only a short (30 minute) ferry trip from Fremantle (and if you’re lucky you’ll see whales in July), ‘Rotto’ is a car-free zone, which adds to its relaxed feel.  The Leeuwin Current wraps around the island in winter (hence it’s mixture of temperate and tropical marine flora and fauna), so Rotto is always good for swimming and snorkelling – just choose one of its 63 sheltered beaches.  Or go to Strickland Bay for the surf.

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South West
From the city, head to the states South West for world class wineries, luxury accommodation and forests of tall trees.  These taper off to a ribbon of coastal hinterlands of sheltered bays and rivers, often lined with massive granite boulders and stunning outlooks.  Whale watching tours are also available in July, and at night there are cosy log fires, great wine and fabulous local food.

The surfing is also legendary.  At Surfer’s Point in Margaret River, the surf is consistently spectacular.  Home to the Margaret River Pro and a firm favourite with world’s elite pro-surfers, it’s teeming with first-class waves.

There is plenty of other great surfing spots in the South West too – check out beach and surfing information in the South West

Find out more about WA’s South West at Australia’s South West

North West
Head to the North West for rugged ancient landforms, remnant rainforest, deep red gorges, ancient Aboriginal culture, unique quality accommodation, and stunning Ningaloo Reef.

Ningaloo Reef is a 260 kilometre spectacle of colour and diversity, and has a reputation as one of Earth’s last ocean paradises. Take a dive with hundreds of tropical fish, colourful coral and the world’s biggest fish, the whale shark.  It’s one of the largest fringing reefs in the world and unlike many others, you can get to it just by stepping off the beach.  It is also one of the few places on earth you can swim alongside whale sharks.

Still on the marine theme, at Monkey Mia in Denham, wild bottlenose dolphins regularly come ashore to say g’day and snare a feed of fish.  Further north, one of WA’s most famous beaches is Broome’s Cable Beach. Hailed as one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline on earth, Cable Beach is blessed with azure water fringed by 22 kilometres of pristine white sands.  The spectacular fiery Broome sunsets will take your breath away.

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