Australia Tourism Guide

About Western Australia

General Information About Western Australia

Western Australia is the largest state in Australia, and occupies the western third of the continent. Despite the area that Western Australia covers, the state only has a small population of around two million people. The majority of the population lives in or around Perth, which is the state capital.

Western Australia is often marketed as the ‘Real Australia’ and is home to sandy deserts, remote beaches and empty spaces. Even after spending a lot of time exploring Western Australia, there is still so much to see and do.

The state can be divided into a few sub regions, and each of these offers something different. Visit sandy beaches in Perth, surf in the mid-west, go wine tasting in the south west or explore the mining region of the Pilbara.

Travelling in Western Australia

Travelling by plane is the most efficient way to travel around Western Australia as many roads are unsealed and there are often large distances between towns. If you would like to explore some of the more remote areas, it’s a good idea to hire a 4WD instead of a conventional vehicle. Be sure to plan ahead though, as gas stations are scarce, as are water and accommodation in these areas.

There are train services within Perth and Mandurah, and a few regional train services are based in Perth. There are also comprehensive coach services available in the south west of the state.

Popular destinations include:

Time Differences

Western Australia is eight hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) and does not observe daylight savings. During winter the state is two hours behind the eastern coast of Australia, and three hours behind Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania when they observe daylight savings in the summer.


Western Australia Weather

Since Western Australia spans the continent from the north to the south, the climate is very diverse, with the north coast experiencing a tropical climate, while the south coast has a temperate climate and the central region experiences desert conditions.

In the north, the temperature is usually around 30 °C to 35 °C year-round, with the temperature rising to above 40 °C some days. The months of October and November are especially humid and can cause it to feel much warmer than it actually is. The months of November to April bring with them the wet season, which makes travelling to some areas nearly impossible.

Inland areas in the Outback, can have summer temperatures of almost 50 °C, so the best time to travel these regions is during the winter months of April to October, when the heat is not as severe.

The southern part of Western Australia, where Perth is located, has warm summers and cool winters. The best time to visit is during spring (September to November) or autumn (March to May), when the weather is dry and sunny, but not too hot.

Perth Average Monthly Weather Statistics

Things to do in Western Australia

There are many things to do in Western Australia. Outdoors people will love the diving, hiking and swimming spots, food lovers will enjoy the food and wine trails, others can spend time in galleries and local markets while some might simply enjoy the vast remoteness of the state.

Popular diving spots are Ningaloo Reef, which has an abundance of coral and marine creatures; and Rottnest Island, which has many underwater caves which are worth exploring.

Western Australia has many hiking trails that vary in length and cater for a range of fitness levels. If you’re looking for a challenge, you can try the Bibbulmun Track, which runs for nearly 1000km from Perth to Albany. If you don’t have the time to travel the whole length, there are several sections that make good two to five day treks.

Other popular trails are the Cape to Cape, Munda Biddi Trail and the Railway Reserve Heritage Trail.

Food and wine trails in the Margaret River and the Swan Valley areas are truly a gourmet delight, where visitors can try many types of local produce, including cheese and chocolate. Many wineries in the region also have children’s playgrounds, behind the scenes tours, art galleries and accommodation, so there is always something for the whole family to enjoy.

Western Australia is also home to many art galleries and museums. You can learn more about the Aboriginal culture and view ancient rock art in the Kimberly region, or see more than a thousand pieces of Australian and international art in the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

For more information and ideas on what you can see and do in Western Australia, please visit our Western Australia Activities directory.

Things to see in Western Australia

The state of Western Australia has so many things to see, including:

For more information and ideas on what you can see and do in Western Australia, please visit our Western Australia Activities directory.