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Elizabeth Quay, Perth
31 January, 20243 minute read

Western Australia is closer than you think…

We all know Australia is mind-bogglingly huge, but did you know an entire third of it is made up of just one state? Western Australia not only has the majority share of Australia’s landmass but also some of its most jaw-dropping scenery, stunning beaches and extraordinary wildlife. Visitors focusing on other parts of Australia can all too easily miss this incredible destination, yet when you consider that Perth - capital of Western Australia - is by far the quickest and easiest to reach of all the Australian gateways, it rather feels like they’re missing a trick.

Aerial View of Eagle Bay, Australia
Ariel view of Eagle Bay

Why should I start my tour in Western Australia?

It’s still on the other side of the world, but Western Australia is much, much closer to the UK than other Aussie states like Queensland or New South Wales. And because Australia is so vast - almost 2,500 miles from east to west coast - flying to Perth rather than Sydney can save a good few hours in the air, especially when utilising Qantas’ direct flight from London. Journey time aside, with its white sandy beaches, abundant wildlife, exquisite food and wine, cultural heritage and vibrant capital – the sunniest in Australia, no less – Western Australia is the perfect introduction to the good life Down Under.

Matagarup Bridge, Perth
Matagarup Bridge Perth

Perth, capital of Western Australia

Situated on the banks of the Swan River, Perth/Boorloo is both a modern city, and nestled in nature. It’s also a richly cultural city, proud of its heritage (it has the best collection of Aboriginal art in the world) yet striding towards the future with its soaring skyline, world-class museums and galleries, unique wildlife, rooftop bars and restaurants and booming street art scene. Add scenic parks and gardens and 19 pristine beaches and you have a surf, sunshine and city combo that’s pretty hard to beat.

Aboriginal culture, Kings Park, Australia
Aboriginal culture Kings Park

Proud and precious Aboriginal heritage

Perth may be a modern city, but there are countless opportunities to see, hear and engage with the Noongar Aboriginal people who lived here thousands of years before the city was built. Kings Park – one of the world’s largest and most beautiful inner-city parks – is one such place. Set on the banks of the gleaming Swan River, within sight of Perth’s glittering high-rise skyline, you can walk through the park with an Aboriginal guide hearing stories, and learning about traditional bush food and medicine. In the Art Gallery of Western Australia, you can see a huge collection of Aboriginal art and artefacts including ceremonial poles, dot paintings and charcoal portraits.

Quokka on Rottnest Island, Australia
Quokka on Rottnest Island

Out of this world scenery and wildlife

Sticking close to Perth, Rottnest Island is a car-free paradise just 25 minutes away by ferry. Along with 63 stunning sandy beaches and 20 aquamarine bays, the island has an endemic population of the world’s happiest animal, small and friendly marsupials known as quokkas, which are related to kangaroos and wallabies. Just 30 minutes from Perth, Fremantle is a historic and bohemian port city, bursting with vibrancy, colour and quirky culture. With curved colonial streets, unique breweries, the convict-built World Heritage listed Fremantle prison and historic, hidden lanes, some people call it Perth’s Old Town. It’s also close to some of Perth’s most stunning beaches including marine-life rich Cottesloe and the surfers’ favourite, Trigg.

Bungle Bungle Range, the Kimberley, Australia
Bungle Bungle Range Kimberley

Further afield, take a short Qantas flight from Perth to Broome to explore the vast and ancient Kimberley, including the giant rocky domes of the 350-million-year-old Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park and the extraordinary Horizontal Falls. Or take the two-hour flight to Exmouth on Western Australia’s Northwest Cape to swim and snorkel over the coral reefs and darting, colourful fish in Ningaloo, the world’s longest fringing reef. Other Western Australia wonders include the giant, striped curving wall known as Wave Rock, and the otherworldly candy floss pink waters of Hutt Lagoon.

Can I fly direct to Perth?

Yes, you can. Unlike other gateway cities in Australia, which can take several flights and up to 24 hours to get to, Qantas flies direct to Perth from London in under 17 hours. It’s one straightforward flight – no changes or stopovers – and their spacious Dreamliner planes make the whole journey effortless with touches like self-service snack bars and entertainment on demand.

Can I visit Western Australia with Titan?

Again, a resounding “yes” to that question! Our Grand Tour of Australia begins in Perth, so not only will you start your tour with a shorter flight from the UK, you’ll be able to witness the magic of Western Australia for yourself. We include tours of Perth and Fremantle, as well as an optional excursion to Rottnest Island, and there’s plenty of downtime to relax or explore independently. After that, this month-long tour journeys across and around Australia exploring natural wonders such as Northern Territory, Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef, and spends time in cosmopolitan cities like Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

A direct flight to Perth, Western Australia, with Qantas is the perfect start for all your Australia or Australasia adventures. Call us today to discuss your own travel plans, or order our latest Worldwide brochure and choose from our full range of tours. 

Sophie Hamilton

Although Sophie’s most memorable travel experiences include swimming with horses in the sea off Cape Tribulation, nearly driving off the edge of the Grand Canyon and bungee jumping out of a helicopter over Queenstown, her holidays are a little less adrenalin-fuelled now, often revolving around dog walks and surfing with her family and two dachshunds in Cornwall.

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