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The Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Western Australia In 2023

By Urban List Writers
1st Jan 2022

There's no doubt about it, we’re pretty blessed when it comes to amazing places to visit here in WA. With wineries down south, red dirt and waterfalls up north and beautiful beaches no matter where you look, there’s really no need to go anywhere else. 

The South West is a long time favourite of Perth locals (don’t blame you, queue the cab sav please), but there’s plenty more to explore in this huge state we call home if you're looking for a scenic change. 

Here are the most beautiful places to visit in Western Australia in 2023.

Exmouth

Gateway to the amazing wonder that is the Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth is a tiny town on the coral coast of WA, a 15-hour drive (or 1,270km) north of Perth. A nature lover’s paradise with its coral reefs, colourful fish and whale sharks, the world-famous crystal clear waters of the Ningaloo Reef (which stretches 300km) is the reason visitors flock from all over the world to Exmouth but the whole region is drop dead gorgeous.

Where To Stay: Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef

The Kimberley Region

Boasting some of the world’s most awe-inspiring landscapes, and fewer people per-square-kilometre than almost any other place on Earth, the Kimberley will stir your soul and awaken your senses. Expect: thundering waterfalls, spectacular gorges, pockets of rainforest and freshwater swimming holes—we promise this will be a trip you'll never forget. 

Where To Stay: Freshwater East Kimberley Apartments

Esperance 

If you’ve ever seen pictures of roos sunbaking on white sand beaches, chances are they were taken at Esperance. Around a 90 minute flight from Perth, this stunner is all easy-going vibes and great beach life. With fine quartz sand meeting a placid ocean and remote national parks to the town's southeast, there’s also 105 islands just offshore, making up the Recherche Archipelago, which are inhabited by fur seals, penguins and seabirds.

Where To Stay: Esperance Chalet Village

Denmark

Not to be confused with the European country of the same name, this stunning town is a beach-lovers dream. Must do swimming holes include Greens Pools where the crystal clear water rivals the Greek Islands. And for the ultimate Insta pic you have to check out Elephant Rocks where larger than life boulders shoot out of the sand along the sparkling clear ocean. If you're looking for one of best holiday destinations in Australia—this is it.

Where To Stay: Karri Mia 

Albany

With a population close to 40,000 people, Albany is big enough to have first-class restaurants, boutique shops and cracking coffee, but small enough to retain the favourable elements of a county town. It's also close to stunning coastal hikes and beautiful beaches like Misery Beach, which believe it or not is an absolute joy—so much so, it was named Australia's best beach. There's no shortage of things to do in Albany but just don't leave without downing a pint or two in Six Degrees' breezy beer garden and trying some of the region's freshest rock oysters at Liberté. 

Where To Stay: River’s End Retreat

Broome

Set on the Indian Ocean at the top of WA, Broome is straight up gorgeous. Think turquoise waters, uncrowded shores, palm trees and a stunning red-dirt backdrop. Hopping on a sunset camel ride across the golden sand is a must.

Where To Stay: The Billi Resort

Rottnest Island 

If you were dreaming of a vacay to the Greek Islands, then good news, we’ve found somewhere even more picturesque and way cheaper. Just a short ferry ride from Perth, the island is home to a nature reserve, hiking tracks, secluded coves and loads of gram-worthy beaches (our fave is Little Salmon Bay). 

Where To Stay: Discovery Rottnest Island

Pemberton

There are few places in WA that remain as lush and green as Pemberton all year round. The region is home to some of the world's tallest trees and the winding drives through the forest are truly magical. Throw on world-class pinot noir, tranquil swimming lakes and beautiful hiking trails, and you'll find this dreamy story tale location hard to beat.

Where To Stay: Ampersand Estates

Ferguson Valley

Just two hours drive from Perth, this under-the-radar region is a picturesque little pocket of rolling hillsides, olive groves and orchards; flanked by the Wellington National park to the east and Bunbury to the west. With over a dozen wineries, two craft breweries and a handful of restaurants, it’s easy for foodies to spend a weekend away here.

Where To Stay: Mercure Bunbury

Augusta

Augusta is the perfect spot for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. Home to some pretty fantastic fishing and snorkelling, it’s also a great spot for windsurfing and kite surfing as well as a bit of bushwalking. Climb the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse for some pretty special views and then check out one of the Margaret River wineries for a nice long lunch.

Where To Stay: Seine Bay Apartment

Lancelin

A quick hour and a half drive North of Perth will take you to this relaxed beachside town known for its never ending white sandy beaches and expansive dunes. This sweet little holiday destination is popular for those looking to completely unwind and recharge without the big road trip or flight. It also boasts one of the best country bakeries in WA, so make sure you grab a couple of saussy rolls when you get there.

Where To Stay: Osprey's View

Coral Bay

Whenever you see a WA tourism ad, you’re bound to see the sweeping coastlines and azure waters of beautiful Coral Bay. Home to the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef, you’ll be dazzled by how close you can come to some unique and breathtaking marine life like the mighty whale sharks, spot manta rays or dugongs on their seasonal migrations. This secluded paradise is the ultimate vacation for lovers of sun, sand and glorious weather.

Where To Stay: Ningaloo Reef Resort

Bunker Bay

This gorgeous sheltered little bay is magic for those wishing for a cruisy beachside break without all of the hustle and bustle, but still close enough to the Margaret River Wine Region for when you want your vino fix. Sunbathers will be dazzled by the crystal blues of the unadulterated ocean whilst diehard surfers will have their choice of some world-class breaks all at your doorstep. 

Where To Stay: Toby Home

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Image credit: Ben Carless

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