5 weekend getaways: Western Australia

By Lachlan Probyn,

Looking to venture out of the city for the weekend? You’re invited along to our weekend getaways series. We’ve looked at trivago’s top searched Western Australian destinations outside of Perth to help you along the way.

Whether you fancy the idea of strolling barefoot along the pristine sands of Broome’s Cable Beach, or you’d rather quaff one or two revered Sémillons in the Margaret River, spend the weekend with us in one of these idyllic destinations. Meet you there…


Margaret River

The Margaret River is home to some of the country’s best wine and beaches, so it comes as little surprise that this destination continues to be a popular getaway in WA. Leave the city, and in just under three hours, you’ll reach an expansive space, crayoned with rolling vineyards and uninterrupted coastline. Like an oil painting that glimmers in the afternoon light, the Margaret River evokes a golden energy that can only truly be felt once you’re there.

Offering more than 150 world-class wineries, a trip to the Margaret River inevitably means devoting a good day or two to wine tasting. The region is known for several blends, including cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, and as far as top wineries to visit go, we recommend stopping by Evans & Tate.

Busselton

Fancy the idea of being a beach bunny for your weekend away? Why not drive south to the charming seaside town of Busselton? In just under three hours, you can lap in the sparkling waves of the Indian Ocean, as they crash onto Busselton’s shore.

The heart of town is arguably the 19th century Busselton Jetty, which stretches 1.8 kilometres, and is recognised as the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Grab yourself an ice-cream from nearby Simmo’s, then walk the jetty’s length with your respective other.

Albany

Calling all nature lovers! If your idea of a weekend away involves walking along stunning, uninterrupted coastlines and making your way through rugged national parks, Albany simply beckons you. Head to Torndirrup National Park and marvel at towering granite cliffs and inlets of waves crashing against the rocks.

If you’d rather something a little tamer, make your way to Little Beach and catch up on some vitamin D. Recently named one of Australia’s best beaches, Little Beach is nestled in the Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve, and is blessed with golden sands and turquoise waters.

 

Broome

Long stretches of white sand melt into turquoise waters, while an amber glow consumes the sky as the sun sets for another day. Welcome to Broome. One of WA’s crowning jewels, Broome has become a favourite destination for those looking for an idyllic beachside escape in the sun.

The highlight of Broome is Cable Beach, which is a 22-kilometre stretch of sand, famous for its local camel residents. Camel rides are possible, and our pick is to go at sunset when you can witness the sheer beauty of the red sun sinking into the ocean.

Fremantle

Eclectic, unique, and arguably one of WA’s coolest destinations, Fremantle has well and truly made its mark on Australia’s map. This enclave of cool offers a myriad of attractions suited to any taste. From its picturesque ocean beaches, to the robust mix of cafes lining the famous ‘Cappuccino Strip’, Freo will leave you with a satisfying flavour that won’t dilute any time soon.

If you’re hoping to delve into the real Fremantle, a trip to the local markets is a must. Chaotic and lively, they feature more than 150 stalls offering local produce, jewelry, and fashion. Opened in 1898, the markets have been treating locals for centuries, and its charm doesn’t appear to be fading anytime soon.