Postpone, Don’t Cancel

We would like to thank you for supporting us!

In a statement released by the Tourism Council of Western Australia, CEO Evan Hall urges tourists to postpone, rather than cancel, any planned holidays in WA that can’t currently take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic… and tourism businesses were relaxing their cancellation policies to allow credits so visitors could return at a later date.

“On behalf of tourism businesses across the State, we ask that you do not cancel your holiday – just postpone it.

Get in touch with tourism businesses and postpone your booking for a better time,” Evan Hall Tourism Council WA CEO

We would like to keep our customers up to date with how our company is responding to COVID 19 and in particular options surrounding rental bookings.

We are offering the following incentives for all clients to reschedule their holiday:

Price

For rescheduled bookings made up until 30th June 2020 we will honor 2020/21 rental rates.

Discount

For rescheduled bookings made up until 30th June 2020 we will discount your rental rates by a further 5%

Generous redemption period

Customers will have 24 months to redeem their postponed booking.

Click here for more information.

As we emerge from the current travel environment, you may wish to convert your cancellation request into a booking. In these circumstances you will be afforded the same postponement incentives as previously stated.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

This information is valid as of 1.04.2020 as it is likely to change as the situation progresses, please check back regularly for updated information.

We would like to keep our customers up to date with how our company is responding to COVID 19 and in particular options surrounding rental bookings. This is an ever changing situation and as a result our position is being constantly reviewed and the information below is current as of 1st April 2020.

During the current period where extenuating circumstances exist, such as government-mandated restrictions on travel, quarantine, etc. we have made the following exceptions to our cancellation policy.

Please see our fact sheet on postponing your holiday due to Covid19

Australian Government direction

We will waive the normal cancellation fee whilst the Australian Government has an official travel warning or ban in place that prevents you from reaching your collection point on the first day/ date of rental.

What can you do if you are affected by a COVID 19 event?

Should your booking be affected by our cancellation policy there are 3 avenues to consider;

  1. Reschedule your booking
  2. Monitor relief packages being offered by your travel insurance provider
  3. Work with us to ensure all customers have access to their entitlements based on the company’s desire to deliver a sustainable outcome for everybody

During this period our administration staff are still on hand to assist you. Please be aware the team are currently experiencing a high level of telephone and email traffic, and therefore we apologise in advance if our response time is longer than what would normally be expected.

Reschedule your booking

When you are ready, your journey awaits………

Our current situation is not going to last forever, and things will return to normal, including road trip holidays.  You are welcome to book for the same time next year or for different dates, duration or direction of travel.

Should you wish to Postpone your booking, 100% of any cancellation fee or deposit will be offset against future travel and we will reward your support with a further discount.

For many customers it will be more advantageous to reschedule a booking rather than to cancel the booking altogether.

We are offering the following incentives for all clients to reschedule their holiday

Price

For rescheduled bookings made up until 30th June 2020 we will honor 2020/21 rental rates.

Discount

For rescheduled bookings made up until 30th June 2020 we will discount your rental rates by a further 5%

Generous redemption period

Customers will have 24 months to redeem their postponed booking.

Credit Note issued

Should you not have new dates in mind, the company will issue a Credit Note preserving the value of your booking for a later date. Our team will be in regular contact with you to help you arrange your trip.

Availability

Rescheduling will ensure that preferred dates and direction of travel are secured for the customer. As we are offering an incentive to reschedule rather than cancel, we anticipate 2021 fleet capacity will be taken up earlier than normal booking trends.

Get in early….

Product changes permitted

You are welcome to change your selected product to any vehicle type offered by Crikey Campers or Red Dirt 4WD Rental.

Vehicle selection is naturally subject to availability.

No cost changes

We do not charge fees should a booking need to be changed slightly after air travel is booked.

Changes are naturally subject to availability.

Travel Insurance

In some cases, your travel insurance provider may cover your cancellation costs.

It is becoming apparent that some providers, including those products offered by your Credit Card provider are altering their initial stance of “No cover” since Government travel restrictions have been imposed.

Contact your provider and stay abreast of their current claim payment policy.

Please contact our staff to obtain the necessary documentation to support your claim.

We are in this together

In cases where you are owed money by the company we ask you to work with us.

The unforeseeable and sudden nature of the events leading to a large number of booking cancellations over a short period of time will put significant pressure on the cash reserves of all tourism providers. We are affected by this scenario.

We ask you to work with us so we can address the scale of the company’s exposure and provide a sustainable payment plan to all those that qualify.

It will take the cooperation of all stakeholders to achieve this outcome.

As the effect of current events have not yet settled, please be aware that the company is not in the position to commit to a defined time frame at this point.

As we emerge from the current travel environment, you may wish to convert your cancellation request into a booking. In these circumstances you will be afforded the same postponement incentives as originally offered.

The company will be constantly monitoring official advice and work to maintain the health and safety of its clients and staff.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in contact.

Regards, Andrew Woodcock
Director – Crikey Campers (WA) Pty Ltd

Important Announcement

 

Operational Shut Down

Following the advice of the Australian Government and World Health Organisation, we are devastated to inform you that our business will be going into “Operational Shut Down” until 30th April 2020, after which time our position will be reviewed. At this stage it looks very likely that the shut-down will extend beyond this initial date.

This certainly was not an easy decision for us to make, although as we operate throughout regional Western Australian and Northern Territory, we feel a strong sense of social responsibility to not only keep our guests and employees safe, but also to protect our regional communities.

It is with great sadness that we have had to let many of our valued staff members go as we respond to the challenging trading environment.

However, we are still here to help.

In the interim our administration team will still be on hand. The administration team are currently focused on managing the insurmountable level of booking alterations and maintaining communication with our valued clients during this ever-changing situation.

For those travelers who were planning to visit our region in 2020, we hope you are able to postpone your travel plans and join us in 2021, or as soon as we can responsibly recommence our rental operations.

All current bookings are fully transferable, and we have committed to honoring 2020 rates for these existing bookings if you elect to postpone. Our team are working through current bookings and will contact you in due course.

If you are considering new travel plans with us, no booking deposit will be required until the appropriate Australian Government travel restrictions are lifted.

We appreciate your support and understanding.

Regards,

Andrew Woodcock

Director – Crikey Campers (WA) Pty Ltd

I’m going to holiday here this year!

Holiday Here This Year Tourism Australia

Tourism Australia is launching a campaign to encourage holidaymakers to continue to adventure to our beautiful country – Holiday Here This Year.

See Australia. Our home. And support all the incredible people who live here. Because now, more than any other time, Australia needs you to say,

“I’m going to holiday here this year.”


Over the past few weeks and months, bushfires have torn through our communities. But, through the worst, we have seen the best of Australians.

Generosity, resilience and a sense of responsibility for the wellbeing of each other that can only be described as mateship. And yet the challenge isn’t over.

As holidaymakers look elsewhere, the Australian communities who rely on tourism to thrive need our support. Tour guides. Restaurateurs. Cabbies. Dive instructors. Baristas. Hoteliers. Retailers. Artists… the list is endless. And most of them are good to go, ready for your visit.

That’s why we’re asking everyone to get out there to see our beautiful country. What better way to explore the Australian Landscape than on a road trip.

Book a week or weekend away. Hire a Red Dirt 4WD and get on  your adventure!

Revisit your favourite spot or discover somewhere new.

There are beds aplenty at hotels, resorts and campsites. And locals just waiting to say ‘G’day’.

Whether you are planning a getaway in Australia’s South West, a visit to the amazing Coral Coast or an adventure of a lifetime in some of the most spectacular outback areas on Earth, it is important to have the right vehicle to tackle the Australian environment.

Western Australia and the Northern Territory have so much to offer and we would love to help you get there! With a range of itineraries there is something for all types of journeys, from Exploring the best Perth has to offer to how to tackle the Gibb River Road

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Perth to Perth itinerary including Karijini National Park

Itinerary including Cervantes, Kalbarri, Monkey Mia, Coral Bay, Karijini National Park and much more!

Leg 1: Perth to Cervantes 200 kms 2.5 hours 

On the way to Cervantes, stop at Yanchep National Park. This is a great place for the kids, offering a koala viewing area, caves and an Aboriginal experience.
Cervantes is well-known for its Pinnacles Desert. You can learn all about those strange structures at the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre.

Just a kilometre from the town centre lies Lake Thetis, where you can observe stromatolites, most commonly known as “living fossils”. Those have been dated to about 3370 years old!

Further north of Cervantes, you will find Sandy Cape, a nice little spot where you swim and watch the sunset.

If you have a 4WD, you can stay at Sandy Cape.

Pinnacles Nambung National Park, Western Australia Red Dirt 4WD Rentals
Pinnacles Nambung National Park, Western Australia © Tourism WA

Leg 2: Cervantes to Kalbarri 378 kms 4 hours

Kalbarri is a popular stop over for people on their way to Shark Bay or Monkey Mia. There are many natural attractions to visit such as Natures Window and the Z-Bend Lookout located in Kalbarri National Park. You can also go whale watching as the humpback whale migration happens between May and August.

Stay at Lucky Bay campground.

Nature's Window, Kalbarri Ntional Park Red Dirt 4WD Rentals
Nature’s Window, Kalbarri Ntional Park © Tourism WA

Leg 4: Kalbarri to Monkey Mia 397 kms 5 hours 

If you want to break up the drive, Hamelin Pool has a museum and boardwalk over the stromatolites. Interesting history and the tea rooms do meals and a fantastic Devonshire Tea.

Camping could be in either Denham Township or Monkey Mia.

Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve, Shark Bay Red Dirt 4WD Rentals
Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve, Shark Bay © Parks and wildlife service

Explore Monkey Mia

Monkey Mia is world-famous for its dolphins. A group of wild bottle-nose dolphins come to the shore nearly everyday to be fed by humans. South of Monkey Mia, you will find Denham and Francois Peron National Park. This national park offers diverse experiences, including four-wheel-driving.

Fifty minutes away from Monkey Mia, you will arrive at Shell Beach, where shells replace the beach sand and stretches over 100 kilometres!

Spend a night on a coastal site or take your 4WD and roof top tent to Francois Peron National Park.

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Francois Peron National Park © (IG) @mooskicreative

Leg 5: Monkey Mia to Coral Bay 580 kms 7 hours

In contrast to other locations, the coral reef starts right at the water’s edge. Coral Bay is a very popular holiday destination for Western Australians. It is recommended to book well in advance when travelling during school holidays. This place is a marine paradise where visitors have plenty of activities to choose from: snorkeling, fishing, swimming with whale sharks…

You can even visit the reef shark nursery between October and March, which is only a 20 minutes walk from Main Beach.

Spend a day or two, to enjoy swimming and exploring.

Stay at Warroora Station.

Warroora Station Red Dirt 4WD Rentals
Warroora Station © Warroora Ningaloo Wilderness

Leg 6: Coral Bay to Exmouth and Cape Range National Park 220 kms 2.5 hours

The Ningaloo reef is a long coral reef swarms with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales and even whale sharks. No wonder that Ningaloo Reef is listed as a World Heritage Site! Whether you like snorkeling, diving or swimming, you will not be disappointed!

Cape Range National Park supports a range of unique wildlife habitats from existing ocean reef to ancient reef, rugged limestone, gorges and cave systems. Throughout the park, there are ample opportunities to view wildlife.

You can camp within Cape Range National Park, or Yardie Homestead Caravan Park.

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Cape Range National Park © Australia’s Coral Coast

Leg 7: Exmouth and Cape Range National Park to Karijini 674 kms 8.5 hours

One of the big attraction of Karijini National Park is its accessibility. Simply walk 50 metres and peer straight into a deep gorge to see waterfalls and rock pools below. There are many walk trails available to further explore the gorges. Karijini’s main highlights are Fortescue Falls, Circular Pool and Fern Pool.

Stay at the Karijini Eco Retreat in your 4WD with roof top tent.

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Karijini National Park, Western Australia © Tourism WA

Leg 8: Karijini to Mount Magnet or Paynes Find 376 kms 4.5 hours 

A long drive. Get an early start and see how far you get. At the very least you should get to Mount Magnet, but if you can get to Paynes Find or further it will make the last day a lot easier.

Depending on how far you choose to travel today you can camp at Lake Mason Homestead or Karara Rangeland Park.

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Paynes Find, Western Australia © Australia’s Golden Outback

Leg 9: Drive back to Perth 562 – 399 kms 5-6 hours

The trip can be done in the reverse direction, however we find that doing the coast first is beneficial in case it becomes too windy. If it is too windy, you can head inland to Karijini earlier than expected where it is more protected. If you do Karijini first you don’t have anywhere new to go to get away from the wind.

Total kilometres: 3,857
Total travel hours: 42
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h and should be adjusted to suit road conditions and weather. The travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic, fuel, food and bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only, along with a published map book or GPS navigational system.
Itinerary courtesy of: Tourism Western Australia

 

Perth to Broome Itinerary including the Coral Coast and Karijini National Park

Perth to Broome Itinerary including the Coral Coast and Karijini National Park

Traveling north in Western Australia will take you along the Coral Coast. The Coral Coast extends over 1100 kilometres of white beaches and offers the opportunity to swim with whale sharks, dolphins, humpback whales and manta rays. For the water sport lovers, there are countless opportunities including windsurfing, kitesurfing, diving and snorkeling. If you visit the Coral Coast in Spring, the coast is alive with colourful displays of wildflowers.

If time allows, why not head to Karijini National Park, which is a day drive from Exmouth? Karijini is the jewel of the Pilbara with splendid waterfalls and emerald coloured rock pools.

These are the top places that Red Dirt 4WD Rentals recommends not to miss during your trip along the coast of Western Australia, whether it is a small trip or whether is it part of a bigger adventures for our customers who will return their 4WD to Broome or Darwin!

Leg 1: Perth to Cervantes 247 kms 3 hours

On the way to Cervantes, stop at Yanchep National Park. This is a great place for the kids, offering a koala viewing area, caves and an Aboriginal experience.
Cervantes is well-known for its Pinnacles Desert. You can learn all about those strange structures at the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre.  Just a kilometre from the town centre lies Lake Thetis, where you can observe stromatolites, most commonly known as ‘living fossils’. Which have been dated to about 3370 years old!

Further north of Cervantes, you will find Sandy Cape, a nice little spot where you swim and watch the sunset.

Stay at Sandy Cape Recreational Park.

Sandy Cape Recreational Park, Jurien Bay Red Dirt 4WD Rentals
Sandy Cape Recreational Park, Jurien Bay © Beverly Nanchen

Leg 2: Cervantes to Kalbarri 378 kms 4.5 hours

Kalbarri is a popular stop over for people on their way to Shark Bay or Monkey Mia.

There are many natural attractions to visit such as the Kalbarri Skywalk offering soaring views of the Murchison Gorge and surrounds, Natures Window and the Z-Bend Lookout located in Kalbarri National Park.

You can also go whale watching as the humpback whale migration happens between May and August.

Stay at Lucky Bay campground.

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Kalbarri Skywalk, Western Australia © Australia’s Coral Coast

Leg 3: Kalbarri to Monkey Mia 397 kms 5 hours

Monkey Mia is world-famous for its dolphins. A group of wild bottlenose dolphins come to the shore nearly everyday to be fed by humans.

South of Monkey Mia, you will find Denham and Francois Peron National Park. This National Park offers diverse experiences, including four-wheel-driving. Fifty minutes away from Monkey Mia, you will arrive at Shell Beach, where shells replace the beach sand and stretches over 100 kilometres!

There are four coastal sites south of Denham: Eagle Bluff, Fowlers Camp, Whalebone Bay and Goulet Bluff.

Dolphins at Monkey Mia, Western Australia Red Dirt 4WD Rentals
Dolphins at Monkey Mia, Western Australia © Tourism WA

Leg 4: Monkey Mia to Coral Bay 580 kms 7 hours

In contrast to other locations, the coral reef starts right at the water’s edge. Coral Bay is a very popular holiday destination for Western Australians. It is recommended to book well in advance when traveling during school holidays.

This place is a marine paradise where visitors have plenty of activities to choose from: snorkeling, fishing, swimming with whale sharks…You can even visit the reef shark nursery  between October and March, which is only a 20 minutes walk from Main Beach.

There are powered and unpowered sites available in Coral Bay.

Coral Bay, Western Australia Red Dirt 4WD Rentals
Coral Bay, Western Australia © Tourism WA

Leg 5: Coral Bay to Exmouth and Cape Range National Park 152 kms 2 hours

The Ningaloo reef is a long coral reef swarms with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales and even whale sharks. No wonder that Ningaloo Reef is listed as a World Heritage Site! Whether you like snorkeling, diving or swimming, you will not be disappointed! Cape Range National Park supports a range of unique wildlife habitats from existing ocean reef to ancient reef, rugged limestone, gorges and cave systems. Throughout the park, there are ample opportunities to view wildlife.

You can camp within Cape Range National Park.

Cape Range National Park Red Dirt 4WD Rentals
Cape Range National Park © Australia’s Coral Coast

Leg 6: Exmouth and Cape Range to Karijini National Park 674 kms 8.5 hours

One of the big attraction of Karijini National Park is its accessibility. Simply walk 50 metres and peer straight into a deep gorge to see waterfalls and rock pools below. There are many walk trails available to further explore the gorges. Karijini’s main highlights are Fortescue Falls, Circular Pool and Fern Pool.

Stay at the Karijini Eco Retreat in your 4WD.

Karijini National Park, Western Australia Red Dirt 4WD Rentals
Karijini National Park, Western Australia © Tourism WA

Leg 7: Karijini to Millstream Chichester National Park 207 kms 3.5 hours

Millstream compared to Karijini, is a more peaceful place. Nonetheless, it boasts tranquil gorges and hidden rock pools. The most popular site is Python Pool. It is one of the most important Aboriginal sites in Australia!

Stay at Miliyanha Campground.

Millstream-Chichester National Park, Python Pool Red Dirt 4WD Rentals
Millstream-Chichester National Park, Python Pool © Australia’s North West

Leg 8: Millstream Chichester to Eighty Mile Beach 476 kms 6 hours

The place where majority of people stop at Eighty Mile Beach to camp – it’s a beautiful beach that you can drive on (not past the high tide mark) and very popular for fishing.

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Eighty Mile Beach, Western Australia © Australia’s North West

Leg 9: Eighty Mile Beach to Broome 376 kms 4.5 hours

Broome is a compact town to explore and attractions are all within 15 minutes drive.

Must see & do:

  • Camel ride on Cable Beach
  • Matso’s brewery
  • Fishing
  • Whale watching
  • Pearl tour
  • Sunset
Staircase to the Moon, Roebuck Bay, Broome, Western Australia Red Dirt 4WD Rentals
Staircase to the Moon, Roebuck Bay, Broome, Western Australia © Tourism Western Australia
Total kilometres: 3,487
Total travel hours: 44
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h and should be adjusted to suit road conditions and weather. The travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic, fuel, food and bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only, along with a published map book or GPS navigational system.
Itinerary: courtesy of Western Australia

Field of Light Exhibition at Uluru

Visit the Field of Light Exhibition at Uluru

The Field of Light exhibition is a beautiful art display made of more than 50,000 stems with light spheres spread covering more than 7 football fields at the Uluru site. When darkness comes, the site illuminates and display a field of ochre, violet, blue and gentle white and invites people to immerse themselves in this fantasy garden.

The art exhibition has been extended until 30th December 2020. Tour bookings are strongly recommended due to the popularity of the exhibition.

There are a number of different tours such as self guided walks, a panoramic view of the Field of Light with canapes and drinks, a combination of a camel ride or helicopter ride and the panoramic view, a 3-course meal dinner or a self guided tour at sunrise.

The brochure and tour description can be found on the Ayers Rock Resort website.

Courtesy of: Ayers Rock Resort

Our top 10 travel tips for the Kimberley region

Preparation is the key for a successful trip

The Kimberley Region is one of the last pristine regions in the world. Being pristine entails remoteness. While the region is lively during peak season, this does not mean that a trip should not be carefully planned with the right vehicle. Great organisation prior to departing will lead to a more enjoyable travel experience. This is our top 10 travel tips for the Kimberley region.

1. Campsites

There are campsites available nearby the most popular attractions in the Kimberley and along the Gibb River Road. During the Dry peak season, between May and October, it is highly recommended to book your site where it is possible to do so. If you have not booked your site, please note that sites are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

2. Enough food, water and first aid kit

Traveling in a remote area bears its own risk. Make sure to travel with plenty of water, at least 10L per person and per day. Also make sure to pack enough food to last you for several days. All our vehicles are equipped with a first aid kit, in the event of an injury. The Red Dirt Team would also recommend to travel with insect repellents and to cover your arms and legs with loose clothing particularly at dawn or dusk to avoid mosquito and other insect bites.

3. Road Safety

Australia is a big continent and distances are often misjudged. Many towns, especially in the northern part of Australia and the Red Centre are remote. It is highly recommended to travel with a road map and a GPS. When traveling on dirt road, it is recommended to drive no more than 60 km/h.

Driver fatigue is responsible for many accidents, so make sure to take regular breaks. Enjoy the experience and don’t try to cover too much distance at a time.

4. A safe and reliable vehicle

Many places in the Northern Part of Australia such as the Kimberley Region require a 4WD to experience the best that those regions has to offer. Many natural attractions are only accessible via dirt roads. Motorhomes are not permitted on this type of road, due to the damage which may occur. Make sure to select the right vehicle for your trip!

5. Fuel

Keep in mind that roadhouses are not open 24 hours or 7 days a week in the Kimberley region. Carrying enough fuel is highly recommended. The Derby visitor centre produces a guide detailing fuel stops if you would like more information before traveling on the Gibb River Road.

6. Road closures

During the dry season (Approximately May to October), sealed and unsealed roads can be open for travel one day and completely closed the next. The Travel Map from Main Roads in Western Australia is a great tool to keep an eye on the current road status. For the Northern Territory, you can visit the Road Report website.

7. Quarantine

To help keep Western Australia disease free, there are strict quarantine restrictions in place at the border. No fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, plants, flowers and honey are allowed to cross the Western Australian border. If you are in doubt, the best is to declare it. Heavy penalties apply to non declared items. Please visit www.agric.wa.gov.au for more details.

8. Road trains

Road trains are trucks towing 2 to 3 trailers and they can be over 50 metres in length. Only overtake road trains when it is safe to do so. It can take up to 2.5 kilometres to overtake a road train at 100 km/hr!

9. Bush fires

Bushfires can be frequent during the dry season and can be dangerous. Make sure to abide by any fire warnings. As the Northern Australia is quite a big region, it is possible that a bush fire can go unnoticed for several days.

10. Wildlife

Up in the North West, fences are practically non existent. Please do exercise extreme cautions on the road as cattle can be wandering on the road. Red Dirt recommends driving during the day and to avoid driving at dawn, night and dusk in order to avoid a collision with a kangaroo or cattle.

Up north, there are two species of crocodile found in the Kimberley being the saltwater crocodile and the freshwater crocodile. They can also be found in the Pilbara coast. Observe warning signs near swimming holes and rivers.

Courtesy of: Australia’s Northwest and Lonely Planet

Top 10 places to visit in Perth

Explore the best that Perth has to offer

Perth is the capital city of Western Australia and offers countless of experiences. Perth is also well known for its perfect Summer weather and its beautiful beaches. From eating or drinking, getting up close to the local wildlife, visiting art galleries or seeking some action and adventure, Perth has something for everyone!

1. Perth CBD

Perth is trendy and there’s a lot to do in the CBD! With our perfect weather, there are also many available outdoors activities such as kayaking or paddle boarding on the Swan River.

  • The Bell Tower
  • Elizabeth Quay
  • London Court
  • A guided walk or a tour on the Perth Explorer
  • Visit some of the beautiful gardens

2. Kings Park

It is the most popular visitor destination in Western Australia with unique native bushland and unique views over the CBD and the Swan river. The park features many walk trails, a botanic garden and many events throughout the year.

3. Fremantle

Fremantle is full of charm with its 19th century port streetscape. Again, a lot to do and see when out for the day. There are also many tours available such as whale watching (the new Perth Canyon Blue Whale Expedition), walk tours and Indigenous Heritage tours.

  • Fremantle Prison
  • Western Australian Maritime Museum
  • Fremantle Markets
  • Fremantle Roundhouse
  • Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour

4. Cottesloe

Cottesloe is well known in Perth with over 1 km of white sandy beach. It’s the most popular spot for swimming, snorkeling and surfing.

5. Rottnest Island

Take the ferry from Fremantle, Hillary’s Boat Harbour or Perth City and head to Rottnest Island for the day or a weekend. Meet the local residents, the Quokkas and tour the island on a bicycle. Rottnest Island is the favourite destination for tourists as well as locals. There are many walk trails and beautiful beaches were you can go swimming.

6. Penguin Island

If you enjoyed Rottnest Island, you will probably enjoy Penguin Island as well. Although it is further away from Perth CBD it is well worth a detour. After a quick ferry ride of 10 mins from Rockingham, you will have the possibility to see penguins and sea lions. Rockingham Wild Encounters also offer the opportunity to go on a dolphin cruise and to swim with dolphins. If you need more adrenaline, you can also book a skydive over Rockingham Beach.

7. The Swan Valley

Just 25 mins away, it’s the place not to miss if you love food! Visit a chocolate factory, explore the food and wine trail, visit art galleries and much more.

9. Caversham Wildlife Park

While in the Swan Valley, don’t forget to visit Caversham Wildlife Park and get up close to kangaroos and koalas!

8. The Bickley Valley & Carmel Wine Route

Beautiful forests, extraordinary wildflowers, tranquil bush walking trails…The Perth Hills are alive! The wine Route is only half an hour from the Perth CBD, and presents a cluster of boutique wineries situated within a few kilometres of each other make for a fantastic day out.

10. Yanchep

Yanchep is a popular National Park located about an hour away from Perth CBD. There is a koala viewing area and a few caves to explore. It’s a great place to stop for lunch if you are on your way up North.

Image courtesy: Tourism WA

 

Northern Territory top places to visit

The Northern Territory offers countless of experiences for travelers. Recently, it has become the starting point for many overseas travelers hoping to travel along the Gibb River Road as it offers the opportunity to fly direct from and to Asia, notably Singapore. But there’s not only attractions to see in Western Australia!

The Northern Territory is rich in culture and history. As a matter of fact, being sparsely populated, it also offers travelers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the real outback and learn more about the Aboriginal culture.

Darwin and surrounds

From wildlife parks (and crocodiles parks) to the museum and botanical park, Darwin has a lot to offer. It will keep you occupied for a day or two.

Main attractions include:

Litchfield National Park

It is one of the most popular national park close to Darwin (about 1.5 hours). Visitors can enjoy walk trails, waterfalls and swimming holes.

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu is the largest park in Australia and can occupy you for days. It has walk trails, waterfalls, wetlands and much more such as Aboriginal rock art.

Arnhem Land

Arnhem Land is located at the top end of Northern Territory and only accessible with a permit. This isolated reserve boasts beautiful scenery, rugged coastlines and rain forests. Today Arnhem Land remains one of the largest Aboriginal owned reserves in Australia.

Katherine

Nitmiluk National Park is a beautiful place not to be missed with the two main waterfalls being Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls.

Other places to visit include:

Tennant Creek

Tennant Creek is full of history and a great spot to stretch your legs if you are on your way to Alice Springs.

Main attractions include:

Alice Springs

Alice Springs is famous for its outback spirit and is the closest main town to Ayers Rock. The town offers many activities which include:

Uluru-Katja Tjuta National Park

This national park is mainly known for Uluru (or Ayers Rock), a sandstone formation standing 348m above ground. The national park also features other spectacular rock formations such as the domed rock formations of Katja Tjuta, also known as Olgas.

Images courtesy: Northern Territory Tourism
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