So here I am back home in Perth Western Australia. I often feel like we are the forgotten State when it comes to North Americans. Usually what happens is once folks land on the East Coast at Sydney/Brisbane or Melbourne that extra 5 or so hour flight seems like a very long way!
That being said we still have plenty of visitors, and quite often they are folk who have come back to Australia for a second visit or have plenty of time up their sleeve.
So here are my facts and travel tips for visiting Perth Western Australia.
1/ Did you know we have the highest population per capita of self made millionaires in the World in Western Australia? Yep it is a fact. We are a thriving mining State and there is plenty of money floating around.
2/ Perth has over 3000 hours of sunshine per year which makes it the sunniest capital in the World.
3/ Tourists flock to our State during Wildflower season.
4/ The biggest rock in Australia is not Uluru ( Ayers Rock) it is actually in Western Australia and called Mt Augustus.
5/ We also have the largest inner city park in the world. Kings Park is a must visit when in Perth.
6/ A short boat ride away from Perth and Fremantle ( Freo) is Rottnest Island ( Rotto)- this is our local playground. Make sure you go across and hire a bike for a day and cycle around the island. Plus say hello to our friendly little Quokkas.
7/ The south of Western Australia is full of great things to do- Margaret River our wine region ( plus great beach area) to Denmark and Walpole for our amazing Treetop walks. We also have the Jenolan Caves down south which are great to do a tour of as well.
8/ The north of Western Australia is huge and there are many different regions. Make sure you go and swim with the Whale Sharks and visit Ningaloo Reef ( great for those divers and snorkelers) or see some dolphins in Monkey Mia. Or how about going up to Cable Beach in Broome and riding a camel on the beach. If you want to get into the real outback then jump on a small group tour that starts in Broome and ends in Darwin. Go through the majestic Bungle Bungles, look for Crocs in Kununurra.
9/ We can get to 46c on a Summer Day in Perth and we just did 2 weeks ago. Hence make sure you contact us before planning a trip here as we are quite seasonal in our weather- and if not planned right you may have a miserable time.
10/ Our size is one third of Australia- so as you can imagine we have so much to do and see.
11/ Western Australians are nicknamed Sandgropers.
12/ Make sure you look out for our beautiful Black Swans as well.
I could go on and on with facts and travel tips for my home. If you are planning a trip down under then please use the link below to contact me.