Esperance, on a map, looks like it’s in the middle of nowhere. By car, though, it’s only 5 hours from Albany and 7 from Perth, Australia. (That is, of course, assuming you don’t stop anywhere for a pee break, petrol, or a meal – not to mention stopping at one of the amazing beaches along the way!) This part of Western Australia is called the Golden Outback, and with good reason. It’s rarely visited, yet has some of Australia’s most spectacular scenery. Wave Rock, mentioned in yesterday’s post about Margaret River, is accessible from here as well. Kalgoorlie is a popular outback gold rush town. And if you’re looking for kangaroos on beaches, this is where you’ll find them.
The best way to split up the Western Australia regions is exactly how the Tourism Western Australia does it, so forgive me but I am totally taking a page from their book! I wanted to start with Margaret River and the southwest region as its the nearest to Perth, Australia. This doesn’t necessarily make it the easiest to get to, but its certainly a great day or overnight trip from the city. Margaret River is Western Australia’s wine region. As I noted a few months back, the isolation only helps it. The climate is great, the winds from the Indian Ocean are warm, and there’s little in the way of airborne pollution. But there is so much more to Margaret River than just wine, so let’s get started!
I was told recently that when I hear a particular place mentioned over and over, to pay attention. To learn as much as possible about it so that when someone comes to me and wants to go, I already have a leg up. In the last year, I’ll admit I’ve heard about Western Australia on a lot of fronts. First and foremost, I went there in March – and loved it. Then I continued to see other travellers visit. Finally, Virtuoso is running an entire Western Australia webinar series for advisors this winter! If I wasn’t already keen on being an Aussie specialist, I would be reading these signs and signing up! But WHY Western Australia? What is it about this super remote destination that has people clambering to go? This week, I’ll look into that a bit, from the chilly southernmost tip to the far north outback.
As promised, this week I’ve got two bonus posts because I spent too much time talking about New Zealand wine! Today, we hop the ditch to Australia and pick up where I left off in Friday’s intro paragraph. Every Australian state produces wine, although the more well known wineries are in Victoria, South Australia, and New South Wales. I break these down into more detail a little further down. More
Yesterday, I wrote about the delicious food tours in Italy and I hinted at today’s destination: Melbourne, Australia. (Did you catch the hint? Read the first post here.) Food tours in Melbourne range from half day walking tours to multi-day bus tours. You can explore the strength range of different coffee roasts, handpick the perfect chocolate, or learn about the varying flavours of Southeast Asian cuisine.
Surprise! I opted to sneak in a ninth city on this two-week series about Australian cities. Alice Springs, Australia is not a city – by any standard. It is, however, one of the few inland Australia towns. Known mainly for the Aboriginal history, there is also quite a bit of settler history. It also has an airport, which most people utilise to access Uluru, or Ayers Rock, the sacred Aboriginal site. More
Tasmania doesn’t often make travellers wish lists, but in the past few years it skyrocketed into the luxury travel sphere. Hobart, Tasmania, the capital, is a popular destination for travellers in search of wine, rugged landscape, and untouched hiking trails. For travellers who have already been to New Zealand, Tasmania is the next ultimate destination. More
Adelaide, Australia gets overlooked a lot. It’s the capital of South Australia, and while it has museums and national galleries, a lot of travellers skip it in favour of Melbourne’s colourful alleyways and Sydney’s incredible heritage. I personally think Adelaide has a lot to offer a curious traveller and I know that a lot of other travellers are beginning to think that way. Here’s what you need to know about Adelaide and why it should make your list of Australian cities visit. More
Perth, Australia is quite possibly one of the most remote cities in the world. The capital of Western Australia, it is nearly 4,000km from other Australian cities like Sydney and Canberra on Australia’s east coast. However, don’t let that distance detract from what an amazing city it is. It’s proximity to some of the world’s most interesting animals, incredible natural phenomenon, and one of Australia’s best wine regions makes it a great destination for adventurous travellers!
*Last week I wrote about a two-week series on Australian cities! We kick off this week in Darwin, Australia – capital of the Northern Territory.
Darwin, Australia is the country’s northernmost city, lying at the northern edge of the vast Northern Territory on the Timor Sea. Northern Territory is the least populated Australian state, having only around 250,000 people in the entire state – 150,000 of them in Darwin. More