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Crown Towers Perth: Australia’s most expensive hotel opens

Crown Towers Perth. Photo: George Apostolidis The travertine stone and marble, neutral tones and textured textiles throw into relief the many design details courtesy of an all-star design team including Bates Smart, Michael Fiebrich and Blainey North. Photo: George Apostolidis Crown Towers Perth. Photo: George Apostolidis Crown Towers Perth. Photo: George Apostolidis Crown Towers Perth. […]

Balladonia, Skylab crash site in Australia: How a fallen space station caused mayhem in the outback

Skylab was the first United States manned space station, and was launched on May 14, 1973. Photo: AP What goes up, must come down. And when we’re talking about a space station, precisely where it comes down becomes pretty important. The Skylab space station was one of the biggest things ever fired into space, clocking […]

Broome, Kimberley: Australia’s ‘Dinosaur Coast’ has one of the world’s finest beaches

Roebuck Bay, Kimberley. Photo: Alamy On this gorgeous autumnal morning – with temperatures still in their high 20s – most visitors to Broome’s world-famous Cable Beach are focused on the ocean. Some are swimming, others fishing while several ute drivers are launching boats from the firm, flat, endless sands. Still more are taking selfies with […]

Beagle Bay, Mother of Pearl Church: A piece of Germany, in the heart of the Kimberley

Sacred Heart Church in Beagle Bay. Photo: Tourism WA What is the most beautiful place of worship in Australia? St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, or the Great Synagogue which stands on the opposite side of Hyde Park?  Melbourne’s “Sunshine Mosque” with its 17 domes or Perth’s Hindu temple Shree Swaminarayan? Everyone has their favourite, but I find […]

Berkeley River Lodge, the Kimberley: Lap of luxury at the edge of the world

Berkeley River Lodge in Western Australia. Atlantis Creek swimming hole. Berkeley River Lodge, Western Australia. Fishing in the river. Berkeley River Lodge’s 20m saltwater pool with a view. Photo: Louise Southerden Berkeley River lodge in Western Australia. Bath with a view at Berkeley River Lodge. Berkeley River Lodge villas. Photo: Supplied Berkeley River from the […]

Bird watching in Western Australia: Broome Bird Observatory – where to see the largest migration of birds

Shorebirds at Broome Bird Observatory. Photo: Ric Else At the beginning of March each year, Nigel Jackett starts listening for the familiar sounds of eastern curlews. The migratory birds make a particular call in the early evening as they start to gather and prepare to travel north from their summer home near Broome. Once the […]

Things to do in Broome: The three-minute guide

Cable Beach sunset camel ride. WHY Way up on the north-west coast of Western Australia, 1600 kilometres north of Perth, Broome is more than just the gateway to the Kimberley. It’s most popular during the Dry season when its tropical warmth, white-sand beaches and impossibly turquoise water make it the perfect winter escape, but there […]

Busselton Jetty, Western Australia: The remote Australian town where mermaids live

During the warmer months Busselton Jetty, the longest wooden structure of its type in the world, plays host to an even more exotic marine species: two playful mermaids. Photo: Michelle Reiger Climbing down the spiral staircase to the underwater lair at Busselton Jetty evokes memories of Verne’s science fiction classic Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the […]

Indigenous art of the Kimberley: Visiting rock cave galleries in Wandjina country, Kimberley coast cruise

Raft Point Ngumburi Shelter Wandjina rock art. Photo: Alamy Discover the Indigenous art of the Kimberley on a cut-price, muck-in-and mend cruise. The last thing you expect to see on a cruise along Australia’s most remote – and arguably most beautiful – coastline is an art gallery. Admittedly, there’s some navigation needed between the different […]

Cruising the Kimberley, WA: The best and almost only way to visit this part of Western Australia

The Coral Expeditions Kimberley cruise in Western Australia. I’ve never thought much about tides before. They come in, they go out with a regularity that accords me genteel walks along squishy suburban sand. Not in the Kimberley, though. Here, tides can rush in at three metres an hour and fall so dramatically that waterfalls are […]

Cruising The Kimberley, Western Australia: Ancient rock art, landscapes and unique wildlife, why it’s the experience of a lifetime

The King George River. It’s a blistering hot morning in Western Australia’s Kimberley region and the magnificent King Frederick Gorge is a shimmering azure. “I could really just jump straight in,” muses the woman next to me on the rubber Zodiac boat taking us from our cruise mother ship for a leisurely meander down the […]

Donald Trump and Mount Rushmore: Rock in Australia’s Kimberley resembles Trump’s head

Can you see President Trump? Mount Trumpmore in the Kimberley. Photo: Julietta Jameson Donald Trump may or may not have been joking when he reportedly said it was a good idea to add his visage to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. But the 18-metre likenesses of presidential greats George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and […]

DoubleTree by Hilton review, Perth: An oasis of fun in Perth’s happening heart

The outdoor pool at DoubleTree by Hilton Perth. Photo: Frances Andrijich Our rating 4 out of 5 THE PLACE This inner-city suburb is a crucible of all things cool: vibrant nightlife, vintage shops, splashy murals, hole-in-the-wall cafes, art galleries and theatres and that custodian of Perth’s rich Asian heritage, Chinatown. Its proximity to the city […]

El Questro homestead , The Kimberley: Luxury in the wild

The Homestead: Inspiration from luxury safari lodges. After a day spent hiking through gorges and plunging into water holes, some people like to wind down grilling sausages over a campfire. Not me. I have a limit as to how much ruggedness I am prepared to demonstrate on any given day. I’m more than happy to […]

Top six places to eat out in Perth’s Fremantle beyond the tourist strip

Beer and food served at the Ball & Chain. Freo! Even the nickname for Perth’s port city sounds relaxed. Compared with the business-related rhythms of Perth’s CBD, Fremantle’s heart has a leisurely beat. Dominated by low-rise, elegant buildings of the colonial era, Fremantle – still a working port – is a place for the traveller […]

Albany, Western Australia: Art installation lights up Anzacs’ departure point

Bruce Munro’s Field of Light: Avenue of Honour, Albany. Photo: Mark Pickthall In the strikingly contemporary National Anzac Centre in the Western Australian town of Albany, the names of the 41,265 Australians and New Zealanders who left on the first and second convoys to the First World War are recorded on a slowly revolving digital […]

Five unforgettable moments on the Kimberley Coast

Wandjina figures feature in Indigenous rock art on Bigge Island. Photo: Shutterstock This is sponsored content for APT. The Kimberley is one of the most remote, most untouched landscapes on Earth, and there’s a very real feeling that you have it all to yourself. Especially if you choose to explore this vast and unique region […]

Ord Valley Muster festival, The Kimberley: What it’s like to visit one of Australia’s best regional festivals

The Ord Valley Muster in 2018 will host at least 30 events. Photo: Tourism WA Colin Fassnidge – Irish-born restaurateur, chef and My Kitchen Rules judge – has already asked if there are any vegetarians in the audience. Nearly 400 of us are gathered on this sultry late May afternoon on the banks of Lake […]

Western Australia places to stay: Best weekends away

Como The Treasury. Photo: Martin Morrell Go west, young man – and everyone else! – to find city treasures and hedonistic hideaways. COMO THE TREASURY 1 Cathedral Ave, Perth; (08) 6168 7888; comohotels.com THE LOCATION Handily located opposite St George’s Cathedral in Perth’s central business district, the property also affords views from the rooftop restaurant […]

Intercontinental Perth City Centre review: Stylishness over opulence

The 240-room Intercontinental opened in October 2017. Our rating 4 out of 5 The location In the heart of Perth on Hay Street, just one block from the Hay Street Mall and next door to Her Majesty’s Theatre. It doesn’t get much more central than this, with the CBD on your doorstep and the nightlife […]

Intercontinental Perth City Centre review: This superbly located hotel is likely to win your heart

The Gallery Meeting Suites at Intercontinental Perth City Centre boast an impressive terrace. THE LOCATION With a spate of new hotel openings in Perth lately, visitors have never had more choice. So what sets this property apart from its competitors? Apart from the fact it is only the second five-star hotel to open in Perth […]

Kimberley cruises, Australia: Sail through 60,000 years of history

Bigge Island in the Kimberley offers encounters with some of Australia’s best rock art. Photo: Alamy I expect the landscapes of the Kimberley to be grand, but it’s the magnificence of its history that has me thunderstruck. People were living here long before the pyramids were built or ancient Chinese emperors ordered their tombs. Age-old […]

Travel guide to Margaret River, Australia: Twenty reasons to love Margaret River

A tour with Koomal Dreaming will help you discover the ancient culture of the Wadandi and Bibbulman people. Photo: Supplied 1 Hike the Cape to Cape Track Winding its way from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin, the 140-kilometre-long Cape to Cape Track takes in some of the area’s most beautiful scenery, from sheltered coves to limestone […]

Margaret River, WA: Koomal Dreaming’s Indigenous food tour enthralls chefs Rene Redzepi and Tetsuya

Koomal Dreaming’s two and a half-hour Ngilgi Cave Cultural Tour. Photo: Tourism WA Josh Whiteland isn’t a chef, but he has some intriguing culinary experiences on his curriculum vitae. Over the years, the cultural custodian has carved a didgeridoo for kitchen goddess Nigella Lawson, escorted Tetsuya – the chef-owner of the eponymous Japanese restaurant – on […]

Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia: On the trail of humpback whales, Ningaloo Reef

Snorkellers who have successfully managed to swim with humpback whales off Ningaloo Reef speak about it as an almost religious experience. Photo: Ningaloo Whalesharks It’s hard to believe you could miss something the size of a humpback whale. But then circumstances were somewhat in the whale’s favour. While we on the boat might have had […]

Ningaloo, Western Australia: Swimming with the world’s biggest fish in a World Heritage environment

Swimming with Whale Sharks at Ningaloo Marine Reserve. Photo: Live Ningaloo Ningaloo is a riddle: sodden yet parched, empty yet congested, far-flung yet so very easy to reach. It’s a topographical conundrum, a collision of thirsty earth against a body of water powerless to quench it. Nothing survives here, it seems, except for a hint […]

No other airline codeshare offers more

Qantas Emirates Codeshare SPONSORED There’s only one thing better than flying on one of the world’s best airlines and that’s flying on two of the world’s best airlines.  Thanks to Qantas and Emirates extending their joint business partnership until at least 2023 you now have even more choice when travelling between Australia  and the UK, […]

Optus Stadium tours, Perth: Inside Australia’s new sporting mecca

Perth’s Optus Stadium has seating for 60,000. Photo: Travis Hayto Photography It’s a bright, warm day in Perth and I’m standing outside the glistening facade of the city’s newest landmark – the 60,000-capacity Optus Stadium. From a distance, the oval structure looks like it’s covered in dark wooden boards, which seems extraordinary for a building of this […]

Peppers Kings Square Hotel review, Perth: Affordable hotel with substance and style

Peppers Kings Square Hotel provides style and substance at a reasonable price. Our rating 4.5 out of 5 THE HOTEL  Peppers Kings Square Hotel, 621 Wellington Street, Perth  THE LOCATION Peppers opened last November on the western edge of the CBD, smack bang in Perth’s latest multibillion-dollar business and commercial project – Kings Square. The revamp […]

Perth things to do: Travel guide for a Perth stopover

Perth has transformed over the last 10 years. What do you think of Perth? The world’s most remote capital brings to mind a few things: great weather, beautiful beaches, quokka selfies. But excitement? Culture? Great dining and drinking? These are not things that spring to mind when east coast sophisticates think of our western cousin. […]

Perth walking tour: The story behind Australia’s first free colony

Rooftop terrace at Alex Hotel. Photo: Supplied There’s no plaque outside 57 Murray Street in Perth’s CBD, nothing to record the significant role it played in Australian history. Yet had you visited this same building anytime between 1915 and 1940, you’d have witnessed a steady stream of Indigenous Australians queuing up – for permission to marry, […]

Perth, walking tour: visit the new Optus Stadium and other highlights

The Elizabeth Quay bridge in Perth. Photo: Alamy Money is everything; money isn’t everything. Take Perth, the capital of what was once ambitiously self-styled as the “State of Excitement”. During the last mining boom the city, and for that matter the nation, was awash with profits from the export of iron ore to China. Those […]

Pilbara region, Western Australia, things to do: Six of the best attractions

Dales Gorge, Karijini National Park tra15-sixbest-Pilbara Image supplied by Tourism Western Australia for Traveller Pls note credit requirements Photo: Greg Snell KARIJINI NATIONAL PARK If you need only one reason to get yourself to the distant, dusty Pilbara then this is surely it. Just one of Karijini’s gorges would be a major tourist site if […]

Rottnest Island, Western Australia travel guide and things to do: Nine must-do highlights

Pinky Beach on beautiful Rottnest Island. Photo: Alamy THE ONE FERRY RIDE “Rotto” – the immensely popular island playground for Perthites – is well-serviced by comfortable high-speed ferries operated by Rottnest Express from the B-Shed Terminal at the Port of Fremantle. The journey across to the island from the coast takes just 25 minutes but […]

Samphire Rottnest: The Australian island that’s now a world-class destination

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Seven dishes you must try in Margaret River, Western Australia: Chef Brendan Pratt, Vasse Felix

From the menu: Arimia in Margaret River. Photo: Timothy M Campbell MILK STOUT, BLACK BREWING CO The milk stout from Black Brewing Co, brewed at Caves Road Collective in Wilyabrup is on the money for me; generous lactose helps the beer stay creamy and smooths off the bitter edges. It’s a great drop to enjoy […]

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