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Definitive Proof That Western Australia Needs To Be On Your Bucket List

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1. Margaret River Vineyards

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Approximately three hours drive from Perth, with over 200 vineyards, the Margaret River region is famous for its food and wine offerings.

2. Queens Gardens, Perth

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If you're wandering through East Perth there's no better location to park yourself and take in this lush urban escape. There's also the park bench that featured in Notting Hill, and a replica of the Kensington Gardens statue of Peter Pan!

3. Sorrento Quay Boardwalk, Perth

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Located 20 minutes north of Perth's city you'll find Hillarys Boat Harbour and Sorrento Quay Boardwalk. Full of shops and restaurants, the boardwalk is the perfect location to soak up a sunset.

4. Rottnest Island

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You can get to Rottnest Island by ferry or plane but once you arrive you may never want to leave! It's home to some of Australia's most iconic flora and fauna - and boasts a thriving population of quokkas!

5. Swan Valley

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Only 25 minutes from Perth's CBD you'll find Swan Valley, full of wineries, breweries, distilleries, restaurants, boutiques and all surrounded by stunning scenes. Swan Valley is so keen on yum treats they have a Food and Wine trail!

6. Howard Lane

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On your way through the city of Perth, discover the hidden gems like Howard Lane, a refurbished laneway featuring a series of artworks - you're also so close to Helvetica Bar you'd be silly not to stop in for a drink or five!

7. Caversham Wildlife Park

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The family-operated Caversham Wildlife Park in Whiteman is home to 200 species of birds, reptiles and animals - making it the largest privately owned collection of native wildlife in Western Australia.

8. Karijini National Park

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Western Australia's second largest park, Karijini National Park, is absolutely gorges. Get it? Because it's stunning as hell and has a lot of gorges. About a two or three day drive from Perth, Karijini National Park is a brilliant getaway for explorers and nature lovers.

9. El Questro Wilderness Park

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Over ONE MILLION acres in size, El Questro is based in the Kimberley region and offers a range of accommodation from five-star luxury to cabins within the bushland.

10. Fremantle

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Just a 30 minute drive from Perth, Fremantle, or "Freo", is also just a quick ferry ride away from the city. Offering some stunning beaches, shops, and historical buildings it's easy to see why the old saying goes: "Freo mind and the rest will follow."

11. Cottesloe Beach

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WA has some damn fine beaches, and Cottesloe is just one example of the stunning blue waters on offer. Only 15 minutes from the city, but it'll make you feel like you've just landed in paradise.

12. Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse

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Have you ever, ever felt like visiting a lighthouse? Western Australia offers some incredible lighthouses like the The Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse near Dunsborough, or Augusta's Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.

13. Barrack Street Jetty

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Get historical with this stunning way to soak up the views of the city and Swan River. A perfect way to explore the surrounding markets, restaurants, or hop on a ferry and go discovering!

14. The Pinnacles

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Located in the Nambung National Park, the Pinnacles are huge limestone structures that look like some kind of alien planet. Plus, once you reach the Nambung National Park, you've got the beaches of Kangaroo Point and Hangover Bay just nearby.

15. Turquoise Bay

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You only get one guess as to why this stunningly aquamarine beach is named "Turquoise Bay". Just a short paddle from Ningaloo Reef, Turquoise Bay is PERFECT for those who love a swim, snorkel or just a nap on the shore.

16. Coral Bay

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At the heart of the Ningaloo Reef you'll find Coral Bay, a stunning array of marine life perfect for divers and snorkelers. Seriously, the natural beauty of the Ningaloo Reef is so striking, it's even just an incredible hashtag to browse on Instagram.

17. Busselton Jetty

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Spanning almost two kilometers across the Geographe Bay, the Busselton Jetty is a perfect stop during your travels through the Margaret River. The jetty also features a pretty awesome Underwater Observatory that allows visitors to travel eight metres down to the ocean floor!

18. Pink Lake

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I know what you're thinking: "If I have to see one more naturally occurring, bubblegum pink lake I will SCREAM!" Well sorry, but Lake Hillier (aka Pink Lake) sits just off the south coast of Western Australia. Serious #nofilter vibes on this one.

19. Avon Valley

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About an hour's drive east of Perth you land in the picturesque Avon Valley. The Avon Valley has it all, basically. Adventure, romance or just the chance to explore the incredible regions nearby.

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