Perth might be one of the most isolated cities on the planet, but all that means is that there’s plenty to do and fewer people to share it with. From emu-spotting in the eerie Pinnacles Desert, and visiting crystal caves, world-class wineries, sea lions and fairy penguins, to hot-air ballooning, swimming in waterfalls and sandboarding down giant dunes, here are just a few of Culture Trip’s favourites.
Western Australia’s first inland town, the first settlers arrived in York in 1831. These days, the historic town is a popular day-trip destination, home to heritage buildings including the York Town Hall, the courthouse and prison, the Motor Museum and pretty cafés, shops and art galleries. While the 90-minute drive along winding country roads is probably adventurous enough for most, thrill seekers might want to go via Northam for a trip in a hot-air balloon and a bird’s-eye view of the Wheatbelt.