WA is home to some of Australia’s most indulgent retreats and experiences, allowing visitors to enjoy paradise with privacy, pampering, indulgent dining experiences, all while experiencing some of Australia’s most unique tourism offerings.
Here’s our W ‘A’ list of luxury experiences.
Cruise or fly the Kimberley. Experience the pristine waters of a true wilderness area in style on a Kimberley luxury cruise or scenic flight. Small cruisers such as True North, Kimberley Quest and Great Escape Charter Company can meander through secluded gorges that aren’t accessible to larger vessels, passing towering red cliffs and pockets of rainforest. Kimberley Quest are set to release an exciting ‘4 Day Taste of the Kimberley’ starting in October 2018.
Observe rare wildlife and ancient Aboriginal rock art, swim in crystal-clear pools and shower under waterfalls. After feasting on quality food and wine – which could include freshly caught seafood – relax in the comfort of a private suite. Short on time? The Kimberley is simply spectacular from the air. Operators such as HeliSpirit and Kimberley Air will take you on a soaring safari like no other, with the option to land and explore remote paradises like Cape Leveque and Mitchell Falls.
Luxurious retreats. The Kimberley’s Berkeley River Lodge, accessible only by boat or plane, is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most indulgent adventures – offering luxurious rooms with 180-degree panoramas of the turquoise Timor Sea and the rugged Berkeley River. Also in the Kimberley, relax in a suite at El Questro Homestead (one of the Luxury Lodges of Australia) overlooking Chamberlain Gorge and dine on a private clifftop under a canopy of stars. On the coast, Broome’s Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa has suites themed around famous Australian artists, with private plunge pools and butler service. In the State’s South West, Margaret River’s Injidup Spa Retreat’s private pools overlook the Indian Ocean, and the award-winning Cape Lodge boutique hotel has hosted the likes of musician Sting and celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal.
Exquisite jewels. WA’s mineral and marine wealth shines bright in the form of world-renowned Kimberley diamonds – including the elusive pink diamond – as well as Broome’s South Sea pearls and Kalgoorlie gold. In Perth, shop for pearls and diamonds on King and Hay Streets in the city, or visit Willie Creek Pearls‘ new showroom in Elizabeth Quay, where you can also experience a live pearl harvest. Broome’s Dampier Terrace is home to pearl showrooms including Kailis, Allure, Paspaley, Cygnet Bay and Willie Creek Pearls – who have added to their Broome location with the recent construction of a pearl oyster hatchery. In the east Kimberley outback town of Kununurra, step inside Kimberley Fine Diamonds to marvel at exquisite pink and natural diamonds, and the master jewellers at work.
Wine and dine like a star. WA has the perfect ingredients for world-class food and wine experiences – top international talent combined with fresh local produce like Manjimup’s rare black truffles, Pemberton marron, Broome pearl meat, Rottnest Island crayfish, Exmouth prawns and, the State’s famous wines. Perth’s dining scene is booming and the recently launched Hibernian Place and Yagan Square is home to unique dining experiences, including Guy Grossi’s Garum at the heritage listed Hibernian Hall. At the restored State Buildings, visitors will find premium dining experiences including David Thompson’s Long Chim and the multi-award-winning Wildflower, where you can enjoy rooftop city views and a menu based on the Indigenous six seasons. Across the river, Crown Perth’s top chefs serve up local and international fare at Nobu, Rockpool, Silksand Bistro Guillaume.
Be pampered in Perth. Prestigious publication Conde Naste Traveller named Perth’s COMO The Treasury as Australia’s number-one hotel – and second in the world rankings. The exclusive suites occupy the top floors of the immaculately restored State Buildings in the heart of the city. Crown Perth has added to its Burswood riverfront precinct with the luxury Crown Towers, where accommodation options include a top-floor deluxe villa with butler service and panoramic views from floor-to-ceiling windows. The city’s newest luxury offering is the Westin, opened in Perth’s revitalised East End. The five-star hotel comprises 368 rooms, a rooftop infinity pool, Bodhi J Wellness Spa and signature restaurants.
Eco-retreat ‘glamping’. Enjoy the tranquillity of stress-free camping at safari or cabin-style wilderness accommodation with personalised service. After exploring the pristine natural landscapes with an expert guide, visitors can relax with fine linens on king-size beds, ensuite bathrooms and gourmet produce prepared by a chef. Kimberley Coastal Camp, Faraway Bay Bush Camp, Ramada Eco Beach Broome, Sal Salis at Ningaloo Reef, Olio Bello lakeside bungalows, Karijini Eco Retreat, El Questro’s Emma Gorge Resort, Kooljaman, Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge and Home Valley Station are just some of the options. ‘Glamping’ tents are also due to open at Pinky’s on Perth’s idyllic Rottnest Island in the summer of 2018-19.
Walking to luxury. With some of the best walking tracks in the world, Walk into Luxuryoffers visitors to WA’s South West the chance to walk the famous Cape to Cape Track and the Bibbulmun Track in style and comfort. A member of the Great Walks of Australia group, the walks combine the best of nature with gourmet food and wine, and luxury accommodation such as the Beach House at Bayside, Cape Howe Cottages, Cape Lodge, Pullman Bunker Bay and Injidup Spa Retreat. Walk into Luxury is also now offering extended luxury tours of WA that combine nature-bases experiences with unique luxury accommodation, gourmet food and wine, and ground transfers. The tours are private, tailored to suit travel dates and bucket-list experiences in locations such as Margaret River, Rottnest Island, Ningaloo and Broome