10 Finest Western Australia Experiences
Whether it is treating yourself to multiple courses at Michelin-rated restaurants, staying in an opulent suite overlooking Perth’s fabulous skyline or enjoying a starry night sky while you glamp out in style, Western Australia has got it all. Here are some of the finest WA experiences that you can pamper yourself with.
INNOVATIVE FINE DINING
1. WILDFLOWER, PERTH
Wildflower stands out from the rest for the restaurant’s dedication to honour Indigenous ingredients and seasons. Journeying through six Noongar seasons, Wildflower menu draws inspiration from the indigenous culture as they showcase some of the best Western Australia ingredients such as marrons, truffles, wattleseed and other home-grown produce, paired with some of the best selection of wines from the region. Wildflower is a sensational experience not to be missed as you dine atop the States Buildings overlooking the Perth skyline. Booking is advised.
2. BALTHAZAR, PERTH
An institution showcasing modern Australian cooking, Balthazar offerings have continued to evolve since its opening in 1998. Helmed by Chef Luke Wakefield, Balthazar offers contemporary cuisine using premium local ingredients that have become crowd-pleasers. Make sure to try the classic risotto with an added twist, kangaroo loin with berry coulis or the pork belly served with grilled scallop and pineapple. For dessert, don’t miss out on a truly Australian invention – a triple-stacked glazed cronut and all washed down with some delightful bottles of regional wine. The menu changes seasonally and booking is advised.
3. VOYAGER ESTATE, MARGARET RIVER REGION
Famed for its sprawling vineyard and one of the best exports of Margaret River, Voyager Estate does not disappoint when it comes to classic seasonal cooking. Experience their degustation menu paired with vintages from the estate, elegantly presented by Head Chef Santiago Fernandez. We recommend going all out with the “Discovery Menu”, a seven course menu highlighting the season’s ingredients with wine pairings. Well-lit rooms, antique furnishing, open fireplaces and custom-made crockery make Voyager Estate restaurant a pleasing experience to end with after a tour of the vineyards, so do book ahead to not miss out.
4. LIBERTE, ALBANY
Liberte makes for a great evening after whale watching in Albany. Influenced heavily by chic Parisian restaurants, chef-owner Amy Hamilton gives a fresh twist to local produce by combining French and Vietnamese cuisine. Don’t be intimidated, the combination results in some delectable sharing plates and it’s hard to resist ordering everything from the menu. Try the ‘Crack Noodles’, chilli crab and garlic noodles, yummy crispy chicken bao or the steak tartare served with rice paper, which all will have you and your dining companions eyeing for the last bite. Located in the historic London Hotel on Stirling Terrace, Liberte also serves some incredible cocktails, whiskies and mocktails for non-drinkers.
1. THE RITZ-CARLTON, PERTH
Be pampered and treated like royalty in the heart of Perth in The Ritz-Carlton. This award-winning hotel not only boasts stunning views of Elizabeth Quay and Swan River but also has one of the most striking visuals of the waterfront. The hotel features an infinity pool facing Swan River, a luxury spa, a panoramic rooftop bar and one of the finest restaurants in Perth. Perfect for winding down after your rugged adventures or just to spoil yourself.
2. PULLMAN BUNKER BAY RESORT, MARGARET RIVER REGION
Nestled along the turquoise waters of Bunker Bay in Margaret River Region, Pullman Bunker Bay Resort makes for an exceptional getaway. Surrounded by serene views, tastefully designed contemporary spaces and attentive services will put you at complete ease. Take the opportunity to explore the wineries and the dining scene of the Margaret River Region while staying in this world-class luxury resort.
3. SMITHS BEACH RESORT, YALLINGUP
Mindfully constructed to minimise environmental impact and cradled by panoramic views, Smiths Beach Resorts is the perfect getaway for those seeking a break from busy city life. Stay in any of the minimalist beach houses, villas or apartments, catch a surf break or enjoy Kate Lamont’s renowned cooking. With world-class facilities, Smiths Beach Resort promises you the ultimate Australian coastal experience.
1. SAL SALIS, NINGALOO REEF
Escape to a remote bush camp facing sparkling turquoise waters and the softest white sands at Sal Salis, where the wild bush meets luxury comforts. Just 30 metres from the largest fringing coral reefs, you could spend your days snorkelling with manta rays, whale sharks and beautiful shoals of reef fishes. In the evening, you can dine out while relaxing under the clear night sky filled with stars. Each accommodation is equipped with 500-thread count organic cotton bed linen, eco-friendly toiletries, composting toilet and hammock. If you are thinking of fully disconnecting from the busy modern world and soaking up nature’s gifts, Sal Salis is the place to be at.
2. HEAVENLY WATERS, TOODYAY
Surrounded by grazing herds of cattle and the beautiful rolling hills of Avon Valley, it’s hard to believe that Heavenly Waters is only an hour away from Perth. This adults-only luxury eco camping experience is set on 130 acres of open space and each of the 82 square metre tents includes an ensuite shower, toilet, kitchen, lounge and king size bed. Go off the grid, enjoy peaceful strolls around the lodge and snap stunning sunsets, and snuggle up by the campfire while stargazing.
3. KARIJINI ECO RETREAT, KARIJINI NATIONAL PARK
Located close to the dramatic gorges of Karijini National Park, this leading eco-tourism attraction offers safari-style eco tents, cabins and campsites all perfect for the ultimate bushland experience. Karijini Eco Retreat offers the only glamping experience in the national park, fully owned by aboriginals. Join walking tours, kayaking experiences and bush trials guided by native guides while being astonished by the billion year old rock formations surrounding you.
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