It’s impossible to go through a Western Australian summer and to find any dull bits happening in the state. Particularly in the Southern end, where you have got the busy Cottesloe Beach in Perth, the lively Fremantle precinct and the ever-increasing popular South West Region which includes the Margaret River town and the surrounding wineries.
Sometimes it’s not what you know that needs to be discovered when visiting Western Australia, but those hidden gems that are waiting to be explored and fully utilised in the sizzling heat. The kind of extreme weather that can’t be avoided, only embraced. And if embrace it you will, it will be a hectic adventure for you this summer time, as you take a scenic road trip to these hidden gems that are waiting just for you
3 Hidden Gems to Visit in a Western Australian Summer
It would be easy to pile off a hundred different places to visit in this great state, all the way from Esperance to The Kimberly and anything in-between. Let’s narrow it down for now and while all these locations are far and wide from each other, they do sit in the southern end of the state, where the weather is clear skies and perfect for an enjoyable Western Australian summer.
The breathtaking view of the Moore River and Indian Ocean meeting on a clear day is a sight to behold, with a gorgeous sunset in the evening that is simply unforgettable. Guilderton is the perfect place to make a splash in Summer with sandy beaches and the soothing river the ideal attraction on any hot day.
- Where is it: Situated only an hour North of Perth off Wanneroo road, Guilderton is a convenient drive for those living in a Perth, with it being so close to the city and a hassle free drive.
- The best bit: Take the trail up the stairways to the vantage and don’t forget your camera, it is the main vantage point in Guilderton and the best location to view the gorgeous sunset.
- What to do: For the outdoor adventurist, there a plethora of activities on offer in Guilderton, with the likes of kayaking, beach walking, fishing, swimming, hiking and camping the popular choices. Nearby the hustle bustle of the river area, there is the Guilderton Country Club that has a restaurant, golf and tennis for those who need to escape the water and have a decent meal.
- Where to stay: There are a host of holiday houses in Guilderton that can be found through various of searches through Airbnb and Stayz. The popular spot to stay is at the Guilderton Caravan Park where you can pitch a tent or rent a cabin with the river and ocean within an earshot.
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The stingrays will quickly grab your attention in this quiet little beach by the bay, that is quite simply a hidden gem. Popular for day trips, a quick pit stop or camping in the nearby park, Hamelin Bay is a secluded part of the South West that will get you excited at first glance.
- Where is it: Hamelin Bay is situated in the South West region and a good three-hour drive Perth. Smack bang in the middle of the popular tourist towns in Margaret River and Augusta, The Bay is a popular place to set up camp and explore the surrounding area.
- Best Bit: When the stingrays come to shore, it’s the best time to hit water, as these unique creatures of the sea brush by your ankles. The Rays are usually out in Summer and there is a good chance they will be out and about to mingle with you.
- What to do: Hamelin Bay is for those who seek a laidback experience with camping, hiking, swimming and fishing the major choices. It doesn’t mean you can’t get into the car and visit tourist town of Margaret River, a few wineries and the Leeuwin Lighthouse in the south, near Augusta, the South West is a region calling out to you.
- Where to stay: Hamelin Bay Holiday Park is situated right near the bay and is the main choice of accommodation in the area. You can pitch a tent, book a chalet or stay in style in a beachside cottage, from there the rest is up to you.
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Denmark is not a secret to those who live in Western Australia, although sometimes the locals wish it to be. Too bad, because this beauty is too good to ignore because this vibrant town is booming with outdoor attractions, wineries and breweries, a gorgeous coastline along the Southern Ocean and a lively town centre you will simply adore.
- Where is it: Quite a drive from Perth, five hours South to be exact, it is a windy and bendy road that will take you to the Southern end of Western Australia. The exhausting trip to Denmark will be worth it upon arrival because it is quite beautiful.
- Best Bit: Take a small drive out to Lights Beach, off Lights road, and see a stunning part of the Southern Ocean, with boutique beaches, walking trails and large rocks to climb aboard for that special picture. Please tread carefully in this area and make sure the conditions are calm. When in doubt, just admire from above.
- What to do: With a bustling town centre and number outdoor activities on hand, you have the best of both worlds in Denmark. You can shop for antiques in town or enjoy a coffee at a café. But the lure of the outdoors will be the winner with a range of activities on hand. Great for families is the Denmark Thrills, where you can test out your fear of heights amongst other family-fun adventures.
- Where to stay: There are a range of options to stay in Denmark, with a pick of motels, retreats, cottages and holiday parks to suit any budget. The pick of the lot is The Big 4 Ocean Beach Holiday Park, a ten-minute drive from town and a short walk from the Inlet and Ocean.
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