School holiday get away: Western Australia


Monash Student Space Newsletter November 2019

Article by Boris, 15 years old

During the summer season you and your family might be wondering where to go. As one of the largest states in Australia, Western Australia is full of unique tourist attractions and wonderful wildlife that you might want to visit during school holidays. My family and I recently visited the state and I would like to share with you some of the beautiful places you too can experience.

Kings Park and the Botanical Gardens

The park is very well maintained and is in an elevated position that you have a panoramic view of the Perth City and the Swan River. The park has some interesting attractions such as the DNA tower which copies the DNA shape and has a spiralling stair that you can climb up. The garden is full of native bushland, plants and wildflowers. The treetop walk is a great experience also as it has a glass floor underneath you.


When in Fremantle, you should visit the market which is popular with tourists. There are many stalls selling unique art and craft products and great foods. We had our lunch at the famous Cicerello’s restaurant which is known for its fresh and delicious seafood – especially their fish and chips! You can eat while enjoying the relaxing view of the pier.

The Pinnacles

The Pinnacles is a desert like no other in the world. With spectacular sand dunes and hundreds of lime stones sticking up from the ground. You can take a drive around the Pinnacles and stop to take photos at any time.

Busselton Jetty

This is the longest modern piked jetty in the southern hemisphere and the second longest in the world! The jetty includes one of only six underwater observatories in the world and one where you can have a spectacular view of the sunset and sunrise.

Rottnest Island

People who visit Western Australia cannot miss out on Rottnest Island. It is a small island which is unique because of its great natural wildlife and landscape. There are also many crows and seagulls around but you need to be aware of them especially when you have food in your hands as they sometimes will attack you for food. I even saw a peacock there. The beaches on Rottnest Island are very beautiful with white soft sand and crystal clear water. You need to take a ferry there. There are also many activities you can do on the island like surfing, swimming, walking and cycling.

It takes slightly more than four hours to fly from Melbourne to Perth. If you and your family just want a short and relaxing holiday this summer, Western Australia is definitely a good choice.

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Last updated: 31 October 2019