Welcome to Western Australia, an area one third the size of the entire continent of Australia. Western Australia is famed for wild flowers in spring and the wineries of the South West. As you discover all that our state has to offer visitors, you will understand why so many local, interstate and international tourists make Western Australia their holiday destination.
Include a visit to one of our many and varied operations and museums as you tour our State, visiting wineries, historic towns and scenic locations. Early railways in Western Australia bear a strong New Zealand theme as we imported engineering and railway staff in the early 1890’s. Following the Eastern Goldfields discovery Western Australia suddenly had the funds to build the State’s railways. Boulder Loop Line Railway located in the Kalgoorlie region shows us how railway opened the goldfields areas of WA.
If you’re arriving in Perth from a flight and staying in the City, then a short suburban train trip to Ashfield to visit Rail Heritage WA’s Rail transport museum opens up a wealth of WA rail history . Check this site for details.
If you feel like cuddling a koala, then a slightly longer trip to Whiteman Park, situated among the vines of the Swan Valley is worth considering. WA’s narrow gauge railway, the Bennett Brook Railway and historic standard gauge electric trams operate here. By the way, to cuddle the furry marsupial you need to pay to get into the Caversham Wildlife park, also located here.
A day return trip by car or bus will get you to Busselton, where you can experience a rail trip over the Indian Ocean on the historic Busselton Jetty and then descend the unique aquarium for an under sea/ under jetty experience.
A road trip to Albany takes you through the picturesque village of Kojonup, home of the Kojonup Tourist Railway, well worth a visit. (Check operational times on the railway’s website.)
Carnarvon provides another Indian Ocean jetty experience for the more adventurous traveller who wants go north to warmer climes.
Finally visitors – enjoy your stay in Western Australia.
WA State Body Chairman