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Most of Western Australia's population lives in young, golden, leisure-oriented Perth, while the rest of the state, which is approximately a third of Australia, is deserts pricked by rock formations, farming scrub, eucalyptus forests and green granite mountains ranges known for their deep gashing gorges. Not many tourists venture far from the visitor hubs of Broome, Monkey Mia or the Ningaloo Reef, but many of the best places to stay in Western Australia allow you to sleep in some of the world's most remote comfort.

It's easy to develop a generous understanding of personal space in Western Australia - this vast orange and ochre land is frontier country, and great swathes of it are empty, all the way up to the smooth white sands on the edge of the Indian Ocean. So the few - by square kilometre - inhabitants can afford to keep their distance. Which helps in this heat.

Mining has made much of Western Australia rich, but this is still an unpolished place dotted with remote outback towns which might feel like they come from another age. Even in cosmopolitan Perth you can still sometimes feel the grit of the desert.

Western Australia's other natural assets, its chalky, wine friendly soil, and the treasure trove of pearls off its coastline, have also contributed to the state's wealth. But nothing can diminish the distances those who live here have to travel to get anywhere else. Though of course the spectacularly empty views have made W.A. a darling of photographers.

Western Australia has a lot more to offer aesthetically than space. The Pinnacles Desert with its limestone pillars sprouting from the sand makes for a mysterious landscape, and the great gashing gorges of the Kalbarri National Park come in more colours than you'd think possible for stone formations. And Western Australia's southern regions are almost primordial in their ancient lushness.

Western Australia's size - if it were its own country it would be in the world's top ten largest, larger than all of Western Europe - means you'll find all sorts of climates and geographic conditions, from the tropics in the north to the almost Mediterranean feeling south.

You'll also find world class surfing at Cable Beach and Margaret River - as well as world class wines and stunning beaches - and the Ningaloo Reef, near Coral Bay, has some incredibly beautiful dives. Of course Western Australia is an amazing destination for walkers and 4WD trekkers too.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Western Australia range from city slick in Perth to accommodation at Australia's oldest working pearl farm.

Best Places to Stay in Western Australia

For a Perth city break

  • Perth is full of charming old colonial buildings, of which The Terrace Hotel is a great example. There are just 15 rooms, decorated with a mix of old and new, right in the heart of Perth's old city, just below Kings Park.
  • The Richardson Hotel & Spa in West Perth is a spacious and elegant hotel with a glamorous spa and lush gardens - though you're also just a short stroll from Kings Park and the Botanical Gardens.
  • If you're looking for large, sleek, luxurious and facilities-rich, the Hyatt Regency Perth is a good choice. As well as tennis and squash courts there's a gorgeous outdoor pool and five restaurants.
  • The Adina Apartment Hotel is a collection of apartments, some which you're able to open onto each other, with great modern facilities in an unbeatable location, just below Kings Park. the onsite gym and pool help make this a perfect spot for families or groups.
  • The Metropol Perth, with its resort style facilities, is an easy option for families. The views, from modern, comfortable rooms, are amazing and there are plenty of the in-house comforts you'd expect from a large, resort-style hotel.

For glamping

  • Eco friendly Sal Salis is the ultimate in barefoot luxury. Nine safari style tents occupy a remote spot overlooking the Ningaloo Reef.
  • Fitroy River Lodge offers a range of accommodation from safari tents to simple self catering, in the heart of Kimberley. It's great for families and excellent value too.
  • Kooljaman Lodge is ideal if you really want to get to know Kimberley, It's owned and run by two Aboriginal Communities and offers fantastic value with acccommodation ranging from fully furnished tents to powered campsites.

For sheer luxury

  • Berkeley River Lodge is a slice of pure luxury in one of the remotest spots on earth! Come here for gourmet cuisine, wilderness picnics, heli-fishing and stunning views of the Timor Sea.
  • El Questro Homestead offers nine stunning suites set amid tropical gardens and all with private verandahs over looking the Chamberlain River. Here you'll find rugged landscapes complemented by sumptuous accommodation and fabulous food.
  • Cape Lodge is a luxury base for exploring the Margaret River region. Rooms are traditional and elegant and the restaurant is award winning.
  • Injidup Spa Retreat boasts ten luxury villas each with private plunge pool, fireplace and underfloor heating. Relax in the spa, then cook your own barbie or get the inhouse chef to do the hard work for you!

Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Western Australia, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

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  • Kooljaman Lodge

    Cape Leveque, Western Australia

    Owned and run by two Aboriginal communities, Kooljaman Lodge offers a stunning stay in the red Kimberley landscape. Situated on Cape Leveque, there is a range of accommodation from fully furnished glamping safari tents to powered campsites, suiting every budget.

    from $42
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Outstanding location
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • Kimberley Sands Resort and Spa Cable Beach

    Broome (Cable Beach)

    This is the ultimate relaxation resort, with a spa, sauna and steam rooms, plus meditative garden zones. Rooms come with glorious marble bathrooms, private balconies and Nespresso machines as standard. Outdoor pool with poolside bar and restaurant serving Aussie cuisine.

    72 rooms from $83
    Sights nearby  -  Staircase to the Moon
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
  • Cygnet Bay Pearls

    Western Australia

    Cygnet Bay Pearls is Australia's oldest working pearl farm, and offers accomodation in old pearl workers' cottages or luxurious safari style tents. Each are ensuite, with fantastic views to the beach and BBQ facilities. Do the crew mess experience and dine with the pearl farmers.

    from $99
    Sights nearby  -  Horizontal waterfalls, Kooljaman at Cape Leveque
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Full of character
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
  • Fitzroy River Lodge

    Western Australia

    A campsite, tented rooms and self contained apartments located in the heart of Kimberley on the banks of the Fitzroy river. Simple but comfortable accommodation and en suite safari style tents for those who prefer glamping. Great facilities including riverside restaurant and large outdoor pool.

    from $104
    Sights nearby  -  Windjana Gorge National Park and Tunnel Creek National Park
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • Adina Apartment Hotel


    Self-cater in style with these apartment suites kitted out in the best modern amenities including kitchen and laundry facilities. Adjoining suites available for groups and families, as well as a gym and swimming pool.

    138 rooms from $143
    Sights nearby  -  Ten minute walk to Barrack Street Ferry Terminal for trips to Freemantle and Rottnest
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor, with BBQ facilities
  • Hyatt Regency Perth


    Smart, sleek and sophisticated in a superb location by the Swan River, this luxury hotel has top-notch amenities including tennis and squash courts, a spectacular outdoor pool and five restaurants.

    367 rooms from $149
    Sights nearby  -  Located by the Swan River, close to the East Perth shopping district and WACA Oval
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor
  • Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa

    Broome (Cable Beach Road)

    The most sophistocated place to stay on Cable Beach, this resort boasts original artwork from Sir Sidney Nolan and Australia's first L'Occitane spa, as well as a gym, tennis courts and a mini-golf course. A water playground and separate kids and adults pools make this a family friendly option.

    245 rooms from $170
    Spa  -  Australia's first L'Occitane spa
    Swimming Pool  -  Separate adults and kids pools
    Outstanding location
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
  • The Terrace Hotel


    Set in Perth's old city, and only minutes away from the new CBD, the fifteen rooms are decorated with attention to contemporary and classical detail. A brilliant mix of the old and new, suitable for families, business and pleasure.

    15 rooms from $186
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Metropol Perth


    With magnificent views over the River Swan, this hotel offers luxe rooms with spa baths. Contemporary and minimalist decor inside makes for a clean and stylish finish.

    405 rooms from $193
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Empire Retreat & Spa

    Margaret River (Yallingup)

    Luxury villas and suites set in and around a gorgeous farmhouse boasting its own winery. Rooms are contemporary and stylish featuring plenty of natural stone and timber. Spacious guest lounges and atrium style dining room to maximise the views. Heavenly spa for the ultimate in pampering.

    8 rooms from $193
    Spa breaks
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Smiths Beach Resort

    Margaret River (Yallingup)

    Nestled along the lush tropical coastland at Yallingup, the resort offers rooms with private dining verandas and barbeques, as well as self-catering apartments. Family friendly with separate adult and kid swimming pools. For beach lovers.

    55 rooms from $197
    Families  -  Flexible accommodation is perfect for families - beach villas have up to four bedrooms
    Swimming Pool  -  Separate kid and adult unheated outdoor pools
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
  • The Pearle of Cable Beach


    A luxury resort situated steps away from the white sands of Cable Beach. Large, elegant rooms with private terraces and pavillions with own kitchen, dining and lap pools. A spa enables total relaxation, whilst a tropical oasis surrounds the outdoor infinity pool. Romantic with a family feel.

    66 rooms from $199
    Sights nearby  -  Cape Leveque Overnight camping tour
    Watersports  -  Childrens boutique water park
    Local markets  -  Walk the shops in China Town
    Other Activities  -  Camel rides on the beach
  • Windmills Break

    Margaret River

    This luxury B&B is set in 10 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens. Near to many local wineries and stunning beaches. Contemporary, inviting bedrooms and hospitable friendly staff. Gourmet breakfasts on the terrace. A relaxing oasis with a gorgeous pool, outdoor spa and tennis court.

    13 rooms from $208
    Wine tasting
    Great walks  -  Yallingup beach
    Restrictions on children  -  No children
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • McAlpine House


    A relaxing hotel with a slight colonial feel has eight elegant, spacious bedrooms. Stylishly designed suites feature private terrace patios and garden views. Minutes to the beach and town centre. Relax with a drink on the veranda, or chill out by the pool.

    8 rooms from $217
    Learning  -  Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge
    Fishing  -  Hotel have info on local fishing tours
    Other Activities  -  Visit the local pearl farm
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Horizontal Falls
  • Cape Lodge

    Margaret River

    Set in the Margaret River region amid its own vines, this luxury lodge caters to every need. Traditional rooms ooze elegance and have glorious views over the gardens and lake. Surf, hike, cycle, swim and learn to cook in these beautiful surroundings. A luxury base for exploring the region.

    22 rooms from $261
    Swimming Pool  -  Free form outdoor pool
    Restrictions on children  -  Must be 8 or over
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors, Tablet
  • The Richardson Hotel & Spa


    Original Australian artwork adorns the walls of this luxury spacious and elegant hotel. Within walking distance from the King's Park and Botanical gardens. Relax and be pampered in an oasis in the city, the Spa. Family friendly, with an outdoor pool and garden.

    74 rooms from $383
    Sights nearby  -  Within easy walking distance of the Swan River, Kings Park, Perth Zoo and CBD
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Como The Treasury


    One time government building, turned luxury downtown hotel, with a grand colonial feel. Spacious, elegant bedrooms and suites feature luxurious bathrooms and views of the river. Two fine dining restaurants and a smart cocktail bar. The hotel also boasts a large spa and swimming pool with city views.

    48 rooms from $415
    City Style  -  Smack bang in the centre of Perth, with lush interiors, classic style and phenomanal rooftop restaurant overlooking the Swan.
    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in style with spoiling bathrooms, pampering treatments in the Shambhala spa and cocktails and canapes at the bar.
    Sights nearby  -  The hotel is on Perth’s Cathedral Square, hop across the road to check out this famed sight.
    Great walks  -  Take your pick from the lovely Kings Park or the Botanic Garden.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels, Tablet
  • Injidup Spa Retreat

    Margaret River (Yallingup)

    Ten luxury villas that come with private plunge pools, fireplaces and underfloor heating. Relax at the spa, cook up a storm on the barbie or have a chef come and cook in-house. Right on Injidup beach with stunning views out to sea.

    10 rooms from $425
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Big game and deep sea fishing
    Swimming Pool  -  Each with private plunge pool
    Views  -  Ocean views
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
  • Sal Salis

    Exmouth, Western Australia

    Nine ensuite rustic-chic safari tents in a stunning remote bush setting on the coast of Western Australia by the Ningaloo Reef. An eco friendly resort - 100% solar powered with natural-ingredient toiletries and composting loos. Uncompromising barefoot luxury at its best.

    9 rooms from $488
    Snorkelling  -  A guided introductory snorkel and use of equipment is included in the price
    Views  -  Stunning views of land and sea
    Kayaking  -  Explore the reef by kayak
    Great walks  -  Guided gorge walks
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Berkeley River Lodge

    Oombulgurri, Western Australia

    Western Australia's most remote luxury lodge sits high on a dune looking out to the Timor Sea. Standalone villas come with air conditioning, outdoor baths and 180 degree panoramic views. Close to some of Kimberley's best fishing spots. Breathtaking.

    20 rooms from $1079
    All inclusive  -  Price quoted includes gourmet cuisine and selected drinks and tours
    Views  -  180-degree panoramas from Joseph Bonaparte Gulf to Reveley Island, and from the Berkeley River to the red gorges behind
    Fishing  -  Heli-fishing, river and estuary fishing, beach and boat fishing
    Outstanding location  -  Villas on 65m hugh dune
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
  • El Questro Homestead

    Western Australia

    A tropical oasis in the rugged landscape of El Questro Wilderness Park. Nine suites offer comfort, luxury and privacy, plus breathtaking views over the Chamberlain River. The perfect place to explore the best of the region’s swimming holes, waterfalls, rainforest and rock formations.

    9 rooms from $1285
    Views  -  On cliff top overlooking Chamberlain River gorge
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 12 years
    Great walks  -  Guided gorge walks
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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