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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.
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.
- 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!
Best Hotels in Western Australia
Kooljaman Lodge from $43Cape 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.Barefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.Outstanding locationHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.Great walks - Good for walkers.
Kimberley Sands Resort and Spa Cable Beach 72 rooms from $85Broome (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.Sights nearby - Staircase to the MoonSpaSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor5* Luxury - Very high service standards.
Cygnet Bay Pearls from $100Western 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.Sights nearby - Horizontal waterfalls, Kooljaman at Cape LevequeBarefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.Full of characterHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.
Fitzroy River Lodge from $106Western 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.Sights nearby - Windjana Gorge National Park and Tunnel Creek National ParkSecluded setting - For escaping.Barefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.Great walks - Good for walkers.
Adina Apartment Hotel 138 rooms from $145Perth
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.Sights nearby - Ten minute walk to Barrack Street Ferry Terminal for trips to Freemantle and RottnestSwimming Pool - Outdoor, with BBQ facilities
Hyatt Regency Perth 367 rooms from $151Perth
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.Sights nearby - Located by the Swan River, close to the East Perth shopping district and WACA OvalSwimming Pool - Outdoor
Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa 245 rooms from $172Broome (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.Spa - Australia's first L'Occitane spaSwimming Pool - Separate adults and kids poolsOutstanding locationKids Club - Fully staffed.Recommended by - Fodors
Alex Hotel 74 rooms from $173Perth
Brought to you by Australia’s Little Creatures Brewery, Alex Hotel is undeniably cool. Rooms are contemporary and functional yet it's the common areas that make it. A chic lounge and rooftop give space for socialising the restaurant hits the mark on every level.Local exploring - Located amidst some of Perth's best eateries, bars and galleries.Great walks - Take sunset strolls along Cottesloe Beach.Surfing - Suitable beaches nearby.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
The Terrace Hotel 15 rooms from $189Perth
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.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.
Metropol Perth 405 rooms from $195Perth
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.SpaSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorSights nearby - Well located for major sights.
Empire Retreat & Spa 8 rooms from $195Margaret 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.Spa breaksRestrictions on children - Adults onlyViews - Great views from hotelRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Smiths Beach Resort 55 rooms from $199Margaret 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.Families - Flexible accommodation is perfect for families - beach villas have up to four bedroomsSwimming Pool - Separate kid and adult unheated outdoor poolsRemote - Off the beaten track.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
The Pearle of Cable Beach 66 rooms from $202Broome
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.Sights nearby - Cape Leveque Overnight camping tourWatersports - Childrens boutique water parkLocal markets - Walk the shops in China TownOther Activities - Camel rides on the beach
Windmills Break 13 rooms from $211Margaret 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.Wine tastingGreat walks - Yallingup beachRestrictions on children - No childrenSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - I Escape
McAlpine House 8 rooms from $220Broome
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.Learning - Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal RefugeFishing - Hotel have info on local fishing toursOther Activities - Visit the local pearl farmSights nearby - Visit the Horizontal Falls
Cape Lodge 22 rooms from $264Margaret 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.Swimming Pool - Free form outdoor poolRestrictions on children - Must be 8 or overRomantic - Good for couples.Cooking classes - Check for timings.Recommended by - I Escape, Fodors, Tablet
The Richardson Hotel & Spa 74 rooms from $388Perth
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.Sights nearby - Within easy walking distance of the Swan River, Kings Park, Perth Zoo and CBDSpaSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Tablet
Como The Treasury 48 rooms from $421Perth
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.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 10 rooms from $431Margaret 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.Great walks - Good for walkers.Fishing - Big game and deep sea fishingSwimming Pool - Each with private plunge poolViews - Ocean viewsRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Sal Salis 9 rooms from $495Exmouth, 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.Snorkelling - A guided introductory snorkel and use of equipment is included in the priceViews - Stunning views of land and seaKayaking - Explore the reef by kayakGreat walks - Guided gorge walksRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Berkeley River Lodge 20 rooms from $1094Oombulgurri, 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.All inclusive - Price quoted includes gourmet cuisine and selected drinks and toursViews - 180-degree panoramas from Joseph Bonaparte Gulf to Reveley Island, and from the Berkeley River to the red gorges behindFishing - Heli-fishing, river and estuary fishing, beach and boat fishingOutstanding location - Villas on 65m hugh duneRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
El Questro Homestead 9 rooms from $1303Western 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.Views - On cliff top overlooking Chamberlain River gorgeRestrictions on children - No children under 12 yearsGreat walks - Guided gorge walksSwimming Pool - Outdoor poolRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith