Need a break from monotony of everyday life, and missing some friends that you haven't caught up with in ages? Putting aside for rest and reminiscence with the besties can be so hard when you're busy, so why not do both at the same time? Western Australia is a short 5-hour flight away, making it a perfect destination for you and your friends to unwind, catch up, and make memories together!
Stumped on how to get a trip started? Follow Aarika Lee and her two best friends on their journey through Perth and surrounding Western Australia, and you'll be dusting off your luggage for an unforgettable experience with your friends in no time!
Enjoy a $20 instant flight discount* to Perth when you book by 31 March 2020. Use code ILOVEWA upon checkout. TnCs apply.
There's no better way to start a girls' trip than with some retail therapy! Step into Westfield Carousel Shopping Centre, Perth's biggest shopping mall, and shop yourselves silly with a wide array of brands to choose from! The mall also hosts a dedicated group of stylists ready to curate looks for any occasion.
After a $250 million development, the Westfield Carousel Rooftop Dining Precinct has opened its doors to the public! Experience cuisine from an eclectic range of cultures as you soak in the alfresco vibes. An elevated amphitheatre and stage gives bands and singers a perfect space to add to the atmosphere on summer nights.
Fancy meeting our sea-bound relatives up close? With over 25 years of experience, friendship and trust built up with the local dolphins, visitors have a unique opportunity to interact with these fascinating creatures. Not the strongest swimmer out there? No problem - no prior snorkelling experience is required!
The vintage buildings that line the Fremantle district exude the charms of old, but not all is old here - Fremantle is home to a blooming food scene that will satisfy even the most discerning gastronome. Shared spaces like The Mantle serve up more than just great eats, featuring art displays and collaborative workspaces.
The locals call it Rotto, the visitors call it Perth's little paradise. Rottnest Island is a short ferry ride from the Fremantle ports, and offers plenty for adrenaline junkies, beach bums, and wildlife enthusiasts alike. The tranquil isle, just west of Perth, is perfect for a day-long escape from Perth's city bustle.
Rottnest Island is also home to the world's friendliest marsupial - the quokka! Found nowhere else on Earth, these lovely critters are always game for a selfie - so game, in fact, that it's become a trending hashtag on social media. Don't forget to pay these hospitable ones a visit when you're in Perth!
With top-of-the-line decor and ambience in one of Perth's best hotels, the Epicurean Buffet has a lot to live up to, and does so with aplomb. Crown Hotel's dinner service features an incredible spread of delicacies. An open kitchen gives visitors a peek into the meticulous preparation behind each dish.
You know a culinary event deserves a look when Marco Pierre White, the godfather of modern cooking, shows up at the fire pit. The Gourmet Escape Food & Wine Festival kicks off the summer on a fragrant high, bringing top chefs and winemakers to Swan Valley. Check out this annual event if you're in WA during November!
It's not really a festival without some uplifting live music! Uniquely Australian performances take the place at Swan Valley, adding dulcet tones to the summer spectacle. 2019 gave us the likes of Abbe May, Carla Geneve, and DJ Andrew Levins - expect the 2020 lineup to bring the same noise and energy to the table!
When people talk about Perth, deserts aren't usually the first things that pop to mind. Well, Perth has a desert, and it's a beautiful one! The expansive landscapes of the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park will leave any road-tripper spellbound. The best part? It's only 2 hours away by car - perfect for a day trip!
Right next to the Pinnacles Desert sits a oasis-esque coast, complete with bustling lobster farm and restaurant! The Lobster Shack sits just north of Pinnacles and packs good eats along with fully-guided fishing and sightseeing tours. Seafood and sand dunes may seem strange together, but it's a combination you won't forget.
A pink lagoon is the stuff of movies and fairytales, unless if you're in Western Australia! Hutt Lagoon is home to billions of red-hued algae Dunaliella salina, which gives the lake a mystical pink sheen. Forget colored pastel walls - pink waters will get your group shots popping, and your Instagram followers gushing.
When you're on holiday, it's never too early for beer, especially if it's handcrafted beer as good as the ones served up by Eagle Bay Brewing Co. Overlooking farmland and bushland to Cape Naturaliste and the Indian Ocean, it's a great place to enjoy summer menus with a view, and a warm heart from a lunch made with love.
Got a different favorite go-to tipple? That won't be a problem at Leeuwin Estate. A renowned winery with a penchant for good concerts, expect a fine selection of wines and guided tours of all kinds will bring colour to even the greenest wine beginners. Oh, and there's plenty to drink at their tastings. Get tipsy with the girls!
A stunning sunset can be found just a short drive away at Prevelley, home to the famed Surfers' Point. A sleepy village where the people of Margaret River congregates, there's much to see here in the day as surfing competitions pit the best athletes against the rips. The sunsets, however, will change your life.
Still thinking about that dress you left on the rack during your last Perth shopping escapade? At Margaret Town's high street scene, you can buy them all back, and more! The Margaret River region is home to endless beautiful shophouses, each peddling unique keepsakes or gifts for your loved ones back home.
Injidup Natural Spa is a quick quarter-hour drive south of Yallingup. Locals and travellers come from far and wide for a refreshing dip in the natural (free) spa along the beautiful rugged coastline. Be ready - you'll have to climb over rocks to get to this hidden beauty! Tip: Make sure you pack your swimwear!
Travelling is all about making memories, and the seascapes at Busselton Jetty are perfect for these treasured moments with your girls. After you've had your fill of ocean views over the horizons, don't miss the red, solar-powered Jetty Train that chugs you across the calm, clear waters of Geographe Bay.