Western Australia makes Lonely Planet’s Top 30 travel destinations for 2023

Authority on all things travel-related, Lonely Planet has unveiled its Best in Travel list of top destinations to visit in 2023, and Western Australia has made the Top 30.

The list features 30 must-visit locations, each listing falling under a general category, these being ‘eat’, ‘journey’, ‘connect’, ‘learn’ and ‘unwind’.

Highlights for Western Australia, which falls into the ‘journey’ category, include the state’s wide-open outback spaces, glorious reefs, stunning beaches, gorges, lakes and monoliths provide the wondrous backdrop to a plethora of road trips.

But all is not rural on the agenda, for the WA listing also boasts a bunch of great inner-city adventures.

Perth, Busselton, Margaret River, Pemberton, Bunbury and Rockingham are all highlighted and include everything from culinary adventures to outback road trips. Heck, visitors can even combine the two with a 7-day foodie adventure starting in Perth and heading to Margaret River, Pemberton, Manjimup and Bunbury in the state’s South West.

Says Lonely Planet writer Ronan O’Connell, who created the itinerary, “The antidote to years of suffocating-feeling pandemic life is a visit to one of the planet’s most serene and sparsely populated places.

“WA covers more land than England, Spain, France, Italy and Germany combined, yet [it] is home to less than 1% of their collective population. Space, serenity and scenery: this is the holy trinity of WA.”

West Australians will have to agree, while travellers from interstate and abroad will have to experience the splendor themselves if they haven’t already.

Other places that make the Lonely Planet grade in 2023 include Nova Scotia, Canada; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Lima, Peru; Fukuoka, Japan; and Umbria, Italy.

Get amongst it all, then.

Antonino Tati


For the full list, check out Lonely Planet’s Best Places to Visit in 2023.

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