Western Australia has always been a great option for Muslim families planning for their holidays, and for good reasons.
Accessible via capital city Perth, Western Australia is the perfect destination for Muslim travellers who are looking to spend some quality time together with their loved ones. With so many family-friendly activities, Muslim-friendly eateries, and gorgeous sights to behold, you’ll definitely fall in love with Western Australia from the moment you step foot in it!
Plus the flight duration from Kuala Lumpur to Perth is only five-and-a-half hours, so it’s much easier to manage kids compared to longer flights. And with both cities sharing the same time zone, you don’t need to worry about jetlag too!
Check out these exciting activities and interesting places to explore in Western Australia for your family holiday:
1. Cosy up in Idyllic Rural Farm Stays
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourselves in the rural life and landscapes of Western Australia. Farm stays will give you the chance to spend some quality family time feeding animals, collecting eggs, learning how to milk a cow, going for bushwalks, and embracing the warmth of a campfire at night. This interactive and educational experience is a great opportunity for kids to have fun learning about animals while getting close with nature.
Where can you go for a farm stay holiday? Try Boshack Outback – a secluded and pristine bushland near Toodyay located about a 90-minute drive from Perth, or go for Margaret River Hideaway and Farmstay which has been gazetted as a ‘Land for Wildlife’ property. There is also the Billa Billa Farm, a stunning property adjoining the Walpole Wilderness Area in beautiful North Walpole.
All of these offer a genuine rural experience and a perfect base for your family holiday!
2. Experience Wildlife Encounters and Adventures
Situated at the heart of Whiteman Park in the Swan Valley, Caversham Wildlife Park boasts some of the largest collections of native fauna in Western Australia. You and your family will be spoilt with choices to experience close encounters with iconic native Australian inhabitants such as kangaroos, koalas and wombats. Muslim families seeking convenience to perform prayers shall not fret as Caversham also houses the Swan Valley Mosque and Islamic Centre.
From Perth you can also hop on a one-hour boat to Rottnest Island, where you’ll get to meet the world-famous and ever-smiling quokkas! These cute mini marsupials are only found in Western Australia.
For a little bit of adventure, you can either get on a two-hour flight from Perth or take a day drive to Monkey Mia, one of Western Australia’s most famous dolphin-watching destinations. This calm bay is world-famous for offering a unique chance to see wild and friendly dolphins in their natural habitat.
3. Unforgettable Outdoor Adventures in Western Australia
A holiday in Australia is not complete without some outdoor adventures! From Perth, head north towards the Indian Ocean Drive at Yanchep, where families can cruise along this 1 and a half hour scenic drive alongside pristine beaches and pretty wildflowers during spring to reach Lancelin. Families seeking some excitement can have the opportunity to go sandboarding or ride the white sand dunes in a four-wheeler.
For those seeking some peace and quiet with their family, you could have a picnic at one of the dune summits and take in panoramic views of the town, rolling farmlands, as well as beaches and islands whilst the sun sinks into the Indian Ocean.
Travel north to the Nambung National Park, home of the amazing landscape famously known as the Pinnacles and be prepared to be mesmerised by the magic and mystery of the Pinnacles with a visit to the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre before driving through the moon-like landscape of the Desert or enjoy an Eco-Walk with your kids in this extra-terrestrial landscape.
Fun fact, no two pinnacle formations are similar!
4. Discover the Best of Muslim-Friendly Food in Perth
While you’re here, don’t miss out the mouth-watering gastronomic experience around the region. For Muslim travellers, there are plenty of delicious and easily-found halal options. Some of the most popular halal food are the award-winning chocolates handcrafted in the Margaret River Chocolate Factory, Corica’s apple strudel, as well as a vegetarian option, Lord of the Fries.
The Margaret River Chocolate Factory is a 30-minute drive from Perth, while Corica and Lord of the Fries are eateries that are easily accesible within the city centre.
For a more indulgent meal, you can head on over to Kaili’s Fish Market, a local favourite located in Fremantle that sells delicious Fish and Chips and seafood platters by the harbour. If you’re on a road trip, you can even stop for a meal at Lobster Shack located in Cervantes, where you can find mouth-watering seafood that is Muslim-friendly.