WESTERN AUSTRALIA
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Western Australia villas: Quiet, unspoilt Western Australia is a beautiful region known for its wild outback, ancient forests, and exceptional coral coast, which is a world-class scuba diving destination. If you're planning a trip to Western Australia, the villas for rent through www.selfcateringhols.com may be just what you're looking for. Our Western Australia villas enjoy pristine settings and come fully equipped with everything you'll need for a comfortable stay. All our Western Australia villas are available for flexible, short-term rental.

Covering an area the size of continental Europe, Western Australia is the largest state in Australia, so it shouldn't be a surprise that there is a huge variety of natural attractions here. Start off in Perth, the capital and main point of entry of Western Australia. A villa or apartment in this cosmopolitan city is ideal for those who want to be in the centre of the action and have easy access to both the coast and the region's interior.

Beach lovers should head to the Coral Coast, where gorgeous white-sand beaches and the clean waters of the Indian Ocean tempt. This area is known for its unbeatable scuba diving; whale sharks, dolphins, manta rays and other large fish and marine animals roam the waters off Western Australia. A villa here on the shore is a fabulous option if you want to simply escape and enjoy a relaxing, stress-free holiday.

The "Golden Outback", the vast desert-like region home to aboriginal tribes and gold mining towns, is a unique experience. This is a great area for 4x4 excursions or for camping under the stars. The coast in this area is known as a world-class windsurfing destination.

For a real wilderness experience, the North West region is unbeatable. Unusual rock formations, huge lakes (one -- Lake Argyle -- is really an inland sea), and attractions like the dinosaur footprints on the west Kimberly coast make this a fantastic destination. Beautiful natural parks, like the Karijini National Park in the Pilbara area, are great for hiking and camping. The lively city of Broome, on the edge of the Kimberly, is this Western Australian region's gateway.

In the South West, a pocket of land below Perth, you'll find Western Australia's vineyards and forests. Winery tours are popular here, as are attractions like the Valley of the Giants Tree-Top Walk, a gorgeous bridge that swings 40m above the forest floor.

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There's no easy way to sum up the weather in Western Australia. This vast region has an incredibly diverse climate, ranging from the tropical temperatures of the north to the temperate south. In the southern part of Western Australia there are four distinct seasons, with summer highs around 32?C and winter highs around 14?C. In the north, however, the year is merely separated into "wet" and "dry" seasons. The wet season lasts from October through March and features high temperatures, high humidity and spectacular summer storms. The dry season (April-September) is a time of long days, lots of sunshine and warm-to-hot temperatures.

The mean daily maximum and minimum temperatures in Perth, by month, are: Jan 30?C/18?C, Feb 30?C/18?C, Mar 28?C/17?C, Apr 25?C/14?C, May 21?C/12?C, Jun 18?C/10?C, Jul 17?C/9?C, Aug 18?C/9?C, Sep 20?C/10?C, Oct 21?C/12?C, Nov 25?C/14?C, Dec 27?C/16?C.

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Western Australia's main international gateway is Perth, whose airport (an hour from the city centre) receives more than 170 international flights a week. More than a dozen major airlines, including British Airways, United Airlines and Australian Airlines, service Perth. Travel time from London is about 20 hours.

Once in Western Australia, you could travel by coach or rail, taking advantage of 'travel passes' that offer special prices on some routes. Flying is another option; regional cities like Albany, Esperance, Exmouth, Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Karratha, Broome, and Kununurra have small airports. For more independence, hire your own car. Motorhomes are also a popular self-drive option.

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Boasting fabulous beaches, extensive forestland, rugged outback, and cosmopolitan cities, Western Australia offers a little something for everyone. Scuba divers make a beeline for Western Australia's unique coral coast, a colorful area where big fish (including the world's larges, the whale shark) swim. On this and other parts of Western Australia's coast you'll find an endless variety of activities, including swimming with wild dolphins, windsurfing, surfing, and whale watching. Great beaches include those at Broome, Margaret River, Busselton, Dunsborough, Rottnest Island, Kalbarri and Coral Bay.

Hikers are spoiled for choice in Western Australia. Walking the trails of the Karijini National Park, in the North West, is often challenging, but you'll be rewarded with views of its gorges, waterfalls, and unusual rock formations. Another fabulous walking area is the Bibbulmun Track, a 1,000-kilometre walking trail that stretches from Perth to Albany, in the South West. The coastal views from here are breathtaking. The Stirling Range National Park, also in the South West, is known for its wildflowers and is a lovely place for light walks or more difficult hikes.

In the outback, set off in a 4x4 vehicle to explore the rural highways, or spend time ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the famed wildflower landscapes here. Visiting old mining towns, aboriginal settlements and seaside towns like Esperance are other popular activities.

Western Australia's cities offer plenty of to do as well. In Perth, spend time shopping or take a cycling tour through the city. In the port city of Fremantle, take the Torchlight Tour of Fremantle's historic prison.

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