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espite the rising Australian dollar, a low Euro and cheap
alternatives in Bali and Asia, more West Australians are choosing
to holiday in WA. In the first quarter of 2011, the number of West
Australians playing tourist at home rose 5 per cent, more than
twice the national average. In the same quarter, national and international
visitors numbers increased by 2.6 per cent.
And it’s no wonder. Western Australia still offers some of the world’s
most extraordinary travel experiences, from international five-star luxury
and unique world-renowned environments to easy family holidays,
camping and adrenaline-packed adventures. It’s easy, it’s convenient and
it’s all here. No airports, no ash-clouds, no mystery diseases or aggressive
customs to ruin your day. If we had snow, we would have it all – perhaps
one of the few upsides to global warming and the pending ice age.
The best feedback is always from the tens of thousands of recent
arrivals to WA, many of them in the cashed-up resource industry,
astounded by the quality and diversity of what’s on offer. They are the
ones using every weekend and all their available holiday time to explore
regional WA. Their only complaint – there’s not enough time to see it all!
And the best part? We still get to enjoy WA pretty much crowd-free.
Put these destinations – the incredible beaches, amazing wilderness,
pristine forests and world-class wineries – anywhere else in the world and
they would be swamped with tourists. In WA, with our relative isolation
and scarcity of hotel rooms and flights, plus a high Aussie dollar, the
numbers remain low.
To make things easier for travelling between July and December, we
have divided your options into three:
1. Holidaying at home | If time is limited, put your tourist hat on and
holiday in Perth or closer to home, and make time to take in the sights,
the tours and attractions that we rarely appreciate as locals.
2. Down South | In winter and spring, the south is relatively deserted,
lush and green: perfect for winter retreats, hiking and winter sports.
3. Up North | The dry season and pre-wet is the perfect time to
experience the unique landscapes, deserted beaches and balmy
temperatures that provide welcome relief from the winter blues.
Each edition we strive to provide more on how to make your leisure
time in WA as good as it gets. This edition includes even more maps,
seasonal updates and things to do for you, your friends and family. As
always, we rely heavily on hundreds of local experts to provide us with the
very best of where to go and what to do.
We are proud of our website and its extensive content, but feedback
suggests it is too crowded and at times too hard to find what you are looking
for. Scoop Online will be re-designed and re-launched in October, with
more user-friendly guides, plus iPad and iPhone compatibility.
THE SCOOP MAP SERIES
Starting in July, we launch the Scoop Map Series, including 450,000
detailed maps covering every region in WA. By far the most detailed maps
for each region, with links to local attractions and operators via smart-
phone QR codes, these are the perfect companion for Scoop Traveller.
From all of us at Scoop, we wish you the very best in your travels this season.
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