Secret WA: 12 of our state’s best hidden gems

WA is nothing if not surprising. Our state is full to the brim with breathtaking sights, hidden treasures and curious tales. From the cultured to the kitsch and everything in between, you won’t believe how many secrets are waiting to be uncovered in the nooks and crannies of WA.

We’ve partnered with WAnderland, a new online portal which brings together hundreds of unique collections and objects from across WA, to bring you the inside scoop on some of the best hidden gems our state has to offer.


The Yu family historical display

Go to Broome’s Son Ming Restaurant for the authentic Chinese food, and stay for the fascinating Yu Family Historical Display, hidden above the eatery. Five generations of the Yu family have lived in Broome since the late 1880s. Hong Yu has created a museum display with objects and photographs collected over the generations that tell a fascinating story about the social and cultural history of the Broome Chinese community.

Murujuga – Ngajarli Walk Trail

Murujuga National Park – a proposed world heritage site – is welcoming visiting to immerse in culture and rock art. Opening in 2021, and in contrast to the fertiliser plant across the road, the self-guided trail invites visitors to temporarily turn their back on the heavy industrialisation of the present and reimagine a time when the Ngarluma, Yaburrara, Wong-Goo-Tt-Oo, Mardudhunera and Yindjibarndi roamed this country, engraving their stories onto these ancient rocks over thousands of years.

Camera IconNgajarli Walk Trail. Credit: WAnderland.


Wuddi Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Stop and enjoy Noongar artworks and other collection items, find a memento at the shop or take a tour around the lake and learn about the traditional foods which once sustained local bird life and cultural activities. A truly enriching experience if you’re heading to the Golden Outback.

Coca Cola Museum and Café

The idyllic space for all soda pop enthusiasts. The Cola Café and Museum is a 1950s style café where you can sip a cola, or a coffee if you’d prefer, and look through the extensive collection of cans, bottles and quirky and iconic memorabilia.

The Cola Café and Museum.
Camera IconThe Cola Café and Museum. Credit: WAnderland.

Aunty Joan’s Dolly Mix

Step inside the vibrant blue building and into a wonderland where dolls come to life. The museum is the passion of the late Aunty Joan (Duncan) Stewart, who started collecting dolls later in life. It was her wish to donate the dolls to the Esperance community to make a permanent doll museum. And if you want to feel like Alice In Wonderland, book a high tea.

Forrest Museum

If you’re up for a bit of an adventure, something a bit unorthodox, then this little museum is for you. Located on the Trans-Australian Railway line, The Forrest Museum – located in the old weather station and sharing the aviation, rail and meteorological history of Forrest – is only accessible via a four-to-six-hour hard drive over a bumpy 124 km track from Eucla or aircraft. This truly is an intrepid traveller’s dream.


Ningaloo Centre

Step into a world of natural and cultural discovery. The large, modern and stylish Ningaloo Discovery Centre is full of life and where you can learn about the natural processes that formed the region’s wonderworld of marine ecosystems, earning its World Heritage status.

Ningaloo Discovery Centre.
Camera IconNingaloo Discovery Centre. Credit: WAnderland.

Gravity Discovery Centre

Here you can geek out on science and Aboriginal culture by traversing your way through various areas of science, such as astrophysics, astronomy, cosmology and biodiversity. It makes science fun and accessible, using interactive displays to engage visitors of all ages. The special Aboriginal Astronomy Night session is popular, so book in advance.

Motorbike Museum

One man’s love of motorcycles led to an obsession, and a private collection of motorbikes in a loungeroom. Ian Boyd started the collection because of his love for Vincent motorcycles, and constructed a new house and purpose built loungeroom to accommodate this extensive collection, which is considered extremely rare. A must see for any motor enthusiast.


Bellview Shell Collection

If you’re a sucker for collecting shells at the beach, you’ll love this private collection of some 30,000 shells and other specimens – a zeal for shell collectors Peter and Kath.

Bellview Shell Collection.
Camera IconBellview Shell Collection. Credit: WAnderland.

Albany’s Historic Whaling Station

If you’re up for a whale of a time, visit the only complete whaling station tourism attraction in the world. From the deck, see breathtaking views of King George Sound and its islands. The quiet tranquillity is in sharp contrast to the noisy, steamy, and very odorous scene from its past.

Bunbury Regional Art Gallery

Blink and you won’t miss it. This baby pink heritage-listed building – once a Sisters of Mercy Convent and Chapel – beams with art and natural sunlight through its windows in the afternoon.

There’s a plethora of sites to see in WA. For these and more, visit the website.

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