The cost of living is hitting crazy heights and although that trip to Europe was on the agenda, you might not have the funds. Never fear, we’ve got you covered with three local ideas that will have you (almost) forgetting about the Amalfi Coast.

Wine Weekend in Margaret River

Say goodbye to €1 Jägerbombs and hello to your inner wine connoisseur – Caves Road is calling your name. I admit, douth is the obvious choice (and probably your mate’s second home), but man oh man Margaret River is just a dream. The AirBnBs are 10/10, the wine is *chefs kiss* and it’s close enough to Perth that anyone’s excuse not to join you is invalid. If your heart’s set on a wine tour (as it should be) change it up by hiring your own driver instead, that way you get free reign on what wineries (and how many) you’d like to go to. So pack every hoodie you own and head on down for a chill weekend in the hinterlands – and make sure you try Robert Oakley’s Grenache.

Our Top picks:

Mr Mustang Tours– Is there a better way to travel douth that with your own private mustang tour?

Providore– Ready for Wine, Coffee and all things delicious? Add this WA favourite to your itinerary

Road Tripping in Denmark

A bit further along the southern coast (congrats you’ve now entered #roadtrip territory) you’ll find Denmark – you know, the place with beaches made to insta-perfection? The Green Pools and Elephant Rocks will definitely soften the blow when you remember you’re meant to be on the Amalfi Coast. Accommodation is suited to all tastes in the Great Southern with options of modern chalets, classic motels and if you’re feeling extra millennial – you can fulfil your #vanlife destiny and camp. Keep the good vibes rolling and head to Esperance for the whitest beaches ever and those famous roaming Kangas.

Coalmine Beach Glamping. Image Credit: Michael Pelusey

Glamping in Walpole– Although not technically Denmark, Walpole is a 45 minute drive and has one of the best glamping spots going.

Summer Dreaming in Broome

The closest you’ll get to a European summer – Broome will absolutely spoil you with their hot days, clear water and camel rides on Cable Beach. Depending on the month you decide to make the trek, you can catch the iconic Shine Matsuri Festival (nice lil trade for Sziget Festival) and cruise around at sunset aboard The Willie – don’t forget to pack your striped tee for a DIY pirate party. Only downside: there’s no swimming allowed in the wet season – but it’s the perfect excuse to drop into Monkey Mia and Exmouth on the way up to swim, snorkel and sink some back ‘til you can’t think of why you ever wanted to leave WA in the first place.

Our Top Picks:

Horizontal Falls in the Kimberely

Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm– No matter if you’re looking for touring, accommodation or eats, this is a must visit.

Check out the beat of Broome in our Ultimate Tour Guide to Broome


So you’ve got the details, now head to Google, check out your accommodation and get planning!

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Written in 2020 by Meg Watson, Updated in 2023 by Pieta Sharpe