Australia's biggest state is best known for its spectacular landscapes, but there is a lot more to discover in Western Australia. Here are just some of the things you can do in a vast land of nature, stunning scenery, amazing people and much, much more.
Perth and surrounds
Visit Australia’s sunniest capital city and you’ll experience more than just amazing sunsets over the ocean. Perth effortlessly blends urban cool with raw natural beauty and makes the perfect base for your unique Western Australian experience. Bustling with new bars, restaurants, shopping and cultural spaces, Perth is also home to Kings Park - one of the world’s largest inner city parks, beautiful wineries, and stunning beaches where you can even swim with wild dolphins.
Perth's idyllic island playground, Rottnest Island is just a short ferry ride from the mainland and a world away from city life. For such a tiny island, this car-free and carefree Class A reserve packs a lot of pleasure into a day.
The vibrant city of Fremantle blends the old with the new, creating an enriching cultural experience. Maritime, convict and colonial history can be explored in one of the best-preserved examples of a 19th-century port streetscape on Earth, while buzzing markets, lively bars and casual street cafes give you a taste of 21st-century life with the locals.
Margaret River and the South West
Your next adventure is never far away with rolling vineyards set against a backdrop of ocean and forest, letting you easily hop from one experience to the next. Spend the day at one of Margaret River’s great wineries, where you can relax with a glass of the region’s world-renowned wine, matched with local truffles and crayfish. Or catch sight of the amazing humpback whale, explore ancient caves and stroll through forests of timber giants - all in a single day. The South West is one of the world’s 36 biodiversity hot spots and its breath-taking scenery will blow adventurers away.
Margaret River and its premium wine region is the place for indulging many passions. It's the only wine region in Australia where you can hop from award-winning wineries and restaurants to stunning beaches, tall-timber forests, world-class surf breaks and ancient caves.
Besides the calm and clear waters of Geographe Bay, the pretty town of Dunsborough is a favourite 'down south' family holiday destination. A short walk or scenic drive brings you to secluded coves and stunning coastal trails, with local award-winning wineries and breweries offering the perfect excuse for a lazy lunch.
The Busselton Jetty experience takes you 1.8 kilometres out to sea, on the longest wooden-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere, the second longest in the world. Stroll or take a ride in the new electric Jetty Train over the waters of Geographe Bay to the Underwater Observatory.
Exmouth and the Coral Coast
Follow the coast and discover some of the world’s most diverse marine habitats just metres away from pristine beaches where there's life above and below the water. You’ll be in awe of World Heritage-listed Shark Bay and Ningaloo Reef – the largest fringing reef on Earth and one of the few places in the world where you can swim with the largest fish in the sea, the gentle whale shark.
The World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef is internationally recognised as one of the planet’s last great ocean paradises. Located in Western Australia's Gascoyne region and fronting the gateway townships of Exmouth and Coral Bay, the 300-kilometre-long Ningaloo Reef is the largest fringing coral reef in the world.
Step off the shore near Exmouth, swim a few metres through the clearest turquoise water on Earth, and you'll find yourself drifting over the world's largest fringing reef - the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef. This underwater paradise is a popular spot for all kinds of visitors, from dolphins, manta rays, turtles and humpback whales, to the largest fish in the ocean - the gentle whale shark.
Monkey Mia is one of Western Australia's most famous dolphin-watching destinations. This calm bay is world famous for the pod of friendly dolphins that visit the shore most days to be hand fed. Located 25 kilometres from the town of Denham in the Shark Bay World Heritage area, Monkey Mia offers a unique chance to see wild dolphins in their natural habitat.
Broome and the North West
A land of breath-taking contrasts covering billions of years in history and over one million square kilometres, this is a journey of discovery you will never forget. Be as indulgent or laidback as you wish as you explore this extraordinary outback - one of the last true wilderness areas on earth.
Broome's Cable Beach is justifiably world-famous for its 22 kilometres of sun-kissed white sand, turquoise water and spectacular Indian Ocean sunsets. But what really gives it a top spot on the must-do list is the experience of taking in all its tropical splendour from the seat of a camel train.
PURNULULU (BUNGLE BUNGLE) NATIONAL PARK
Earning a place on the National and World Heritage lists, Purnululu National Park is home to the Bungle Bungle Range of Western Australia's Kimberley region. 350 million years in the making, it's the most unique and captivating range on Earth.
There are two horizontal waterfalls in Western Australia and both can be found in Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago in Australia's North West. The white waters are thrilling to ride by boat and awe-inspiring to view from the air. Join a scenic flight or sea safari to the Horizontal Waterfalls from Kooljaman in Cape Leveque, Broome or Derby to see and experience it for yourself.
Esperance and the Golden Outback
A place where nature reveals her true colours with the red earth of the outback, Australia's whitest sands at Lucky Bay, and technicolour fields of native wildflowers, you’ll love the brilliant spectrum of colours of our Golden Outback region.
A beach and nature lover's dream, Esperance is blessed with squeaky-clean beaches, turquoise waters, untouched islands and colour-filled wildflower country. Among its most famous beauty spots is Australia's whitest beach, Lucky Bay - set against a stunning seascape of 110 islands of the Recherche Archipelago, even the kangaroos can't resist lounging here
Picture a lake of the brightest bubblegum pink sitting beside the deepest blue ocean. Lake Hillier is one of the extraordinary sights you'll see flying or cruising through the pristine wilderness of the Recherche Archipelago.
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