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Western Australia

Western Australia

State guide and travel tips

From endless untouched beaches to the unexplored outback, Western Australia offers extraordinary experiences like no other. Every day is full of unique possibilities whether you’re driving around moon-like landscapes in the Pinnacles Desert, snorkelling straight off the beach at Ningaloo Reef, swimming with whale sharks, exploring the cool cafes of Perth, or riding into the sunset on an Aussie camel.

Top 6 Things to Do in Western Australia

  • Swim with Whale Sharks
    Ningaloo Reef is the only place in Australia where you can swim close to giant but gentle whale sharks. Don't let the name fool you and head to Exmouth or Coral Bay between March and July for an unforgettable encounter with the world's largest fish.
  • Ride a Camel on Cable Beach
    What better way to see the sun set over the Indian Ocean than on a camel's back!? On one of the whitest beaches in Oz we might add. Bet you didn't even know there were camels in Australia, huh?
  • Sip Wine in Margaret River
    Top notch wines and food, rolling vineyards and beautiful beaches- the Margaret River region is diverse, scenic and makes our taste buds cheer.

  • Visit Dolphins in Monkey Mia
    Get close to friendly dolphins at Monkey Mia. Located in Shark Bay this reserve is popular as friendly dolphins visit the bay every morning. On a cruise through the bay you may also spot shy Dugongs and if you are lucky you can see Emu families trot along the white beaches.
  • Unearth the Kimberley
    Dramatic gorges, cascading waterfalls, pure ruggedness - that's the Kimberley region. 4WD through the wilderness and then relax and take in the breath-taking scenery on a cruise through the gorges.
  • Pinnacle Adventure
    Feast your eyes on an intriguing landscape of pointed limestone formations before testing your balance and cool sandboarding at nearby Lancelin sand dunes.

Experience 4 diverse worlds in one state

coral coast
The Coral Coast
Just a short walk from the beautiful white beaches of the Coral Coast you can dive into a world of colourful marine life. At Ningaloo Reef you can swim with whalesharks, snorkel with turtles and manta rays. Life isn't just great down under(water), as you can wander moon-like landscapes in the Pinnacles Desert or hike along the landscapes of Kalbarri National Park and much more above water at Western Australia's Coral Coast.
The Kimberleys
The North West
Broome is the gateway to Australia's rugged North West. Spend at least a day at Cable Beach where 22km of white sand and great surf waves await. Then soak up the beautiful colours of Western Australia's diverse landscapes at Cape Leveque, drive through the Bungle Bungles, cruise through the gorges of the Kimberley Coast and make a stop at one of the world's most mesmerising waterfalls, King George Falls.
Margaret River
The South West
Most popular for it's divine food and wine, Australia's South West also trumps with endless adventures: the longest whale watching season in the world, dolphin spotting in Albany, a train ride over the Indian Ocean on the Busselton Jetty, caving in the Margaret River Region and tree top walks through the canopy of timber giants in the Valley of the Giants, just to name a few...
outback
The Golden Outback
The whitest beach in Australia, the largest monolith on earth (clue: it is not Uluru) and the largest wave in Australia can be found in Western Australia's outback. You may have to share the white sands of Lucky Bay with a few kangaroos, impress your friends with your photos of Mount Augustus and break your surf board on the Wave Rock, but these surprises are what make Western Australia so special.

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Up to 10% off Western Australia adventure tours

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Aussie Wanderer: Perth to Darwin | 19 days
Head through the The Pinnacles Desert, see friendly dolphins during a stay at The Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort and marvel from above during your included scenic flight over Bungle Bungles! This 19 day tour covers the best of the west.
From £2219 | Was £2465 | 10% off
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Coral Bay
West Coast Adventure | 4 days
Visit some of Western Australia’s most famous icons without having to venture too far from the capital of Perth. Take in the striking Pinnacles, the beautiful Kalbarri National Park, the ancient Stromatolite rock formations and the friendly dolphin locals of Monkey Mia giving you a great taste of the wonderful west.
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Perth
South West Adventure | 3 days
The south west region of Western Australia is all about big forests, food and wine, beaches and stunning coastline. Experience all of this on an accommodated tour that visits Margaret River, Pemberton forest and the William Bay National Park.
From £292 | Was £324 | 10% off
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The ultimate West Coast roadie: our recommended itinerary

Duration: 3 weeks

Day 1: Perth to Nambung and the Pinnacles. Day 3: Cervantes to Kalbarri N.P. Day 4: Shell Beach and the surrounding coastline Day 6: Shark Bay. Day 7: Monkey Mia. Day 9: Head to Coral Bay Day 10: Explore the Ningaloo Reef. Day 11: Ningaloo to Exmouth Day 13: Exmouth to Karijini N.P. Day 14: Karijini to Port Headland Day 15: Port Headland to Eighty Mile Beach Day 16: Broome, then onto the Kimberleys! 

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When is the best time to visit Western Australia?

Western Australia is a year round destination and its capital Perth is the sunniest city in Australia with an average of 29°C in summer. Winter in Perth and the South West can get a little chilly  (for Aussie standards) with an average temperature of 12°C from June to August. The climate in the North West is more tropical with a 'green season' from October to March and a dry season from April to September. Be wary that certain places in the Kimberley Region are only accessible during the 'dry season' and generally this is the better time to head to the North West because, let's face it, we get enough rain at home.

How long is the flight to Perth?

You can fly to Perth from the UK in only 17 hours! Different airlines fly to Perth with only one stopover from the UK and it the flight duration does depend on your connection/lay-over etc. Getting to WA's capital from other parts of Australia is also easy as pie with many affordable domestic flights from Australia's main cities. 

What is the best way to travel in Western Australia?

How does one get around a state as large as WA. Well, there are different options. Hiring a campervan and having an epic road trip is one, or you could join one of our tours, meet like-minded travellers and get to know more about the different areas by knowledgeable guides. The choice is yours.

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