If you could describe your perfect place, what would it have? Year-round sunshine, sandy-white beaches, a never-ending amount of outdoor adventures, dreamy sunsets, a laid-back lifestyle, good wine…? You’re basically describing Western Australia. If you need more (greedy thing) how about an abundance of bucketlist experiences to get your teeth stuck in to?
Come on travellers, it’s time to play in WA…
Top things to do in Western Australia
Swim with dolphins in Rockingham
Experience the magic of swimming with wild dolphins off the coast of Rockingham, south of Perth – surely an activity on everyone’s bucketlist? And hold up an Australian flag too, if you fancy. Because, Straya.
Swim in a pink lake at Hutt Lagoon
Bright blue lakes are so last year – pink is the new blue. Visit Port Gregory to see Hutt Lagoon, and marvel at this incredible Salt Lake phenomenon. Why is it pink? An algae called Dunaliella Salina, aka a food-colouring agent, aka science. Basically, it looks pretty and we like it.
Go sandboarding on the Lancelin Sand Dunes
Forget sledding, in Western Australia it’s all about surfing the waves and the dunes (it makes up for their lack of snow). Three stories high, free to enter – or you can rent a sandboard – and guaranteed to help you unleash your inner child, these sand dunes should definitely be on the cards for your WA trip.
Skydive over Rottnest Island
Australia is known for its variety of skydiving opportunities, but instead of doing it over a beach or a lake, do it over an entire island. Rottnest is just off the coast of Perth & is the ideal setting for throwing yourself out of a plane, because afterwards you can calm your adrenaline rush down with a visit to see the happiest animal on the planet – the Quokka.
Walk among the ancient treetops at the Valley of the Giants
If you’re looking to get lost in the wilderness, then the Valley of the Giants can help you out. Climb 40 metres up and you’ll find yourself walking along the treetops of the majestic tingle trees – you can’t find them anywhere else in the world! Then as you descend, you can walk among the giants… some that are over 400 years old. Magical.
Explore lunar landscapes at The Pinnacles
You could be forgiven for thinking you’ve been teleported to another planet when you drive to The Pinnacles; vertical limestone formations (some up to 4m tall) dotted around a vast, desert landscape. The first Europeans to see them believed the spires were part of an ancient city while aboriginal legend has it they are fossilised ghosts. What’s certain is they look particularly magical at sunrise and sunset. You can find them about 200km north of Perth.
Soak up the Insta-paradise of the Black Diamond Lake
We may have said pink is the new blue, but when you see just how blue the ironically named Black Diamond Lake is, you’ll want to add it to your list. It’s the perfect Instagram spot – just get your waterproof camera, obligatory unicorn inflatable, and ‘candid’ pose ready.
Visit Shell beach
Located in Shark Bay, this unique little slice of ‘beach’ is actually not sand, but millions and millions of tiny cockle shells that have washed up from the bay itself. It’s also one of only two in the world like it. When you’re done marvelling at the shells, take a dip (or just float) in the super salty water.
Check out Nature’s Window at Kalbarri
Visit the dramatic geological sites of Kalbarri National Park on WA’s Coral Coast and take a seat in Nature’s Window; sandstone that’s been eroded by wind over the years giving you the perfect vantage point over the river. Bushwalk like an Aussie and do the challenging Loop Trail while you’re there – it takes between 3 to 4 hours, but you’ll be rewarded with stunning views (and a decent free workout).
There’s nothing better than ticking off something from your bucketlist, than doing it with a buddy, or three. Take advantage of our ‘Take a mate’ flight offer to Perth this month & you’ll get up to £300 off your flights! Interested? Head to our Perth flights page to search for your flight!