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Western Australia travel guide

In Western Australia, every day is full of unique adventures - soaking up the beach life in Perth, road tripping the coast, or diving pristine coral reefs, making it one of the best places to explore on a working holiday visa. 

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Think of Australia as the world's best office. Yep, all three million square miles of it, with endless space for new recruits in every vocation, amazing 360-degree views and friendly people. And the West Coast is a great place to start. After-work activities? You've got bbqs in Broome, craft breweries in Perth and surfing in Margaret River to choose from. Office dog? Pah, we've got office whale sharks, quokkas, camels and dolphins. Weekend plans? Hit the road and discover dozens of beaches.

Apply for your working holiday in Western Australia now, or check out how adventure junkies Lucie, Josh and Alex got the perfect work-life balance on their year in Western Australia below...

Experience five diverse worlds in one state

Perth

If the fact that Perth is the sunniest city in Australia isn't enough to entice you, how about long white beaches, epic surf, beachfront brunches and a vibrant music scene? Head to Mojo's in Freo for live music, sip on craft ale at Little Creatures and watch the sunset on Cottesloe beach. Ahhh Aussie bliss.
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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 whale sharks, snorkel with turtles and manta rays. Life isn't just great down under(water), as you can wander moon-like landscapes of the Pinnacles or hike along the landscapes of Kalbarri National Park and much more above water on Western Australia's Coral Coast.
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 Bungle Range, cruise through the gorges of the Kimberley Coast and make a stop at one of the world's most mesmerising waterfalls, King George Falls.
The South West
Most popular for its divine food and wine, Australia's South West also trumps with endless adventures: the longest whale watching season in the world, dolphin spotting in Bunbury, 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...
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 Golden 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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Western Australia adventure tours

Ultimate Wildlife Experience - Perth to Adelaide | 9 days
The journey that links west and east Australia is fantastic, and that's why Real Aussie Adventures / Nullarbor Traveller offers camping adventures for free spirited travellers. There are so many things to see and experience, experiences that are unique to this part of Australia. It is a part of Australia that should not be missed!
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Perth to Exmouth Camping | 7 days
Ready to get hands on with bush camping? Seek out camping spots located in the beautiful wilderness, using campfires, swags and tents. Get involved in hiking, swimming, snorkelling, exploring and following the 4WD tracks for our private camping spots amongst the Aussie bush, spending each night under the stars. Explore the West Coast between Perth to Exmouth visiting the Pinnacles Desert, Kalbarri National Park and more.
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Perth to Monkey Mia
Coastal Loop - Perth to Monkey Mia | 4 days
This full on 4 day tour allows you to experience Shark Bay' amazing natural scenery, discover Monkey Mia`s beautiful beaches & Wild Dolphins and test your sand boarding skills across white WA dunes. With guided bush hikes, wander through the pinnacles desert, stunning red gorges and abundance of wildlife.
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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.
  • Spot a Quokka on Rottnest Island
    Witness the cuteness of a quokka on 'Rotto' the only place these cuddly critters call home.

The ultimate West Coast roadie: our recommended itinerary

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 Kimberley! 
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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 on the direct service from London! Plenty of airlines fly to Perth with only one stopover from the UK too and the flight duration depends on your connection/layover etc. Perth is an easy add on from Singapore (5 hours) or Bali (4 hours). Getting to WA's capital from other parts of Australia is also easy as pie with loads of 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, the journey is part of the experience. Hire a campervan and see some of Australia's most incredible scenery on one epic road trip, 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.

Want to work and play in WA? Check out the STA Travel blog for the low-down!

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