There's plenty of experiences waiting for you in Western Australia
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Where is Western Australia?

Welcome to Western Australia

Western Australia is Australia’s largest and most diverse state. It combines a vibrant city life, indigenous culture, wineries, incredible marine life that you can get up close and personal to, and outback adventures that you would normally only dream about.

Western Australia is like a country in itself. Plan what you really want to see in the ‘wild west’. Western Australia's many attractions are spread out so don’t expect to see everything in a couple of days. I’d recommend you fly there, otherwise it’s a very long car drive.

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Perth - The West's capital

Enjoy the freshest fish and chips on the wharf.
Photo: Tourism Australia


Perth is the capital of Western Australia and is a fun and funky city.

It has the best of everything which is probably why this town doesn’t take itself too seriously. It has great beaches, parks, bars and nightlife. There’s also a string of world class wineries just down the road.

Perth is kind of like the Italian Amalfi Coast – cool and understated.


North of Perth - the Coral Coast, Exmouth, Monkey Mia

Monkey Mia is a marine lover's dream come true! Hand feed and swim with wild but friendly dolphins that come to shore each day. Watch the sea lions, manta rays, dugongs and humpback whales at play. Chat with the local pelicans on the beach.
Other activities include four wheel driving, Aboriginal cultural tours, fishing, cruising and riding a camel on the beach. Monkey Mia is an experience like nowhere else in the world.

Distance: Monkey Mia is a 2 hour flight from Perth, or a full day of driving to get there.
Chat with the pelicans on the beach at Monkey Mia
Get up close to the pelicans at Monkey Mia.
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Stunning gorges and red sandstone surrounds you. Photo: Tourism Australia

Distance: Kalbarri is a six and a half hour drive north of Perth.
Kalbarri National Park is filled with dramatic gorges and dazzling wildflowers. The park is perfect for bushwalking, gorge hiking or canoeing, swimming, camping and exploringthe striking red sandstone of the mighty Murchison River. There’s also great drives and lookout to explore.

During spring (July to October) there are over 1,000 varieties of wildflowers on display in Kalbarri National Park. 

Another must see is Mount Augustus – the world’s largest monolith, and is double the size of Uluru.

Cape Range National Park has rugged limestone ranges, breathtaking deep canyons and long stretches of pristine beaches. The Park is abundant with wildlife, including emus, echidnas, lizards, wallabies, kangaroos, dingoes and birds. This park is also home to unique plant life such as the Sturt’s desert pea, green bird flower, and over 600 species of wildflowers.

Distance: Cape Range National Park is 13 hours drive north of Perth.
Dramatic cliffs are the backdrop to many Western Australia beachesPhoto: Tourism Australia

Discover a beautiful underwater world when you dive at Ningaloo Reef. Photo: Tourism Australia
Turquoise Bay is one Australia's best beaches boasting white sands, crystal clear waters and coral gardens. Turquoise Bay is near Exmouth, inside the Cape Range National Park. Get there by shuttle bus from Exmouth. 

This is also where you will find Ningaloo Reef which is one of the world’s best snorkelling and diving sites. This 300 kilometre underwater paradise is home to thick coral gardens and hundreds of brightly coloured reef fish, sea turtles, stingrays and harmless whale sharks.


Whale Sharks are the world’s largest fish, growing up to 12 metres long. These completely harmless creatures meet at Ningaloo Reef between April and July.

This is your chance to snorkel with these gentle giants.

Distance: Turquoise Bay and Ningaloo Reef is 14 hours drive north of Perth.
Swim with whale sharks. Photo: Tourism Australia

South Coast of Perth - Margaret River & South Coast

Margaret River is south of Perth and features magnificent wineries, underground caves that are open to the public, great surfing, and is also ideal for bike riding.
The Margaret River has more than 200 vineyards and is one of the nation’s largest wine regions and specializes in cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, Semillon and sauvignon blanc.

While in the region, visit Jewel Cave, which is one of the world’s largest yet youngest show caves, south of Margaret River.
Enjoy a glass of wine at Margaret River
Enjoy Margaret River wines. Photo: Tourism Australia
Distance: Three hours driving South from Perth.
Hiking around the Margaret River
Go hiking in the Margaret River.
Photo: Tourism Australia
Giants Treetop Walk gives you a bird's eye view of some of the world’s tallest trees. The Tree Top Walk is in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park and is 40 metres high. Meander through the forest treetops for 600 metres,and at the end of the boardwalk will be a grove of towering veteran tingle trees and giant eucalypts that have been standing for more than 400 years. 

Distance: four and half hours drive from Perth.


Far North of Perth

Broome is the pearling capital of Australia, the gateway to the Kimberley wilderness, and home to world famous Cable Beach sunsets and the natural phenomenon of the Staircase to the Moon. 

Broome is home of South Sea pearls – which are among the largest cultured pearls in the world. Take a cruise and see for yourself how pearls are cultured.

Broome has many galleries exhibiting works by some of the Kimberley's most celebrated contemporary and Aboriginal artists.
Indigenous experiences in BroomePhoto: Tourism Australia
Ride a camel along Cable Beach.
Photo: Tourism Australia
Another must while you're in Broome is visiting Sun Pictures which is the oldest operating outdoor cinema in the world.

Cable Beach has 22 km of pure white sand and turquoise water and a backdrop of red ochre cliffs. Cable Beach also delivers the most stunning ocean sunsets that can be enjoyed from sitting on the beach, a boast or while riding a camel on the beach. Cable Beach is just a short eight-minute drive from Broome. 


If you’re in Broome between March and October, don’t miss the natural phenomenon known as ‘Staircase to the Moon’. This occurs when the full moon coincides with low tide at Roebuck Bay, and creates the illusion of a Staircase to the Moon

Distance: two and a half hour flight or drive 24 hours from Perth.
Fun in the water in Western Australia

Photo: Tourism Australia
Enjoy the sounds of muscians playing in the Bungle Bungles
Music in the Bungle Bungle. Photo: Tourism Australia
Bungle Bungle Range is a series of curious beehive domes that are 350 million years old, and spilling over 240,000 hectares of land, and play a special role in Australia’s Indigenous culture. You can take a four wheel drive safari, hike into the Bungle Bungle Range to Cathedral Gorge, Echidna Chasm, or even camp-out under the stars and immerse yourself in over 20,000 years of Indigenous culture. 


Other great ways to see the Bungle Bungle Range is from an open-door helicopter or a scenic flight. 

Visit the mysterious Kimberleys and discover the Pinnacles. The Pinnacles are thousands of tall limestone spires rising out of the desert sands. These truly fascinating natural landscapes are a combination of water, wind and seashells that have taken millions of years to form and are found in the Nambung National Park.

Also see the Wolfe Creek meteorite crater which is the second largest crater in the world. It is 880 metres across and almost circular.
Go helefishing in the Kimberleys
Go helefishing in the Kimberleys. 
Photo: Tourism Australia

Distance: 3 hours flight to Kununurra otherwise it is a 34 hour drive from Perth. 

Experience the Catherine Gorge and all its beauty. 
Photo: Tourism Australia

Visit Karijini National Park and explore spectacular hiking trails, the crystal clear rock pools, waterfalls, cliffs and ancient gorges.

The Karijini National Park is in the Pilbara region and is known for its unique and diverse landscape, dramatic creeks, spectacular gorges. Walking trails and lookouts accommodate all levels of fitness so no one has to miss out.

Take a refreshing dip in the permanent water pools. The Park is perfect for a picnic and also has allocated camping sites. Get there by four wheel drive tour. Either hire your own or join a tour.

Distance: 2 hour flight to Paraburdoo (then 3 hour drive) or drive 16 hours from Perth.


East of Perth - the Golden Outback, Esperance, Kalgoorlie

Woman up close with a wallaby on the beach in Esperance
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Distance: It's a one-and-a-half-hour flight or an eight-hour drive south-east from Perth


Esperance is a beach lover's dream with its white sand and turquoise waters. Esperance is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, surfing, canoeing and fishing. Otherwise, take an Indigenous cultural tour, island cruise, or go off road on a four wheel drive adventure.

Lucky Bay is 45 minutes drive from Esperance, and is Australia's whitest beach. Welcome to paradise, now you just need to choose which stretch of beach you want. Why not sleep under the stars beside the beach at Lucky Bay.