Why you should visit Western Australia
- Stay at Sal Salis and snorkel with whale sharks and manta rays on the Ningaloo Reef
- Walk on untouched beaches, swim in natural freshwater pools and discover ancient rock art in the Kimberley
- Take a ferry from Perth to Rottnest Island, hire a bike, buy a picnic lunch and meet a quokka
- Canoe the Margaret River on a bush tucker tour
- Shop for pearls in Broome
- Self-drive along the Gibb River Road where wide open spaces offer an incredible sense of remoteness and freedom
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Head south of Perth between January and April exploring little-known beaches and world-class vineyards before travelling east to the coastal town of Bremer Bay. Located 60 kilometres offshore lies Bremer Canyon, a submarine canyon, situated at the edge of the Australian continental shelf and a site which attracts high concentrations of marine life, particularly orca, each year between January and April. Scientists and marine biologists have recently discovered that as cold water from the depths moves upwards it carries with it nutrient-rich waters which provide a rich food source for marine species such as orca, dolphin, shark and several whale species. An amazing opportunity to witness one of the highest concentrations of orca in the world.
A little more about Western Australia
The Western Region of Australia is often the least visited as it is located such a long distance away from the draws of the bustling cities of Sydney and Melbourne and some of the more classic sites. However, this vast area is well worth exploring and is a stand out Australian holiday destination in its own right.
Perth is an easy city to negotiate, located on the scenic Swan River with the cosmopolitan port town of Fremantle close by and a sunny beach culture.
The Margaret River wine region is just a short drive south and is responsible for producing less than 1% of Australia's wine but over 15% of Australia's premium wine. The 50 or so wineries in the region offer an impressive selection and a great option for those wanting a vineyard tour. Boutique beer breweries, exquisite cheese products, jams and condiment producers, a marron (freshwater crayfish) farm, olive groves and even chocolate and fudge factories add to the gourmet experiences. Couple this with an immense array of art and craft galleries and the area can offer visitors a fabulous opportunity to experience the work of local producers and artists.
In the far northwest lies The Kimberley, an ancient landform of rugged ranges with deep, spectacular gorges, pristine sandy beaches and mighty river systems that produce cascading waterfalls during the wet season. Unexplored caves hide Bradshaw rock paintings, so old that even the aboriginal people do not know their origins, and cattle stations are so large that your next door neighbour can be two hours away. One of the most rewarding ways to explore this remote region is on an expeditionary cruise with access to the coastal mangroves, creeks, gorges and waterfalls. Alternatively, take to the skies for an aerial view of this vast wilderness.
For many travellers, the most surprising discovery in Western Australia is the Ningaloo Reef, one of the world's longest fringing coral reefs, located just a few metres from a white sand beach that stretches for hundreds of kilometres. In part because of its isolation, this reef is in magnificent condition and home to a huge variety of corals, fish and marine mammals. All year round the snorkelling and sea kayaking is superb and from April to July, it is possible to swim with whale sharks or join humpback whales in the water from August to October.
When to go to Western Australia
As with most parts of Australia, not all areas of this region are good to visit at that same time. The Margaret River region to the south of Perth is perfect to visit from October to March, outside of this period it can be wet and cold.
The Ningaloo Reef is wonderful from April to September and it is possible to swim with whale sharks during a number of these months. From October to March, this area is hot but there are sea breezes and the waters are glorious.
The far north from Broome to The Kimberley has a more extreme climate and most properties close from October to March when the monsoon rains arrive and the weather is very humid. These areas are perfect from June to September.