Tale end of a whale shark as it swims away.

Western Australia

Home to the city of Perth, the wilderness landscapes of the Kimberley and the underwater world of the Ninagloo Reef.

Western Australia is often less visited due to its distance from 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 explore, located on the scenic Swan River with the cosmopolitan port town of Fremantle close by. To the south lie the vineyards and sunny beach culture of Margaret River and stretching north is an extensive coastline, home to the coral reefs of the Ningaloo and the tidal extremes of the Kimberley.

Vineyards, Margaret River, Australia
Margaret River vineyard

Margaret River Fare

A short drive south of Perth this area is responsible for producing less than 1% of Australia’s wine but over 15% of Australia’s premium wine. 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 array of art and craft galleries for a fabulous opportunity to experience local producers and artists.

Eastern Side of King George Falls, The Kimberley, Western Australia
King George Falls, The Kimberley

The Kimberley

In the far northwest this is an ancient land-form 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 ancient Bradshaw rock paintings, and cattle stations are so large that your nearest 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.

Whale shark underwater with snorkeller alongside.
Swimming with whale sharks

The Ningaloo Reef

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. From April to July, it is possible to swim with whale sharks or join humpback whales in the water from August to October.

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True North Boat, Eagle Falls, The Kimberley, Western Australia

Cruise The Kimberley

Cruise the vast and wild Kimberley coastline, with its rugged cliffs, mighty river systems and Aboriginal heritage.

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Underwater shot of snorkeller on Ningaloo Reef.

Snorkelling on the Ningaloo Reef

Walking 50 metres from soft sand into another world to snorkel with turtle and ray on the Ningaloo Reef.

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Killer Whale Expedition

Join a marine biologist between January and April to search for orca when they return to the Bremer Canyon on Australia south west coast each year.

Mitchell Falls, The Kimberley, Western Australia

Discover The Kimberley

Walk on untouched beaches, swim in natural freshwater pools and discover ancient rock art in the Kimberley on Australia’s west coast.

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Whale Breach off coast of Western Australia

Whale Watching

Witness humpback, southern right and even blue whales as they migrate along the west coast of Australia en route to Antarctica.

Manta Ray on the Ningaloo Reef

Manta Ray Research Experience

Join a local Marine Biologist on the Ningaloo Reef between March and October to learn about manta ray before getting hands on to snorkel with, photograph and help identify individuals and record behaviour.

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Dawn at the vineyards, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia

Margaret River Artisan Produce

Visit some of the many artisan food and beverage producers in the region, from chocolate to olive oil and of course wine.

Whale Shark, Exmouth, Australia

Swim with whales

Stay at Sal Salis and swim with whale sharks or humpbacks on the Ningaloo Reef.

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Gibb River Road, Kimberley, Western Australia

Drive the Gibb River Road

Self-drive along the Gibb River Road in the secluded Kimberley region of Western Australia, where wide open spaces offer an incredible sense of remoteness and freedom.

Summer holiday at Margaret River, Western Australia

Bush Tucker Kayaking Tour

Canoe the Margaret River on a bush tucker tour with an expert local guide.

Quokka, Rottnest Island, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

A day trip to Rottnest Island

Take a ferry from Perth to Rottnest Island, hire a bike, buy a picnic lunch and meet a quokka.

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