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Tick off your bucket list with a trip to Western Australia

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Western Australia is welcoming visitors back, and there’s never been a better time to book a bucket-list adventure in WA.

What beholds out west could only be imagined by some. Bubblegum pink lakes, horizontal waterfalls, tall timber forests, a staircase to the moon, and some of the world’s oldest and largest outdoor art galleries awaits every kind of adventurer.

Raise a glass to an Indian Ocean sunset, hear the stories of ancient landscapes from friendly local characters, connect with Aboriginal culture through guided walks, and swim with gentle whale sharks, manta rays or humpback whales at the world’s largest fringing coral reef, Ningaloo Reef.

Swimming with a whale shark at Ningaloo Reef | Tourism Western Australia

The Kimberley – One of Earth’s last true wilderness areas

Covering nearly half a million square kilometres in the north of Western Australia, this ancient landscape is one of the world’s most precious wilderness regions. 

Otherworldly landscapes, colours and contrasts of the Kimberley are awe-inspiring. Fly over the World Heritage-listed Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park, ride the world’s only horizontal waterfalls or tackle the legendary 660 kilometre Gibb River by four-wheel-drive to take in everything the region has to offer.

For a unique and special experience, take a Kimberley expedition cruise to thundering waterfalls, tropical islands and faraway bays. Witness a staircase to the moon, hunt for dinosaur footprints or watch an Indian Ocean sunset from the saddle of an unhurried camel on the iconic Cable Beach.

Willie Creek, Broome | Tourism Western Australia

Explore ancient caves that have been 350 million years in the making and astonishing stretches of coastline.

The Kimberley is part soulful, part magic – a place where the red dust never leaves you.

Margaret River Region – Where adventure meets indulgence

Australia is blessed with beautiful wine regions, but none quite match the incredible experience of Western Australia’s Margaret River Region. It’s the only region where premium wine meets picturesque coastlines, ancient caves, tall timber forests, world-class beaches and epic surf breaks. With over 150 wine producers and 90 cellar doors, aficionados will be spoilt for choice of the region’s premium wines. 

Wills Domain, Margaret River | Tourism Western Australia

However, it’s not just the wine that will draw you here because adventure awaits when you visit the Margaret River Region. World-class surf breaks, canoeing, rock climbing, horse riding, skydiving, hiking, mountain bike riding along forest trails that hug the stunning coastline, and whale watching are just some of the adventures on offer.

Explore Australia’s culture and history with a walk on Country on an Aboriginal bush tucker tour, explore ancient caves, relax on the beach, and take a relaxing stroll along the southern hemisphere’s longest timber-piled jetty – Busselton Jetty.

Just a 2.5-hour drive from Perth, the Margaret River Region is a hotspot for bucket-list adventures – including ones you never knew you had.

Ningaloo Reef and the Coral Coast – Home to the world’s most exhilarating marine adventures

This World Heritage-listed reef is one of Earth’s most biologically diverse marine environments. Spanning over 300 kilometres long, it’s the closest coral reef to a landmass in the world and lucky visitors can walk straight off the beach and snorkel amongst 200 species of coral teeming with 500 species of colourful fish. 

Time your trip to swim with gentle whale sharks (March to July), the biggest fish in the world, or glide alongside humpback whales (July to October), turtles and manta rays. 

Snorkelling, Ningaloo Reef | Tourism Western Australia

Journey along the Coral Coast for beyond belief adventures where you can explore the wildflowers and rugged open spaces of Cape Range National Park. 

Further south along the Coral Coast Highway, enjoy the beauty of the Indian Ocean as you swim with playful sea lions in Jurien Bay. Hike Kalbarri’s classic 400-million-year-old river gorges. Take an ocean kayak tour in Shark Bay with anAboriginal guide or meet inquisitive wild dolphins at Monkey Mia.

Perth – All kinds of adventures, right on your doorstep

Finally Australia’s sunniest capital city – Perth. This sun-filled city is brimming with adventures for everyone. 

Framed by the Swan River and literally nestled in nature, cosmopolitan Perth is a lively metropolis that boasts 19 pristine beaches, Indian Ocean sunsets, and one of the world’s largest inner-city parks. It’s also home to the Swan Valley, the only wine region within an Australian capital city.

Within a short distance from the city, explore the eclectic port city of Fremantle, go swimming with wild dolphins in Rockingham, and meet a cute quokka – the world’s happiest animal – on Rottnest Island.

Rottnest Island | Tourism Western Australia

With WA open and welcoming travellers, there’s never been a better time to explore Australia’s western gem.



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