Travel Ideas for Western Australia

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As one of the largest and most diverse states in the world, Western Australia is never short of unique and extraordinary vacation ideas! Here, you can experience Australia’s sunniest capital city, whitest beaches, largest expanse of outback, one of the oldest known living cultures on earth, UNESCO World Heritage reef and rock formations, wildlife, world-class surf, and premium wines…. and still have plenty of reasons to return.

Here are some of our favourite Western Australia travel ideas:

Perth skyline at dusk as seen from Swan River
Perth skyline at dusk as seen from Swan River

SELF DRIVE IDEA
Drive an Outback Trail
Venture into timeless outback landscapes of rugged red gorges, gold rush ghost towns, vast cattle stations, and one of the last true wilderness areas on earth, The Kimberley. Follow the Golden Quest Discovery Trail to Kalgoorlie. Take a coastal meander along the Indian Ocean Drive. Or tackle some of Australia’s most unique outback four wheel drive adventures, including the epic Gibb River Road.

Suggested Itinerary:
16-Day Perth to Broome Self-Drive

Crossing Remote and Pristine Wilderness in the Famous and Rugged Gibb River Road in the Kimberley, Western Australia
Crossing remote and pristine wilderness in the famous and rugged Gibb River Road in The Kimberley

COASTAL IDEA
Visit Rottnest Island

On a day trip or mini break to Perth’s island playground, you’ll get to choose from 63 beautiful beaches, 20 stunning bays, world-class surf, plus sheltered swimming and snorkelling spots. Marine life encounters are plentiful too, including New Zealand fur seals, whales, and more than 350 species of fish. Unique to Rottnest, you’ll also find a quokka – deemed “The World’s Happiest Animal”. They are a super cute nocturnal marsupial, about the size of a house cat.

Suggested Day Tour:
Rottnest Express

Rottnest Island Quokka, Western Australia
Cute little Rottnest Island quokka

CRUISE IDEA
Cruise The Kimberley
Board your luxury craft and venture into one of the last untouched wilderness areas on earth. Join a Kimberley cruise for a truly unique look at this remote area of Australia.

Suggested Itinerary:
11-Day Coral Princess/Oceanic Discoverer Kimberley Cruise

Horizontal Waterfalls - Coral Princess Kimberley Cruise, Western Australia
Horizontal Waterfalls, Coral Princess Kimberley Cruise

NATURAL WONDER IDEA
Discover the Unique Pinnacles
Rising from the yellow sands of the Pinnacles Desert, in Nambung National Park, thousands of limestone spires create one of Australia’s most unique landscapes close to Perth. Thousands of years in the making, some of the pillars stand several metres tall. Plan your adventure in the Bungle Bungle Ranges for more extraordinary landscape discoveries.

Suggested Day Tour:
Pinnacles, Dunes, and Koalas

The Pinnacles, Western Australia
The Pinnacles

MARINE LIFE IDEA
Ningaloo Reef
The world’s largest fringing reef, just steps from the shore, UNESCO World Heritage listed Ningaloo offers some of the most accessible Australian marine life encounters, including graceful manta rays, turtles, and some 500 species of fish. It’s also one of the few and best places on earth to swim with the world’s largest fish, the gentle whale shark. Snorkel, dive, or take a glass-bottom boat tour of Ningaloo Reef.

Suggested Itinerary:
3-Day Ningaloo Reef (Novotel Ningaloo Resort)

Swimming with a whale shark at Ningaloo Reef, Australia
Swimming with whale sharks in Ningaloo Reef

NATURE IDEA
Shark Bay World Heritage Area

One of only 16 sites on earth that satisfy all four natural criteria for World Heritage status, Shark Bay is where you’ll encounter the oldest living marine fossil, and glimpse life from over 3,500 million years ago. It’s also home to the world’s largest population of dugongs and the famous dolphins of Monkey Mia.

Suggested Itinerary:
3-Day Monkey Mia Dolphins

Shark Bay World Heritage ARea, Western Australia
Shark Bay World Heritage area

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