Why you should visit Western Australia
- Snorkel with Whale Sharks and Mantarays on Ningaloo Reef
- 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
- Walk on untouched beaches, swim in natural freshwater pools and discover ancient rock art in the Kimberleys
Our specialists 'Must Do'
If you like to venture off the beaten track then self-driving the famed Gibb River Road could be for you. This legendary Road is a former cattle route that stretches 660km through the wild heart of the Kimberley taking you through vast, dry plains dotted with bizarre-looking Boab trees and unmade tracks leading towards the rugged coastline. The spectacular landscape ranges from dramatic gorges to lush rock pools and waterfalls and the wide open spaces offer an incredible sense of remoteness and freedom.
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 offers 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 2 hours away! Most famous of the Kimberley towns is Broome, a relaxed seaside town which was established as a pearling port in the 1880’s.
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 for 3 months of the year (April, May and June) you can swim with whale sharks.
When to go to Western Australia
As with most regions of Australia, not all areas of this region are good to visit to 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.