Things to see and do in Western Australia
There's plenty of things to see and do in Western Australia - we've chosen our top 10 Western Australia tips.
- Snorkel at Ningaloo Reef
Stretching for 260km along the north west tip of WA near the town of Exmouth, Ningaloo Reef is one of the best preserved coral reefs in the world and is remarkable for its proximity to the shore, in parts just a short wade from the beach.
The quantity, size and colour of the more than 500 fish species and the 200 species of soft and hard coral to be found on the reef make it one of the underwater wonders of the world.
The Ningaloo Marine Park which contains the reef is also famous for its visiting populations of whale sharks (the world's largest fish) and the 21,000 migrating whales which come to breed here every year. Read more about Ningaloo Reef
- Settle into Broome Time
Set on a peninsula overlooking the Indian Ocean, Broome could hardly have a better location. On one side the 22km of Cable Beach stretch in an endless expanse of white sand and on the other Roebuck bay provides safe anchorage for the pearling luggers which have brought so much wealth and colourful history to the town. Settle into 'Broome time' with a romantic camel trek on the beach at sunset or pull up a deckchair and enjoy a film under the stars at Sun Pictures, one of the oldest outdoor cinemas in the world. Read more about Broome
- Share a beach with a kangaroo at Esperance
An hour and a half flight from Perth, Esperance on the south coast of WA is a sleepy seaside town surrounded by rugged coastline perfect for swimming, fishing and getting close to nature.
One of the best spots is Lucky Bay. Located in the Cape Le Grand National Park, it's so unspoilt you will find the local kangaroos sunning themselves on the beach. Join them on the sand or explore the bush walks along the coast. Look out on the islands of the Recherche Archipelago and you may spot a migrating whale or two.
But don't forget to pack your sunglasses. Lucky Bay was named Australia's whitest beach in 2009 thanks to its fine-quartz based sands which make it squeaky-white.
- Relax on Rottnest Island
Just 18km west of Perth in the Indian Ocean, Rottnest is known locally as WA's holiday playground and receives around 400,000 visitors every year. But with vehicles banned from the island, it still manages to preserve its remote, easy-beat, island atmosphere.
Rottnest is famous for its beautiful white sand, coral-fringed coves and beaches, and excellent swimming, surfing, snorkelling and diving with 13 ship wrecks to choose and numerous coral reefs.
An amazing array of birdlife can also be seen among the island's many salt lakes while its unique wildlife also includes the quokka, which looks like a miniature, slightly overweight kangaroo. Read more about Rottnest Island
- Stroll in King's Park, Perth
Located on an escarpment with magnificent views over the city of Perth and the Swan River, Kings Park is home to more than 1,700 species of wildflowers representing the extraordinary floral biodiversity of Western Australia.
Only about a third of the park has been landscaped with the remainder given over to virgin bush land. A 620-metre walkway runs through the Botanic Gardens and includes a spectacular elevated 52-metre glass and steel-arched bridge suspended amongst a canopy of tall eucalypts.
The area is sacred to the indigenous Nyoongar people and has been a central location in the Aboriginal Dreamtime for tens of thousands of years. Read more about Kings Park & Botanic Gardens
- Surf and sip in Margaret River
The Margaret River region in the south west of WA is renowned both for its spectacular coastline stretching 130 km from Cape Naturaliste in the north to Cape Leeuwin in the south with more than 75 top-class surf breaks, including some of the best in Australia and the world.
Margaret River is also renowned for the quality and quantity of its wines. There are well over 100 wineries in the region producing more than 600 wines, many of which have won top wine awards both in Australia and around the world.
Many have 'cellar doors' where wines can be tasted and bought and one, The Margaret River Wine and Truffle Company, is now also producing world-class truffles. Read more about Margaret River food & drink, surfing and eco spa
- Explore Shark Bay UNESCO World Heritage Site
Shark Bay World Heritage Site, 600 miles north of Perth, is one of WA's great natural treasures.
Spread across two bays, formed by peninsulas lying side by side, it is home to some of WA's most iconic sites including the Hamelin Pool stromatolites, modern examples of life forms more than 3.5 billion years old; Shell Beach made up entirely of brilliant white shells; and the red dune landscape of Francois Peron National Park.
But don't miss Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, famous for the bottlenose dolphins which visit the beach several times a day including a ritual morning feed around 7:30 a.m. During the last five years a no-show has only occurred on four occasions. Read more about Monkey Mia
- Swim with wild dolphins at Rockingham
The Indian Ocean adjacent to the town of Rockingham, 40 minutes south of Perth, is home to around 180-200 wild dolphins. In the late eighties local boy, Terry Howson, dedicated himself to studying and befriending the dolphins and later established a dolphin swim project.
Strong ecological principles are applied to the encounter so that the dolphins are never fed and never taken out of their natural environment.
Visitors enter the water kitted out in wetsuits, mask and snorkel and holding onto a dive guide equipped with an underwater scooter. An experience guaranteed never to be forgotten! Read more about Rockingham Wild Dolphins
- Walk the Bibbulmun Track
One of the world's great long distance trails, and at more than 950km the longest in Australia, the Bibbulmun or 'Bib' Track runs from Kalamunda in the hills outside Perth to the town of Albany on the south coast and passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in the south west.
Signposted with yellow triangular markers symbolising the 'Waugal' (rainbow serpent) of the Aboriginal Dreaming, the track passes through towering karri forests, mist-shrouded valleys, national parks and coastal heathlands.
Accommodation along the trail includes 48 bushwalker campsites. Read more about the Bibbulmun Track
- Discover the world's oldest living culture in The Kimberley
The Kimberley is a pristine region and looks today much as it must have done 30,000 years ago. Local aboriginals left many ancient records of their nomadic way of life in this untamed wilderness, including a plethora of rock art.
Visit these ancient outdoor galleries or join one of the growing number of indigenous tours which give visitors the chance to visit remote and beautiful sites in the company of their traditional owners. Go mud crabbing, take a lesson in spear fishing or learn about traditional bushfoods and stories.
It is a place to really spend time exploring, driving the Gibb River Road, or trekking through the Bungle Bungle range in Purnululu National Park. Read more about The Kimberley
For more things to see & do in Western Australia, read our suggested itineraries