Western Australia activities

If outdoor activities are an integral part of the Aussie way of life, nowhere is this more true than in Western Australia. When you consider that it has one of the longest, most magnificent and least crowded coastlines in the world, and is shared by a mere 2.2 million people, it all starts to make sense. The south west also has some of the best long distance walking trails in the country including the 140km Cape to Cape Track and the Bibbulmun Track stretching more than 1,000 kms from the Perth Hills to the south coast at Albany.


Bibbulmun Track: One of the world's great long distance trails, the Bibbulmun Track passes through spectacular scenery.

Perth walking tour: A walk around the city's highlights taking in the people and history that make Perth a vibrant, outdoor city.

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With a sunny climate and generally flat terrain, Western Australia is a great place to explore by bike. Perth's network of cycle paths, the mountain bike trails in the south west and car-free Rottnest Island are some of the most popular places to free wheel. A network of Heritage Cycling Trails also links places of historical interest.

Read more about cycling in Western Australia


Margaret River is one of the best spots to surf in WA. Over the 130 kms of pristine coastline between Cape Naturaliste to the north and Cape Leeuwin to the south, there are more than 75 top-class surf breaks and none of the over-crowding that characterises many other surfing Meccas around the world.

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Stretching for 260kms, Ningaloo Reef is the largest fringing coral reef in Australia and arguably the best preserved reef complex in the world. The biodiversity of the reef is truly astonishing with more than 500 fish species and 200 species of coral forming mesmerising underwater gardens.

Read more about diving in Western Australia

Sailing & canoeing

Monkey Mia: Get close to Shark Bay's huge variety of marine wildlife by cruising the bay aboard an 18-metre catamaran.

Ord River: Take an exhilarating trip down the Ord Valley from Lake Argyle through beautiful back country only accessible by river.

Read more about sailing & canoeing in Western Australia


WA’s wide open spaces mean the journey between places is half the fun. From rugged tracks that bump along red gorges and national parks to smooth roads that hug the coastline or wind through towering forests, take your time and experience some of Australia's best drives.

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Explore Western Australia history & geography
Sea view on the ‘Bib’ track in Western Australia. Photo by Tourism Western Australia
Rottnest Island Cycling in Western Australia. Photo by Richard Madden
Surfers on rocks in Western Australia. Photo by Tourism Western Australia
Diving with whale sharks in Western Australia. Photo by Tourism Western Australia
Catamaran cruise at Monkey Mia, Western Australia. Photo by Richard Madden
Checking the map on the Gibb River Road. Photo by Nick Haslam
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