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If you’re looking to step into a world of awe-inspiring beauty and discover experiences found nowhere else on Earth, then Western Australia is for you. To give you some idea of the extraordinary experiences on offer here, we have listed just a
few. In Perth you can enjoy the beach lifestyle, relax in Kings Park, explore historic Fremantle, sample local wines and watch an ocean sunset all within 30 minutes of the city. Australia’s South West offers picturesque vineyards, spectacular ocean
vistas, world-class surfing and beautiful beaches. The Golden Outback has the vast clear skies and theatrical landscapes of a true Outback, with adventures, Aboriginal encounters and settlements built by goldrush pioneers. Australia’s Coral Coast is an unspoilt coastline with abundant marine life and the most turquoise ocean you’ll ever see. At World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, you can enjoy great snorkelling, living and fishing with incredible national parks that offer great walks and scenery not found elsewhere in Australia.
This is also where you can swim with the world’s largest fish – the whale shark. You’ll also find the unique rock formations of the Pinnacles and inland is just as exciting, as carpets of wildflowers burst into colour across the state during the wildflower season from July onwards. The North West is home to the Kimberley. Broome is the gateway to this spectacular region and from here you’ll venture into red earth country and experience an authentic Aussie Outback adventure. Travel by 4WD, take a scenic flight or cruise through the remarkable billion year old wilderness that makes up the extraordinary coastline.
Walk for kilometres along white sand beaches, dip your toes in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, pick out a locally
grown South Sea pearl or a locally mined diamond and soak up the colourful, relaxed vibe- all possible in Broome. Now a resort town, Broome was founded in the late 1880s as a pearling port and today it’s still home to a thriving pearling industry with a fascinating history.
Kimberley is one of the world’s last remaining true wilderness areas. Your Kimberley holiday could take you to Western Australia’s World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park, featuring the famous beehive-shaped Bungle Bungles. Or you could find yourself in the magnificent Mitchell River National Park and the beautiful waterways of Geike Gorge National Park.
Australia’s Coral Coast is an unspoilt coastline with abundant marine life and the most turquoise ocean you’ll ever see. At World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef, you can enjoy great snorkelling, diving and fishing with incredible national parks that offer great walks and scenery not found elsewhere in Australia. This is also where you can swim with the world’s largest fish – the whale shark.
Key towns include Margaret River, Albany, Pemberton, Denmark and Walpole. Discover premium Australian wineries, beautiful beaches, towering ancient karri forests and in peak flowering season, millions of blazing wildflowers. Food and wine enthusiasts can’t help but be drawn to the Margaret River region – home to over 80 wineries and plenty of gastronomic delights like cheese and boutique chocolates.
You'll find Hutt Lagoon, a stunning pink lake in Port Gregory, south of Kalbarri. Another rosy sight to behold is Lake Hillier in Middle Island, just off shore from Esperance, in southern Western Australia. The pink colour occurs naturally because of tha carotenoid-producing species of algae. While it is generally pink, the hue may vary from bright pink to light purple depending on the weather and cloud cover.
Seaside serenity, swaying palm trees and stunning sunsets at Cable Beach Resort – your home for three nights. Broome is a popular holiday hub and gateway to the Kimberley wilderness. During the Broome City sightseeing tour you will be entertained by a historical audio show at the world’s oldest open-air cinema, Sun Pictures. You will be taken to Town Beach, where the magical ‘Staircase to the Moon’ effect takes place on certain nights – if you’re in town on the right night definitely worth re-visiting. Cool off with a drink at Matso’s Broome Brewery then pay a visit to the Japanese Cemetery and the historic port where Japanese pearl drivers first arrived in Broome. But it doesn’t stop there – walk along Riddell beach, visit Broome’s racecourse and Gantheaume Point where you’ll see dinosaur footprints from millions of years ago. Save the best till last… complete your day with a sunset camel ride along Cable Beach – one of Broome’s most iconic activities – definitely an experience you won’t forget!
David Attenborough once described the two inlets of Talbot Bay as "Australia's most unusual natural wonder", as the sheer force of the ocean powering into these inlets via a very narrow gap in the cliffs causes a white water effect, much like a waterfall. Indeed, this is one of the largest tidal changes in the world, as the water can rise and fall upward of 10 metres in a few hours.
Exploring Western Australia’s Swan Valley from the inside-out, with daily wine tours and plenty of tastings. Just twenty minutes drive east of Perth CBD, guided day trips are quick and convenient, with both a host and driver, their wine knowledge more than extensive. Typically you’ll visit five wineries, a boutique brewery and the famous Margaret River Chocolate Company along the way.
Kings Park in Perth is one of the best places to see the flowers. There's even a Kings Park Wildflower Festival held every year during September, putting on show 1,700 native species amongst 17 hectares of the park.
There is the Kings Park Wilderness and Wildflowers Trail on offer that takes about one to one and a half hours to walk, with flowers such as milkmaids, postmen and pixies to enjoy.
Fitzgerald River National Park is another wonderful destination for wildflower viewing. Here, you can gaze upon the stunning colours and intricate natural formations of up to 1,800 species of flowers and plants. The landscape is stunning, from cliffsides, peaks and valleys to serene rivers and undulating plains.
Coalseam Conservation Park, located about a five hours' drive north of Perth, is home to some of the country's boldest and brightest wildflowers. Explore the fields of pink, gold cream and white everlastings, banksias, hakeas and grevilleas sure to enchant your senses with colours and alluring fragrances.
Rottnest island is one of the few places you'll find Quokkas today, and you’ll have no problem spotting them as they laze in the gardens or on the grass under the shade of a trees. While you’re not allowed to handle them, they are very tame and inquisitive so they’ll most probably come over to check you out.
Way out on the west coast of Australia, a few hours flying time from Perth and Exmouth and Shark Bay. This massive marine sanctuary is home to Australia’s second largest reef, which itself is one of the last strongholds of dugong.
From late March to August each year the Whale Sharks converge on the nutrient rich waters of the Ningaloo Reef. Exmouth Diving Centre’s professional crew will take you on a sensational day of adventure that you will never forget. The largest of the shark family and the largest fish in the world – a harmless plankton eater. Reported to reach 18 metres (60ft) but averages 12 metres (40ft) in length. The Whale Shark is a daily visitor to the Ningaloo Reef every year between late March to August when up to 30 whale sharks have been spotted close to the Ningaloo reef feeding on the plankton in the nutrient rich waters. After a full day of swimming, visit the well-known Whalers Restaurant located at your hotel.
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