Exploring Western Australia 20 things to add to your bucket list

first_imgLake Ballard is home to 51 of Antony Gormley’s statues – it’s a completely outdoor art gallery on Lake Ballard, a 70 mile long lake which acts as a blank canvas for Gormley’s work. There are serious differences in how the gallery looks depending on the seasons. It’s so impressive that Sir Ian McKellen described it as ‘one of the greatest artistic instillations I’ve ever seen’. 1. Quokka spotting at Rottnest Island The happiest animal on Earth can be found on Rottnest Island, an island paradise just 19km off the coast of Perth. These cute little marsupials have risen to fame on social media thanks to their cheeky grins. Head to Rottnest Island to spot these gorgeous creatures, found only here, before enjoying the island’s laid-back atmosphere, pristine bays and white sandy beaches. Talbot Bay, Jewels Lynch Photography 5. Share a beach with kangaroos at Lucky Bay 2. Drink wine in the Margaret River wine region Right in the heart of the Kimberley, amid the vast and ancient landscape sits the untamed natural beauty of El Questro. From deep gorges and majestic mountains to thermal springs, rainforests and cascading waterfalls, everything the Kimberley has to offer is located across the El Questro’s 1 million acres. 16. Visit Nature’s Window in the Kalbarri Fly to Perth now 8. Visit the world’s longest fringing reef; Ningaloo Reef Australia’s Coral Coast is one of the best places to swim with whale sharks. These gentle giants can grow up to 16 metres long and weigh 30 tonnes or more. And whilst they might look a little intimidating, it’s very safe to swim with them. Between March and July, they spend their days basking along the reef and feeding on krill, giving snorkellers the extraordinary thrill of swimming along side them. Ningaloo Reef is one of the most active reefs in Australia and the largest fringing reef in the world. Just footsteps from the beach you’ll find an underwater playground complete with coral gardens, tropical fish, sea turtles, manta rays and much more! Cable Beach, Tourism Western Australia Does a 4WD challenge sound good?! If so, check out the river crossings, gorges and wilderness parks on this unique drive. It’s a 660 kilometre route originally used by stockmen herding cattle, but now it’s a favourite with travellers wanting to get into the outback and explore Australia’s beautiful and rugged landscape. Cervantes, ©Tourism Western Australia Fly or road-trip north to the beautiful pearling town of Broome to discover where the outback meets the ocean. While in town, hop on a camel ride across 22-kilometre Cable Beach, this is one of the most spectacular spots for an Indian Ocean sunset. 15. Witness the Broome staircase to the moon Kings Park is one of the largest inner city parks in the world and a great place to catch a sunrise over the city. Once you’re done admiring the panoramic views of the skyline and the Swan River, take a stroll thorough the Botanic Garden to see hundreds of species of native wildflowers. This is the stuff of Pinterest dreams. ‘Take a flight over a vibrant bubblegum-pink lake, which has to be seen to be believed. Situated on Middle Island, Lake Hillier is separated from the Southern Ocean by just a thin strip of sand creating a burst of contrasting colours that are best snapped from above. Exmouth, Tourism Western Australia Explore Western Australia 18. Take a boat over the Horizontal Falls Find cheap flights to Perth 19. Whale spot near the Humpback Highway Leeuvin Estate Winery, Tourism Western Australia Fly cheap to Perth This is one of those once in a lifetime experiences – head down to Australia’s whitest beach, Lucky Bay, to enjoy it’s squeaky-clean sand, turquoise water and perfect swimming conditions. It’s so beautiful, you’ll have to share it with the kangaroos who can’t resist lazing on the sand! 20. Visit new heights at the Valley of the Giants Fremantle, Tourism Western Australia Esperance, Tourism Western Australia 4. Swim with dolphins in Rockingham 9. Swim with whale sharks The Purnululu National Park, also known as The Bungle Bungle Range, offers some of the most unique rock formations in the world. It’s estimated that this 250ft formation dates back 350 million years, but they were only ‘discovered’ in the 1980s making these beehive shaped rocks one of the best kept secrets in history. 17. Explore the markets at Fremantle The Bungle Bungle Range, Purnululu National Park, Tourism Western Australia 10. Walk on the moonscape of the Pinnacles Search flights to Perth RelatedA Day at a Time: Top Day Trips from PerthIf you’re staying in Perth and looking for a day trip, there are plenty of extraordinary options all within short reach of the city. Go wine tasting in Swan Valley, discover the history of Fremantle or head to Rottnest Island to meet the friendly quokka.Big adventures for small budgets – action-packed Western Australia toursWant to do more of Western Australia for less? With tours, you can cover grand attractions like The Pinnacles and Lucky Bay, discover hidden gems you would never have thought of, and share the experience with like-minded adventurers.15 ways to get closer to nature and wildlife in Western AustraliaOne of the biggest draws in Western Australia is the wildlife. During just one holiday, you can swim with whale sharks, sand board, meet penguins and watch an amazing sunset over the Kimberley. Here are some of the best ways to experience nature in Western Australia! 11. See the Bungle Bungles up close Menzies, Tourism Western Australiacenter_img Ready to see more of Western Australia? Check out the cheapest flights for your next adventure now! 6. Fly over Lake Hillier (the Pink Lake), Esperance 3. Catch a sunrise at Kings Park 12. Drive the Gibb River Road Gibb River Road, Tourism Western Australia Search flights to Perth This natural phenomenon occurs over Roebuck Bay every full moon. There’s usually a market on during the full moon too, so you can pick up picnic supplies and head to the beach. Dance amongst the tops of the tingle trees on the Valley of the Giants treetop walkway. This 20 minute walk is elevated 40 feet off the ground, so you’re in the best spot for bird watching – there are 550 species in Western Australia alone. Walpole-Nornalup National Park, Jean Leggat You’ve probably already heard of the wines from Western Australia, so it’s time to find them at the source. Just two hours south of Perth you’ll find the Margaret River wine region, where premium wines are paired with world-class surf and scenery. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most popular varieties here, and you can taste test them at one of the many cellar doors. If you’ve only got a short visit to Perth, don’t worry – the Swan Valley has more than 100 cellar doors sitting on the city’s doorstep. Western Australia, Experience ExtraordinaryBack to the hub page Esperance, Tourism Western Australia 14. Ride a camel on Cable Beach Perth, Tourism Western Australia 13. Treat yourself to El Questro’s 1 million acres of untamed beauty Nature’s Window is a natural rock formation in the Kalbarri National Park, formed by layers on layers of sandstone, cemented over the past few thousand years. There’s an easy 1 kilometre walk to see the vantage point, so it’s an accessible hike if you’re travelling with a timeframe or little ones in tow! Search flights to Perth In partnership with Tourism Western Australia. Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Kalbarri, Tourism Western Australia El Cuestro National Park, Tourism Western Australia Located just 45 minutes south of Perth are the sheltered waters of Rockingham’s bays and islands which are home to over 200 local bottlenose dolphins. Rockingham Wild Encounters can take you on a swim with these playful locals or on a boat trip which takes in dolphins, sea lions and a chance to meet little penguins. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday the historic markets in Fremantle come to life with vendors selling fresh produce, crafts, clothing and jewellery. Bike around the city and make a day of it, visiting the Prison and Roundhouse too! Escape to Western Australia Dunsborough, Tash Press Rottnest Island, Tourism Western Australia The Pinnacles is just 2 hours north of Perth, but it feels like you’re entering another world in this mellow-toned moonscape. You can walk or drive around the Pinnacles – make sure to take snacks, SPF and water if you plan on a hike. On the way back, stop in Cervantes to try some of the best rock lobster this side of Australia! ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Between May and December, humpback, southern right and blue whales make their way along Western Australia’s coast, often coming so close to shore with their calves you can see them with the naked eye from coastal vantage points. The best time to observe these gentle giants is at midday when the sun is directly overhead. Snorkelling with a whale shark (Rhincodon typus), Tourism Western Australia Cheap flights to Perth ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Find cheap flights to Perth Find cheap flights to Perth 7. See the world’s largest outdoor art gallery, Antony Gormley Statues Rockingham, Tourism Western Australia Broome, Tourism Western Australia Venture deep within the pristine environment of Talbot Bay to find one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, the Horizontal Falls. Experience the incredible tidal power with a heart pumping boat ride or a view this natural phenomenon from above by seaplane.last_img

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