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Full of extraordinary landscapes, people and unforgettable experiences, the sun is always shining in Western Australia making it the perfect year-round destination. Across all four corners of the state, you are guaranteed some extraordinary encounters – from swimming with wild dolphins in Monkey Mia and Rockingham, to the outback adventure of the Kimberley in the north and the combination of towering forests, surf and wine in the South West. Many of the unique attractions can only be found in Western Australia such as Ningaloo Marine Park which offers the world’s largest fringing reef, reached by a short swim. Nowhere else of this planet can you access a large coral reef so easily.
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Australia’s sunniest capital city, enjoying 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, Perth contains the essential ingredients for a great holiday; with a remarkable 19 city beaches, plenty of nightlife, outdoor dining, bustling markets, the world’s largest inner city park andamazing marine adventures. Locals here enjoy a relaxed outdoors lifestyle, as does the neighbouring port city of Fremantle, at the mouth of the Swan River. The line-up of water-based fun includes boating, fishing and all types of surfing. Fremantle's majestic historic architecture takes you back in time, while its marine heritage draws you to the ocean and a short ferry ride to Rottnest Island – a relaxed, car-free island with 63 beaches for you to enjoy a relaxing and refreshing day in the sun.
Australia's South West boasts the perfect combination of travel experiences. Discover towering forests to whale watching, fine food and wine to beaches galore. The Margaret River region is a popular destination for world-class wineries, top surfing and fun family holidays. Locals head here in winter too, responding to the lure of cosy log-fires, brisk walks along the beach, horse riding through the bush and mountains of delicious local produce. In the Karri and Tingle forests area south of Pemberton you can even climb to the top of some of these beautiful giants and look out over the towering timbers - an amazing experience. The stunning coastline from Denmark to Albany is dotted with coves and bays, dramatic cliffs and squeaky white sand beaches.
Australia’s Coral Coast is WA’s aquatic playground – best known as the home to the world’s largest fringing reef, the recently World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, where you can snorkel amongst untouched coral teeming with marine life just meters from the beach. It’s also being one of the few places you can swim with the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. But there is no need to worry, the reef lays on an ‘all-you-can-eat’ buffet for whale sharks and they congregate here between April and July to chow down on the local zooplankton, giving snorkelers a chance to experience the thrill of looking them in the eye as they mooch by, propelled by a gentle swish of their supersized tail fins. The region offers amazing experiences and interactions with a variety of other marine life, including meeting the dolphins of Monkey Mia in the World Heritage-listed Shark Bay, sea lions, manta rays, dugongs and humpback whales. Further south at the Pinnacles Desert, often described as a ’moonscape on earth’ you find unique rock formations which feels like another planet.
In Australia’s North West is home to one of the last true wilderness areas known as the Kimberley. A mysterious place of raw nature – with ancient red rock gorges, rugged ranges, cattle stations the size of European countries, and an Indigenous culture dating back tens of thousands of years. Explore the area by four-wheel drive yourself or on a tour, by air or by sea. Each way, you’ll witness amazing scenery that will take your breath away and forever embed itself in your memory. The best way to get there is from the exotic pearling town of Broome. The southern gateway to this spectacular region is where you can experience sunset camel rides along the breathtaking 22km stretch of soft white sand known as Cable Beach. The northern gateway to the Kimberley is Kununurra, from here you can explore the distinctive beehive-like orange and black striped domes of the World Heritage-listed Bungle Bungle Range, a fascinating landmark and the ultimate place for outback adventure.
Australia’s Golden Outback makes up over half of WA! It’s a region of startling contrasts, from red dirt to rugged coast, and is steeped in the history of legends of its 19th century gold-mining pioneers. WA boasts an impressive portfolio of geological marvels but Wave Rock, 340km east of Perth is perhaps the most famous of all. It’s remarkable because, although a work of nature, such is its resemblance to a wave of breaking surf it could easily be mistaken for a work of sculptural realism. From a natural work of art to one of WA’s most unusual cultural attractions, British sculptor Antony Gormley (of Angel of the North fame) has created one of his most striking works with 51 life-sized silhouettes dotted on a salt lake forming the largest outdoor gallery on earth. This is the place for true outback adventure. This really is a great self-drive destination, Driving becomes an activity in itself rather than a means to an end, stay in hospitable farmstays or try camping under the stars - it’s a magical experience.