With its stunning coastline, versatile flora and unique wildlife, Western Australia is a holiday-makers dream. Whether you’re imagining visiting one day, or you’re a West Aussie wanting to explore your own backyard, we’ve put together a quick list of some of the best tourist attractions this spectacular state has to offer.
From the Margaret River region south of Perth, to the stunning Kimberley region, to the Golden Outback, there is so much to do and see. Here’s a few attractions you need to add to your travel bucket list:
Whale watching in Broome
Each year, tens of thousands of humpback whales journey along the coast of WA during their annual migration, coming to calve in warmer waters. While you can spot whales from many towns along the coast of WA, we believe there is no better experience than a whale watching cruise in Broome.
The whole family will love getting out onto the cerulean waters and witnessing firsthand these majestic animals up close as they teach their calves to swim and play. Book in for a whale watching cruise in Broome between late June and early October for a truly magnificent and unforgettable experience.
Sunset camel ride on Cable Beach
While you’re in Broome checking out the whales, you must go on a camel ride on Cable Beach. Practically a rite of passage for visitors to Broome, the sunset camel rides are world-famous – and for good reason.
The flat, white sands of Cable Beach provide a smooth surface for the camels to carry you over as you witness one of the stunning sunsets Broome is known for. Your tour guide will be able to answer any questions you have about Broome and the surrounding region.
Visit the quokkas on Rottnest Island
Perhaps you’ve seen photos of these smiling little critters and assume they can’t possibly be that cute in real life. The best part is – they’re even cuter. Quokkas are native to Rottnest, and they roam all over the island. Though they love to come up and say hello to tourists, make sure you give them their space – please don’t touch or feed them. With a permanent grin on their little faces, they’re very photogenic!
Hire a bike while you’re on Rottnest, and enjoy exploring the whole island and all the stunning beaches and bays.
Valley of the Giants treetop walk
Experience a bird’s eye view of some of the tallest timber trees on earth during the Valley of the Giants treetop walk in Denmark. The walkway takes you 40 metres into the forest canopy and meanders for 600 metres so that you can take it all in. You will love being amongst the rich history of this forest, with some of these trees ageing more than 400 years.
The picturesque and tranquil tingle forest is a beautiful spot, and is a multi-award winning attraction. The treetop walk has been carefully designed to minimise impact on the surrounding forest, while offering maximum views.
Walk through Jewel Cave
If you visit the Margaret River region, there are several magnificent caves to explore. Jewel Cave, 10 minutes north of Augusta, is perhaps one of the most popular tourist caves in WA. The scenery is extraordinary, carefully formed over thousands of years.
If you enjoy your walk through Jewel Cave, you must also check out Mammoth, Lake and Ngilgi Caves.
Just outside Cervantes, Nambung National Park is the home of the Pinnacles – thousands of tall limestone spires rising from the desert sands. Carefully formed over millions of years, the Pinnacles are one of the most popular regional tourist attractions in WA.
You have the option of taking a tour from Perth or Cervantes, or head out to the Pinnacles on your own via the scenic drive or walk trail.
Karijini National Park
Karijini National Park is best known for its crystal clear rock pools, spectacular waterfalls, massive gorges and marbled rock. It’s one of the largest national parks in Australia, and one of the most extraordinary. Lookouts and walk trails cater to varying levels of accessibility and fitness so that everyone can take in this natural beauty.
For the whole experience, camp in the park and witness the National Park at dark. If you don’t have a four-wheel drive, consider taking one of the tours from Perth or surrounding areas in the region.
Whether your next trip takes you north, south or east of Perth, WA has plenty on offer to impress the whole family. Enjoy the natural formations you will spy from the car window on your way, appreciate the flora and wildflowers during certain parts of the year, and appreciate the native wildlife. Western Australia has so much to show off, so enjoy every moment of it. Make sure you are mindful of the impact humans can have, and remember – leave nothing behind but footprints; take nothing with you but memories.