Western Australia is famous for long days of sunshine and diverse landscapes and climates. Cruise down Perth’s Swan River to Fremantle or the Swan Valley vineyards. Or visit wineries fringed by tall forests and crashing surf in the Margaret River. Dive with the huge whale shark on Ningaloo Reef and feed wild bottlenose dolphins at Monkey Mia. Ride a camel down Broome’s Cable Beach at sunset and four wheel drive along the remote, beautiful Dampier Peninusla. Fly over the Bungle Bungle ranges and boat down huge, man-made Lake Argyle in Kununurra. Get gold rush fever in Kalgoorlie or swim from the snow-white beaches of Esperance. Don’t miss Western Australia’s huge spaces and unique natural beauty.


Perth
You’ll love Australia’s westernmost capital city, which sits on the Swan River, framed by Indian Ocean beaches and Swan Valley vineyards. Get a quick overview of Perth alongside snapshots of other Australian cities. Find out more about the places to visit in the city and surrounds. From lush Kings Park and the uncrowded beaches to the charming port of Fremantle and nearby Rottnest Island, Perth has it all. Our three-day itinerary offers ideas of what you can fit in to your Perth holiday.

Cruise the Swan River past parks and skyscrapers to 40 vineyards in the Swan Valley or the Perth Zoo. Visit Rottnest Island, where you can explore history, bike ride to secret beaches and kayak to secluded bays. Feast on seafood and soak up the carnival atmosphere in historic Fremantle. Discover the lookouts, landscaped gardens and Aboriginal heritage of huge Kings Park. Swim, surf, fish, windsurf and sail on clean and uncrowded beaches such as Cottlesloe or Scarborough. Then skip between the sunny boardwalks, beaches and marinas of the Sunset Coast

South West
This is a town that seems like it is worlds away from the hustle and bustle of modern day stress. It is ideally located between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin. Beaches near the mouth of the river are known for their excellent big-wave surf. The relatively isolated region attracts many surfers from around the world who enjoy the surf and the beautiful coastline.

As the focus of the entire area, the wine region is officially known as "The Margaret River Wine Region". Located about  20km inland. High-quality table wine grapes are grown by a variety of commercial vineyards. Grapes perform very well in the Mediterranean climate of the region. The shift in emphasis to the wine industry in the late 1980s-early 1990s sharply reversed the slow decline in the region's economy, and since 1996 the region has been one of the fastest growing economic areas in Australia. Margaret River wines are now exported to most parts of the world. There are about 40 wineries in the Margaret River region now, focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, as well as Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.

The multi-chambered Mammoth Cave lies 21 kilometres south of the town and contains fossils dating back over 35000 years. The cave was first discovered by European settlers in 1850 and has been open to the public since 1904.

Coral Coast
The Pinnacles:
About 250 kilometres north of Perth lies Nanbung National Park where you'll find  eerie-looking limestone pillars at The Pinnacles. Limestone formations rise up out of the desert up to a height of 5 meters. There are thousands of these pillars, with shape and texture having been defined by calcification processes and erosion.

The base material for the limestone came from sea shells which were broken-down into lime-rich sand. This sand was then blown inland by natural wind pattens, forming high sand dunes. Rain caused the lime to seep to the bottom of the dunes, where it stuck together and formed limestone. Small plants began growing on top of the dunes, protecting the dunes from being blown away again by the wind. This also helped to create an acidic layer of soil over the top of the dune, which further contributed to the leaching of the lime from the soil. A layer of calcrete formed over the soft limestone under the dunes. Small cracks in this hard layer allowed plants to send down deeper roots, which had the side-effect of allowing water to flow in also, gradually eroding the soft limestone beneath. This was replaced by quartz sand from the dune above. This continued until only columns of limestone that sat protected from the encroaching water remained. These columns were exposed when the vegetation on top of the dune died, allowing the wind to blow away the dune and sand between from between them.

Monkey Mia:
In particular Shark Bay, gained a World Heritage listing for its "outstanding natural universal value". On a sheltered peninsula projecting into the bay lays Monkey Mia, one of the very few places on earth where dolphins interact with humans. A separate section of the beach allows visitors to swim freely among dolphins in shallow, aquamarine seas. Dolphins have been swimming into the shallows of Monkey Mia for the past 30 years, usually a couple of times a day. They have become used to being given small amounts of food, although this is carefully monitored by rangers to ensure it doesn't disrupt their natural hunting patterns. The dolphins, each known by name, enjoy their visits and will swim right up to the crowds that gather each morning and evening. If there are children in the group, the marine mammals leap and play before an appreciative audience.

Ningaloo Reef:
There is the opportunity to swim with giant whale sharks. From mid-March to mid-May each year visitors from all around the world converge on Ningaloo Reef to dive with the world's biggest fish. These creatures reach more than 12 meters long and weigh more than 11 tonnes. A spotter plane is sent up to search for the whale sharks and guide you to it. Then you have the opportunity to snorkel with these gentle giants as they swim beneath the surface.

North West
The Kimberley:
One of the world's last great wilderness areas. The region covers an area of nearly 423,000 sq Kilometres with a population of about 30,000 people. Its immense and magnificent landscape encompasses spectacular gorges and waterfalls, pockets of lush rainforest, magnificent pristine beaches and a huge variety of wildlife. Open space, vast distances and a distinct lack of crowds are a pleasure when supported by excellent accommodation and tours.

Linking the two major townships of Broome and Kununurra is the sealed Great Northern Highway and the rugged Gibb River Road. Both of these routes offer adventure, however 4WD vehicles are required on unsealed roads.

The Bungle Bungle Range:
One of the most fascinating geological landmarks in Western Australia. From an aircraft, the Bungle Bungle Range is an imposing sight. The orange and black stripes across the beehive-like mounds, encased in a skin of silica and algae, are clearly visible as you approach from the south. As you sweep further over the range a hidden world of gorges and pools is revealed, with fan palms clinging precariously to walls and crevices in the rocks.

Although the range was extensively used by Aboriginal people during the wet season, when plant and animal life was abundant, few Europeans knew of its existence until the mid 1980s. The area has been a national park since 1987 and its unique appearance has captured the public imagination. The park, which is open only between April and September, offers a remote wilderness experience, with limited facilities and no accommodation.

Broome:
A pearling town in the Kimberley famous for its beautiful Indian Ocean beaches and wonderful dry season climate. The town has an interesting history based around the exploits of the men and women who developed the pearling industry, starting with the harvesting of oysters for mother of pearl in the 1880s to the current major cultured pearl farming enterprises. The riches from the pearl beds did not come cheap, and the town's Japanese cemetery is the resting place of more than 900 Japanese divers who lost their lives working in the industry.

The West Australian mining boom of the 1960s, as well as the growth of the tourism industry, also helped Broome develop and diversify; Broome is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia. At Gantheaume Point and 30 metres out to sea are dinosaur footprints believed to be from the Cretaceous Age approximately 130 million years ago. The tracks can be seen only during very low tide.