Discover Western Australia
Whether you’re looking for adventure, somewhere to relax or you want to get back to nature, you don’t have to venture far from the heart of Perth’s CBD to find a wide range of leisure activities on hand.
Wander around the city’s attractions like the Perth Mint and Swan Bell Tower, browse the city’s shopping malls and the trendy King Street strip or enjoy a cruise on the river stopping by Perth Zoo along the way. If swimming, surfing, snorkelling or just lounging at a beachside café is more your style the white sands of the famed Sunset Coast are just 20 minutes west of the city. Golfers will be spellbound by the variety of lush courses surprisingly close to the city centre, and encounters with kangaroos and emus make for a memorable 18 holes. Catch a train, join a cruise or drive to the nearby colourful working port of Fremantle. Enjoy the carnival atmosphere of street performers outside the markets, delight in the buzz of activity along the “Cappuccino Strip” or enjoy the fresh seafood at Fishing Boat Harbour.
Less than 50 minutes south of Perth, the protected waterways, beaches and excellent boating and fishing activities of Mandurah are a day-tripper’s delight. The beautiful facilities of the Mandurah Ocean Marina and the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
For an island experience, board a ferry to Rottnest, just 25 minutes off the coast. Enjoy the laid-back beachside holiday atmosphere, quiet coves and crystal clear waters. Or discover the Swan Valley, Western Australia’s oldest wine growing region just 30 minutes east of the city. An endless choice of wineries, micro breweries, stylish restaurants, quaint cafés and art and craft galleries await to satisfy your palate and your palette.
Explore WA iPhone App
Whether you are visiting Western Australia for the first time or rediscovering this extraordinary State download your free iPhone app “Explore WA” today. With photos, videos and itineraries on each of the state’s five regions you can share your favourites with friends and family via email, facebook and twitter.
You can search for accommodation, events, car hire, tours and transport. Plus with four fantastic games to test your skills against WA’s extraordinary wildlife and attractions you’ll start thinking you’re actually there!
Download it free or visit the iTunes app store on your iPhone. Information provided courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
WA’s Coral Coast
Looking for the most popular things to see and do around Ningaloo Reef and the Coral Coast? The towns of Exmouth and Coral Bay, sit on the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef, and are the only places in Australia where you can swim with whale sharks, as well as humpback whales and manta rays. If you’d rather stay dry, no problem, eco cruises run daily to the reef, and heading south towards Perth brings you to the beach loving dolphins of Monkey Mia, and the lunar landscape of the Pinnacles.
The Experience WA app By Tourism Western Australia is the perfect tool for delegates who wish to explore Perth. With so many options on offer for visitors such as swimming with wild dolphins, visiting a winery or taking in a sporting or cultural event! Let the app help you choose what to do.
Pinnacles & Cervantes
Take a day trip from Perth to the other-worldly landscape of the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park. Following the Indian Ocean Drive, you can stop to meet friendly kangaroos, try sandboarding and taste Cervantes’ famous seafood delicacy. If you’re travelling between July and October, you’ll see Western Australia in full colour, as the coastal landscapes are filled with the blooms of spring wildflowers.
Australia’s Golden Outback
Unearth another side of the landscape and embark on the road trip of a lifetime by hiring a four-wheel drive and hitting the red dirt highways. Drive yourself along the Golden Quest Discovery Trail for a unique off-road adventure through our Goldfields. As you travel from Coolgardie through to Laverton you’ll get a taste of outback life. For a surreal evening, set up camp out under the stars—you’ll witness impressive formations you’ve never seen before. There are plenty of easy ways to experience this expansive landscape and include Kalgoorlie and the Golden Outback in your extraordinary WA holiday.
Australia’s North West
The Pilbara region in Western Australia has some of the world’s most ancient natural landscapes, dating back two billion years and stretching over 500,000 square kilometres. Deep rocky canyons lead to peaceful plunge pools in the beautiful Karijini National Park. Hundreds of islands with dazzling white beaches and untouched coral gardens are yours to explore on the Dampier Archipelago and Mackerel Islands. And yet the Pilbara is also known as the engine room of Australia – home to a massive mining industry in crude oil, salt, natural gas and iron ore.
Karijini National Park and Beyond
Walk the mighty gorges of Karijini National Park and Millstream Chichester National Park to discover hidden waterfalls and swim in clear cool rock pools. Or venture deep into the Eastern Pilbara to one of the most remote places on the planet, Rudall River National Park.
Australia’s South West
The cool southern region of our state offers the visitor a spectacular range of holiday experiences. You’ll see magnificent beaches, lush farmland and mighty forests. Quiet, well maintained roads are coupled with a blend of busy rural towns, ports and quiet hamlets. And Australia’s South West hosts some of the world’s finest wineries who welcome visitors with premium wines and fine dining.
Margaret River is a small town south of Perth in Western Australia, known for its craft breweries, boutiques and surrounding wineries. Beaches and surf breaks line the nearby coast, whose waters host migratory whales (Jun–Nov). Stretching between 2 lighthouses north and south of the town, the long-distance walk, the Cape to Cape Track, fringes the limestone caves and sea cliffs of Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.
Albany is a city at the southern tip of Western Australia. It’s known for its beaches, such as popular Middleton Beach. East of the city, Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve is home to secluded Little Beach. Albany’s Historic Whaling Station, a former whale processing plant, now houses a museum. Migrating whales pass off the coast at Torndirrup National Park, where steep cliffs give way to dramatic rock formations.