Featuring the world’s most isolated capital city and cattle stations bigger than most European countries, the West Coast of Australia certainly feels like the Final Frontier.
Covering almost the same amount of land as Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria combined means there are plenty of adventures to choose from too. Perhaps visit the waterfalls and red rock gorges of Karijini National Park, take in a lazy sunset camel ride on Cable Beach, or unwind among the vineyards of the Margaret River. One thing’s for sure– when you’re tackling the world’s second biggest state, it’s well worth calling in the experts.
Our West Coast tours
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West Coast Highlights
Stretching from Bundegi Reef in the north, all the way down to Red Bluff on Qubboa Station, Ningaloo is officially the world’s biggest fringing reef. Despite the impressive title, it never manages to capture the same headlines as its more famous Queensland cousin. But Ningaloo revels in its obscurity. After all, fewer crowds mean more time to enjoy the reef’s array of aquatic wonders. Sharks, manta rays, turtles, humpbacks, dugongs, dolphins and more than 500 fish species all call the reef home. The reef almost creeps right up to the beach, meaning you can pop on a snorkel and dive straight in without the charter boat.
Karijini National Park
When it comes to choosing Western Australia’s most famous natural attraction, it’s a constant battle between Karijini and the Kimberley. Without choosing a side, there’s much to be said for Karijini’s grey-green spinifex trees, the flat plains dotted with kangaroos and wildflowers, the narrow gorges and thundering waterfalls. Visitors require a high-clearance 4WD to see most of the park (although the eastern parts of Banyjima Drive now have sealed roads), meaning Karijini tours are ideal for exploring this vast wilderness.
Driving from Perth to Broome is about 23 hours if you follow the inland roads, longer if you choose to hug the coast. Although lengthy, the route is one of the best ways to see Western Australia. The adventure doesn’t end when you arrive in Broome either. There are sunset camel rides to enjoy on Cable Beach, dinosaur prints to be discovered at the beautiful Gantheaume Point lookout, and indigenous art galleries to explore in Short Street, plus day trips out to Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek. The Kimberley is next door too if you’d like to extend your adventure further afield.
Southern Loop (Wave Rock, Albany & Esperance)
Esperance is the last major pit stop before reaching the Nullarbor Plain: a pretty town framed by squeaky white sands and the aquamarine waters of the Bay of Isles. It’s a long drive from Perth to Esperance, but that hasn’t stopped the Perth locals from driving hours to see the pristine Recherche Archipelago, just offshore, with its resident colonies of fur seals, penguins and sea birds. Albany, to the west, is a whale-watching hotspot and also the oldest European settlement in the state. Last but not least there’s Wave Rock, a 60 million year-old rock formation in the shape of a giant curling wave that makes a surreal photo opportunity.
A glass of Riesling in hand and views of sprawling vineyards, Margaret River is Western Australia’s answer to Victoria’s Red Hill and South Australia’s Barossa Valley. This picturesque riverside wine region is full of boutique chocolate shops, organic cafes and cellar doors to try. It also has an edge over its easterly competitors thanks to beautiful beaches like Prevelly at the river’s mouth. On weekends the little town swells with visitors from Perth (a 3-hour drive), but stop in during shoulder season, or mid-week, and you’ll find a sleepy country town to explore.
Don’t come expecting monkeys at Western Australia’s premier dolphin-watching experience. Monkey Mia is one of the state’s most popular destinations, offering visitors the chance to get up and close with wild dolphins. As an optional extra, we can arrange a visit to Monkey Mia on your behalf and arrange transportation. All you have to do is get the camera ready (and pack an extra set of batteries!). Feeding times start early, usually around 7:45am, but it’s best to visit the pier after the first session as the dolphins usually mill around, herding fish in the shallows or swimming in pods just offshore.
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