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Western Australia Attractions

Places to visit, points of interest and top things to see in Western Australia

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Situated in the far southwest corner of Australia, Margaret River is a land of sweeping vineyards and legendary surf. It’s blessed with an alluring maritime climate that buffers the extremes of hot and cold that affect other areas of Western Australia, with fertile soils that have proved ideal for growing grapes.

Spend a day cycling or driving between Margaret River’s cellar doors, with Sauvignon Blancs, Semillon blends, Chardonnays and Cabernets among the most popular varieties produced in the more than 150 wineries found here. Gourmet restaurants also dot the region where you can dine on locally-sourced, seasonal fare, accompanied by your favorite drop.

Margaret River features magnificent scenery that includes idyllic, white sandy beaches and tall timber forests, with plenty of walking trails to explore. Spring is a particularly photogenic time to visit when wildflowers ignite the landscape along the famous Cape to Cape Track... read more arrow

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Situated a short ferry ride from Fremantle, Rottnest Island is a national reserve and one of the most popular getaway destinations near Perth. It is famed for its native quokkas (a wallaby-like marsupial that is found in only a few other places in Western Australia), as well as being home to boisterous colonies of sea lions and southern fur seals. Rottnest Island boasts white sandy beaches and secluded coves to discover, as well as plenty of picturesque walking trails.

Rottnest Island was named by the Dutch navigator Willem de Vlamingh in 1696 who mistook the native quokkas for rats (hence the name “rats nest”). The Rottnest Museum is a great place to discover the history of the island and is housed within a mid-19th-century barn and threshing mill. Limestone houses also scatter the harbor, having been built by convict labor on the island.

Join a guided walking tour to discover the endemic plant species of Rottnest Island and its unique birdlife, as well as encountering the famous quokkas... read more arrow

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The world’s largest fringing reef, Ningaloo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the few places in the world where you can swim alongside whale sharks. The Ningaloo Reef Marine Park stretches more than 250 kilometers along the coast, from Amherst Point in the south to Bundegi in the north.

The town of Exmouth and the fishing port at Coral Bay are both popular places to depart on Ningaloo Reef trips. You can go snorkeling with sea turtles, manta rays, dugongs and more than 500 species of tropical fish or if you’re visiting between April and June, swim with immense whale sharks that grow to between four and 12 meters in length.

If you want to swim and snorkel from the shore, head to idyllic Turquoise Bay, which is one of Western Australia’s most beautiful beaches. Its crystal clear wa-ters are ideal for spotting marine life, with an easy “drift” snorkel along the slow current from the southern end of the beach... read more arrow

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Sprawling across more than 600,000 hectares in the Hamersley Range, Karijini National Park is the second largest in Western Australia. This vast wilderness area features deep gorges, cascading falls and picturesque rock pools, surrounded by lush tropical foliage and semi-desert landscapes.

Karijini National Park is the traditional homeland of the Banyjima, Kurrama and Innawonga Aboriginal people who have lived here for more than 20,000 years. The park is named after the Banyjima name for the Hamersley Range - Karijini. Traditional land management practices used by the indigenous population (such as fire-stick farming) have heavily influenced the diversity of plant and animal species found in the park today.

Keep an eye out for Australian goshawks, red kangaroos, rock wallabies, echidnas, ring-tailed dragons and desert tree frogs. Large termite mounds can also be seen rising from the hummock grasslands, while wildflowers such as cassias, wattles, northern bluebells and purple mulla-mullas ignite the landscape during the cooler months... read more arrow

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The first Australian site to be UNESCO World Heritage listed, Shark Bay protects some of the world’s largest seagrass beds, as well as ancient stromatolites that are one of the oldest of earth’s life forms. It includes the Shark Bay Marine Park, Francois Peron National Park, Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve and Zuytdorp Nature Reserve, as well as a scattering of offshore islands.

Denham is the main gateway to Shark Bay and the most western town on the Australian mainland, with Monkey Mia situated a short drive south. It’s here that wild dolphins are hand fed every morning under the watch of local rangers, with the animals having become accustomed to humans since fishermen began feeding them the remains of their catch in the 1960s.

The coast of Shark Bay stretches for more than 1,500 kilometers, including around 300 kilometers of dramatic limestone cliffs. Be sure to visit the stretch known as the Zuytdorp Cliffs, which are among the most impressive. There are also plenty of beautiful bays for swimming, kayaking and fishing, as well as the opportunity to ride camels and embark on Aboriginal cultural tours... read more arrow

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Nestled in the southwest corner of Esperance Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park is a magnificent protected area of pristine beaches, dramatic granite and gneiss peaks and rolling heathlands ignited in wildflowers. This ancient landscape has remained unglaciated for more than 200 million years, resulting in the survival of numerous primitive relict species.

The national park is named after an officer on L’Esperance, which was one of the ships in the 1792 expedition of Bruni d’Entrecasteaux. It stretches across more than 30,000 hectares and protects populations of pygmy honey possums, western grey kangaroos and bandicoots. Relic species include legless lizards such as the common scaly-foot and the ancient blind snake, Ramphotyphlops australis.

The beaches of Cape Le Grand National Park have been voted among the best in Australia, with picture-perfect white sands meeting idyllic turquoise seas. Lucky Bay is a particularly dazzling stretch of sand, set against the islands of the Recherche Archipelago, with kangaroos often seen lounging lazily on its shores... read more arrow

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Located in Western Australia’s spectacular Kimberley region, Purnululu National Park is home to the famous rock formations known as the Bungle Bungles. These striking orange and black sandstone domes rise dramatically from the grass-covered plains, which have long been inhabited by Australia’s indigenous people. Their ancient ceremonial sites, rock paintings and burial grounds still dot the national park today. The word “purnululu” actually means “sandstone” in the local Aboriginal language and this region wasn’t known to the outside world until the 1980s.

There are a number of walking trails that allow you to explore Purnululu National Park and the Bungle Bungles with a local guide. However, access to the rock formations is restricted to the dry riverbeds, as the sandstone (which is stabilized by crusts of iron oxide and bacteria) can easily break away. Summer monsoon rains and wind have naturally eroded these spectacular rock formations over thousands of years, together with the deep gorges and chasms in their surrounds... read more arrow

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