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6 ways to have a Bali-inspired holiday in WA

It’s no secret that Bali is WA’s favourite international holiday destination. In fact, West Australians make a whopping 875,000 trips to the tropical islands of Indonesia each year. International travel might be off the cards for now but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a Bali-inspired holiday here at home.

For relaxation and rejuvenation: Broome's resorts and spas

Broome offers a wealth of stunning resorts and spas where you can recharge your batteries. Choose from award-winning retreats including the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, Eco Beach Resort and Bali Hai Resort & Spa and experience the ultimate in relaxation.

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Bali Hai spa resort, Broome
Image credit: Bali Hai Resort & Spa, Cable Beach


For waterfalls and epic scenery: Kununurra

Kununurra’s name is derived from the Miriwoong word for ‘river’ so it’s no surprise that it offers some of WA’s most impressive waterways and lakes. Adventurers will be spoilt for choice for places to explore with its many seasonal and spring-fed waterfalls and swimming holes. Wet season is the best time to go chasing waterfalls but if you can’t wait then head to Black Rock Falls, Middle Springs or Spring Creek.

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Molly Springs, Kununurra
Image credit: Tourism Western Australia (Molly Springs, near Kununurra)


For barefoot luxury: Kooljaman, Cape Leveque

Staying in the wilderness doesn’t mean roughing it. At 100% Indigenous-owned Kooljaman, you can enjoy uninterrupted sunset views over majestic red cliffs and the Indian Ocean from the comfort of your plush safari tent. Soak up the tranquillity on the beach, join a bush tucker tour, charter a fishing trip or take a scenic flight. The possibilities are endless.

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Couple walking along Western Beach, Kooljaman at Cape Leveque
Image credit: Tourism Western Australia (Western Beach, Kooljaman at Cape Leveque)


For island-hopping: Recherche Archipelago

It may be known for its beaches and bays but Esperance is also the gateway to the Recherche Archipelago, a group of 105 wild and wonderful islands. Take a cruise and spot fur seals, sea lions, dolphins, sea eagles and whales. Do a guided bush walk on Woody Island. Or take a scenic flight over Middle Island and see its bubble-gum pink lake.

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Aerial view of Woody Island, located in the Recherche Archipelago, near Esperance
Image credit: Tourism Western Australia (Woody Island, Recherche Archipelago, near Esperance)


For sun, sea and sand: Cable Beach, Broome

With 22km of pristine white sand and turquoise seas, you’re guaranteed to be able to find your own piece of paradise on Cable Beach. Kick back on the beach until sunset and then head into Broome to enjoy its fun and lively nightlife.

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Chairs on Cable Beach, Broome
Image credit: Tourism Western Australia (Cable Beach, Broome)


For wildlife encounters: Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth

Ningaloo Reef is the largest fringing coral reef on Earth. Here you can see turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, dugongs, humpback whales and the majestic whale shark. This is the only place in the world where these gentle giants reliably congregate in such large numbers.

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Swimming with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef
Image credit: Tourism Western Australia (Ningaloo Reef)


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