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Holiday in WA

While our borders may be closed to travel from interstate or overseas, we're free to travel within the State. We've put together a list of places to #wanderoutyonder in Western Australia.

Albany

Albany has a rich Aboriginal and European history. It is also the site of ancient forests and a magnificent coastline.

Albany Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk
Image credit: Tourism Western Australia

Things to do:

  • Visit the Gap and Natural Bridge (stand 40m above the surging waves of the Southern Ocean)
  • Visit the award-winning National Anzac Centre (home to a number of interpretive and commemorative experiences)
  • Hike to the Granite Skywalk at Castle Rock (Granite Skywalk is a suspended walkway on the huge granite outcrop of Castle Rock, giving views to the Stirling Range in the north)
  • Visit the Valley of the Giants in Walpole (600-metre walkway rises 40 metres above the forest floor and provides a bird’s eye view of the forest)
  • Hike Bluff Knoll (highest peak in the Stirling Range, reaching 1,095 metres above sea level)
  • Walk amongst giants at Elephant Rocks near Denmark (Elephant Rocks looks exactly like a herd of elephants, paddling in the shallow waters)

Best time to visit?

  • Wildflower season (September - November) for hiking

How to get there:


Broome

Where else in the world can you ride a camel along a beach as beautiful as this?

Broome Kooljaman
Image credit: Tourism Western Australia

Things to do:

  • Walk in the 130-million-year-old footsteps of dinosaurs at Gantheaume Point
  • See some of Australia's largest captive crocs up close at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park
  • Ride a camel along the pristine sands of Cable Beach
  • Experience the only place in the world where you can see the 'Staircase to the moon'
  • Grab your popcorn and head to the world's oldest operating picture garden at Sun Pictures
  • Stay at the award-winning Imintji Campground & Art Centre at the foot of the King Leopold Ranges and explore nearby natural attractions like Bell Gorge, Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge
  • Disconnect and relax at Kooljaman wilderness camp in Cape Leveque. Visit for the day or a stay a while to enjoy the rugged natural beauty of this part of the Kimberley
  • Take a scenic flight over the horizontal waterfalls in Talbot Bay, described by Sir David Attenborough as "Australia's most unusual natural wonder"

Best time to visit?

  • Dry season (late May - early September)

How to get there:


Kununurra

Kununurra is located in the heart of the Kimberley in Western Australia, one of the world's last great wilderness areas. Kununurra is a local aboriginal word meaning ‘meeting of big waters’.

Kununurra - Lake Argyle Resort
Image credit: Tourism Western Australia

Things to do:

  • One of Kununurra’s most famous landmarks is the Ord River Diversion Dam which was constructed in 1963
  • Relax in the infinity pool at Lake Argyle Resort or take a sunset cruise of Australia’s largest body of freshwater
  • Hire a car or take a tour along the iconic Gibb River Road - Originally constructed in the 1960s to transport cattle from outlying stations to the ports of Derby and Wyndham, the 660-kilometre 4WD trail is the best way to discover the natural treasures of the Kimberley’s wild heartlands
  • Experience the wonder that is Windjana Gorge
  • Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of El Questro (closed until April 2021)

Best time to visit?

  • Winter (June – October)

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Esperance

Esperance is all about turquoise waters and white sands.

Esperance - Lake Hillier
Image credit: Tourism Western Australia

Things to do:

  • See Lake Hillier by air (or boat) – this bubblegum-pink lake which sits beside the deepest blue ocean can be found in the Recherche Archipelago.
  • Lucky Bay is 5km long and Australia’s whitest beach.
  • Esperance has hundreds of islands, reefs and sandbanks that when conditions are right, can offer good surfing waves. The beaches closest to town which usually boast the best surfing include West Beach, Second Beach and Chapman’s Point.
  • Nearly 100 untouched islands make up the stunning Archipelago of the Recherche off the coast of Esperance where colonies of sea lions and fur seals which go there to breed.
  • Esperance's Great Ocean Drive is a 40 kilometre circular loop to explore by car that features a vast range of coastal elements such as stunning beaches, rocky headlands, small bays, steep cliffs and hidden ocean pools.

Best time to visit?

  • Summertime for beaches, winter for cosy cabins with log fires

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Exmouth (Learmonth)

Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area is Australia's largest fringing reef system, stretching 300kms from Red Bluff north of Carnarvon to the Muiron Islands off the coast of Exmouth.

Swimming with whale sharks in Exmouth
Image credit: Tourism Western Australia

Things to do:

  • Swim with the whale sharks. They can grow up to 18m long. Ningaloo Reef is one of the only places on the planet they appear regularly in large numbers.
  • See the humpback whales. Ningaloo Coast has the highest density of humpback whales in in the Southern Hemisphere during their annual 11,000km migration from Antarctica (June to November)

Best time to visit?

  • Whaleshark season runs from mid-March to mid-July/August
  • Humpback whale season peaks from August - November

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