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Explore regional WA with discounted community fares

West Australians can now enjoy additional air services and discounted fares to Albany, Carnarvon, Esperance and Monkey Mia with Regional Express (Rex).

As part of a campaign to get WA residents to #wanderoutyonder, air services have doubled to eight per week on the Albany and Esperance air routes, while the Carnarvon air route will increase from three to five weekly return services.

Albany

It’s no surprise that Albany is one of WA’s favourite holiday destinations. The Amazing South Coast offers family-friendly activities including the Tree Top Walk, National Anzac Centre and whale-watching. And for the big kids - local wineries, breweries and distilleries.

People exploring the tree top walk in Walpole, Albany, Western Australia
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)

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Carnarvon

Visitors to the Carnarvon & Coral Bay area will find plenty to do on holiday. Enjoy world-class snorkelling in Coral Bay, throw a line in on the Dorre and Bernier Islands, or challenge yourself with a hike to the summit of Mount Augustus (the world’s largest monolith).

Children diving beside a turtle in Coral Bay, Carnarvon, Western Australia

Image credit: Tourism Western Australia

Things to do:

  • Take a helicopter tour of the stunning coastline - Carnarvon sits between Shark Bay and the Ningaloo Coast
  • Indulge your science side with a trip to the Carnarvon Space & Technology Museum and the OTC Dish
  • Experience a station stay - choose from homestead, camping, or glamping accommodation
  • Carnarvon is famous for its banana plantations so get yourself a choc-dipped banana whilst on a fresh local produce trail - known as the 'Fruit Loop' (and find the IG-worthy Cactus garden while you're there)
  • Head to the Railway Station Museum - home of the Kimberley Steam Train, the last to operate in the north west

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Esperance

Head to Esperance to discover Australia’s whitest beaches with sparkling turquoise seas. If swimming sounds a bit chilly, why not take a scenic flight over the incredible Recherche Archipelago and pink Lake Hillier or check out the glorious vistas from the summit of Frenchman Peak.

Frenchman Peak, Western Australia
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.

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Monkey Mia

Monkey Mia is probably best known for its wild dolphin interactions, but it is also your gateway to Shark Bay. Discover why this UNESCO World Heritage site featured in David Attenborough's Blue Planet II, take a day trip to Shell Beach, or take a break on Dirk Hartog Island.

Bottlenose dolphin at Monkey Mia, Western Australia
Image credit: Tourism Western Australia

Things to do:

  • Feed the local bottlenose dolphins
  • Take a jetty walk or wildlife cruise and spot green sea turtles, sting rays and dugongs
  • Experience an Aboriginal tour for a unique perspective on Shark Bay World Heritage Area
  • Enjoy a day trip at Shell Beach, one of only two places on earth where shells replace sand
  • Visit WA's largest island - Dirk Hartog Island - for pristine beaches, scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing and sand dunes

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