5 Best Places to Visit in Western Australia
Whether you want to experience stunning beaches, clear turquoise waters or playful marine wildlife, those sun-seekers looking for an ocean holiday, will find it all on Australia’s West coast.
There are so many places to see, from iconic cities to some of the most beautiful nature spots in the country,
Ways to Get Around
If you are keen to see as much as possible you could plan a road trip or search Australia tours, there are lots of itineraries taking in the highlights of the West Coast.
To make the best out of you trip, consider hiring a campervan from a hire company. Campervaning allows you to have the total seaside experience of setting up shop by the beach where you can relax to the sounds of the crashing waves.
When to Go
This region is an all year round destinations but if you are planning such a trip, the best time to visit Western Australia is generally between June and October because the weather in temperate and the skies are blue.
Top Rated Western Australia Destinations
Here are some of the best destinations and coastal experiences to be had in WA.
Known as the ‘world’s most isolated city’, Perth is the best place to begin your journey up WA’s coast.
Well known for its relaxed lifestyle and vibrant culture, the city has some of the best cosmopolitan city beaches in the world. Soak in the sun’s rays beneath the great Norfolk pines at Cottesloe Beach or experience some young beach culture at Scarborough Beach.
If you are considering a working holiday in Australia Perth is a great city to consider living, it is cheaper than Sydney and Melbourne, and also less busy.
In addition, the Basin at Rottnest Island is great place for snorkelers where you can spot a huge variety of reef fish in a natural lagoon. Not into water sports? Then try sand boarding at nearby Lancelin, or the real deal at Trigg, which has some of the gnarliest waves in the city.
After sampling the coastal delights of Perth, it’s time to see what other treasures are in store all WA’s coastline.
2. Ningaloo Reef
This heritage listed area is one of the world’s largest fringing reefs and home to 250 types of coral.
One of the biggest highlights here takes place between March and July, when enormous Whale Sharks come to visit. Up to 16 metres in length, Whale Sharks are harmless to humans and for around AUS$380 you can join a tour and swim with them. This is one of the best things to do in Australia.
Ningaloo is also famous for its turtles, manta rays and dugongs—you may even spot humpback whales passing by. For those who surf, the reef breaks here are among the best on the West Coast.
3. Horizontal Waterfalls
There are only two places on earth where you can see horizontal waterfalls and they are both located at Talbot Bay. This stunning phenomenon is caused by tidal movements so large and fast that a waterfall is created as water surges through two narrow cliff passages.
Wide varieties of tours are available and include both laid back and high adrenaline options. Prices start at around AUS$500 and most tours run from March to September.
This is one of the best ways to get off the beaten track and see one of the lesser known destinations in Australia.
4. Monkey Mia
Located in the Shark Bay World Heritage area,
Monkey Mia is famous for its interactions between dolphins and people. Every day between 8am and 1pm dozens of dolphins come into shore at the Monkey Mia Reserve and trained handlers select a few lucky people to hand feed these highly intelligent creatures.
Monkey Mia is located 865km from Perth. The cost to enter the Reserve is AUS$8.50 per adult. This beautiful area is also home to stromatolites, which are the world’s oldest living organisms. Those itching for some waves will find decent swells at nearby Dirk Hartog Island.
If you would like to volunteer in Australia there are lots of rewarding conservation projects here.
Broome is a beach resort town in western Australia’s Kimberley region. Along its Indian Ocean coastline, the white sands of 22km-long Cable Beach offer a dramatic backdrop for sunset camel rides.
At Gantheaume Point nearby, dinosaur tracks are revealed in the beach’s red rocks during low tide. Broome’s historic Chinatown overlooks Roebuck Bay, a jumping off point for cruises to local pearl farms.
Plan a Trip to Western Australia
The East Coast of Australia usually grabs all the headline, but you really need to consider exploring the West. You'll discover its much less touristy, cheaper and home to some of the most specatcular attractions in the country. Whether you are planning a dream holiday, a backpacking trip or want to take a gap year in Australia, go see Western Australia for yourself.