Experience The Adventure of a Lifetime in Western Australia
Western Australia is unspoilt, wide-open, and naturally full of extraordinary experiences.
The landscape is inspiring in its beauty and grandeur and includes pristine beaches, rugged gorges, unique rock formations, towering forests and secluded waterfalls. The climate is also varied, from the Mediterranean climate of the south to the tropical climate of the north – you will always find sunshine and fresh air somewhere in Western Australia.
If you’re looking to have the ultimate adventure, Western Australia has you covered.
Easily accessible from shore, you don’t need to travel by boat to snorkel this World Heritage listed underwater wonderland. The massive fringing reef is home to brilliantly coloured coral and tropical fish, sea turtles and manta rays, plus one of the world’s top shore dives at Exmouth’s Navy Pier. From March to July each year, you can swim with the world’s largest fish – the gentle whale shark – and, following successful trials in 2016 and 2017, you can now swim with humpback whales during their annual migration between August and November.
Bungle Bungle Range
In the Kimberley, Purnululu National Park is home to the breathtaking Bungle Bungle Range – a cluster of giant, beehive-like striped mounds, 350 million years in the making. Helicopter flights offer breathtaking views, and you can explore the park’s long narrow chasms and hidden gorges on foot, keeping an eye out for native animals and 130 unique bird species.
Awarded World Heritage status for its outstanding natural beauty, biological diversity, fascinating ecology and unique insights into the Earth’s history, Shark Bay is where you’ll find one of the world’s largest dugong populations and Monkey Mia’s friendly dolphins.
Valley of the Giants
Experience some of the tallest timber on Earth at canopy level – 40 metres above ground – at the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk, near Walpole in the South West. One of the first walk trails of its kind in the world, the 600 metre walkway extends through the majestic and ancient red tingle forest where you can find western grey kangaroos, bandicoots, woylies, quokkas and possums.
Karijini National Park
Two billion years in the making, Karijini in the North West is home to massive gorges, crystal-clear rock pools and waterfalls, as well as rock wallabies, red kangaroos, echidnas, dragons and huge termite moulds. Explore tunnels of marbled rock, clamber over boulders, squeeze through narrow tunnels, paddle through waterways and descend deep into ancient chasms.
Stop and Smell the Wildflowers
It’s a staggering sight to behold – more than 12,000 species of wildflowers in bloom, more than half of which are found nowhere else on Earth. WA is home to the world’s biggest wildflower collection and you can enjoy the glorious carpets of colour and curious blooms for six months, starting in the north in June, and finishing along the south coast in November.
Kangaroos on the beach? You’ll see them at Lucky Bay, on the south-east coast, which is also Australia’s whitest beach. The surrounding Cape Le Grand National Park is known for its stunning scenery and idyllic coast, where the landscape changes from massive granite outcrops to freshwater pools and unbelievably white sandy beaches.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
One of the largest inner-city parks in the world, this 400 hectare expanse of bushland, parks and botanical gardens is a short walk or bus ride from central Perth. Add in children’s nature-based play areas, an art gallery, restaurants and monuments to the State’s history, and it’s easy to see why Kings Park is the most popular visitor destination in WA.
WA has one of the longest whale-watching seasons in the world, with tours operating from May to December, from the Kimberley in the north to Esperance in the south. Humpback, southern right and the rare blue whale can be seen, as well as the southern hemisphere’s largest pod of killer whales (orcas) off Bremer Bay.
Talbot Bay in the Kimberley is home to Australia’s only horizontal waterfalls, created when massive tidal movements squeeze water through narrow cliff passages. Aerial tours from Broome and Derby enable you to circle the phenomenon from above, alongside other scenic wonders of the Buccaneer Archipelago, where turquoise blue water contrasts with rugged red cliffs.
For more information on Western Australia, visit www.westernaustralia.com
Mastercard Hopman Cup 2019
Tennis lovers, this a treat for you. If you are travelling between 29th of December, 2018 and 5th of January, 2019, then be sure to be there courtside at Perth Arena to witness the biggest and most prestigious mixed-gender tennis tournament! You’ll see your favourite men’s & women’s tennis stars team up and battle it out for national pride. Did I mention that arguably the world’s greatest ever player, Roger Federer, will be returning in 2019 with his co-star Belinda Bencic?!
For more information visit: Mastercard Hopman Cup 2019