Western Australia

Being so far from the famous East Coast, the West Coast of Australia is often overlooked. But when you consider the beautiful beaches, and snorkelling with friendly whale sharks and dolphins that swim right up to you, you’ll question why that is the case.

It’s a pretty long stretch, so if you’re travelling alone, you’ll be pleased to know a lot of incredible tours depart Perth, and reach as far north as Broome, some even crossing the border into Australia’s Northern Territory and stretching up to Darwin!

Read about what West Australian tours to take!

SEVEN THINGS YOU NEED TO DO ON THE WEST COAST

1. Snorkel with whale sharks in Exmouth

The biggest sharks (and luckily not the bite-iest), whale sharks, roll in to Exmouth every April to July. Whether you snorkel or dive, it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have these massive creatures swim by. Don’t forget to bring your Go-Pro for this one too!

2. Get up close to wild dolphins in Monkey Mia

The dolphins in Monkey Mia are genuinely friendlier than the guy who works behind the bar in your favourite hostel. Walk to the water’s edge, particularly in the morning and you’re more than likely to have a fin pop up and say hello, how dreamy.

3. Get a quokka selfie on Rottnest Island

These happy looking little guys are quokkas, found only on a few small islands off the West Coast, most notably Rottnest Island. Score a selfie with one of these cuties and at least you’ll have a nice photo to send back to the family. With ferries departing Perth every half hour between 7 and 3, Rottnest is the perfect island escape for a day.

4. Chase another kind of wave at Wave Rock

Sure, West Australia has epic waves at Margaret River, but there’s also another incredible type of wave to be found at Wave Rock. Capture your next epic Instagram shot here and ride the wave of likes.

5. Explore the Pinnacles Desert

The Pinnacles are thousands of huge limestone pillars scattered across the desert, wandering through this epic landscape can’t be missed.

6. Sandboard in Lancelin

Imagine sliding down pure white sand picking up speeds of 70km per hour as you take in this in this mesmerising landscape.

7. Capture your next scenic selfie in Kalbarri National Park

From Nature’s Window to Hawks Head, Kalbarri National Park is filled to the brim with stunning views to explore.

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Places to visit on the West Coast

Perth

Perth is the capital of the Australian state of Western Australia. Perth is located on the west coast of Australia near the Indian Ocean, at the mouth of the Swan River. The modern metropolis of Perth is a great place to relax before exploring the great expansive West of Australia. Perth is a young city that continues to evolve. The Perth city centre has been revitalized over the years adding more cafes, restaurants and small bars. The mega waterfront development, which looks like a mini-version of Darling Harbor in Sydney, is sure to add a lot to the city.  Perth has an attractive setting on the Swan River and nearby to several stunning beaches that are a lot less crowded than its east coast counterparts, which also adds tremendous appeal.

What to do?

Rottnest Island

In Perth you can take the ferry to visit Rottnest Island to take in the beautiful scenery, dazzling marine life and some of the world’s finest beaches.

Visit Kings park

Visit Kings Park in Perth. The park is stunning and you can overlook the Swan River. This is the perfect location to check out the skyline of Perth city. Did you know what the park consists of more than 400 hectares and is even larger than New York’s Central Park?

See the Sunset

If you are visiting Perth you have to catch a sunset. The sunsets in Perth are legendary. They say the best view for the sunset is Cottesloe beach. It is around 15 min drive away from the centre and totally worth it!

Join a walking tour through the center

Just like Prague, Perth is perfect for a little stroll around the city. You can join a walking tour and get to know the city a little better. You will learn about the culture, history and you will visit the colourful parts of the city (not only the touristy parts). There is also a small bar tour available which departs, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Explore the Swan River

There are multiple river cruises departing every day and it is the perfect way to explore the Swan River.

Go to the beach!

Compared to other big cities Perth has some beautiful beaches (i.e. Cottesloe, City Beach, Scarborough, Trigg, Leighton and Sorento). But keep in mind that like Byron Bay it is possible to get a little windy in the afternoon. Perfect for kitesurfing but less exciting if you just want to relax on the beach. Therefore, the best time to visit the beaches are the mornings!

Visit Wave Rock

Hidden is a small town, about a 4 hour drive away from Perth. From Hyden it is easy to visit Wave Rock. It isn’t surprising that Wave Rock looks like a giant wave. It is really impressive and definitely worth a visit!

Where to stay?

Most backpackers, who are travelling to Perth, stay at Perth City YHA. This is one of the best hostels in Perth. It even won an award! Perth City YHA is located in the centre of this exciting city. Moreover, they offer a swimming pool and a gym (for the sporty ones under us).

Monkey Mia

Monkey Mia is one of Western Australia’s most famous dolphin watching destinations. In the calm bay a pod of friendly dolphins visits the shore most days to be hand fed. The dolphins swim to the share around 3 times a day (mostly in the morning between 7.45 AM till noon). Don’t forget Shark bay, which is the perfect spot to see marine life!

What to do

Spot the dolphins

As mentioned before Monkey Mia is most famous because of its dolphins. You can feed and spot the dolphins multiple times a day.

Visit Shell Beach

50 minutes away from Monkey Mia you can see one of the most beautiful beaches on Earth. Shell beach is formed from tiny shells. It is the perfect spot to swim, sunbathe and snorkel.

Explore Shark Bay

Shark bay is located at the most Western point of Australia. Shark bay has the biggest and richest seagrass area in the entire world. It also has a big population of manatees and they have one of the oldest species on earth (stromatolites). From Monkey Mia there are several tours you can take you to Shark Bay.

Visit Dirk Hartog Island

Dirk Hartog Island is the biggest Island of Western Australia. It is a perfect spot for relaxing, sunbathing, scuba diving and/or snorkelling. There are multiple tours you can book to get there.

Make a stop at Pinnacles Desert

If you drive from Perth to Exmouth make a stop at Pinnacles Desert. The Pinnacles desert almost looks like a moonscape with giant limestone formations. The Pinnacles desert is close to the town of Cervantes. It is definitely worth a stop. The best time to go there is between July and October, because the landscapes are filled with full coloured blooms and flowers.

Exmouth

Exmouth is home to the world’s largest fringing reef, the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef. This underwater paradise is a popular spot for all kinds of visitors, from dolphins, manta rays, turtles and humpback whales, to the largest fish in the ocean: the beautiful whale shark.

What to do?

Swim with a whale shark

From Exmouth there are multiple tours departing everyday who offer you the chance to swim with a whale shark (depending on the season). An unforgettable experience! Don’t worry a whale shark is not dangerous. They don’t bite and only eat plankton.

Go kayaking

Mangrove bay is the perfect spot if you go kayaking. You can spot little sharks and if your lucky you will spot some turtles heading to the surface. Moreover, keep your eyes open for some sea eagles or ospreys.

Visit the Vlaming lighthouse

The sunrise and sunset views from the Vlaming lighthouse are stunning and really a must see!

Go snorkelling

Go snorkelling at the stunning Turquoise Bay. If you like to go snorkelling Turquoise Bay is the perfect stop. It has beautiful clear water, lovely abundant and colourful fish everywhere. If you are lucky you can even spot some turtles.

Scuba Diving

Go scuba Diving at the Navy Pier. The Navy pier is in the top 10 dives sites in Australia and is also voted as the top shore dives in the world.

Spot the Emus

In Exmouth there is a big chance that you will run in to an emu. But be careful and don’t get too close, because they will chase you for your food.

Broome

Broome is the western gateway to the Kimberley National Park – home to world famous Cable Beach sunsets and the natural phenomenon of the ‘Staircase to the Moon’. Check out a pearl farm or the real dinosaur footprints and catch an outdoor movie at sunset.

What to do?

Visit Reddell Beach

Reddell Beach can be a little bit tricky to find, but definitely worth the search. This beach exists of unique rock formations. It is beautiful to watch the sunset here, but it can be crowded with tourists.

Search for Dinosaur Footprints

Palaeontologists have revealed that they have found more dinosaur footprints in Broome. Even one of the largest in the world. Dinosaur Coast is actually the only spot in Australia where a Sauropad track can be found. Definitely a unique experience.

Go the aquarium

Recently they have created a really special aquarium in Broome. They tried to understand the marine ecosystem and recreate the marine environment of the surrounding beaches and creeks.

Explore Gantheaume Point

If you are in Broome, you can’t miss Gantheaume point. The contrast between the red rocks and the blue water is breath taking. If you are a daredevil you can jump from the rocks during high tide.

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