Discover extraordinary water-based adventures and explore secret beaches in Western Australia
Contrary to popular beliefs, it’s not all kangaroos and plain fields in Australia. On the contrary, the western side of the country has so much more to offer, being home to amazing attractions, some of the most stunning World Heritage sites and extraordinary nature-based experiences.
Magical moments with dolphins
If you need to cross out ‘swimming with the dolphins’ off your bucket list, Western Australia is the place to do it as it currently ranks as one of the world’s top destinations for memorable close encounters with these intelligent mammals. The four main locations to experience this first-hand include:
Burnbury – Well-known for the wild yet friendly dolphins that are more than happy to interact with visitors of Koombana Bay in the South West region. For a more exciting experience, visitors will have the chance to go on a dolphin swim tour between November and April or alternatively check out the first-of-its-kind ‘Digital Dolphinarium’ at the Dolphin Discovery Centre.
Just 40-minute drive south from Perth, the metropolis Rockingham and Shoalwater Islands Marine Park offer incredible wildlife encounters, especially dolphins. Pods of wild and playful dolphins frequent these coastal waters, which is why it is a wonderful opportunity to swim and be close with these friendly creatures in their natural habitat.
Meanwhile, at the turquoise Monkey Mia beach in the Coral Coast region, bottlenose dolphins visit the beautiful shores daily to interact with humans. You can enter the shallows and grab the opportunity to help hand-feed the dolphins under the supervision of park rangers, which usually occurs between 7.45am and 12 noon.
Wonderous Whale Watching
Discover the wonders of the largest mammal on Earth in the South West region of Western Australia and witness these creatures migrating the state’s coastline. To experience the longest whale watching season, plan your trip during the epic annual migration of whales between June and August, and September to December.
Humpback and southern right whales are most commonly found here, with rare sightings of blue whales on the increase. These giant creatures often come close to the shore, so you can get even closer to the tail-slapping action on a whale watching cruise from Albany, Augusta, Busselton and Dunsborough.
Do not miss the opportunity to witness the natural phenomenon of the largest known pod of killer whales (orcas) congregating at Bremer Bay Canyon, along with a plethora of other wildlife like giant squids, sperm whales and masses of seabirds, from February to early April.
While you are there, why not grab the chance to experience scuba diving or snorkelling at Ningaloo Reef, a place that is regarded as one of the last great ocean paradise. Stretching over 300 km, this World Heritage site allows will allow you to snorkel in clear turquoise waters and immerse yourself in marine life encounters.
The marine environment in this area is unique as the mixing of both warm and cool water currents of the Indian and Southern oceans meet at Cape Leeuwin, creating a staggering array of marine species of fishes and coral species rarely found anywhere else in the world.
For thrill seekers, you can choose from one of the three purposely sunk ships along the coast of South West region which make up an exciting and unique diving experience.
Relaxing white sandy beaches
With 12,500 kilometres of stunning and unspoilt coastline, it’s no wonder that Western Australian beaches are regularly voted among the best in the world. There’s just something about the coastline that gets our travel senses tingling.
Go for a swim, surf and snorkel at one of Perth’s 19 pristine white sandy beaches in Perth and take in the beauty of the sun setting over the Indian Ocean. Cottesloe Beach is one of Perth’s most photographed and most famous beaches due to its sloping grassy banks and huge Norfolk pines. If you are a serious surfer, go a little further north to Trigg Beach, where you can experience Perth’s most consistent surf break.
Explore Australia’s whitest beach: Lucky Bay (Golden Outback region), where its squeaky-clean sand, turquoise water, perfect swimming conditions and breath-taking views of the Recherche Archipelago will make you remember this wonderful beach holiday for the rest of your life. In this same region, be sure to also head over to the Duke of Orleans Bay and Condingup, which is located between Cape Le Grand and Cape Arid National Parks, for its snowy white beach sands washed by crystal clear blue waters with a backdrop of rugged granite peaks.
If photography is your thing, be sure to visit Green Pool in Denmark. Its shallow cove with shades of blue water makes up a picturesque setting for photography and snorkelling. Be sure to also take a sunrise or sunset stroll at the spectacular Middleton Beach in Albany for enduring beach holiday memories.