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Dolphins, Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area
Photo: Dolphins, Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area

Best Places to Visit in Western Australia

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Besides the obvious place to visit in Western Australia, Perth and its Surrounds, the state has many stunning and pristine areas to go, see and experience as WA covers more than 2,526,786 square kilometres, occupying a third of the continent.

Explore the Goldfields (yes, there is still gold there) Ningaloo Reef National Park, The Kimberley, the Nullabor and Margaret River.

Nambung National Park

Central Coast: Nambung National Park with its Pinnacles Desert. Aside from the pristine beaches located here, the NP has natural formations called the Pinnacles. Built over a long time by micro-organisms. Between the months of September and October, the heathlands bloom with thousands of wildflowers. Take some time to visit the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre, where you can explore the rich cultural and natural history of the region, with artefacts, multimedia displays, soundscapes and videos.

Kalgoorlie

Goldfields: Kalgoorlie provides a fascinating look at life of the early gold hunters/settlers. Located in the East Coolgardie goldfield, many of its original buildings are still extant today. Why not try your own hand at finding gold in the region, providing you follow the advice of those who are knowledgeable.

Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area

North Coast: Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, known for its surf and fishing. There is abundant sealife here, dive with whale sharks and view the colourful multi-coloured reefs, close to shore. The area includes Ningaloo Marine Park, as well as the pristine land of Cape Range National Park.

The Muiron Islands Marine Management Area, just off North West Cape is also protected in the World Heritage Area. Dolphins, turtles, dugongs, pilot and humpback whales can be seen here. Consisting of South Muiron and North Muiron islands as well as the smaller Sunday island. Go diving here in the waters offshore with a local charter operator for truly memorable experiences.

Kimberley

North West WA: This vast wilderness region of Kimberley is home to abundant wildlife, stunning reefs, river fed fresh water gorges and beautiful lakes. Whether you wish to explore with a 4 wheel drive and camp or vacation in luxury surroundings or inbetween, the natural allure of the region will leave you inspired.

Located to the north of the Western Australia’s other eight regions. To the west is the Indian Ocean, in the south are the Great Sandy and Tanami Deserts, while in the north is the Timor Sea and in the east is the Northern Territory.

Rainbow Coast

Southern WA offers a coastline of some 1600 km of glorious beaches, vast forests, inlets and waterways and during August and December, stunning displays of wildflowers in abundance.

The Rainbow Coast covers the Albany, Denmark and Walpole Regions with national parks, valleys, forests, 4 wheel drives, hiking, swimming and diving. You can also explore with one or more of the tours and cruises available here.

South East: Nullarbor Plain

On the map, the Nullarbor Plain may appear to be the sort of place you just want to get across as fast as you legally can. However, there are numerous places on the Nullarbor Plain worth taking the time to stop off and explore.

South East Western Australia

Margaret River

South West has Margaret River, known for its fine wines and great surf.

Margaret River

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