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Western Australia

Western Australia

From endless untouched beaches to the unexplored outback, Western Australia offers extraordinary experiences like no other. Whether you are swimming with giant whale sharks or snorkelling straight off the beach at Ningaloo Reef, driving around moon-like landscapes in the Pinnacles Desert,  exploring the cool cafes of Perth, or riding into the sunset on an Aussie camel, every day in Western Australia is full of unique possibilities.

Top 6 Things to Do in Western Australia

  • Swim with Whale Sharks
    Ningaloo Reef is the only place in Australia where you can swim close to giant but gentle whale sharks. Don't let the name fool you and head to Exmouth or Coral Bay between March and July for an unforgettable encounter with the world's largest fish.
  • Ride a Camel on Cable Beach
    What better way to see the sun set over the Indian Ocean than on a camel's back!? On one of the whitest beaches in Oz we might add. Bet you didn't even know there were camels in Australia, huh?
  • Sip Wine in Margaret River
    Top notch wines and food, rolling vineyards and beautiful beaches- the Margaret River region is diverse, scenic and makes our taste buds cheer.

  • Visit Dolphins in Monkey Mia
    Get close to friendly dolphins at Monkey Mia. Located in Shark Bay this reserve is popular as friendly dolphins visit the bay every morning. On a cruise through the bay you may also spot shy Dugongs and if you are lucky you can see Emu families trot along the white beaches.
  • Unearth the Kimberley
    Dramatic gorges, cascading waterfalls, pure ruggedness - that's the Kimberley region. 4WD through the wilderness and then relax and take in the breath-taking scenery on a cruise through the gorges.
  • Smile with a Quokka
    Always smiley and the best selfie prop we can think of, quokkas have long made it into the Instagram hall of fame. The cute critters can be found on Rottnest Island, only a 90 min ferry ride from Perth, the island makes for a great day-out.

Working in Western Australia

Whether you love the city life and choose to work in Perth, combine your passion for wine and work on one of the many picturesque vineyards in the Margaret River region or want to spend your days out in the Indian Ocean helping out on a Pearl Farm, working in Western Australia will brush up your resume and make for great stories.

Experience 4 diverse worlds in one state

coral coast
The Coral Coast
At Ningaloo Reef you can swim with whalesharks (seasonal) and snorkel with turtles and manta rays and it's all just a short walk from the beautiful white beaches of the Coral Coast - yep you can dive straight from the beach into a world of colorful marine life. Life isn't just great down under(water), as you can wander moon-like landscapes in the Pinnacles Desert or hike along the landscapes of Kalbarri National Park and much more above water at Western Australia's Coral Coast.
The Kimberleys
The North West
Broome is the gateway to Australia's rugged North West. Spend at least a day at Cable Beach where 22km of white sand await. Take a camel safari on famed Cable Beach, then soak up the beautiful colors of Western Australia's diverse landscapes at Cape Leveque, drive through the Bungle Bungles, cruise through the gorges of the Kimberley Coast and make a stop at one of the world's most mesmerising waterfalls, King George Falls and the natural wonder two horizontal falls, nicknamed the "horries".  
Margaret River
The South West
Most popular for it's divine food and wine, Australia's South West also trumps with endless adventures: the longest whale watching season in the world, dolphin spotting in Albany, a train ride over the Indian Ocean on the Busselton Jetty, caving in the Margaret River Region and tree top walks through the canopy of timber giants in the Valley of the Giants, just to name a few...
outback
The Golden Outback
The whitest beach in Australia, the largest monolith on earth (clue: it is not Uluru) and the largest wave in Australia can be found in Western Australia's outback. You may have to share the white sands of Lucky Bay with a few kangaroos, impress your friends with your photos of Mount Augustus and break your surf board on the Wave Rock, but these surprises are what make Western Australia so special.

Perth & Surrounds

Perth makes the perfect base for your Western Australia adventure. The sunniest city in Oz offers all the cool bars, restaurants, cultural and shopping experiences you expect from a big city and mixes these with it's laid-back and relaxing charm, 19 surf beaches and the largest inner city park in the world (move over Central Park). So whether you surf at Cottesloe Beach, picnic in King's Park or ride a segway at Elizabeth Quay, anything goes in Perth and its surrounds are worth a visit. Check out Little Creatures brewery in picturesque Fremantle, only a 30 minute drive from Perth or take a ferry across to Rottnest Island for a bike and snorkel adventure.

Getting Around

Hit any one of Western Australia's long and scenic roads for a truly unique road trip experience. See the red desert blend into white sands and turquoise waters as you drive along coastal highways and camp on pristine beaches and affordable camp sites of Ningaloo Reef. Travel ‘The Gibb’, camp under a million stars and drive through ghost towns of the Golden Outback.
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Tours in Western Australia

West Coast Experience
Snorkel among the coral and marine life at Ningaloo Reef, meet the friendly dolphins at feeding time at Monkey Mia and explore the incredible limestone rock formations of the Pinnacles.
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Western Australia Discoverer
This 8-day tour loops east from Perth to the Esperance region, along the stunning southern coast and back up the west coast through the famous wine region of Margaret River. On top of that, you'll get a prime mix of hiking and outdoor pursuits, diverse scenery, and deep history.
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Best of the Coast
We pack in plenty of authentic Aussie experiences on this 10-day trip, from spotting native wildlife to taking canoe tours with Aboriginal guides and learning about their legends. See the marine life at Shark Bay, check out the stromatolites, explore Cape Range National Park and more. The best? Oh, yes.
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West Coast Odyssey
This adventure tour is set to get your Instagram out of control as you witness the untouched wilderness of Western Australia. Feel the sand between your toes on the sweeping expanses of 80 Mile Beach, bathe in waterfalls in the beautiful Karijini N.P., snorkel with mighty whale sharks at Ningaloo Reefs and get up close and personal with the famous dolphins at Monkey Mia...
Now from $1,370
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Day Trips in Western Australia

Pinnacles Adventure
Visit Caversham Wildlife Park before a fully-guided tour through the Pinnacles Desert, an intriguing landscape of limestone formations. Cool off for a swim at the beautiful beach before enjoying lunch. The amazing Lancelin sand dunes are a great way to finish the day. Try your hand at the unique sport of sandboarding.
Full day from $112
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Swan Valley Winery Experience
Try over 45 wines, snuffle truffles and feast on vineyard platters and cheeseboards on this over-indulgent day in the Swan Valley wineries. Fully guided from Perth, swirl your way through five wineries, a boutique brewery and stuff yourself full of artisan nibbles.
Full day from $82
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Margaret River & Caves
Beer o'clock, cider o'clock, wine o'clock… rocks. From Perth, head to Margaret River, stopping en route at Busselton Jetty, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and the Mammoth Caves. Fuel the journey with a gourmet lunch platter at Bootleg Brewery, and chase it down with some of the region's famous tipples.
Full day from $157
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When is the best time to visit Western Australia?

Western Australia is a year round destination and its capital Perth is the sunniest city in Australia with an average of 84°F in summer. Winter in Perth and the South West can get a little chilly  (for Aussie standards) with an average temperature of 53°F from June to August. The climate in the North West is more tropical with a 'green season' from October to March and a dry season from April to September. Be wary that certain places in the Kimberley Region are only accessible during the 'dry season' and generally this is the better time to head to the North West because, let's face it, we get enough rain at home.

How long is the Flight to Perth?

You can fly to Perth from Los Angeles to Perth in only 19 hours! Getting to WA's capital from other parts of Australia is also easy as pie with many affordable domestic flights from all major Australian cities.

How to Travel in Western Australia

How does one get around a state as large as WA. Well, there are different options. Hiring a campervan and having an epic road trip is one, or you could join one of our tours, meet like-minded travelers and get to know more about the different areas by knowledgeable guides. The choice is yours..

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Customers will receive a discount of $75 on round-trip tickets purchased for travel from the US to Perth, Australia. Itineraries must be denoted as "Student/Youth" or "BlueTicket" on the flights results page to be eligible. Student and/or age restrictions may apply to student/youth and BlueTicket airfare, and vary by airline. Discount offer will expire at 11:59pm Central Time on Friday, December 9, 2016. STA Travel has the right to amend or cancel this offer at any time without notice.