Occupying the expansive lefthand side of the Australian continent, Western Australia holds some of Australia's most unique experiences. In fact, it can often feel like you've left Australia entirely and found yourself in another country.
But its sweeping landscapes are unlike any others in the world. The sheer wonder of standing between the contrasting colours of the Indian Ocean's turquoise waters and vast red desert dunes leaves an indelible mark. And yet, these bold vistas are accompanied by ephemeral beauty like soft sunlight dancing across fields of delicate flowers.
Its vibrant cities and towns are just as commanding. From Perth (Boorloo) to the Margaret River region and, up the coast to Broome (Rubibi), you'll find excellent food and award-winning wine, buzzing nightlife and evidence of WA's diverse history and multicultural heritage.
Western Australia is truly unique – home to a plethora of "world's longest" and "world's largest" natural attractions, endemic flora and fauna, and filled with more magical experiences than could fill the entirety of Australia itself.
40 Unique Things to do in Western Australia
Western Australia is made up of five main regions:
Ningaloo Reef & the Coral Coast
Esperance and The Golden Outback
Broome & The Kimberley
No two experiences are the same here; you can find yourself in the beating heart of a capital city one day and diving into deep, crystal-clear waters to swim with the majestic whale sharks the next.
Perth / Boorloo
Intersected by the mighty Swan River (Derbarl Yerrigan), Perth is the cool-as capital of Western Australia and one of the world’s most liveable. It beats to its own drum, with a hip and laidback character that captures hearts and minds while blending urban adventure, beachside vibes and an outdoors spirit.
Australia's sunniest capital city with stunning beaches
Lively dining and cool bars
Diverse cultural experiences
Blends urban/city attractions with natural adventures
1. Meet the Quokkas
Quokkas! Do we really need to say more? A trip to Perth, would not be complete without paying a visit to Rottnest Island's most adorable and famous inhabitants. Possibly the happiest animals on earth - these furry little critters are highly photogenic and love to mingle with visitors.
2. A guided First Nations tour of Kings Park
Kings Park (Kaarta Koomba) is one of the world's largest inner-city parks spanning a whopping 400 hectares of manicured lawns, protected bushlands (close to two-thirds of the park) and botanic gardens. Join a local Noongar custodian on a walking tour or ochre ceremony to learn about the 40,000-year-old Indigenous history of the land.
3. Visit one of Perth’s many quirky small bars
Perth is a city that makes having a boring night out extremely difficult with a long list of quirky bars and unique nightlife experiences. From Toots, which is a secret bar hidden WITHIN a secret bar, to The Shanghai Cowboy, a bar that blends the Wild West with a Shanghai twist – you’ll be spoilt for choice!
4. An AFL game from Halo, the roof of Optus Stadium
The passion and prowess of one of Western Australia's favourite sporting pastimes is best seen from the rooftop seats. The game day Halo experience includes a 78-step, tethered walk to the roof and a quarter of footy from up high at Optus Stadium.
5. Swim with wild dolphins
Experience the ocean’s most playful creature, the bottlenose dolphin. These cheeky locals can be experienced from the shore, on a cruise or in the water, all just 45 minutes south of Perth in the bays of Rockingham and Shoalwater Island Marine Park and the Mandurah (Mandjoogoordap) waterways. Or stop in as you head north, to the turquoise bays of Monkey Mia Beach.
6. Play 3D Mini Golf
Looking for a mini-golfing experience like no other? Head to Fremantle to take on Glowing Rooms’ 3D mini golf course. 3D glasses and ultraviolet light bring the course to life right before your eyes, making the ball look like it's hovering, and the artwork feel like it could reach out and touch you!
7. Perth skyline from DNA Tower in Kings Park
Check out Perth's iconic skyline from the DNA Tower, so named because it's shaped like a double-helix molecule, which soars 15 metres above ground from the highest point in Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
8. Hunt for the Giants of Mandurah
Thomas Dambo’s Giants of Mandurah feels like a dream. This magical and whimsical forest is filled with quirky and playful creatures. This world-class art installation by the acclaimed Danish artist features a number of towering sculptures up to five metres tall that create a fun, fictional world in the bushland of Mandurah.
Located south of Fremantle in Mandurah, Thomas Dambo's larger-than-life installation trail is an excellent family adventure, suitable for kids of all ages.
9. Hot air balloon over Avon Valley
Hot air ballooning is the most peaceful way to take in the rolling green hills and meandering path of the Avon River (Wagyl). Floating gently on the breeze, you get one of the best possible vantage points to watch the sun rise over the land of the Ballardong Noongar people.
Ningaloo Reef/Nyinggulu & the Coral Coast
Want to explore the deep blue? Set your compass towards the Coral Coast, where Exmouth (Warnangoora) awaits to give you access to World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park and more.
World's longest fringing reef, teeming with biodiversity
Beautiful national parks filled with wildflowers and native fauna
Pink Lake at Hutt Lagoon and the Pinnacles in Nambung National Park
Ocean adventures like fishing, SUPing with dolphins and diving with whale sharks
10. Swim with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef
Swimming with whale sharks is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. In fact, it is so unique, that only one in 3-million people globally will ever get to do it! If swimming side-by-side with one of the biggest yet gentlest fishes in the sea is on your bucket list, then Ningaloo Reef is the place to make it happen!
While you are there you may even get to see humpback whales, turtles and manta rays.
11. Go glamping at Sal Salis
Imagine waking up to the stunning view of the sun rising over the Indian Ocean! Glamping experiences don’t get much better than Sal Salis. With 16 eco-luxe wilderness tents that sit on raised platforms to offer views of the ocean, it is the perfect place to unplug, watch whales breach over breakfast, or catch kangaroos lazing on the beach.
As the sun sets, Sal Salis turns into the ideal place to gaze up at the stars with the love of your life!
12. Explore pink lake Hutt Lagoon
This stunning pink lake looks like something from a dream or sci-fi film. The marine salt lake gets its hue from an algae species called Dunaliella salina, causing it to shimmer various shades of pink year round. A guided buggy tour through Port Gregory will help you see this phenomenon from all angles.
13. Drive the Coral Coast Wildflower Trail
Chase brilliant blooms on a four-day itinerary starting and ending in Perth. There are around 12,500 flowering species in Western Australia, 60% of which are found nowhere else on the plant, famed for their hardy resilience and beautiful hues that burst to life from June for six months.
14. SUP with dolphins at Monkey Mia
Shark Bay (Gathaagudu) sounds ferocious but its placid waters are the perfect spot to do some stand-up paddle boarding. Chances are, you may even spot some friendly wild dolphins in this world heritage area.
15. Stand tall among the Pinnacles
Like a moonscape formed over millions of years in Nambung National Park the limestone shards rise up out of the Pinnacles, outside Cervantes in Western Australia. When walking through the Pinnacles, you could be forgiven for thinking you had just set foot on another planet.
16. Take a peek through Nature's Window
The list of stunning natural phenomena is seriously never ending in Western Australia, and Nature's Window in Kalbarri National Park puts itself firmly towards the top of the list. This natural rock arch offers sweeping views overlooking the Murchison River. Plus, it is only a 500m scenic walk from the car park!
17. See the views from Kalbarri Skywalk
Kalbarri National Park brings the drama with swell-pounded red cliffs, rivers etched into deep ravines and ochre-toned desert further inland. The view from Kalbarri Skywalk is second to none, giving you a glimpse of the grandeur of the area from 100 metres above Murchison Gorge.
Love a glass of wine, or bubbly, with a side of cheese platter? Make your way to the Margaret River region for some beach time and as much wine as you can responsibly drink. The rolling hills clad in vineyards sit fringed by pumping surf beaches – making Margaret River one of the best wine regions in Australia.
Award-winning wineries, cellar doors and restaurants
Giant trees and native bushland in lush timber forests
Surf breaks and beautiful beaches
Farm gates and cottage crafts
Ancient Indigenous culture on Wadandi and Bibbulmun country
18. Wine and lunch at Vasse Felix
You can’t come to one of the best wine region’s in Australia, and maybe even the world, without stopping for a glass or two. What better place to go, than the region’s very first winery? Vasse Felix produces low-intervention wines, grown and bottled on the estate. Visit the cellar door, or book in for lunch, at their award-winning restaurant. Leeuwin Estate is also a must-do.
19. Truffle hunting in Manjimup
Be there as the elusive Périgord truffle is unearthed at Truffle Hill, 1.5 hours outside Margaret River, thanks to the well-trained snout of a truffle Labrador. After the hunt, sit down for a guided truffle and wine-tasting experience by their head winemaker.
20. A twilight cave tour
An impressive network of 150 limestone caves pockmarks Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge. Explore Ngilgi Cave, a 40-metre deep cavern full of stalagmites and stalactites with Josh “Koomal” Whiteland, a Wadandi cultural custodian who guides visitors through the cave when closed to the public. Learn about the cultural significance of the Ngilgi along with its lore and legend, while Josh plays the didgeridoo adding to the spellbinding experience.
21. Try out coasteering
Mixing rock jumping, swell riding and shore scrambling, coasteering is a high energy way to explore the coastline. The two-hour tour with Margaret River Adventure Company will have you slipping into a wetsuit and helmet before flinging yourself off the shore into wave surges - definitely not for the feint hearted!
22. Walk the 1.8km Busselton Jetty
If you are heading to the Margaret River region, make sure to allow time in your itinerary to visit the Busselton Jetty. With views prettier than a postcard, Busselton is certainly worth writing home about. The jetty stretches a huge 1.8km out to sea and offers some truly stunning views.
But perhaps the best vantage point lies under the waterline. At the end of the jetty, there is an underwater observatory where you can see some of Geographe Bay’s vibrant marine life.
Walk at your leisure or jump on the solar-powered Jetty Train that runs the length of the jetty.
23. Explore Boranup Karri Forest
Set out along Caves Road to find yourself among the magic of towering karri trees, some stretching up to 60 metres skyward. But these enormous trees won't be the only thing making your jaw drop -with the forest floor often covered in wildflowers.
24. Stay at a tiny cabin on a sustainable winery
Petite Eco-Cabin in Yallingup is a Scandi-luxe tiny house on an organic vineyard in WA's oldest wine growing region, the Swan Valley. It's made for solo travellers or couples looking for a slow down with as much relaxation as you can take.
26. Gnome sighting in Ferguson Valley
Gnomesville – population: over 5,000. The first gnome statue appeared in 1998 on the roadside placed by a local resident but since then the population has swelled, with locals and visitors adding to the cute attraction.
Esperance & The Golden Outback
The hits keep coming in The Golden Outback, a wide open region home to Esperance (Kepa Kurl), Kalgoorlie (Karlkurla), ghost town Gwalia and the Nullarbor Plains.
Lucky Bay, home to the whitest sand beach in Australia
Aboriginal rock art and engravings at Mount Augustus
A 2.7 billion-year-old rock formation
27. Visit the world's largest outdoor gallery
Backdropped by russet red, 51 individually cast chromium steel statues punctuate a 10-square-kilometre stretch of Lake Ballard. The eerie figures are part of Antony Gormley's Inside Australia exhibit and each statue represents a resident of the town of Menzies, just 45 minutes from Lake Ballard.
28. Sunbake with a kangaroo on a white sand beach
Lucky Bay wows from first sight. The bluest water gently laps at the shore, while friendly kangaroos laze and hop about casually. Roll out your towel and join in the action or dive beneath the turquoise water of the beautiful bay.
Another of WA's pink lakes – Lake Hillier on Middle Island in the Recherche Archipelago – are only a heli ride away.
29. Surf landlocked Wave Rock/Katter Kich
Head to Wave Rock for a surf session minus the water. Curving 15 metres above the surrounding plain, the impressive rock formation is approximately 2.7 billion years old and holds cultural significance for the Ballardong people. This ancient granite cliff is located just a few kilometres outside the Wheatbelt town of Hyden.
30. Visit the world's biggest monocline
Twice as big as Uluru, Mount Augustus is called Burringurrah by the local Wadjari people. Take the 49km Loop Trail around the base to see pertoglyphs, gorges and open plains filled with wildlife and stunning scenery.
Broome/Rubibi & the Kimberley
Tales of seafaring and adventure abound in Broome, an old pearling port and the largest town in the Kimberley region. The landscape here is one for the ages – Pindan dirt meets glittering turquoise ocean dotted with archipelagos and bays.
Sunsets on Cable Beach
See the Bungle Bungle Ranges in Purnululu National Park
Horizontal Falls at Talbot Bay
Camp with Indigenous custodians
31. Learn about modern cultured pearling on a farm tour
Once known as the 'pearl of the north' Broome was the centre of a thriving pearl-diving industry. Now home to cultured pearl farms, join a pearling masterclass and boat tour at Willie Creek Pearls to learn about this farming practice.
32. Watch the sun set from Cable Beach
Sun rises over the ocean are magical - if you are a morning person. And for those who like to sleep in, mother nature created sunsets. Cable Beach (Walmanyjun) is a truly spectacular place to watch the sun slip below the Indian Ocean.
33. Explore the Bungle Bungle Range
Views of the Bungle Bungle Range is one of Western Australia's most iconic geological features. Strolling through dazzling rock formations and exploring hidden gorges will have you feeling like you are walking on a dream. For the ultimate experience, book a scenic flight and admire the vastness of Purnululu National Park's famous geological formations from above.
34. See Horizontal Falls in Talbot Bay
35. Staircase To the Moon
There are few moments more breathtaking than when the 'Staircase to the Moon' forms along the Kimberley and Pilbara coastlines. When conditions are just right, an optical illusion caused by a full moon rising over the water, will form a pathway, or ‘staircase’, that appears to lead all the way across the ocean to the moon.
36. Chase Cretaceous creatures at Gantheaume Point/Minyirr
Preserved in the reef rock for over 125 million years, the dinosaur footprints and plant fossils at Gantheaume Point are visible at low tide and form one of the world's best paleontological sites.
37. Take a soak at Zebedee Springs
Zebedee Springs is the ultimate place for a soothing and relaxing soak. After a short walk through the one-million-acre wilderness of El Questro, you’ll find a series of inviting thermal pools and waterfalls to wash away any stress you might have.
For the ultimate experience, book a tented cabin at Emma Gorge so you can end the day watching the stars.
38. Camp with custodians
Dotted through the Kimberley and Pilbara's breathtaking landscapes, six campgrounds are open to visitors looking for authentic connection with Aboriginal communities. Owned and operated by the local communities, all camping fees create income, training opportunities and the ability to live and work on Country.
39. Visit the second-biggest manmade lake in the Southern Hemisphere
Close to Kununurra (Goonoonoorrang), Lake Argyle is brimming with wildlife and was built for day cruisers. Part of Ord River Dam, Lake Argyle is classified as an inland sea and holds 20 times more water than Sydney Harbour at its peak!
40. Explore Karijini National Park
Karijini National Park, in the Pilbara, is the state's second-largest national park, filled with oasis-like scenes – gorges, waterfalls tumbling through red stone, lush jungle and deep ravines. It's no less impressive at night as meteor showers and millions of twinkling stars sparkle to life.