Top 5 Must-Visit Tourist Attractions In Western Australia

They say that you’ll always find summer somewhere in Western Australia. With warm, sunny weather year-round, pristine beaches and hidden gems like ancient caves, cute quokkas and spectacular waterfalls, few places in the southern hemisphere offer the range of enchantments that lie within the great expanse of Western Australia. 

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A person mimes surfing down the tall face of Wave Rock
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Published 28 February 2024


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They say that you’ll always find summer somewhere in Western Australia. With warm, sunny weather year-round, pristine beaches and hidden gems like ancient caves, cute quokkas and spectacular waterfalls, few places in the southern hemisphere offer the range of enchantments that lie within the great expanse of Western Australia. 


A drone's view of the beach and turquoise waters of Rottnest Island

Photo by Amanda Klamrowski

A drone's view of the beach and turquoise waters of Rottnest Island

Photo by Amanda Klamrowski

A drone's view of the beach and turquoise waters of Rottnest Island

Photo by Amanda Klamrowski

1. Rottnest Island

Nestled off the scenic West Coast of Western Australia, Rottnest Island is an unspoiled haven, offering tourists a unique blend of natural wonders and captivating wildlife encounters. 

One of the island's most iconic inhabitants is the quokka, a small, friendly marsupial that has become synonymous with Rottnest. Visitors have the extraordinary opportunity to capture selfies and share delightful moments with these adorable creatures, making the quokka a must-see attraction. 

A visit to Rottnest Island would be incomplete without witnessing the grace of wild dolphins in their natural habitat along the coast. Join a boat tour to observe them navigate the azure waters of the Indian Ocean surrounding the island. 

A Tranquil Bay 

For nature enthusiasts, Little Salmon Bay emerges as a pristine jewel within Rottnest's crown. This secluded bay invites you to explore its tranquil waters, revealing what amounts to an underwater observatory of a world teeming with marine life. Snorkelling and diving enthusiasts can immerse themselves in the vibrant coral formations and diverse fish species, creating an immersive experience in the heart of this natural habitat. 

Rottnest Island's allure extends beyond its charismatic fauna, boasting blindingly white beaches that define the coastal beauty of Western Australia. Each beach offers a perfect retreat for relaxation and water activities. 

Getting There 

Catch a ferry from either Perth or Fremantle to the south west of Perth city. And because you can't get to Rottnest Island any other way, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy everything Western Australia's urban hub has to offer. 

Take a walking tour to admire Perth's street art, duck into its many alfresco bars, cafes and restaurants. Stroll through the green areas of Kings Park and Botanical Garden where you can enjoy a good dose of tree shade while taking in Perth's incredible city skyline as it leans over the Swan River. Or sample some of Western Australia's most delicious local produce at the Fremantle markets. 

The tall face of Wave Rock
The tall face of Wave Rock
The tall face of Wave Rock

2. Wave Rock 

Located in the heart of the Golden Outback of Western Australia, Wave Rock is a geological marvel. This natural wonder, located near the town of Hyden, is one of the world’s most unique rock formations and offers a glimpse into the ancient history of the land. 

Rising 15 metres high and stretching over 100 metres in length, Wave Rock gets its name from its distinctive shape, resembling a giant ocean wave frozen in time. The granite formation is believed to be over 2.7 billion years old, adding an element of awe to its already striking presence. 

Mulka's Cave

For those intrigued by the stories of the past, a visit to Mulka's Cave is a must. This ancient cave, adorned with Aboriginal rock art, provides a glimpse into the rich cultural history of the region. Mulka's Cave is named after an Aboriginal legend about a man born of forbidden love, adding a layer of meaning to the exploration of its depths. 



Hike Around

Beyond its geological and historical significance, Wave Rock offers a range of outdoor activities. Adventurous visitors can embark on hiking trails surrounding the rock, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The nearby Hyden Wildlife Park provides an opportunity to encounter Western Australia's unique fauna. 

Whether you're a geology enthusiast, history buff, or an outdoor adventurer, Wave Rock and its surroundings offer a captivating experience. The Golden Outback beckons with its natural wonders and cultural heritage, making it a destination that seamlessly blends education and exploration for every type of traveller. 

Getting There 

Driving east from Perth into the Golden Outback is an amazing road trip in itself. The 340-km scenic drive from Perth to Hyden via Brookton Highway takes about three hours 45 minutes. 

A drone's view of the Busselton jetty extending into the turquoise waters of Geographe Bay
A drone's view of the Busselton jetty extending into the turquoise waters of Geographe Bay
A drone's view of the Busselton jetty extending into the turquoise waters of Geographe Bay

3. Margaret River Region 

Located at the south west toe of Western Australia, the Margaret River is perfect if you're seeking a blend of scenic beauty, culinary delights, and cultural experiences. Renowned for its award-winning wineries, this region is a paradise for wine enthusiasts. 



Wine And Food 

Wine tasting is a must-do activity here, with the Margaret River boasting some of the world's finest vineyards and cellar doors. Visitors can savour the rich flavours of locally produced wines and explore the picturesque landscapes surrounding the vineyards. 

In addition to wine, the Margaret River Region is celebrated for its farmers markets, offering an array of delicious local produce. Fresh fruits, organic vegetables, artisan cheeses, and gourmet delights are available, providing a true taste of the region's culinary excellence. 

Nature 

Nature lovers can delve into the mesmerising underground world of limestone forms in the region's caves. The stunning stalactites and stalagmites create a magical subterranean landscape, making cave exploration a unique and unforgettable experience. 

For those seeking coastal beauty, a visit to Geographe Bay is a must. The bay's stunning beaches and gin-clear waters are perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and water sports. Busselton, a charming town on the bay, is famous for its iconic 1.8-km long jetty – the longest timber piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Take a train running the length of the jetty to its underwater observatory where you can say hi to the bay's incredible marine life from 8 metres below sea level. 

Getting There 

You can either drive the 280 kms to Margaret River, a drive of around three hours, or fly into Busselton Airport from Perth or Melbourne and drive 45 minutes to Margaret River. 

An underwater shot of a woman swimming with a whale shark
An underwater shot of a woman swimming with a whale shark
An underwater shot of a woman swimming with a whale shark

4. Ningaloo Reef 

Head north to Ningaloo Reef, a world heritage-listed site located along the stunning Coral Coast at the north west tip of Western Australia. If you're hankering for nature-based adventure, this remarkable coral reef stretching over 260 kilometres is renowned for its vibrant marine life, especially whale sharks. 

The Ningaloo Reef is a haven for diverse marine species, making it an ideal spot for snorkelling and diving. One of its most famous inhabitants is the gentle giant, the whale shark. Visitors have the unique opportunity to swim alongside these magnificent creatures, creating unforgettable memories. 

Turquoise Bay, located within the Cape Range National Park, is a highlight of the Ningaloo Reef experience. Its white sandy beaches and (of course!) turquoise waters offer an idyllic setting for relaxation and water activities. 

Snorkelers can explore the vibrant coral gardens just metres from the shoreline, encountering an array of colourful fish and manta rays. 

Exmouth And Coral Bay 

The town of Exmouth serves as a gateway to the Ningaloo Reef, offering convenient access to this natural wonder. Coral Bay, another charming coastal town, is known for its relaxed atmosphere and proximity to the reef. 

The Cape Range National Park, where the reef meets the land, showcases dramatic limestone ranges and gorges. Exploring this national park provides a chance to witness the unique blend of terrestrial and marine ecosystems. 

Whether you're an avid snorkeler, a wildlife enthusiast, or someone seeking the tranquility of white sand beaches, Ningaloo Reef promises an unforgettable experience on the Coral Coast of Western Australia. 

Getting There 

The Coral Coast of Western Australia is a two-day drive from Perth. Or you can opt for a two-hour flight from Perth to Exmouth. 

A drone's view of a jet boat heading away from sea rapids between to rocky peninsulas
A drone's view of a jet boat heading away from sea rapids between to rocky peninsulas
A drone's view of a jet boat heading away from sea rapids between to rocky peninsulas

5. Horizontal Falls 

Set off for rugged beauty of The Kimberley, Western Australia, where Horizontal Falls stand as a captivating natural phenomenon that beckons adventurous tourists seeking a unique and thrilling experience. This breath-taking spectacle is an incredible display of the region's powerful tidal movements. 

Visitors to the falls often embark on a scenic flight from Broome, providing you with an awe-inspiring aerial view of the expansive and untouched landscapes of The Kimberley. The flight over this remote region showcases the rugged red cliffs, pristine waters, and the vast wilderness that sets the stage for the adventure that awaits. 

Falls Of Glory 

Upon reaching Talbot Bay, you'll get to witness the falls in all their glory. They're not traditional waterfalls; rather, they are a result of intense tidal currents squeezing through narrow, horizontally aligned gorges, creating a breath-taking natural spectacle. The sheer force of the water rushing through these narrow channels creates a phenomenon where the water appears to drop horizontally, rather than vertically. 

To truly immerse yourself in this extraordinary display of nature's power, you can opt for a cruise through the falls. Experienced local guides navigate through the turbulent waters, providing a thrilling and up-close encounter with this natural wonder. The boat journey offers a unique perspective, allowing tourists to feel the exhilarating power of the tidal forces at play. 

While falls that are horizontal may seem like a paradox, this geological marvel is a testament to the extraordinary beauty and diversity found in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. For those seeking an unforgettable adventure and a close encounter with a natural wonder, these falls are a must-visit destination that promises a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Getting There

Because Horizontal Falls are located at the remote edge of The Kimberley, the only way to see them is via a cruise or scenic flight from Broome or Derby. You can fly into either of these towns from Perth. Take the looong drive in if you're feeling adventurous! 

Tall rock formations amid yellow desert sands
Tall rock formations amid yellow desert sands
Tall rock formations amid yellow desert sands

We've Got To Mention The National Parks! 

Is that five tourist attractions already!? As we've just scratched the surface of all the wonders Western Australia has to offer, it would be remiss of us not to mention at least a few of the many national parks of this vast state. 

The national parks of Western Australia are a haven for nature lovers, boasting a diverse range of landscapes and unique ecosystems. Each offers you a distinct experience if you're seeking adventure and natural beauty. Here's a glimpse of some of the notable national parks of Western Australia that are a must-visit for any traveller. 

Nambung National Park 

Nambung National Park, located just a short drive north of Perth, is renowned for its otherworldly Pinnacles Desert. These limestone formations, resembling ancient alien sculptures, create a surreal landscape that will leave you gob-smacked. 

Beyond the Pinnacles Desert, the park also features endless beaches and coastal dunes, making it an ideal destination for those who enjoy both terrestrial and marine wonders. 

Tunnel Creek National Park 

For those eager to explore the underground marvels of Western Australia, Tunnel Creek National Park is a fascinating choice. Located in the Kimberley region, Tunnel Creek offers an exhilarating subterranean adventure. Wade through the cool waters of the creek as you explore the ancient tunnel system, adorned with stalactites and stalagmites, revealing the geological history of the region. 



Karijini National Park 

Karijini National Park is a vast wilderness in the Pilbara region, famous for its breath-taking gorges, red rock formations, and refreshing natural pools. Adventurous souls can hike through narrow chasms and take a dip in Fern Pool, surrounded by lush native bushland. Karijini National Park provides a unique opportunity to experience the rugged beauty of the Australian outback. 

Purnululu National Park 

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the iconic Bungle Bungle Range. The park's distinctive beehive-shaped domes, formed over millions of years, create a mesmerising spectacle. Helicopter tours offer a bird's-eye view of this geological marvel of Western Australia, providing a truly unforgettable experience. 

Stirling Range National Park 

Stirling Range National Park, located in the southwest of Western Australia, is a haven for hikers and birdwatchers. The park features rugged peaks, diverse plant life, and a rich array of wildlife. The Stirling Range also offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. 

Kalbarri National Park 

Kalbarri National Park, situated along the rugged coastline of the Coral Sea, boasts dramatic cliffs, river gorges, and colorful wildflowers. The park is a paradise for hikers, with trails leading to iconic landmarks such as Nature's Window and Z-Bend Gorge. After a day of exploration, visitors can unwind with a cold beer and enjoy the stunning sunset views over the Indian Ocean. 

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