Western Australia holidays

A vast state of contrasts, WA represents iconic Australian landscapes, from the rust-red outback to the deep green southern forests, to the breath-taking colours of Ningaloo Reef. White gum trees line the striking gorges of Karijini National Park, whilst the Indian Ocean washes countless sandy beaches and provides some spectacular sunsets night after night. Remote and immense, WA is a world in itself and is the ideal state for those wanting to venture off the beaten track. 

Travel Highlights

  • World Heritage Sites: Including Ningaloo, Shark Bay and Purnululu National Park.
  • The marine life & unusual wildlife: Whales and dolphins, wallabies, cute quokkas and more!
  • The Kimberley: A spectacular region characterised by rugged mountains, dramatic gorges, outback desert and coastal sections.
  • Natural wonders: Including Staircase to the Moon, Wave Rock and the Bungle Bungle Range
  • Food and wine: WA has nine sensational wine regions and there are more restaurants per capita in Perth than any other Australian city.
  • World class beaches: Including Cable Beach in Broome, Lucky Bay in Esperance and Yallingup Beach in Margaret River

Best time to visit Western Australia

The northern areas are best visited in the 'dry' season which is from April to October, however Perth and the Margaret River region can be enjoyed year-round.

Perth and Rottnest Island

The laid-back city of Perth is situated on the banks of the Swan River and is within easy reach of several excellent sandy beaches. Kings Park provides the ideal spot for a picnic with great views over the city, whilst a trip to nearby Rottnest Island is the perfect way to idle away a day. Here you can cycle, snorkel and look out for the resident quokkas – approximately 10,000 of these small marsupials inhabit Rottnest.

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Recommended holiday: Perth and Rottnest Island Independent Touring

Margaret River

To the south of Perth, the Margaret River region is scattered with award-winning wineries, world-class surf beaches and towering karri forests. It’s a region to explore at a leisurely pace, enjoying coffee in small towns and long lazy vineyard lunches. Enjoy a walk amongst the treetops in the Valley of the Giants, visit the inhabitants of Penguin Island or stroll 3kms to the end of the Busselton Jetty.

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Recommended holiday: Cape to Cape Privately Guided Walk

The Pinnacles

Just south of Cervantes on the Indian Ocean coast lies the unique Nambung National Park, home to the strange limestone formations known as the Pinnacles. Literally thousands of these limestone pillars, standing up to 4 metres tall, dot the barren landscape here and are well worth spending some time exploring.

Shark Bay

Shark Bay’s main attraction is the resort of Monkey Mia, which for half a century has been popular for the dolphins which come to feed at the beach. This is a unique way to enjoy a face-to-face encounter with these intelligent creatures. Shark Bay is also home to the largest population of dugongs in the world - over 10,000 animals feed in the seagrass meadows here. Back on the mainland at Hamelin Pool you can visit the stromatolites the world’s oldest living fossils.

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Recommended holiday: Western Reef Adventure

Ningaloo Reef

Accessible from Exmouth or from Coral Bay, the Ningaloo Reef is every bit as spectacular as its more famous counterpart on the Eastern side of Australia. Colourful coral gardens attract a variety of tropical fish and from April to July the region is visited by whale sharks. Swimming with the largest fishin the sea in their natural environment is a truly memorable experience.

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Recommended holiday: Sal Salis Reef and Outback Experience


With a distinctively Asian influence, Broome originally came to prominence as a pearl-fishing town. The town’s main draw-card is Cable Beach, a beautiful stretch of sand famous for its sunset camel rides! Broome is also the gateway to Cape Leveque and Purnululu National Park, home to the distinctive Bungle Bungles.

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Recommended holiday: Kimberley Complete

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Western Australia holidays

Kimberley Complete

from £6495
Exc. flights
14 nights | Apr - Sep
  • Escorted


Whales & Wine of the South West

from £1345
Exc. flights
12 nights | Jun - Dec
  • Fly-drive


Sal Salis Reef & Outback Experience

from £1828
Exc. flights
3 nights | Apr - Oct
  • Independent touring


Ningaloo & Shark Bay Discovery

from £763
Exc. flights
7 nights | Year round
  • Fly-drive


Cape to Cape Group Guided Walk

from £1671
Exc. flights
3 nights | Year round
  • Escorted


Western Reef Adventure

from £1157
Exc. flights
11 nights | Year round
  • Fly-drive


Western Wonderland

from £3808
Exc. flights
15 nights | Year round
  • Escorted


Perth and Rottnest Island

from £437
Exc. flights
3 nights | Year round
  • Independent touring


The Kimberley Expedition Cruise

from £5181
Exc. flights
10 nights | Apr - Oct
  • Cruise


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