Aboriginal Art & Culture

Around 77,000 Aboriginal people call WA home, comprising many different Indigenous peoples, speaking many distinct languages.

Art Gallery of Western Australia A treasure trove of Indigenous art.

Wula Guda Nyinda Eco Adventures Offers bushwalks and kayak tours, and you'll learn some local Malgana language.

Dampier Peninsula Interact with remote communities and learn how to spear fish and catch mud crabs.

Djurandi Dreaming Aboriginal cultural walking tours around Elizabeth Quay precinct in downtown Perth.

The Kimberley View artists' cooperatives, visit ancient rock art, and get to know 'Country' on a cultural tour.

Ngurrangga Tours Cultural and rock-art tours in Murujuga National Park in the Pilbara.

Uptuyu Personalised cultural tours taking in wetlands, rock art, fishing and Indigenous Kimberley communities.

Wundargoodie Aboriginal Safaris Offering a women-only Kimberley Spiritual Experience.

East Pilbara Arts Centre This striking centre in Newman beautifully showcases the acclaimed works of the Martumili artists.

Beaches

Western Australia has some of Australia’s biggest and best beaches – and away from the cities and towns, chances are the only footprints in the sand will be yours.

Cottesloe Perth’s iconic beach, with cafes and bars close at hand (plenty of footprints here!).

Bunker Bay Brilliant white sand edged by bushland; you’ll have to look hard to spot the few houses scattered about.

Hellfire Bay Sand like talcum powder in the middle of Cape Le Grand National Park, which is precisely in the middle of nowhere.

Shark Bay Fifteen hundred kilometres of remote beaches and towering limestone cliffs.

Turquoise Bay A beautiful bay in Ningaloo Marine Park, with wonderful snorkelling.

William Bay National Park Sheltered swimming around the granite boulders of Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks.

Cable Beach Surely the most famous, camel-strewn, sunset-photographed beach in WA.

Cape Leveque Red cliffs and super-dooper sunsets on the Dampier Peninsula.

The Basin A natural sandy swimming pool on Rottnest Island, fringed by reefs.

Beer & Wine

WA’s established wine industry is complemented by a booming craft-beer scene, while vineyard restaurants and providores also abound.

Swan Valley Within suburban Perth’s northeastern grasp, the Swan Valley's wineries and microbreweries are packed with city folk on the run.

Fremantle The traditional home of WA craft beer, from established Little Creatures to more recent players like The Monk.

Margaret River Known for its Bordeaux-style varietals, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc, as well as a growing number of craft breweries.

Pemberton Another esteemed wine area, producing highly quaffable pinot noir, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc.

Denmark Notable wineries and craft breweries dot this picturesque part of the cool-climate Great Southern wine region.

Mt Barker & Porongurup The most significant sub-region of the Great Southern, producing cool-climate riesling, pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon.

Bushwalking

The state’s dozens of national parks are laced with hundreds of walking tracks, heading along the coast, deep into forests, through gorges and up mountainsides.

Bibbulmun Track This is the big one, stretching 1000km from the edge of Perth through the southern forests to Albany.

Cape to Cape Track Enjoy Indian Ocean views on this 135km trail from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin.

Stirling Range National Park Climb every mountain…or maybe just one or two in this luscious range, known for its flora and chameleon-like ability to change colour.

Punurrunha (Mt Bruce) In Karijini National Park tackle WA’s second-highest peak and scan the show-stopping views along the ridge.

Mitchell Falls (Punamii-unpuu) The 8.6km track heads through spinifex, woodlands and gorges, passing Aboriginal rock art on the way.

Diving & Snorkelling

Reefs and wrecks are plentiful around WA and the marine life abundant, providing a smorgasbord of options for geared-up diving pros or gung-ho first-time snorkellers.

Mettams Pool Suburban snorkelling in Perth’s northern suburbs.

Rottnest Island Over a dozen wrecks and two underwater snorkelling trails make this an excellent destination for snorkel fans.

Busselton Lots to see around the southern hemisphere’s longest timber jetty, plus the wreck of a decommissioned navy destroyer not far offshore.

Albany Keep an eye out for leafy sea dragons among the coral reefs.

Houtman Abrolhos Islands Dive, snorkel, bushwalk or fish around these historic islands, which rarely see tourists.

Foodie Touring

People don’t necessarily travel to WA for the cuisine, but there are plenty of foodie surprises in the state's gastronomic hot spots.

Perth No longer the poor cousin to the eastern capitals, the Perth restaurant scene is consistently exciting and continually evolving.

Swan Valley Dubbed the ‘Valley of Taste’ (who comes up with these things?), with winery restaurants, cafes and providores.

Margaret River Wine Region Enjoy marvellous meals, beautiful scenery and often audacious architecture in WA's top wine region.

Manjimup Hunt for truffles at the Wine & Truffle Co, and dine from a menu infused with this pungent fungus.

Lobster Shack In Cervantes, this slick seafood operation puts some crayfish in your dish.

Broome Mango Festival Held in November, the harvest is celebrated with the Great Chefs of Broome Cook-Off.

Getting off the Beaten Path

In a destination so varied and expansive, there are plenty of spectacular opportunities to craft your own journey of discovery.

Mornington Wilderness Camp The 95km stretch from the Gibb River Road to this riverside oasis is some of WA's most exquisite, lonely country.

Dryandra Woodland Less than two hours from Perth, but a world away, with endangered populations of endemic wildlife.

Gnaraloo Station Come for a night and stay for a month as your skills are put to work on this sustainable station.

Guilderton A locals' holiday haunt north of Perth at the mouth of the Moore River: surfing, fishing, swimming...all the good things.

Middle Lagoon Life doesn’t get much more laid-back than at this Dampier Peninsula beachside camping ground far from anywhere in particular.

Duncan Road A real outback adventure without the masses, Duncan Road is both a destination itself and a 'long cut' to the Northern Territory.

Surfing & Windsurfing

Wax the board and fire up the Kombi: WA’s surf is legendary.

Trigg Beach Perth surfers head to the city's northern beaches after work to catch a few waves.

Lancelin A mecca for windsurfers and kitesurfers, and a great spot to learn.

Yallingup/Margaret River ‘Yals’ and ‘Margs’ are the hub of the WA surf scene – with a major pro competition held here every year.

Ocean Beach You might find yourself sharing this beautiful Denmark bay with the odd whale.

Geraldton The surrounding beaches are a hot spot for both wind- and wave-powered surfers.

Gnaraloo Surfers flock here in winter to try their luck at the famous Tombstones break; in summer the windsurfers get their turn.

Forest Scenes

You might be forgiven for thinking that WA is only about white sand and red dirt. There is an awful lot of both, but the state’s forests also deliver some worthy green time.

Lesueur National Park A huge diversity of flora with gorgeous wildflowers and rare and endemic trees.

Karri Forest Explorer This shady circuit passes through three national parks surrounding Pemberton.

Valley of the Giants A wobbly tree-top walkway arches through the lofty canopy of a tingle forest.

Cape to Cape Track Soak up the Indian Ocean views along this leafy 135km trail from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin.

Walyunga National Park Explore the trails in this beautiful park, where the Avon River cuts through the Darling Range.

Karijini National Park Rugged trails studded with gorges and waterfalls, and the tallest mountains in Western Australia.

Stirling Range National Park This range is known for its flora and chameleon-like ability to change colour.

Marine Mammals

Make an informed, ethical choice about interacting with WA's creatures of the deep: humanity owes them a little peace and quiet!

Perth & Fremantle Thirty thousand whales cruise past between mid-September and early December.

Rottnest Island The sharp-of-eye may spot New Zealand fur seals, dolphins and whales.

Rockingham Cruise out into Shoalwater Islands Marine Park to spy dolphins and seals.

Green Head Sea lions splash in the shallows.

Dampier Peninsula Excellent whale-watching from a viewing platform.

Bunbury Wild dolphins regularly approach the shoreline.

Albany Between July and mid-October the bay turns into a whale nursery, with mothers and calves easily spotted from the beach.

Monkey Mia Watch dolphins feeding in the shallows and take a dugong-spotting cruise.