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Bush Walking

Walking in Western Australia can be predominantly rewarding during spring (between September and November), when wild flowers blossom throughout the state.

The Bibbulmun Track (963 kilometres / 598 miles, from Kalamunda to Albany) has access to circuit walks through the southwestern karri forests as well as 48 accommodation shelters along the route. For further details about the track please check online.

Other impressive routes can be found in the Stirling Range, an area containing over 500 species of wild flowers, throughout the Pilbara region, the major attractions of which are the stunning red walled chasms, subterranean pools and waterfalls of Karijini National Park.

In the northern Kimberley region, Western Australia’s main outback destination, features a cliff lined coast, rugged mountains and the spectacular Purnululu (Bungle Bungle) National Park, a 350 million year old massif with distinctive bee hive like natural domes.

Water Sports

The long stretches of untouched coastline along the Timor Sea in the north and the Indian Ocean in the south west offer a wide range of activities. Major destinations for diving include:
    Rottnest Island (especially Tortoise Bay, Jackson Rock and Transit Reef)
  Exmouth (a good base for exploring the Ningaloo Reef and the Muiron Islands)
  Abroholos Islands (3 groups of islands rated amongst Australi Esperance (the gateway to the Recherche Archipelago, which coa’s best dive sites)
  ntains 100's of islands)

  Busselton (a good place for jetty diving)
  unsborough in the south west (well known for its famous wreck dive to the HMS Swan)
The best times for diving in the Southern waters are from December to May and in the Northern waters from March to August.

Encounters with friendly dolphins are mainly frequent at Monkey Mia, in the Gascoyne region, whose nearby Shark Bay, a World Heritage listed area, is a habitat for turtles, manta rays, whales and sharks.

Further north, at Ningaloo Reef, it is possible to swim with giant whale sharks, which are the world's largest fish and make frequent appearances between March and early June. Access for this is available by boat from Coral Bay or directly from the beaches.

Whale watching is reputed to be particularly good in the Cape to Cape region, with an exceptionally long whale watching season (lasting some 6 months).

Perth ranks as 1 of Australia’s top surfing destinations and there are several surfing beaches close to the city, such as City Beach, Cottesloe and Scarborough. Other challenging surfing destinations include Yallingup and Margaret River, whose gloomily named beaches, such as Suicide and Grunters, should attract hardcore surfers only. Canoeing trips are also hugely available on Margaret River.

Adventure Sports

Concentrated in Kununurra (Kimberley region) organised tours include scenic flights, boat cruises and camping safaris. At the Walpole Nornalup National Park in the south, the imposing giant tingle trees in the ‘Valley of the Giants’ offer the possibility of a tree top walk, 38 metres above the forest on specially designed floorboards.

Self drive Tours

Popular outback destinations that can be explored in 4 wheel drive vehicles include The Pinnacles, consisting of thousands of limestone pillars (260 kilometres / 163 miles north of Perth), and the Gibb River Road through the rugged landscape of the Kimberley region.

River Cruises

Cruises on the Swan River from Perth travel either downstream, to the port of Fremantle, or the more popular option, upstream to the vineyards of Swan Valley. There are scenic and nature cruises in the Kimberleys, and on Lake Argyle (the largest fresh water lake in Australia).

Wine Tasting

The Margaret River Wine Region is Western Australia’s most famous destination for wine lovers. Although producing less than 1 % of Australia’s wine, the region is responsible for producing 15 % of the country’s premium wine.

The 50 or so wineries in the region are open for cellar door sales and tasting's. Another up and coming wine region in Western Australia is in the southern Mount Baker region, some 50 kilometres (31 miles) from Albany. The Swan Valley wine region, on the outskirts of Perth, also attracts several visitors.