Ten WA experiences that will blow your mind

With Qantas’ new direct flights between London and Perth, Western Australia is closer to Europe than ever before. Whether you are a foodie, wine connoisseur, adventurer, family traveller, backpacker, eco-tourist, snorkeler, animal lover, or simply fancy the sunshine on offer Western Australia has something to offer you.

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#1: Hunt for truffles in Great Southern

The Great Southern represents one of the most diverse tourism, food and wine regions you can imagine.

In the heart of this Australian gourmet escape, one can go truffle hunting or visit the Truffle Kerfuffle festival held each June to celebrate this rare delicacy. The area boasts some great wine estates including the Plantagenet, Burch Family, Larry Cherubino, Harewood Estate and Frankland Estate.

Truffle Hunting, Manjimup.

#2: Scenic helicopter flight to take in the bright pink Lake Hillier

Middle Island and its amazing pink Lake Hillier can be visited on a boat tour or scenic flight taking off from Esperance in southern WA. The pink hue of the lake is a naturally occurring phenomenon and even more breath-taking in person. Esperance is also home to one of Australia’s whitest beaches Lucky Bay where lazy kangaroos sunbathe on the sand. What a life! To read more click here.

Aerial view of Lake Hillier, Middle Island near Esperance

#3: Glamp under the clearest star skies you’ll ever see in Karijini

Nestled in the heart of the world-class Karijini National Park lies the multi-award winning Karijini Eco Retreat. This glamourous outback bush camping experience gives you the chance to gaze at the southern hemisphere’s spectacular star constellations.

Karijini Eco Retreat

#4: Take a dip in nature’s fish tank in Ningaloo Reef

The towns of Exmouth and Coral Bay sit on the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef. Not only is this the only place in Australia where you can swim with whale sharks, you can also access an untouched coral reef, home to turtles and other sea life just metres away from white sandy beaches.

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Coral Bay

#5: Peek through Nature’s Window at Kalbarri National Park

Kalbarri National Park claims exceptional landscapes unlike any other on Earth, from dramatic river gorges and coastal cliffs and valleys filled with dazzling wildflowers to the famous Nature’s Window.

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Nature’s Window, Kalbarri National Park

#6: Enjoy a scenic picnic in Perth’s majestic Kings Park

Western Australia’s capital city Perth hosts the world’s biggest inner city park. Bring a picnic to Kings Park and view the glittering city skyline and Swan River.

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Kings Park

#7: Bathe in palm-fringed waterholes mid-hike

In the El Questro Explore Wilderness Park keen hikers can explore over 200 kilometres of terrain, refresh themselves in palm-fringed waterholes and encounter the local wildlife.

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Zebedee Springs, El Questro Wilderness Park

#8: ‘Snuggle up’ with koalas at Caversham Wildlife Park

Just 20 minutes’ drive from Perth airport, the Swan Valley is home to Caversham Wildlife Park where you can feed kangaroos and penguins and get up close to adorable wombats and koala bears.

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Koalas at the Caversham Wildlife Park, Swan Valley.

#9: Pedal around idyllic Rottnest Island and visit its 63 beaches

Rottnest Island is a car free paradise and its 63 beaches are best explored by bicycle. Follow the lead of celebrities Margo Robbie and Roger Federer and snap a selfie with the world’s happiest animal the quokka. To read more click here.

Rottnest Island

#10: Swim with wild dolphins in Perth

In what other city can you swim with wild dolphins?

Rockingham Wild Encounters has been operating the multi-award winning ‘Swim with Wild Dolphins Cruise’ since 1989. There are over 200 local bottlenose dolphins that live amongst the sheltered waters of Rockingham’s bays and islands. To read more click here.

Swimming with wild dolphins, Rockingham Wild Encounters

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