Western Australia is a rare gem – quite unlike anywhere else in the world. Although it covers over a third of the Australian continent, only two percent of the people live in this region.

Because it’s so sparsely populated, a visit to Western Australia affords the opportunity to discover a land resplendent in natural beauty, and completely unspoiled by man. Some parts resemble the Arizona desert, while others imitate the South African grasslands; some are even reminiscent of an English village.

There are a diverse range of natural landscapes in Western Australia, all waiting to be discovered.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking to break up a tour of the magnificent countryside, you also have the option to relax on one of the stunning beaches along the Western Coast, or get back to the buzz of city life in one of Australia’s hippest cities, Perth.

If that hasn’t convinced you, here are 7 other reasons why Western Australia should be on your travel hit list:

Dolphins

Because Western Australia offers such a secluded coast, you have a better chance of seeing dolphins than you do in other, more crowded parts of Australia.

Only two hours from Perth is the Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre. There are lots of dolphin discovery options to choose from: you can go inside the centre and learn more about these amazing marine creatures. If you’re lucky when you arrive, there will already be dolphins on the interactive zone on the beach. If not, consider taking a dolphin swim tour or a dolphin eco-cruise to see these amazing creatures first-hand in their natural habitat. 

Ngilgi Cave

Ngligi Cave is one of Western Australia’s best kept secrets. You can take a tour and witness the amazing natural formations the cave has to offer. Marvel at the beautiful, twisting stalagmites and stalactites, as well as learn more about the history and myths surrounding the cave from an Aboriginal guide.

Surfing

If you’ve always been tempted by the roar of the waves, but never given surfing a shot, Western Australia may be the place to do it.

Close to the Margaret River, there are over 40 of the country’s top surfing spots – so plenty of options to choose from. You’ll be able to take your pick of eager surfing instructors, who will teach you to ride the waves in no time!

Dense Forests

Walk across the dense Bibbulmun Track, and be surrounded on all sides by lush karri and tingle forests. The karri tree is the tallest kind of tree in Western Australia, and the third tallest tree in the world. If you’re feeling adventurous, climb up the Gloucester Tree – once you’ve reached the top of the 61-metre tree, enjoy spectacular views across the forest, as well as a certificate for your efforts.

The Best Road Trip

To get the most out of Western Australia, you’re going to need to rent a car. That way you can travel easily from the beach to inland, to the nature reserves and urban centre like Perth, Malaga. Just make sure to research and find out things to know before hiring a car in Australia.

Porongurup National Park

Rise above the dense forests of karri trees by experiencing Porongurup’s amazing granite skywalk. You can also enjoy the striking range of breathtaking granite mountains, that have been formed over the last 1,100 million years, and enjoy a picnic with spectacular views.

Perth

You know a city is cool when indie superstar Bon Iver names a song after it. Enjoy the relaxed vibe the city is famed for. You can indulge in some the best of world cuisines, discover a great coffee culture, and indulge in some retail therapy.