Australia’s largest state is home to plenty of great outdoors — more than two and a half million square kilometres worth (about 965,255 square miles), to be precise. Here are the top 10 environmental experiences you can find in the vast expanses of Western Australia.
With turquoise water, white-sand beaches and countless tropical fish, this island paradise, situated just a quick ferry ride from Fremantle or Perth is a dream destination for snorkelers. But ‘Rotto’, as the locals call it, is most famous for its population of quokkas — cat-sized marsupials that look like miniature kangaroos, and who aren’t afraid to bounce up to visitors to pose for a selfie. Grab a bike and pedal around Rottnest
’s 19 square kilometres (about 7 square miles) of pristine public land — just keep an eye out for quokkas on the road!
These ancient desert sculptures are the sort of thing you can only find in the Australian desert, rising out of the bright yellow sand in the Nambung National Park that’s north of Perth. Dotted across the terrain like tombstones, the Pinnacles are limestone pillars made of seashells that date back millions of years ago when the ocean covered the land, before extensive weathering forged this otherworldly landscape.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
These four square kilometres (about 1.5 square miles) of immaculately curated gardens smack bang in the middle of Perth
don’t just boast postcard views of the city centre — they also contain more than 300 species of native West Australian plants, as well as untamed bushland and dozens of diverse bird species. Kings Park is the largest inner-city park in the world, roughly 20 percent bigger than even New York’s Central Park.
Tourists from around the world trek 1200 kilometres (745 miles) north of Perth to this remote corner of Western Australia for one thing: to go swimming with whale
sharks. The largest fish in the world’s oceans feed along the fringing coral reef of the Ningaloo Coast between March and August, presenting a unique opportunity to swim face-to-fin with these 14-metre-long (45 feet) gentle giants. Book your tour with an eco-certified operator, such as Ningaloo Discovery.
Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk
Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk | © Tom Smith
This tree top walk between Denmark and Walpole on Western Australia’s serene south coast towers above the forest canopy, providing a unique perspective on plant life that’s unique to this part of the world. Forty metres (about 131 feet) below the lofty walkway, a discovery centre and walking trail winds through 400-year-old red tingle trees that have origins stretching back 65 million years to the supercontinent of Gondwana.