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BLESSED WITH FANTASTIC WEATHER AND RUGGED NATURAL BEAUTY, WESTERN
AUSTRALIA IS THE PERFECT SETTING FOR AN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE.
For a real outback adventure, horseback riding
is a popular activity that the whole family can
enjoy. The scenic riding tours through the Perth
Hills are perfect for beginners, while adventurous
riders will love the deserted beach trails and
twilight tours available at Yanchep. There are riding
schools throughout WA that offer a range of riding
experiences for beginners to experienced riders.
For something a bit different, why not
try crabbing? The crab-packed waters of
Mandurah are perfect for dropping a net
and catching your very own seafood feast. In
fact, crabbing is such a local obsession it has
inspired its own festival, the annual Mandurah
CrabFest, held during March each year.
The Bibbulmun Track is one of the longest walking
trails in the world, offering a wide range of outdoor
experiences from a relaxing walk to a challenging
eight-week adventure. For a complete wilderness
experience, visitors can join a guided tour and make
use of the purpose built campsites, such as the Walking
with Dad and Walking with Mum weekend family tours
run by the Bibbulmun Track Foundation.
Outdoor cinemas have become increasingly
popular in the last few years, and there are
now big screens in a variety of stunning
locations around WA. Relax and enjoy the
magical atmosphere of watching a ﬁlm under
the stars of the night sky. Most outdoor
cinemas operate from December to April.
With a never-ending coastline, diverse
marine life and numerous shipwrecks,
snorkelling and diving are two of the most
popular outdoor activities in WA. Rottnest
nd offers a range of amazing underwater
adventures. Families will enjoy the snorkel
trail at Little Salmon Bay, while seasoned
divers can explore a vast graveyard of
shipwrecks off the coast.
Exploring the magniﬁcent gorges within the
Karijini National Park is one of the most
exhilarating outdoor attractions the Pilbara region
has to offer. An excellent system of walking trails,
with varying levels of difﬁculty, lead visitors deep
into subterranean gorges, through cascading
waterfalls and past crystal clear waterholes. Oxers
Lookout offers spectacular views of Joffre Gorge,
Hancock Gorge, Red Gorge and Weano Gorge.
From July to October, whale watching is a
popular outdoor activity in Albany, where
humpback and southern right whales come
to mate and calve off the south coast. Several
tour operators offer up close and personal
experiences with the whales, while visitors
can also catch a glimpse from many of the
scenic trails in the area. Other whale watching
locations include Broome, Exmouth, Hillarys,
Denham, Kalbarri and Geographe Bay.
Swimming with dolphins is a dream for most
people, and with so many dolphin-friendly
towns in WA there's no reason not to turn
that dream into a reality. Rockingham, Monkey
Mia and Bunbury all offer interactive dolphin
experiences where visitors can get up close to
these intelligent creatures as they frolic in their
natural environment. The best time for dolphin
spotting is between September and May.
For the outdoor experience of a lifetime,
diving with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef is an
underwater encounter not to be missed. From
April to June, these gentle creatures congregate
in the Ningaloo Marine Park, where visitors can
watch from the surface or take the plunge and
swim alongside them. Whale shark swimming tours
operate from Exmouth and Coral Bay.
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The Augusta Margaret River caves offer a
stunning outdoor experience. Three spectacular
show caves -- Lake Cave, Mammoth Cave
and Jewel Cave -- offer adventure seekers
the opportunity to explore another world
dominated by stunning formations formed over
millions of years. The caves are open to the
public all year round.
PHOTOGRAPHY: TOURISM WA.
Try diving with whale
sharks at Ningaloo Reef.
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