Beaches & Reefs of Western Australia
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Some of the highlights included are:
- Visit Rottnest Island and pose for selfies with the cute quokkas
- Meet Money Mia’s friendly pod of wild bottlenose dolphins
- Dive into the underwater world of the Ningaloo Reef
- Snorkel with enormous whale sharks, the world’s largest fish
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- International & internal flights
- 11 nights in 4-4.5* hotels & hand-picked local gems
- 9 days' car hire
- Discover Rottnest Island Tour
- Whale Shark Swim (seasonal)
- All airport transfers
Need to know
- Arrives: Perth Airport (PER)
- Time difference: GMT+8
- Visa requirements: British passport holders require a tourist visa; please ask your travel consultant for more information
- Language: English
- Currency: Australian dollar (AUD)
- Flying time from UK: around 20 hours
- Plug type: 3-prong flat blade plug
- Voltage: 240 volts/50 cycles
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While you’re in town, take a trip across the water to the beautiful Rottnest Island, home to the adorable quokka, who loves to pose for tourists’ photos. Back in the city, explore the galleries and museums, take a walk or cycle along the extensive pathways or have a picnic in King’s Park, a 990-acre green space filled with historic memorials and native flora.
4.5* Peppers Kings Square
Discover Rottnest Island Tour
First up is Cervantes, the main access point to Namburg National Park, and home to the intriguing Pinnacles, a collection of jagged limestone rocks pillars studding the desert, and looking like something from another world. A great time to visit is sunset, when the light changes colours across the sands and rocks. When not admiring the pinnacles, chill out on the beach or try the long list of local water sports.
4.5* Pinnacles Edge Resort
Popular with windsurfers and kite surfers, with stand-up paddle boarding also up-and-coming, the beaches are a good place to start exploring, with Town Beach one of the most easily accessible. If you’re a culture vulture, head to the Maritime Museum, the HMAS Sydney Memorial or the Western Australian Museum.
4* Waldorf Geraldton Serviced Apartments
Later, continue on to Monkey Mia, hop in a boat and look out for a wide range of marine life including turtles, manta rays and dugongs. But of course the main event here is the daily visit from a local pod of bottlenose dolphins, which come right up to the beach and feed from your hands.
3.5* Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
Try it in the restaurants, or perhaps even head down to the ocean and fish for yourself – mackerel, mulloway and even shark can be caught right from the beach. The town is also the perfect base for exploring nearby Mount Augustus and the Kennedy Ranges or touring the banana and mango plantations. Don’t miss the Carnarvon Blowholes either, which, when the tide is right, shoot jets of water 20m into the air!
3* Best Western Inn Carnarvon
The ideal spot from which to explore the marine park, this tiny town boasts just one street, plenty of seafood menus and a lovely soft beach where you can snorkel right into the waves to get up close to a myriad of multi-coloured fish and corals. If you’d prefer not to get your feet wet, try a glass-bottomed boat trip where you might also spot dolphins and rays.
3.5* Ningaloo Reef Resort
If you didn’t do any diving or snorkelling in Coral Bay, then you definitely should here, as it’s the perfect place to swim beneath the waves and spot turtles, octopus, sharks and rays. Your Journey includes a Whale Shark Discovery Tour, allowing you to get up close to the world’s largest fish, which grown to lengths of up to 14m.
4.5* Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort Exmouth
Whale Shark Discovery Tour or Top of the Range Safari
Catch up on any of the top sights you missed the first time round, or just hang out in the local bars and restaurant. If you fancy something more relaxing, head down to Kings Park, a 990-acre green space home to bushland walking trails, historic memorials, native flora, Indigenous cultural activities and a bustling events calendar, or take a chilled out stroll or bike ride along the banks of the Swan River.
4.5* Peppers Kings Square