Exploring the other side of Australia

KUALA LUMPUR, 3 June 2017: 

It’s hard to imagine why most travellers would miss an area almost half the size of the Australian continent to just congregate at its eastern-most coastal cities of Brisbane, Sydney & Melbourne – when there’s so much more to be discovered in the east.

For those seeking to address this major oversight, the southern continent’s largest state – Western Australia – is home to many extraordinary attractions and experiences.

Beyond the capital Perth, travellers can find pristine beaches, ancient landscapes, towering forests, secluded waterfalls, bright pink lakes and the world’s largest wildflower collection.

A three hour drive south of Perth brings you to Margaret River – which produces some of the best wine in Australia.

A lazy drive can lead to one or more of over 200 wineries, as well as stunning beaches, tall-timber forests, caves and world-class surf breaks.

Or you can board a seaplane for a bird’s eye view of stunning coastlines before landing at Margaret River for a day of gourmet food and wine tasting.

For those who want the true wildlife experience, watch kangaroos lazing on the sand at Lucky Bay in Esperance.

With its sweeping stretches of white sand, Cape Le Grand National Park in Esperance is a place so relaxed even the kangaroos can’t resist lazing on the sand here.

Clear waters off Perth can be found at Snorkel World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef.

Visitors can walk straight off the beach and snorkel over superb coral gardens teeming with colourful fish mere metres from the shore.

The world’s longest fringing reef has long been regarded as one of the most reliable places in the world to swim with the gentle whale shark (March to July), and now visitors can experience a humpback whale swimming interaction tour too (August to October).

Further out is Australia’s last great wilderness, the Kimberley. The gateway to the Kimberley, Broome, is only a 2½ hour flight from Perth.

You can take a camel ride along the 22km white sands of Cable Beach, explore the mangroves with an aboriginal guide, experience untouched savannah landscapes, swim under stunning waterfalls, and see the world’s only horizontal waterfalls.

If you prefer to stay closer to Perth, grab the chance to go beyond the typical touristy activities – don’t miss a ride on a solar electric boat for Indigenous Experiences Australia’s two-hour cruise along the Derbal Yerrigan (Swan River), learning about ancestral stories and sacred places.

With ever new attractions being developed and added, Tourism Western Australia chief executive officer Gwyn Dolphin said more visitors than ever are marvelling at the explosion in attractions, accommodation and nightlife which complements the city’s natural beauty – delivering an all-round, exceptional destination.

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