Highlights of Western Australia

Western Australia is an extraordinary destination. By European standards, the state is huge: larger than the whole of western Europe combined and four times the size of Texas. And with only 1.8 million people living in Western Australia (1.3 million of whom live in Perth), you can feel like you're the only person for miles. And in many locations, you probably are.

Given the size and remoteness of Western Australia, it can be hard to know where to start exploring. Here are some of the highlights to help you plan your trip...

Wildflowers of the South West

During the months of July to November, much of Australia's South West is carpeted by spectacular wildflowers. Orange-flowering banksias, red and green kangaroo paw, magenta paperbark blossom and pink boronias are just some of the 12,000 plant species in the region - 60% of which are found nowhere else in the world.

Whale sharks of the Coral Coast

The world's biggest fish is a frequent visitor to Ningaloo Reef during the months of April and June. Whale sharks can grow to 16m in size - but lucky for us they are vegetarians, so it's perfectly safe to swim and snorkel alongside them. Ningaloo Reef is one of the few places on earth where they come close to the shore.

4WD adventures in the North West

The Gibb River Road is an icon of outback adventure travel, stretching for 660km through some of the most rugged and remote scenery in Australia. You'll pass beautiful rivers and gorges, including Chamberlain and Emma Gorges, Barnett River Gorge and Bell Gorge. Beware of the crocs!

Enjoy Perth

Most visits to Western Australia start and end in the state's capital, Perth. This is Australia's sunniest city, and consistently ranks as one of the most liveable cities in the world. The clean city sweeps down to the grassy banks of the foreshore and the picturesque Swan River. Make the most of all that sunshine by enjoying the sprawling Kings Park and the tree-lined Cottelsoe Beach.

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