For aspiring adventurers and seasoned adrenaline-seekers, Western Australia is a trove of one-of-a-kind escapades. If you’re looking to explore your own backyard and cross a few bucket list items off your list while you’re at it, keep reading.
TRAVERSE THE WILDERNESS
The rugged plains and untouched nature of the Kimberley showcases some of WA’s most beautiful, hidden landscapes. With Go Horizontal, you’ll get to witness the best of it, in an action-dense tour from Broome.
“Never before have people had the opportunity to see the best of the Kimberley all within a day,” Go Horizontal Falls Tours Marketing and Business Development Manager Bree Cardilini said.
“It’s a thrilling experience, beginning with a scenic flight aboard a Cessna Caravan. You’ll want your camera ready,” Ms Cardilini said.
From there, you’ll get to land at the famous Cockatoo Island and witness the long-abandoned luxury-resort built by Alan Bond in the 80s, before embarking on a cruise to the Horizontal Falls themselves.
After an exhilarating ride through the rocky gorges, a scenic lunch and a foray into the pristine geography, you’ll be back in time for the Broome sunset.
SWIM WITH THE (BIG) FISHES
Ever wanted to take a dip alongside a whale shark? With its unique location near the continental shelf, Ningaloo Reef is one of the only places in the world which offers such a consistently large food source for these majestic creatures, making it a popular whale shark stamping ground.
The best part is, just about anyone is welcome to join them.
“As long as you can swim, you can do it,” Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo Owner-Operator Debbie Ferguson said.
The gentle giants enjoy a balanced diet of krill and plankton, and are completely harmless.
“Each boat has up to 20 guests, as well as three observers who won’t be getting in the water,” Ms Ferguson said.
In addition to whale shark swims, Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo offers humpback whale swims, whale watching, diving and snorkelling tours and courses.
RECONNECT WITH THE ANCIENT LAND
Take an Aboriginal journey with the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operations Council (WAITOC), through a range of extraordinary campgrounds, tours and experiences.
“They’ll take you back to the ancient history and culture of Australia, in a real-life forum,” WAITOC Marketing Manager Di Below said.
Activities include spear-making, traditional fishing, four-wheel driving through the wilds, exploring historic foraging grounds and more.
The newest WAITOC adventure is a truly rare opportunity to experience the natural farming of honey ants.
Two Aboriginal elders maintain the wild nests near Kalgoorlie, and will take you on an exclusive desert tour of the nests before showing you how they harvest the ants using traditional sustainable methods. Once you’re done, you’ll get to sit down with the ladies, try some baked kangaroo tail and share a story or two.