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Why Western Australia for once in a lifetime adventure?

Why Western Australia for once in a lifetime adventure?

October 21, 2022

Americans have long been drawn to Australia and the idea that this far away land deserves a significant place high on every traveler’s bucket list.  With so much appeal from unique wildlife, the outback and world class cities and wine regions – the desire is strong to head “down under”. Most travelers usually focus on well- known highlights in the eastern and central part of this amazing country; but few set their sights on one of the most extraordinary regions – Western Australia.

With limited time and so much to experience on one continent, how can discerning visitors decide what to do? At the top of most people’s lists are nature and adventures experiences in locations only accessible to very few participants. Western Australia delivers on these types of experiences of getting off the beaten path in magical locations. These epic experiences may cost more; but the encounters are well worth it.

The trends for eco and nature tourism continue to be strong as the world is now open for visitors to pursue their travel dreams.  Delivering the “wow” factor seems to be one of the themes people are searching for. With this in mind the trends are also showing us that adventure seekers are working harder than ever to find these types of untouched settings.

We have put together our top locations and accommodations – including expedition cruise that all deliver this type of phenomenal experience in Western Australia:

1. Ninagaloo Reef and Sal Salis tented Camp

Located in the remote area of Western Australia’s Cape Grange National Park. This lodge boasts 15 eco-luxe safari tents just steps from shore separating the sand dunes from the crystal blue waters of the famous Ningaloo Reef. Closest airport is Exmouth and regular flights from Perth are available.

Unique Adventure Experiences:

  • Whales Sharks – One of the most exhilarating marine adventures is swimming with the gentle whale sharks, the biggest fish in the worlds. From March to July each year passionate ecological local guides will lead you on a tour to swim with these gentle giants. Many people describe this the rarest wildlife encounter they have ever had.
  • Humpback Whales – Between July and October, Ningaloo welcomes a mammoth visitor. The beautiful humpback whales migrating from Antarctica along Western Australia Humpback Highway to warmer breeding grounds in the north. Ningaloo is the only place in Western Australia where you can swim with humpback whales.
  • Stargazing
  • If you haven’t experienced a true Dark Sky you are in for a surprise. This is sheer beauty that will leave you in awe. Enjoy your dinner with magnificent views of the Milk Way.

2. El Questro

Located in Western Australia, El Questro sits in the heart of the Kimberley region, giving guests unlimited access to explore the natural and untamed landscapes within the property’s 700,000 acres of land. The closest airport is Kununurra.

With just 10 suites, this exclusive property overlooks the Chamberlain River, offering beautiful views and a chance to truly connect with nature. About as remote as you can get, this is a true adventurer’s delight.

Unique Adventure Experiences:

  • Chasing waterfalls – some accessible only by helicopter others via an easy walk
  • Swimming holes and thermal springs
  • Ancient gorges – many with lush tropical gardens and waterfalls
  • Unique Fishing locations
  • Majestic lookouts where you will fully appreciate the expanse of this region
  • Mighty river systems – five run through El Questro
  • Exploring and Hiking to El Questro Gorge

3. True North

This amazing expedition cruise explores the Kimberley region and it’s spectacular gorges, rugged mountains and majestic waterfalls. Few people are able to truly explore and experience this ancient land. The True North can go where bigger ships cannot giving guests a level of access that cannot be offered with other ships. With only 36 adventure travelers on-board travelers experience the exploration of a lifetime. We suggest a stay in Broome prior to the cruise, and taking the cruise that ends in Kununurra.

Unique Adventure Experiences:

  • Seeing the Iconic Horizontal Falls
  • Montgomery Reef from the helicopter – 140 square miles of coral reef that rises out of the ocean right before your very eyes! Turtles, dugong, manta rays viewed from the helicopter puts all in perspective!
  • Hidden fishing spots on the Prince Regent River
  • Hiking to the hidden Jackson Falls.

Facts about Western Australia. The country’s largest state boasting the nations longest coastline. The sunniest capital city of Perth is also home to nineteen world class beaches. Western Australia is around the size of Western Europe and makes up one-third of the Australian continent. Western Australia’s Aboriginal history dates back more than 60,000 years, making it home to the oldest living culture.

Roseann Iovine

Roseann Iovine


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