Explore wild Western Australia

By Helen Hayes 13 February 2023
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From the luminous blues of the sea and sky to the rusty red earth and the emerald hues of ancient rainforests, Western Australia’s dramatic landscape is a dazzling canvas of colour that spans a third of the continent. From the serene to the surreal, its diversity of landscape and ancient culture lures visitors in search of once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Whether you’re eager to travel Western Australia’s iconic sites or discover its hidden gems, the unparalleled knowledge of AAT Kings passionate insider guides – from vintners and farmers, to astronomers, historians and Indigenous artists – will reveal both its highlights and its secrets. AAT Kings’ century of exploring every corner of the continent means that guests can sit back and journey without a worry on immersive off-the-beaten track adventures that take them beyond the well-trodden tourist trail to reveal the region’s huge personality and staggering beauty. 

With so much ground to cover, leaving it to the experts means there’s no worry about where you stay or eat, or how you are getting there. Letting AAT Kings take the lead means that instead of worrying, you can make the most of your travel time, enjoying the state’s many magnificent sights, savouring the native flavours in venues secreted in stunning locations, spotting wildlife found nowhere else on earth, and enjoying enthralling stories straight from the mouths of their makers and ancient tales passed down through countless generations.

For the adventurous in spirit, start planning your Western Australian wanderings with these inspired adventures from AAT Kings.

Aerial view of Wave Rock, Hyden. Image credit: Tourism Western Australia

School of Rock

Let your senses run wild as you explore a world of geological wonders millions of years in the making on the 15-day AAT Kings’ Western Wonderland guided tour from Perth and back again. You’ll enjoy a rainbow of sights from the milkshake pink lake of Hutt Lagoon and the patchwork of blues fading into powdery white sand at Shark Bay, to the multi-hued granite swell of Wave Rock and otherworldly limestone spires that burst from the yellow sands of the Pinnacles Desert.

Follow in the footsteps of fortune hunters in one the world’s biggest gold-producing regions as you explore the stunning, rugged landscapes of Kalgoorlie’s ‘Golden Mile’. Coast through pretty heathlands, rugged coastal peaks and white sandy beaches at the alluring Cape Le Grand National Park, then join the kangaroos sun baking on the sand at postcard-pretty Lucky Bay. Let the waves lap your feet as you get up close with Monkey Mia’s wild dolphins. Explore bountiful wilderness areas including the Fitzgerald River National Park, a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and the Stirling Range National Park, carpeted with 1500 species of wildflowers and home to Bluff Knoll Lookout, one of WA’s highest peaks.

Then wash down your weeks of adventure with a tipple at one of Margaret River’s 200 cellar doors.

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Aerial view of swimmers at Warroora Station, south of Coral Bay. Image credit: Tourism Western Australia

In the deep

After admiring Broome’s sweeping white beaches, a blazing Cable Beach sunset marks the beginning of AAT Kings 13-day Untamed Pilbara & West Coast guided adventure from Broome to Perth. There will never be a dull moment as the ever-changing landscape unfolds to reveal coastline vistas of white sand and turquoise waters, spy surreal landforms, rugged gorges and sparkling waterfalls in pretty patches of rainforest.

Soak up the sight of the red earth and vast mineral deposits as you journey to the depths of the Pilbara to Karijini National Park in the Hamersley Ranges, where Mother Nature’s magnificence is on full display in an oasis of gorges, colourful swirls of folded ancient rock and stepped waterfalls that rush into natural spa rockpools. From red dirt to blindingly blue water, Exmouth is up next and a marine adventure like no other at Ningaloo Reef, Shark Bay and Monkey Mia.

From under the ocean head to outer space as you journey south to the town of Carnarvon and the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum. More otherworldly experiences await as you’re met by a moonscape of limestone stacks on a guided Pinnacles Desert tour. A tip-toe through the grevilleas, kangaroo paws and feather flowers of Kalbarri National Park, during wildflower season, will bring you happily back to Earth.

Before your unforgettable journey through this coastal wonderland ends, let your senses run wild as an Aboriginal guide shares his ancient culture through bush tucker, the didgeridoo and Dreamtime stories of how the land was created on a hands-on experience in Yanchep National Park.

Cockburn Ranges, Gibb River Road, The Kimberley. Image credit: Tourism Western Australia

Wildlife wonders

AAT Kings’ superlative 21-day guided Wonders of the West Coast & Kimberley road-trip is all about drama – of the natural kind – as you get up-close to whale sharks, dolphins and manta rays traversing the west coast of Australia. First stop is Yanchep National Park where you’ll find a connection to culture on a hands-on adventure with an Aboriginal guide who’ll share spiritual stories and songs of this ancient living culture. More spiritual moments await at Nambung National Park’s Pinnacles, an otherworldly vision of towering limestone stacks. There’s more extraordinary nature on display in Shark Bay’s Hamelin Pool, home to an abundant colony of living fossils that date back 3500-million years. Then cruise the Ningaloo coast in a glass-bottomed boat to catch a glimpse into an underwater world humming with marine life. Off the water are the immense gorges and enchanting waterfalls of Cape Range National Park and dazzling ocean views.

Inland is Karijini National Park with its meandering, mesmerising gorges and shimmering blue rock pools, and by night an inky sky painted with a galaxy of stars. The rich red earth of the Pilbara continues Western Australia’s kaleidoscopic circuit of colour and introduces an equally colourful array of local characters.

Walk in the 125-million-year-old footsteps of dinosaurs, slurp up oysters and soak in a sizzling Indian Ocean sunset in Broome. Take a deep dive into First Nations culture and creativity in Aboriginal communities that have existed on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert for millennia. Hit the Gibb River Road for a wild ride 660 kilometres across the Kimberley to El Questro Wilderness Park, bookended by the rusty red Cockburn Ranges and the mighty Pentecost River. Wave goodbye to WA with a bird’s eye view of the beehive rock formations of the Bungle Bungles.

The Northern Territory awaits with a swaggering outback welcome at a real and raw working station. Get back to nature at Nitmiluk National Park, a rock art-dotted paradise on Jawoyn land for a cruise through Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, before a dazzling finale in magical multi-cultural Darwin.

Arimia Estate, Wilyabrup, south-western WA. Image credit: Tourism Western Australia

Into the vines

Get amongst the grapes in the Margaret River region, one of Australia’s premier wine producing regions. But there’s so much more to this divine destination than top tipples. A little bit city and a little bit country, AAT King’s South Western Escape 11-day guided escape from Perth will take in sights that will leave you open-mouthed with wonder. 

Starting in leafy Perth, ride the curved granite swell of Wave Rock, take in the vistas over Kalgoorlie’s ‘Super Pit’ open-cut gold mine, experience gold rush history and discover the Golden Mile. Then it’s on to Esperance, one of Western Australia’s most remote and dreamy towns, boasting a coastline of rocky headlands and gin-clear waters that lap gently at the edge of powdery and boulder-strewn beaches where kangaroos work on their tans. Surrounded by numerous national parks and nature reserves, including the pristine Cape Le Grand National Park, visitors can take in the views from Bluff Knoll Lookout.

Dramatic rock formations and migrating whales (in season) are the star attraction at Torndirrup National Park and in the Valley of the Giants, crane your necks on a Tree Top Walk for a bird’s-eye view of the soaring tingle trees. Speaking of heights, you’ll also stop at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, the tallest on the Australian mainland, in the spectacular Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

Walk the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere at Busselton, stock up on the local goodies at historic Fremantle Markets before touring the town with one of AAT Kings in-the-know local guides. 

Before you finish your memory-making adventure hop the ferry to Rottnest Island to meet the quokkas, Australia’s friendliest furry locals.

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Whichever tour you choose, you’ll uncover local secrets, devour memorable meals, fill days with laughter and memory cards full of achingly beautiful sights.

Brought to you by AAT Kings.

How to book your tour

To book your next adventure visit: Call 1300 228 546, or visit: aatkings.com/waausgeo

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