Scenic Views, Animal Encounters and Outdoor Activities in Western Australia for the Whole Family This June Break – Mothership.SG
With a flight time of only 4.5 hours from Singapore and sharing the same time zone as Singapore, Western Australia offers a certain change of scenery.
In case you haven’t heard, the region reopened its borders to international travelers on March 3.
Here is a range of outdoor experiences for different ages and interests in Western Australia, namely Esperance, Rottnest Island, Ningaloo Reef and the Coral Coast.
If you are traveling north from Esperance, the journey between each destination varies between eight and 12 hours.
If you’re reluctant to spend so much time on the road, you can plan two areas instead, where they’ll be more than enough to keep you busy.
Esperance is the go-to destination for breathtaking views and animal encounters.
With one of the longest whale watching seasons, Western Australia offers you the chance to tick whale watching off your bucket list.
Tours generally run from May to December, from Kimberley in the north to Esperance in the south.
Additionally, Western Australia is home to the largest population of humpback whales in the world, estimated at 30,000.
Besides the humpback whale, other species of whales to watch include the southern right whale and the rare blue whale.
You might also catch the largest pod of orcas in the southern hemisphere, also known as killer whales, off Bremer Bay.
Life in pink
The bubblegum pink waters of Lake Hillier are a sight to behold via scenic flight, especially in contrast to the blue waters.
Views that drive you crazy
You can also embark on a 40-kilometer Great Ocean Drive from West Beach to 11 Mile Beach to take in the stunning coastal views.
Between December and February you can catch schools of salmon running along the coast.
You may also spot migrating dolphins and whales if you visit between June and October.
A bouncing good time
Animal lovers can also stop at Lucky Bay to catch kangaroos frolicking on the beautiful beach, which would make for a great photo opportunity.
Part of Cape Le Grand National Park, Lucky Bay holds the title of having the whitest sand in Australia, according to a 2017 study.
The beer you need after a day in the sun
Adults can sip local craft beers at Lucky Bay Brewing microbrewery with a tasting palette that includes four different 200ml beers.
You’ll be spoiled for choice with their wide range of award-winning beers including Barley Pale Ale (BPA), Lager, German Kölsch, Scotch Ale, Indian Pale Ale (IPA) and Lager Brown.
Besides beers, they serve dishes such as pizzas, soups, salads and snacks, with gluten-free and vegetarian options.
There are also non-alcoholic beverages so kids and teetotalers won’t feel left out.
If you want to enjoy them on the go, their beers are also available in 375ml cans.
2. Rottnest Island
For more animal encounters, Rottnest Island is just 25 to 90 minutes by ferry from Perth, depending on departure point, with the quickest route from Fremantle.
watch and selfie
You can’t take a trip to Rottnest Island and leave without a #quokkaselfie.
Scattered across the island, these smiling marsupials can be seen from mid to late afternoon.
From March to August, visitors can catch little joeys emerging from their mothers’ pouches.
And from September to November, the little ones would jump alongside their mothers.
Just avoid scaring nursing mothers as they have been known to sacrifice their joeys as a decoy strategy when escaping predators.
Quokkas might not be exactly parent of the year material, but scoring a selfie with them could make you one in the eyes of your family.
If you are on the island from September to December, you can try to catch humpback whales and southern right whales playing with their young in Rottnest waters.
The West End platform offers a prime vantage point for whale watching, but there are also ferries that will take visitors out to sea for closer whale watching.
Plus, other sea creatures you can spot in the West End include dolphins and fur seals.
Click here to view times for the “Meet the Quokkas” tour and other free walking tours on Rottnest Island.
Life is a beach
Whether you’re a go-getter or a freeloader, kayaking is a fun activity for all ages.
It’s also a great way to burn off some of your kids’ energy for a less hectic afternoon.
You just need one person paddling at a time while observing the marine life below you via the glass bottom of the kayak.
Once the little ones have had a blast, thrill seekers 12 and up can take their experiences to new heights with skydiving.
With a beach landing, this tandem skydiving experience promises at least 30 seconds of free fall from a height of 10,000 feet with the option to increase the height for more adrenaline.
Instead of taking a day trip to Rottnest Island, why not spend a night in an eco-tent on Rottnest Island for a seaside glamping experience?
Glamping is ideal for adults like us who have
got used to the comfort of a mattress outgrown the appeal of traditional camping but still retaining the novelty of spending the night outdoors.
Each eco-tent is equipped with a private bathroom, sheets and breakfast included.
Or embark on a private cruise for a relaxing afternoon?
Launching in October 2021, Sea West’s Luxe Island Seafood Cruise takes your pleasure boat and barbecue experiences to the next level.
Guests kick off the four-hour afternoon ride with a lychee flower gin cocktail (or sparkling wine) and a platter of fresh fruit.
Whether you choose to relax on deck, take a nap on a floating mat, or dive into the inviting waters to swim or snorkel, the world is yours on the pleasure craft.
When you’ve had fun in the sun, main courses and desserts are served in a white tablecloth dining setting.
The seven-course menu features freshly caught West Rottnest Island rock lobsters that are hauled in from the lobster traps right in front of you.
Barbecued in garlic butter, the lobsters are served with fragrant rice and a green papaya salad.
3. Ningaloo Reef and the Coral Coast
Continue north to Ningaloo Reef and the Coral Coast for more sea adventures.
Did you know that the UNESCO-listed Ningaloo Reef is the largest fringing coral reef in the world?
And, it is ideally located a few meters from the beach!
Selection of coral reefs
Parents who want the opportunity to further educate their children about marine life and coral reefs can check out glass bottom boat tours.
Large glass panels at the base of the open-air boat allow you to view Ningaloo Reef’s coral gardens above the water and below the boat with an informative guide commentary.
Rub shoulders (or fins) with whale sharks
Thrill-seekers from the age of 6 can swim alongside whale sharks between March and July.
Known as the largest fish in the world with an average size of 5.5 to 10 meters in length, don’t let their massive size fool you as these gentle giants are filter feeders that are not dangerous to humans.
You can also swim alongside manta rays at the same time.
Manta rays are filter feeders like whale sharks and have large toothless mouths to consume plankton and krill.
Unlike stingrays, these “stately flappers” don’t have pointed beards, making them very safe to swim in.
Pink isn’t just for Wednesdays
Critics will say it’s photoshopped, but the water color of Hutt Lagoon, also known as Pink Lake, naturally ranges from candy pink and lilac to red.
With a view made of your wildest Instagram/TikTok dreams, it’s no surprise that this is a popular spot to snap photos.
For more Instagrammable spots, consider driving along the Coral Coast, including Turquoise Bay, Kalbarri Skywalk, Nature’s Window, and The Pinnacles.
The trip from Turquoise Bay to the Pinnacles takes approximately 12.5 hours of non-stop driving.
If you plan to make several stops along the way to take photos, be prepared to leave early or set aside an extra day to explore the area.
A short plane ride
Book your next trip to Western Australia where your next outdoor adventure awaits.
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The author couldn’t help but Google airfare prices to Perth while writing this article sponsored by Tourism Western Australia.
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