Western Australia has an abundance of jaw-dropping attractions and otherworldly adventures that your clients won’t find in one place anywhere else in the world. Here are six reasons why you should sell it to those looking for a once-in-a-lifetime, bucket-list experience:
Where else can your clients swim with majestic whale sharks but on Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef? This UNESCO World Heritage Site, just metres from the shore, is also home to stunning coral formations and spectacular sea life, including graceful manta rays and turtles.
To give your clients an even rarer experience, suggest a guided swim with mammoth humpback whales, which visit Ningaloo Reef from June to November. If they visit in the winter, they might be lucky enough to see turtles hatch.
Epic road trips
Hit the road in Western Australia and you’ll drive through some of the country’s most iconic landscapes from pristine coastlines with crystal clear waters and white sand beaches to premium wine country, and through spectacular gorges to the outback.
With such a vast area bursting with so many attractions it can be daunting to know where to begin in building a trip, but Tourism Western Australia has made it super easy for agents with several sample itineraries, ranging from five days to 17.
Escape to the wilderness
Covering an area three times larger than England but with a population of less than 40,000, Western Australia’s Kimberley Region is one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth. It’s a land of breath-taking contrasts with billions of years of history.
Unique experiences include – but are no means limited to – a helicopter flight over World Heritage-listed Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park, riding the world’s only horizontal waterfalls at Talbot Bay, exploring the ancient Aboriginal Gyorn Gyorn (or Gwion Gwion) rock paintings, witnessing the illusion of the Staircase to the Moon, and seeing the sunset from the saddle of a camel.
One for wine connoisseurs
If your clients love Aussie wines (and who doesn’t?), they’ll love the Margaret River Region, where they can hop between award-winning wineries, which produce 20% of Australia’s premium wine, to top-notch restaurants serving delicious fresh produce. For those looking to party, there are plenty of pubs with live music.
Time their visit to coincide with the Western Australia Gourmet Escape wine and food festival, held in Perth and Margaret River in November, and they’ll have a chance to savour the best the region has to offer.
Margaret River town centre is only 10 minutes’ from the world renowned Margaret River surf, and there’s plenty of quality accommodation from backpacker hostels to B&Bs to manor houses and luxury hotels.
Pretty perfect Perth
Known as Australia’s prettiest city, Perth isn’t just easy on the eye, it offers an abundance of activities from sailing to cycling to board and kite surfing. Just 20 minutes’ drive to the east is Swan Valley, the state’s oldest wine growing region, and your clients can see penguins, seals and wild dolphins at the seaside resort of Rockingham, just 40 minutes’ away by train.
Ever seen a quokka? Maybe not, but your clients can meet these friendly marsupials on a visit to Rottnest island, which also boasts more than 60 pristine beaches.
On the to-do list must be an Australian rules football match at the Optus Stadium in Perth, which take place from March to August, followed by a drink (or two) next door in The Camfield, Australia’s biggest pub.
It’s easily accessible
Western Australia is literally the other side of the world but it’s easy to reach as Qantas has direct flights from London to Perth.
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