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Our most recommended Western Australia National Parks

From Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry & Admission Ticket

1. From Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry & Admission Ticket

Visit Rottnest Island with same-day or extended return ferry tickets departing from Fremantle. Choose from multiple departure times to suit your schedule and maximize your time on the island. Board the ‘Quokka 1’ ferry, the newest and most environment-friendly vessel servicing Rottnest Island. Enjoy the 35-minute fast-ferry crossing in air-conditioned comfort with free WiFi. Kick start your island adventure with a beverage, light snack, and tea or coffee from the fully-stocked bar onboard (food and drinks not included in the ferry price). On arrival at the island, spend your day exploring. Enjoy a wide range of activities including bike riding, snorkeling and guided tours on the island (at your own expense). Purchase food from eateries or general stores or bring along your own packed lunch to savor in the tranquil setting.

From Perth: The Pinnacles Desert Sunset and Star-Gazing Tour

2. From Perth: The Pinnacles Desert Sunset and Star-Gazing Tour

Discover the magic of the Pinnacles Desert on a guided tour. Head west to the Turquoise Coast and keep an eye out for native wildlife. Stop in Lancelin for a walk along the beach. Experience the thrill of sandboarding down giant sand dunes. Board the bus and visit Ngilgen Lookout to see seasonal wildflowers and admire views over the Indian Ocean. Go for a guided walk on the beach at Hangover Bay to see native plants that were used by the Aborigines for food and medicine when they lived off the land. Enjoy dinner at the Observation Deck in the Pinnacles Desert, accompanied by a glass of Margaret River wine. See the sunset over the Indian Ocean and later marvel at the stars with the help of Astro binoculars and a telescope.  See the Rings of Saturn through the telescope and photograph the moon by attaching your smartphone to the telescope.

Augusta: Jewel Cave Fully-Guided Tour

3. Augusta: Jewel Cave Fully-Guided Tour

Jewel Cave is the largest cave in Western Australia that is open to public. Enjoy a guided tour of its three massive chambers. Be in awe of the sheer enormity of the first chamber, which is also home to one of the longest straw stalactites found in any tourist cave in Australia. Meet your guide at the reception desk for Jew Cave and begin your underground adventure. Journey into the depths as you view towering crystal formations that have been growing for thousands of years. Admire how they form intricate decorations and crawl like vines across the ceiling. Hear stories of the "Tasmanian tiger" fossils found in the cave. These animals perished in the darkness after falling into the cave thousands of years ago. After exiting the cave, have the option to take a self-guided walk through the towering karri forest. Take the walk and pass by the natural entrance to the cave, which is a small vertical shaft in the forest floor.

Rottnest Island All-Inclusive Day Tour from Perth

4. Rottnest Island All-Inclusive Day Tour from Perth

See the best of Rottnest Island on this full-day, all-inclusive tour of Western Australia's most beautiful island, just 19 kilometers off the coast of Perth.  Begin your day at Hillary's Boat Harbor in Perth, where you can explore the harbor and savor a delicious morning tea before traveling to Rottnest Island.  You will get there on a lightning-fast ocean crossing aboard the local partner's high-speed ferries. It is recommended to arrive at Hillary's Boat Harbor at 9:00 AM for the 10:00 AM ferry departure.  Then, discover everything this beautiful island has to offer on a 3.5-hour all-inclusive fully guided bus tour. Explore the stunning beauty of this A-Class reserve in air-conditioned comfort, taking in the amazing fauna and flora of the island, stunning beaches, woodlands, and incredible salt lakes - all ending in a unique historic train ride. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch as part of the bus tour.  On the bus tour, you will visit all of Rottnest's must-see locations including the Wadjemup Lighthouse, Henrietta rocks, Oliver Hill gun fortification and tunnels, Cape Vlamingh, and the majestic lookout point at Cathedral Rocks.  Learn all about the major natural habitats found on the island, as well as about Rottnest's cultural and historical heritage from maritime to military, and what future developments are planned for this beautiful spot.  When you're ready, return to Perth by ferry. The last ferry departs Rottnest at approximately 4:30 PM.

Wave Rock, York and Cultural Tour from Perth

5. Wave Rock, York and Cultural Tour from Perth

Journey through Western Australia’s Wheatbelt to Hyden – home of Wave Rock, truly one of Australia’s most incredible natural landforms.  Leaving Perth head through the Perth Hills and escarpment and enter farming country. Heading east, purchase a morning tea at historic York, the first township founded in the Avon Valley. From there travel the Wheatbelt Highway through the agricultural towns of Corrigin and Kondinin, through outback farming country. Get a glimpse of Australian country life by passing the infamous Dog Cemetery, a shrine to man’s best friend and an integral part of farming life. Then visit Hippo’s Yawn, a rock formation that resembles a hippo yawning. Break for an Aussie country-style lunch at the Wildflower Shop. While here, visit a Wildlife Park, view a unique Antique Lace Collection – even featuring lace from Lady Diana, or visit the amazing Toy Soldier Museum. Then move on to see the spectacular prehistoric rock formation of Wave Rock and sacred Aboriginal sites. Leaving Wave Rock, head next to Mulka’s Cave. Return to Perth with a comfort stop on the way, arriving back in Perth in the evening.

Perth: 7 Day Explorer Return Tour to Exmouth

6. Perth: 7 Day Explorer Return Tour to Exmouth

Take a journey on the Exmouth Explorer along the idyllic west coast and experience a totally different side to Australia, a region many are yet to discover.  Start your adventure in the most remote capital city of Perth before heading north into the nature lovers’ paradise, Western Australia.  Begin your journey by visiting the Pinnacles desert, hike down to the banks of the Murchison River and peek through Nature’s Window into an ancient gorge.  For those seeking a unique view over the gorge, there will also be an opportunity to test your abseil skills (own expense). Visit the World Heritage Listed region of Shark Bay which will leave you in awe of the beauty of nature. Here, marvel at a beach made entirely of tiny shells, meet the world’s oldest living fossils, the stromatolites and witness dolphins playing just offshore at Monkey Mia. The region is not only home to around 2000 dolphins but also turtles, dugongs, kangaroos and emus! Be amazed by your visit to the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef, known for its diverse marine life, manta rays and whale shark visitors! Stay overnight in Coral Bay, a town right by the beach which boasts coral so close to shore you can swim out to view it. Alternatively, join a tour in search of whale sharks or manta rays. Whether you choose to join a boat tour or simply relax on the beach, the pristine beaches and turquoise waters here will leave a truly lasting impression.  Follow the road as far north as Exmouth Cape, where rugged mountains flow almost down to the sea. Stand atop Vlamingh Head at the lighthouse for views over the reef and ranges. In spring, you may even spot the migrating humpback whales go by. Complete your tour of the Cape with a visit to the snorkeling haven of Turquoise Bay.  From Exmouth, make your way back down towards Perth and solidify new friendships and reflect on your adventure together. Day 1 - Perth to Kalbarri Kick-off your adventure with a guided tour through the Pinnacles desert, where you can learn about the formations of the rocks. Follow up with a journey up to Indian Ocean Drive for some stunning coastal views. After a quick stop in Geraldton, it’s on to the seaside town of Kalbarri for our overnight accommodation.  Day 2 - Kalbarri National Park to Shark Bay/Denham Visit the marvels of The Murchison Gorge, Nature’s Window and Z-Bend in Kalbarri National Park where water has carved its way through sandstone. Here you have the option to try abseiling (additional cost). Witness bright pops of colour during wildflower season (spring).  Enjoy a great photo opportunity at Nature’s Window before strolling across a beach made entirely of tiny shells.  Then, it's on to Denham for accommodation by the beach.  Day 3 - Shark Bay to Coral Bay This morning, meet the famous Monkey Mia dolphins and get some amazing photos. Enjoy chill-out time on the beach here or enjoy a coffee at the restaurant before you get back on the road mid-morning. Visit the fascinating rock formations, the Stromatolites, before settling into your accommodation in Coral Bay, located right on the famous Ningaloo Reef. Day 4 - Coral Bay Spend most of the day exploring the Ningaloo Reef at your own leisure. Choose to join a boat tour or enjoy free time to experience the beautiful beaches the coral bay has to offer. Go for a stroll on the beach and check out the shark nursery, swim with the manta rays (additional cost) or go for a snorkel on the Ningaloo Reef, only metres from shore. This evening, take the short drive up the peninsula to Exmouth and check into your accommodation for two nights in the town centre.  Day 5 - Exmouth Explorer Today, explore Cape Range National park, a spectacular place of rugged limestone ranges, breathtaking deep canyons and 50km of pristine beaches. Relax on the beach or choose to go snorkeling at the stunning Turquoise Bay (snorkel hire $10), visit Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, relax at Milyering Visitors Center and more before you return to our accommodation late afternoon.  Day 6: Exmouth - Geraldton Visit the town of Carnarvon and one of the local banana or mango plantations (seasonal). Enjoy lunch on the waterfront of Carnarvon, before stopping off for a photo opportunity overlooking the Murchison River. Refreshments stop along the way at Billabong for coffee & ice-creams. Before arriving at our final overnight destination in Geraldton. The group will enjoy their final dinner together at The Murchison Tavern after a long day of driving, discounted meals available at guests' own expense. · Day 7: Geraldton - Perth Enjoy the HMAS Sydney Memorial with stunning views of Geraldton. Take a walk along the 3 bay walk at Green Head before wandering amongst the sand dunes of Lancelin. If you’re feeling adventurous, try out sandboarding for a bit of fun! Return to Perth late afternoon. Kick back and relax on the bus for the last stretch, take in the last views of the scenic countryside before making our way back towards Perth, with drop-off starting around 5:00 PM.

Rottnest Grand Island Package with Ferry, Tour & Light Lunch

7. Rottnest Grand Island Package with Ferry, Tour & Light Lunch

The Rottnest grand island tour is the most comprehensive guided tour of the island allowing you to explore the stunning beauty of this A-class nature reserve. This tour includes a guided bus and train tour, taking in the amazing fauna and flora of the island, stunning beaches, woodlands, and incredible salt lakes. This 4-hour all-inclusive island tour with lunch takes in all of Rottnest’s must-see locations. Featuring the Wadjemup Lighthouse, Henrietta Rocks, Oliver Hill Gun Fortification and Tunnels and the majestic look-out point at the rugged Cathedral Rocks and Cape Vlamingh. All major habitats are covered on this amazing tour, including Rottnest’s cultural and historical heritage ranging from maritime and military history right up to future developments. When booking, you can select your departure location from either Perth or Fremantle. Depart from Perth at 8:30 AM and enjoy a scenic cruise past Fremantle and onwards to Rottnest Island. Alternatively, you can board the ferry in Fremantle and enjoy the 35-minute journey to Rottnest Island.

From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Explorer Segway Tour

8. From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Explorer Segway Tour

The experience includes your ferry transfer from either Perth or Fremantle, depending on the option chosen. Arrive at Rottnest Island and immediately feel immersed in the relaxed, holiday vibe of this idyllic location. Meet your friendly guide and get kitted out with the necessary gear for your Segway tour, then embark on a 1-hour island adventure. Glide along the spectacular Thomson Bay, admiring the boats and bathers, before reaching the iconic Rottnest Pub. Listen to stories about the island’s Colonial settlement, which dates back to the early 1800s. Leave the settlement and follow the coastal path, visiting popular bays and beaches along the way. The tour concludes at Kingstown Barracks, after which you can spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. Why not cool off from the heat and dive into the pristine island waters, or go in search of cute quokkas.

Rottnest: Skydiving and Return Ferry from Fremantle or Perth

9. Rottnest: Skydiving and Return Ferry from Fremantle or Perth

See the beauty of the Australian coastline from above as your soar through the sky with this thrilling skydiving package. Your ferry to Rottnest Island will depart from Fremantle, or Perth. Begin your experience with a warm welcome at the facilities of the Rottnest Island Airport. After a thorough safety briefing by your expert skydiving instructor, you’ll take to the skies aboard the Geronimo aircraft. It’s your choice what height you’d like to jump from: take your pick from 10,000, 14,000, or 15,000 feet. The sights begin as you ascend to your preferred altitude, taking in stunning views of the Western Australia coast, Perth, and beyond. Next, harnessed to your instructor, jump out of the plane and free-fall gracefully above the island. Enjoy the views of the ocean waters stretching far and wide below. Once you’ve come back down to earth, you’ll head to a beachside bar for a drink, and time to reflect on the one-of-a-kind new perspective you’ve gained on the world around you.

The Gap & Natural Wonders Tour

10. The Gap & Natural Wonders Tour

Take in the 360 degree views of the coastline from the summit of Stoney Hill. From here, amidst the bushland it is possible to see the vast expanse of the Southern Ocean and the rugged coastlines that early explorers first encountered as they rounded the peninsula for the sheltered waters of Princess Royal Harbour. Get closer to the edge! At The Gap, feel the power of the wind and water from the masterfully crafted, protected walkway lookout over the Gap.  See the pounding waves as they thrash the granite walls and surge through the spaces. Exhilarating!  Travel on to the cove from where sailing boats launch into the quiet harbor before one more view from the Albany Wind Farm to Mutton Bird Island. Looking across the vibrant City of Albany, see the granite formations of the Stirling and Porongurup Ranges in the distance. Complete your journey and exploration of the impressive coastline with a relaxing refreshment at Middleton Beach.

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4.6 / 5

based on 250 reviews

Linda was brilliant. She made everything so much fun and was an excellent guide. This is an adventure tour so be aware that you will be staying in Hostels that are not exactly 5 star accommodation. There is also a really substantial amount of driving, so it is more of a whistle stop tour than you might like. I had a brilliant time. It was excellent.

Good tour, very knowledgeable guide. Only criticism was the first stop - we waited at a toilet stop for over 30 minutes with nothing else to do - I would have preferred to spend extra time at any of the other stops.

The entire experience was smooth. Checking in of tickets and boarding the ferry was fuss free.

The tour we did was well organised and very informative. The lunch was tasty and fresh.

It was a lovely day from morning until sunset. We all had a great time. thanks