Tour 1:- Perth to Broome Overland Tour
Are you someone who is after the sun, sea, and the great outback? If so, this ten-day Tour from Perth to Broome will meet all your expectations. This tour will be a fantastic experience that will create memories to carry with you for the rest of your life!
For booking this tour, please visit; www.adventuretours.com.au/australia/perth-broome-overland
Hike amongst some of the oldest rock formations in the world at the Kalbarri National Park. Awe and wonder at fossils that date back further than you could comprehend. Stand only a few feet away from playful dolphins that swim close to shore for a quick feed at Monkey Mia. Swim just a few meters to reach the Ningaloo Reef at Coral Bay and encounter wonderful marine life.
Day 1:- Perth to Kalbarri
Begin your overland journey in sunny Perth. Travel alongside miles and miles of the idyllic beaches of Western Australia! Explore the Pinnacles Desert at the Nambung National Park. Sandboard at Jurien Bay. Further driving north, you will reach Kalbarri through Geraldton to stay the night.
For more information on the Nambung National Park, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/nambung
Day 2:- Kalbarri to Shark Bay
Visit the Kalbarri National Park and hike around its rugged features. You can opt to abseil if you are an adventure seeker! Travel over to the most stunning Shell Beach formed entirely of shells. Reach Shark Bay through Denham.
Walk on the beautiful Shell Beach formed from trillions of tiny shells of the Fragum Cockle. The deposits of shells are as deep as 10 metres in certain places. This is one of only two beaches in the world composed entirely of shells.
For more information on Shell Beach, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/shell-beach
Day 3:- Shark Bay to Coral Bay
The third day of your tour takes you along the idyllic shores. The tour lets you admire another slice of the Western Australian coastline. Collect the most memorable experiences at Monkey Mia and Carnarvon. Tuck in for the night at Coral Bay. Coral Bay is located on the famous Ningaloo Reef.
Meet the world-famous Monkey Mia dolphins! These friendly dolphins keep the ritual of swimming up to the shore several times a day to be hand-fed by people!
For more information on Monkey Mia, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/monkey-mia
View some of the world’s oldest and largest living fossils at the Hamelin Pool of Carnarvon! These are marine rock formations called Stromatolites that breathe.
Awe at the breathing rock formations of ‘Stromatolites’. Be fascinated by the glimpse of these organisms! They tell you how early life evolved over 3,500 million years ago on our planet. Hamelin Pool is home to the Stromatolites, which are the oldest living fossils known to man. The Hamelin Pool is one of only two places on the planet where these rare fossils exist.
For more information on the Hamelin Pool, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/hamelin-pool
Day 4:- Coral Bay to Yardie Creek
Day four of your tour takes you to the marine paradise of the idyllic Coral Bay. Immerse yourself in marine life encounters of the world’s largest fringing reef. Dive and snorkel to observe the amazing marine life in their natural habitat of the reef. Drive over to Yardie Creek at the Cape Range National Park.
Coral Bay is home to the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef and the Marine Park! It is also known as the ‘jewel of the Northwest.’ Snorkel or cruise the reef in a glass-bottomed boat. The marine life teeming below will make you awestruck! Or, take a scenic flight over the stunning reef down below.
For more information on Coral Bay, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/coral-bay
Day 5:- Exmouth and Cape Range National Park
Spend your fifth day of this tour at the Cape Range National Park. Take a walk to the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse from where you can see the sun both rise and set. Spend the afternoon at the beautiful Turquoise Bay or wander around the town of Exmouth.
Cape Range National Park
The Cape Range National Park is a nature lover’s paradise! This spectacular landscape consists of rugged limestone ranges, deep canyons and pristine beaches. Snorkel or scuba dive to observe whale sharks and manta rays at the Cape Range National Park.
For more information on Cape Range National Park, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/cape-range
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse
Watch the sun illuminating this part of the world with its magical rays at dawn. Then come back at dusk to watch the beautiful sunset. The grand lighthouse had been built in 1912. It stands up the hill amidst panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and Ningaloo Reef. Look out for migrating humpback whales during the migration season.
For more information on the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, please visit; www.westernaustralia.com/en/Attraction/Vlamingh_Head_Lighthouse_Scenic_Drive/
White sands, clear waters and pristine coral gardens make up the Turquoise Bay. Further, it has been consistently voted amongst the top 3 beaches in Australia. The renowned coral gardens of the Ningaloo Reef begin footsteps from the beach. This makes this spot one of the premier land-based snorkelling sites.
For more information on Turquoise Bay, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/turquoise-bay
Day 6/7/8:- Karijini National Park
This part of the journey is one of the highlights of the tour! Start your long journey to the Karijini National Park. These three days are set apart for you to explore the beautiful Karijini National Park.
Karijini National Park
Come face to face with billion years of the Earth’s natural history at the Karijini National Park. The park is home to beautiful gorges, cascading waterfalls, tranquil waterholes and pools. Further, it also contains narrow rocky inlets and a natural amphitheatre. Descend into ancient cavernous gorges to explore some of the oldest rocks on the planet. Cool off beneath the cascading waterfalls.
For more information on Karijini National Park, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/karijini
Day 9:- Pilbara Region
Travel through Pilbara Region, known for its red earth and rich mineral deposits. Continue your journey to Tom Price, known for iron ore mining. After the long travel, stop and learn about the local iron ore industry at Port Hedland.
Pilbara is home to some of the world’s most stunning ancient natural landscapes! Explore the incredibly beautiful coast as well as the deep inland gorges while you are on the road trip. Pass by the North Pole, ghost towns, coral reefs and boot-growing trees. These are some of the distinct features of the beautiful Pilbara Region.
For more information on the Pilbara Region, please visit; www.westernaustralia.com/en/Tour/Pilbara_Tur/
Port Hedland is the central hub that connects the Pilbara and the pristine Kimberley. Port Hedland is situated 200 km north of Karratha. The town is famous for its well-established resource industry. Its rich indigenous culture, wildlife and pioneering history have many tourist attractions. Engage in fishing or crabbing while you are around here. Watching whales and turtles at nesting can be more interesting things to do here.
For more information on Port Hedland, please visit; www.porthedland.wa.gov.au/
Day 10:- Broome
After 5 hours of travelling reach your destination of Broome. En-route, break for a leisurely stroll or bird watching at the 80-mile Beach. Complete your memorable tour with an idyllic Broome sunset!
Share your slice of the beach with nobody! Admire the turquoise water and the magnificent Indian Ocean sunsets. The 80-Mile Beach has sparkling white sand, scattered with tropical seashells. Rocky shores and mangrove-lined muddy bays characterize this beach. Yearly, an astonishing half-a-million migratory shorebirds descend on the 80-Mile beach.
For more information on 80-Mile Beach, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/eighty-mile-beach
Broome is the western gateway to the Kimberley wilderness and is home to South Sea pearls. The pearling capital of Australia is affectionately known as the ‘pearl of the north.’ Broome’s sunsets are magnificent. The natural phenomenon of “Staircase to the Moon” is simply awesome. Broome is a melting pot of Japanese and Filipino cultures due to its pearling industry.
For more information on Broome, please visit; www.westernaustralia.com/en/Destination/Broome/
Tour 2:- Perth to Broome by Coach
A road trip on the coach from Perth to Broome is an epic journey that is quite a memorable experience, to say the least. In total, the distance is more than 2,500 km (1553 miles). You will see the incredible contrasts of this land through the ever-changing landscape. This tour explores both land and sea and contains the most notable attractions of Western Australia.
On this tour, you will see the best that this part of Western Australia has to offer. You will visit the otherworldly Pinnacle Desert. You will also swim with the dolphins in Monkey Mia and observe the whale sharks in Ningaloo Reef. During your free time, relax and appreciate the beauty that surrounds you. Travel to Tom Price and the gorgeous Karijini National Park before reaching Broome.
First stop: The Pinnacles
This tour lets you enjoy the views along the Indian Ocean, until you reach the Pinnacles Desert. Explore the amazing limestone projections with their otherworldly beauty. A short drive further takes you to the campsite next to the beach. Relax and settle for the night at this picturesque beach camp. Watch the amazing sunset with your new companions and enjoy a beer!
Second stop: Geraldton and Pink Lake
Have an early morning swim and start your second leg of the journey. The morning covers the coast and the Museum of Geraldton. In the afternoon, head out to the spectacular Pink Lake. Camp at the picturesque Lucky Bay, walking through the dunes or swimming while the sun goes down. Upload the music and enjoy the beautiful night.
Museum of Geraldton
The Museum of Geraldton showcases the rich heritage of the land, sea and the people of the Mid-West Region. Learn all about the ancient landforms, Yamaji history and culture. Be guided to understand the region’s unique landscapes and marine environment. Be astonished at the Shipwrecks Gallery which exhibits the following shipwrecks;
- Dutch Shipwrecks:
- Batavia (including the original Batavia Portico)
- Gilt Dragon
- HMAS Sydney (II) } a moving exhibit and 3D film
- HSK Kormoran }
For more information on the Museum of Geraldton, please visit; museum.wa.gov.au/museums/museum-of-geraldton
Pink Lake (Hutt Lagoon)
The Pink Lake near Geraldton is one of the region’s most vibrant attractions. This 70 km2 salt lake is located north of the mouth of the Hutt River. The spectacular Pink Lake changes its hue from red to pink and lilac purple. The colour of the lake depends on the season, time of day and cloud coverage. Awe and wonder at the best of its colourful spectrum during mid-morning or sundown.
For more information on the Pink Lake (Hutt Lagoon), please visit; www.westernaustralia.com/en/Attraction/Hutt_Lagoon/
Lucky Bay campsite is beautiful but rather primitive. The camping area nestles among the sand dunes. Restock your supplies as you need to be self-sufficient at Lucky Bay. Please ensure that you have adequate potable water. The pet-friendly camping area among the dunes accommodates tents and camper trailers. It contains bush toilets, industrial bins and a chemical toilet dump point.
For more information about camping at the Lucky Bay, please visit; www.kalbarri.org.au/lucky-bay-camping
Third stop: Kalbarri National Park
The Kalbarri National Park is recognized as one of the best national parks in Australia. Marvel at the scenic cliffs of Kalbarri before a quick swim and a cold shower at the mouth of the river. Explore the incredible Kalbarri National Park and its wonders for a few hours. Nature’s Window and the Z-Bend are some of the key attractions of the Kalbarri National Park.
Fourth Stop: Shark Bay
This stretch of the journey takes you to the Shark Bay World Heritage Site. Admire the Shell Beach, relax and swim in the crystal clear water. Admire the incredible sunset, head out to the jetty and observe the marine life with the aid of your torch! Meet the famous Monkey Mia dolphins at their breakfast after which you can opt for a swim or kayak.
Fifth Stop: Carnarvon
Set up camp at Carnarvon for the night.
Sixth Stop: Coral Bay
You will fall in love with this place the moment you arrive! Dive into the incredible reef or sit with your new friends on the beach and enjoy this special place. See the coral reef at its best a few meters from the beach, where there are huge coral formations and big fish. If you’re lucky, you can swim with a turtle or a friendly reef shark!
The world-heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef fronts the townships of Coral Bay and Exmouth. It is internationally recognized as one of the planet’s last great ocean paradises. Running for a length of 300 km, the Ningaloo Reef is also the largest fringing coral reef in the world. Visit the do-it-yourself snorkelling sites at Exmouth or Coral Bay. Enter the underwater paradise and be awestruck at its beauty!
For more information on the Ningaloo Reef, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/ningaloo
Seventh Stop: Exmouth
Cross the shore and swim a few metres in the clearest turquoise water. Drift over the largest fringing reef. Enjoy the many water sports at Exmouth! The rugged features of Cape Range National Park are red, in contrast to the beautiful blues and turquoise of Ningaloo. The park offers outback adventures and wildlife encounters.
For more information on Exmouth, please visit; www.westernaustralia.com/en/Destination/Exmouth/
Exmouth Surf and Water Sports
Move to the beach and enjoy various water sports during the right weather conditions. Take out a jet ski and watch the dolphins and whales go behind the jet skis for a wild adrenaline rush. Or relax on the beach and admire the beautiful hues of blue and turquoise.
Eighth Stop: Cape Range National Park
Be among the lucky whale shark/hunchback swimmers! Get the most memorable experience of swimming by the gentle giants of the sea. If you are not in for swimming, choose to explore the rugged attractions of the Cape Range National Park. Have the sunset lighthouse experience and observe the humpback whales against the horizon.
The nights in the camps is an excellent time to spend with your new companions. Have fun with music and make plans to meet in future trips too.
Ninth Stop: Tom Price
Travel into the red heart of Pilbara. Keep an eye out for the wildlife, even the cheeky dingo. Head directly to your camp at the Tom Price Tourist Park.
Tom Price Tourist Park
The Tom Price Tourist Park is an idyllic campsite. The venue also contains fully equipped air-conditioned cabins. Whether you are travelling on a budget or looking for a bit of luxury, this tourist park can accommodate you. The park has accommodation options for backpackers, couples and families. Pets are welcome at its caravan and camping sites too.
Facilities of the Tom Price Tourist Park
– Camp kitchen
– Coin-operated washing machines
– Swimming pool
– Location being close to Karijini National Park
– Location being at a short distance away from shops and other services
– Having picturesque walk trails nearby
For more information on Tom Price Tourist Park, please visit; www.tomprice.org.au/stay/tom-price-tourist-park/
Tenth Stop: Karijini National Park
Imagine a dense oasis of red, green and blue, stretching for 6,000 km! This impressive landmark is full of lush vegetation, awesome gorges and captivating waterfalls. Further, this ancient landscape is home to a variety of wildlife. As there are plenty of adventure opportunities, it is truly worth a visit all year around. The Hancock Gorge, Kermits Pool and Knox Gorge are key features in this tour.
Last Stop: Broome
Sleep in the luxury coach, recollecting your wonderful travel experience. Your coach arrives at Broome the next morning.
Tour 3:- Backpacker Tour from Perth to Broome and Return
Join the best Perth to Broome Tour in Western Australia. This tour contains amazing scenery, marine life experience and Karijini National Park. Further, it provides a Karijini Eco Tent Glamping Experience. Perfect for young, adventurous & budget conscious travellers!
Day 1 – Perth to Northbrook
The first stop will be the impressive Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park. Enjoy a guided tour through the fantastic limestone formations. Drop in at the Discovery Centre before settling for lunch by the sea. Night-stay at the Northbrook Farmstay. The tour will accommodate you at Kalbarri YHA from Dec-March for the first night. This is due to the weather conditions.
The Northbrook Farmstay is situated 6 km north of the historic town of Northampton. It is located at a traditional Australian wheat and sheep farm in the countryside. The accommodation includes air-conditioned private rooms, non-air-conditioned private rooms as well as cottages.
For more information on the Northbrook Farmstay, please visit; www.waholidayguide.com.au/northbrook-farmstay
Day 2 – Northbrook to Shark Bay
Visit the marvels of the Murchison Gorge, Nature’s Window and Z-Bend at the Kalbarri National Park. Try abseiling into the gorge for an extra cost if you are an adventure seeker! If weather conditions permit, cool off with a swim in the Murchison River before heading back on the bus. Travel north to Shell Beach and the town of Denham for accommodation.
Day 3 – Shark Bay to Coral Bay
Meet the famous Monkey Mia Dolphins and capture your memories in fantastic photographs. Then join any of the optional activities or chill out on the beach or at the resort. Visit the breathing rock formations called the ‘Stromatolites’. Settle into your accommodation for the night at Coral Bay, right on the famous Ningaloo Reef!
Day 4 – Coral Bay
Today is yours to enjoy the many wonderful tours and activities Coral Bay has to offer! Go for a stroll on the beach and check out the shark nursery or swim with the manta rays. Scuba dive or snorkel at the Ningaloo Reef to explore the wonders that lie underneath. Enter this underwater wonderland metres away from the shore. All these activities will be at your own expense. Stay the night at Exmouth.
Day 5 – Exmouth
Explore the Cape Range National park today. This park contains rugged limestone ranges, breathtaking deep canyons and pristine beaches. Relax on the beach or choose to go snorkeling at the stunning Turquoise Bay (snorkel hire $10). Visit Vlamingh Head Lighthouse and relax at Milyering Discovery Centre. Return to your accommodation in the late afternoon.
Milyering Discovery Centre
This venue provides information about Cape Range National Park and Ningaloo Marine Park. Learn all about the natural communities of the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage area. This building has been made of rammed earth and powered by solar energy. This is the only total environmental friendly building of its type in Australia.
For more information on the Milyering Discovery Centre, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/milyering-discovery-centre
Day 6 – Exmouth to Karijini National Park
Travel eastward through station country and stop at Tom Price. Tom price is the highest town in Western Australia. Get your supplies at the town, before heading over to the Karijini National Park. The natural wonders of this beautiful national park will amaze you. Stay at the multi-award-winning Karijini Eco Retreat. The Eco Safari Tents of this Retreat contain a veranda, quality beds, linen, and hot showers!
For reservations, please visit; www.karijiniecoretreat.com.au/bookingSearch.html
Days 7 & 8 – Karijini National Park/Port Hedland
Explore the amazing Karijini National Park to its fullest during these two days. Enjoy 2.5 billion years of evolution and 40,000 years of culture. Swim in the rock pools and visit the gorges and waterfalls. Explore intriguing rock formations. Visit Hancock Gorge, Weano Gorge, Handrail Pool, Dales Gorge, Circular Pool, Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool.
Day 9 – Port Hedland to Broome
Arrive at the 80-Mile-Beach for some awesome photos! When you finally arrive into Broome, go on a guided tour around the town and Cable Beach. Check in at your Broome accommodation for the night.
Cable Beach is a short 8-minute drive from the township of Broome. Go on a camel ride! Enjoy the idyllic beach with its sun-kissed white sand, turquoise water and spectacular Indian Ocean sunsets. Find your own slice of paradise, swim or go on a boat cruise. Or, sit back and marvel at one of the best ocean sunsets on earth.
For more information on Cable Beach, please visit; www.australiasnorthwest.com/explore/broome-dampier-peninsula/broome/broome-beaches/cable-beach
Day 10 & 11: Broome
Occupy yourself with the tons of things to do at Broome and enjoy all that the township has to offer. Explore the China Town and its pearling history or watch a movie at the world’s oldest open-air cinema. Check out the many restaurants and cafés that serve delicious international cuisine. Or opt to cook your own lunches and dinners at the hostel.
Days 12, 13 & 14 – Broome to Perth via Northbrook
The three-day express journey back to Perth takes you along the coastline of Western Australia. Spend a night at the Karratha Backpackers and another at the Northbrook Farm Stay. The tour provides breakfasts while you buy your own lunches and dinners. Bid farewell to your tour-mates with whom you shared a remarkable 2-weeks!
Karratha Backpackers Hostel
Backpacking is great choice of travel for independent and young people. It is also suitable for those travelling on a budget. And budget accommodation is a great way to save money to indulge on the tour. Further it lets you meet like-minded travel-mates who add to fun of the tour. Karratha Backpackers Hostel provides you plenty of accommodation choices. These choices are easy on your wallet!
For more information on this budget accommodation, please visit; www.waholidayguide.com.au/western-australia-accommodation/browse-accommodation/western-australia-backpackers-budget/north-west-backpackers-budget/karratha-backpackers-budget
Perth to Broome Backpacker Tour Deals
- Tour Operator: Integrity Coach Lines
Backpacker Advantages: Backpackers prefer to do budget tours. As such, the cheapest price is attractive to them. Further, the ‘Hop on Hop off’ feature opens opportunities for cheap backpacker accommodation.
For purchasing a ‘Hop on Hop off’ pass, please visit;
- Tour Operator: Why Not Bus Tours
13-day Backpacker Camping Tour: Prices from AUS $1599+
(AUS $ 29 optional camping gear rental)
For more information and booking this tour, please visit; whynotbus.com.au
Backpacker Advantages: This tour accommodates only backpackers! As such, you will be among young travellers in the age group of 18 – 35 and young guides. Make new friends and be who you are!
- Tour Operator: Kimberley Wild Expeditions
12-day Tour: Prices from AUS $ 4995
For more information and booking this tour, please visit; kimberleywild.com.au
- Tour Operator: Red Earth Safaris
10-day Tour: Prices from AUS $ 1685
Backpacker Advantages: All prices are kept low due to shared dormitory and camping accommodation.
For more information and booking this tour, please visit; redearthsafaris.com.au/perthtobroome.html
Tour 4:- Perth to Broome off-the-Beaten-Path 19-day Tour
Take this tour to get an off-the-beaten-path experience. Yet, the key highlights of the route are covered in this tour. Travel away from the hustle and bustle of the city to the tropics along the scenic Coral Coast itinerary. Be awed at the wonders of Western Australia along the beach townships as well as in the national parks.
Key Highlights of the Tour
- Lancelin Sand Dunes
Slide down 45-degree-angle sand dunes for an adrenalin pumping experience at Lancelin! These are the biggest sand dunes in Western Australia. Hit the sand in a dirt bike or 4WD vehicle. Reach the peaks to be rewarded with stunning panoramas. The views of Lancelin, sand hills, surrounding farmland, and the coastline are gorgeous. Don’t miss the best views at dawn and dusk.
For more information on Lancelin Sand Dunes, please visit; www.lancelin.com.au/tourism/sandboarding/
- What to bring?
Primarily, you will need a sand-board, which you can rent at the spot. You can drive a 2WD vehicle, but you need to park them at the base of the dunes on the hard rock. If you want to go deep into the off-road area, you will definitely need a 4WD vehicle. You will also need glasses to protect your eyes from the glare as well as sand being blown into your eyes.
- Wedge Island
The secluded Wedge Island is situated north of Lancelin. White beautiful sand and secluded waters characterize the island. The island’s waters are suitable for snorkelling, surfing or body-boarding. There are great spots to fish and catch rock lobsters too. There are big dunes at the back of Wedge Island. Check out the old fishing shacks that line the coast or learn to surf on the gentle waves.
- What to bring?
Your vehicle should have some basic equipment for 4W driving in Wedge Island. Most importantly, have a shovel in your vehicle. Taking a rated snatch strap along with you may be a smart move. A GPS will be very handy as it is easy to get lost among the many beach tracks. Carry with you fishing rods and plenty of water and food.
- The Pinnacles
Visit another attraction of the tour, the otherworldly Pinnacles Desert. The Pinnacles is located at the Nambung National Park. It is a fascinating landscape of limestone projections. Explore this amazing landscape when the sunlight plays its magic upon the rocks!
- Jurien Bay and Geraldton
Admire the idyllic beaches of Western Australia between Jurien Bay and Geraldton as you travel along. Beach-camp, swim and relax in these stunning beaches along the coastline.
- Stockyard Gully National Park
Be fascinated at the group of limestone caves at the Stockyard Gully National Park. These caves lead to an underwater river system. Walk through the impressive 300-metre-long cave. Also try the smaller caves which need a little more manoeuvring to get through. Look out for wildlife that call this park home. Enjoy a picnic amongst the trees in this environment of tranquillity.
For more information on the Stockyard Gully caves, please visit; www.coorow.wa.gov.au/Profiles/coorow/Assets/ClientData/Stockyard_Gully_Caves.pdf
- Pink Lake
Camp near the awesome Pink Lake with its beautiful hues of pink, lilac and red. Capture the spectrum of colours during sunrise and sunset!
- Kalbarri National Park
Kalbarri National Park has so much to offer, from awesome hikes to epic surf breaks. The high coastal cliff walks are great for spotting whales and dolphins. The gorges of Kalbarri are truly beautiful with their rugged features. Capture your memorable visit to Kalbarri with the obligatory Nature’s Window group photo.
- Shark Bay
The world-heritage listed Shark Bay is well worth the minor 300 km detour to the west. The Stromatolites of the Hamelin Pool is one of the attractions of the area. These are breathing rock formations. But, the Monkey Mia dolphins are the most famous feature of the area. The adorable dolphins keep coming to the shallow waters to be hand-fed by humans.
- Francois Peron National Park
Francois Peron National Park is known for its scenic coastline. Dramatic red cliffs, white sandy beaches and blue waters are some of its features. Head to this awesome coastline in the Shark Bay world-heritage-listed area. Engage in an adventurous time of 4W driving. The park is home to many endangered species. Admire the dugong, manta rays, turtles and sharks swimming in the water below from the cliff tops.
- Quobba Blow Holes
This natural phenomenon, located 75 km north of Carnarvon, is an awe-inspiring sight. Powerful ocean swells force seawater through sea caves and up, out of narrow holes in the rocks. This makes jets of water erupt into the air as high as 20 metres, creating the most spectacular sight. Point Quobba is a sheltered lagoon full of corals and rich in marine life.
For more information on the Quobba blowholes, please visit; www.westernaustralia.com/en/Attraction/Blowholes_and_Point_Quobba/
- Coral Bay, Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef
These destinations are on the bucket list of everyone travelling the west coast. They are home to the stunning Ningaloo Reef which is easily accessible from these places. Snorkel over vast colourful coral gardens. Marine life such as turtles, reef sharks and countless reef fish call the reef home. Encounter the ‘Whale Sharks’, the biggest in the ocean, and swim alongside them!
- Cape Range National Park
Cape Range National Park runs parallel to the Ningaloo Reef. There are plenty of great walks into deep creeks and canyons to please the adventurer in you. Spot the tiny Rock Wallabies hanging onto the cliffs.
- Turquoise Bay
Treat yourself to a cool dip at Turquoise Bay after the tiresome hikes of the Cape Range National Park.
- Karijini National Park
Travel 600 km inland from the coast to enter the best National Park in Australia, Karijini! Do justice to the rugged beauty surrounding you by spending a few days in this amazing park. Explore the deep gorges lined with reddish-yellow rocks and serene swimming holes. Be rewarded after every hike in the red dirt by a refreshing dip in the beautiful and cool pools.
- Mount Bruce
Mount Bruce is Western Australia’s second-highest peak. It is located in the beautiful Karijini National Park. Climb Mt. Bruce (1,235 metres in all to the top), for an exhilarating physical challenge and stunning views. The winding trail takes you around smaller peaks and rocky outcrops. The trail gets harder halfway, but the sense of achievement as well as the views are rewarding.
For more information on Mount Bruce, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/mount-bruce
The last leg of the journey is a long drive to Broome. This journey is broken up with refreshing swims along the way. Visit Port Hedland for a dip in the local swimming hole as well as learn all about the township’s mining industry. Visit 80-Mile Beach for yet another evening dip and linger around to soak in one of the best sunsets.
Top 5 Activities on the West Coast of Australia
There are plenty of activities on offer thanks to the wild but inviting open road up the west coast of Australia. You can’t go wrong with these exceptional pastimes as you travel along the Indian Ocean.
The sand dunes along the west coast of Australia are sublime. Sandboarding is offered at the white sand dunes of Lancelin and the golden Kalbarri. This is an alternative to surfing with all the fun without getting wet. Try your hand at picking up speed and sliding your way down these smooth slips of sand.
Much of the west coast is made up of colourful coral reefs, shallow lagoons and separate islands. These are perfect conditions for snorkelling. Migrating whales, visiting dolphins and breeding sea lions visit Jurien Bay. Thus, don’t be surprised if you bump into at least one of these marine animals. Further north, the Ningaloo Reef can easily qualify as a rival of the Great Barrier Reef.
The gorges, cliffs and canyons of Western Australia provide exhilarating abseiling opportunities. The rocky caverns of Karijini and Kalbarri allow you to abseil to the depths of the land. You can see million-year-old formations up close down there. If you think you can shimmy your way down a 20-metre wall of red rock, Western Australia is your haven.
4. Feeding Bottlenose Dolphins
One of the few places wild dolphins come up to shore is Monkey Mia. In Monkey Mia, visitors get the unique experience of getting up close and feeding the bottlenose dolphins in the shallow waters.
5. Riding a Camel
Picture the sun setting over the turquoise waters and golden sands! Imagine sitting on the back of a camel and treading along Cable Beach. This iconic tour would be truly a spectacular way to experience Broome.
Tour Western Australia with a Hop-on-Hop-off Travel Pass
Explore the watery wonderland of Western Australia with a hop-on-hop-off travel pass. The Integrity Coach Lines offers you this unique travel pass that can take you from Perth all the way to Broome. Travel at your own pace! With this pass, you can break the journey at any stop and enjoy as many days as you want in that location.
‘Hop on Hop off’ Passes:
1. 3000 km pass – price: AUS $ 397
Adequate to cover Perth to Broome, Broome to Perth, Perth to Exmouth and back etc.
- 6000 km pass – price: AUS $ 722
Adequate to cover Perth to Broome and back, Broome to Perth and back etc.
For more information and bookings, please visit; www.integritycoachlines.com.au/hop-on-off
Features of the Hop-on-hop-off Travel Pass
The pass is ideal for the independent traveller who doesn’t wish to be tied to a tour group. There’s nothing like a trip where you have the complete freedom to stay in each place for as long as you want. You can see and do the things that you wish to see and do. If you have been looking for a great way to see the fantastic west coast of Australia, this ‘Hop-on-hop-off’ pass is the ideal solution.
- The Pass is valid for travel in any direction, north or south.
- Unlimited stops at Western Australia’s best destinations.
- Buy extra km if you want to keep the adventure going.
- Multiple departures to help plan your itinerary.
- The 12-month expiry period of the pass lets you can take your time.
- No date change or editing fees are applicable.
Design your own itinerary using four northbound services and/or four southbound services.
Where to go in Western Australia?
Western Australia is home to idyllic, vast coastlines. As such, it may be hard for you to determine where to spend most of your time in Western Australia. You will be lost for choice as there are plenty of beachside towns that front aquatic playgrounds. Here are some highlights of the Coral Coast route;
Monkey Mia, Shark Bay & Exmouth
Monkey Mia is one of the few places on earth that you can get up right close to bottlenose dolphins. These adorable creatures keep visiting the shallows every day to be hand-fed by the public. Apart from the famous Monkey Mia dolphins, however, there is a lot more to explore. They are as follows;
You can also indulge yourself in a range of other water sports such as kayaking and paddleboarding. These water sports also serve as a great way to admire the scenery from the water.
Francois Peron National Park
The Francois Peron National Park is an impressive sight of red dunes, green shrubbery and azure blue water. Visiting this corner of Western Australia will reward you with this astounding sight.
Whale Shark experience
From Monkey Mia you can easily travel to Exmouth and visit the incredible Ningaloo Reef. If you time it right between April and July, you may even encounter the world’s largest fish – the whale shark! The mighty whale sharks migrate to Western Australia during this period.
Snorkelling or Scuba Diving
Ningaloo Reef will give you amazing snorkelling or scuba diving experience. This largest fringing reef in the world is home to dolphins, dugongs, manta rays, humpback whales and sea turtles. The Ningaloo Beach is an important breeding ground for loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles.
Key Highlights of Perth to Broome Tours
Discover Aboriginal culture in the Swan Valley
The Swan Valley is 25 minutes from Perth CBD and 10 minutes from Perth Airport. The Swan Valley tempts visitors with a rich mix of wine, food, art, and nature. It also produces some of the finest Verdelho from Australia. Further, tourists and backpackers are attracted to adventure and exploration entwined in culture. And Aboriginal people have an incredible history and culture.
- Play The Didgeridoo and learn the culture
Swan Valley offers many guided tours by which you can learn about the Aboriginal culture. Visit the Maalinup Aboriginal art gallery. Discover the pleasures of keeping and feeding animals out in the wild. Alternatively, learn to play the didgeridoo and learn more about Aboriginal culture.
- Indigenous Languages
Indigenous communities called Western Australia home before the Europeans arrived and settled here. There were roughly 66 indigenous language groups within Western Australia alone.
- Nyoongar People
The Nyoongar (or Noongar) people are the original native owners of the South West Australia region. The Nyoongar tribe hunted kangaroos, possums, and wallabies. They also fished as well as gathered edible seeds and roots of plants. The cooler and wetter Perth winters saw them clothing in Kangaroo skin cloaks. They also built Kangaroo skin huts.
- Indigenous Artefacts
Stone tools, estimated to be over 35,000 years old, were found at the Djadjiling rock shelter in the Pilbara region. Many other artefacts and tools were also discovered throughout Western Australia. These artefacts included ancient campfire charcoal, necklaces, stone tools, bone tools, middens, fish traps and quarries.
Best Backpacker Pubs in Northbridge and Perth
Any backpacker travelling through Perth is sure to find entertainment in the city. The vibrant Perth and its entertainment district of Northbridge offer much through the pubs and nightclubs. Here are a few suggestions for the backpacker passing through Perth;
- Mustang Bar
The Mustang Bar is one of Northbridge’s most beloved venues. The saloon bar hosts many events of live music and sports on TV. Drop in at the Mustang Bar for delicious and cheap eats and watch the big game with fans. This bar is very popular among backpackers and students who want to have a good time at the cheapest cost!
- The Deen
The Deen is one of the favourite haunts of backpackers travelling through Perth. It is one of the biggest nightclubs in the vibrant city. It hosts many weekly events, especially for backpackers. The venue provides a huge selection of music and 9 different bars to adventure through. Excellent wood fired pizzas available here.
Kalbarri is an adventure playground on the Perth to Broome tour itinerary. The incredible location offers you the coast as well as the outback adventures. You will come across rock formations and gorges beside sand dunes and wide-open beaches within 400 km from the Pinnacles. Abseil, canoe, hike, skydive and sandboard to your heart’s content!
History of Kalbarri
Kalbarri is a part of the traditional lands of the Nanda people. Nanda people are the traditional owners of 17,000 km2 (6,600 square miles) of land and water in the Yamatji region. They believe that the Beemarra serpent created the land and waters in the region. This serpent was supposedly an ancestral being, responsible for creating the land and waters in this region. The area became a popular fishing and tourist spot in 1940s.
Spend some time in the majestic Pinnacles Desert, marvelling at the limestone projections. It is located in the Nambung National Park. Watch the evening sunlight playing its magic on these beautiful limestone projections! Use this magnificent backdrop for your memorable photo-shoots. Experience an amazing sunset as the setting sun makes way for a myriad of stars.
For more information on the Pinnacles Desert, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/pinnacles-desert-lookout-and-drive
For more information on the Nambung National Park, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/nambung
Let the fun begin after a quick introduction to the boards, safety gear and a few lessons on sand-boarding! Race down the white sand dunes and enjoy the views of the turquoise coast. Engage in beach-walk, board-walk or swimming amidst beautiful scenery and have loads of fun.
For more information on Jurien Bay, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/jurien-bay
Kalbarri National Park
Spend some time at yet another beautiful national park. Awe at the Murchison Gorge, Nature’s Window, the Loop Walk & Z-Bend in the Kalbarri National Park. Cool off with a swim at Murchison River. There is also an opportunity to abseil if you seek more adventure.
For more information on Kalbarri National Park, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/kalbarri
- Instructions to follow when visiting any geological sites of the park:
1. Wear sturdy covered shoes.
2. Protect yourself from the sun with a wide-brimmed hat.
3. Take with you lots of water (3-4 litres per person) as there is no drinking water available in the park.
4. Stick to the designated track.
5. Take extreme care during the walks; be aware of loose surfaces and undercut cliff ledges.
6. Place rubbish in the bins provided or carry it out of the park.
- Nature’s Window
Nature’s Window is an iconic natural attraction of the Kalbarri National Park. It is a wind-eroded opening in the layered Tumblagooda sandstone. It frames a stunning view of the mighty Murchison River down below. An easy 1 km walk from the lookout at the car park leads you to Nature’s Window. However, the trail features steep sections and uneven surfaces.
For more information on Nature’s Window, please visit; www.australiascoralcoast.com/destination/kalbarri/kalbarri-national-park/natures-window
The Z-Bend is a popular tourist lookout on the Murchison River Gorge. It is one of the four lookouts of the park and is situated on a sharp bend. Enjoy a picnic while you admire the spellbinding view from this lookout. The Z-Bend River Trail takes you to Four Ways (Idiggada Yina), a great area to hike in and out of a 25m high gorge.
For more information on the Z-Bend, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/z-bend
As you travel up the western coast of Australia, you’ll come to an idyllic spot. This is the sun-soaked Monkey Mia, overflowing with adventure. You’re in prime dolphin spotting and marine exploits territory. Monkey Mia is situated 25 km northeast of the town of Denham in the Shark Bay Marine Park and World Heritage Site.
- How to get there?
You can reach this little coastal paradise by air. It takes a two-hour flight from Perth or 90 minutes from Geraldton. Alternatively, you can road trip it up, either with an organized tour or in a 4WD. Either way, it makes for a great stop on your travels from Perth or the other way from Darwin.
Things to do in Monkey Mia
- Marine Life Spotting
Monkey Mia is located in one of the most pristine marine environments in the world. Therefore, don’t leave the tiny settlement without taking a look at the place from the water. Go on a catamaran. And you will most likely come into contact with dolphins, rays, turtles, sharks and dugongs. The calm waters of the bay also mean no sea-sickness. So there’s no excuse to miss out.
2. Hand-feeding dolphins
Dolphins have been swimming into the shallows and making contact with humans for a long time. The female dolphins trust the humans enough that they bring their babies too. The wild dolphins, come in of their own accord and take food from the hands of tourists in knee-deep water. Their visits, which date back 50 years, have now become a daily ritual.
3. Camel riding
A great way to explore the area is from the back of a camel. A camel ride is surprisingly relaxing and lets you awe at the beauty of your surroundings. Take a memorable trip on one of these gentle creatures and keep the air of exotic adventure alive.
4. Indulging in the local culture
If you want to learn all about the Aboriginal culture then be sure to go on the Aboriginal Cultural Walk. Discover how the local Malgana people had survived in Gathaagudu for thousands of years. (The Aboriginal name for Shark Bay is Gathaagudu, meaning ‘two waters’.) You’ll learn the secrets of bush survival including bush tucker and bush medicine.
5. Exploring the depths
If you fancy getting wet in the pristine waters, then you may want to indulge in some snorkelling. Alternatively, cruise along in a sea-kayak or find a glass-bottomed boat tour. This cruise will enable you to explore the undersea world without whacking on a wetsuit.
Roughly 1200 km north of Perth lies the most beautiful Ningaloo Reef. It is one of the world’s largest fringing reefs and stretches to 260 km. Visitors can enjoy the amazing marine life and water sport activities at Ningaloo Reef. This beautiful peripheral reef is one of the most easily accessible reefs in the world.
For more information on Ningaloo Marine Park, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/tourism-region/ningaloo-coast-world-heritage-area
Meet The Ningaloo Reef’s Big 5
Ningaloo Reef is one of the world’s most pristine marine ecosystems. It is also suitable for snorkelling, diving and observing incredible aquatic wildlife. At this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will meet some impressive giants of the ocean. Tick them off your bucket list!
- How to get there?
To get there, head to Coral Bay or Exmouth, which is a 2 ½ hour flight from Perth. Alternatively, make the most of the West Coast by travelling the West Coast from Perth with the Integrity’s Hop-on-Hop-off pass.
- The Big 5
The Ningaloo Reef is home to impressive wildlife. Seasonal marine visitors also visit Ningaloo Reef from the Indian Ocean. Here are the big 5 to look out for whilst visiting the Ningaloo Reef;
1. Humpback Whales
Enormous humpback whales migrate back to Antarctica via the coasts of Australia annually. This usually happens between June and October/November. You may be able to spot them from the shores of Exmouth. For a closer encounter, there are whale watching tours available from Coral Bay and Exmouth.
For booking a whale watching tour from Exmouth, please visit; bbmlive.rezdy.com/373234/humpback-whales-interaction
2. Manta Rays
One of the main natural attractions of this area is the graceful manta rays. These can be found in the waters surrounding the Ningaloo Reef all year round. However, you can see them more in numbers from mid-May to mid-September. They will also be more willing to engage with snorkelers and divers during this period too. Don’t miss out on meeting these graceful giants of the deep while you are here.
For booking a ‘swim or dive with the manta rays’ tour, please visit; www.ningalooreefdive.com/
3. Whale Sharks
The whale shark is the world’s largest fish, measuring around 32 feet. However, the largest ever recorded was 40 feet long! It’s an unbelievable experience to come face-to-face with these huge creatures. Ningaloo Reef is the only place in the world where they can be observed in coastal waters. They feed in this area from March to August/September.
For booking a ‘swim with the whale sharks’ tour, please visit; bbmlive.rezdy.com/245094/swimming-with-whale-sharks-march-to-august-2021
Ningaloo has a healthy population of dugongs, which can be found at any time of year. This strange-looking creature is a herbivore and closely related to the manatee. They are classified as having an extremely vulnerable extinction risk. The Ningaloo Reef is the only place in the world to see them. Dugongs are extremely shy and elusive creatures. Thus, encountering a dugong is quite special.
5. Loggerhead Turtles
This gorgeous and vulnerable turtle is an endangered species. They are currently being protected by the Wildlife Conservation Act. You can find them nesting in the Muiron Islands, near the Ningaloo Marine Park, from October to early March. Hatchlings appear from December to April. It’s best to contact the Ningaloo Turtle Programme to ensure viewing them responsibly.
For Ningaloo Turtle Programme, please visit; www.ningalooturtles.org.au/
Whale Shark Season in Western Australia
The Whale Shark season is right around the corner! Here is all you need to know about these gentle giants;
- Top Whale Shark Facts
- They are fish and not mammals; the word ‘whale’ is in reference only to their size.
- On average they grow up to 12 metres long and have a mouth of 1.5 metres wide. But, the largest non-scientifically recorded whale shark was around 18 metres.
- Their size is the only thing fearsome about them. They are filter feeders who eat plankton, krill and other small organisms. As such, they are harmless to humans.
- They have three prominent ridges along each side of their body. There is a distinct pattern of white spots and stripes against the dark blue/grey skin.
- Their Conservation Status is ‘Vulnerable.’
- Ningaloo Whale Shark Season
World-heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef is home to diverse and near-extinct marine life. But, Whale Shark, the biggest fish ever to glide through the world’s waters, steals the spotlight. These gentle giants visit their second home of Ningaloo Reef, from around March to July each year. But, at times the season can run right through to August or September.
Ningaloo Whale Shark Tours
This incredible wildlife encounter is the experience of a lifetime! Imagine swimming in the tropical waters beside one of these gentle giants of 16 metres in length. Go on a whale shark snorkel tour to get close to the action. Tours operate daily from both Exmouth and Coral Bay. They are suitable for people of all ages as long as they have a basic swimming ability.
At Ningaloo, you will be lost for choice of things to do! Rent a sea kayak or jump on a boat tour. Spot sea turtles, tropical fish or even a humpback whale! Scuba dive through coral lagoons and stunning sea beds, or embark on an inland adventure! Whatever you do, you will need nearby accommodation. Here’s a round-up of the best Ningaloo campsites;
- Ningaloo Station
Ningaloo Station is home to a wide range of animals, from goannas to sheep and goats to kangaroos. It lets you camp in the grounds and encourages you to show respect for the natural environment. Choose from 5 camping areas, stretching from Winderabandi Point to Jane Bay. It has many historical sites, including Point Cloates Lighthouse and many shipwrecks too.
Address: Unnamed Road, Ningaloo WA 6701, Australia
- Warroora Station – 14 Mile
Warroora Station showcases the very best of the stunning shoreline of Ningaloo. Warroora Station allows visitors to get back to nature for a small cost. This venue costs $10 per person per day, or $50 per person per week. The picturesque campsite is comprised of 5 areas to set up camp, 14 Mile being one of the favourites. Don’t forget to take advantage of the easy access to the sea.
Phone: +61 8 9942 5920
- Warroora Station – The Lagoon
The Lagoon, also a popular area in Warroora Station, is a two-minute walk from the beach. At $10 per person per day, you can set up camp at this venue. Explore the secret bays, salt water inlet and gorgeous rock pools that this area has to offer.
Phone: +61 8 9942 5920
- Warroora Station – Elle’s Beach
Elle’s Beach is a quiet retreat to unwind from a jam-packed day of activities. It is yet another popular campsite in Warroora Station. Elle’s Beach neighbours the stunning coral gardens of the Ningaloo Reef. It offers affordable diving and snorkelling experiences. Elle’s Beach also offers panoramic ocean views as it is situated in close proximity to the coastline.
Phone: +61 8 9942 5920
Karijini National Park
Gorges, Waterfalls and Rock Pools of Karijini
Karijini National Park is in the making for two-billion years. It is one of Australia’s most spectacular natural attractions. It offers amazing hiking trails through ancient gorges. Karijini’s has majestic gorges, stunning vistas, waterfalls and serene swimming holes. These geological wonders are accessible throughout the year. Here are some of its rugged, and yet breathtakingly beautiful, features not to be missed;
- Weano Gorge
Weano Gorge’s winding corridors of red rock, rock pools and waterfalls are for you to explore. These beautiful geological features are 2 billion years old. Experience the thrill of jumping down from the waterfall. Encounter the epic rock face at “The Centre of the Earth.” Spot rock wallabies, birds, amphibians and reptiles that call Karijini home.
For more information on Weano Gorge, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/weano-recreation-area
- Handrail Pool
Go on a “journey to the centre of the earth!” Handrail Pool is one of the many spectacular gorges at the Karijini National Park. The tracks are very rough, steep and unmarked. But, you will be rewarded once you reach your destination. The experience of immersing yourself in a reddish yellow stone lined waterhole is almost surreal. Please note that a high level of fitness and experience is required.
For more information on the Handrail Pool, please visit; trailswa.com.au/trails/handrail-pool/print
- Dales Gorge and Circular Pool
Dales Gorge and Circular Pool are two of the best picnic spots on Karijini. Dales Gorge is 100 metres deep. Admire the red-terraced cliffs weathered by time. The lush green ferns and occasional gum trees stand in contrast to the cliffs. Swim in the stream, permanent and refreshing water pools and beneath stunning waterfalls. Discover the secret gardens and the clear rock pool of the Circular Pool.
For more information on Dales Gorge and Circular Pool, please visit; trailswa.com.au/trails/gorge-rim-walk-dales-gorge/close-by/attraction/dales-gorge-and-circular-pool
- Fortescue Falls
Fortescue Falls is Karijini National Park’s only permanent waterfall. Permanent water is a welcome sight in this harsh rocky environment. The beautiful waterfall cascades down more than 20 metres over a series of natural rock steps. It ends up in a fern-lined pool. You can also enjoy spectacular views of Fortescue Falls from the top of Dales Gorge.
For more information on Fortescue Falls, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/dales-recreation-area
- Fern Pool
Fern Pool is a lush oasis in a harsh environment! This refreshing, spring-fed Fern Pool is surrounded by paperbarks and delicate ferns. It is about 10 minutes away from Fortescue Falls and is one of the most picturesque settings in the park.
For more information on Fern Pool, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/dales-recreation-area
- Hancock Gorge and Kermits Pool
The Hancock Gorge is simply stunning. But, caution should be taken when entering the Hancock Gorge. This short, but exciting trail takes you deep into the gorge. You will pass narrow chambers, the natural amphitheatre and beautiful rock pools in the gorge. The infamous Spider Walk leads you to the green waters of the Kermits Pool.
For more information on Hancock Gorge and Kermits Pool, please visit; www.australiasnorthwest.com/explore/pilbara/karijini-national-park/hancock-gorge-and-kermits-pool
- Knox Gorge and Lookout
Knox Gorge is a deep chasm that runs along the Knox Lookout. The slanting sun rays play magic on this spectacular panorama. As such, visit this lookout during the late afternoons or early mornings to witness this amazing scene. Scramble over rocks with fig branches and swim in beautiful pools! Practise caution while in the gorges and leave when it starts to rain to avoid flash floods.
For more information on Knox Gorge and Lookout, please visit; www.tomprice.org.au/our-region/karijini-national-park/knox-gorge/
- Hamersley Gorge
Visit the gorgeous and tranquil Hamersley Gorge. Dip into its revitalizing waters. Hamersley Gorge is the natural spa rock pool situated in the Karijini National Park. Be awed at the million-year-old spectacular rock formations above you, as you lie back in the water. Admire the reflections on the water as the rock above you changes colour from dawn to dusk.
For more information on the Hamersley Gorge, please visit; www.westernaustralia.com/en/Attraction/Hamersley_Gorge/
Karijini Visitor Centre
Karijini Visitor Centre is located in the Karijini National Park. The centre’s extensive interpretive displays portray the aboriginal culture and heritage. They also describe the pastoral and mining histories, geology, flora and fauna. Follow the informative walking trail located at the rear of the visitor centre. Please note that the centre is closed from early December to early February each year.
For more information on the Karijini Visitor Centre, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/karijini-visitor-centre
Karijini Eco Retreat
The Karijini Eco Retreat is situated at the Karijini National Park. It is one of Australia’s leading eco-tourism attractions. The retreat offers eco tents, cabins, campsites and an outback-style restaurant. The units of accommodation are nestled among native bush-land at the edge of Joffre Gorge.
The Karijini Eco Retreat is multi-award winning and environmentally friendly. It is 100% Aboriginal-owned. The owners represent the Banjima, Yinhawangka and Nyiyaparli people of the Pilbara region.
Karijini Eco Retreat will be closed from January 17th, 2021 to March 1st, 2021. But, the reservations office will take bookings and enquiries Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm. Please call on (08) 9286 1731 or email [email protected]
For more information on the Karijini Eco Retreat, please visit; www.karijiniecoretreat.com.au/
There’s a reason why Broome is the final stop on this journey. Broome is the seaside pearling town with a rich history and awesome cafés. It provides respite from the otherwise desolate outback areas. At the same time, it keeps the fabulous views and coastal activities you’ve enjoyed along the way. Enjoy all that Broome has to offer while you are here.
- Cable Beach
When you finish your tour in Broome, it is not complete without a swim at Cable Beach. Watch one of the awesome Cable Beach sunsets to complete your tour.
- Gantheaume Point
Gantheaume Point is one of the best paleontological sites in the world. It is situated 5-minutes-drive away from Broome. Walk in the footprints of long-extinct dinosaurs! These footprints have been preserved in the reef rock for over 125 million years! The footprints are only visible at low tide, while at high tide you can view the plaster casts of the footprints. Jump from the rocks just for the thrill of it.
For more information on Gantheaume Point, please visit; www.westernaustralia.com/us/Attraction/Gantheaume_Point/
Staircase to the Moon
Staircase to the Moon is a natural phenomenon that occurs when a full moon rises over the exposed tidal flats of Roebuck Bay. This magical occurrence happens 2 – 3 days a month between March and October.
Staircase to the Moon Markets
The first two days of Staircase to the Moon generally play host to these markets at Town Beach. Sample local produce, buy hand-made products and a variety of international food at the bustling night market. Enjoy live entertainment too.
2021 Staircase to the Moon Dates
|March 2021||April 2021||May 2021|
|March 29, 18:32||April 27, 17:50||May 27, 18:13|
|March 30, 19:16||April 28, 18:40||May 28, 19:15|
|March 31, 20:03||April 29, 19:34||May 29, 20:19|
|June 2021||July 2021||August 2021|
|June 25, 17:58||July 24, 17:47||August 23, 18:30|
|June 26, 19.03||July 25, 18:49||August 24, 19:24|
|June 27, 20:06||July 26, 19:48||August 25, 20:15|
|September 2021||October 2021||November 2021|
|September 21, 18:06||October 21, 18:29||November 20, 18:57|
|September 22, 18:56||October 22, 19:19||November 21, 19:49|
|September 23, 19:46||October 23, 20:10||November 22, 20:41|
20 Best Places to Eat and Drink in Broome
There are 57 languages spoken in the Shire of Broome. The result is an amazing melting pot of local and international cuisine. Now you can indulge in it while you are in Broome.
1. The Mango Place
Address: Lot 4, 12 Mile/ 120 Kanagae Drive, Broome WA 6725
Phone: +61 08 9192 5462
Try delicious beef and mango pie, mango smoothie or hand-made woodfired pizza at this awesome outdoor café.
2. Little Indian Restaurant
Address: Shop 3, Cnr Frederick & Hamersley Street, Broome WA 6725
Phone: +61 08 9192 1697
Authentic Indian food made with the finest ingredients and a myriad of imported spices.
3. Cichetti Club Restaurant
Address: Cable Beach Road West, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, Broome, WA 6725
Phone: + 61 08 9192 0411
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CableBeachClub/
Handmade pasta, fresh seafood and unexpected flavour twangs from around the world!
4. The Aarli
Address: 16, Hamersley Street, Broome
Phone: +61 08 9192 5529
Drop in for some quick tapas (Med-Asian fusion) or the main meal. Work through the excellent wine list too.
5. Bay Club
Address: 47 Carnarvon Street, Broome, WA 6725
Phone: + 61 08 9192 1303
Healthy bistro meals and live music as you take in the excellent Staircase to the Moon view!
6. Good Cartel
Address: 3, Weld Street, Broome, WA 6725
Phone: + 61 0499 335 949
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/The-Good-Cartel
Grab a great coffee, healthy juice and Mexican-themed brekkies.
7. Dragonfly Café
Address: 6, Carnarvon Street, Broome.
Phone: +61 08 9192 3222
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Dragonfly-Cafe
Great coffee, breakfast and lunch with friendly service.
8. Runway Bar & Restaurant
Address: 17, Carnarvon Street, Broome, WA 6725
Phone: + 61 08 9192 8111
Culinary excellence with spectacular aeroplane views!
9. Bali Hai Café
Address: 6, Murray Road, Cable Beach, Broome WA 6726
Phone: +61 08 9191 3160
Drop in for a succulent Sunday roast.
10. Asian Noodles
Address: 22A, Broome Boulevard Shopping Centre, Frederick Street, Broome WA 6725
Phone: +61 08 9192 8977
Enjoy a delicious and filling meal of noodles.
11. Broome RSL
Address: 14, Robinson Street, Broome WA 6725
Phone: +61 08 9192 1003
Family-friendly facilities, restaurant and licensed premises for members, locals and visitors.
12. Kitchen Cabana
Address: Shop 17, Paspaley Plaza, 8, Carnarvon Street, Broome.
Phone: +61 08 9192 7074
Indulge in the flavoursome Mexican cuisine.
13. Bluey’s Place
Address: 16, Frederick Street, Broome 6725
Phone: +61 08 91921747
Drop in Bluey’s Place for the best Fish and Chips in town.
14. Som Thai Restaurant
Address: 5, Napier Terrace, Broome, WA 6725
Phone: +61 08 9192 6186
Authentic Thai dishes and Indian specialities offered in an appealing setting.
15. Cairo Cafe
Address: 7/16, Frederick Street, Broome, WA 6725
Phone: +61 8 9192 3283
Delicious flavours of Mediterranean dishes to authentic Middle Eastern cuisine.
16. Jack’s Restaurant and Bar
Address: 323 Thangoo Station, Great Northern Highway, Broome WA
Phone: +61 08 9193 8015
A range of special dining experiences including beach dinner and picnic hampers.
17. Town Beach Village Bar & Satay Hut
Address: Walcott Street, Broome, WA 6725
Phone: +61 08 91921897
Drop in for excellent burgers which are hard to forget.
18. Land of Pharaohs
Address: 20 Carnarvon Street, Broome, WA 6725
Phone: +61 08 9192 6469
Facebook page: m.facebook.com/LandofpharaohsBroome/
Indulge your taste buds with meat kebabs and traditional slow-cooked Egyptian Curry.
19. The Green Mango Café
Address: 2/12 Carnarvon Street, Broome,WA 6725
Phone: +61 08 91925512
Delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch.
20. Sanders at Cable Beach
Address: Cable Beach Road, Broome WA 6725
Phone: +61 08 9193 5090
Brekkie, modern Australian dishes and cocktails served in a breezy setting. The venue has excellent views of the water.
Bookings for National Parks
Exploring Western Australia’s stunning national parks and reserves? Park Passes offer both value for money and convenience. Collect your park e-pass to visit the amazing national parks and reserves of Western Australia. It is your ticket to nature!
For more information on this matter, please visit; shop.dbca.wa.gov.au/collections/park-passes
Park Access, Road Conditions and Closure Alerts
Don’t let park closures or unexpected road conditions spoil your much-awaited Western Australian holiday.
For information on park access, road conditions and closures within the parks, as well as various hazard alerts, please visit;
Camping in Western Australia
Sleep beneath a star-filled sky! Wake up amidst wildflowers or to the sound of the ocean and greet wildlife! Or, simply marvel at the billions-of-years old pre-historic gorges, mountains and waterfalls. Welcome to Western Australia’s boundless opportunities for camping adventures!
Conditions to be met while camping;
Accommodation providers and campers must meet the following conditions as per the “Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds Act 1995”;
- Caretakers, Rangers and Police are Authorized Officers; their lawful direction must be followed.
- Potable water may not be available on site.
- Each campsite must have a chemical toilet; on-site toilets are for day users only.
- Sullage disposal points should be made available.
- During Camping Season, check-in with the caretaker to be directed to a suitable site.
- Camp only within the existing campsites.
- Maintain a 3-metre clearance between sites.
- Site must be left tidy and clean on departure.
- Bins are for household rubbish only; rubbish must be placed in the bins or removed.
- Wrap and bin fish offal; do not discard in the water or around the beach and camp areas.
- Bring your own firewood for cooking fires; no existing foliage to be damaged.
- No open fires of any type on very high or higher fire danger days.
- Anti-social behaviour is not tolerated.
- Dogs are permitted under provisions of the Dog Act 1976.
- Be courteous with the use of generators; switch off between 10 pm and 6 am.
- Drive only on existing tracks; watch for wildlife, vehicles and pedestrians.
Campsites from Perth to Broome
1. Perth Hills Discovery Centre
The Perth Hills Discovery Centre is an amazing location to get away from the demands of big city life. This venue is perfect for a quick weekend getaway. It is located in close proximity to Perth and Mundaring within the Beelu National Park. The campsite is nestled within the forest and offers many picturesque trails to walk and cycle. It also rewards you with glimpses of C.Y. O’Connor Lake.
- Hot showers
- Camp kitchen
Address: 380 Allen Rd, Mundaring WA 6073, Australia
Phone: +61 8 9295 2244
2. Discovery Parks – Swan Valley
The Discovery Parks of Swan Valley is set in a beautiful surrounding. It is perfect for a family holiday or a romantic getaway for two. Located in the heart of the Swan Valley wine region, it can be reached with a 25-minutes-drive from Perth CBD. Family fun is guaranteed by Whiteman Park, Caversham Wildlife Park and the township of historic Guildford.
- Caravan storage sites
- Camp kitchen, BBQ
- Playground, swimming pool
- WiFi lounge
- Pet friendly
Address: 91 Benara Rd, Caversham WA 6055, Australia
Phone: +61 8 9279 6700
1. Lancelin Holiday Park
Enjoy a relaxing weekend or a beautiful extended holiday at Lancelin Holiday Park. The site is situated amidst aqua beaches, epic sand dunes and windsurfing spots. The holiday park has a range of accommodation facilities near stunning beaches.
- Swimming pool
- Pet friendly
- Fully powered caravan bays
- Unpowered tent sites
Address: Hopkins Street, Lancelin, WA 6044, Australia
Phone: +61 8 9655 1056
1. Nambung Station Stay
Nambung Station Stay is a farm stay, spread out on a 2500-hectare sheep and cattle farm. The campsite is located near the Pinnacles and Nambung National Park. It provides various accommodation options in a nature-based park. The venue provides farm tours and access to the Painted Desert (part of Pinnacles).
- Camp kitchen
- Caravan park
- Bed-and-breakfast accommodation
- On-site caravans
- Powered and unpowered sites
Address: 2269 Wongonderrah Rd, Nambung WA 6521, Australia
Phone: +61 8 9652 4048
1. RAC Cervantes Holiday Park
RAC Cervantes Holiday Park is situated north of Perth and south of Geraldton, on the scenic Indian Ocean Drive. This holiday park is situated near the Pinnacles, Nambung National Park. Spectacular wildflowers regions are located near to it too. Further, it is a perfect spot to enjoy kitesurfing, windsurfing, adventure walking, boating, fishing, swimming, skydiving and scenic helicopter flights.
- Beachfront powered and unpowered caravan and campsites
- Cabins, tents and villas
- Gift shop
- Seashells café
- Heated pool
- Pet friendly
Address: 35 Aragon St, Cervantes WA 6511, Australia
Phone: +61 8 9652 7060
1. Jurien Bay Tourist Park
Jurien Bay Tourist Park is a very popular destination on the beach with a jetty right in front of it. It is located a 3-hour drive north of Perth. The venue is at the heart of the wildflower region and near to the Pinnacles. All amenities are within walking distance from the campsite. Accommodation is available to suit all budgets.
- Camping and caravan sites
- On-site caravans with annexes
- Luxury chalets
- All-day entertainment for children
- Pet friendly
Address: Roberts St, Jurien Bay WA 6516, Australia
Phone: +61 8 9652 1595
1. Murchison House Station
The Murchison House working station has a history of over 150 years. It contains over 60 km of rugged Indian Ocean coastline and over 30 km of Murchison River floodplains. The station is situated on the tranquil banks of the Murchison River. It adjoins the Kalbarri National Park too. The venue offers homestead and bush camping. Have a real outback experience at this working station!
- Camping facilities along the riverbank
- Bush camping for self-sufficient 4WD vehicles
Address: 5618 Ajana-Kalbarri Rd, Kalbarri WA 6536, Australia
Phone: +61 8 9937 1998
2. Kalbarri Tudor Holiday Park
The family-friendly Kalbarri Tudor Holiday Park is right in the middle of the town centre. The holiday park caters for all budgets. Thus, most shops and amenities and the local beach are well within your easy reach. Check out the recently opened skywalk!
- Powered and unpowered sites
- Cabins, pool villas, motel units
- Swimming pool
- Playground equipment
Address: 10 Porter St, Kalbarri WA 6536, Australia
Phone: +61 8 9937 1077
1. Bottle Bay Camping
The park features a bush camping area at Bottle Bay with basic facilities. The camping area is accessible only by high-clearance 4WD vehicles. Campers are advised to be self-reliant and to bring drinking water adequate for the stay. Caravans are not recommended due to the narrow and soft sand tracks. The campground is operated on the ‘first come first serve’ basis.
- Gas BBQs
Address: Francois Peron National Park WA 6537, Australia
Phone: +61 8 9948 1208
2. Hamelin Pool Caravan Park
The Hamelin Pool Caravan Park is located in the Shark Bay world-heritage-listed area. Enjoy the delicious meals, a choice of milkshakes, snacks, speciality coffee or tea in the tea room.
- Powered and unpowered tents
- Caravan sites
- Air-conditioned units
- Camp kitchen and BBQ
- Toilets and showers
- Pet friendly
Address: Hamelin Pool WA 6532, Australia
Phone: +61 8 9942 5905
3. Homestead Campgrounds
The Homestead Campgrounds is located on the secluded Dirk Hartog Island, Shark Bay.
- Camp kitchen
- Gas BBQ, fire pit, food preparation area and sink
- Toilets and hot showers
Address: Dirk Hartog Island WA 6537, Australia
Phone: +61 8 9948 1211
1. RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park
RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park is at the gateway to Ningaloo Reef. It offers several accommodation options. This holiday park is popular amongst backpackers.
- Self-contained cabins, chalets, motel rooms, en-suite sites
- Powered and unpowered caravan sites
- Backpackers and campers facilities
- Outdoor pool, lagoon swimming pool, children’s wading pool
- Camp kitchen, BBQ
- Games room, playground
Address: 3 Truscott Cres, Exmouth WA 6707, Australia
Phone: +61 8 9949 1101
2. Yardie Homestead
Yardie Homestead is located at the gateway to the Cape Range National Park. Set up camp at this venue and rediscover the joy and simplicity of camping. Yardie Homestead generates its own power due to the isolated location of the campsite. As such, restrictions do apply. The use of toasters, electric jugs or fry pans, heaters, air conditioners or conventional microwaves is not allowed.
- Powered caravan and camping sites
- Unpowered caravan and camping sites
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Air conditioning
- Tennis court
- Laundry facilities
- Camp kitchen, BBQ
Address: Yardie Creek Rd, Exmouth WA 6707, Australia
Phone: +61 8 9949 1389
1. Cleaverville Campsite
Clearville Campsite is located 20 minutes northwest of Karratha. It is a popular spot for camping. This campsite offers bush camping and basic camping facilities. Bring plenty of drinking water as it is not available on-site.
- Boat ramp
- Public toilets
- Sullage disposal points
- Pet friendly
Address: Cleaverville Rd, Cleaverville WA 6714, Australia
1. Turf Club Free Camping Area
This free campsite allows guests to camp from May till the end of August. Travellers driving fully self-contained RV vehicles can camp here for two nights. These self-contained vehicles should contain showers and a toilet as well. Further, they should also contain all the waste for later disposal.
Address: McGregor St, Port Hedland WA 6721, Australia
1. Mango Campground
Mango Campground is situated in old Broome, a short walk from Town Beach. This area is famous for the Staircase to the Moon phenomenon. It is also in close proximity to shops, restaurants and cafés. The town bus service is accessible from here. Thus, you can commute around Broome economically.
- Ablution facilities
- Coin operated washing machines
- Camper’s kitchen
- Small refrigerator for extra fee
Address: 1 Robert St, Broome WA 6725, Australia
Phone: +61 8 9195 0003
2. Broome Vacation Village
Broome Vacation Village offers you the perfect place to relax and unwind. Enjoy the many attractions that Broome has to offer making the Vacation Village as your base.
- Camping facilities
- Self-contained studio cabins, self-contained chalets
- Bus stop directly outside the entrance
- En-suite sites with shower/toilet facilities
- Camp kitchen, BBQ
- Internet access
Address: 122 Port Dr, Minyirr WA 6725, Australia
Phone: +61 8 9192 1057
Tips for staying safe on a camping trip
Staying safe from wildlife
- Don’t leave out food that might attract animals
- Keep tents zipped and doors closed
- Beware of inland bodies of water which may contain crocodiles
- Wear sturdy shoes and make a lot of noise when you are walking in grass or bush. Snakes and spiders don’t want to come into contact with you either.
Staying safe from bush-fire
- While in national parks and free campsites, check the rules on open fires.
- Follow the specific fire bans especially during the dry months.
- It is illegal to collect firewood and kindling in national parks.
All you need to know about Australia’s insects:
Australia’s deadly world of arachnids, reptiles and insects is an off-putting factor for many travellers. Many people on a Perth to Broome coach tour also may feel the same. As such, let us put the record straight. Let’s debunk a few myths about what might lurk in the long grass of your new backyard.
- Common Spiders
Here are some facts about spiders: Yes, some of them are big. Big and crawly. Yes, some of them are poisonous. But, Arachnids have not been responsible for any fatalities in Australia for decades.
- Funnel Web Spiders
However, take care not to get bitten by Funnel Web Spider because it’s one of the deadliest spiders in the world. There are forty different species of Funnel Web Spiders. If you suspect you have been bitten by one of them, dash over to A&E.
Signs when bitten by a Funnel Web Spider are as follows;
– Tingling sensations around the lips
– High blood pressure
- Black Widow Spiders
The Black Widow Spider does not bite unless it is provoked in any way. As this is a very poisonous spider, get anti-venom as quick as possible.
Snakes are a deadly menace and it is these unforgiving inhabitants you need to be mostly wary of. Australia is home to seven species of the 10 most poisonous snakes in the world. Among the most feared are the Eastern Brown snake and the Australian Tiger snake. Worse still is the not-at-all misleadingly named ‘Death Adder.’
- Jumper Ants
The jumper ants are venomous, scavenging carnivores. They are responsible for more deaths in Tasmania than sharks, snakes, wasps and spiders combined. However, only four Tasmanians have died of a Jack Jumper sting in the last 30 years. As such don’t let your irrational fears spoil your wonderful holiday.
Backpackers on the Western Coast
Backpacker Accommodation in Western Australia
Backpacker Accommodation from Exmouth to Broome
When you arrive in Coral Bay or Exmouth, the first concern of a backpacker might be finding affordable accommodation. There are many hostels that provide front door access to the underwater playground. These are economical too. Here are a few suggestions;
1. Escape Backpackers Exmouth YHA Hostel
Escape Backpackers Exmouth YHA Hostel is situated in the centre of Exmouth. It is the perfect spot from which to plan a Ningaloo Reef experience.
Address: 561 Murat Rd, Exmouth WA 6707, Australia
Contact Number: +61 8 9949 1200
Email: [email protected]
Accommodation Link: www.yha.com.au/hostels/wa/pilbara/exmouth
2. Winston’s Backpackers
Address: 1112 Murat Rd, Exmouth WA 6707, Australia
Contact Number: +61 8 9949 2377
Email: [email protected]
Accommodation Link: exmouthresort.com/2013/photo-gallery/image/95-winstons-backpackers
3. YHA Potshot Resort
YHA Potshot Resort offers an enjoyable and relaxed accommodation. This venue caters to all your holiday needs. Lots of like-minded backpackers to keep you company during your stay in Exmouth stay here.
Address: 561 Murat Rd, Exmouth WA 6707, Australia
Contact Number: +61 8 9949 1200
Email: [email protected]
Accommodation Link: www.potshotresort.com/view/home
4. RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park
RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park is at the gateway to Ningaloo Reef. If offers a children’s playground and a swimming pool. This holiday park is popular among backpackers.
Address: 3 Truscott Cres, Exmouth WA 6707, Australia
Contact Number: +61 8 9949 1101
Accommodation Link: parksandresorts.rac.com.au/exmouth/book-now/
1. Beaches of Broome
Relax in the lounge, watch a movie or shoot pool with your friends. Or simply laze around next to the sparkling swimming pool.
Address: 4 Sanctuary Rd, Cable Beach WA 6726, Australia
Contact Number: +61 1300 881 031
Email: [email protected]
Accommodation Link: beachesofbroome.com.au/
2. Kimberley Travellers Lodge
Kimberley Travellers Lodge is situated at the centre of Broome. It offers various accommodation packages at affordable prices.
Address: 9a Bagot St, Djugun WA 6725, Australia
Contact Number: +61 8 9193 7778
Email: [email protected]
Accommodation Link: kimberleytravellerslodge.com.au
3. Kimberley Klub YHA
Kimberley Klub YHA offers several types of accommodation for any budget.
Address: 62 Frederick St, Broome WA 6725, Australia
Contact Number: +61 8 9192 3233
Email: [email protected]
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/KimberleyKlubYHA/
4. Roey Backpackers and Party Bar
Roey Backpackers is 5 km away from Broome. Featured accommodation includes a bar, free parking and restaurant.
Address: 33 Carnarvon St, Broome WA 6725, Australia
Contact Number: +61 8 9192 1221
Accommodation Link: roey-backpackers-and-party-bar.go2westernaustralia.com/en/
5. Cable Beach Backpackers
Cable Beach Backpackers is one of the best budget hostels in Broome. The affordable prices will help the backpackers save a lot of money.
Address: 12 Sanctuary Rd, Cable Beach WA 6726, Australia
Contact Number: +61 1800 655 011
Email: [email protected]
Accommodation Link: cablebeachbackpackers.com/
Backpacker Jobs in Western Australia
In recent years Australia had become one of the popular locations for backpackers. This is mainly due to the 2-year working holiday visa available to most nationalities. Great climate and flights from around the world to Australia have also contributed to this.
- How to get a Backpacker Job?
Backpackers arriving in Australia are unlikely to have contacts to find a job immediately. A labour hiring company can connect backpackers with companies. Firstly, they will have a registration/induction with the team. Following this, these companies can assign them to a job that meets their skills.
Requirements for getting a Job in Western Australia
- White Card
To get a job in the construction industry a person should have the White Card. The White Card indicates that the person holding it has completed the following;
– General construction induction
– Necessary training
- PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
To work safely the relevant Personal Protective Equipment is needed.
- Positive Attitude
A positive attitude takes you a long way, especially in construction work.
- Trade Qualification
You may be able to continue working in that trade in Australia while on a Temporary Visa if you have trade qualifications from another country. Bring a copy of the trade certificate. It is required to show that an overseas apprenticeship was completed.
Some skilled jobs and all trade jobs require you to have the right tools for the job.
- Hospitality Jobs
You can walk in for an interview if vacancies are advertised for hospitality trade jobs. Alternatively, you can visit a pub, hotel, bar or tavern and inquire if there are vacancies. If there are you may face an interview and try your luck.
- Farm work
Many companies work closely with farming clients in Western Australia. These companies place casual, short-term and permanent workers in farm jobs and other agriculture positions. In this way, workers are placed across all regions of the state.
- Places of work
There are opportunities for farm work near Perth, Fremantle, Esperance, Geraldton, Mandurah, Busselton or Bunbury. You can find a job based on your skills and experience.
- Agriculture regions
There are ten agriculture regions in Western Australia. They are Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne, Midwest, Wheatbelt, Perth, Peel, South West, Great Southern and Goldfields. Workers are placed in all of these agricultural regions.
- Types of farm work
Backpackers can find work in mixed vegetable crops, strawberry farms, poultry farms and grain storage facilities.
Backpackers who are engaged in farm work in the regions can easily get an extension of one year to their holiday work visa.
Regional work for your second Working Holiday Visa
It’s no surprise that many who visit Australia for a year on Working Holiday Visa wish to extend for the second year. Glorious summers, great jobs, a full and rich lifestyle seem to be far better prospects than returning home. But, to stay in Australia, you will need to undertake some form of regional work. This regional work will lead to your second working holiday visa being granted.
- Specified Work
Regional or specified work covers farming, fishing, pearling, mining, forestry, construction or conservation. The work must be completed over at least 88 days. The common misconception is that you’ll be breaking your back in the fields, getting whipped by a farm owner in the outback and forced to sleep in a hut. But, this is wrong.
- Farm Work
Farm work is just one option of many, and, just like every other job, has its positives and negatives. It can be challenging and see you rise before dawn and sweat it out in 40° heat. However, majority of farms are located in remote locations. As such, you won’t face the costs that you would in the big cities. On the contrary, you are likely to save a substantial amount of cash.
To check out farming jobs in Australia, please visit; www.workstay.com.au
- Oyster Pearling
If you’re a bit of a seaman, then why not try Oyster Pearling? One of the popular working destinations is Broome. It produces the best pearls in the world as well as has the perfect weather around the peak harvest time. You can pick up casual work all year round as there are people regularly coming and going.
- Benefits of Oyster Pearling
This type of work is so popular with travellers, as the social aspect is one of the best. In the day, you get to see turtles, sea snakes, dolphins, sharks and whales. The after-hours sees the workers get together for drinks, swimming, fishing and fun by the sea. You can expect to earn between $120 and $145 per day with both accommodation and food provided.
- Conservation Volunteering
You may not be concerned about earning money and you might want to give something back. In such a case, Conservation Volunteering is right up your street. There is so much work available in this field. The areas of work are coastline maintenance, land-care management, endangered species care or rescuing turtles. Conservation Volunteers Australia completes over 2000 projects across Australia each year.
- Benefits of Conservation Volunteering
You can plan your volunteering around the places you already intended to visit. Get in the midst of nature; truly explore and ‘find yourself.’ All you need is a love for nature and reasonable health and fitness. Prior experience is not essential.
To take the first step in Conservation Volunteering, please visit; www.conservationvolunteers.com.au
The current mining boom in Western Australia has made some cities close to Perth such as York into eligible regional areas. This type of work requires skilled workers for coal and metal mining as well as oil and gas extraction. Further, unskilled workers are recruited as trade assistants and fire watchers.
- Benefits of Conservation Mining
Finish your regional work with a huge wad of cash in your pocket by mining. As a bonus, most mines will pay for your travel out there, which is great news as most are in remote locations.
- Things to watch out for:
1. The specified work must be undertaken within an authorised postcode. But, a common mistake is made when workers don’t check out the postcode to find the right work. If you take work in the wrong postcode, you have to start your 88 days from scratch.
To view the table of eligible postcodes, please visit; www.travellers.com.au
2. Once you’ve nailed 3 months of labour and has filled out a verification form then you’ve met the requirements. You should also be able to produce the certified pay slips. Remember to keep all your pay slips so when the time comes to apply, it’s quick and painless.
To apply for your Second Working Holiday Visa, please visit; www.immi.gov.au
Once your visa has been granted, you can spend another year in Australia. Enjoy for yet another year, the sun, sea and surfing lifestyle that Australian dreams are made of. Good luck!
Fruit picking seasons in Western Australia
Ninety per cent of travellers get their second year working holiday visa in Australia by fruit picking! The second year of working holiday visa requires a person to clock-up 88 days, all signed off by a farmer. Each year thousands of travellers become fruit pickers in Western Australia. The following information provides a guide to finding work in Western Australia.
Regions of Western Australia that needs fruit pickers
Avocados and grapes are cultivated in Busselton. Avocados are ready for picking during the latter part of the year from August to December. Grapes are harvested during the winter months as well as from February to April.
- Demand for fruit pickers in Busselton
There is a high worker demand in Busselton in September and October, when avocados are harvested in abundance.
Carnarvon is blessed with the cultivation of a variety of fruits. Bananas, mangoes, melons, grapes and tomatoes are cultivated here. Carnarvon may be a good place for fruit pickers to hang around as Banana is harvested during all 12 months. Mangoes and melons are harvested during the summer and early fall. Grapes and tomatoes are available for picking during the rest of the months.
- Demand for fruit pickers in Carnarvon
There is a high worker demand in Carnarvon in all the months other than April. There is a heavy harvest of fruits in the following manner;
|Fruits||Months of heavy yield|
|Bananas||All the months|
|Mangoes||January – February|
|Melons||January – March|
|Grapes||June – July / October – December|
|Tomatoes||May – December|
Gingin produces citrus fruits, stone fruits, olives and grapes throughout the year. There are citrus fruit yields to harvest in all 12 months of the year. Stone fruits are harvested mainly in summer, from November to January. While olives are picked during the hard winter, grapes are picked in two seasons, May to July and January to February.
- Demand for fruit pickers in Gingin
Though there is fruit picking work throughout the year in Gingin, there is no particular period in which high yields are harvested. As such, fruit picking work is available here at a moderate level in all the months of the year.
- Margaret River
Margaret River is a region famous for its grapes and winemaking. Grapes are picked from February to April as well as in the hard winter period of June to August.
- Demand for fruit pickers in Margaret River
Grape harvest does not happen in Margaret River in the following months;
– September to December
As such fruit pickers will not find any work during these months.
Citrus and stone fruits are harvested in Moora during 6 months of the year. Citrus fruits are ready to be picked during the spring in October and November. Stone fruits are mainly harvested in summer, from November to February.
- Demand for fruit pickers in Moora
There is a high demand for fruit pickers in Moora in October and November. This is the time there is a high yield of citrus fruits.
- Perth Hills
Perth Hills produces stone fruits, apples and pears. The fruits are harvested throughout the year other than May and September. But, there is no heavy yield in any particular month.
- Demand for fruit pickers in Perth Hills
As there is no heavy harvest in any particular month, labour is only moderately in demand at Perth Hills.
- Swan Valley
Swan Valley produces citrus fruits, stone fruits, olives and grapes. There is a moderate harvest throughout the year. Stone fruits are harvested only during November and December. Olives are picked during winter, while grapes are harvested in one season during winter and another season during summer.
- Demand for fruit pickers in Swan Valley
As grapes give a good yield during winter, worker demand is high in Swan Valley during July and August. There is a moderate demand for workers throughout the year in this region.
- Farms that recruit fruit pickers in Western Australia
The following are some of the farms that recruit fruit pickers in Western Australia during the high demand periods for workers. Further, these farms are situated in eligible regions for the second year visa. As such, they help travellers in obtaining a second year working holiday visa.
- Genovese Olive Co.
Chester Pass Road,
Albany, WA 6330.
- Wignall’s Wines
448, Chester Pass Road,
Walmsley, WA 6330.
- Manjimup Backpackers
59, Rose Street,
Manjimup, WA 6258.
- Redgate Wines
659, Boodjidup Road,
Margaret River, WA 6285.
- Rockfield Estate Vineyard,
3093, Rosa Glen Road,
Rosa Glen, WA.
- Bacchus Contracting,
Ambergate, WA 6280.
- Companies that provide recruits for farms
Here are some of the companies that place recruits in farms of Western Australia.
- Agri Labour Australia
- Labour Solutions Australia
- Aussie Jobs
- Rural Enterprises
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