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Tour your way through WA

Travellers to Western Australia are spoilt for choice with what is on offer when exploring the region.

Here are some of the top things to do when visiting Western Australia. 

Latest updates for Shark Bay

The World Heritage-listed Shark Bay region, located in WA’s Coral Coast – is renowned for its natural beauty, biological diversity and abundance of marine and wildlife. A two hour flight or eight hour drive from Perth, the region has added to its tourism offering with a number of new tours.

Ocean Park expands tour offering

Ocean Park recently added two new products to its tour offering. Shark Bay Dive and Marine Safaris specialises in scuba diving, snorkelling and scenic wildlife tours of Steep Point and Dirk Hartog Island, and is the only PADI Dive Centre in Shark Bay. Shark Bay 4WD is a guided driving eco-tour of the Shark Bay region, visiting scenic locations such as Francois Peron National Park, Steep Point, and Hamelin Pool stromatolites. Also on offer are half and full day tours of Dirk Hartog Island, with transfer either via boat or scenic flight. The small group tours specialise in 4WD, snorkelling and scenic wildlife experiences.

Walk with Whales at Dirk Hartog Island

Dirk Hartog Island has launched a new ‘Walking with Whales’ tour. The four-day guided walk takes in the island’s pristine landscapes, including sandy beaches, spectacular high cliffs, rare native wildlife and humpback whale sightings as they migrate along WA’s coastline. Operating from May to September each year, the tours begin with a boat safari from Denham, and each afternoon walkers are transferred by 4WD to the island’s rustic luxury eco lodge where they will stay overnight. 

True North release new coast and coral itinerary

True North Adventure Cruises has released a new touring option for its 2019 season, combining two popular destinations – the Kimberley Coast and Rowley Shoals – into one itinerary. The 13 night Coast and Coral cruise explores King Gorge Falls, Mitchell Falls and Montgomery Reef in the Kimberley, before visiting Rowley Shoals, offering passengers 300 square kilometres of pristine coral to explore. Tours are scheduled to depart from August 2019. 

Luxury air safaris in the Kimberley

Luxury tour company HeliSpirit will launch its private Luxury Air Safaris next month. Operating from April to September, a private helicopter and experienced local guide is the ultimate way to experience the rugged and untouched Kimberley landscape in WA’s North West. Guests will land on mountain pinnacles to watch the sunset, fish in wild rivers, view galleries of the oldest rock art on earth, soar through gorges and touch down to swim in secret springs and waterfalls. The new 2019 itinerary includes accommodation in unique wilderness retreats, including Kimberley Coastal Camp and El Questro Homestead. The six day, six night tours have no set departure dates and tailored itineraries can be arranged to suit each guest. 

Experience stargazing at the Pinnacles with Explore Tours Perth

Explore Tours Perth has launched a new private two-day tour package, including an overnight Pinnacles experience. Guests will enjoy the iconic lunar-like Pinnacles at sunset, sand boarding at Lancelin’s sand dunes, a barbecue lobster dinner and evening stargazing. A visit to Yanchep National Park, optional extra activities and a stay at the newly revamped RAC Cervantes Holiday Park complete the overnight package. The tour is available for private groups with a minimum of eight passengers, and includes hotel pickups, meals and accommodation.

Luxury Outback Tours release four-day South West tour

Luxury Outback Tours has launched a Margaret River, Denmark and Albany four-day experience. The tour takes guests through WA’s stunning South West and Great Southern regions, with highlights including a Busselton Jetty train ride and tour of its Underwater Observatory, and visits to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in Margaret River, Gloucester Tree in Pemberton, the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk in Walpole, Albany’s National ANZAC Centre, Mt Romance sandalwood factory, and The Kodja Place in Kojonup. The bespoke tours cater for a maximum of four people, and include all meals and deluxe accommodation. 

Explore the Pilbara with Aviair

Aviair has launched new product in the Pilbara in WA’s North West, providing an easier option for visitors to explore the region’s spectacular landscape and ancient cavernous gorges. Travellers can choose between two action-packed weekend getaways, with both tours including scenic flights from Karratha, and a three-course dinner and overnight stay in ensuite eco tents at Karijini Eco Retreat. Two adventure tours with West Oz Active are available – one being a Class 6 Canyoning Adventure, and the other a Class 5 Guided Canyon Hike. Both options take in the very best sites Karijini National Park has to offer, and will operate between May and August. 

Ningaloo to Karijini adventure tours

The Flying Sandgroper Adventure Tours and Sail Ningaloo have launched a unique Ningaloo and Karijini package, combining the two popular destinations in the one holiday. Experience the best snorkelling and scuba diving at World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef before travelling inland to discover the gorges and waterholes of Karijini National Park. The 10-night package starts from $4,015 per person and includes meals, airport transfers, a five night ‘Ningaloo Escape’ tour on board Sail Ningaloo’s Shore Thing vessel, and The Flying Sandgroper ‘Ningaloo Karijini Jump’ tour. 

Experience the Swan Valley wine region by air and road

Rotorvation Helicopters is offering Ultimate Swan Valley Wine Tours where guests get to visit three iconic Swan Valley wineries, with lunch and tastings included. The tours depart from either Hillarys Boat Harbour or Jandakot, with road transfers included. The exclusive private return flight takes in spectacular views of Perth city and the coastline, before arriving at the Swan Valley. The tour costs $1190 per person and includes morning tea at The Cheese Barrel, wine tastings at Olive Farm, a three course lunch at Sandalford Wines, followed by further wine tastings at Mandoon Estate.

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