Sun, adventure, an awesome natural environment and friendly people - it's what you'll find on a holiday to Western Australia whatever time of year you visit. Dive with the world's largest fish - the whale shark, snorkel with manta rays, swim with wild dolphins, walk amongst the tree tops of ancient trees, sleep under a canopy of stars in the desert, or explore the beehive-like formations of the Bungle Bungles with the help of an Aboriginal guide.
Perth & surrounds Perth, and nearby Fremantle, are among the most pleasant cities to visit in Australia. Blessed with great weather and fabulous beaches, these cosmopolitan cities boast top-class restaurants and attractions. Nearby are other major destinations, including Rottnest Island and superb wineries.
Coral Coast The Coral Coast region is a treasure trove of beaches, exotic marine life, national reserves and the bluest ocean you'll see anywhere in the world.
Here you can swim with the world's largest fish - the whaleshark, snorkel from the beach to the stunning Ningaloo Reef, meet the dolphins of Monkey Mia and take in the Pinnacles - a West Australian icon.
Name a water sport and it's here - from world class windsurfing at Geraldton to Ningaloo diving that rivals the Great Barrier Reef.
Western Australia's first World Heritage site - Shark Bay, is most famous for its smiling dolphins that come right into shore at Monkey Mia. The more secluded parts of this stunning peninsular are home to other incredible wildlife like manta rays, turtles and dugongs.
Locals love Coral Bay - the small seaside settlement at the southern end of the Ningaloo coast. Head here to get away from it all and stay within metres of a beautiful beach and calm waters for safe snorkelling and swimming.
The carefully preserved Ningaloo Marine Park is a bewitching marine experience. The untouched coral, amazing range of sea life and excellent visibility make for unforgettable diving and snorkelling.
There are endless boat and beach fishing spots along the Coral Coast region coast, the hub of Western Australia's crayfishing industry.
From Geraldton, fly or cruise to the Abrolhos Islands, where you'll find fascinating history, secluded beaches and sheltered snorkelling waters.
Inland, the desert-scape of Nambung National Park is home to the strange limestone pillars called the Pinnacles.
Golden Outback Images of the vast clear skies and theatrical landscapes of the Golden Outback region will stamp themselves forever in your minds eye.
This is the place for true outback adventure. Driving becomes an activity in itself rather than a means to an end, and camping under the stars is a mystical experience.
You can take tours offering authentic Aboriginal encounters in and around the mining towns and settlements built by goldrush pioneers. Or simply get into the laid back atmosphere of rural life among grandiose heritage buildings, friendly pubs and hospitable farmstays
Kalgoorlie is the heart of Western Australia's gold mining country. Still a thriving mining town, it's also a living museum where visitors can visit a vast operational open-pit mine, explore an old mine shaft or try their hand at gold-panning.
In spring, many parts of the region are transformed as the arid landscape gives way to pockets of delicate wildflowers. Nature lovers will want to explore the woodlands edging the Darling Range too, for native wildlife and bush walks.
It's also worth the trip to photograph that West Australian icon, Wave Rock.
South West The South West pocket of Western Australia offers some of the most varied travel experiences in the state.
Margaret River and its surrounds are a popular destination for world-class wineries, top surfing and fun family holidays.
North West The North West region is one of the world's last true wilderness areas and the place to go for an authentic Aussie outback adventure.
Venture into red-earth country on a four-wheel drive adventure, take a scenic flight over extraordinary rock formations and magnificent waterfalls, or cruise through the inland waterways that permeate the region.
Not to be missed is the Bungle Bungle Range in the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park, and Lake Argyle - large enough to be classified as an inland sea.
Broome - near Broome, on the west Kimberley coast, dinosaur footprints preserved in rock take you back to the dawn of time. Or simply relax on the timeless stretch of glimmering white sand called Cable Beach.
Pearling heritage runs through Broome's veins. Be thrilled by stories of the first deep sea pearl divers, explore pearl farms showcasing the modern industry, or indulge in the opportunity to buy locally made pearl jewellery.