Australia is the country full of tradition, different cultures and natural wonders that leave anyone breathless. Every part of it is special and amazing in its own way. They carry their own heritage and combined make Australia one of the most desirable tourist destinations.
In addition, this also makes it the perfect family destination where you can take your kids and have some quality vacation time with them. Western Australia, specifically, offers some very interesting spots that will hold the attention of the whole family. From animal sanctuaries to white beaches, this part of Australia offers a variety of activities and landscapes which will leave wonderful memories.
No matter if you choose one location or go on a road trip with your kids, you will certainly encounter interesting and unique adventures. With rich traditional values from Aboriginal people, a strong sense of nature preservation and friendly locals, you cannot leave this place without shading a few tears.
Therefore, start packing and travel to one or more spots on our list. The fun and good time are guaranteed for all ages.
1. Cohunu Koala Park
A person can’t visit Australia without seeing their wildlife. Western Australia offers a lot of parks where you can spend time with animals such as koalas and kangaroos. Cohunu Koala Park is 40 minutes from Perth and spreads across the 14 hectares of land
The various attractions include talking to parrots, feeding the free roaming animals and observing how they behave in their natural habitat. You can see kangaroos, emus, deer and, of course, koalas. And those are not all the animals you can see and interact with at the Park.
There is a Cohunu Park Railway that will take you on a ride through the whole park if the weather conditions are favourable. You can buy souvenirs at the local shop and take a photo with dinosaur replicas. This Park is a sure thing if you want to show your kids wonderful animal kingdom of Western Australia.
2. Great Sandy Desert
Desert is not something everyone has a chance to see. That’s why the Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia is perfect and not so far away from civilization. This 609 kilometres big area contains gorgeous sand to let your children play and have fun.
However, there is not much to see there but the sand, therefore, make sure that your tank is full. Also, take care of food and beverages, even though there are two roadhouses there, Pardoo and Sandfire. The coast is not so far away and is unhindered by civilization. It may not offer interesting attractions like Sahara does, but is certainly an amazing sight to experience during the road trip.
Broome is coastal town some 2,240km away from Perth in the Kimberley region. This is a famous tourist spot with a rich offer. Cable Beach is the most visited tourist area here during the season from April to October. It is a perfect family resort where your children can have fun with riding the camels or learn how to surf.
Roebuck Bay is a popular place for migrating birds that come here from northern Asia. They can be observed in summer but also during the year. Since a lot of young birds stay until they’re old enough to migrate, Birds Australia built Broome Bird Observatory in 1988. This is a wonderful way to watch some of the rare and gorgeous shorebirds.
4. Purnululu National Park
As a World Heritage Site, Purnululu National Park attracts a lot of visitors to its 239,723-hectare area. The sandstone domes of Bungle Bungle Range look like a giant beehive and are the focus of kid-friendly and family walking tours in Western Australia. This area is also an extraordinary geological terrain in the world due to karst areas formed in sandstone towers.
The tours offer various ways of travelling over a more than 50-kilometres area. You can fly in a small plane and enjoy the scenery from above. You can go on a three-day hike and visit Piccaninny Gorge accessible only on foot. Usually, the hikers are dropped from the helicopter to enjoy the landscapes and explore the natural wonders.
Besides these geological rarities, you will learn about the Aboriginal heritage in this region which is a 40,000-years long cultural legacy. There are many accommodation offers in the park and you can choose depending on your plans of activities. Also, try your vocal cords in the Cathedral Gorge famous for its acoustics.
5. Ningaloo Coast
As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ningaloo Coast is the home of the largest Australia’s coral reef. This reef is rich in marine life like dolphins, manta rays and humpback whales. The beaches are an important breeding area for turtles like loggerhead and hawksbill. Ningaloo Coast is a home to 500 species of fish, 300 species of coral and 600 of molluscs, just to name the few among the marine world.
You can visit the Ningaloo Coast for a day or stay longer. Visitor Centre is available to help you organise your stay as well as to get you acquainted with what to expect. You can go kayaking and biking over dunes, swim with whale sharks, but also see a lot of other magnificent creatures. The best way to observe the rich underwater life is by snorkelling at Coral Bay.
Green, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles living in the Ningaloo Coast are on the list of endangered species. You and your kids can spend time learning about these creatures at the Jurabi Turtle Centre and even participate in guiding baby turtles to the ocean. This is a unique experience even for adults since these baby turtles are in immediate danger from predators after they hatch. So you would help them survive and get to the ocean safely.
In the end
Families share special moments and create memories from amazing adventures they have. Western Australia is the perfect place to be one of those memorable experiences you will include in your family trip list. Just don’t forget to bring enough external memories to place all the photos you’ll make while there.