What To Do In Western Australia: A Year Round Guide

Western Australia fills the entire western third of the country, which means it is always warm and sunny somewhere. The only question is, where?

December, January & February

December, January & February

December, January & February

What’s best:
The south west. This is the time for wine touring in Margaret River, surfing at Dunsborough and quokka spotting on Rottnest Island. Temperatures in Perth should be hovering around 30 degrees and those skies should be perpetually blue. The only drawback? It’s the school holidays from late December and throughout January, so expect peak prices and book ahead. Remember this is the wet season in the Kimberley when dramatic rains come and much is closed so if this is on your bucketlist time your trip for later in the year.


What’s on:
It’s the season for watersports, with the Lighthouse to Leighton kite-surfing race from Rottnest to Fremantle (the world’s longest) taking place in December and the Lancelin Ocean Classic’s four days of windsurfing and kite-surfing races in January. January also sees Perth painting the sky with fireworks in celebration of Australia Day on the 26th before launching into the three-week-long Perth International Arts Festival in February. Daily music, art and theatre events take place in venues around the city and down in Albany.

March, April & May

March, April & May

March, April & May

What’s best:
Ningaloo Reef. The coral here spawns in March or April, and that calls the reef’s most famous resident back home, the whale shark. From a high point of around 37 degrees in January temperatures will be dropping nicely here now too, to around a comfortable 27 degrees by May. That’s the perfect temperature for leaping in and out of the water so board a boat trip, head out on a cruise or simply strap on the snorkel and get out among the marine life. This is a great time to head inland to the bustling and utterly incomparable Kalgoorlie too, with temperatures in the gold mining town dropping into the 20s.


What’s on:
The autumn sees plenty of arts events, including Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe Beach in Perth, which turns the beach into an outdoor art gallery for 19 days in March, and the Fremantle Street Arts Festival in April, celebrating busking, street theatre and circus. Foodies will find plenty to get excited about too, with the Taste Great Southern food and wine festival taking place in Denmark, Albany and Mount Barker in March. Further north, it’s cool enough by May for Broome’s Beach Polo Festival, while the Kimberley’s Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster in May brings people from across this sparsely populated region together for concerts, dinners and generally dancing under the stars. Also in May, in Exmouth the beginning of whale shark season is celebrated with the weekend-long Ningaloo Whale Shark Festival.

June, July & August

June, July & August

June, July & August

What’s best:
Broome and The Kimberley. With the wet season finished, all is green and it’s time to “slip into Broome time” with a trip to the laidback coastal town, where days are warm and sunny. Take advantage of the Dry by striking out along the Gibb River Road, hiking in the Bungle Bungles and getting truly off the beaten track on remote cattle stations or by flying in to luxurious lodges far from the nearest paved road. Ningaloo Reef still has those whale sharks too, and the humpback whales will be on their migration north to breed.


What’s on:
While in Broome, don’t miss Broome Cup Week in August, the culmination of the Turf Club’s 12 week horse-racing season. Down south, it may be winter but that doesn’t stop local thrill-seekers from hurling themselves down the mighty Avon River in the 134km time trial the Avon Descent. In Manjimup the cooler weather heralds the start of truffle season. Celebrate by joining the Truffle Kerfuffle, when you can head out on a truffle hunt and feast on truffles at the Gala Opening Hunt and Harvest Dinner.

September, October & November

September, October & November

September, October & November

What’s best:
A full tour. This is the best time of the year to combine the north and south of WA, starting up in the north where it is still the dry season and ending up in the southwest for early summer. You’ll be following the humpback whales while they migrate back south as you tick off waterholes and gorges in the Kimberley, swimming with the whales and manta rays on Ningaloo Reef and cycling from vineyard to restaurant in Margaret River.


What’s on:
Margaret River’s reputation is international, so it’s no surprise that chefs come from far and wide for the Margaret River Gourmet Escape in November, to take part in dinners, masterclasses and book signings. In Perth it’s fashion week, with the Perth Fashion Festival taking place in September.  Along the Coral Coast it’s turtle season, with night tours taking place to view these fascinating creatures laying their eggs and, later, those eggs hatching.

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