Set off on an adventure in Western Australia, which offers plenty of adventures both on land and underwater
On dry land…
Discover the Valley of the Giants, 248 miles from Perth, where you can do the incredible Treetop Walk. You’ll get to walk through a canopy of trees 43 yards above the ground, enjoying bird’s-eye views of the green scenery. Some of the trees are 400 years old. The 650-yard boardwalk has been designed as an interpretive experience, so visitors can explore the science, fantasy and mystery of the forest; a highlight is Grandma Tingle, or the Gatekeeper, one of the most majestic trees.
The Kimberley, in the state’s far north, is a rugged expanse that’s ripe for adventures. In addition to the savannah landscapes, expect to drive through rivers and make a splash in swimming holes by gorges. Spend some time exploring the Bungle Bungles National Park, or Purnululu National Park as it is officially called, which is most famous for its range of beehive-shaped towers (the World Heritage-listed Bungles). These are formed of sandstone and conglomerates (rocks composed of pebbles and boulders, cemented together). Aboriginal people have been living in the area for more than 20,000 years; they continue to maintain a strong connection to this ancient landscape.
Ningaloo Reef, in the heart of Australia’s Coral Coast, is one of just a few places on the planet where you can swim with whale sharks: the world’s largest fish. Each year, from late March to early July, whale sharks gather to feast on the local zooplankton, giving snorkelers a chance to see them close-up. Visitors can also swim with humpback whales, which visit from June to October. This designated World Heritage Site is also home to 220 species of coral and more than 500 species of fish, as well as turtles, manta rays and dugongs.
Prefer dolphins to whale sharks? Monkey Mia beach is famous for its resident dolphins (around eight or nine are regular visitors), which you can feed and interact with. If you want to help give the dolphins their breakfast or lunch, visit Monkey Mia between 7.30am and 12 noon. Rangers are on hand to make sure guests interact with the dolphins respectfully. The beach is around 560 miles north of Perth, in Shark Bay, a very beautiful World Heritage Site.
Western Australia’s Kimberley region is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas, with a dramatic coastline that’s best admired on a cruise. You’ll pass red cliffs, ancient rock art and waterfalls, including the only horizontal waterfalls on the planet, described by Sir David Attenborough as ‘one of the greatest natural wonders of the world’. End your adventure in Broome, a resort town with a rich pearling history and a striking color palette. Admire dinosaur footprints at Gantheaume Point, visit a microbrewery overlooking the Indian Ocean and finish the day with a sunset camel safari.
In Australia’s South West, Margaret River isn’t just home to some of the world’s loveliest wines. The coastline here is also incredible, ranging from wide sandy bays with turquoise shallows to surfing beaches and limestone cliffs. Take it all in on the Cape to Cape Track, a 135 kilometre trail that snakes between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin. It’s easy to walk a stretch yourself, but you might prefer tackling it with one of the local operators such as Walk into Luxury. Cape to Cape Explorer Tours is a more adventurous option, involving cave tours and evening wildlife walks. Margaret River Discovery Co. offers a range of tours to suit, including a luxury 4WD expedition, sunset canoe trips and an insider’s guide to the best vineyards. The tours are small and personalized, with no minivans, lines or crowds.
Have a Singapore Airlines adventure
Whether you’re flying in Economy or Suites, you can expect to travel in style when flying to Singapore and Western Australia with Singapore Airlines. The expert crew, the comfort of the cabins and more than 1,000 in-flight entertainment options (viewed on your personal screen, courtesy of KrisWorld) make the flight feel like a holiday in itself. Additional perks include: extra space and legroom, comfy seats and headrests, all-inclusive food and drink options and up to two free checked bags.
Excellent food and wine are offered onboard, thanks to the airline’s International Culinary Panel of global chefs (and sommeliers). Why not take advantage of Singapore Airlines’ Book the Cook Service and order your meals up to 24 hours in advance of boarding your plane?
Singapore Airlines also offer on-the-ground extras, including free use of Singapore Airlines’ Hop-on Bus and a free city tour if you’re in transit at Changi Airport for more than five and a half hours.
Fly to Western Australia with Singapore Airlines
JFK to Perth from $1199*
IAH to Perth from $1199*
LAX to Perth from $1099*
SFO to Perth from $1099*
*Terms and conditions apply. Fares are for all-in for round-trip economy class and premium economy class travel and include all taxes, fees, and carrier imposed surcharges. Sale period is from 23 Mar 2017 through 23 May 2017 and travel periods are 15 Apr 2017 through 15 Jun 2017 and from 10 Jul 2017 through 10 Dec 2017. $100 surcharge applies for travel from 10 July to 14 August 2017. These fares are based on lowest booking code inventory availability in economy class or premium economy class and may not be available on all travel dates. $100 surcharge for weekend (Fri/Sat) travel applies. Ticket is not refundable and date change is permitted with $250 fee plus fare difference. Other terms and conditions apply, see singaporeair.com for full details.