Western Australia boasts an amazing line up of spectacular natural events and attractions.
Many of these can only be found in a handful of locations on Earth - including Perth! Regularly occurring at particular times or seasons of the year, they offer unique opportunities for visitors to be touched by nature.
WILDFLOWER SEASON | September - November
The wildflower season is one of WA's most fascinating and precious natural treasures. Throughout Spring wildflowers are scattered across the region attracting thousands of tourists every year. There are many different walking trail and spots to see the wildflowers from Kings Park in the city, along the coast and to the Perth Hills and Avon Valley. The best way to experience the beauty of the wildflowers is by following one of the many tracks and trails.
WHALE MIGRATION | September - November
Around April each year thousands of humpback whales leave the rich feeding grounds of Antactica to calf and raise their young in the warmer waters of the the North West. On the return journey south, from September to December, they pass close to the Perth coast allowing a unique opportunity to see these amazing creatures up close on a whale watching adventure cruise.
DOLPHIN SWIMMING | September - April
Perth's warm waters are home to the playful bottlenose dolphin and from September to April you can swim with them in the protected bays and islands of Rockingham - home to over 260 wild dolphins. With Rockingham Wild Encounters you'll be taken on a unique experience by crew using underwater aqua scooters to glide effortlessly amongst the dolphins.
SEAL KAYAKING ADVENTURES | September to April
Seal Island in the Shoalwater Marine Park is one of the many natural wonders of the Perth region. Paddling a sea kayak is a unique and wonderful way to explore Penguin & Seal Islands and get a close up, water level view of the local wildlife. Experience the many extraordinary species of birds and marine life in their natural habitat. Guided kayak tours are conducted by Rockingham Wildlife Encounters and Capricon Seakayaking.
PENGUIN ISLAND | September - June
Fairy Penguins can be found swimming freely in the Shoalwater Marine Park in Rockingham. Rockingham Wild Encounters operate an hourly ferry service to Penguin Island - home to WA's larges colony of fairy penguins. Get up close and learn all about the penguins at the Discovery Centre with three penguin feeding session daily. Capricorn Sea Kayaking take groups on a kayak adventure to Seal and Penguin Islands.
SWAN RIVER MIGATORY BIRDS | August - March
Swan Estuary Marine Park welcomes an array of migratory birds each year between August and November. The birds move between the intertidal flats of Alfred Cove, Pelican Point and Milyu (all within 20 minutes of the city) for feeding a roosting. Visit these locations to see how many birds you can spot and from August you may see some sporting their breeding plumage as they arrive. Information panels are available along the foreshore.
TULIPS SEASON | August - September
In June each year, Araluen Botanic Park plant up to 100,000 tulips whic bloom from mid-August to the end of September. It is also the perfect time to see Daffodils, Azaleas, Camellias, Rhododendrons, Magnolias and many other spring flowering plants. August also marks the commencement of the Araluen Train to end October.