While most tourists flock to our eat coast, we’d argue that Western Australia is the nation’s seriously underrated hidden gem. Australia’s largest state has a bit of everything — endless red deserts, impressive cityscapes, breathtaking rainforests and world-famous surf beaches. It’s this diverse landscape that makes Western Australia the perfect spot for a fitness getaway.
Here are our top adventures to get your sweat on…
Abseiling in Kalbarii Whether you’re a beginner or hardcore thrill-seeker, the Kalbarri National Park is the perfect place for an abseiling adventure, You’ll hike the river trail through stunning gorges, then start on a four-metre wall. Once you’re comfortable, you’ll move on to the 25 and 35 metres walls and will finish with a dip in the Murchison River where you can soak up the breathtaking scenery. Learn more about Kalbarri abseiling.Snorkelling in Ningaloo Reef Kayaking, snorkelling, diving, surfing bushwalking — there’s a plethora of active adventures to be had at one of the world’s most famous fringing reefs, Ningaloo. Local legends Exmouth Adventure Co specialise in small group eco tours, where you can choose your own active adventure. Learn more about Exmouth Adventure Co.
Sailing in Swan River The tranquil waterways of the Swan River provide the perfect conditions for sailing. Hire a 4.5 metre catamaran on the South Perth foreshore, where you can gawk at the million-dollar view of the city skyline as a fresh breeze whisks you along the river. Talk about blissful! Learn more about Swan River sailing.
The Chevron City To Surf Activ Marathon Now in its 44th year, this event remains the second largest officially timed race in the Southern Hemisphere. The 12km race attracts more than 50,000 participants every year and while it started in Perth, it’s expanded with events in Karratha, Geraldton, Albany and Busselton. Learn more about the Chevron City to Surf Activ Marathon
The Cape to Cape MTB If the thought of zipping down steep hills while surrounded by some of WA’s most picturesque scenery gets you going, this is the challenge for you. The four-day mountain bike event will take you through the spectacular Margaret River region, past spectacular beaches, rocky mountain ranges and emerald forests. Find more about Cape to Cape MTB
The Golden Outback walking trails With the Golden Outback taking up more than 50% of Western Australia, you’ll find no shortage of rusty deserts here. And if you ask us, there’s no better way to explore it than on foot! From late July to November is the best time to go, as the weather is milder and an array of colourful and unusual wildflower species are in bloom. Learn more about The Golden Outback walking trails.
West Oz Active Adventures If you’re after a little bit of everything, look no further than West Oz Active Adventures. Situated in Karijini National Park, it’s like an adult’s playground where you can hike, float, traverse, paddle, slide, abseil, swim and climb to your heart’s content. And once you’re done with all that, you can treat your aching muscles to a Hatha Yoga Class or Ayurvedic whole body treatment. Learn more about West Oz Active.
Surfing in Margaret River With more than 75 major breaks located between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin alone, Margaret River is world famous for its incredible surf beaches. Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or want to take a lesson at one of the many surf schools dotting the coastline, this is a one active WA experience you won’t want to miss. Learn more about Margaret River surfing.
Stand-up paddleboarding in Shoalwater By now, you’ve probably given stand up paddleboarding a go. But how many times have you done it surrounded by dolphins, seals, penguins and birdlife? That’s exactly what you’ll get to do at the protected sanctuary inside the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. Talk about a once in and lifetime opportunity! Learn more about SUP in Exmouth.Love to travel? Check out our EXPLORE THE WORLD section. While you’re at it, why not sign up to our newsletter for a regular hit of health and fitness, with a dash of active adventures!