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Western Australia boasts an amazing line up of spectacular natural events and attractions, many of which are only found in a handful of locations on Earth.

Regularly occurring at particular times or seasons of the year, they offer unique opportunities for visitors to be touched by nature.

Staircase to the Moon

Visitors to Broome in Western Australia's North West are able to see the natural spectacle – the Staircase to the Moon, when conditions are just right.

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Whale Migration

May signals the beginning of the annual whale migration in Western Australia. Humpback and southern right whales travel along the coast making their way from the food-rich southern ocean to breeding grounds in the warm northern waters.

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Western Australia’s warm waters are home to the playful bottlenose dolphin. While they can be found all along the coastline, there are four main regions where visitors are more likely to have a dolphin interaction.

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Coral Spawning and Whale Sharks

One night each March the waters of Ningaloo Reef, in Australia's Coral Coast, literally come alive as more than 200 species of corals spawn.

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Fairy Penguins

Fairy Penguins are the smallest of the penguin family and can be found swimming freely in the Shoalwater Marine Park, less than one hour from Perth city.

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Ningaloo Reef, located in Western Australia's Coral Coast, is home to Green, Loggerhead, Hawksbill and Flatback turtles. The turtles come each year to breed amongst the reefs and beaches.

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Abalone is a succulent shellfish which breeds in shallow, coastal waters. Considered a delicacy by many, this shellfish can only be harvested for an extremely limited period each year.

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Manta Rays

You can swim with manta rays all year round at Coral Bay on Western Australia’s Coral Coast. Like whale sharks, manta rays are filter feeders and have a large toothless mouth which they use like a sieve to scoop up plankton and krill.

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Western Australia’s landscape bursts with colour from July to November, when native wildflowers bloom across the State. Floral extravaganzas can be seen in all regions at different times throughout the season.

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Seals and Sea Lions

New Zealand fur seals and the commonly seen Australian Sea Lion are prevalent right along the southern waters of Western Australia. You are most likely to see them in Perth, Albany and Esperance.

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Migratory Birds

Western Australia has a rich diversity of bird life including raptors, seabirds, shorebirds and parrots. Thousands of migratory birds visit each year with the North West being a special spot for waders and shorebirds.

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