Endless options to explore Western Australia by boat
Sailing or cruising Australia’s largest state, longest coastline and some of its greatest rivers offers an incredible diversity of scenery and experiences. In the south, lazy rivers lead you through some of the world’s most biodiverse landscapes and tall timber forests. In the far north, luxury cruises and yacht charters take you to the untouched reefs, islands and cavernous gorges of one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth.
Sailing or cruising the Swan River
Million-dollar views of Perth’s iconic city skyline can be enjoyed by day or night on the waters of the Swan River. River cruises run regularly between Perth’s Barrack Street Jetty, Perth Zoo, the historic port city of Fremantle and WA’s oldest wine region, the Swan Valley.
Sailing and yachting are also popular pastimes on the Swan and Canning Rivers, where flat water and gutsy sea breezes create ideal conditions. Yacht clubs and hire companies dot the shoreline from Perth to Fremantle – some running twilight sailing competitions during the summer months.
Get nearer to WA’s amazing marine life without getting your little toe wet. Hop aboard a wildlife viewing cruise and pick up some fascinating wildlife facts from the knowledgeable crew. Meet the rare Australian sea lions of Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, or the playful New Zealand fur seal colonies of Rottnest Island and Woody Island. Watch the wild dolphins of Rockingham, Mandurah, Bunbury and Monkey Mia riding the bow. Witness one of the greatest whale migrations on Earth, or gaze wide-eyed at the kaleidoscope of tropical fish and corals on a glass-bottom boat tour of World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef.
Cruise the Kimberley in luxury
Luxury cruising and yachting on the Kimberley coast is an experience like no other. Here, where one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth meets the ocean, you can witness wonders only the privileged few have experienced. Ride the world’s only Horizontal Waterfalls. Fish and snorkel the pristine islands and lagoons of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Gaze in awe at the iconic Prince Regent River, King Cascade and King George Falls. Visit some of the most ancient rock art galleries on Earth. Marvel at the sheer diversity of marine life of Montgomery Reef and remote Rowley Shoals. Collect oysters on deserted beaches and feast on native figs. All from the comfort of a five-star vessel, some equipped with a heli-pad and helicopter for land-based adventures.
Take a houseboat holiday
Houseboat holidays are a fun and unique way to explore Western Australia's waterways and fishing spots. You can even captain your own vessel from Albany, Walpole, Dampier or Augusta and enjoy the sun and stars from your private deck.
Learn the ropes or self-sail
Fully accredited learn-to-sail programs are available in WA for all ages and abilities, from beginners to potential yacht-masters, and are fully accredited. Or if you’re already a confident seafarer, you can enjoy a self-sail holiday in one of the safest and most picturesque cruising grounds in the State – Geographe Bay, between Busselton and Dunsborough.