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Tick off your bucket list and swim with wild dolphins.

Swimming with dolphins is right up there with the top bucket list experiences, and Western Australia ranks high as one of the world’s top destinations for memorable close encounters with these amazing mammals.

Along WA’s 20,781-kilometre coastline, large pods of friendly wild dolphins regularly frolic and fish close to the shoreline, so a chance encounter is not uncommon while you’re taking a dip. However, your best chance of enjoying an eye-to-eye magical moment with wild dolphins is to join an organised swim tour with the Bunbury or Rockingham dolphins.

Swim with dolphins in Rockingham

In the protected bays of Rockingham and Shoal Water Island Marine Park, dolphins and humans have been enjoying playful interactions since the 1960s. Here, just a 45-minute drive from Perth, you can encounter some of the 260+ wild dolphins that have made this spot their home. Swim tours operate daily from September to early June, and depart early in the morning from Rockingham jetty.

Swim with dolphins in Bunbury

Further south, the Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre in Koombana Bay is one of few places on Earth – and the only place in Australia – where you can enjoy an exhilarating experience with wild dolphins in the water, on a boat, or at the shoreline, and learn more about them at the interpretive centre too. Dolphin swim tours operate daily from October to April, bringing you face to face with some of the 100+ wild bottlenose dolphins who call Bunbury home.

See the Swim with Dolphins two-day self-drive itinerary from Perth to help you plan a swimming-with-dolphins experience of a lifetime.

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Beaches
Beaches
Western Australian beaches are among the most beautiful in the world, including the iconic Cable Beach and Lucky Bay.

Cruising & Sailing
Cruising & Sailing
​​Sailing or cruising Australia’s largest state, longest coastline and some of its greatest rivers offers an incredible diversity of scenery and experiences.

Diving & Snorkelling
Diving & Snorkelling
Thousands of kilometres of coastline, abundant and varied marine life, a mix of tropical and temperate climates and numerous shipwrecks just offshore, the diving and snorkelling in Western Australia is unbeatable.

Recreational Fishing
Recreational Fishing
Recreational fishing in Western Australia offers some of the world’s best deep sea fishing, freshwater fishing and beach fishing challenges and rewards.

Marine Life Encounters
Marine Life Encounters
Meet eye-to-eye with little penguins, friendly dolphins, turtles, seals, sea lions, manta rays and dugongs or swim with the giant whale shark in Western Australia.

Island Getaways
Island Getaways
Western Australia’s idyllic island getaways offer blissful escapes, including Rottnest Island, Penguin Island, Woody Island, the Abrolhos Islands and Dirk Hartog Island.

Kayaking, Rafting & Canoeing
Kayaking, Rafting & Canoeing
Go kayaking, white water rafting, canoeing or sea kayaking in Western Australia, paddle to Penguin Island, float along the Swan River or ride the Avon River rapids.

Surfing
Surfing
Surfing Australia’s west coast, you can catch some of the most consistent, top quality surf breaks on Earth, from Margaret River and Perth to Exmouth in Western Australia.

Wakeboarding & Water Skiing
Wakeboarding & Water Skiing
Get your wakeboarding and water skiing kicks on Western Australia’s rivers, lakes and 20,781-kilometre coastline – from Albany and Esperance to Broome.

Whale Watching
Whale Watching
Western Australia has one of the longest whale watching seasons in the world, following the annual whale migration from Albany to Broome and the Kimberley.

Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
On the global windsurfing and kitesurfing stage, Western Australia’s world-class wave and consistent winds create perfect conditions for testing novices and pros alike.

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Top 10 Places to See Marine Life
Get friendly with the Australian marine life – snorkel Rottnest Island, swim with whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef, or go whale watching in Albany.