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5 new adventures in Western Australia

From exploring caves to camping with Aboriginals, there’s more going on in Western Australia than you might think. Here are five new experiences to try

Camping near the Dampier Peninsula (Shutterstock)

1. Climb the Optus Stadium

A Halo roof tour at Optus Stadium, Perth (Tourism WA)

A Halo roof tour at Optus Stadium, Perth (Tourism WA)

If you’re a fan of cricket or Australian rules football, join a new Halo tour to explore the 60,000-seat Optus Stadium in Perth – Australia’s third largest stadium. On a two-hour tour, you’ll climb 78 steps up to the roof, where you can sit in seats 42m above the ground, and let go of a rail and lean over the edge.

For more information visit: theozone.com.au

2. Climb Matagarup Bridge

Climbing Matagarup Bridge (Tourism WA)

Climbing Matagarup Bridge (Tourism WA)

Perth’s Matagarup Bridge straddles the Swan River, connecting the city’s west side with Optus Stadium. Until recently, only pedestrians used it to cross the river – but now you can climb over it, too. Exactly 314 steps guide you to the bridge’s 72m-high Sky View platform, where you can take in 360° views of the city.

For more information visit: zipclimb.com.au

3. Go caving

Charles Knife Road in Cape Range National Park (Shutterstock)

Charles Knife Road in Cape Range National Park (Shutterstock)

While the UNESCO-protected Ningaloo Marine Park has attracted visitors for decades, savvy travellers stick around to explore Cape Range National Park nearby. Rivers snake through its limestone canyons, which are home to wallabies, emus and the native perentie lizard. Now you have an excuse to stay a little longer, too, as guided tours of some of the region’s 700 caves have just launched.

For more information visit: ningaloocentre.com.au

4. Camp with Aboriginals

Camping at James Price Point near Dampier Peninsula (Shutterstock)

Camping at James Price Point near Dampier Peninsula (Shutterstock)

Run by Aboriginal communities, Camping with Custodians launched in 2016, as a means for travellers and Aboriginals to interact on Aboriginal land. The project’s sixth campground is opening this season at Djarindjin, off Cape Leveque Road on the Dampier Peninsula. Owned and operated by the Djarindjin community, it will have space for 37 tents and caravans, and like with the other sites, camp fees remain in the community. As well as camping, you can join guided tours to learn about local flora and fauna and shop for Aboriginal art. 

For more information visit: tourism.wa.gov.au

5. Zip line across a river

Ziplining from Matagarup Bridge (Tourism WA)

Ziplining from Matagarup Bridge (Tourism WA)

If climbing the Matagarup Bridge in Perth isn’t adventurous enough for you, since spring you can also zipline 400m across the Swan River, from the top of the bridge to Burswood Park. You’ll have the perfect view of Heirisson Island – if you have your eyes open, that is.

For more information visit: zipclimb.com.au

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