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Image of Western Australian wildflowers
 

​​​​​Throughout Western Australia you can find a wide range of native animals.

 

Dolphins, whales and sea life

There are numerous protected marine parks and reefs across the State; the most popular is Ningaloo Marine Park​, home to some of the world’s best diving spots. This is also where you can swim with whale sharks.

Monkey Mia offers a one-on-one experience of feeding and swimming with bottlenose dolphins and is also home to dugongs. The Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre offers a similar experience.

Southern right whales and humpbacks migrate during winter with their calves. Whale watching charters operate in Perth and regional areas with the best viewing in the South West region. 

 

Kangaroos

Part of the national emblem, the kangaroo, is a familiar sight around most parts of regional Western Australia.

Take care when driving outside of the metropolitan area on country roads, as these large marsupials can jump out from bushland areas without warning.

 

Crocodiles and snakes

Crocodiles are generally found in the remote north west of the State. If you want to view a crocodile in its natural habitat, it is best to take a guided tour with an experienced guide to view them safely.

Western Australia has its share of snakes, although it is rare to see them as they shy away from humans.

 

Pets

Pets are common in Western Australia –​ the most popular being dogs and cats.

Pets are regulated by shires (local councils) which often limit the number of pets per household and enforce the annual registration of certain pets.

For more information on Western Australian flora and fauna, visit the
Tourism Western Australia website​.

News

Changes to the Graduate Stream of the State Nomination Migration Program

The State Nomination Migration Program (SNMP) Graduate stream will soon be more accessible for international students who study in Western Australia.

On 16 October 2019 Premier Mark McGowan announced that the Graduate Stream of the SNMP will be extended to include vocational education and training (VET) graduates who complete a qualification in Western Australia at Certificate III level or above, excluding trade occupations (unless approved for delivery to international students).  

For information on the current Graduate Stream of the State Nomination Migration Scheme requirements visit the State nomination requirements page.

Fun Fact
Albany, founded in 1826 and located 409 km from Perth on the southern coast is the oldest settlement in Western Australia.