It’s generally the part of the country most people hit on a second or third trip down under, but for marine wildlife lovers, May makes western Australia ideal for a first trip too. The Whaleshark Festival in Exmouth celebrates the time when whale sharks congregate at the Ningaloo Reef. It’s ideal for diving, as your access and proximity to these friendly sharks are unparalleled. Go from the 25th to 27th and you’ll finish your day on the water with food, music, and nightly parties in town. Down the coast in Toodyay, you’ll find the annual Moondyne Festival, a western colonial celebration honoring the life of an adventurous character named Moondyne Joe.
Since you’ve already crossed the Pacific and all, you might as well hop on a short flight out to Ayers Rock, which while not in western Australia per se is home to the annual Uluru Camel Cup. The name might scream “NASCAR race,” but it is, in fact, literally a bunch of crazy Australians racing camels through the desert. On the 25th and 26th, the little town of Yulara is a giant party, where people bet on the race the night before building up to the race on Saturday. Race day has qualifying races and the main event, and there’s even a “Fashions on the Field” competition to showcase the fine attire people wear to commemorate camels running.