This is 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 a top priority. On May 5 in Toodyay, you’ll find the annual Moondyne Festival, a western colonial celebration honoring the life of an adventurous character named Moondyne Joe. Up the coast in Exmouth, the Whale Shark Festival from May 24-27 celebrates the time these gentle giants congregate at the Ningaloo Reef. It’s ideal for diving, as your access and proximity to these friendly sharks are unparalleled. Finish your day on the water with food, music, and nightly parties in town.
Since you’ve already crossed the Pacific and all, consider hopping 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 Australians racing camels through the desert. On May 24th and 25th, the small town of Yulara is a giant party, where people bet on the race the night before Saturday’s race. Race day features 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.