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2023 Ocean Racing World Championships

2023 ICF Canoe Racing World Champiomships





As the official Travel Agency for the 2023 ICF Ocean Racing World Championships, the WA Visitor Centre are here to help you discover your host destination – Perth, Western Australia or as the locals know it WA.  We are experts in travel throughout WA and will help you see the sights and enjoy our great home when you aren’t competing. 

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We are open 7 days a week in the Perth CBD at 55 William Street Perth and available via phone, email, or social media

About WA

WA is huge, it covers the entire western third of Australia, it’s a mighty 2.656 million km2! There is so much to see and do right across the state and it's important to plan ahead when you come. Due to its size, distances between attractions and experiences can be vast and that is why we are here to help you plan a safe, comfortable and memorable journey.

Perth is one of the sunniest capital cities in the world and the Championships are taking place at the perfect time of year. In November and December, Perth usually sees temperatures around 25°c to 28°c in the middle of the day and comfortable evenings of around 15°c to 17°c. As you travel outside of the Perth area, the temperature will be warmer the further north you go and cooler the further south you go.

WA is made up of 5 regions: Perth & Surrounds, South West, Coral Coast, Golden Outback and North West. You can find out more about each region further down the page.

What can you see and do in WA?

There is lots to see can do in WA. Here are some of our major tours and experiences. Can’t find what you are looking for? Please contact us direct.



The sunniest capital city in the world, the city stands on the banks of the picturesque Swan River. There is so much to see from the thought-provoking street art dotted around the paths and alleyways, the proud historical architecture, the largest inner-city park in the world – Kings Park, impressive sculptures, and the artistically vibrant Perth Culture Centre.

Perth has a great public transport network connecting visitors from the airport to the city and then onwards to the suburbs. The metropolitan area of Perth is spread out along 158kms, which runs from Two Rocks in the north to Herron in the south.

From the Airport, you can hire a car, catch a taxi or use public transport. When in Perth you can download the Transperth Journey Planner that helps you plan your public travel on the local trains, buses and ferries. In the city centre, there is a free hop on- hop off network of buses that can assist in getting you from 'A to B' known as the CAT Bus network. Visit us for your free town maps.

Perth Day Trip Suggestions

    • Rottnest Island - Rottnest Island is an Iconic destination in Western Australia, rich in Aboriginal culture, history, dramatic scenery, sandy beaches with crystalline waters and wildlife on land and in the sea. It is a marine wonderland located only 19 kilometres west of Perth boasting 63 pristine beaches, 20 beautiful bays, many coral reefs, and more than 13 shipwrecks. It is the perfect Island Getaway, cycle to secluded beaches and meet the world’s happiest animal, the Quokka! Find Out More
    • Pinnacles - Spend a wonderful day ambling through the natural limestone spires found in the Nambung National Park, 2 hours North of Perth. Join a tour or even self drive along the unsealed track and walk between the towers of ancient seashell deposits. Take in beautiful scenes of contrasting colours from the yellow sands surrounding the Pinnacles, to the white sand dunes, green coastal trees, and blues of the Indian Ocean on the horizon. Find Out More
    • Swan Valley - The Swan Valley has long been known as Perth's wine region, but this region has so much more than just wine on offer and is only a short 45 minutes from the city. With local farm gates offering fresh produce, artisans producing gourmet products like bread, honey, cheese, coffee, and chocolate, along with other spirits like gin and rum popping up around the Valley it has become a smorgasbord of produce. It also has great family-friendly breweries and award-winning restaurants. Whether it's a long lunch with friends or a multi-stop tour of the valley, there's something for everyone. Find Out More
    • Perth CBD - The sunniest capital city in the world, the metropolis stands picturesque on the banks of the Swan River. There is so much to see from the thought-provoking street art dotted around the paths and alleyways, the proud historical architecture, the largest inner-city park in the world – Kings Park, impressive sculpture, and the artistically vibrant Perth Culture Centre. While in the city, make sure you drop in to see us, say hi and pick up a free map. Find Out More 
    • Fremantle - Located at the mouth of the Swan River, the area was known to the indigenous owners as Waylyup meaning 'lungs' before the first settlers arrived. The Port City was established in 1829 and has a rich maritime and convict history, you can visit the Maritime Museum, Ship Wreck Galleries and the largest convict-built prison in Australia - Fremantle Prison. Today a vibrant town with a laid back atmosphere, it is a tourist hot spot where you can enjoy a day or night out with the locals. Enjoy watching the fisherman going about their business at the Fremantle Fishing Harbour or you can treat your taste buds at the many alfresco restaurants, cafes, breweries and sampling international produce that is showcased at the Fremantle Markets representing the many cultures that have migrated to the area, as well as handicraft, unique fashion, antique homewares and so much more. Fremantle is well-known for celebrating the arts of local, interstate, and international creators, a visit to the Fremantle Arts Centre is a must. Find Out More
    • Penguin Island - Just off the Rockingham coast, surrounded by crystal blue waters you can visit the Shoalwater Island Marine Park, home to the largest colony of Little Penguins on the West Coast by catching a ferry from Mersey Point in Rockingham. As well as walking around the island's boardwalks, paths and beaches to explore the stunning scenery you can enjoy your day swimming, fishing, wildlife spotting, cruising, windsurfing, and take part in a Penguin Island Experience where you can view rescued Little Penguins at feeding time and chat with the Rangers who take care of them. Find Out More
    • Perth Beaches - Perth is world-renowned for her spectacular coastline, there are 19 beaches found along the Sunset Coast, each one has a unique character and something special to discover. Here are our favourite spots to relax in the sunshine, take a dip in refreshing waters, draw our toes through white sands or enjoy a meal whilst watching a striking sunset. Find Out More


South West

The South West is one of just 36 Biodiversity Hotspots in the world with 24 National Parks and over 1000km of Coastline. Many flora and fauna found here are not found anywhere else on our glorious planet, so get out and about and experience it! The reserves, bushlands and coastline have some great walking and hiking trails for you to experience. Taking in the beautiful scenery, waterfalls, caves, remote beaches, and amazing elevated lookouts, throughout the Southwest you will find something amazing amongst the plants, wildlife, wildflowers and orchids!

Local produce is on offer in abundance in this region with charming vineyards, markets, breweries, and you can treat yourself to wonderful seasonal food straight from the farm to your plate from chestnuts to olives and freshly picked apples.

A few hours drive south of Perth, you are in and amongst the rolling hills and forests of the South West, making it a great self-drive destination, contact our team for car rental options or join a guided tour with a local company who will take you on a southern adventure. There is also a great network of public transport, coach and flight options to get you to your destination.

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Voyager Estate Wine Tasting


Golden Outback

Explore Western Australia's interior and traverse the lesser-known hidden gems that make it an epic journey of discovery. A landscape of contrasts from the rugged red sands of Mount Augustus in the North, down to the white sands of Lucky Bay in Esperance. It covers 54% of our state and where else in Australia can you surf a rock (Wave Rock), walk through one of the largest outdoor art galleries, visit real Ghost Towns and swim in waters that are impossible to sink in.

Hire a car and get one of our Western Australia’s Road Trips guides for an exciting journey, or if you prefer to leave the planning to a professional and just enjoy the view sign up for an extended tour of Western Australia’s remote centre. You can also make use of the public transport on offer from trains to coaches.

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Coral Coast

Pristine oceans lap up onto serene beaches, dramatic contrasting red cliffs, pink lakes, incredible creatures and immersive aboriginal experiences. The Coral Coast is truly a travellers paradise with so much on offer.

One of the most popular extended road trips from Perth, the Indian Ocean route takes you north through the many coastal towns with their unique personalities and experiences on offer all the way to Exmouth at the top of the Coral Coast. There are various coaches that will take you up the coast if you choose not to drive the route yourself or join a guided tour with an expert local.

There are regular flights from Perth to Geraldton, Denham, Carnarvon and to Learmonth airport, and a quick shuttle will take you into Exmouth.

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North West

An untamed land of ancient cultures, historic landforms and vast skies. There are three extraordinary regions to explore in the North West

Broome & Dampier Peninsula, the gateway to adventure, a tropical oasis of contrasting cultures and colours, - white beaches, turquoise oceans and ochre red cliffs, rich Aboriginal heritage and a melting pot of migrant traditions.

The Kimberley, the heart of the North West, remarkable landscapes, breathtaking waterfalls, incredible gorges and a powerful atmosphere of uninhibited freedom from the busy world. Take a step back, breathe deep and appreciate nature and her beauty.

The Pilbara, hidden treasures of Aboriginal Rock Art, rocky canyons, natural swimming pools and dazzling beaches.

Regular flights depart from Perth to Broome and Kununurra. Once there, you can make use of local taxis, shuttles, car hire and busses.

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Emma GorgeEmma Gorge - Photo Credit - Tourism WA

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