Australia’s wild, wild west is a man’s land—rugged, barren, physically and mentally demanding, and stuffed full of heavy slabs. With a reputation for big sharks, gnarly locals, and incessant winds, WA might not be at the top of most people’s list of dream destinations, but for those who enjoy sleeping under the stars and charging consequential waves with minimal crowds, there’s no better place.

The Surf: Although there are a number of softer waves in WA, the well-known breaks are all either slabs or big wave bombies, making this an advanced to expert destination.

Five Waves Worth Surfing:

Five Waves Worth Surfing:

The Season: WA gets waves year round, but winter (May through August) is the most consistent. Unfortunately, winter can also be quite windy.

The Vibe: The locals in WA are gnarly, and the better spots are well protected. If you come with a good attitude, skills, and respect, however, you should get along quite well.

Things To Do: Camp. Fish. Drink. Surf.

Where To Stay: If you are anywhere besides Perth, chances are good that you’ll be living in a tent.

What To Bring: A shortboard and a couple of step-ups. A 3/2 mm wetsuit, depending on the season. A dependable 4×4 vehicle, spare parts and tires, camping gear, food and water for at least a week, and a good first aid kit.

Getting There: Perth is the main international airport in WA, and is accessible from all over the country, as well as a number of overseas airports. Australian tourist visas can be arranged online before arrival. Airport code: PER.

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