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The largest state in Australia is home to an amazing vast and diverse landscape. From vibrant towns and cities, world-class wine regions, ancient rock formations & Aboriginal sites, unbelievably stunning beaches, unique wildlife and flora, untouched wilderness, rugged coastlines, spectacular gorges and friendly locals Western Australia is like no other place on Earth.
Broome & The Kimberley
Spectacular gorges, dramatic waterfalls, incredible cave systems, lush rainforests, ancient Aborignal culture and astonishing wildlife, the remarkable wonders of the Kimberley cover over 420,000 square kilometres and is one of the world’s most precious wilderness regions. Spread over Australia’s entire north-western corner this remote area is home to many amazing natural wonders, remote luxury lodges, ancient Aboriginal culture, exquisite coastlines and friendly welcoming locals.
The coastal town and pearling capital of Australia, Broome is the western gateway to the Kimberley. A destination in its own right with its pristine white sand and turquoise waters of Cable Beach and ancient dinosaur footprints at Gantheaume Point to the natural phenomenon of Staircase to the Moon and not forgetting its friendly multicultural residents, Broome is a great place to start your Kimberley adventure.
The eastern gateway to the Kimberley is the outback town of Kununurra. From Lake Kununurra and neighbouring Lake Argyle – the largest man-made lake in the Southern Hemisphere to the nearby honeycombed domes of the Bungle Bungle Range in the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park to exploring the Gibb River Road, a 660 kilometre 4WD trail on an outback adventure through the Kimberley wilderness.
Cruising the Kimberley
Explore pristine wilderness coastlines of the Kimberley region on an expedition cruise. With magnificent gorges, cascading waterfalls, ancient Aboriginal rock art, abundant marine and wildlife and massive tidal changes, no two cruise experiences are ever the same. Kimberley cruise highlights are the incredible natural wonder of the Horizontal Falls with its epic 12 metre tides which create an astonishing natural phenomenon that defies belief. These amazing falls are situated in Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago, an area made up of more than 1,000 tiny islands. You will also get to experience the astonishing spectacle of Montgomery Reef, witness the world’s largest inshore reef ‘rise’ out of the ocean, being transformed by some of the biggest tidal changes on earth.
Dating back some 3 to 4 million years the massive region of the Pilbara has some of the world’s most stunning ancient landscapes and Indigenous archaeological sites – 1,000,000 rock engravings over 700 historic sites dating back some 30,000 years. One of the largest national parks in Western Australia is Karijini National Park with its ancient gorges, many walking tracks and natural pools and waterfalls.The lesser known national park is Millstream-Chichester National Park with its deep gorges and palm-fringed rock pools covering around 200,000 hectares around the Fortescue River.
For flora enthusiasts the wildflower season is a must, this 6-month flowering season begins in June and starts in the Pilbara and is one of the largest collections of wildflowers on the planet, with 60% found nowhere else on earth. There are many islands to explore off the coast of the Pilbara from the Dampier Archipelago – a collection of 42 uninhabited islands, the Mackerel Islands located 20 minutes from the coastal town of Onslow it is a collection of 10 islands, popular for diving, snorkeling and nature watching and the Montebello Islands west of Dampier, this marine park covers 58,000 hectares of ocean and is rich in marine diversity. A natural phenomenon that occurs every year is the Staircase to the Moon, caused by the rising of the full moon reflecting off the exposed mudflats in Roebuck Bay at extremely low tide.
Exmouth & Australia's Coral Coast
Stretching along 1,100 kilometres of stunning coastline the Coral Coast region starts from Cervante, two hours north of Perth to Exmouth. Turquoise waters, pristine beaches & coral reefs, magnificent marine life, spectacular national parks, beautiful wildflowers and islands galore make this part of Western Australia truly special. Exmouth is home to the world’s largest fringing reef, the World Heritage- listed Ningaloo Reef. This marine park is home to an abundance of marine life, with over 500 species of tropical fish and the giant but gentle whale shark – this is the only place on Earth where large numbers visit every year so close to land, from April to July you can swim with these beautiful creatures.
Located adjacent to Ningaloo Marine Park is Cape Range National Park, with its spectacular gorges and rugged limestone ranges carved by ancient rivers. A highlight here is a trip to Yardie Creek Gorge with Yardie Creek flowing between sheer cliffs. Also located within the park is the crystal clear waters of Turquoise Bay, one of the best beaches in Australia and is the perfect place to swim, snorkel or just relax on its white sand beaches. Located at the southern end are the mysterious formations of the Pinnacles, located in Nambung National Park. These ancient limestone structures are one of Western Australia’s most visited attractions. From Shark Bay, a World Heritage-listed site of spectacular natural beauty and biological diversity to world famous Monkey Mia, known for its friendly pod of wild bottlenose dolphins who come to visit up to three times a day a visit to the Coral Coast is a must.
Esperance & The Golden Outback
This area covers 54% of Western Australia, and stretches from Mt Augustus (a monolith twice the size of Uluru) and Kennedy Ranges in the north to Esperance and the South Coast. Located here is the modern mining hub of Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields, history & heritage are abundant with tales of the wild gold rush days. The Wheatbelt is home to the famous Wave Rock, this 110 metre long 15 metre tall multi-coloured granite cliff is shaped just like a huge wave. And from June to early November the Wheatbelt dazzles with its display of wildflowers, a wonderful natural attraction.
Esperance, a picturesque town located on the south coast is home to beautiful beaches and pristine coast. Beaches so beautiful that nearby Lucky Bay located in the Cape Le Grand National Park is Australia’s whitest beach (and home to the local kangaroos who enjoy lazing on the beach). Just off the coast is the Archipelago of Recherche, nearly 100 untouched islands and home to fur seals, sea lions and sea eagles.
A must do in the region is a scenic flight over Lake Hillier, this bubblegum-pink lake sitting alongside an ocean of blue is an extraordinary sight.
Perth & Surrounds
The capital of Western Australia is the sunniest state capital with 19 pristine beaches, from the famous Cottesloe to the surfing beach of Scarborough. Sitting along the Swan River Perth has one of the world’s largest inner city parks, Kings Park (its larger than New York’s Central Park). The nearby city of Fremantle with its winding port streets has wonderful markets, unique and eclectic shopping, street art & murals. With its relaxed vibe, bustling bars & restaurants, shopping museums & galleries Perth is a great city to explore.
Swan Valley, Western Australia’s oldest wine region with over 40 world-class wineries, 6 boutique breweries, cideries and distilleries. Did you know that it is the only Australian wine region you can cruise to from its capital city, a scenic cruise along the Swan River, or take the 25 minute drive. Or why not do the Swan Valley Food & Wine Trail, a 32 kilometre loop that takes you to over 200 attractions.
Just a short ferry ride from Perth is Rottnest Island, a beautiful place to enjoy the outdoors with swimming, snorkeling and diving. Famous for the cutest animal on earth, the quokka. A visit here isn’t complete without seeing this adorable friendly creature.
Margaret River & The South West
The Margaret River Region is an easy 3 hour drive south of Perth stretching from Busselton (a holiday resort town famous for its 1.8 km long wooden-piled jetty) to Augusta (close to historic Cape Leeuwin, home to Australia’s tallest lighthouse) and with its award winning wineries, stunning beaches, inspiring art galleries, gourmet produce, tall-timber forests and ancient landscapes it is a must-do when travelling to this part of the country. There are more than 120 world-class wineries to explore, and also home to a range of craft breweries and distilleries. And with amazing local produce, from organic sun ripened fruit & vegetables to olives & olive oil, artisan cheeses, baked goods & chocolates there are plenty of farmer’s markets to explore, from Busselton, Vasse and Dunsborough.
For the adventurous why not explore one or all four caves open to the public throughout the region. Lake Cave is a stunning crystal chamber, deep beneath the earth with entry through a sink-hole. See ancient Australian megafauna fossils at Mammoth Cave, Jewel Cave is set amongst Karri forests and the largest show cave in WA or Ngilgi Cave, venture 36 metres underground – great for little kids & big kids!
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