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Alyka Admin | 24/07/2014 10:39:38 AM

With some of the most diverse landscape in the world, Western Australia combines the blue waters of an ocean with rugged, rocky terrain. Here, we take a look at two areas of this enormous state that couldn't look or feel more different to each other.

Monkey Mia

Wild dolphins, pristine beaches and crystal clear waters, Monkey Mia is an attraction for visitors around the world. 320 days of sunshine, it is blessed with a Mediterranean atmosphere for a relaxing holiday, yet is on the very edge of the famous Australian outback. Not only are dolphin encounters here virtually guaranteed, these gentle creatures are also wild, visiting on their own accord in their natural habitat. In fact, dolphins come up to shore so regularly, that visitors can get the chance to pet and feed them. The dolphins are the pull here, but there are so many other reasons to visit this gorgeous coastline. Bathe on the beach and catch some rays, visit the floating black pearl farm, jump on a quad bike and explore Shark Bay, or discover what lies beneath the surface with a snorkel trip or glass bottom boat tour.

Karijini National Park

1000km northeast of Monkey Mia is Karijini National Park, which swaps the beaches and ocean for red dessert and sparkling rock pools. Best travelled by 4WD and on foot, the Karijini holds the most incredible rock formations, gorges and caves imaginable, some of which are lined with vegetation. Dusty walking trails lead to fabulous viewing points such as Oxer Lookout, so you can take in the desolate landscape before you. Rather than marine life, the inhabitants you can expect here are red kangaroos, rock wallabies, echidnas, dragons and dingoes. Any watering holes provide sweet escapes from the dry heat, but clean drinking water and trusty walking boots are recommended when hiking for long periods of time between the deep and craggy gorges, including Red Gorge, Weano Gorge and Hancock Gorge.

Two areas of one state providing very different experiences, but both equally outstanding and beautiful.

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Liz Collins | 26/11/2014 11:59:25 AM

Western Australia holds some of the most striking rock formations in the world. Not only can you view this architecture of Mother Nature, you can get close enough to see every edge and feel the history as they have stood the test of time. These are some of our standout favourites to explore.

The Pinnacles

Covering the ground of Nambung National Park are the Pinnacles, a mysterious display of limestone spires jutting out of the sand. The reason for their formation has been proposed as sands and seashells blowing inland, but one thing’s for sure: their prominence in the park is mystifying and eerie particularly at dusk, so you won’t forget the atmosphere they create in a hurry.

Wave Rock

Much smoother and less ragged than other rock formations, Wave Rock is 110 metres long, 15 metres high and believed to be 2700 million years old. The amazing curve was created due to erosion of the softer rock below, creating the illusion of a wave about to crash back to earth.

Nature’s Window

Creating one of the best photograph opportunities in WA, Nature’s Window looks out upon Kalbarri National Park. The natural rock arch is the result of wind erosion of the layered sandstone, and frames the river below perfectly.

Bungle Bungle Range

A soft sandstone range, the Bungle Bungles are orange and black striped structures that sweep across Purnululu National Park. Perfect for 4WD, camping and hiking, the best view of them is from the air where you can spot gorges and pools hidden within the walls and crevices of the rock.

Hancock Gorge

Walk into the depths of the Karijini’s Hancock Gorge, often described as a journey to the centre of the earth. Narrow chambers and steep descents are met with beautiful rock pools, and the highly polished rocks on the route to Kermit’s Pool are impossible not to brush on your way down.

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Liz Collins | 12/12/2014 10:38:34 AM

From the beautiful city of Perth to the stunning beaches of Broome, there is an abundance of activities on offer thanks to the wild but inviting open road up the west coast of Australia. If you’re going to do anything while travelling along the Indian Ocean, you can’t go wrong with these exceptional pastimes. 

Sandboarding
The sand dunes along the west coast of Australia are sublime. From the white sand dunes of Lancelin to the golden powder of Kalbarri, this is an alternative to surfing that guarantees all the fun without getting wet. Stretching as much as two kilometres, try your hand at picking up speed and sliding your way down these smooth slips of sand.
 
Snorkelling
Much of the west coast is adorned with colourful coral reefs, shallow lagoons and separate islands that are perfect for snorkelling. Jurien Bay Marine Park is in the path of migrating whales, dolphins make regular visits and sea lions breed in the area, so don’t be surprised if you bump into at least one of these marine mammals. Meanwhile, Exmouth and the Ningaloo Reef can rival the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef.
 
Abseiling

The gorges, cliffs and canyons of Western Australia provide exhilarating abseiling opportunities. The rocky caverns of Karijini and Kalbarri allow you to abseil to the depths of the land and see millions-of-years-old formations up close. If you think you can shimmy your way down a 20-metre wall of red rock, WA is your haven.

 
Feed Bottlenose Dolphins
One of the few places wild dolphins come up to shore, Monkey Mia provides visitors with the unique experience of getting up close with the beautiful bottlenose. For over 40 years, a small group of these intelligent mammals have been visiting Monkey Mia almost every day on their own accord, and you can greet and feed them in the clear blue waters of the shore.
 
Ride A Camel
Picture it: the sun setting over the turquoise waters and golden sands, while you sit on the back of a camel treading its way along Cable Beach. An iconic tour that’s truly a spectacular way to experience Broome.
 
All of these activities are available in Western Australia, whether you’re looking for something to pump the blood through your veins or view wonderful wildlife in their own habitat. Or, you could just sit back and relax on one of the pristine beaches of the 12,000-kilometre coastline.

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Liz Collins | 12/12/2014 12:13:50 PM
It may be wild with long distances of remote land, but there’s no reason you can’t travel Western Australia safely. Not only is it more accessible than ever, you can see it responsibly and with care. Just keep these few things in mind before you set off.
 
Sun Care
WA is all about the outdoors, but the heat of the sun can be punishing if you don’t protect yourself. Sunscreen is paramount and must be applied every few hours especially after swimming. Also, make sure you have clean drinking water to prevent dehydration.
 
Respect The Ocean
While the ocean offers plenty of fun, you have to remember the power of Mother Nature. Conditions of the water can vary and some beach spots less protected than others. Swimming should also be within the red and yellow lifesaving flags wherever possible.
 
Bush Fires
Every summer, bushfires threaten the people of WA and we all know prevention is better than cure. Before you travel the state, make sure you find out where has a fire restriction in place, and if you start a bonfire, put it out by drowning it in water and mixing the ashes with soil. Also, don’t leave any glass behind. Better yet – leave a space exactly how you found it.
 
Protect the Environment
WA has a landscape that is unique, special and a remarkable sight, so we want to preserve it as well as possible. Therefore, it’s important to travel with as little effect as possible. Be aware of your carbon footprint; don’t leave any rubbish and travel with sustainable, eco certified tour companies and operators.
 
Emergency Services
Should you be in an emergency, you’ll need the right numbers to call. For ambulance, police and fire emergency services, dial 000.

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Liz Collins | 12/03/2015 3:09:19 PM
While the rest of Australia may quieten down as we say goodbye to summer, there’s one outstanding location that awakens to welcome you to its rocky surface and rich, red exterior. Karijini is the go-to for activity and adventure in Australia, but, as summers can be unbearably hot in the northwest, it’s only accessible between March and October.

During these months you can really appreciate the rugged beauty of the park, where the red dirt meets the bright blue sky, and the odd pool or gorge beckons you to have a relaxing soak. This is also a great place to appreciate Western Australia’s history and culture, with millions of years old rock formations, carvings and traditions of the local Banyjima Aboriginal people.

A tour through Karijini really takes you back to basics. With sturdy but comfortable walking shoes, a water bottle, a swag and not much else, you can sleep under the stars and take your morning shower in the natural water pools. The sights and views will also make you forget all about your favourite TV shows, with sweeping views of the outback from Oxers Lookout and Joffre Falls Lookout, beautiful waterfalls gushing down rocky chasms, and hundreds of species of bird, amphibians and reptiles to look out for – not to mention wallabies and dingoes.

Despite being one of Australia’s last true wildernesses, Karijini is remarkably easy to get to in the cooler months. You can catch a flight from Perth, heading to Newman, Port Hedland or Karratha, and drive from one to four hours the rest of the way.

If you’d rather be driven than drive, you can book a seat with Integrity Coach Lines and enjoy the freedom of hopping on and off as you make your way up the Western Australian coast. Dropping you off at Tom Price, Integrity passes you over to The Flying Sandgroper, who will take you on an unforgettable overnight tour of Karijini. Due to the extremely hot summers, this tour is only available in the cooler months between 25th March and 31st October, so now’s the perfect time to book.

With summer coming to an end, head north to this adventure paradise and experience Karijini and all that it holds.

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Liz Collins | 15/05/2015 9:29:59 AM
Whale Sharks
The biggest fish in the ocean, the Whale Shark may look intimidating, but it’s a gentle giant that you can snorkel alongside at ease. The most popular location to meet them is in the Ningaloo Reef, with dozens of tours offering encounters between April and July. Due to the large amount of plankton in the reef during this time, Ningaloo is one of the only places in the world where Whale Sharks congregate to feed in large numbers. Due to licensing laws, only 10 people can swim with a Whale Shark at one time, which offers you an unbeatable experience, as well as keeping in mind the interests and safety of the Whale Shark.
 
Manta Rays
Gracefully swimming through the shallow lagoons on the Ningaloo Reef, Manta Rays are beautiful to watch. Their nearly 7-metre width makes them appear formidable, but with a placid nature and minus the sting in their tail, travellers to the Ningaloo are able to snorkel in the water with them. To avoid disturbing them as they go about their day, make sure to book on a small-group tour to meet the Manta Rays, so you know you’re getting a great view without the crowds.
 
Crocodiles
Heading further north, the Kimberley is blessed with an array of wildlife due to its untouched and unspoilt surroundings, one of which is the infamous crocodile. The freshwater crocs are pretty harmless and can be spotted around lakes, rivers, gorges and creeks, while the not-so-gentle giants are the saltwater crocs found nearer the coast around Derby and Broome. If you’re going to go crocodile spotting, make sure you go on a group tour with a knowledgeable guide, so you remain safe at all times.
 
Thorny Devil
Due to the dryness of the land and desert-like environment, the Western Australian outback is home to many reptile species including the intriguing-looking Thorny Devil. Your best bet to find one of these is to venture into Francois Peron National Park within the Shark Bay World Heritage area. Their shades of camouflage can make it difficult to spot them, but the spikes across the entire upper of their body make the search incredibly worthwhile. Despite their look, they’re not dangerous to humans – unless you happen to step on one!
 
Bilby
If you’re a really determined wildlife spotter, one of the hardest but most rewarding finds is the endangered Bilby. Once two species of which the Lesser Bilby became extinct in the 1950s, there have been sightings of the Greater Bilby in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area and Peron Peninsula. The good thing is they’re quite recognisable, with very big ears and a long bandicoot nose.

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Liz Collins | 15/05/2015 10:16:07 AM
Ningaloo Whale Shark Festival
 
Every year, the town of Exmouth marks the annual migration of the gentle whale shark. Taking place in May, the festival pays a focus to the importance of the whale shark on the region, its conservation and tourism, as well celebrating the World Heritage status of Ningaloo Marine Park and Cape Range National Park. Activities include a fun run, float parade, live music, beach games, market stalls and even the chance to book a whale shark tour. This year’s Ningaloo Whale Shark Festival takes place 21st – 24th May.
 
Carnarvon Tropicool Festival
 
Representing the delights of the Gascoyne region, the Carnarvon Tropicool Festival is held over the last weekend of May each year. With the widest array of entertainment you’ve ever seen, you can enjoy everything from a gourmet BBQ on the beach and a cocktail party to circus performances and the Tropicool Twilight Concert. Many of the events are free, but some do require tickets.
 
A Taste Of Broome
 
From late autumn to early spring, you can taste, smell and even watch and listen to the flavours of Broome as the multicultural community puts on a display. Once a month, the north-western town celebrates its heritage and culture with music, dancing, arts and crafts, and of course food. Taking place every year, 2015’s remaining dates are 18th June, 16th July, 13th August and 10th September.

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Liz Collins | 16/06/2015 9:51:33 AM
The diverse landscape of Western Australia is rich with opportunities to travel, the coast alone offering beaches, towns and villages to stop at and take in a view or walk on the golden sands. If you’re ever in the state, take to the open road of Indian Ocean Drive and up the west coast for incredible places that this country is blessed with.

Jurien Bay
Jurien Bay is pretty much what you would expect from a blossoming holiday hotspot on the Coral Coast. Turquoise waters and sandy beaches provide multiple attractions and activities including fishing, skydiving, windsurfing and even swimming with sea lions in Jurien Bay Marine Park. Should you be taken with the area, there’s a range of short-stay accommodation including Jurien Bay Hotel Motel and The Heights Bed & Breakfast.
 
Kalbarri
The coastal town of Kalbarri is an adventure playground, offering outback experiences remarkably close to the Indian Ocean. The red rock is an example of what you would find in The Kimberley and The Pilbara, so abseiling, rock climbing and hiking tours are not hard to come by. Nature’s Window is also a prime example of rock formations created over millions of years. In contrast, the beaches and waters off of Kalbarri provide sandboarding, quad biking, boat hire and even whale-spotting.
 
Monkey Mia
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Western Australia, Monkey Mia is wonderfully unique. Although it resides in Shark Bay, you’re far more likely to meet a dolphin, because the wild mammals have been visiting Monkey Mia every morning for over 40 years – completely on their own accord. On a group tour, you can interact with them and feed them when they come up to shore – an experience that’s made them famous around the world. Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort has its own accommodation options including villas, dorms and camping.
 
Exmouth
Exmouth is the gateway to the Ningaloo Reef, so snorkelling and diving are incredibly popular pastimes right on the shore, as well as glass bottom boat tours, fishing charters and swimming trips. Put your head under the water between April and June, and you may bump into a Whale Shark, a docile fish that happens to be the largest in the world. If you’d rather stay on land, you can travel by 4WD with Ningaloo Safari Tours to see the wildlife, parkland and natural beauty of the area. There are plenty of lodges, hotels and resorts to recuperate for the next day’s activities.
 
Broome
Broome could easily compete to be the most beautiful town in Western Australia – but don’t take our word for it. Pay a visit to this coastal paradise and you could be riding along Cable Beach on the back of a camel during sunset, taking a boat through the Horizontal Falls, and spotting humpback whales from an ocean charter. Full of exceptional travel experiences as the door to The Kimberley region, accommodation is rife including hotels, camping parks, B&Bs, resorts and hostels.

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Liz Collins | 16/06/2015 10:10:24 AM
You’ll find some of the best food in Western Australia. From the catch of the day to wine tastings and even fresh fruit and vegetables, you haven’t tasted food and drink until you’ve travelled around WA. Discover what’s made right here and get your tastebuds ready – they’re in for a treat.

Seafood
The entire coast of Western Australia is ideal for fishing. From Fremantle all the way up to Broome, there are multiple destinations to catch your evening’s dinner, but if you’re not one for fishing, there are many eateries that take advantage of the huge numbers of scallops, prawns, lobster, barramundi and other seafood that lay just off our shores. Wharf Restaurant is recognised as the best seafood restaurant in Broome, while Fremantle’s fishing boat harbour is home to the famous Cicerellos fish and chips.
 
Beer
Handcrafted and made with love, WA is passionate about beer and its microbreweries have stood the test of time as a result. Matso’s in Broome is award-winning, using the finest ingredients and traditional brewing techniques to produce pale ale, mango beer, ginger beer and Smokey Bishop dark lager, as well as lime and wild ginger cider and mango and lime cider. A popular Fremantle landmark is the Little Creatures Brewery, which enables you to make an afternoon of it with pale ale and pizza under the sunshine in the backyard.
 
Wine
For anyone more partial to a glass of grape, the southwest is Australia’s largest area of wine regions with Margaret River, Pemberton, Manjimup and Blackwood Valley. As a result, restaurants and bars are stocked full the entire state over, so you can find a decent bit of slosh wherever you’re visiting, from Perth’s Must wine bar to Broome’s 18 Degrees.
 
Fresh Fruit
In Western Australia, Carnarvon is king of bananas, and in Broome there’s an actual festival for the mango fruit held every year in November. You can purchase both from local food markets, which are also spilling over with locally-made, grown or caught ice cream, chillies, fish, jams, chutneys and cakes, as well as other fruits and vegetables. Fresh food is a priority in WA thanks to the produce that’s available.
 
Bush Tucker
Why not try something a little out of your comfort zone? Australia is famous for its unique native food, and there’s nowhere better to sample it than in Western Australia. In Perth, Margaret River, Monkey Mia and Broome, you can learn about bush tucker, where it comes from and how it tastes. If you want it served to you on a plate, why not try marron in Margaret River, kangaroo fillet in Shark Bay and quandong fruit in Broome, at the local restaurants that put native Australian bush tucker on the menu?

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Liz Collins | 16/06/2015 10:29:17 AM
Camel Ride On Cable Beach
Western Australia is blessed with some of the country’s most beautiful beaches, and the ones in Broome are a prime example. Cable Beach is the region’s most iconic beach, with sparkling white sand stretching over 22 kilometres against the Indian Ocean. You can tread the sands of this beach on the back of a camel, riding along as the sun sets, turning the sky into a breathtaking burnt-orange backdrop. After your camel experience, sit down at one of the beachside bars and have a cocktail with the stunning sky in sight.
 
The Pearl Of Western Australia
The heart of Broome lies in the town’s world-famous pearls, which has been the central element of the town’s economy for over a century. In the north of Broome is the award-winning Willie Creek Pearl Farm, where you can get an insight into how these beautiful gems are made and processed. Pay just an extra $70 for a helicopter ride around the area and spoil yourself with the wonderful natural scenes. The best way to conclude your visit is to go to the farm’s showroom and treat yourself a few pearl jewels fresh from the farm.
 
Birds Of Paradise
The Kimberley region is a wildlife paradise, and Broome has the self-titled Bird Observatory, dedicated to the conversation of over 300 bird species in the region and more shorebirds than any other place on Earth. The observatory has several subsections, the most famous being Roebuck Bay where you can get real close to native seabirds flying around the area. In the mangroves-covered sections of the area, you can also see the birds interact with other animals such as crabs and frogs. Join a guided tour for more information about the wildlife and closer interaction with the birds.
 
Wandering in the Wilderness
Untainted natural beauty is the biggest treasure in the Kimberley region, and when you’re in Broome an adventure around the diverse natural sites are definitely a must. On the far edge of the Dampier Peninsula is Cape Leveque, with striking red cliffs and unpolluted beaches that more than make up for its remote location. For somewhere closer to the town, you can also visit Windjana Gorge, famous for its spectacular 100-metre-high rock walls. To make your adventure even wilder, watch out for freshwater crocodiles in the water or resting on the rocks.

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Liz Collins | 23/06/2015 9:17:44 AM
Abseiling
 
Kalbarri is so perfect for abseiling, it’s as if Mother Nature had this activity in mind when forming the rocky cliffs and gorges. With half-day and full-day tours available, you can get up close to the incredible depths of this part of WA.
 
Skydiving
 
If Kalbarri is beautiful on land, imagine what it looks like from above! Hurtling towards the beach from as high as 14,000ft, take in the view of valleys, rivers and inclines during a skydive.
 
Quad Biking
 
Traverse the rugged landscape on a quad bike, through bushland, across beaches and over rivers, passing stunning scenery, wildlife and pure beauty spots. Sitting on a quad bike, the road ahead is truly thrilling.
 
Sandboarding
 
The wide-open beaches of Kalbarri are perfect for sandboarding. A fast-growing adventure sport, you could spend hours riding the sand as you look out towards the water’s edge.
 
Canoeing
 
Meander the Murchison River and Murchison Gorge to spot wildlife, view the dramatic cliff faces and multi-coloured rock layers, and enjoy the calming sounds of the water on a canoe trip.
 
Horse Riding
 
Such a picturesque landscape is ideal for horse riding, with panoramic views of the ocean as you ride through bushland and sand dunes. You may even get to ride through the mighty Murchison River – great on a warm day.
 
Scenic Flights
 
If you want a truly spectacular view of Kalbarri and its surroundings, hop on a scenic flight over the coastal cliffs, blue ocean and Murchison River.
 
Exploring
 
If you just want to see what Kalbarri holds, travel by foot through the national park, making discoveries along the way. Make sure to take a picture beside and through Natures Window, the perfect frame for views of the Murchison River and beyond.

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Liz Collins | 23/06/2015 9:34:21 AM
Low Cost
With the Australian dollar at less than half the British pound, it’s a lot cheaper to travel than it has been in recent years. This is especially kind to holiday-makers or visiting friends and family, with leisure activities, eating out and tours at a much lower cost.

Head Regional
The regional parts of Western Australia receive more visitors during the southern winter, when the temperatures are kinder further north and activities and experiences take precedence over lounging on the beach. With a lower cost in travel, those looking for leisure are also heading to more regional locations such as Broome and Margaret River for different experiences.

Staircase To The Moon
You have until 27th November to witness the last Staircase To The Moon of 2015 in Broome. Ok, so we may still be a few months away, but the best time of year to go to Broome is now, so why wait? With beautiful weather and gorgeous beaches, it’s one of the best places to be during July and August, during which the dates and times of the Staircase To The Moon are as follows:
2nd July, 5.47pm
3rd July, 6.47pm
4th July, 7.47pm
1st August, 6.34pm
2nd August, 7.36pm
30th August, 6.19pm
31st August, 7.22pm
 
Whale Shark Season Is Nearly Over!
Every year, whale sharks descend upon Exmouth and the Ningaloo Reef to feed on plankton, and we’re given the chance to swim alongside them, but they don’t hang around for long. The peak season to swim with the whale sharks is between April and July, so you don’t have long to get your trip in before they leave us for another year!

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Liz Collins | 16/09/2015 11:32:33 AM
1. Cable Beach
Before leaving Broome, say goodbye to Cable Beach. However long you’ve been in this beachside town, chances are you’ll have fallen in love with the golden sands and even more golden sunsets.
 
2. Hancock Gorge
This deep gorge found in Karijini National Park and is surrounded by layers of rock with a freshwater pool to freshen up once you reach the bottom.
 
3. Manta Rays
These huge but gentle giants can be found in the shallow waters of the Ningaloo Reef year-round, and are great to snorkel with as they aren’t dangerous to humans.
 
4. Coral Reef
Ningaloo Marine Park holds 200 different types of hard coral and 50 soft coral along a 260km fringing reef that you just have to see with your own eyes!
 
5. Shell Beach
Located in Shark Bay, Shell Beach is made up of billions of tiny sea shells that stretch for 60km!
 
6. Dolphins
The wild dolphins of Monkey Mia are famous for coming up to the shore to meet visitors, getting you closer than ever before to these adorable mammals!
 
7. Natures Window
You’re more likely to through it than at it, but Natures Window in Kalbarri National Park is the perfect frame for the view of the valley and Murchison River.
 
8. Sea Lions
Not only can you see sea lions at Jurien Bay, you can swim with them! Get up close and personal with these playful creatures and it will be a highlight of your journey.
 
9. The Pinnacles
One of Australia’s most famous rock formations, the Pinnacles are hundreds of jutting limestone rocks sticking up out of the yellow sand dunes – and you can see them up close or from up high in a helicopter!
 
10. View of Perth City from Kings Park

Look down upon the city of Perth from the 400 hectares of Kings Park and walk amongst the flora that flourishes in springtime.

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Liz Collins | 18/09/2015 2:19:42 PM
Apex Camp Jurien
Set within the beautiful Jurien Bay, Apex Camp Jurien has cottages, units, campsites and dorm rooms. At $33 per night, the Manta Ray and Sealion dorms are also air-conditioned. Shared facilities include a dining hall, BBQ area, kitchen, laundry, TV and games room and a basketball court.
 
Kalbarri Backpackers
Centrally located in Kalbarri, this backpacker hostel is minutes from the Murchison River, beaches, shops, cafes and restaurants, so you really get the best of both worlds. Dorms are between 6 and 12-bed at $29 per night and there are 2 double bedrooms available for privacy at $77 per night. Make new friends in the BBQ and swimming pool area.
 
Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort Hostel
Monkey Mia’s “Flashpacker” dorms come with four or seven beds, with the use of a kitchen, laundry room and BBQ from $30 per night. The best bit about staying here is that you’re right in the heart of the Monkey Mia action, just minutes from the coast where the famous dolphins come up to shore.
 
Ningaloo Club
A superbly located hostel in Coral Bay, Ningaloo Club is right on the edge of the Ningaloo Reef. If you stay here, you get the use of a licensed bar, internet access, table tennis and pool table with an outside dining area, with dorm rates starting from $29 per night in a 10-bed room. There’s an amazing atmosphere with fellow travellers and you get discounts on activities and tours.
 
Beaches of Broome
Dorm rooms only go up to six-bed at Beaches of Broome, so you can be sure there won’t be any overcrowding. From $24 per night, this backpacker resort is affordable luxury in paradise just a stroll from the gorgeous Cable Beach. Stay here and you can enjoy a pool, DVD room, BBQ, tour desk, free WiFi, a kitchen, bike hire and more.

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Liz Collins | 12/10/2015 1:55:45 PM
Lucky Bay
Of all the beaches in the Esperance area in south Western Australia, Lucky Bay comes narrowly on top. Blinding white sand, turquoise waters and excellent swimming conditions make it an absolute paradise. It’s so idyllic, kangaroos are even known to laze on the five kilometre stretch – so there’s plenty of room for you and them.
 
Shell Beach
Shell Beach is 120km long – but that’s not the greatest thing about it. As the name suggests, Shell Beach is made entirely out of billions of tiny shells. The stretch in the Shark Bay region of WA is one of only two like it in the world.
 
Cable Beach
From the tidal flats to the gorgeous blue waters and the burnt orange sunsets, Cable Beach is the piece de resistance of Broome, the outback town in the Kimberley region of north Western Australia. A deeply moving experience to be had on Cable Beach is a camel ride during sunset – a must do in the Kimberley.
 
Coral Bay
Nestled in the Ningaloo Reef, Coral Bay is particularly special due to the wildlife activity throughout the year: Turtles in January and February, Whale Sharks from April – May, Humpback Whales between June and October, Reef Sharks in November and Manta Rays in December.
 
Busselton Beach
The beach in Busselton is famous in the state for two very different things. It is home to the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere at nearly 2km, and looks particularly striking during sunset. For a bird’s eye view of the beach, you can jump from a plan and skydive towards the earth, landing on the soft sands of the beach.

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Liz Collins | 11/01/2016 2:34:15 PM
Karijini National Park
Here’s where you’ll find a world of activity and adventure when you travel Western Australia. Karijini National Park is the state’s natural amusement park with waterfalls, gorges, pools, valleys and canyons made up of rock millions years old. As a result, there are plenty of things to do here including swimming, rock climbing, abseiling, camping and hiking.
 
Monkey Mia
One of the few places on Earth where wild bottlenose dolphins come up to the shore almost every day, Monkey Mia is a coastal paradise. You can meet these beautiful marine mammals in the morning and then explore the surrounds of Monkey Mia, including the red dunes of Francois Peron National Park and go kayaking in the waters of Shark Bay.
 
Ningaloo Reef
The largest fringing reef in the world is the Ningaloo Reef and it’s right here in Western Australia! It’s so close that you can snorkel right off the shore and be met with beautiful coral and fish in all different colours. Located in Coral Bay, snorkelling is unsurprisingly popular here, particularly with visiting whale sharks and resident manta rays.
 
The Pinnacles Desert
The Pinnacles Desert is made up of thousands of limestone formations that jut out of the yellow sands of Nambung National Park. Standing several metres tall, these eerie, alien-like structures are a sight to behold during sunrise and sunset. While they may look more like a landscape from outer space, they were created over millions of years from shells of the sea.
 
Broome
This seaside town is so calm and relaxed, it almost feels like it has its own time. Whether you want to collect some gorgeous pearls, take a camel ride on the beach or watch the Staircase To The Moon, there are so many reasons to visit Broome when you travel Western Australia.
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Liz Collins | 2/02/2016 10:18:47 AM
A laidback fishing village, Cervantes is just a short trip north from Perth along the Indian Ocean Drive. Besides the beaches, the highlight of Cervantes is without a doubt the Pinnacles.
 
Mysterious, eerie, haunting, a natural wonder – the Pinnacles of Nambung National Park are just one of Western Australia’s incredible rock formations. Limestone spires that jut out of the yellow sand, these may look like they’re more suited to outer space, but the Pinnacles were created over thousands of years from broken-down seashells blown in from the ocean.
 
The Pinnacles now receive over 250,000 visitors per year, drawn by their shadows, colour and sheer number of columns. The Pinnacles Discovery Centre can show you more about the formations with interactive displays, videos and more, but the best experience is undoubtedly on a helicopter flight – you can’t beat this unique perspective of the rocks from the air.
 
There’s more to Cervantes than just being the gateway to the Pinnacles. Fishing is really popular, especially at Hangover Bay and Kangaroo Point thanks to the offshore reefs. Meanwhile, romantics can enjoy a sunset boat tour with the possibility of being joined by sea lions and dolphins. And if it’s views you’re looking for, Thirsty Point Lookout will reward you after a walk through the sand dunes.
 
To accommodate the year-round visitors to the area, Cervantes has a range places to stay including Pinnacles Edge Resort, Cervantes Pinnacles Motel and Cervantes Holiday Homes.

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Liz Collins | 2/02/2016 10:36:52 AM
One of the most reliable places in the world to meet wild bottlenose dolphins, a visit to Monkey Mia is virtually guaranteed to deliver moments to remember. More than 800km northwest of Perth, it’s well worth making the journey to spend a few days in this marine paradise.
 
As part of Shark Bay Marine Park, wild dolphins have been visiting the shores of Monkey Mia almost every day for over 40 years, and you can learn more about why at the Dolphin Interactive Centre. With the chance to meet and interact with these incredibly cute and adorable mammals on land or on a cruise, it’s no wonder people come all this way just for a dolphin encounter.
 
To make sure that your Monkey Mia experience is as fulfilling as possible, you can stay at Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort. With camping, hotel rooms and backpacker dorms, and facilities including BBQs, tennis courts, an outdoor pool, a restaurant and bar, the resort is ideal for anyone coming to Monkey Mia
 
Besides the dolphins, the waters of Monkey Mia are enticing for relaxing water sports. The area is perfect for kayaking, paddle boating and swimming, with glorious golden sands for when you just need to relax. With clear night skies, these beaches are popular with keen astronomers looking to learn more about the stars. There’s also the contrasting colours of Francois National Park, which boasts red dunes and turquoise waters for four-wheel-driving, camping and fishing.
 
With an unbeatable experience with wildlife and the gorgeous blue waters of the Western Australian coastline, you’d be mad to miss Monkey Mia.

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Liz Collins | 11/02/2016 11:04:26 AM
Jurien Bay’s Marine Park is home to submerged reefs, shallow lagoons and gorgeous waters in different shades of blue that make it a hotbed for marine life. From western rock lobsters to sea lions and dolphins, the underwater activity makes Jurien Bay an ideal snorkelling spot. It’s also in the path of migrating whales travelling up north each year – an unforgettable sight if you’re lucky enough to spot them. While the town’s eateries make the most of the coastal location with seafood-packed menus, you can catch your own dinner off of the Jurien Bay Jetty, well known for its population of tailor and squid.
 
Adrenaline seekers are by no means neglected. Windsurfing and kite surfing are popular sports on the clear waters of the bay, and you can even skydive onto a beautiful beach from up to 15,000ft or take a ride on a scenic flight – amazing views guaranteed. If you’ve got more a taste for inland adventure, nearby Lesueur National Park is smothered in wonderful wildflower that is best viewed by going on a bushwalk.
 
Should Jurien Bay entice you to stay (we doubt you’d want to leave in a hurry), there’s a range of fantastic accommodation from hotels to tourist parks before you set off on the rest of your West Coast adventure.

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Liz Collins | 9/03/2016 10:31:23 AM
With pearling history, Broome is vibrant with both history and culture. Here you can discover dinosaur footprints, head to Chinatown to shop for exquisite pearls or stroll along Cable Beach.
However, this isn’t just any old beach. On this beach, you are actually able to explore the sands whilst riding on a camel. Picture yourself, riding on the beautiful white sands with an Indian Ocean sunset in the backdrop...
Perfect for swimming, sunbathing and beachcombing, this beach truly is a paradise. With 22 kilometres of sun-kissed sand, turqouise waters and a backdrop of red ochre cliffes, Broome is truly captivating.
Here you can also catch the 'staircase to the moon' illusion – a natural spectacle which is best seen from Roebuck Bay in Broome, when the full moon rises over the exposed mudflats when it is at low tide and creates an absolutely breathtaking illusion of stairs reaching towards the moon.
When in Broome you can also visit the absolutely extraordinary Horizontal Falls. Go off the beaten track and get deep into the heart of the Kimberley to see this fast-moving tidal flow through two narrow, closely aligned gorges - it is guaranteed you will be absolutely amazed at this stunning natural phenomenon.
Broome has everything to offer and more, so book your stop to Broome with  Integrity Coach Lines

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Liz Collins | 9/03/2016 10:45:07 AM
If you are in Kalbarri, you can reach nearby walking trails, river cruises, abseiling and even quad biking – this place really is an adventurer’s playground! Only a 6 hour and a half hours drive from sunny Perth, there’s no excuse to miss this place out.
Kalbarri boasts some of Australia’s best fishing, so check out the best spots to fish before you stop here and make sure you experience some authentic Australian fishing.
If you stop here between July and November, you will be lucky enough to see over 800 species of gorgeous Western Australian wildflowers bursting into exquisite blooms. Not only this, but during this time of year you are also able to spot humpback whales from the coastal gorges and astonishing cliffs.
If you are a thrill seeker, then canoeing and canyoning the National Park Gorges may call your name, which is the perfect thing to do and is a favourite for the tourists on a sunny afternoon. Or if you fancied something a little more unusual like exploring sand dunes then look no further than Kalbarri. Experience the sand dunes here on a fun quad bike tour or even do something really unique and discover them on a sand board.
With its rugged inland gorges, the towering cliffs, the absolutely breath taking coastline, and the tranquil Murchison River, Kalbarri truly does have something to offer for everyone.
Book your stop to the epic Kalbarri now with Integrity Coach Lines

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Liz Collins | 15/04/2016 1:52:59 PM
Nestled in between a beautiful, wide and sweeping bay, Lancelin is a complete haven for both relaxation and exploring.
 
Lancelin is incredibly popular for the awesome rolling sand dunes and picturesque islands, and whether you want to discover the watersports or simply relax and sample the sumptuous seafood, it has so much to offer for everyone.
 
Lancelin can be reached in under two hours with Integrity Coachlines when you depart from Perth, meaning it could be the perfect day trip or even a full weekend getaway. 
 
If you want to do something totally unique, then make the most of the pristine, glorious white sands and wide ocean views here by dune camping. This is an unforgettable and authentic way to experience the outdoors and see Lancelin in all of its beautiful glory.
 
The Lancelin coastline has expansive reef systems, meaning that fishing at Lancelin Jetty is a must do. The waters of Lancelin are teeming with fish, sometimes even in shallow waters, and so bags of herring and tailor are up for grabs!
 
For all of the adventurers out there who enjoy the outdoors for more active reasons, then make sure you try out some amazing sand boarding opportunities.
 
The pure, white sand dunes are the largest in the entire state of Western Australia, and are a sand boarders dream! With two kilometres of pure white sand – you’d be silly to turn this one down.
 
Spend the full day here just soaking up the Lancelin lifestyle or stay here for a short while before heading somewhere else with your Integrity Coachlines hop-on hop-off pass.
  
You can reach this idyllic part of WA by booking your pass at integritycoachlines.com.au, so make this a worthwhile stop on your travels through this beautiful part of Australia.

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Liz Collins | 20/04/2016 2:21:49 PM
Soak up the scenery and take part in exhilarating activities amongst a dramatic backdrop of white beaches on Shark Bay, with an integrity coach lines hop-on hop-off pass.
Shark Bay is a world heritage listed area that is said to be one of the most remarkable places in Australia, and is one of the most important natural treasures on earth. Whether you’re looking for incredible marine experiences, white sandy beaches or water sports, then this place has everything.
 
There is an endless list of things to do and see here, and a favourite with the Bay’s visitors is the epic water sports opportunities. But don’t be put off by the name of Shark Bay, almost all of the local sharks and sting rays here are totally harmless!


The protected inner gulfs of the amazing Shark bay is perfect for Sea Kayaking. Surrounded by limestone islands, deep red sand dunes and incredible wildlife, you won’t find many other places that are perfect for this activity.

Snorkelling and scuba diving are also a favourite amongst the bay’s visitors. The sandy, seagrass seabeds are something you have to see with your own eyes, as well as the epic underwater shipwreck and private, vibrant coral reefs. The super strong winds on Shark Bay also make it the best place for kiteboarding and surfing!

Not up for water sports? Then do not fear, Shark Bay has a wide range of on-land activities to indulge in.

Get closer to wildlife and nature by camping out at Shark Bay, which is probably the best way to witness the stunning scenery at its best.  In the daytime, don’t forget to book yourself onto one of the awesome tours available on Shark Bay. Fancy taking a majestic ride on Australia’s most westerly camels? Well, on Shark Bay, you can! Take a tour on this amazing animal along the incredible coastline and see some of the best sights of Shark Bay on the back of a camel.

Or if you’d rather explore and discover the history and secrets behind Shark Bay, then perhaps choose the Wula Guda Nyinda adventure tour to experience the deep spiritual connection that the local Aboriginal people have with this gorgeous island. By the end of your time here, you won’t want to leave the magical place that is Shark Bay. 

Tick Shark Bay off your must-see list with a hop-on hop-off tour at www.integritycoachlines.com.au


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Liz Collins | 17/05/2016 11:38:34 AM
Step outside of Perth and explore the capital of Western Australia’s Mid-West region - Geraldton!

Also known as ‘Gero’ to the locals, Geraldton is bursting at the seams with history and is just waiting to be discovered. And for those of you who love to keep active, there’s plenty of watersports activities and fishing hotspots. Windsurfing is a favourite amongst the locals and many of the visitors to Geraldton. The strong breezes and captivating beaches make it a great place for you to get involved with the adrenaline-fuelled water activities. If you head to Coronation Beach, known as one of the world’s best windsurfing locations then you might even be lucky enough to witness one of the many crazy windsurfing competitions on every year.

For those of you who still love the water (but would rather keep dry!) then why not come to Geraldton to spend the day relaxing by the marina and doing a spot of fishing. The local waters of Geraldton boast mulloway, flathead, bream, tailor and even herrings – but the marina is also a good place to cool down from the scorching weather. There are also plenty of fishing charters for you to try at Geraldton, and you could head out around the Abrolhos Islands to see the insane marine life that surrounds the 122 islands.

To finish off your day at Geraldton, why not discover its history? There’s plenty of it to see, and whilst you’re here you have to visit the famous memorial at Gero’ that honours the Australian sailors who were lost at sea in the battle with a German raider during World War 2.

But if you’re looking for something a bit different then perhaps take the Geraldton Air Charter to see the area from above and witness the spectacular sight of the Abrolhos Islands shipwreck. With both full day and half day tours and overflying scenic tours available, you have plenty of time to see this incredible sight with a bird’s eye-view. Just don’t forget your camera - the photo opportunities are endless…

Book your incredible trip from Perth to Geraldton now at www.integritycoachlines.com.au

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Liz Collins | 17/05/2016 11:52:24 AM
Discover the picturesque coastal town of Carnarvon, Western Australia with Integrity Coach Lines.
 
Carnarvon is based at the mouth of the Gascoyne River and has an obscure yet fascinating history surrounding its banana plantations. With Integrity Coachlines hop-on-hop-off pass you can add Carnarvon to your WA tour itinerary and stop off for a few days to see the sites and soak up the local culture.
 
Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage Museum
Visit the historical Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage Museum. Built in 1897 and used for over 80 years, this iconic local landmark was opened up to the public in the late 80s. Damaged by fire and weather conditions, the original tower was replaced with a safer reconstruction. Walk around this local site and appreciate its heritage value.
 
Kennedy Range Day Trip
Enjoy a scenic day trip to the Kennedy Range National Park located just outside of Carnarvon. This trip takes you around the amazing gorges where you can get up close to the local wildlife such as bats, possums, eels and frogs. You can also take in the breathtaking views whilst tucking into breakfast, lunch and an afternoon tea! Make memories that will last a lifetime with a Carnarvon tour and take a day trip around the Kennedy Range. Walk around this incredible mountain range and take in the scenic and ancient views.
 
The One Mile Jetty
Explore The One Mile Jetty, the longest jetty in North West Australia. Based along the Carnarvon Heritage Precinct Walk, you can hop on a Coffee pot train and ride across the length of the jetty. This famous location has breathtaking views and incredible marine life. This historic spot is also great for fishing!
 
The Blowholes
You can also discover The Blowholes, a natural and spectacular sight of incredible ocean swells forcing through small breaks in the rock formation. These powerful blasts of water reach a height of just over 20 meters, a truly amazing force of nature. This time of year is perfect to see natural wildlife such as whales frolicking in the waves.
 
Cross off Carnarvon on your list of hop-on-hop-off destination at www.integritycoachlines.com.au

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Liz Collins | 17/05/2016 12:02:01 PM
Now that the baking hot weather is easing up, there’s never been a better time to head north from Perth to the gorgeous Karijini National Park.
 
Spanning a whopping 627,422 hectares and sitting just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, Karijini is Australia’s second largest National Park.
 
Due to its tropical climate the mercury will often hit 40 Celsius, so the best times to visit are in late autumn, winter and earlier spring.
 
From the mammoth mountains, to the gorges, waterways and bushland, there are many reasons to visit Karijini National Park, but here’s a few activities you can take advantage of whilst visiting…
 
Wildlife Spotting in Karijini
There is an abundance of wildlife that call Karijini National Park their home, so whilst you’re visiting, look out for red kangaroos, roc-wallabies, euros, echidnas, geckos, goannas, legless lizards and pythons, as well as the many bird species in the area.
 
Bushwalking
Due to its intrepid terrain, Karijini is perfect for the active types amongst you who like to go hiking. Through the many bush trails you can get up close and personal with the flora and fauna as well as epic views, creating picture perfect moments.
 
Swimming
Karijini is full of billabongs, rivers and lakes, so immerse yourself in these gorgeous waterways to cool off when temperatures soar!
 
Sleep Under The Stars
Really go back to basics and sleep in an Aussie swag under the stars, taking in the incredible views of the unadulterated starlit sky.
 
Culture
Karijini National Park has an ancient heritage, and is the traditional home of the Banyjima, Kurrama and Innawonga Aboriginal people, who’s occupation of the land exceeds more than 20,000 years.
 
Getting to Karijini National Park
You can complete your trip to Karijini National Park with Integrity Coachlines hop-on-hop-off pass and check out Integrity Coachlines and The Flying Sandgroper’s ‘Old Skool’ Karijini tour for your chance to immerse yourself in this stunning national park.
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Liz Collins | 7/07/2016 11:13:54 AM
It’s that stunning time of year when the mammoth Whalesharks pass by Western Australia on their annual migration.
 
From April - July each year, the enormous fish visit the shores off of Exmouth along the Ningaloo Reef as they filter feed their way through the Indian Ocean.
 
The enormous fish can reach lengths of up to 40 feet, but due to their docile nature it is a must to see them during their annual visit. Afterall, there aren’t many shark species that you can get this close to without losing a limb! Despite their epic size, Whalesharks are extremely graceful as they coast along, feeding on plankton, krill and fish eggs as they filter through whatever floats their way. They are one of the only breeds of filter feeding shark alongside only Basking Sharks and the Megamouth Shark.
 
If you’re thinking about travelling in Western Australia, then a great way to get to Exmouth or Coral Bay is on Integrity Coachlines. With their hop-on-hop-off pass you can affordably stop off on their bus at both of these locations - making it an affordable way to have your road trip in Western Australia without the hassle of driving yourself!
 
The Ningaloo Reef is easily accessible with a number of tours operating out of Coral Bay and Exmouth, with both snorkeling and diving tours available.
 
What’s more, now is the perfect time to escape to Exmouth and Coral Bay for a little winter sun, so even if you’re not a big fan of getting wet, you can enjoy some quality beach time, especially if you fancy getting away from the increasingly colder south!

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Liz Collins | 20/12/2016 10:01:32 AM
It’s not just endless dusty roads out in Western Australia. The vast expanse of desert landscape holds an enormity of things to offer the traveller who ventures into its outback to discover the treasures it holds.
 
If you’re thinking  about travelling by bus on a road trip across Western Australia, then here are our top 5 destinations not to be missed, and with Integrity Coach Lines you can hop off and off at any of the below bus stops.
 
Perth
 
It wouldn’t be a tour of Western Australia without visiting the most isolated capital city in the world. From the city’s iconic 400 hectare Kings Park, to Penguin Island on the outskirts near Rockingham, Rottnest Island off the coast of the city and a whole lot more, you’ll never get bored in Perth whether you’re after city fun or adventures.
 
Monkey Mia
 
Possibly the most sought after destination on a tour of Western Australia. The famous Monkey Mia beach lets you get up close and personal with the resident dolphins which have been visiting the shores for over 40 years. Here you’ll be able to interact with these marine mammals and hand feed them fish.
 
Karijini National Park
 
Ancient aboriginal artwork, swimming holes, waterfalls, cliff jumping, camping under the stars, surreal lunar landscapes and waking up to shower in a fern-fringed gorge. Sound like your idea of adventure paradise? Then all this and more is waiting for you in Western Australia’s best National Park.
 
Coral Bay
 
Home of the famous Ningaloo Reef, where you can swim with manta rays and whale sharks. If you don’t fancy getting wet there’s the option to view the marine life from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat. If you just want to chill then the pristine white sands have got you covered. A must visit location if sun and fun are your thing.
 
Broome
 
The gateway to the Kimberley region, Broome is famous for Cable Beach. A vast expanse of beach, where you can not only see the ‘Staircase to the moon’ but also take a camel ride along this famous stretch of sand. Whilst here, you can also visit Broome Crocodile Park and even a Japanese cemetery - the largest one in Australia.
 
Don’t miss out on Western Australia’s top five locations by jumping on an Integrity Coach with a hop-on-hop-off pass covering all these destinations and more.

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Liz Collins | 20/08/2016 10:10:47 AM
Escape to sunnier climes this winter with a trip up north from Perth to Shark Bay.
 
Situated on the far western coast of Australia, Shark Bay World Heritage Area is actually made up of two bays formed by peninsulas lying side by side and makes for a stunning stop if you’re on your way up to Exmouth.
 
The Shark Bay World Heritage Area covers more than 2.2 million hectares and offers the perfect opportunity to take to the water to discover the stunning marine life that inhabit the waters that spill out from the bay. It’s here that you will see pods of Bottlenose Dolphins, the rare and wonderful Dugong, Humpback Whales as well as a long list of shark species… hence the name!
 
If you fancy a spot of snorkelling or diving whilst visiting Shark Bay then be prepared to encounter Tiger Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, White Nurse and Grey Nurse Sharks, Pencil Sharks, Fossil Sharks, Weasel Sharks, Bull Sharks… ok we think you get the point.
 
But it’s not just marine animals that are to be spotted whilst stopping off in Shark Bay, on land you can also look out for the Shark Bay Mouse, Western Barred Bandicoot, Rufous Hare-Wallaby,  and the Southern Brown Bandicoot - to name a mere few.
 
Whilst in Shark Bay you can take to the water in a sea kayak or try your hand at surfing and kiteboarding in popular nearby sites such as Monkey Mia, Denham Foreshore and Little Lagoon.
 
There are also great spots to enjoy the bush and camp in the National Park. 
 
Shark Bay is accessible via Integrity Coachlines hop-on-hop-off pass that covers a multitude of fantastic stops along the way, meaning you can stop off and enjoy destinations such as Monkey Mia, Carnarvon, Coral Bay and Exmouth whilst heading up North in Western Australia this winter.
 
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Liz Collins | 20/08/2016 10:19:11 AM
From top to toe Western Australia is world renowned for its stunning coastline and fantastic surf. Whether you’re there already or planning a trip to the stunning state there’s so much to see and do that you’ll be spoilt for choice.
 
For those of you who want to indulge in possibly the most Aussie pastime of surfing whilst visiting Western Australia boasts some of the best surf in the world as the Indian Ocean crashes on its shores. If you’re setting off from Perth up north then we highly recommend Geraldton as a must visit for your itinerary.
 
If you’re looking for an affordable way to travel up and down WA’s coastline then we suggest taking advantage of a company such as Integrity Coachlines which offer a hop-on-hop-off pass so you can travel at your own pace and spend as much time as you like in each destination.
 
Geraldton is just one of the many towns that Integrity Coachlines stops at, so why not head north from Perth and spend a few days surfing and seeing the sites of this coastal town. Whilst visiting ‘Gero’ as it’s known to the locals as you can also windsurf or snorkel and dive. In fact for those of you who do like to plunge below the water’s surface you can see bream, mulloway, flathead, tailor and herring.
 
From Geraldton you are also able to visit the stunning Albrohos Islands where you can see the local wildlife including Tamar wallabies and a variety of seabirds and reptiles. If you’re looking for cheap accommodation in Geraldton then Integrity Coachlines suggest the Foreshore Backpackers as a great place to stop at for a few nights in between exploring!

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Liz Collins | 20/08/2016 10:28:18 AM
Winter presents the perfect opportunity to head up north on a road trip in Western Australia.

But if you don’t fancy doing all that driving yourself whilst setting off from Perth, then you’ll be pleased to know that Integrity Coachlines offer a fantastic cost-effective hop-on-hop-off bus pass meaning you can explore at your own pace. 


Now that the oppressive temperatures of northern Western Australia are a bit more bearable, why not head up to Kalbarri National Park and explore the great wilderness on hand.
 
Setting off from Perth the journey to Kalbarri will take you through some incredible spots including; Lancelin, Cervantes, Jurien Bay and Geraldton before reaching Kalbarri.
 
Kalbarri National Park is most famous for landmark rock formation - Nature’s Window which perfectly frames the vast wilderness in the distance, creating the perfect instagram moment if you’re a fan of the old #travels. Another important view to take in whilst visiting this impressive national park is the ‘Z-Bend’ - a lookout that can be reached by a 1.4km walking round trip. From here you can gaze down at the plummeting gorge 150 metres below you where you’ll see the rushing river below.
 
And speaking of rivers, for active types Kalbarri is also a fantastic place to take to the water and experience the park from a kayak

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Liz Collins | 20/12/2016 10:49:04 AM

Western Australia is Australia’s largest State and is packed to the brim with adventure and excitements from the coast to the bush! Sprawling along most of Australia’s coastline it will come as no surprise that you can experience most water activities here as well as the stunning beaches that fringe the Indian Ocean.

If you’re planning on touring Western Australia then you’ll want to leave yourself plenty of time and with our hop-on-hop-off pass you’ll be pleased to know you can go at your very own pace. With routes going from Perth all the way up to Broome you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to stop off, so here’s a few highlights not to be missed whilst backpacking across Western Australia.

Lancelin

One of the most famous and sandiest parts of Western Australia, Lancelin is the first stop north from Perth on Integrity Coachlines hop-on-hop-off route and is perfect for a few lazy days by the beach and a spot of sandboarding down the sand dunes.

Monkey Mia

Famous for its local dolphins, Monkey Mia is where you’ll have the unique opportunity to hand feed wild dolphins as they swim into the shallows each day and is a fantastic resort to stop over at for relaxing and water sports whilst making your way north.

Exmouth

The gateway to the Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth is a must for those of you who want to see WA’s answer the the Great Barrier Reef, and should you visit between March and September you may even have the chance to swim with Whale Sharks as they migrate through the Indian Ocean to feed at the Ningaloo Reef.

Karijini National Park

The jewel of Western Australia, Karijini National Park is where you’ll find adventures by the bucket load. From swimming in billabongs under waterfalls to watching out for crocodiles and spotting other native wildlife, it’s here where you can really get back to basics and have your fill of nature and the real Aboriginal culture.

Broome

An old pearl fishing town, Broome is where you’ll see endless skies and some of the most dramatic sunsets on earth. Due to its location it is also where you’ll be able to see the Staircase To The Moon - an optical illusion that happens as the moon rises. You may have seen the postcards of camels trekking across the beach at sunset, so why not make your picture perfect moment happen here. 

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Liz Collins | 20/09/2016 10:53:45 AM
It’s no secret that Western Australia hosts an unfathomable amount of coastline, so it can be tough where to choose to spend the bulk of your time whilst travelling in Western Australia. And if you’re making your way up or down the coast you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to beachside towns to stop off at and enjoy. However there is one place you won’t want to miss during your travels of WA and that’s Monkey Mia.
 
Situated North of Perth towards Shark Bay and Exmouth, Monkey Mia is simply stunning and is one of the few places on Earth that you can get up right close to bottlenose dolphins as they visit the shallows every day to be hand fed by the public. Aside from the famous Monkey Mia dolphins however there is a lot more to explore whilst visiting Monkey Mia.
 
Away from the dolphins you can also indulge yourself with a range of watersports including kayaking and paddle boarding which are a great way to take in the scenery from the perspective of the water.
 
Visiting this corner of Western Australia will also give you the chance to visit the Francois Peron National Park - a visually  impressive area of red dunes, cloaked in acacia trees and shrubs all surrounded by stunning azure water. 
 
From Monkey Mia, you are in prime position to continue your tour of WA north to Exmouth where you can visit the incredible Ningaloo Reef - and should you time it just right between April to July you may even encounter the world’s largest fish - the Whaleshark - as it migrates to the Western Australian waters. However, visiting at any time of year will equally give you an amazing snorkeling or scuba diving experience as the Ningaloo Reef is also where you’ll find dolphins, dugongs, manta rays and humpback whales and on shore the Ningaloo Beach is an important breeding ground for loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles

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Liz Collins | 20/09/2016 11:29:15 AM
As Australia’s largest State, WA offers an enormous amount of diversity for any traveller. From the bustling city of Perth to the remote outback of the Kimberley Region the differences are almost incomprehensible for a green backpacker to Perth.
 
Like most destinations around the world you should always consider how to best look after yourself to make sure you capitalise on the amount of fun and adventure there is to have. After all Australia may be an English speaking country, but it still may be a foreign country to you, so to make sure you get the most out of backpacking across WA here’s a few tips on how to stay safe whilst touring Australia’s west coast.
 
Sunscreen
It may sound like a basic tip, but with such a thin ozone layer, it only takes a moment to burn and get skin damage, so if you don’t want to spend days on end nursing yourself with Aloe Vera and fans for the sake of half an hour in the sun, make sure you slap on the factor 50! After all you don’t want to return home looking like an old leather handbag.
 
Emergency Numbers
Whether you’re visiting a city or decide to go off into the bush, it’s important to make sure you know what number to call should something go wrong whilst travelling. When it comes to WA the emergency number is 000. So make sure you commit that to memory before setting off anywhere - especially if you are travelling alone!
 
Beach Safety
With WA’s 12,000 kilometers of coastline to enjoy it’s worth remembering that the weather and water currents can vary significantly - as well as the hazards. So be sure to read beach safety signs before taking to the water so you know what hazards to expect whilst enjoying the water.
 
Ocean Safety
Similar to what you should regard with beach safety, the weather can vary dramatically whilst you’re out on the water so be sure to get the weather forecast before heading out on the ocean whether you’re fishing, diving or snorkeling!
 
All hazards aside, Western Australia is an amazing place to explore, so if you bare all the above in mind you’re sure to have a great time.


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Liz Collins | 20/12/2016 11:53:05 AM
So you’ve arrived in Perth and you’ve got several weeks ahead of you free to travel through Australia’s largest and most diverse State, however you, like most working holiday makers have the sinking worry about finances.
 
If you did your research before arriving in Australia and realised you’d need to save up loads of money, then well done you smug lot, but if you’ve saved what you can and need to eek it out, then you’ll need to be smart. Like most things in today’s world, it’s quite easy to get what you want for a discounted rate, you just need to do your homework.
 
Searching the Internet for discounts, deals and packages when it comes to travelling is key! If you’ve given up city life, manicures, regular haircuts and fine dining to travel Australia, then leave those things in the past, but be realistic with yourself. Ask yourself if you can cope sleeping in a dorm with 5 other people, and whether you’re comfortable sharing a bathroom with exotic strangers from around the globe. If the answer is no, then make sure you book suitable accommodation once you’ve mapped out your route.
 
WA may be large, but there are some great routes that you can take over the course of a few weeks or days, depending on how long you’ve got. Navigating through this large state however, is another animal entirely. You may feel safer either booking on a tour that takes you from A - B, or book on a coach service with unlimited travel to all the highlights in WA. If you manage to bag a travel pass that takes you all over WA, then you can make your way from Perth to as far north as Broome before perhaps taking your journey across state lines to the Northern Territory.
 
To save even more money whilst travelling always look out for meal deals online when you’re in a major city. When you’re in more remote areas try and book a hostel that has cooking facilities. This way you can knock up a quick and easy pasta to fill you up, or make sandwiches to have whilst you’re out exploring during the day.
 
WA has so many things to see from incredible National Parks such as Karijini, to the Bungle Bungle Ranges, the Ningaloo Reef and Kalbarri, so make sure you hop online to look for deals on tours and excursions ahead of arriving  at your destination. Speaking of getting online, the number one way to keep your phone bill to a minimum whilst travelling in WA is by getting a pay-as-you-go Aussie sim when you arrive. That way you can check emails, update your instagram, and book accommodation whilst you’re on the go giving you a bit more freedom whilst exploring the West Coast.

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Liz Collins | 28/03/2017 1:05:46 PM

Western Australia’s most northerly town, Broome is a stunning destination and layover before either heading south to Perth or across to Darwin. 

The northern town is famous for its endless skies and of course the sunset. Here’s a look at how to spend 24 hours in Broome when you’re between tours.
 
Arrived the night before? Start your day bright and early at the Kool Spot Cafe on Carnarvon Street. Here, you can enjoy your all-important morning coffee as well as exotic breakfasts such as the heuvos rancheros (fried eggs on tortilla with salsa) or fruity toasted mango and coconut bread.
Once you’ve fuelled up it’s time to explore the town. If you happen to be in Broome on a Saturday or Sunday then you may be able to take in the local charm of the Broome Courthouse Markets.
 
Alternatively you could learn about the pearl farming industry that Broome was built on with a Pearl Luggers Tour just $20 from 11.30am.
 
For lunch we suggest heading to the Green Mango Cafe for their pulled pork burger. It’s reasonably priced here meaning you don’t have to burst your entire day’s budget for a decent meal.
 
When having a day’s downtime anywhere it’s important not to go too overboard on the activities, after all you’ll soon be hitting the road again in search of new adventures. So during the afternoon why not head to see the 3.5 metre high, crystal buddha opposite the Cable Beach Club Resort. The Buddha Sanctuary is the perfect location for those looking to unwind and if you happen to be visiting on a Tuesday or Friday you can take advantage of the yoga classes at 5pm.
 
As we edge towards sunset, you’re ever closes to seeing what you came for - the epic Broome sunset. Of course the most post card way to see the sunset is with a camel ride along Cable Beach, so make sure you leave enough time to make it happen as this truly is one of the most spectacular beaches.
 
Come nightfall you could either head to Oasis Bar which is an outdoor nightclub at the Roebuck Bay Hotel - known as “the Roey” to locals, or if you’re really up for a relaxing one, then catch a flick at Sun Pictures - Broome’s Outdoor Cinema. They show films from 6.30pm and 8.30 pm so it’s the perfect way to spend an evening recharging your batteries before setting off bright and early the next day.
 
Get to Broome from Perth via Integrity Coach lines Hop-on Hop-off pass. 
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Liz Collins | 28/03/2017 1:26:43 PM
Australia’s West Coast has just as much to offer as the more frequented East Coast including reefs, rocks, and endless beaches. Here we take a look at the top 5 things to see and places to visit along the way from Perth to Exmouth.
 
With Perth’s temperate climate all year long, heading north as autumn approaches means you can keep your summer time buzz going all along the way.
 
1.    Lancelin
Famous for its epic sand dunes, Lancelin is a great place to hop off whilst making your way up the West Coast. With stunning beaches, you’ll get your first taste of WA’s unspoilt coastline, and you can also get in on some action by sandboarding down the dunes.
 
2. Kalbarri
The scenery very much changes as you approach Kalbarri National Parks. Gone are the sensible sands of Lancelin and in their place great rock faces loom in front of you. Kalbarri is where you’ll find ancient gorges and waterways where you can enjoy kayaking down the Z-bend or take a famous tourist snap at ‘Nature’s Window’ - a naturally formed rock that frames the landscape beyond.
 
3. Monkey Mia
Monkey Mia is a must on your journey up the coast. A tropical resort awaits you with plenty of accommodation and activities on offer - but one you can’t miss is meeting the world famous Monkey Mia dolphins. These dolphins have been swimming into the shallows for years, so if you’re a fan of these playful marine mammals then join in the fun and get right up close to these wild dolphins.
 
4. Shark Bay
For a real taste of WA’s beach bum lifestyle, Shark Bay is the perfect hop off on your journey to Exmouth and is a great place to enjoy a spot of sea kayaking. If activities really are your thing then you can also get in on the action with windsurfing and kiteboarding. Shark Bay is also where you’ll find rusty-red sand dunes juxtaposed with pristine white sands on the beaches.
 
5. Ningaloo Reef
As you reach the northern end of your journey up the WA Coast you’re now in the perfect territory to encounter the West’s answer to the Great Barrier Reef - the Ningaloo Reef. Snorkelling and scuba diving are a must here as Coral Bay and Exmouth offer the perfect launchpad to explore the Reef. Visit from late March to early September and you’ll also have the chance to see the Whale shark’s as they migrate past the West Coast of Australia.
 
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Liz Collins | 28/03/2017 1:30:33 PM

If you’re planning any travels through Western Australia over the coming months then you’ll be pleased to know that thanks to WA’s temperate climate, you can still catch a few rays if you head north. 

Where other well trodden backpacker routes in Australia slip into hoodies, jeans and cloudy skies, Western Australia’s massive expanse keeps the lights on all year round - especially if you head north from Perth.
 
From beaches to National Parks, WA offers so much to enjoy for the backpacker on a budget, and if you travel smart then you can save your pennies to make sure you don’t have to rough it too much when it comes to accommodation.
 
With Integrity Coachline’s hop-on hop-off pass you can make the most of WA locations such as Exmouth, Coral Bay, Karijini National Park, Port Headland and even Broome over the next few months. As the more northerly locations are often slightly unbearable during the summer months, April - August makes for the perfect time to explore North West Australia.
 
Although WA is huge - being the largest State in Australia - the journey’s don’t need to be boring in between locations. The beauty of a hop-on hop-off pass is that you can explore other areas whilst making your way up north so you’ll get to see and experience much more. Travelling by coach also offers fantastic views rather than cheating and catching a two hour flight. Seeing it all from the ground along the gorgeous Indian Ocean Road will leave a lasting impression of your time in WA.


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Liz Collins | 28/03/2017 1:37:35 PM
So you’ve arrived in the sunny land of Exmouth, Western Australia and you’re wondering what to do with your time here. Fear not as we’ve rounded up the top 5 things to do in Exmouth to make the most of your time in this beachy paradise.
 
Exmouth is famous for being the gateway to the Ningaloo Reef. So number one on your list of course, should be snorkeling or diving at the Ningaloo Reef. You can arrange a tour from the shore to see this colourful underwater display.
 
If you’re visiting between April and August then you must arrange a Whaleshark tour. During these months the ocean’s biggest fish frequents the waters off of Exmouth, meaning you can swim with these gentle giants as they glide past WA’s shores. Similarly visiting anytime of year, you can swim alongside giant Manta Rays!
 
Kayaking is also a great experience whilst visiting Exmouth. You can head to Bundegi, Wobiri or Tantabiddy Beach (depending on conditions) where you can get kitted out with a kayak and all the essentials before heading out on the gloriously clear waters. If you’re lucky you should spot some turtles as well as rays, dolphins, reef sharks and tropical fish.
 
Need a feed? Exmouth’s BBqFather is a great BYO to enjoy come evening. Known as Pinnochio’s to the locals (in case you need to ask someone where it is) you can gorge yourself on succulent meats at this al fresco restaurant.
 
Want some fun that doesn’t involve getting wet? Visit the Cape Range National Park for a bushwalk. Here, you’ll find spectacular rocky gorges, as well as an abundance of wildlife including Euros, wallabies, emus and birds! Birdlife that call Cape Range home include mangrove fantails and mangrove whistlers. 
 
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