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