When people say Australia, some of the first things that come to mind are the Sydney Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef—both are world renowned, iconic even, and located in the country’s east. There’s no denying that the east coast pretty much sums up everything a tourist would want to experience on a trip to the Land Down Under. The brilliant beaches and stunning coastlines, dynamic urban hubs like Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney and all things bright and beautiful are there so why do we even bother to go to the other side? The fact is, exploring australia means exploring all of Australia and there is so much to see when you step off the beaten track too.
Here are five reasons (among many others) to visit Western Australia.
The Parade of Parks
Some of Western Australia’s beauty lies in its natural charm; and when natural wonders are cultivated and protected, they bloom to be magisterial destinations that everyone can enjoy. More than 700 kilometres north of Perth, the Kalbarri National Park’s otherworldly gorges and stunning rock formations are a sight to behold. In Cape Range National Park, located in the west side of the North West Cape and a mere 40 kilometres from Exmouth, the scenic yet deep canyons make way for stunning vistas and homes for teeming wildlife. One that doesn’t fall short on being breathtaking is the William Bay National Park with its Elephant Rocks and Greens Pool.
Festivals and Fun
Just when you thought that West Australia’s vast landscape contains nothing but equally wide stretches of nothing, these game changing destinations will make you think twice. The Adventure World is an amusement park known for its eclectic mix of rides and attractions—from family and children friendly to more thrilling, heart-pounding and scream-prompting. The Aquarium of Western Australia takes you deep down under to see marine biology without having to take a plunge in the water. Meanwhile, the Perth Arena makes for a sophisticated venue for events. Speaking of events, join in on the celebrations with festivals like A Taste of Broome, Perth International Burlesque Festival or the North West Festival.
The Body of Beaches
Western Australia’s seaboard spans up to 28,000 kilometres long so it comes to no surprise that the region is also gifted with pristine beaches to rival those of its eastern counterparts. It is a known fact that the beaches here are less travelled by tourists but that only means they are unspoilt, untouched and perfect for relaxation. Cable Beach in Broome particularly piques the interests of many because of the spectacular sunsets here. Plus, you can ride camels or drive a 4WD by the shore! Shark Bay’s Shell Beach’s snowy shell laden shore is a wonderful curiosity; large deposits of shells from the Cardiidae Cockle specie. Meanwhile, head on to the Yallingup Beach after your wine expedition in Margaret River for some time under the sun.
The Water Works
If you’re looking to have even more water adventures in Western Australia, then you are on the right path. First on the list is the seemingly mysterious Lake Hillier, more commonly referred to as as Pink Lake, in Kalbarri. The lake sports a glorious bubble gum pink colour and no one really knows why. Still, there are some scientists who think that it is due to the dye from bacteria that lives in the salt crusts. For a swim with whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, and other marine wildlife encounters, dive into the Ningaloo Reef, a World Heritage listed site.
The Fun and Fancy Food
For all culinary connoisseurs, fret not because food is something that’s taken seriously in Western Australia. Due to its size, the region has had one of the most diverse gastronomies in the country. It’s proximity to the water, meanwhile, makes it a hub for seafood that’s always fresh especially in Perth in hotspots like Fremantle, Scarborough and Claremont, among others. The Margaret River and Swan Valley are the prime spots for some of the best tasting wine not only in WA but in the entire country. Ready to satisfy that tummy?
It’s about time we flip the page and explore what the lesser known side has to offer! Journey through all of Western Australia’s top destinations with a campervan hire courtesy of Salamanda Travel. Wherever you are at the moment, we’ll help you find a vehicle to suit your style, your budget and your travel itinerary. Keep following our blog for more travel hacks, tips and tricks. Like our Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay connected wherever and whenever.