Thanks to the influx of tourists and travellers in Australia’s east coast, people have been looking—well, Googling—for the country’s next great destinations. Conventions have been broken and everyone is now clamouring not for the brightest and hotspots but for places that are yet to be discovered, places that were always in the bottom of the lists and places that never captured the double-tap hearts from the get go.
Well, not really—it’s still a matter of choice between being in crowded place or having more space for relaxation or adventure. But of we were to be asked, we’d choose the latter any time.
Western Australia, located, well, in the country’s west, needless to say, perhaps is the gunner for being the less travelled in Australia since “everything” is available on the other side anyway. But in case you were wondering what there is on the country’s largest state, we’ve got you covered. Western Australia proves that just because it’s not always the first choice doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve to be among the most beautiful places to be. Ready your Hippie campervan and let’s start travelling!
Starting from Perth, the state’s capital city, we’re giving you a bunch of fun, outdoorsy and exciting ways (and places) to help you enjoy the road less travelled. Here are our top things to do in Western Australia!
Kings Park and Botanic Gardens
More than six million people are dazzled each year by the stunning beauty of Kings Park. The park, which is about four square kilometres of grassed parkland, natural and native bushland and botanical gardens, often is the first thing travellers choose when they step into the city.
All year round, embedded in the wondrous park are magnificent wildflowers and indigenous flora. The park provides a striking view of the Swan River while the panoramic natural setting doubles as a place for children to enjoy and for adults to indulge. When planning your road trip, make sure you’re here in September, the Kings Park Festival, gives a boost of energy to the already bustling park. Feast your eyes on a spectrum of colourful festivity!
Though not apparent at first sight, there is a certain mystery that surrounds the Horizontal Falls. Described as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world”, the Horries are a massive and fast-moving tidal flow that course through the twin gaps of the McLarty Ranges.
The Horries are a surefire way to give you that jolt not even the strongest energy can provide. The best way to see the magnificent “waterfalls” from above is on a seaplane while if you’re up for even more thrills, ride the four wheel drives and the jet boats. The food (the Barramundi is to die for!) here is will not dampen your mood but will whet (pun intended) your appetite for even more. The Horizontal Falls are found on the coasts of the Kimberley Region. Speaking of the latter, you might want to drive your campervan there too!
It may never be at par with Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef found in New South Wales but the Ningaloo Reef, which is located on the fringes of a coast by the same name is definitely a force to be reckoned with when it comes to natural wonders. The World Heritage Site is part of the famous Indian Ocean Drive found along Western Australia’s Coral Coast so if you think this isn’t campervan friendly, you’ve been mistaken. The Ningaloo Reef, in all its stunning blue crystal clear waters, is found about 1,200 kilometres north of Perth.
Discover teeming aquatic fauna from the hundreds of species of fish and coral. Meet, swim and snorkel with the world’s largest fish, whale sharks from April to June. From June to November you can see the humpback whales or rare turtles. Lively corals, meanwhile, spring up all year long but are most distinct from March to April.
To say that The Pinnacles of the Nambung National Park are simply weird is a gross understatement. For us, the limestone rock formations are majestically otherworldly. The reddish rocks that jut out from the fine golden sand, a contrast to the fine blue sky, were once part of a marine life. Numerous theories on how they were formed come to play but none of them seem to make cut to be proven.
The Pinnacles give the seemingly deserted Western Australia a different texture. Wildflowers start to bloom from August to October so most travellers find it the best season for travels. As for the best time to actually visit the place, daybreak and sunsets give the already eerily area a splash of even more mystery. Plus, there are also a number of nocturnal animals and marsupials and birds like kangaroos and emu, respectively, and even black lizards found here.
Kalbarri National Park
Time has again proven its ability to create. The Murchison River, for years that are so immense in number they are uncountable, has carved gorges and formed spectacular sights in the Kalbarri National Park. Though undeniably photogenic, the park proves to be more than a picture-perfect sight to be embedded into the memories. Some of the most popular activities that can be done here, aside from sightseeing,m are fishing, boating, bushwalking and horseback riding as well as water activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming and surfing.
Located less than 500 kilometres north of Perth, it’s easy to drive a campervan here. Simply take the wonderfully scenic drive through the Indian Ocean Drive passing by the Route 60 and National Route 1. Up for an adventure? Drive away today!
Purnululu National Park
Found on the eastern part of the Kimberley Region, the Purnululu National Park, is another World Heritage Site (cited in 2003) and for good reason. The national park houses the scorchingly visually stunning Bungle Bungle Range—a rock formation of eccentric shape. The Bungle Bungles, which are eroded sandstone towers, which are lava in colour, resemble waves that have been hardened by time. Though weathered, the gem of a destination is one that is a marvel to look at.
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If there is one more thing Western Australia is known for, aside from its wonderfully quiet destinations and the peaceful respite they provide, it is the sophisticated wine culture that stems from the Swan Valley. The wine region is located near the Swan River, Guildford and Bells Rapids and is a great way to taste and see something out of the ordinary.
Go on wine tours while you sample some of the Valley’s most sophisticated wines. Visit the wine cellars and distilleries, go to the Gomboc Gallery and get a dose of culture at the number of art galleries and gift shops.
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