February 8th, 2016
Western Australia: An Undiscovered Paradise
Isolated and sparsely populated, Western Australia presents a true taste of Outback living.
Straddling both the tropical waters of the Timor Sea and those of the frigid Southern Ocean, Western Australia boasts a mix of deserted beaches, sprawling desert landscapes, and a rich pioneer heritage.
Considering escaping the crowded shores of Australia’s east coast in favor of an adventure in the west? Here’s our guide to exploring this undiscovered paradise.
The Coral Coast
Just meters from the shores of Western Australia’s Coral Coast you’ll find diverse marine habitats peppered with some of the world’s most mesmerizing reefs. World Heritage-listed Shark Bay boasts red and white sands, turquoise lagoons, plunging cliffs, and soaring dunes, and Ningaloo Reef — the largest fringing reef on Earth — is one of just a handful of destinations where you can swim with whale sharks, the ocean’s gentlest giants.
Experience a taste of the real Australian Outback in the northwest corner of Western Australia. This region is breathtaking in its diversity: Red kangaroos, rock-wallabies, and echidnas play in the dramatic gorges of Karijini National Park. The legendary Gibb River Road houses some of the oldest artworks on earth. And a camel ride across the sands of Cable beach supplies a dramatic view of the sun setting into the fringing Indian Ocean.
Perth and Rottnest Island
Chic, urban, and effortlessly cool, Perth is Australia’s sunny capital city and plays host to green spaces, boutique wineries, and beautiful beaches where you can swim with wild dolphins. Keen to see more than just the bright lights of the big city? Fill your day pack with essentials and head over to neighboring Rottnest Island, where you’ll find the spectacular 50 kilometer Rottnest Island Wadjemup Walk Trail. It’s blanketed with a fantastic array of flora and hosts many unique species of wildlife.
Towering forests of timber giants and swathes of rolling vineyards define the terrain of Western Australia’s southern corner. Explore ancient caves, catch sight of migrating humpback whales (September to November), or laze away the day at one of the region’s world-class wineries.
The Golden Outback
Authentic Aboriginal encounters and insight into Western Australia’s gold rush heritage can be found in the vast, arid landscapes of the Golden Outback. Hit the red dirt highways and drive the Golden Quest Discovery Trail for an off-road adventure through vast goldfields. Alternatively, step into the world’s largest outdoor art gallery, where 51 individually cast black chromium steel sculptures stand juxtaposed against the dramatic backdrop of Lake Ballard's white salt plain.
From vibrant, fringing reefs to arid, desert terrain, Western Australia has a bounty of beautiful landscapes that offer adventurous travelers an unforgettable Aussie escape. Have you discovered a spectacular region of Western Australia? Share your top tips with us in the comments below!
Charli Moore is an adventure enthusiast who has been location-independent since 2011. A freelance writer and editor of travel blog Wanderlusters, she has a penchant for adrenaline highs and crunchy peanut butter. Follow her on Instagram to feed your wanderlust.
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