The Best of Western Australia in Photos

by Melissa on July 31, 2013 · 7 comments

In 2011 I spent a grand total of 7 months both living in and travelling around Australia.  One of the highlights of my travels was getting to experience the rugged and seemingly untouched beauty of Western Australia.  I experienced everything from the unique Pinnacles Desert, the delicious wineries of Margaret River and the crystal clear turquoise beaches of Western Australia.  I was lucky enough to travel along the majority of the coastline.  I managed to traverse the huge distance both on organized tours – Western Exposure and Nullarbor Traveller – and in a rental car with 3 backpackers I had just met on our great South West Coast road trip.

The West isn’t on the typical tourist route – as most visitors to Australia do not make the 5hr plane trip across the country – but this makes it a wonderland to those of us who have made the journey.  During my month in the state, I scuba dived on one of the best reefs in the world – the Ningaloo Reef; I sipped some of the best wine in the world – in Margaret River; and I experienced some of the world’s most beautiful and secluded beaches.

While it’s considered off the beaten path, its definitely a special place in the world that shouldn’t be discounted.  Be sure to check for discount flights and take advantage of sales to Perth.  Conversely, why not make the trek more luxurious and navigate your way via the Indian Pacific train.

Snorkelling in Exmouth

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Big storm coming…

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Kalbarri National Park

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The beautiful Indian Ocean off of Western Australia

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Bunker Bay Beach close to Cape Naturaliste

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Margaret River

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Giant Karri Tree Forest along the Cape-to-Cape drive along the South West coast

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Hamelin Bay Beach close to Cape Leeuwin

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The Gap (aka where Australia and Antarctica split)

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 Cape Le Grande National Park

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Have YOU been to Western Australia?  If so, what are your favourite things about the remote Australian state?  If not, what would you be most excited to experience?

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Anne July 31, 2013 at 9:11 am

Amazing pictures!!!!

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Carmel July 31, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Good to know! We’re planning to visit my cousin and her husband in Perth for a month during our travels and would like to get out and explore western Australia a bit. These photos are incredible!
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Pablo July 31, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I would love to check out some of the national parks. Also, great pictures! Wave rock looks pretty crazy!
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Heather July 31, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Stunning photos! I especially like the roadsign in the Giant Karri Tree forest. Australia is so huge, I think you’d need quite a good chunk of time (you had an awesome 7 months) to explore extensively. Western Australia looks like it has some beautiful gems just waiting for me. ;)
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Elle July 31, 2013 at 5:49 pm

What an absolutely gorgeous collection of photos! Western Australia is stunning, it looks like you had a wonderful time :)
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Erica July 31, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Great photos! I arrived in Perth two days ago and hope to visit the Pinnacles and Rottnest this weekend. Your photos have me extra excited!
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Toni August 9, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Yep, West Australia is now firmly on my bucket list :)
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