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
Big storm coming…
Kalbarri National Park
The beautiful Indian Ocean off of Western Australia
Bunker Bay Beach close to Cape Naturaliste
Giant Karri Tree Forest along the Cape-to-Cape drive along the South West coast
Hamelin Bay Beach close to Cape Leeuwin
The Gap (aka where Australia and Antarctica split)
Cape Le Grande National Park
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?